Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.4
496 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
Enjoying an Excellent reputation as Sydney's best seafood restaurant, the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is positioned right on the waters edge at Circular Quay.

When it comes to dining by the water's edge, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is unique. No other CBD restaurant can offer the combination of postcard-perfect views of the city skyline, Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge and the seductive splash of the sea, teamed with a menu of the freshest shucked-to-order oysters, Australian seafood and local, seasonal produce.
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DG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing, before being greeted we were advised that we only had 90 minutes on the table, the view was fantastic, waiter staff were brilliant as for the food I could get better food at a takeaway fishing and chip shop, will not go there again.

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NK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic overall and we have already recommended this our friends

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LW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely spot for a ladies lunch. Always nicer when there is no ship at the overseas passenger terminal, but there’s not much you can do about that. Service was excellent. Thank you we’ll be back 👍🏻

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OB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing vibes and atmosphere. Incredible location and phenomenal oysters! Starters are a little expensive with small portion but mains and sides are great value for money! Highly recommend for a nice meal for special occasions :)

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SC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Extremely noisy, warm drinks, rather expensive and service not up to the price being charged.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Only negative

No bread or butter served with oysters.
No lemon served with fish
My experience is these are both served in a good Resturant

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JR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent and location on the Quay perfect.

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LM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled across this gem a couple of months ago. My new favourite go to restaurant for seafood and ambience.
Amazing!

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MG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, fantastic ambience & friendly service!

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H
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

A very disappointing dinning experience as both the food and service was average but the prices were certainly not. It has been sometime since we have dined here and our experiences in the past have been excellent that is why we specifically booked so that our friends could enjoy what we thought was a great place to dine on the harbour sadly it was not the case.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Oyster not fresh

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VW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner and food and service was fantastic

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food here. Beautiful location at Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour. Tables are very close together, but get that management want to squeeze as much $$ out of the place as they can. Staff very friendly but you can get left alone sometimes for a bit longer than you'd like. But because tables so close together too many more staff and they'd be getting in each other's way. On the whole, it was a very nice meal and experience. It is on the expensive side, but that's an observation rather than a gripe.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten several times here and been delighted every time. The service and good humour of the wait-staff is particularly good. Perfect location and good prices.

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, great atmosphere, and wonderful food & service.

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MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for watching Harbour fireworks and generally enjoying Sydney Harbour with excellent food and great, friendly and attentive service.

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JB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, wine list, service and ambiance in my usual go to place to entertain visiting guests and those new to Sydney.

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CJ
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Restaurant service and food always consistent a little expensive

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KG
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, well presented. Not over-expensive considering the ambiance and the setting right next to the harbour. The service was efficient and friendly, finding the right balance between taking an interest in our evening and being too familiar. And, thank god, there was no pounding so-called "background" music that makes table conversation close to impossible in so many restaurants.

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J
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location on the Sydney Harbour, close to the Opera House

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Confused service, tables packed too closely together

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AW
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Truly the most memorable experience! Venue and view of the Harbour, exceptional!!!! We were blessed with a sunny day, cool breezes, were given a table right on the water. The menu was superb and oysters and fish soup sensational. Wine list and service excellent. Truly one of the more memorable dinning experiences I've had. Thank you!

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CF
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants in Sydney. Will will be back

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B
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was exceptional. The service ... not as much. In his defense, the poor guy was waiting on half the restaurant. Overall, very good. We would definitely go back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The view is amazing, but it’s premium price for basic outdoor seating.
The food is great, I think I’d visit more often if there were a few more mid range options.

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CJ
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sydney Oyster Bar always consistent and the food and service always very good

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and view, as usual!! Highly recommend the oyster shots!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our lunch on Sunday pre-theatre for my partner's birthday. We will definitely be returning.

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FD
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing oysters, and delicious food. Didnt like the fact that a wild bird was sitting on the bench where beer was being poured from. But the rest was definitely an experience I'd go back for.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A fabulous and classic place to eat oysters! The view is excellent, the service good, the seafood fresh, the wine list short but good and right by the water.
We always return.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the view speaks for itself. Staff were friendly, accommodating and extremely efficient, with the meals arriving in record time despite how busy it was.

My only criticism would be the mains were a touch pricey given the portion size.

My wife and I are happy with smaller portions as we're not eaters for the sake of it, however if portions are going to be on the smaller side then $40+ per main is a touch expensive.

Otherwise, as mentioned above, everything else was perfect and we would be happy to recommend.

Cheers
Nick

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BD
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very vibrant waterfront restaurant located right on Circular Quay. All outdoor seating. One couple experienced a bird strike during their dinner. Food was excellent. Did get a little warm as he sun set and we weren't covered by the numerous umbrellas. A little pricey, but very busy.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I produced a story for a TV show years ago on Sydney Cove Oyster bar and have been a total covert ever since. I always want everything on the menu -but outstanding dish are scallops, side of roast potatoes, the fettuccini, massive part & rocket salad is always stellar but simple and the octopus & huge fish tacos - brilliant But the Pacific Oysters we had were second to none. Creamy, deep, clean and fresh...I'll be back - a LOT. Many thanks - KJ
Food TV host, stylist and author

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HC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice meals, great service, fantastic view. It was a great night

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RP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A tremendous afternoon spent on Sydney Cove. Delicious oysters, great main and wines

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KR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Dined here Nov 2017 and loved it - five star review ; so my partner and I chose this place as our first lunch out together without our baby. Disappointed. Whilst the entrees of octopus, crab toast and oysters were divine the whole baby snapper was a let down. The wasabi and ginger dressing didn't exist and I spent the duration of the meal pulling fish scales out of my mouth. Whilst the service from the waitress couldn't be faulted when we advised of the issue with the scales she said they get the fish in already descaled so its an issue with the supplier, not them. Such a strange response - that's not our fault anf ultimately the kitchen should be checking the produce before cooking and sending to paying customers.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a lovely location, the cocktails were nice, the foodwas delisious and was served very timely. We were early for our appointed table, and were warned that we had to vacate seats after 1 and 1/4 hours as they were rebooked.
The view as always is sublime next to the harbour, and the venue is much quieter than the Opera Bar, which is good for people with hearing difficulties.

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VR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for our overseas relatives visiting. Food was delicious and glorious atmosphere to have a glass of wine and watch the ferries go past right under the Harbour Bridge. I live in Sydney and I loved it. Wait staff were friendly. I think they were all form overseas also.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you need is a nice day ... who doesn't like an oyster shot with a beer chaser overlooking the harbour ... BLISS!

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CH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from friendly staff and the food was excellent as always

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