Cafe Sydney

4.5
1764 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
Cafe Sydney captures the essence of Sydney from its amazing location next to Circular Quay on the rooftop of Customs House with spectacular harbour views, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a relaxed, contemporary interior.
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Have been to Cafe Sydney a couple of times but did not enjoy the last time as much as the others. The front reception and wait staff were quite disinterested and although efficient, we didn’t get that genuine service feel. The meals were also a bit of a let down. I got the Barramundi with Dutch carrots, however I only received one tiny carrot about the size of your pinky finger. Although the staff brought out a couple of carrots when I mentioned this, the quality was much higher previously.

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous location and views, memorable food and cocktails. Attentive staff possibly too many thou looking after our table so lost the personal touch.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent service and high quality food, but ridiculously expensive - I mean, one prawn? Really? for $30? And at around $20 a glass for open wine, it really is too expensive. Great views but much too noisy for a catch-up with friends.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience with great food, many outstanding choice and reasonable prices in comparison to the states

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Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance great food and friendly service

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Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience from making the reservation to leaving the restaurant was amazing and the customer service is very professional yet welcoming. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating 4 birthdays in April -Son, Wife, Daughter and Grand-daughter. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food was superb. Wines were excellent. Birthday Cake prepared at the venue was brilliant.

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Sydney is a perfect venue for any occasion. A backdrop of Sydney Harbour with views of the Opera House and Luna Park.
The food is amazing, and service was outstanding. A wonderful experience, and one I would recommend.

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took my brother and his wife for a belated and delightful 70 th birthday celebration
We were all extremely satisfied and will continue to return

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second to none good and service
Location location location

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Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, top location and very good service

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Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great venue to celebrate a special occasion. Not the first dining here and will definitely be back.

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress beautiful, efficient and made the experience amazing. Thank you

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Sydney has been one of our favourite Sydney restaurants for the last 15 years. It has consistently high quality food and service and drop dead gorgeous views. This is the perfect venue to take overseas guests (which we've done on numerous occasions) or to celebrate a special event which we did last night (the 11th of April). Staff are always amenable and eager to please and the senior staff can "think on their feet" when needed! 10 out of 10, indeed.

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a view and a meal to match - before getting to our table we ordered an aperitif- Pernod - it came to the table as it should - small bucket of ice and water on the side - classy. I enjoyed the beef carpaccio (a little more rocket would’ve been great) and followed that with the tenderloin (more peppercorn please next time) both fantastic and matched well with a glass(or two) of the Western Australia Lassiez Faire GSM. My wife had the buffalo mozzarella salad and the Humpty Doo Barramundi - both executes extremely well. Service was attentive, they really know how to take a cellphone photo. The ambience is noisy but fun and lively. Great memories.

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Beautiful view, beautiful restaurant, good service, fantastic food

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Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience as always is fantastic at Cafe Sydney. The food is also exceptional with the tenderloin and king salmon both excelling.

Desserts are also very nice.

The wine list and cocktails are also very good.

Overall a very enjoyable evening.

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Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening it all melded together.

Everything we order from entree to Dessert was delicious.

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Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always brilliant service and the best view in Sydney. So many of the dishes are out of this world!

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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were disappointed that when we came to order the special as our shared main course we were told that it had run out. This should have been communicated to us at beginning of the meal. When we then ordered a main of fish, we were told it wasn't the fish on the menu but a different one.

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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I had one of the worst experiences for a high end restaurant I’ve ever had.

From the moment of walking into the view, I was greeted by 7 staff members huddled around the main desk, all not looking like they know what they are doing. Not a single smile.

We were then taken to our table outside, the waitress again - not a single smile, seemed obnoxious.
I can only describe it as the feeling that the woman thought we didn’t have money to spend as we are two women who are 25-30.
Terrible experien

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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food to go with an amazing view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Try and get the outside seating.

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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Beautiful setting and delicious food but thoughtless service. We ordered crab in the shell which required time to eat and prawns as an appetizer. Part way through, they tried to serve us our main courses. I am sure that when they brought us our main meal 15 minutes later it was the same dishes, reheated.

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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch Monday for my sons graduation.
Requested & was given a wonderful table with an awesome view.
The staff were very welcoming & made us comfortable. We were also asked if there was anything else we require several times. What a lovely server we had.
Cocktails & meals were served in a timely manner. They were delicious, clean plates by all.
Even on the way out we had a bit of a laugh with the gentleman making the cocktails.
We were bid a kind farewell.
Thank you Cafe Sydney

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Sydney / NSW
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Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great place for old friends from around the state and beyond to catch up for our catch up lunch each quarter. The quality of service, food, ambience and the iconic Harbour view never cease to enchant.

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Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food, the wine, the cocktails, the view... All fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

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Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful and modern venue with lovely views of Sydney Harbour.
Very vibrant atmosphere and extremely busy. Food was delicious but you're paying the price for the venue! Waiter service was very average and could be improved.

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Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Big and although nice but a high level off music/noice.
Good service, many attentive waiters. Experienced sommelier with a good winelist. Good coctails.

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Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am a regular to Cafe Sydney, and for good reasons, it is exceptional menu that caters for all, fabulous views, and excellent service.

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Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We have dined here many times and always find the food to be to a very high standard and the service very professional .

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Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional and friendly service. Food and views make it perfect for either a business event or personal celebration. Cafe Sydney never disappoints

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Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly efficient staff and a wonderful view of the harbour.

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Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

初めてのシドニーでしたので、ディナーのお店選びには悩みましたが、予約して良かったと思います。お料理も美味しく、素敵な店内でスタッフの方々も感じが良かったです。

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Sydney / NSW
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Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Service was a little slow and our waiter was not as attentive as we expected. We had to ask for drinks to be refilled, waited for our orders to be taken etc.

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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Easy to book a table online, we arrived 10 minutes early and was quickly seated at our preferred table location. The service was excellent. There was always someone on hand to assist whether you are looking for a specific food (e.g. allergy or food type-Vegan) or even if you love fish or beef. My wife had her birthday, there and is allergic to meat and dairy so the restaurant had on hand a special vegan menu that even covered deserts. I highly recommend this location for food and ambiance.

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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When we arrived we were asked if we were celebrating anything, we said my birthday. When l ordered dessert it arrived with a happy birthday message on plate and the waitresses and waiters sang happy birthday to me. Awesome that they took note that it was my birthday and made me feel special.

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Sydney / NSW
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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The view is always magnificent, food and service consistent.

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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a special restaurant. The view of the quay and the harbour is lovely so at once one feels in for a treat. Then comes the exceptional service where nothing is difficult and the customer's needs are well catered for, without the service being intrusive. The menu is interesting with lots of choice and variety and it is hard to decide. I was in a group of four and we all chose a different main course and we were all delighted with our choice. The wine list was comprehensive.

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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great location, wine list and excellent service.
Seafood was excellent - oysters and scallops were delicious. However, the wagyu beef special was very tough and hadn't been properly rested. At $60 we expected it to be amazing but have had better cooked steaks at a pub.
Overall over priced for the quality of food but that was expected for the location.

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Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a special occasion lunch at Cafe Sydney for 10 people.Everything was close to perfect.The ambiance,the out look,the service,the food .Topped off with a delicious birthday cake which was effortlessly presently back to guests on small plates after all the “happy birthdays”were over.

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