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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar operated one of the most historical and iconic venues on the water's edge of Circular Quay for 33 years before deciding to move to Broome, Western Australia. With many years of experiences our core principles remain the same; serve only the freshest seafood and deliver great customer service. Visit us for Lunch or Dinner Bookings or walk-ins always welcome.
USD 22 - USD 45
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Seafood, Healthy, Australian
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
We came here when it first opened a few months ago and it was great. The service is very good but the quality of the chef is well below par. The oysters were good but the rest was terrible and badly prepared.
5 of us dined at lunchtime as we could not get a table at any other time.
Oysters thankfully were superb.
The fish was also good. 2 non fish eaters had Waygu beef - exceptional but could have done with more butter on.
Busy. Good service.
We were looking for a special dining experience to celebrate a special occasion whilst we were in Broome. The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar appeared to tick all the right boxes. Knowing that it would be hard to organise when we were there, so we made...reservations well in advance - glad we did as the night we went it was fully booked.
The venue itself is nothing special, apparently it was the gift shop when the Pearl Coast Zoo still existed. It looks and feels like a casual café or a backyard shed, with pictures and signs reflecting its previous use - certainly not an upmarket restaurant which is what I was expecting. We were seated in the alfresco area which is in a pleasant garden setting overlooking a main road. The menu is limited, with a choice of about six starters and six mains, which usually means high quality refined dishes. We opted for the fish tacos ($24) and the salt & pepper squid ($24) to begin and then the Spanner Crab Spaghetti ($38) and King Prawn Linguine ($38) for mains, accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine (from a reasonably decent wine list). The two fish tacos were delicious, though the beer batter was a little dense for my liking, the calamari was certainly fresh (not chewy at all) and the squid ink batter was certainly different however it needed something to cut through the deep fried taste – maybe a light garden salad. The mains were pleasant however they were both just bland, neither dish heroes the seafood – in fact the best element in the linguine was the cherry tomatoes. The serving sizes were both relatively small for the price and it was hard to discern or identify any of the crab meat in the spaghetti.
Our Spanish waitress was very attentive and chatty though I do wonder if management could afford her to have ten-minute chats with customers when they were so busy. Maybe that’s why after our lacklustre mains which had to spend so long trying to flag down someone to tack our desert orders. We decided to share a deconstructed tiramisu ($22), which again was a bit of a disappointment – the savoiardi sponge was dry and crumbly and the splodges of mousse were more cream than mousse – hardly a ‘cheer me up’ dish.
As we had a small wait for our taxi, my partner decided to order a cup of tea, which took longer to arrive then our meal… After dinning here I find it hard to believe that it was ever awarded ‘Best Seafood Restaurant in Western Australia’ as the food is average at best and it isn’t even in the running with so many other restaurants that I’ve eaten at around the state.
We did end up coming back here as part of the ‘Flavours of Broome’ tour, where we were entertained with an oyster shucking demonstration by one of the restaurant staff – not certain if using a rolled up tea towel is that hygienic. Whilst I was waiting for our fresh oysters, I decided to have a couple of their highly publicised oyster shots. Not a fan, all I could taste was the peppery tomato juice and literally nothing else. The natural oysters, despite our early quality assurances, had little pieces of cracked shell in them – not a great representation of a good seafood restaurant.
If you do decide to try the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar don’t go with any high expectations of the food and then you won’t be disappointed with what you receive.More
Broome local here!
It’s always such a treat heading to Sydney Cove! Cocktails are amazing and service impeccable.
The oysters are 100% the most fresh I’ve had in broome and man are they good!
We got both pasta dishes and the barra, all shared around...because they were that good.
Don’t forget dessert either!!!!
Highly recommended to anyone who will listen, can’t wait to go again soon.More
Was told we only had table for hour and a half when we arrived, strike 1. Looked at menu expecting a large variety of oysters cooked different ways, only had 4 options, rest of menu was basic, strike 2. Staff gave us warm tap water,...didn’t come back for drinks order, they were too busy joining the inappropriate conversation on the table next to us, strike 3. We walked out, staff just watched us walk out!More
I guess I was a victim of expectations.
If we'd been going expecting your average cafe meal, then I'm sure we would have been perfectly happy. But we were expecting, as the awards and their web site say, the "Best Seafood Restaurant in Western Australia"...(BSRiWA). It certainly didn't deliver on that expectation.
Firstly a positive - the service was good, fast and efficient.
I was surprised by the decor. We'd booked this as our fancy night out of the trip, for my wife's birthday, and again, expecting the BSRiWA. I didn't expect uncovered, scratched tables like I'd see at a local burger chain.
I'll happily recognise that this is an oyster bar and I'm not a fan of oysters, so probably I'm missing their biggest star. Granted. But surely the BSRiWA can't just be a one-hit wonder.
We did start well with the entrees. Several looked interesting and we shared 3 between 2 of us - all quite nice but the presentation seemed really inconsistent.
For the mains we both ordered the barramundi. When they came out they were quite nice, although one was a normal sized portion .. the other was half the size and really pretty stingy. I said this to the waitress who delivered them as we switched plates but there was no response. I saw one served to another table that was probably 50% larger again than our biggest one.
For the desserts, I love a good tiramisu but by this stage I didn't want to be disappointed so we both went for the sorbet. I think this was the most disappointing both in taste and presentation.
There's really nothing here that was, as such, bad. Again, for a local cafe I'd be fine. But for a special night out we were sadly disappointed, and I think if you're going to claim to be the Best Seafood Restaurant in WA, you need to deliver better than this.More
My wife and I dined at the Sydney Cove Restaurant on our last night in Broome.
Good spot, Nice atmosphere.
Staff are friendly and attentive.
Drinks were good and they could make any cocktail you'd like even if it wasn't on the menu which was...nice for my wife who is particular about the drinks she orders.
Food was good but could have been better.
We ordered multiple rounds of Oysters and Oyster shots which were great.
For Entrée we ordered the Scallops and the Prawn Toast. Both good but the Prawn toast was a little dry and hard.
For Mains we ordered the Barramundi and the Crab Spaghetti. The Barramundi was cooked well and the Olive Tapenade was a great addition to the dish. The Crab Spaghetti was a let down. It lacked excitement and was under seasoned. It also had bits of shell from the Crab throughout. For almost $40 we were disappointed.
For Dessert we ordered the Deconstructed tiramisu to share. Coffee cream was amazing but the sponge was rather hard.
Overall we had a pleasant dining experience here but were let down by a few aspects in the food department.More
The staff were excellent but the food was only 3 star at best. The on charges like surcharge and charging $8 for still water per bottle. This restaurant needs to improve or at least warn customers that they will be charged for tap bottle water....To add to their deficiencies they asked for tip at the counter. In Australia pay rates are fair and adequate so waiters don’t have to ask for tips!More
The experience here is fantastic and the food is great I fully recommend this if you want a really nice seafood fine dining experience. It is also very close to cable Beach and can be easily access by bus
We arrived to a very friendly greeting. Our starters were the ink squid and leek tartlet. Both were very tasty. Our mains were the crab spaghetti and prawn linguine. These were not as good, The crab was tasty but somewhat dry. The prawns were moist...but rather bland. Drinks were reasonably priced. We enjoyed wines by the glass.
The service was terrific. We did tell the waitress about our disappointing mains to which she was very accepting and said she would advise the kitchen.
Cost was $200 for the evening. Surroundings were lovely and overall a very pleasant evening.More