Cuisine: Mediterranean, Modern Australian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #8 of 91 restaurants in Sydney

Enjoy premium casual dining with stunning water views! From the rooftop terrace of Cockle Bay wharf you will be blown away by the striking views, and the open kitchen that allows you to watch the Chefs at work—and that’s all before you’ve even sat at your table.

The food is every bit as stunning as the Darling Harbour scenery. The menu pays homage to Cafe del Mar’s Mediterranean heritage with Spanish DNA and influences from the Mediterranean Coast - Italy, France, Turkey and more with a modern Australian accent, resulting in dishes that will truly delight your taste buds. From tapas and share plates, to shared mains and signature desserts, there is something for everyone - prepared by skilled chefs using quality ingredients.

We recommend the signature shared dish of cumin-crusted slow-cooked pastrol Murrylands lamb shoulder, spiced chickpeas, and labne. It is simply not to be missed!

Whether you’re on a date or sharing a meal with friends, with their signature Cafe del Mar music and buzzy vibe, Cafe del Mar is a restaurant you’ll be back to visit time and time again.

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Cafe del Mar
35 Wheat Road
Rooftop Terrace Cockle Bay Wharf
Sydney 2000

Open Hours:
Daily: 12pm- Late

Phone: 02 9267 6700
Website: www.cafedelmar.com.au

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Ranked: #8 of 90 restaurants in Sydney 8
Cafe del Mar
Location: Darling Harbour
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Modern Australian
Mains: $25 - $35

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Great food and ambiance, attentive service, will be back :-)

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Marilou David

Good service & ambience, just food portions are smaller

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Linda Kelly

Amazing spanish food in such a gorgeous setting. Highly recommend to anyone for a really special place to go.

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Great First Table Restaurant experience at Cafe Del Mar!

Staff were great, food was amazing!

Thanks

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Linda Allan

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Cafe Del Mar last night.
Deliberately arrived a little early to relax in the bar area with a pre dinner cocktail, chose the margarita and an Aperol Spritz, both mixed nicely.
Wait staff kindly advised our table was ready right on time, and continued to a provide really lovely professional service throughout the entire meal. Thank you ladies!
For starters we (3 of us) ordered the trio of dips with warm flatbread, the hummus being the favourite. Flash fried calamari was delicious, as were the seared scallops - cooked perfectly with a morish creamy side sauce that paired beautifully. The king prawns with smoked chilli were so fresh, juicy and tender.
All servings were small plates with just enough to tempt your tastebuds.
Next came the shared main of roast lamb shoulder with carrots and potato gratin.
The menu suggests this dish is good for 2 - 3 people and we expected to perhaps order another dish if needed.
Well.... The lamb shoulder was far bigger than we expected. Plenty of mouth watering meat which melted in your mouth. Whole baby carrots had just the right amount of crunch, and the potato dish was very tasty.
Sadly, we couldn't finish all the lamb.

Decor is modern, plush and comfortable all rolled in together.
The ambience here was perfect for us who enjoyed our conversations without having to strain over loud music, clattering kitchen utensils or general rabble from poor acoustics.
I'm sure the venue fills up as the night wears on, but we were off to a show, so early bird dining suited us just fine.

Wouldn't hesitate to visit again soon.

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Lovely location and great food!

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Really lovely lunch. Great menu so hard to choose but scallops with the bacon jam is up there. Really friendly wait staff too. Such good value

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Perfect!

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Super friendly staff. Rich and salty food which I don't mind, and quite enjoyed

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Couldn't fault the food or the service. We came for lunch and ordered a range of small and tapas plates to share. I particularly liked to calamari and the haloumi, my partner's favourite was the scallops. Great wine menu (lots of SA wines) and I recommend trying one of their signature gin and tonics. Would've been a bit out of our price range without the voucher but enjoyed every mouthful of food, service was very attentive and, although it was quiet being mid-week lunch, was beautiful setting with multiple choices for table (Inside, outside, lounge or standard with views of Darling harbour). We will come back and recommend to our friends.

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Everything was delicious! Loved it

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Dana Chen

Great food and amazing service!

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Lauren Blakeley

What a beautiful setting, and the service could not be faulted! The food was all enjoyable, but to be honest I wouldn’t want to pay full price. Crispy pork belly was not crispy, haloumi wasn’t soft and I personally think we can prepare it better at home :) still a wonderful experience however. I will be back for cocktail hour, the deck looked lovely. Winners- tuna tartar and zucchini flowers.

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Arlyn Flores

It was a great restaurant for everyone events. The atmosphere was great overlooking waterfront and cozy. The service is great and the waiter was very attentive. I will recommend this restaurant to my family and friends and workmates. Besides the food bill is 50% off I enjoy each course. The share plate is enough to share by two to four people and the seafood for main is ok. I also got mocktail and our desert is well prepared. Overall we got a fabulous experience.

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Food was amazing, the service outstanding and along with the fabulous view it couldn't have been a more perfect experience. Also along with First Table it's perfect.

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Anne Ireland

Love Cafe Del Mar food!

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Mayu Matsushita

wonderfull food and staff!!

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Honestly one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. The food was exquisite! Even the simple things - my family and I were there saying things like "How is it possible to make a potato taste this good?" The seafood was divine, the meat and fish dishes perfectly cooked, the dessert incredible. We dined with 4 people and had several different dishes, each of them amazing. Some flavours I've never had before. Unbelievable, really if you only go to one restaurant in Sydney, make it this one. Thank you for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Great venue with nice food.

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Claudia Ng

Had a really great lunch here! Portion sizes are smaller than expected, but the taste is not bad. We really enjoyed the calamari, chicken liver and salmon, but the tapas could use a little work. The chorizo was burnt and the tuna tartar flavourless without the mayo. Overall, the ambience is what makes it worth it, and that is reflected in the price.

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Thomas Schoon

We just enjoyed tapas and drinks with tapas. Great setting overlooking Darling Harbour. Friendly efficient service and good food.

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The food was fantastic and so was the atmosphere. The servers were attentive and even though there was slight confusion over our order, it was handled well.

It was a little disappointing that the 50% off was not applied and we needed to ask.

Also, the restaurant initially cancelled my reservation due to receiving a cancellation for someone with a similar name. It was all sorted but a little annoying!

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Beautiful food, Beautiful classy location and above all Fantastic professional efficient service. ....Should be a role model for other restaurant's

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Dined for a second time at Cafe Del Mar, just as good as the first time, great food, service and view!

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Wonderful service, fab Caprese salad. Great spot to have a good convo amongst nice views.

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Lovely restaurant, busy for a Tuesday night yet the service was fantastic, great food.
Had a couple of drinks by the bar outside (highly recommend the Passionfruit Mojito!)
We had the scallops, risotto, 3 dips entree and some tapas. Had our eyes on the Apple tarte tartin for dessert but unfortunately they were out.
We had a relaxing evening, would definitely return.

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We had a really nice evening here. The food was excellent, the service really attentive and the atmosphere is nice. We wouldn't have come if it wasn't on First Table due to the prices, but we had a good experience. Thank you.

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Brett Lennon

Food was excellent, service was friendly and helpfull.
The initial bill came without the 50% first table discount, but was immediately and fuss free remedied when pointed out.

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Caitlin Witt

Great food and atmosphere. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food was amazing! Great selection of tapas, platters, small and large plates.

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Great experience with good value of first table offers.

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Food is just ok, but service is very good.

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Liat Silberman

Roof top terrace bar with restaurant inside. Noisy, lively, full of pretty people. Attentive service, good drinks, average food. There was a group for a 30 year old's birthday there and that felt like a perfect fit of venue and activity.

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Joanne Pan

Fantastic dining with attentive service,delicious food and meticulous view. We cannot wait to dine here again.

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Anne Chiu

Lovely wait staff and food

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Ben Smith

Lovely experience. service was great and fast and food was very tasty

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This was our first time at Cafe del Mar & we loved the whole vibe. From walking into the music, the amazing view, drinks, amazing service to the delicious food.
We had 2 share platters: the seafood platter & veg anti pasto platter & the tuna tataki . It was a good portion size for 2 people & we ended it with the Golden moon which was true to its name- out of this world!
Definitely a must try!

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John Moore

Fantastic experience from start to finish literally cannot flaw cafe Del Mar or first table

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Ciara O'Neill

We had a lovely time at Cafe Del Mar. Food was beautiful .. recommend the chocolate sunset dessert, amazing! Service was very good and we will definitely be back. Thank you!

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Amy Lai

Awesome night out with the ladies to catch up and celebrate belated birthdays. The atmosphere and decor were elegant, food and drinks were delicious, customer service was top notch and most of all value for money since we were on First Table! We had a great time and will definitely be back! Thank you again for what you did for us, for Marilou's birthday <3

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Laura Park

I don’t know how to describe the restaurant cuz they received our booking and the restaurant was closed when we get there

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Louise Smith

My husband and I had a lovely dinner, pulled pork ravioli and the cod fish. Both very tasty and beautifully presented and generous servings for us. Smallest negative for dining early, the setting sun was blinding until it went behind the buildings.

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Rachela Virgara

The best meal I have had in Darling Harbour by far. We had the steak and lamb, both cooked as we requested MR. The atmosphere and vibe inside the dining room and on the terrace is great with the fab view. I have found every restaurant/ cafe along Darling harbour disappointing so far but I would recommend this place in a heartbeat and will definitely be back again.

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Marilou David

We had a great time on my birthday dinner. Amazing food, views & service

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We had an amazing dinner at Cafe del Mar, the service was incredible and so was the food.

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Lovely restaurant great food and service, I’ll be going back

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Excellent good, service, location 10/10.

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Had an enjoyable lunch. Friendly service, but they didn't automatically apply the discount, although I had booked through the firsttable website. There was a bit of a wait for the bill to get sorted. No one really said thank you or goodbye as we left, but overall a good experience with good food.

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Michelle O'Callaghan

This restaurant is perfectly perched atop of Darling Harbour. The service is impeccable and the food delectable. The menu is varied with something for everyone and every dish was presented impeccably and the flavour profile was prefection

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Friendly staff and fabulous food! We'll be back for sure!

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Shared the vegetarian antipasto plate between two, and then a plate of calamari and a shared dessert. Definitely enough food, good quality, and friendly server Daniela who was happy to help with any questions we had regarding the serving sizes. Food was very quick to the table, and a nice outlook onto the water.

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