History - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar



Historically, Sydney Cove is one of Australia’s most significant landmarks. On the 26th of January 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip—the leader of the First Fleet—raised a flag on the shore of Sydney Cove to proclaim the Colony of New South Wales, in the name of the King of England.

This date was later to become our national holiday, known today as Australia Day. Coincidentally, on this exact day 200 years later, the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar began trading.

The Federation building, which houses the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, itself dates back to 1908. It was constructed for the workers at Burns Philip & Co as part of the wharf facilities that serviced the many Island trading ships during the early to mid 1900s. In 1911 a tendons room was added which, along with the public lavatories, remained in use until 1987 when Circular Quay was redeveloped in preparation for Australia’s bicentennial celebrations. Part of the redevelopment included changing the usage of this heritage-listed building to ‘restaurant’—the first step towards making East Circular Quay a true people precinct.

The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar has traded since that date and developed a reputation for serving premium Sydney Rock Oysters and quality Australian seafood in what is arguably the most perfect location of any city in the world.

Its close proximity to the Opera House makes it the ideal destination for a pre-opera meal and its easy strolling distance from most CBD hotels makes it a favourite for that late night coffee or dessert wine. Sydneysiders and travellers alike would agree that the tranquil setting and spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge make The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar one of the country’s absolute “must-do” locations.


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The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is now located in Broome WA

Our exciting new location is at Zookeepers Store near the famous Cable Beach in WA. It took us just on one month to relocate the 4000kms and we are very much loving life in this picturesque town on Roebuck Bay. Interestingly we brought not just our equipment from Sydney but also our management, kitchen and floor team as well. Our doors are open now and we are still trying to bring the premium casual dining to Broome that we were well known for in Sydney.

Lastly, if you drop in please say hi to some of the local young talent we have recruited both in the kitchen and on the floor as we set about training the next generation of hospitality stars. 

Please check out or WA inspired menu and wine list from the menu tab above.

Trading Hours

Monday & Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday to Saturday 5pm-10:30pm

Sunday All day dining 12pm-10:30pm with live music sessions from 3pm until 5pm