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Waterfront Restaurant

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Seafood, Australian
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27 Circular Quay West | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 1300 115 116
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Waterfront's authentic menus are inspired by the classics with seafood...
Waterfront's authentic menus are inspired by the classics with seafood being our specialty. Oysters are shucked to order, and long-standing relationships with Sydney's leading suppliers provide us with the best line-caught fish.Situated within the historic Rocks precinct with views across Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, dining at Waterfront is a truly unforgettable experience.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Casual lunch

Booked with a voucher, sat outside with Opera house view, we liked our table but the front of house desk was smack bang in the middle of our view! Move that big horrible metal thing! Food was great as was our server... Voucher made it good value

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Mattsowary
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Greater Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Booked with a voucher, sat outside with Opera house view, we liked our table but the front of house desk was smack bang in the middle of our view! Move that big horrible metal thing! Food was great as was our server... Voucher made it good value

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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Had a nice meal here. I had the kangaroo and crocodile "medallions", which I ordered rare. It was only one medallion - which was a little over done and dry, but the kangaroo was perfect and really quite nice. My partner ordered a medium steak, but it was closer to well done and a little dry. The service was good,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The only good thing I can say about this place is the view. The prices are fine dining prices, and Leagues Club bistro quality on a bad day. We went for the Vivid Festival and it was a perfect location to see the Opera House sails, but I would have been happier sitting on the steps with take-out. I ordered... More 

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Donna D, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Lauren, On behalf of the Restaurant team, and the Management of Waterfront Restaurant thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent visit. We are very sorry that the experience you had at our restaurant wasn’t one we strive to create for our guests. During the Vivid Festival the restaurant staff and chefs are serving more... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The only good thing about this evening was the view. A nice sanctuary to watch the light show... Though the service and food was more than disappointing. I ordered the twice cooked pork belly that was more like 5 times cooked. Extremely dry, no crackling, not what you would expect for the price. We needed to check on our wine... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

When it comes to Groupon vouchers it is a hit and miss for both myself and the restaurants. Sometimes I enjoy the dishes and sometimes they are not my cup of tea/up to my personal standard and sometimes restaurant committed to offering voucher but they cut corners. I'm happy to report Waterfront was a great experience. I've been to the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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57 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We really enjoyed our meal here. Yes it was quick, but we did not feel rushed at all. We had oysters Kilpatrick to start with - my partner enjoyed the sauce, I thought it was a bit thick, more like out of a sauce bottle than something that was made in-house. For mains we had snapper and seafood risotto -... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Mother day lunch at Waterfront hotel was perfect venue stunning views and sefood platter to match - highly recommended

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Sydney, Australia
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66 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This restaurant is located right on the harbour in the historic Rocks. It is open air (with a roof) and has a fabulous view of the harbour. The food is tasty, they have a big enough menu and the staff seem pleasant enough. The prices are slightly higher (as they are in the area) but it is well worth visiting.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I were joined by a client for a late Sunday lunch and as she is from overseas, I thought we'd enjoy the Rocks and harbour ambience as well as what I assumed was to be an enjoyable meal (which I must say I have enjoyed at The Waterfront over many years). One lamb shank and a bit... More 

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Donna D, Manager at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Greg, Thank you for your feedback in regards to your recent experience at Waterfront Restaurant. I have forwarded your comments to the chefs in regards to the meals and to the managers. Please note that our restaurants will be going through refurbishment in the near future. Your feed back is important to us and rest assured that all of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

We bought a groupon for this restaurant and even though it was expensive, it was definitely worth it! Food was delicious and fast to arrive, serving staff were really lovely. Would recommend- but only to people who want to fork out the cash!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 Circular Quay West | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: +61 1300 115 116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 39
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups

Description

Waterfront's authentic menus are inspired by the classics with seafood being our specialty. Oysters are shucked to order, and long-standing relationships with Sydney's leading suppliers provide us with the best line-caught fish.Situated within the historic Rocks precinct with views across Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, dining at Waterfront is a truly unforgettable experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?