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The Best Restaurants in Circular Quay for a Meal with a View

With plenty of top-quality restaurants in Sydney's harbourside hub, we whittle down which ones are worth your time with our list of Circular Quay's best restaurants.

Whalebridge (Image Credit: Whalebridge)

With so many exceptional restaurants in Sydney's harbourside hub, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. But don't worry, we've got you covered with our list of the best restaurants in Circular Quay. Whether you're a local or a traveller, these top Sydney restaurants offer a memorable dining experience with stunning views of the iconic Sydney Harbour.

From a fine dining institution housed in the Sydney Opera House to buzzy modern eateries with water views, these are the most talked-about tables in Circular Quay.

Le Foote

Le Foote

Swillhouse team’s Le Foote is a delightful maze of surprises tucked away in The Rocks, where you'll discover two bars, both stocked with impressive wine selections, along with an upstairs area featuring cosy seating and captivating artwork. Yet, the standout feature is undoubtedly the 80-seat dining room, adorned with a breathtaking Greco-Roman mosaic mural.

Now, when it comes to the menu, Le Foote takes you on a Mediterranean-inspired journey that'll tickle your taste buds just right. Kick things off with some Cantabrian white anchovies or a dip into their taramasalata, paired with some snappy crudites. Craving something heartier? They've got a grill game that's strong, offering up delights like barramundi with beurre noisette and black olives or a drool-worthy Rangers Valley bavette.

101 George Street, The Rocks



Inspired by the sun-drenched South Aegean, Cyprus, and Mediterranean islands, Ploós offers a refreshing twist on modern Greek cuisine.

The venue itself is a visual treat, with its sandstone walls and hanging calico fabric evoking a nautical vibe. If you're in the mood for some open-air dining, the waterfront terrace, complete with comfy rattan loungers and olive trees, is where you want to be.

Ploos kicks off the meal with a tempting array of meze, perfect for snacking. The octopus in taramasalata is a revelation, and the halloumi with charred fennel offers a delightful blend of textures. For mains, the tomahawk lamb chops are grilled to perfection, or opt for the refreshing nissiotiki salad, a Mediterranean masterpiece.

Wash it all down with some Greek vino, showcasing native grapes like Limniona and Xinomavro. 

7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

Londres 126

Londres 126

Londres 126 is a hidden gem located in the bustling Circular Quay area. This modern European restaurant features a chic and intimate setting with impeccable service, perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. The menu focuses on contemporary European cuisine with a twist, showcasing the chef's creativity and use of seasonal produce. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, carefully curated to complement the dishes on offer. 

8 Loftus Street, Quay Quarters 



Genre-bending restaurant Penelope's is more than just dinner with one of the best views in the city. Developed by Owner and Executive Chef Cuong Nguyen (of Hello Auntie fame) and Head Chef Bremmy Setiyoko, the menu showcases the diversity of Sydney's culture and flavours, prompting diners to ponder what it means to be Australian. Each item surprises and delights thanks to a thoroughly modern blend of traditional, multicultural spices and flavours and Australian native ingredients. 

Sitchu Tip: The pork and prawn ravioli is truly unmissable, as is the signature Indonesian-grilled Bakar Chicken, served with lemongrass, chilli and turmeric sambal and garlicky toum. Pair with the Burran Bellini or Prince of NSW cocktail if you're feeling adventurous.

Quay Quarter Tower, Level 1, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney

Harbourfront Seafood Sydney The Rocks

Located in the historic Campbell's Stores at The Rocks, Sydney, Harbourfront Seafood Sydney The Rocks offers diners a picturesque waterfront dining experience with stunning views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. 

Their exceptional seafood menu has everything you want to sample. Enjoy everything from reinvented classics like the 150 Lashes battered fish and chips with crushed peas and ‘chip shop’ curry sauce is phenomenal. Looking for something fancy? Opt for the freshest and best seafood platter you'll ever taste.

Campbell's Stores Bay 1-3, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks

Bouillon L'Entrecote

Bouillon L'Entrecote

Looking for a charming and authentic French dining experience in the heart of Circular Quay? Look no further than Bouillon L'Entrecote. From the moment you step through the doors, you'll be transported to a cosy Parisian bistro, complete with vintage French posters and an open kitchen. The attentive and friendly staff will make you feel right at home as you peruse the menu, which features classic French dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you're stopping in for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner, Bouillon L'Entrecote is sure to satisfy your cravings for delicious, traditional French cuisine.

6 Loftus Street, Sydney 


Enter Pearl, the Cantonese dining joint shaking up Sydney's Chinese food scene. Offering up a relaxed atmosphere alongside views of the Harbour Bridge, Pearl's approach is simple - dim sum, barbecue and seafood designed to be shared. Keen to highlight unique Australian flavours and seasonal produce, the menu at Pearl is set to shift regularly but you can look forward to the likes of wok-fried Lobster with Pearl's signature XO sauce, caramelized BBQ pork belly and dry-aged, twice-cooked Peking duck pancakes. A killer wine list and grand banquet menus rounds out the offering. 

Shop R1013, Retail Level 1, 50 Bridge Street, Circular Quay 



This dreamy Circular Quay restaurant has one of the best addresses on the planet. Whalebridge sits on the edge of the glittering harbour between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The menu celebrates the French brilliance of good produce treated simply. In an iconic environment but with a playful, relaxed feel, you can sit by the sea knocking back briny oysters, Marseilles bouillabaisse and lobster thermidor. What could possibly be better than that!?

Circular Quay East, Sydney 

Bay Nine Omakase

Bay Nine Omakase

A truly unique experience with just 10-counter seats available, Bay Nine Omakase is incredibly exclusive. Priding itself on three main tenants ‘quality produce, organisation and rapport with guests’ the 11-course omakase menu evolves daily so you’ll only discover what you’ll be eating when you arrive at the restaurant. If you miss out on the omakase experience there are a few tables available where you can pick up a six-course set menu lunch or an eight-course dinner.

Campbell’s Stores, Bay 9, 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks



Kobo is one of the best restaurants in Circular Quay for a unique and unforgettable dining experience. This daring Korean fusion restaurant in Quay Quarter Lanes is Sydney's first and only Korean omakase experience. This exclusive chef's table experience accommodates only eight diners at a time, making it one of the most sought-after tickets in town. Chef Jacob Lee curates themed menus that offer an inventive fusion of Korean and other cuisines.

4 Loftus Street, Sydney 



With Peter Gilmore's culinary expertise, Bennelong is a must-visit for anyone seeking a fine dining experience near Circular Quay. Located inside the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, this acclaimed restaurant offers a menu that is aptly Australian. Whether you opt for the Chef's Tasting Menu, the three-course à la carte or an indulgent pre-theatre meal, make sure you don't miss the must-try pavlova.

Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House



This intimate omakase restaurant from head chef Hirofumi Fujita serves one of Sydney's finest 15-course omakase menus featuring the freshest produce sourced from the early morning fish market run. You won't know what's on the menu until you arrive, but trust us, you won't be disappointed. Besuto is a must-visit for foodies seeking the best restaurants in Circular Quay.

3 Underwood Street, Circular Quay

ARIA Restaurant (Image Credit: Jason Lucas)

ARIA Restaurant

Matt Moran's hatted ARIA Restaurant is a true gem in Circular Quay. The restaurant delivers haute cuisine with gastronomic artistry and showcases the best of Australian produce in every dish. The menu changes seasonally, allowing guests to savour the freshest seasonal ingredients. With impeccable presentation, expect an indulgent dining experience that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

1 Macquarie Street, Sydney 



This Japanese and French fusion fine-dining restaurant and bar is located within Sydney Harbour's uber-luxe Opera Residences. Oborozuki and Oborozuki Bar sit side-by-side over two soaring levels with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that perfectly showcase the spectacular backdrop of Sydney's Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The food is equally as spectacular as the views, led by head chef Daeun Kang. Oborozuki offers 3 and 4-course a la carte dining menus as well as an incredible 9-course teppanyaki experience. 

Level 3, 4/71 Macquarie Street, Sydney



Whilst not strictly in Circular Quay, Birdie is worth the short walk up to Wynyard. Settle in around the central bar for a cocktail before soaking up the warm ambience (and sweet bird theme) from the rest of the vibrant dining room. The menu is based around British/Modern Australian comfort eats and each dish arrives impeccably presented. After a long day in the city, working or sightseeing, this elevated comfort food menu hits the spot. 

7-9 York Street, Sydney 

Did this Sitchu dining guide help you book a memorable dining experience in Circular Quay? Whether you're looking for fine dining or Mexican favourites, we've got all the restaurant inspo you could ever need.

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