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.

“Seafood with a view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar
Lot 1 Circular Quay East, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9247 2937
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #137 of 5,486 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $62
Cuisines: Fish & Chips, Seafood, Dessert, Oyster Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Seafood with a view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

In Sydney for business and took the afternoon to explore. Ended up here for a beer and some shellfish. Had a combination platter which was all excellent: huge mussels, yabbies (small crabs), rather massive prawns, crab and some oysters. It's a bit pricier I think by U.S. standards, but the sun was warm, the harbor busy, the local beer cold. Service a bit leisurely.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

393 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    175
    156
    43
    12
    7
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Can't beat the location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The location must be the main draw to Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. I can't imagine many people come here just for oysters, although they were rather tasty, especially the Sydney Rock variety, which were from Wallies Lake, NSW. I;m glad they informed about where they were from as the Sydney Rocks have suffered lately due to pollution. I digress. There;s more than just location and oysters here. The service is good, the prices are astronomical. Still, I paid and I walked in knowing it was going to be expensive. Would I go again? Perhaps when I next have a large amount of cash to spare! I would go again if a friend wanted to go simply because it is such a charming place to be.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“great views, friendly service and OYSTERS!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We went for oysters and a drink one sunny afternoon. there was great service, lovely views and a good wine list. There weren't many beer choices and the oysters were average really rather than wonderful but were reasonably priced. We found it to be a great spot for an afternoon pick me up.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
narre warren north
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good view over the circular quay harbour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

I had an amazing sea food plate. The fish was fresh, good structure and tasted really good! I had a table at the water and had a good view at the harbour bridge. If you love seafood I really recommend to go there. Good value for your money!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Thank god for the view”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Oysters we're okay, service pretty average (underpaid back packers) view was absolutely fabulous! This place could be so much more....what a pity!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sydney Cove Oyster Bar also viewed

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

Been to Sydney Cove Oyster Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.