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Cafe Sydney

5th Floor, Customs House | 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
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Ranked #28 of 5,211 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: City Centre
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84% Recommend
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had a hard time getting a Saturday booking, so the anticipation was built. I have previously been to Café Sydney in large groups. This time there were two of us. And for a romantic dinner for two, Café Sydney is probably not the right choice. Firstly, this restaurant is large. On Saturday it was buzzy but felt cavernous for... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A few years ago I experienced a great lunch here with a large group of family. Unfortunately when we were in Sydney this year the restaurant was closed on Good Friday. However we dropped in another day on the off chance we could dine and it was fully booked. The staff were extremely friendly and invited us to sit down... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing place to eat, we watched the sunset over Sydney Harbour from one of the best tables in the restaurant. The table was outside overlooking the harbour, blankets are provided for cooler nights. The food was delicious & service great but it is the location that makes this place so special.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Cafe Sydney is a perfect one to consider for a business lunch, or a casual one with your friends. It has great view of the Sydney harbor bridge. The food and service is excellent too. Booking beforehand is essential.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Dinned out on the balcony. Fantastic view looking out toward the Harbour Bridge. Food and service was top notch.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I loved the vibe of the restaurant. But the service and food could be better...yes the staff were polite (but we were questioning ourselves the whole night if there any mistakes that we've done since they're not willing to smile at us or even to our lil ones 😔) Ohhh well...we had wagyu could've been a little tastier but our... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Went for a casual lunch while on holidays. Despite the rain the view outside was amazing and the blankets on the chairs were a nice touch. The waiter was less than friendly; didn't crack a smile the whole time. Entree was tasty but the main gnocchi was bland and dull; advised the melancholy waiter who wasn't at all interested. Great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Special occasion dinner for two - yes the views and the ambiance are fabulous. Our service was slick when we got it but a little patchy. Food was good (fish was fabulous), my husband's duck was 'okay'. This food in another setting would be unremarkable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We lunched at Cafe Sydney on Sunday 24th Aug and had an all over great experience. The food was outstanding (3 course), the service exemplary and with comprehensive wine list suitable to all tastes and price range. BTW Pegasus Bay Chard = awesome. Thank you to what is clearly a team at Cafe Sydney. No hesitation to recommend.

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Perth, Australia
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14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went to the Café Sydney to celebrate my husband's Birthday whilst visiting Sydney. The view was amazing but the rest disappointing. Food average, service awful, even forgot to fill our wine glasses & forgot an order completely. Portion sizes tiny and all in all very disappointing. I expected to be thoroughly spoilt that night. I booked the restaurant months... More

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