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Cafe Sydney

#17 of 4,422 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
European, Australian, Pacific Rim
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5th Floor, Customs House | 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Some friends brought me here for a lunch to celebrate my visit back to Sydney. It was an inspired choice with the perfect combination of excellent food and a stunning view. In the past I have often found that you either get a great view or great food but to get both is a rarity and Cafe Sydney delivered on... More 

Thank John P
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112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is overrated. Very dark for dinner (you need a torch) and the whole staff think that they are the most important people in the place. Wrong. The customer should be the most important. Also, when you book, it is like they are doing you a favour. Wrong. You are doing them a favour by going. Forgetful food, but... More 

Thank Puligny888
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We dined at Café Sydney last night for my birthday and I think I will be remembering this one for a long time to come. My partner booked an early dinner out on the terrace which was wonderful as it was such a beautiful evening and the views are as incredible as people tell you. Inside, Café Sydney is not... More 

Thank DMToohey
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location and fabulous views of the harbour especially if you reserve a table on the outside. Book well in advance either way or take an early evening reservation i.e. About 5.30 pm The food is good but not special and is priced accordingly given the location overlooking Sydney harbour. It's Modern Australian fare but whilst you're browsing the menu... More 

1 Thank syrahcharles
Frodsham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In the old Customs building, with iconic views, this place is something special. Food, drinks, atmosphere - all as good as you would expect. Beautiful.

Thank KandHmum
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On the top floor of the old Customs House which I had never been to and now wish to explore a bit more of, Café Sydney was a great experience. I had booked outside for a 21st lunch and disappointingly it rained so we did have a moment of unsureness as the inside was fully booked. The staff however were... More 

Thank Tricia E
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some history - many years ago I was about to book this place but was told they charge a 10% fee for bookings of 10 or more. This is regardless of the level of service you receive. So I never went. Recently, I was asked by a friend from interstate to recommend a restaurant for her 60th, so I recommended... More 

1 Thank lpmenezes
Adelaide, Australia
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The awesome view and great service were the highlights to a business dinner recently had at this Sydney restaurant. The food was above average with the servings on the smaller side. This is s special location and the dessert of Carmel tart was one of the best I have ever had (don't miss this if you are s chocolate fan).... More 

1 Thank 2016tlp
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate hear as part of a group in July had we had a fantastic meal. The restaurant sits atop the old Customs House with a spectacular view of Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House. The food was delightful, from the salad to the dessert. We had a fixed menu for the group but the restaurant... More 

Thank Jeffrey K
Palo Alto, California
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the top floor of a historical building on the Quay with great views and food. The oysters are delicious and the wine list is large. Recommended

Thank joecool2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
European, Australian, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 0292518683

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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 Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.