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The Watershed, Darling Harbour, AU-NSW

The Watershed

3.9
3.9
43 reviews
$A41 to $A100
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Harbour front bar & balcony great for casual dining & functions
MEET. DRINK. PLAY

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Pub, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Phone number

    (02) 9282 9444

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    External catering not currently available

  • Area

    Darling Harbour

  • Parking Details

    Harbourside Shopping Centre

  • Public Transit

    Town Hall Train Station = 8 minute walk down Druitt St & across the footbridge down to Darling Harbour

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 43 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Sydney City

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. NB

    NadiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a group meet for lunch. We were seated outside and happy as it was a beautiful sunny day. We had wine, pizza & strawberry daquiris. Service was good & fast. Staff were pleasant. Overall very happy with the experience.
  2. AW

    AshtonW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Walked up to security when arrived to say we had a booking. He cut me off half way through speaking to say they were fully booked. I had to then say again i had a booking. Very rude. We were disappointed to find that the menu was very small and only had a portion of the items available from the menu online. Food was very nice though. Although the gummy bear cocktail was horrible. Beautiful views of the harbour and overall we had a good experience. Shame the security guard was on the door though. Thanks and will be dining again.
  3. L

    Ljbro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was average, staff were nice. Wouldn’t recommend
  4. PI

    PriyankaI

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience4
    Nice vie but expensive drinks which aren’t great Average food
  5. WC

    WendyC

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The butchers cut was juicy
  6. CB

    CraigB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great food and ambience. My Tassie visiting friend was really impressed. Drinks service was a little slow but it was okay, not a ridiculous wait. Staff were very friendly.
  7. DS

    DeanS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    worst steak ive had in years very noisy. had out kids with usnand feltnloke we had taken them to a nightclub
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day it was Beautiful
  9. E

    Emma

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would not recommend. Waited 1hr and 1/2 for food to come to half of the table. Then another 20 mins for the res of the table. One plate had hair in it, sent back when it came back food was cold. Crap Service waiter was rude! I would never return here. I recommend you should eat elsewhere.
  10. F

    Finn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall an enjoyable experience. However not faultless. Not all items on menu were available and we were not warned. Entrees came out with one of the mains. The other mains took forever to come out. Food was tasty.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a delight. Off the beaten path and we’ve recently dined in this area many times and have never come across The Watershed. We enjoyed our food and the service was great. We will certainly return to this restaurant. Our friend was super impressed with the gluten free burger buns and could a hamburger.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    chips were cold and pumpkin feta pizza was disgusting and service was rude and slow

    The WatershedResponded on 27 April 2022Hi there, we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback & apologise that you felt your experience on ANZAC Day was not up to your expectations. Were you able to raise these issues with the Manager on the day? If not, feel free to email us to discuss further.

  13. I

    Irish

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Nice food, pleasant staff but waited a long time for meals...was Easter Sunday and not too busy !!

    The WatershedResponded on 27 April 2022Hi Irish, thank-you for your feedback & visiting us over the Easter break.

  14. t

    taco

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We went there for lunch during the week. The food menu is quite limited but the lunch special was good value. Service was good and the staff was very helpful and friendly.

    The WatershedResponded on 27 April 2022Hi there, thank-you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Watershed again soon.

  15. LY

    LYNP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We called in for lunch midweek before going to a show. Our meals (burgers and fish and chips) for all 7 of us were quiet enjoyable and the prices were very reasonable

    The WatershedResponded on 27 April 2022Hi there, thank-you for your feedback. We hope you enjoyed the show!

  16. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Not a fan of the ordering system. Food was good pub food
  17. AL

    AislingL

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The best date night. Staff were amazing, venue was great vibes. Food was lovely.
  18. S

    Sophie

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, nice beverage options. Food was quite poor, I had a chicken schnitzel and the chicken was undercooked and felt like a cheap cut of meat. Would go for a drink but would not eat at again.
  19. TM

    TaylaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food but not alot of options. Great service by wait staff. Great view and dj. Beautiful lights. We got the table for an unlimited amount of time. However when security asked a friend to leave (and he was leaving) he got shoved which I thought was quite unnecessary because there was no argument or attitude given.
  20. JC

    JackieC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere.Sitting outside with beautiful water views
  21. DG

    DarrellG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Staff attentive and friendly. The food is well presented and delicious.
  22. DJ

    DJade

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Nice meals, one of the cheapest on the harbour. Good atmosphere. Great location.

    The WatershedResponded on 4 January 2022Thank-you for your lovely feedback :)

  23. W

    Watershedtrash

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Watershed is horrible do not recommend. We chose our dinner to be at 8:15 and even had an email confirming our 8:15 reservation. We arrived at 8:15 and were greeted by a rude security guard who, instead of asking for proof of vaccination and for us to sign in yelled at us to do what he wanted. We got to the front and they told us we could not go in because our reservation was meant for 6:15, but no one had emailed us about this. We were escorted out and had to find somewhere else to eat at 8:15 at night. Disgusting.

    The WatershedResponded on 4 January 2022Hi there, I would like to investigate your issue further as our system was set up to enable bookings until 7.30pm at the latest due to an external promoter running a Nightclub event from 9pm. Can you please email me through a screen shot of your confirmation for 8.15pm booking?

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    We were literally hiding from the bird sitting in our food. Most of which came out cold anyway.
  25. AS

    AlineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, even on a busy day. We stayed outside and had a great time. Thank you!

    The WatershedResponded on 4 January 2022Thank you for your review Aline, we look forward to welcoming you back to Watershed again soon!

  26. CI

    ClaireI

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Terrible service! Spent most of our time lining up at the bar, only 1 person serving on a Saturday afternoon and so slow. Drink prices were fine and location good but service needs to improve for this place to be good.
  27. AR

    AngieR

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Service was good, but that’s about it. Didn’t have what I wanted to eat but it was on the menu. Over all just okay.
  28. JT

    JeffreyT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible waste of time queueing up to order food while servers were busy mixing drinks, waiters standing around with nothing to do and kitchen idle. Inefficiency must be costing you a mint!
  29. AL

    AislingL

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for 1.5 hours and the staff are amazing. The food and drinks are great. The table reserved was perfect with a view of Darling Harbour. Under shelter too as it was supposed to rain.

    The WatershedResponded on 4 January 2022Hi Aisling, thank-you for your review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Watershed experience!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The watershed is a good place to have fun and get together, the food was delicious and the staff was so nice and welcoming as their service was 10/10 , would definitely come back again. :))
  31. AD

    AnnetteD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great location. Great vibe. Unfortunately music was too loud for the size of the venue. Food was average. A couple of us ordered the skewers and they were cold. Chips were a little bit overcooked. A little too pricey for the standard of food. Drinks were watered down. We spent ALOT of money on spirits and felt they were watered down.
  32. HD

    HannaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Frozen cocktails very yummy, venue was easy to contact when running late
  33. GA

    GarimaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the night. The songs played were awesome, had alot of fun
  34. IB

    InnikaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Attended last year's Melbourne Cup Lunch at The Watershed and it was absolutely fantastic, the food, atmosphere and customer service however this year the food was not great at all, the entree arrived promptly after we arrived but seemed as though it had been sitting out for some time as the cheese was melted and the ham/salami was warm and covered in olive oil for some reason, when the main arrived it was a mixture of hot and cold seafood items, it was all overcooked and the fish cakes were rock hard, we didn't really eat much of the main as we were worried about food safety as everything was cold and we weren't sure if it had been left out like the entree. The dessert was by far the best course. I gave 3 stars as the customer service was the best part of our experience with The Watershed, leading up to the event, I did ask to be seated in the shade and near a TV if possible and they were incredibly accommodating and on the day we didn't have an empty glass all day and cannot say how happy we were with this service. Next year we will be look for an alternative lunch option as this year wasn't great.
  35. AL

    AislingL

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had frozen drinks and some beer and sat outside by the water. Was a lovely atmosphere except for the two men smoking cigars. We didn't want to complain as they were in the smoking area. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
  36. NM

    NishantM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to visit with family. Good food and excellent service

    The WatershedResponded on 12 May 2021Hi Nishant, thank-you so much for your wonderful feedback. We look forward to welcoming you & your family back to Watershed again soon! Alice / on behalf of Watershed

  37. VC

    VinnieC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice pleasant lunch by the water! Great value quality food and cold beers.

    The WatershedResponded on 3 May 2021Hey Vinnie, thanks for the lovely review! We hope to see you at Watershed again soon. Alice / on behalf of WS

  38. RD

    RDPP

    Sydney

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Very poor service. Staff are very rude, not even giving service water.

    The WatershedResponded on 19 April 2021Hi Rosalyn, we appreciate you taking the time to provide a review after dining with us on Thursday. I don't quite understand what you mean by 'not even giving service water' - feel free to email me if you would like to discuss your experience further. Alice / on behalf of WS

  39. MM

    MeriM

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and service. Lots of value for money.

    The WatershedResponded on 8 April 2021Hi Meri, thank you so much for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Watershed again soon! Alice / on behalf of WS

  40. RW

    RachelW

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to book a table online. Easter Sunday the place was buzzing, great to see people back at Darling Harbour. Food was great as always and cocktails too.

    The WatershedResponded on 6 April 2021Hi Rachel, thanks so much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Watershed again soon! Alice / on behalf of Watershed

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Watershed is rated 3.9 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Watershed

198 Harbourside Darling Harbour, AU-NSW 2000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Darling Harbour

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Pub, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Harbourside Shopping Centre

  • Public Transit

    Town Hall Train Station = 8 minute walk down Druitt St & across the footbridge down to Darling Harbour

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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