Cafe Sydney

4.7
2712 Reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location next to Circular Quay on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every aspect. Attention to detail in both food, venue and service.

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Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you cafe Sydney. A very special family night celebrating our sons 21st Birthday. The staff were very attentive & made our night special. The food was delicious. An amazing birthday cake. A very special night to remember. Thank you 😍😍😍

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good as always

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Location, Food, Cocktails, Ambience unbeatable.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Co-Vid registration ease at the lift to the doggie bag for my 80 year old mother, this was a charming experience. Charming was the waiter Hugh who handled my mother superbly. His service impeccable to match this 5 star restaurant. Immediately spending time to ensure we had the menu sussed quickly in this time sensitive Co-Vid environment. All his suggestions were spot on by understanding our taste buds. The food divine! A must the Spinach & Goats cheese naan to start.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with a (2) cocktail and (2) champagne (4 of us) and were taken to our seats right on time. Food was excellent and timing between courses, which tends to get lost sometimes, was perfect.
You can’t beat that view which creates it’s own ambience.
Great night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, quality food and drinks - exceptional service

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superb Sydney experience. The professionalism and warmth of the staff, the quality of the food and the view of Sydney make this a wonderful destination for us when we come from the coast.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been fortunate to dine at Cafe Sydney a number of times and everytime it is a privilege. The view is unquestionably incredible and makes you feel so lucky to be in Sydney, but the service, the friendliness of the staff and the calm, but fun energy of all other diners also feeling privileged to be there makes it a 12 out of 10.

Whilst I am not a foodie, I love the food.

In my view it is impossible not to want to go back time and again - and that is what I am happy to tell anyone

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Sydney always manages to produce the most incredibly delicious meals. Every dish leaves you feeling happy. The views are gorgeous, regardless of whether you are indoors or out. The staff are helpful and friendly. There is such a lovely atmosphere. Loved every bit of the whole experience!

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1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very fine cuisine and good wine! We had a great time celebrating our friend’s birthday.
We were seating indoor but we still enjoyed the great view of the bridge and the harbor.
I would recommend this restaurant for the food and the setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food was disappointing and bland. Both my partner and I shared the same opinion despite two different fish dishes. Fries were unremarkable. Food presentation was excellent providing high expectations that were sadly unmet.

Ambience and view over the harbour were delightful.

Service was attentive and prompt if not a little over enthusiastic with repeated recommendations for Champaign that we did not want.

Price was reasonable given location

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been several times and never fails to please. The day, the food, the view and easy going excellent service came together for a truly memorable wedding anniversary lunch. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic Sydney spot to experience fancy Australian dining. The food, as always was superb and refined. The staff are attentive and thoughtful.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing and the whole look and vibe just created an awesome dining experience. The service was the best we’ve experienced in Australia. Food was amazing also.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was disappointing that such exuberant staff could not combine to provide a complete service.A gentleman introduced himself as our waiter for the evening, then we did not see him again, although 4 other people serviced us throughout the evening.No entrees and ordered main meals which arrived as quick as Thai meal - 10 minutes tops. Unfortunately, desert took another hour. It was also unfortunate that an enquiry on ordering wine was asked halfway through our mains - Too Late !!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a few times and previously ordered from the a la carte menu. This time we ordered the specials for the night and the food was significantly better than all previous visits! The food is always good but this time it was amazing. All 3 courses 10/10!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

It was very disappointing to be rushed for a lunch that had been booked months ago and was a special occasion . We were rushed, and felt uncomfortable. No sooner had we sat down that there were menus thrust in front of us to make a decision wanting our order. Within 10 minutes of ordering our main courses arrived which is not acceptable. Everyone understands the Covid rules and turnover of tables however I strongly advise you to consider the experience more then a focus of turnover.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great service and very friendly without being intrusive. Perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate an occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my partners birthday & the service & food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Covid safe, enter via QR code. Met at reception with friendly faces. Sought table at front with views as anniversary, they delivered.

Service extremely prompt while not being overbearing. Wine list extensive and expensive although not overly so, what you would expect I suppose.

Food was sensational, wonderfully cooked and prepared.

Desert was served with Happy Anniversary written on plates and we were wished happy anniversary by everyone who served us during our lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening supported by great waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was perfect: fabulous view of the Harbour at sun setting, friendly, attentive but always professional staff, delicious food and great wine list. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and they made us feel very special.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb lunch with family, celebrating a very special occasion. Fantastic venue, fantastic food , fantastic staff, fantastic ambience... yes, you guessed it.. a fantastic restaurant 😊👍

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food/service was excellent,however I have one negative which did make us feel somewhat uncomfortable. I understand that I booked a 2hour slot however firstly; it is impossible to enjoy drinks,entree,main&dessert all within 2 hours.We were rushed and we felt at times, we just had to rush our food rather than take time to enjoy the company and the mouth watering food. We just kept getting rushed to order. When our 2 hour timeframe was up,there were no other guests that required our table.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff. Fabulous food. Great view

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not think of anywhere else that I wanted to spend my 30th birthday. Myself, my mother, aunt and grandma were treated to a spectacular table on the balcony on an evening that was picture perfect.

Alex, our waiter from Romania, was attentive, kind and had a wonderful energy that was warm. He brought so much kindness and fun to the experience. Simon, the sommelier, had a special way of sharing his passion for wine and the culture behind it.

The food was outstanding!

A perfect night!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently good restaurant, never lets you down.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, enhanced by the energy of the staff who were always super keep to help us and share their knowledge and the food backed it up!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Sydney you never disappoint the service is always on point the food was amazing thank you again for confirming you are my favourite dining restaurant in Sydney .

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Second time to cafe Sydney and it’s perfect for special occasions (for us)
Service this time was exceptional so thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon for my son's 18th Birthday. The quality of the food, service and views of harbour excellent and Nicole looked after us so well. A nice touch greeting my son at door with "Happy 18th Birthday" and also adding his name in dessert menu and dessert plate as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and i had lunch at Cafe Sydney 1 November 2020. Reason we booked, my wife best friend, old university friend. lives in the USA, and travel to Sydney regularly for business. And always visit Cafe Sydney, she rates it very highly globally.

The food, service, and location was exceptional.

Shared WA octopus with eggplant to start , Humpty doo barramundi, and John Dory with squid ink. desert we had the fig Tart.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality meals with lovely presentation, attentive, friendly & unobtrusive staff, good wine selection, perfect views even on a stormy day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table view was perfect and the food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was a old night & so the restaurant was chilly. The food was fine, but not fine dining and certainly not worth the money. The service was by far the best part of this restaurant and of course if you were lucky enough to have a window seat the view is spectacular, but we were there for the food not the view. As is often the case you pay a premium for the view. Having said all this a good night was had but for the pricetag I would have expected much better

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience made it special was the view service and the food was amazing loved it come back again and it’s been my third time I’ve been there now love it

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Cafe Sydney is rated 4.7 stars by 2712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.