Circular Quay Restaurants

The best restaurants in Circular Quay rank among the best restaurants in Australia. Supported by exceptional views of the Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, these upscale venues combine world-class views with exceptional gastronomy to provide an unparalleled dining experience. As you might expect, given its waterside location, seafood is championed on many menus. You will find various international cuisines available including French, Chinese, Indian and Mexican - most with outdoor seating.


Aria is another exceptional restaurant in Circular Key that is run by a celebrity chef - Matt Moran. As well as sensational views of the harbour bridge and Opera House - conveyed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows - the venue delivers some of the most inspired fine dining meals in the city through a four-course menu that will treat your taste buds.

1 Macquarie St Sydney CBD 2000

Bar Patrón

Bar Patrón prides itself on being Australia's finest Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. Located in the heart of Circular Quay, this heaving venue is an airy, bright, modern space that provides guests with an elevated night out. Their beef Wagyu hot plate and scallop ceviche will salivate you like one of Pavlov's dogs, while their Margaritas are spicy!

2 Phillip St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Mexican


Located within Sydney's world-famous Opera House, you will find the iconic Bennelong. Run by Peter Gilmore, it offers arguably the best views of any dining establishment in the city. Guests can enjoy inventive shared plates at this chic and elegant fine dining venue against the backdrop of the harbour bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sydney Opera House Sydney CBD 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Cafe Sydney

Sitting proudly on top of Customs House, a meal at Cafe Sydney provides exceptional views of the harbour and surrounding area. As one of the city's most iconic eateries, the venue provides diners with a sensational dining experience, featuring dishes like Morton Bay Bugs and Humpty Doo Barramundi. They also offer a robust wine list.

Level 5 Customs House, 31 Alfred St Sydney CBD 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian

City Extra

Whether it is 3.30 am or 3.30 pm, if you find yourself hungry at Circular Quay at any time of the day or night, City Extra has you covered. A stalwart in the area for almost 40 years, the venue prides itself on serving what it thinks the public wants - not what it wants to present to them. Menus take a newsprint form and cover plenty of cafe staples.

2 Alfred St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Cruise Bar

Situated on the first level of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Cruise Bar is one of Sydney's leading restaurants. Bright and airy, with casual decor and a relaxed ambience, it boasts elegant chandeliers and superb city and harbour views. The menu offers a terrific selection of meat and seafood dishes, while the wine list is robust.

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay W The Rocks 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian


Eastbank is a brilliant destination for your next date night or to catch up with friends. Tucked away within the Ayre Real Estate building, it boasts incredible views of the harbour, especially during sunset, that are best seen from its airy, outdoor seating area. The food and wine list here is Italian in nature, comprising several classical dishes.

61-69 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Graze MCA

The works of art are not just reserved for the walls and displays of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. You'll also find them on the food menu at its ground-floor restaurant, Graze MCA. Open solely for lunch, this elegant venue dishes up an exquisite selection of contemporary Aussie dishes with terrific harbour views and outdoor seating.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St The Rocks 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian


Construction of the Opera Residences has recently been completed, and on its second level, you will find the superb Ippudo restaurant. Known for its delicious Hakata ramen, which originated from Fukuoka on the stunning Southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the venue is notable for its fast service, tasty food and really cool feature light installation.

Shop 3, Level 1/71/79 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Japanese

Q Dining

Comprising floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a décor inspired by the magnificence of its waterfront location, Q Dining is one of the best restaurants in Circular Quay. It resides in the Pullman Quay Grand Hotel, within the mezzanine level space formerly occupied by the Quadrant restaurant and offers modern Aussie dishes and share plates.

61 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Quay Restaurant

Situated within the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Quay Restaurant is an exceptional dining establishment whose renowned set menu has been curated by Peter Gilmore, its legendary executive chef. Quay has been awarded three chef hats, every year, for over 20 years in a row, making it one of Sydney's most esteemed culinary venues.

Upper Level Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks 2000

Searock Grill

Situated just a stone's throw from the Sydney Opera House, Searock Grill is a terrific venue for a pre-show meal or a romantic date night. This buzzy harbourside restaurant boasts an excellent outdoor seating area that enables you to drink in superb views of the water and the city's major landmarks whilst enjoying seafood or a steak meal.

15/5 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Seafood

The East

The East prides itself on being the premier Chinese fine-dining restaurant in Sydney. Situated adjacent to the Opera House, the venue offers a mix of outdoor and indoor seating that provides superb views of the Harbour Bridge. Their diverse food menu comprises a range of inspired dishes that vary in flavour from hot and spicy to sweet & sour.

8/1 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Chinese

The Spice Room

There are many excellent Indian restaurants in Sydney, but few can compare with The Spice Room in terms of price, ambience, setting and food quality. This sensational venue is renowned for providing diners a top-notch dining experience, with dishes like King Prawn Gulmohar and Dhaba Style Chicken Curry being popular local favourites.

2 Phillip St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: Indian


Nestled right on the water's edge at Circular Quay, Whalebridge is a delightful French restaurant which offers spectacular city and harbour views from its stylishly decorated space. Its menu features a selection of classic French bistro-style dishes that embrace the best of Gallic flavours. Pair the Confit Aylesbury Duck with a nice drop of red.

1 Macquarie St Circular Quay 2000

Cuisine: French