Cafe Sydney

4.5
2015 reviews
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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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4.5
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and excellent service

OT
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing harbour views, great food and service

OT
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, c0nvenient location, great service and very good foood.

DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best up market restaurant in Sydney. Dollar for dollar this place is 5 star. I have been there probably a dozen times over the years and it is consistently great. Serious food serious service serious value. Simply the best.

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly unbelievable from start to finish, i already can't wait to go back!

OT
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can now appreciate why so many people enjoy going here - highly recommend

OT
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Sydney. The food was delicious.
Only qualm was that while the waitstaff were super friendly, they weren't consistent with the service. Several different people were in our face several times asking for orders of food and beverages before we'd opened the menu and wine list. We got different advice on the size of the meals and whether they were designed for sharing. And then when we were ready to order, we spent almost 10mins trying to get someone's attention.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good view, good services and good location but it is quite expensive.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favour restaurant in Sydney at all time. Love the food and view. Just love it.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've been to Cafe Sydney - each time for a special treat for birthday occasion. Wonderful views of the harbour, the food is outstanding. The waiters are exceptional - professional but also friendly and down to earth. Would highly recommend.

OT
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were exceptional. The location and view was breathtaking. We went there for my son’s 40th birthday they supplied a beautiful birthday cake and made the day really a great celebration.

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing staff!

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Pre-dinning service isn’t as good as it used to be. It wasn’t busy when we arrived but we still waited a very long time to be offered the chance to order a drink and then after the time of our booking had long passed were left wondering whether we’d actually been forgotten. There were a lot of staff members milling around but nobody actively looking after the few waiting customers in the bar area - this could definitely be improved. Table location for our meal was excellent and food amazing.

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely our best gastronomic experience ever! The food was just outstanding, the view is stunning and the service is lovely!

It's not a place to go every day, it's not cheap at all (at least for us), but for special occasions is a perfect recommendation.

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

STUNNING. Food was amazing, staff exceptional. Attentive, knowledged, helpful, friendly. Views were fabulous - brought family from England for lunch and view of Sydney was perfection. Food was extraordinary. Appetisers, mains, wine - memorable meal in every way. Tasty, inventive, delicious

OT
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and view. Delightful place to have a long lunch.

OT
Raleigh
67 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Very impressed with this place.

OT
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view accompanied by good food to celebrate a special occasion. The atmosphere was happy and energertic that you couldn't help but smile. A hidden gem that you wouldn't think would be on the top floor of customs house.

AD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Loud,r,great view,terrible food

OT
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by family ... a lovely treat for a few days in Sydney with magical night time views!! Thankyou to all staff ... excellent service!!

OT
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful,attentive waitress Sarah .
She made all the difference for a family birthday lunch with my husband & 2 sons .

OT
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A seamless transaction.

OT
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sarah Dean was our table attendant, and switched on to us straight away. She made it a memorable night.
We were either lucky or the booking staff honored our request for seating preference.
Food for veggies is a bit limited, and accounts for the lower ratings than would otherwise be.

OT
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh air - fresh food - fantastic views!!! Dined outside on a gorgeous winter evening and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. although the prices limit us to occasions only - we will be back!! Loved it!

OT
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The only thing that was really good was the view. Food was very average and expensive. Will never go back.

OT
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All dishes are excellent. An excellent experience with our waiter Ben being a thorough gentleman and great waiter.

Have been here heaps of times and have booked for a christmas catch up with friends

OT
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality all round surrounded by Sydney harbour

OT
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I was very disappointed to be honest . I’ve been going there 15 yrs n the starter was very poor and overpriced at $30 n got one poached prawn n very little crab. The service is normally good but I felt like I had to chase a few drink orders n 2 starters didn’t arrive. When we said it to waitress that things were missing her reply was .... amazing ! No apology just trotted off n it’s arrived after a bit longer.I normally love the desserts also but was disappointed they were dense n bitter

D
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Sydney was a restaurant that was highly recommended. I didn’t book in time for last trip so I made sure to get in on the years trip to Australia. We were not disappointed.
We loved the views. Our server was attentive and helpful with the menu. We were offered a free appetizer that was ordered by another guest. It was made with Haloumi cheese and outstanding. Would not have wanted to miss it.
Thanks and see you next year. Just need to book early😀

OT
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and scenic views with quality food! Highly recommend!

OT
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my sisters 50th birthday, and we had a large table of very very loud people sitting next us. It was very difficult for us to hear each other. However, the staff offered to move us to another, table which we did.

Thank you to the staff who rescued our birthday lunch celebrations.

OT
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding dinner experience for a special celebration! All of the dishes including entrees, mains and desserts were superbly prepared. Our party had a selection of meat and seafood and all were fresh and cooked to perfection.The staff were most attentive without being overbearing and helped us to enjoy the celebration! An excellent wine list to accompany the food! t
To cap it all off, a great view and ambience!

OT
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience and such a special place to enjoy with my sister visiting from overseas!

OT
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was very ordinary. I am not a foodie and if I had served this meal at home I would have been embarrassed.
Tandoori Salmon was just a piece of salmon with a sprinkle of tandoori seasoning on the skin. Very ordinary piece of salmon. Whilst accompaniments sounded good were in reality a teaspoon each of very bland sauces.
Prosciutto and quail dish - quail really very rare and prosciutto completely undercooked, soft and tasteless. Didn’t bother to finish it.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

View is absolutely great if sit on outside table. My partner had vegan meal and it was amazing, very delicate and delicious.

OT
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Main course didn’t taste as described, I didn’t taste any tandoori flavours in the salmon and the bhaji was more like a croquette. Also it was slightly cold. Starter was great and waistress, Nicole, was great.
It’s a shame the restaurant insists on adding 1.5% to your bill when paying on card!!

OT
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good but the service was terrible! Our table booking was a 6.15pm but our food order wasn't taken until gone 7pm, when we were told that we would need to vacate the table by 8.15! We had to flag down the wait staff to order drinks and our food, our table wasn't cleared and we had to serve our own wine the whole evening.

I was dining with clients and the service was embarrassing to me. I won't be taking clients (or anyone else)back there.

OT
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better view

OT
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A beautiful spot and food was nice, but we had just put our cutlery down when we were told to move as the next round of sittings were scheduled. I appreciate that they have 2 sittings but they need to give a bit more time. Wait staff at dinner were great but in the lounge area not so great. After we were moved we had a drink in the lounge and were then quizzed about the bill which had already been paid, felt like we were being chased as we left the venue for a bill that had been paid.

OT
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals were so delicious and service was amazing accompanied by beautiful views. We did have noise from a building site which was unbearable but the lovely staff moved us to another table.
My only negative experience is the markup on wine. I think 150% + markup is too excessive!

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