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Waterfront Restaurant

$$ - $$$
The Rocks
Seafood, Australian
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27 Circular Qy W | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 1300 115 116
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arriving in Sydney Harbour our cruise ship Pacific Jewel docked at the wharf at Circular Quay. We met with friends for a long lunch overlooking the harbour activity and virtually under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We stayed well past the stated lunch period enjoying a stunning menu and a choice of red wines. It was an easy walk from the... More 

Thank Peter Z
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Since lunching at The Waterfront I've checked out a number of less than complimentary reviews on this restaurant and found a lot of similarity to the experience my wife and I had on Boxing Day. Firstly, the food was generally good although my wife had to return her Caesar Salad because it was so ridiculously overdressed it was inedible -... More 

Thank Darren W
Airlie Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a very busy Friday night Circular Quay is a buzz with people and food. The Waterfront is a great place to catch up with Friends and enjoy the delights of Sydney Harbour . Great selection of food and a great wine List....Highly recommend this place, plus the View is outstanding.

Thank AnthonyFossey
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Recently celebrated a special occasion for friends in the Spinnaker Room within The Waterfront Restaurant. The menu was modern Australian & was excellent as was the service. I would highly recommend it as a number 1 .

Thank trishgen g
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over looking Sydney harbour looking toward the Opera house I thought I was in for a beautiful night, I could not have been more disappointed the Service was not good, and the Main meal was very Average to say the least If you go some tips Book a table on the wall at the front of the restaurant no obstructions... More 

Thank Michael d
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were glad to get a table on Christmas Eve and the Waterfront didn't disappoint. Great seafood platter for two. Highly recommend.

Thank AusSavvyTravellers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked through red balloon and found food better than expected. I had the steak, which was cooked exactly how ordered and my wife enjoyed her John Dory. The harbour view was great!

Thank RichmondKurrajong
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best dining experience I have every had! The view of the opera house was outstanding and the restaurant was right on the waters edge. We had to wait around 30 minutes for a table but having turned up without a reservation of New Year's Day this was expected. Despite this, we were shown to a nice seated area around... More 

Thank beardsoph
Surbiton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

D'ya know what? I knew this place was going to be a tourist trap - and I was expecting the worst. But I really enjoyed it!! The service was friendly and very attentive. The location and view phenomenal. And the food perfectly acceptable - in fact pretty good. Tiger prawns to start - OK (if a little bit watery). Then... More 

Thank Chris F
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is a tourist trap, great location and view , very average food. With the Pork belly Asian salad, I had to look hard to find the pork but in fact it was two pieces of streaky bacon on the bottom of the plate. One of my favourite dishes completely destroyed . The chef may need to consider a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $39
Seafood, Australian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Circular Qy W | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > The Rocks
  • Neighborhood: The Rocks
  • Phone Number: +61 1300 115 116
Waterfront's authentic menus are inspired by the classics with seafood being our specialty. Oysters are shucked to order, and long-standing relationships with Sydney's leading suppliers provide us with the best line-caught fish.Situated within the historic Rocks precinct with views across Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, dining at Waterfront is a truly unforgettable experience.

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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