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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

#124 of 4,251 Restaurants in Sydney
#139 of 4,672 Places to Eat in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Fish & Chips, Seafood
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Lot 1 Circular Quay East, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9247 2937
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9:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 213
    Excellent
  • 182
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 17
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Spectacular!

Amazing view, particularly on a sunny day. The seafood quality was spectacular and the wine list very good. What a great hangover cure!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Ruth P
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Took forever to get the waitress attention. Once we order, it took 20 mins to come. Oyster were nice but the hotspot was a down fall. $48 for that was a ripped off. Crab is not fresh, the bread were burned. Only 2 mussels and most of the clams are empty shell. Very disappointed!

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing view, particularly on a sunny day. The seafood quality was spectacular and the wine list very good. What a great hangover cure!

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Melbourne, Australia
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We had an enjoyable afternoon in the Sydney sun, beside the harbour. Food was good for a Cafe style meal. Oysters were fresh and had a couple of nice asian style marinates. The tiger prawns were well cooked and needed the bread to dip in the tasty sauce. Forget the polenta chips. Wine list was good and they had an... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My partner and I enjoyed a dozen oysters (au naturel). They were very fresh and tasty. We stopped in as an appetiser before eating elsewhere for dinner. We were given a table along the waterfront with the most spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The service was fast, efficient and very friendly. It was a great experience though not... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great service and wonderful view of the harbour bridge IF you get a table near the waters edge. However, the food was average and the portions very small. Seems you pay a premium for the location. Disappointing.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Brushetta and pasta was amazing, server moved is to the edge table once it was free for stunning views. Great service will be back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband is the seafood lover and as it was his birthday I took him here knowing there's nothing on the menu I would eat (especially at 30 weeks pregnant!) he ordered a Hot Pot which he states was the best seafood he'd ever had! I ordered garlic bread and chips and the waiter was kind and didn't ask me... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We walked around Circular Quay on a cold Thursday night trying to find a warm restaurant that looked inviting. We hit the jackpot! We were given blankets, placed next to a heater and had very friendly staff. I ordered the Moreton Bay bugs Indian curry ($36). The bugs were still in their shell and cooked perfectly. My husband loved his... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I love visiting Sydney Harbour and this restaurant is in one of the best spots. I was filling in time while my husband did a spot of work. I needed food and was intending to just buy a sandwich, find a cool spot and watch the world go by. But then I remembered how much I like this place. I... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

One of the best locations on Sydney Harbour for a drink or a meal. Coffee (espresso) was excellent (vittoria) and service was a bit relaxed but friendly. Great spot to absorb the atmosphere and view the Harbour bridge. This visit was only for a late morning coffee but on previous visits I enjoyed a few sundowners at this great location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lot 1 Circular Quay East, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 9247 2937

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 62
  • Cuisine: Fish & Chips, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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