We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Sydney

#47 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, European, Australian
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
5th Floor, Customs House | 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
0292518683
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,614 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 910
    Excellent
  • 460
    Very good
  • 164
    Average
  • 56
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Incredible view

Cafe Sydney is on the 5th floor of the Customs Building and right at Circular Quay. Needed to make reservations before getting to Sydney. I requested outside seating and that was definitely the right choice.. I had the barramundi and the rocket salad. I splitting the salad with my friend. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Acey071368
,
Midlothian, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
Add Photo Write a Review

1,614 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Midlothian, Virginia
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Cafe Sydney is on the 5th floor of the Customs Building and right at Circular Quay. Needed to make reservations before getting to Sydney. I requested outside seating and that was definitely the right choice.. I had the barramundi and the rocket salad. I splitting the salad with my friend. The presentation was great. Dessert was a chocolate shortbread with... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I loved this place. I was in Australia for school and spent some time traveling. I remember it being some of the most amazing seafood and wine combination and the view just spectacular.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was not dinner, it was an event. The staff, the food and the venue could not have been better. If you only get one chance to have one big meal in Sydney please make reservations for this restaurant. The scallops were simply perfect and it rivals the St. Paul Grill for the best beef tenderloin I've ever eaten. If... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful night at Cafe Sydney. It has to be the best location in Sydney, spectacular views of Circular Quay, Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The food was great and the service was outstanding! Cannot recommend it too highly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a pleasure to dine at, the matre de greeted us warmly and was shown to our table on the terrace promptly, the view from there is superb.I shared a seafood platter which was plentiful and fresh, the sides were good and desert tasty...the waiter was friendly and efficient, overall excellent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Coming back to Australia for my honeymoon with my new German wife, I was happy that my daughter had purchased a voucher and made a booking at Café Sydney. I had been there when it first opened and had heard excellent reviews. We were shown to a table overlooking the harbour. The view was fantastic, and the service was very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
Top Contributor
311 reviews 311 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Hold tight and get ready for the meal of a lifetime if you can get a table at Cafe Sydney. It is absolutely necessary to pre-book a table or you are more than likely to end up disappointed if you get turned away. It is 5 years since we were in Sydney and this visit proved that nothing has changed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
High Peak, Derbyshire
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

it was recommended that we try Cafe Sydney and sat on the deck. To get in we had to agree a 2.30 late lunch slot, and it was really worth it. We sat at the edge of the deck overlooking Circular Quay on a beautifully sunny afternoon, eating wagu beef which was gorgeous. The cafe is not cheap, but great... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Altos, CA
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

After several visits over several years, all with business associates, I returned to Cafe Sydney with my wife on her first visit to Sydney, and thus saw the place through new eyes. Many tables at CS offer wonderful views over Circular Quay, and enjoying that view is a large part of enjoying CS, so book well ahead, get your concierge... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Brilliant food! Make sure you order off the specials menu, these are always great. You need to book in advance to get the balcony. Make sure you get the balcony as it makes the restaurant. Service is also very good. Will go back again when i'm in that area. Give the home made ginger ale a miss.... too much ginger..... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cafe Sydney also viewed

Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
 
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
 

Been to Cafe Sydney? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Sydney and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Newport, United Kingdom
3 months ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Sydney staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?