Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay

4.6
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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.
What 874 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EvelynS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were top notch and the seafood was the freshest I have ever eaten

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PeterT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great location and the oytsers and moreton bay bugs were awesome

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kevint
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish great service great table and food was all fantastic will be returning before they shut for sure

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WendyS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was great, friendly staff, food delicious and of course amazing harbour views.

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JulieR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, staff were very helpful.
loved the view
the oyster shot was a highlight.
would love to go back.

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KimJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team went over and above for my husbands birthday. The 4 of us had a wonderful experience.
Thank you

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The extremely arrogant waiter who met us at the entrance seemed to be confused as to whether he was a gangster or a waiter with his reflective aviation sunglasses and rude, brusque attitude.
Even though we had booked, something he wasn’t interested in he shuffled us to a table we didn’t appreciate so we asked to be moved, he was rude again.
Based on this extremely disappointing welcome we decided to order bare minimum to leave ASAP. We ordered half dozen rock oysters, half dozen mil kilpatrick and caviar. We got 3 rock oysters, 4 kilpatrick- weird, then after asking multiple waiters and about half hour wait we finally got the rest of our order. Just to inform I have had restaurants myself. Ur front of house staff are your ambassadors, there was one shining light, a young waitress who apologised profusely telling us the day had been full of mistakes and she was very sorry. Promote her and get rid of the narcissistic fool who thinks it’s ok to wear his mirrored sunglasses to greet customers rudely acting like we had no business being there. I will add for your benefit it appeared to me the kilpatrick sauce was watered down and the bacon cold and nearly raw.
In all honesty I can not recommend your establishment to anyone I have any respect for the experience was so abysmal. It was such a pity for us as we travelled quite a way to visit and booked so we hopeful of a nice welcome

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous location on a beautiful day. Excellent seafood and service. Will go back.

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Jacquelyn
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely spot for a delicious seafood dinner and drinks.

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scotts
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food , outstanding service - you’re never left waiting- and one of Sydney's best locations .

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Annep
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The stunning views make this restaurant very hard to match, the atmosphere is wonderful. Im a seafood lover so I struggled to chose from the well balanced menu, I wanted one of everything. Definitely will go back!

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Captainmeows
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and great staff. Would definitely recommend

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JoshT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I celebrated the purchase of our first home here and we were thrilled with our experience! The staff were amazing and could not do enough for us, the food was delicious and the view... unreal!

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FrancescaS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best experience
From when we walked in I was welcomed by my name seated near water amazing
From having the best lemoncello cocktails to the totally amazing seafood yo the scrumptious dessert wow
The service was impeccable
We will be back very soon ♥️

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merkel
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite places for seafood lunch. Did not disappoint. What better than a relaxed lunch with the family, next to a sparkling harbour. Food and wine excellent as always and service outstanding.

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Willchum
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality fresh food Friendly and welcoming staff and a magnificent location.

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Jarna
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with great food, excellent service and good menu.

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BernardD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service, fantastic setting. Easy booking. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoyable and a perfect place to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary

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IanF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Magnificent location with great food. The Moreton Bay Bugs were magnificent. The wine list with comprehensive without being overwhelming. Will be back. Friends dine there regularly and we weren’t disappointed.

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JudithL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Iconic location mediocre staff
And food very average pub grub
Ordinary wine list
Paying for location. Certainly not staff or food
Very disappointing for a long term customer of the oyster bar.
New management a long way off the mark

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MitchellT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Sydney. Food was superb, views / ambience world class. Service was flawless. Very very impressed. I'll be back!

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Besty
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The Morton bay bugs were extremely fresh and the tamarind sauce was divine.

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RosP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and location. Offering is well presented and good selection.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing,the location is amazing,the staff are amazing,what more do I need to say? Support them, only there till March 😢😢

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DonnC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, quick service and amazing food!

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wendyw
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s sooo sad this wonderful place will be closing next year.. Hopefully they find another great venue. The food and service is wonderful. Thank you and we look forward to visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality staff, clean food. Prime location on the harbour. We will be back

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KerriH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location. Great food and service. Love this place

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HayleyF
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Everything was just perfect and I can’t wait to go back again!

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DebbieR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food & views of Sydney harbour. Highly recommend this restaurant

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Kity
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very hot. Unable to move to a shady table even though we had booked.

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NicolleS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I found the menu very limited otherwise it was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Staff attended to us quickly and were very friendly too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining perfect location

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iloveseafood
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Service wasn't great, weren't very friendly.

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dean
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place exceptional food great service. We are regulars.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks as always! Sashimi is super fresh and so generous in serving size, the added bbq menu on the weekend was a nice addition to the regular menu! Will be back as many times as we can before the end.

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BobnLiz
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good to come back to the OysterBar. They did a good job handling issues with a very windy day!!!! Bob and Liz

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - Circular Quay is rated 4.6 stars by 874 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.