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Cuisine: Mediterranean, Modern Australian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #7 of 155 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

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Ranked: #7 of 155 restaurants in Sydney 7
Cafe del Mar
Location: Darling Harbour
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Modern Australian
Mains: $25 - $35

Reviews

Liv Paris

RAVE Review - OMG - YUM!
We had family visiting, and had worked up an appetite roaming Darling Harbour and visiting the aquarium - we were ready for a nice lunch to refuel, but Cafe Del Mar well and truly exceeded our expectations. We all agreed this has to TOP some of the up-market restaurants we've dined at! It has a fancy feel to it, without being pretentious.

#1 a scrumptious menu - difficult to choose from the dishes, so we opted for some share plates (the Seafood, and the Vegetarian Meze plate) so we could try a mix of things. So glad we did! The prawns were big and juicy, the fresh oysters to die for, the octopus was hands down the best I've ever had (can you say melt in your mouth!?), and the Meze plate was a smash hit with adults and kids alike (we rated the Persian feta Arancini balls as a particular favourite, along with the Zucchini flowers). We also ordered the bread with dips. SO.DAMN.GOOD.

#2 - excellent service from the moment we entered to the moment we left - friendly, attentive, discreet and knowledgeable staff that didn't miss a beat. A particularly lovely touch was that for the vegetarian meze plate, the chef kindly made enough of each so that we each had a serve (the platters are designed to share between 2, and there were 4 adults + 1 child, and they provided 5 rather than 4 of several of the items)

#3 great views of Darling Harbour

Cafe del Mar - thank you for some of the best food we've ever eaten, with exceptional service from woe to go - we will (and have already) recommended people come to eat at Cafe del Mar when they visit Darling Harbour.

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A great experience from the time we walked in the doors until the time we left. Customer service was second to none. Food was fresh and delicious. A beautiful outlook over Darling Harbour. What a great place to meet, relax and dine with family and friends. See you there again soon.

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Samantha Kraus

I had only just heard of first table a couple of hours before booking my table - what a great experience! I dont normally treat myself to eating out during the week but I thought i had to try this. I was not disappointed and loved going to a new restaurant that I had been wanting to try. The food was amazing and the service was top notch. Would definitely go back again.

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Evy Davis

There is no words to described it, the food, the staff, the ambience all ticked the box!! Will be back again for sure. Thank you Cafe Del Mar

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Our waitress was great and very attentive.

Food was very good and atmosphere and view were excellent.

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Janice Hickman

Really cool vibe. Really liked the food and will definitely be back!

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Ben Leonard

Top spot with a awesome view,
Food & service was great
Definitely be back

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We had an unforgettable experience celebrating our daughter's 18th birthday. The food was sumptuous and the portion generous. The key for us however was the impeccable service we received on the night. We will recommend Cafe del Mar to our friends and we will surely come back :):):)

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Louise Smith

Family get together. Service was excellent, happy, attentive, timely and it wasnt too noisy. Lovely location, fireworks on a Saturday night on Darling Harbour were an added bonus. Food was tasty and good quality.

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Marianti Chan

We had family coming from Canada visiting Sydney for their first time. An excellent spot looking over Darling Harbour.

Superb, tasty food with attentive service and beautiful atmosphere. My guests were very satisfied!.

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Superb!!!
Thanks Stu and Mandy from First Table
Highly Recommended!

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We went to Cafe Del Mar for lunch. The place is stunning, overlooking Darling Harbour. The staffs were very friendly and welcoming. We mostly ordered seafood, scallops, prawns and fish. They were amazing! We would definitely come back.

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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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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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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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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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Jessica Deane

I can not fault the staff - they attended to every need we had!

Our waiter advised us on how many dishes to order - which was a perfect amount.

The wine suggestion matched perfect.

The view is incredible, and the music and decor was very elegant!

10/10 - would recommend, can not wait to go back!

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Claire Gee

We don’t usually venture into the city for lunch but we’re glad we did, this is our new favorite first table restaurant! A casual venue with luxe furnishings, it definitely had a Spanish feel. Great views of the city and really generous plates fresh seafood inspired dishes prepared by an army of chefs-couldn’t have been better!

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Thanh Nguyen

Great food , even better service , excellent atmosphere and finally spectacular views. We had a great evening in your care, thank you very much.

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Robin Weckert

We had a really lovely and sophisticated meal at Cafe del Mar. The beautiful flavours and textures were a delight and the service was impeccable. We finished the meal with a dessert and were encouraged to have the Blue Moon. What a treat and an experience! You have to try one!

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Emma Peacock

I would highly rate Cafe Del Mar, both the food and service was fantastic. I had the chicken liver and fois gras terrine which was to die for, my partner had the duck which was cooked to perfection, and we thought why the hell not try the wine of the week....the Malbec. We could have easily guzzled another 2 bottles of that. We'll be back!

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What a fantastic experience! The service was great, with the servers providing great recommendations. Superb wine list. Beautiful spot in Darling Harbour. Will definitely look at dining here ago very soon.

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Good food and very helpful and friendly staff.
Definitely recommend this restaurant.

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The service is great.

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Maisie Kitchener

Firstly its in a lovely setting, right on the harbour with lovely interior. The food was unreal, we had the vegetarian platter to start which was such good value for money, it came with 5 different mini starters and was plenty for 4 people. Also had the kingfish ceviche which was equally nice. Crab linguine main was one of the best I've had. Drinks and food came really quickly, will definitely be going back.

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Chaya Buhari

Lovely views, ambience, food and Service. My girlfriends and I had an awesome time at Cafe Del Mar in Fri night. The music was lovely and our waiter (Japanese guy) was very attentive and made sure we were well looked after and didn’t rush us, even though we had the First Table deal. Would definitely return.

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Amy Taylor

Dined here with friends. Fresh seafood and nice tapas.

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Booked for a birthday dinner: Shared 3 tapas plates - the goats cheese and truffle croquettes were delicious!! For mains we had the chicken and the steak - very well cooked and the truffle potato gratin was a great side dish. Good size portions and very attentive service. Great to have drinks outside on the balcony afterwards watching the fireworks and DJ playing some great tunes!

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Delicious food and great service, would definitely come back.

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This was my first First Table experience and it was brilliant. Food was exceptional and the service was first class. The truffle and goat cheese croquettes were to die for!

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Food and service very good great atmosphere
Definitely return

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Liv Paris

RAVE Review - OMG - YUM!
We had family visiting, and had worked up an appetite roaming Darling Harbour and visiting the aquarium - we were ready for a nice lunch to refuel, but Cafe Del Mar well and truly exceeded our expectations. We all agreed this has to TOP some of the up-market restaurants we've dined at! It has a fancy feel to it, without being pretentious.

#1 a scrumptious menu - difficult to choose from the dishes, so we opted for some share plates (the Seafood, and the Vegetarian Meze plate) so we could try a mix of things. So glad we did! The prawns were big and juicy, the fresh oysters to die for, the octopus was hands down the best I've ever had (can you say melt in your mouth!?), and the Meze plate was a smash hit with adults and kids alike (we rated the Persian feta Arancini balls as a particular favourite, along with the Zucchini flowers). We also ordered the bread with dips. SO.DAMN.GOOD.

#2 - excellent service from the moment we entered to the moment we left - friendly, attentive, discreet and knowledgeable staff that didn't miss a beat. A particularly lovely touch was that for the vegetarian meze plate, the chef kindly made enough of each so that we each had a serve (the platters are designed to share between 2, and there were 4 adults + 1 child, and they provided 5 rather than 4 of several of the items)

#3 great views of Darling Harbour

Cafe del Mar - thank you for some of the best food we've ever eaten, with exceptional service from woe to go - we will (and have already) recommended people come to eat at Cafe del Mar when they visit Darling Harbour.

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Linda Napolitano

Great location,delicious food.

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A great experience from the time we walked in the doors until the time we left. Customer service was second to none. Food was fresh and delicious. A beautiful outlook over Darling Harbour. What a great place to meet, relax and dine with family and friends. See you there again soon.

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This restaurant is stunning! The tapas we shared was delicious and the Golden Moon dessert was definitely a show stopper.

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Quiet venue. Great for catchup over delicious food

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Lisa Mills

We had a lovely evening sharing some amazing tapas plates . All were delicious and the service was faultless.

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Samantha Kraus

I had only just heard of first table a couple of hours before booking my table - what a great experience! I dont normally treat myself to eating out during the week but I thought i had to try this. I was not disappointed and loved going to a new restaurant that I had been wanting to try. The food was amazing and the service was top notch. Would definitely go back again.

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Staff are very friendly and we love the food.

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Fiona Golinelli

Lovely views, great service and the food was great. I’ll be back

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Evy Davis

There is no words to described it, the food, the staff, the ambience all ticked the box!! Will be back again for sure. Thank you Cafe Del Mar

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Excellent Dining Experience!

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Celebrated a lovely birthday. Food was served as requested. All well prepared with equal service.

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Our waitress was great and very attentive.

Food was very good and atmosphere and view were excellent.

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Christine Tannous

We had our first dinner at Cafe Del Mare and were blown away with the food, atmosphere and service. This is a restaurant that knows how to treat their patrons. Will definitely be back.

Christine

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great staff great food

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Vanessa Darby

Service was exceptional.

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Janice Hickman

Really cool vibe. Really liked the food and will definitely be back!

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Really nice food! Came out all at once for everyone to enjoy. The atmosphere was nice with good decor and Mediterranean feel. Waiters were passionate and able to give good descriptions of the food.

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Ben Leonard

Top spot with a awesome view,
Food & service was great
Definitely be back

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We had a wonderful night out.
Food it’s amazing, delicious cocktails and fantastic view.

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We had a lovely, attentive server that helped us choose a delicious lunch. The kitchen was able to cater to our needs which was much appreciated. The food was fresh and very tasty. The view of the harbour was lovely. Definitely coming back.

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Everything was perfect! Portions very well sized and tasted amazing, staff were so friendly and attended to everything.
We left feeling full, beyond satisfied and had to tell others at work about it too!

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We had an unforgettable experience celebrating our daughter's 18th birthday. The food was sumptuous and the portion generous. The key for us however was the impeccable service we received on the night. We will recommend Cafe del Mar to our friends and we will surely come back :):):)

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Lovely food in a great location!

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Beautiful food location and service! Recommended to all !! Don’t miss the yummy dessert blue moon something :)

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Great service, food & cocktails

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Great spot - thoroughly enjoyed the food.

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Jesse Van Miltenburg

Staff were exceptional, food was good. Great venue for a long lunch!

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Louise Smith

Family get together. Service was excellent, happy, attentive, timely and it wasnt too noisy. Lovely location, fireworks on a Saturday night on Darling Harbour were an added bonus. Food was tasty and good quality.

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Marianti Chan

We had family coming from Canada visiting Sydney for their first time. An excellent spot looking over Darling Harbour.

Superb, tasty food with attentive service and beautiful atmosphere. My guests were very satisfied!.

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Superb!!!
Thanks Stu and Mandy from First Table
Highly Recommended!

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Sally Benson Gudgeon

Glad we came back again, couldn’t fault the service or the food...highly recommend although the smoke drifting in from the outdoor areas or front door later in the evening is off putting. But that was the only thing I can think of the rest was spot on. Will be back again.

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Fantastic experience with lovely staff. Highly recommended

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We went to Cafe Del Mar for lunch. The place is stunning, overlooking Darling Harbour. The staffs were very friendly and welcoming. We mostly ordered seafood, scallops, prawns and fish. They were amazing! We would definitely come back.

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Michele Manson

We had a fabulous experience at this gorgeous restaurant. The food and service were excellent - no faulting anything. We will definitely be going again.

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Goof Food, friendly service, lovely location

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Susanna Huang

My friends and I we were looking for a nice girls night out and we were not disappointed. An elegant, but relaxed atmosphere greeted us - our main criteria was delicious cocktails and food, so the gorgeous view and decor were an added bonus.

We shared the antipasto platter, which was more than enough as a starter for the 3 of us, and I had the steak which was a bit too char-grilled and dry on the outside but balanced out with the vegetables. Our only complaint would be that the service was a bit slow in the beginning - my friend and I waited for about 15 mins for anyone to notice we needed water and we had to flag someone down to order. Other than that, we had a great night out, I can't rate the ambience highly enough and will be back once it's warm enough to sit outside!

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The food was very very good. All of us in the group loved the food. The service was polite and friendly. The only thing that surprised was still water served from Open bottles, we were charged $5 per person. I only pay for water only where it is unsafe to drink tap water. Not sure if there is an option to just ask for Tap water.

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This is my 2nd visit in 6 weeks and won't be my last. The food is fabulous and we spent 4 hours chatting and eating not too noisy. The wait staff again were fabulous too.

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Arrived 15 min early but weren't allowed to sit at our table. The glass of wine I ordered they didn't have. Took them a long time to serve 2 drinks on the balcony. Left to drink them standing as no tables or stools available outside and weren't able to sit at our empty table. Eventually got our table. Ordered four small dishes and made waitress aware we had to leave under an hour. Two dishes arrived, two dishes were never put through in our order. Waitress attitude was don't worry I won't charge you for them. How generous not to pay for something you didn't get to eat. Half price plus $10 gave us no benefit on only two dishes. Obviously left there hungry. I won't bother going back

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Dani Reydams De Oliveira

Very nice place ! The food was awesome (we had the shared veggie platter and the seafood as well ) !
Unfortunately you cannot eat at the balcony using the first table discount ! You must at inside ...

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