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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A little note from Team SCOB!

We relocated from our prime-spot on East Circular Quay to picturesque Broome in May 2021.
Over the past weeks we have been confronted with the common issue of staffing shortages in town. We worked with dedication towards keeping our doors open until the end of the season, but unfortunately had to close down early this year. Over the past years, we have been well known in Broome for bringing our year-long experience of premium service and food from Sydney and cannot be more grateful for the memories we made in this beautiful small town.

Thank you for two seasons of getting to host both locals as well as tourists on the daily and for supporting our restaurant and staff in such a special way.

We are so grateful to have met every single one of you and cannot wait to see where our next venture takes us.

Please do stay up to date with our social media channels to learn about our exciting new plans for 2023 and beyond!