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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

#25 of 4,555 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
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 23:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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Davis, California, United States
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 3 days ago NEW 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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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Booked in for dinner on the water (we were eventually relocated to the waterfront table we booked and staff were very gracious in acccomodating this table shift). Oysters were extremely fresh and the wait staff were knowledgeable of their food, flavours and wines. We even had a liquor coffee to wind a very enjoyable night up. Tip: can get windy... More 

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Brandon, Canada
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224 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely evening here but others did not because, wait for it, they did not get that the sun sets. Yup, right in your eyes, into the water, across the harbour. There were multiple complaints from guest who wanted a sunset without sun. Demands for different tables, complaining that their first world lives were affronted by a sunset.... More 

Thank bluesonwhyte
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great restaurant in a great location. Really good food and exceptional service at this restaurant. We enjoyed watching the activity on the water from this waterfront restaurant. The staff are really attentive and gave really friendly service. The food is superb. Possibly the best restaurant we visited while in Sydney.

Thank 7marshs
Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food , service and ambience all excellent. We stayed for 4.5 hrs and tried nearly every tapas style food on the menu. As u would expect the oysters are as fresh as u will get!! Everything we tried was well above average and the wine list is superb. Lot of foreign staff which adds to the experience. Highly recommend..

Thank tcuskely
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simply a great location on Sydney harbour.We had a delicious lunch,people watching from one side and watching a tug guide an ocean going liner out of port on the other side.As for lunch the food was superb,lovely presentation and the staff totally professional and attentive.Give it a go and pass a nice couple of hours.

Thank kbell49
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner here right on the harbour's edge by the Opera House with a spectacular view of the city by night and the Harbour Bridge. The waiting staff were charming but we had a long wait for our main course - 40 mins - as they had lost the order docket! We also had one of the few tables... More 

Thank Trish66
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge at the Westin Sidney. We walked from the hotel to this restaurant along the water and enjoyed the walk quite a bit. By the time we got there around 7:00 PM, we were hungry; we chose a selection of oysters for the appetizer and chose two different kinds of local fish... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding food, service, views, and atmosphere. Sitting right on the Harbour outside you'll enjoy incredible food and wonderful service. A great staff. A wonderful evening. Don't miss this.

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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
US$15 - US$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, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, 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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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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