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Cafe Sydney

#37 of 4,210 Restaurants in Sydney
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5th Floor, Customs House | 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
0292518683
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 172
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  • 57
    Poor
  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Lovely Lunch Spot Near the Harbour

Cafe Sydney is on the top of the Customs Building, down at the harbour. The large, bright room has a terrace for outside dining, and a large bar area. The service is professional and the staff is happy to explain any item or make suggestions. The lunch menu is extensive, with lighter fare and more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
love2trave09
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Arlington, Virginia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Cafe Sydney is on the top of the Customs Building, down at the harbour. The large, bright room has a terrace for outside dining, and a large bar area. The service is professional and the staff is happy to explain any item or make suggestions. The lunch menu is extensive, with lighter fare and more substantial dishes to choose from.... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A real foodie heaven.... The waiting staff know their menu and the Sommelier gives excellent wine pairings. One place in Sydney I never miss!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

High Class Act on the roof top, and super cool for those with style and a wallet to match. Excellent service, food and wine in an unmatched place with direct views to the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Usually restaurants with a view like this will charge top dollar, Cafe Sydney is an incredibly relaxed buzzy restaurant with breathtaking views over Sydney Harbour whose prices are relatively moderate in comparison to some. Special thanks go to our formidable waiter Ryan who was so attentive and incredibly professional that our lunch was faultless. The fact that the food was... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you are in the mood for fancy dining with an even fancier view to go with your meal, head to the Customs House and check out Cafe Sydney. As you enter the building, a surprise is waiting at the ground floor. Beneath the glass floor, is a miniature Sydney. Go up to the restaurant and enjoy the incredible view!... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After spending a day at the blue mountains, and wanting to chill at a nice dinner place near to Circular Quay for our last night in Sydney, my family and I thought Cafe Sydney was a great place to hang out. The view was truly amazing, and with all the activity that was happening around Vivid Sydney, it was pretty... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My friend and I booked the famous Cafe Sydney for our 40 th birthday dinner, to share with 10 other guests. Our arrival was not greeted pleasantly we were quickly seated then I was asked by the waiter "can I I have a word" and he explained how the evening would proceed. It all seemed like a process they wanted... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Brilliant position. Wonderful, discreet attention. Great wine list. Menu somewhat overpriced for what it was, & limited for those who want to escape most seafoods. vinegar & aioli in their choices. Very popular spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Your experience starts when you walk into the customs house, thanks to the glass floor your walking on you instantly feel as if you’re flying above the harbor with the mini “City Scape” below you under glass. Once on the 5th floor we were ushered off to our patio outside table (highly recommend but call early as the tables go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent fine dinning, very good service from staff. The food was prepared to perfection, as a former chef I wasn't able to fault it. Pricey but for a special occasion the location is great. Open views of Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge. Bookings essential. We managed to get a cancelled booking for 6.30pm out by 7.45pm and by 7pm... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5th Floor, Customs House | 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 0292518683

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?