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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

#27 of 4,573 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
08:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 23:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We walked passed an the que to get in was v large it was in a great spot overlooking Sydney harbour al fresco. We thought that looks really nice. About a hour later we walked passed an no que so we asked for a table an sat down straight away fantastic 2 doz Oysters an fettuccine with seafood washed down... More 

Thank Eddiebech
Pacific Harbour, Fiji
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time we visit Sydney we must stop in for oysters and if we are lucky enough dinner. The food is outstanding and the service to match. Whether fish or pasta or steak, they are all great. I recommend this to anyone with a taste for oysters and seafood.

Thank XstreemFishing
Mullumbimby, Australia
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227 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely way to have a meal before an Opera House performance. Right on the harbour so you can watch the ferry's come & go. The food was good, fresh but expensive. Good choice of wines to choose from. Very crowded and busy but we had a lovely time.

Thank Webtones
Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being 11.30 am we were offered a great table on the harbour/waters edge. Thoroughly enjoyed yummy Cocktails along with delicious Prawn Linguine. Service was friendly and efficient. A little expensive but not surprising given the location. Weekend surcharge seems a little outdated though.

Thank Bega1508
Perth, Australia
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131 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked into this restaurant close to midnight after a show at the Sydney Opera House not expecting much at the late hour. We were pleasantly surprised at the excellent service we received and the very fresh and delicious seafood on offer. A most enjoyable meal, albeit that the prices are up there (although not unusual for Australia).

Thank Beamer23
Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for xmas get together with 2 other couples. Well the location simply cannot be beaten and is clearly world class. I simply cannot understand why such prime located resturants employ a whole lot of young probably backpackers as waiters. They try hard but simply are not professionals and it shows. Slow, confused and sometimes inappropriate. The food is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited this restaurant last night on a beautiful warm Sydney evening. We had a reservation so we did not have to wait for a table. As soon as you sit down you can tell that they want you fed and out of there as soon as possible. The menus are virtually thrown on the table and before you have a... More 

Thank Mark-Debra R
Lees Summit, Mo
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286 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place has great views but poor service. They would not let us sit near the edge even though there was no one there.

1 Thank postrawb
Davis, California, United States
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was walking by with the family during a sudden early summer Sydney rain shower. The waiter saw me perusing the menu and offered us the last dry table. Had both pacific and rock oysters on the half shell, prawns in garlic, small octopus in a sizzling pot and the seafood platter. Really fresh delicious seafood and excellent service.

Thank Richard K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here once before and had the oysters which were beyond compare! Fresh, delicious, and just popped in your mouth. This time I had a lobster slider appetizer and fresh snapper enter. Hot, crispy, with a very light salad and citrus dressing. Just perfect. If you have a chance, come here. The view while dining is beyond compare.... More 

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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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