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Lvl 2, 345 Harbourside Shopping Centre | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9211 8900
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped by Zaaffran after circling the restaurants of Darling Harbor two times (had to get my steps in). It has an upstairs location with an absolutely beautiful view. The night I went was a perfect 72 degrees at 8pm with a cool breeze. One of the outside table next to the railing was wonderful. I was in Sydney on... More 

Thank Matthew F
Molokai, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic spices, perfect location and very good service. This is among the best Indian food I have had outside India and the Middle East. Absolutely superb and highly recommended by one (me) who is extremely fussy about Indian food.

Thank wandering_bob231
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this restaurant despite a wait for our food. Our waiter was pleasant and helpful. The food was way better than the typical butter chicken and tikka restaurant. Highly recommended.

Thank Ed S
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I did enjoy my meal here but was quite shocked at the end to see a $9.50 charge for water . When asked at the beginning, he said "would you like sparkling or still water?" - we said still, assuming tap. Nope. A small bottle cost us almost $10! ridiculous. I thought Sydney had laws where they are supposed to... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Turned up without a reservation on a busy Saturday night, and zaaffran were so accommodating,they squeezed us in and made us feel very welcomed. The food is without a doubt excellent, they know how to make a curry, the fish curry is on par with my grandmothers! Great service ,excellent food great atmosphere and great views of darling harbour.

Thank darrenanderson5769
Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Great spot to dine and watch the Vivid light show. The service was fast and attentive. The food divine. If you like Indian this is special. My culture is not Indian however nearly every table was a group of local Indian people so even they think it is great. Recommend you book to be sure of getting a table.

Thank runawaygirl2016
Duluth, Minnesota
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Ordered takeaway through Foodora and everything was amazing! The Fort Kochi Moilee was perfectly cooked with succulent scallops and tender shrimp.

Thank Rachel M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

How fabulous to see the wonderful flavours of India converted into a 5 star taster menu. Absolutely amazing flavours and textured. The taster banquet had more than enough to satisfy the biggest appetite and the extension to detail and wonderful service made it a superb dining experience! Special mention for the lamb taco dish and the panne cotta desert, plus... More 

Thank Jodie D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We have returned to the Zaaffran on several occasions; the standards are extremely high. The menu has changed significantly and the addition of "street foods" is welcome. The set street food menu (including a desert) is a good introduction to this style of eating. The staff are informative and indicate what is in each dish. If dining off the main... More 

Thank NigelandCarol B
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Food is always good at Zaaffran and last night was not exception. Though I was not particularly rapt in the okra dish, the rest was excellent as usual. Love the pani puri as an entre, their salt lassi, and all the little trimmings they provide. As usual, when I looked at the bill at the end, I felt like asking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $37
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lvl 2, 345 Harbourside Shopping Centre | Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9211 8900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darling Harbour

Neighborhood Profile
Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.