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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

#32 of 4,625 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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Lot 1 Circular Quay East, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9247 2937
09:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 23:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

At first sight, it's simply a friendly informal bistro? However, the culinary discoveryis of mouth-wateringly delectable fresh food, mellow wines, and superlative service. And the harbour side setting is chic, yet bustling too. An excellent fine dining experience.

Thank borrum
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Due to the location, I was expecting the food to be overpriced and not great, however I was pleasantly surprised. You are talking about $40 for a main, however that includes fresh fish and when you factor in the great views it's actually not a bad deal. Our table had fish all round, and you could see and taste how... More 

Thank Roisin_Som
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been going to this restaurant a few times now in different travels of us to Sydney. They have an excellent food and cocktails The location can not be any better. you are next to the Opera House. Watching the boats coming and going is very calming.You are right in the middle of the harbour withing shorth walking distance... More 

Thank tulayatamert1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is our favourite restaurant in Sydney. The oysters are excellent and surpass any we have eaten elsewhere this summer. A particular feature of this restaurant is the friendly, cheerful service and the fact that the staff actually remember returning customers. I cannot recommend the Oyster Bar highly enough.

Thank Susan A
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my favourite Sydney Harbourside restaurant. Delicious food, reasonably priced wine selection and great service. They serve much more than oysters and all is delicious.

Thank Karall2000
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked up and down Circular Quay looking for a good lunch spot. Checked the menu's and table offering for many bar/cafes and chose the Oyster Bar due to its location at water's edge on the southern side of the the quay. Therefore our outlook was directly over the quay to the cruise ship terminal, the Rocks area and the... More 

Thank Rowan C
Alice Springs, Australia
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view was awesome, the food was OK and it was quite pricey. The staff weren't familiar with the food/drinks and they almost imply if we gonna tip them when we settled the bill. We specifically order mocktail for kids if they can made one but the drink they made was so spicy and sour unable to drink. The entree... More 

Thank CLangcake
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled across this fantastic restaurant when out exploring Circular Quay and the Opera House. So glad we did as the location is incredible, right at the waters edge with views across to Circular Quay and the Harbour to the Bridge. The atmosphere is great sitting outside as the sun went down with the reflection of the lights in the... More 

Thank Bulla55
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Let's get one thing straight. The view is spectacular. Sure you can sit up higher in some places, but if you want to be right on the water and have nothing between you and the bridge, then this is your spot. You will not be disappointment by the view. I found the food good and some dishes quite good value... More 

Thank magicpumpkin
Budgee Budgee
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice spot overlooking the harbour, Food delicious but pricey, we still walked away with full tummies and change from $150.

Thank Seedygirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 62
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lot 1 Circular Quay East, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9247 2937

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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