Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.4
550 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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LR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Opportunity of a great location yielding a great restaurant wasted by ordinary and bland food and overpriced offerings.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here but it is expensive. But given the location and the fact the view is stunning you have to expect to pay top dollar

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DC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a superb restaurant. Of course the most beautiful setting. However this is well matched by the very attentive service. Food might bring me in but service gets me back and I will be back. The food and drink selection is superb and as for oysters, the selection is broad and delicious. Making a booking online is really easy with opportunity for requests. My previous visit was with 5 people and a special table was prepared for us with a brilliant view for my out of town guests. This is the place to get to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a beautiful night sunset at the water, food and service was excellent. Until they jammed up a table for six next to our table for two, literally encroaching on our personal space.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always the food and service was excellent The flat head and chips were beautiful.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood was fresh with impeccable service. Amazing night view of the Sydney harbour. Will definitely visit again when I'm in Sydney.

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CC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Last night in Sydney. Wanted seafood and people and harbourside

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RD
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great food choices. Service was great and wonderful ambience. Will be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our waiter was a bit cocky and unhelpful (knowledge of menu/not refilling drinks). Portions are small and quite overpriced we paid $230 for 4 ppl and was still hungry. Tacky shack on the side of the walkway, I would have gone to other restaurant. The only upside that it's by the water so the ambiance is quite nice

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pre-theatre dinner with friends; very efficient but friendly service; quality food and wine; fabulous setting!

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AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, the service was great, our table was amazing next to the water, the food was very enjoyable.

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PD
Canberra
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a quick meal before the theatre.The setting is fantastic and the oysters were excellent.We had the fish and chips however the battered fish was little underdone.The batter was quite doughy not a light beer type batter.The service was excellent however and they got us out in good time for the show!

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JY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We tried oysters, all the varieties that were available that night, and they were good.
Hot plates were a bit pricey for their quality.
Staff was not attentive as expected.

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SK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Service & venue fantastic, oysters very good but 300g of prawns for $30 is pricey, and they were dark red, sticky & not fresh. The staff took 30% of the cost of the prawns off the bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was upbeat and on point. My server new my name and treated me like a guest at his home. Truly lovely and knowledgeable. The only fumble with service was when my server went on break, leaving backup servers to cover my dessert drop off and bill. They seemed confused.

Food was good, almost great. I wish the mussel portion could have been ordered for one. I was craving them so I ordered the portion for two and it was wasteful. Taste was ok. The crudités was excellent as were the oysters. Although the selection was different then what was on the menu. No big deal.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, was lovely weather...great location !!

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FM
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a pre-show dinner at the Oyster Bar. It was a rainy evening and this is an open air restaurant but we had a table next to the water under cover and managed to stay dry. We had an unbelievably great view of the harbour and bridge. You couldn't find a better spot to sit if you are a visitor to Sydney. We enjoyed our dinner but it was not extraordinary.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The tuna tartare and the oysters were fantastic but everything else we ordered was under seasoned and disappointing for what we paid. Would only suggest this place for the view of the bridge.

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GD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely fresh fish served in a very pleasant setting. We will return

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YB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly professional staff- very accommodating
Lovely food
Fabulous setting
Great service !
Thank you

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BR
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service and in a fantastic position. Reasonably priced

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, quality of the entrees and mains are incredible. Only slight negative was the side of chips with chilli and rosemary was simply beer battered chips with salt, bit chilli or rosemary.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Server misinformed me about the gluten free nature of a dish I wanted to order and it arrived with several components with soy sauce with gluten

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Dinner before La Bohème. First time visitors to Sydney. Our dinner experience was okay, just not excellent. Service was challenging until a new waitress took over our table. Food was pretty good. Location is great.

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VD
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

For the last night of a visit to Sydney we wanted to indulge on a nice dinner with a beautiful view. Our food was very lackluster especially for the price. I had fish and chips which were heavily coated in batter that was undercooked leaving a layer of uncooked goopy batter all over the fish. It was a shame because the fish itself was great and the chips were cooked perfectly. My husband's "wagyu" steak was incredibly tough and tasted as if it hadn't even been seasoned with salt and pepper but instead just thrown on the grill to char. Overall not the quality I expect when spending over $100 on dinner. To finish the experience we sat at our table with our napkins and silverware on our plates for 20 minutes before anyone checked on us or asked if we would like dessert or the bill. When a waiter finally did come to our table they didn't even ask how the food was. Terrible service.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Great food and excellent wine list.

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N
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A perennial favourite. Great spot to sit & enjoy our beautiful harbour with a bottle of wine & oysters, a selection from the snack food menu or a full-on meal. You won't be disappointed.

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JG
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the spot.
Got off to a slow start which normally would have been OK if we hadn't requested on arrival that we be processed earlier rather than later if possible because of another committment.
However IMMEDIATELY rectified when we mentioned it again after 15 minutes of seeing no one.
All of the food very tasty, as usual. A bit dissappointed with the scallop starter in that the quantity was 3 or 4 pieces, after asking for it as a main. BUT tasted great.
Alex and the crew do a great job making it the most pleasant spot in Sydney (the world?) for a bite, especially before or after a show or Opera House.

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JC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been going to SCOB for many years now, even when living overseas we always tried to make sure we got there while holidaying in Sydney.
There is no better place to have a beautiful meal, a chilled glass of wine and soak up the amazing harbour views. The food is always fresh and flavourful, the staff always friendly and helpful. Always a favourite!

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VK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The venue is amazing, the food is reliably good and so is the service.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Location is great, food very good, but service a bit off. Nice folks, but very slow on bar service.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant to enjoy good quality seafood and service while enjoying watching activities on a busy harbour. Thank you.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For many years The Oyster Bar has been one of our top favourite places to dine. The food is always fresh & of high quality, especially the oysters!!!! The service over the years too has always been excellent!
The experience of dining on the edge of our beautiful harbour adds to a real sense of occasion.

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LM
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We went to the Sydney Oyster Cove Bar because we heard it was the place to go. It’s a wonderful place to go with wonderful views and the food was very good. However the service was very poor. Our server didn’t check on us, forgot the bread we ordered, never got to order anything else ( drinks or dessert) and took forever to give us the check. The table next to us got a lot of attention and it felt like we were invisible. No apologies, no nothing. It’s our first time in Sydney and this didn’t sit well with us. Can’t say we can recommend this place based on the poor service we received.

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NN
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, the food is simple but well prepared, all with a million dollar location

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JW
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit Sydney Cove Oyster Bar regularly as I find it a great place for a business lunch or dinner for overseas guests. Food and service always great paired with the view. Guests and colleagues love it. You can get caught out with the weather but has been rare. See you next time.

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N
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff and service but did not have the most popular oyster in stock on a Saturday night

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RD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hands down great location. Service was hit and miss with sometimes long wait periods to order. It was extremely busy. Food was tasty and the ceviche stood out for our favorite dish. Prawn linguine was fine but not very flavorful.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Was so impressed that booked for 4 for my husband's 75th birthday. Another daughter surprised us so we were 8. My husband in wheelchair. The staff were outstanding and handled situation with good humor and efficiency. We have gone there for decades. Ambiance perfect but what made our evening was delightful staff. Thankyou.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We knew it was a fairly expensive restaurant but the food was not the standard we had expected from those prices e.g $40 dollars for 3 scallops! Wine service was also disappointing. The wine bottle was opened prior to being brought to the table and we had no opportunity to taste it as the waitress proceeded to pour the wine into all our glasses. When a specific glass of red was ordered after the meal what came was a glass of unknown red! Which bottle it came from, how long had it been open, who knows?
We always bring our overseas visitors to the Oyster Bar and have always been very happy. Unfortunately this time we were disappointed and we will probably think twice of going again.

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