Doyle's Restaurant, Sydney

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  • Take Away - order, pay and collect
    Take Away - order, pay and collect
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    alfresco seating section
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    Doyles on the Wharf - Take Away/Bistro: Value for Money with a View

    by pedroswift Updated Nov 10, 2013
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    I can recommend Doyles on the Wharf for a scenic lunch after taking a scenic bus ride from the CBD to Watsons Bay or a Ferry Boat Ride. To vary the scenery take the alternative mode of transport on the return trip.

    The Doyles take away has a wonder full range of sea food which can be consumed in the nearby park land or on the beaches. Better still, one can use the inside and veranda areas behind the shop in which to sit, eat, imbibe a drink from the bar and watch the passing parade on the water and on the jetty to the ferry terminal. Seating and drinks are available to eating customers only.
    The menu includes a variety of fish and chip meals to suit every one. Prices range from AUD13.80 to 19.80 for two pieces of selected fish variety fried in beer batter using premium vegetable oil & served with lemon wedge and Chilli Plum Sauce.
    There are over 20 other sea food options : prawns, mussels, oysters, calamari and mixed platters all at reasonable prices.
    Cold seafood options include Greek Salad ($7.00); Half Lobster Salad ($29.80); cold platters ($85.00, including half lobster); prawn rolls $8.50;
    Open Daily 10am – 6pm - later in Summer. Closed Christmas Day. No reservations.
    Easy access by wheelchairs.
    We last ate here in November 2013.
    Nearby is Doyles on the Beach. This more up market restaurant awaits our next visit to Sydney.

    Favorite Dish: Our party of six chose a selection including the cold plates and fish and chips. We drank wine from the bar seeing we were not driving . We all enjoyed our meals and voted the quality to cost ratio hard to beat.
    Our seats at the window overlooking the harbour and the nearby activities at the Ferry Wharf - priceless

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    Doyle's restaurant: Harbour, Bridge, Opera House.

    by colin_bramso Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Stunning views!

    Doyles is a famous seafood restaurant, originally only at Watsons Bay, now also at the harbour and at the fish market in Sydney. Dine outside (or inside with picture windows), the view is sensational. I find the food a little 'formula', but it's excellent all the same. Sitting right beside the Harbour Bridge with the Opera House just across the water, it's a true Sydney experience.

    As with all Australian restaurants, smoking is only allowed outside.

    Favorite Dish: The Seafood Platter to start (including king prawns, oysters, smoked salmon, calamari) takes some beating. Barramundi (a beautiful northern Australian fish) with a Cajun crust is excellent too.

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    Doyle's restaurant.: Sydney's Best Restaurant

    by jackiehob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Watsons Bay

    Lovely waterfront setting, best seafood in Sydney.

    Casual attire, can be "dressed up" for evenings.

    Make a booking it is always busy.

    Favorite Dish: Quiet simply you have never tasted seafood until you have eaten it in Sydney.

    Sydney Rock Oysters
    Ocean Prawns
    DOYLES FAMOUS FISH & CHIPs
    Wonderful!

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  • Doyles Restaurant: Poor food, average service, ridiculous prices..

    by Rceone Written Jan 7, 2011

    When u pay $35 for a main serve of fish u truly do expect something that is not only going to be cooked correctly, but something that has a decent serving amount, especially when its whiting. We got 5 whiting fillets and an average serving of vegies, which were actually ok. The fish was dry and lacked flavour, really poor. We also had a dozen oysters for entree. These lacked the correct creamy and explosive seafood taste u expect from sydney rock oysters, especially when your paying $34 a dozen. Weve eaten ALOT of oysters, and these were a true let down.
    I suppose one has to say 'ahh well your also payin for the view... Well i suppose one does, however with the reputation this resteraunt enjoys, and the ridiculous prices it charges, im truly surprised its still in business... Poor meal, will not be goin back in a pink fit!! Do not bother, go to the sydney fish markets and buy the seafood, drive your car under the bridge at north sydney, and enjoy the glorious view and fantastic seafood for a quarter of the price.... Truly dissapointed, RIP OFF!!!!

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  • Doyles Passenger terminal: very poor food but great location

    by petermlp Written Sep 14, 2010

    Tired restaurant thats simply living off previous reputation and location. If anywhere else would have long gone under based purely on food.
    $40 for fish and chips that are no better than found at most takeaways.

    I think they probably survive on one off tourists like ourselves as locals would not pay average of $40+ for this quality of food and don;t care for the view.

    We wen't previous night to Longrain - similar prices but food is fantastic and simply relies on food quality rather than just its location as does Doyles.

    Favorite Dish: None - very overpriced for quality of food. Lets face it paying for location and view. Food was very basic and lacked imagination.

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    Doyles at Quay: Good but very overpriced now !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    what a view but very pricey

    I must say Doyles has a great location at the Quay but the prices have literally gone thru the roof for such a place. The food and service were good but nothing to warrant the prices they are charging now !!! $36 AU for fish and chips, don't get me wrong the fish they use is great but 2 small portions for $36 AU !!!! just a bit pricey !!!!! come here and have a glass of wine....or you'll see the sticker shock I saw !!!!!!

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    Doyles on the Beach: Fish and chips

    by IrishFem Written Nov 10, 2009

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    Kids swimming in the harbour

    I have heard about Doyles on the beach and really wanted to try it out. I got the opportunity whilst visiting Sydney and spent the day exploring the beaches nearby and Doyles for fish and chips. I must say l was not disappointed. I loved sitting outside sipping a glass of wine and watching the world go by. It was a wonderful experience and one l would love to do again. The picture that goes with this tip is a few kids jumping off the harbour and swimming back to shore. The restaurant itself has a wide variety of seafood on the menu, and if you did not want to eat in the restaurant they have a take away just yards away where you can order different types of fish and eat them in the covered area with tables and chairs and watch the world go by without having the expense of paying the prices in the restaurant. Great if you have a family with you.

    Favorite Dish: No doubt fish and chips.

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Decadence by the water

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 29, 2007

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    This is where I got religion. I'm now a practicising decadent. Of course, you have to have money for this and, though I'm a long way from being loaded as they say, I don't mind the occasional indulgence.
    Doyle's is unquestionably Australia's best known restaurant. Others may try and lay claim but, when you've got 122 years of history behind you (as at the time of writing) and you're still going strong, it's a safe bet that you're doing something right.
    That something is seafood. Nestled beside a protected beach in the inner harbour of Sydney, people would come here for the views alone, so the food is almost a bonus. But, what a bonus. This is seafood as it was meant to be served up. I'm salivating as I write just thinking about my mixed meal of scallops, prawns, salmon and fish fillets while casting glances across at Rosemarie's choice of John Dory, one of the finer eating fish found in Australian waters.
    They have an extensive quality wine list to go with the food so connoiseurs will be well catered for in that department also.
    Cheap is not a word used here so you can expect around $35 to $40 per main but I would have no qualms about returning.
    As a bonus, you get a ferry trip across the harbour to get there. On a warm spring day, life doesn't get any better.

    Favorite Dish: I can honestly say that just about anything you order will have you drooling though I will lean on this occasion to the John Dory fillets that Rosemarie had and I shared. Fish as it was meant to be served.

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Great lunch AND a great view! Wow!

    by saraheg77 Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    Sarah & Mark at Doyle's

    We were seated at the best table in the house! It was outside under an umbrella and had the best view of the Opera House. It was a little windy, but the salt & pepper shakers and heavy tablecloth made it easy to manage.

    There was a wide variety of salads and seafood dishes. Mark had a salad with avocado and prawns that was very tasty.

    The prices were a bit high, but when you factor in the view, that made it worth it! A great stop for lunch or dinner!

    While browsing their website, I discovered this was one of their three locations. There is a Beach location, Wharf location & Quay location. We visited the Quay location. Check out their website for their entire menu!

    Favorite Dish: I had the Tasmanian Scallops Mornay for $18.80 - grilled on the half shell with a mornay sauce and tasty cheese. I did enjoy the scallops, but part of the price was for the great view! We were too full for dessert, but it looked like there was a great selection of yummy desserts!

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Calling all Seafood lovers

    by divaboodoo Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Doyles is a well known classy seafood restaurant located in Sydney.

    Great area down near the water at Watsons Bay..You can sit and eat seafood by the most beautiful harbour.

    Great for that romantic sunday lunch.

    Favorite Dish: The jumbo prawns are DIVINE.

    Seafood Platters also good.

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Harbour View at its Finest

    by ATXtraveler Written May 7, 2005

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    Mark and Sarah infront of the Sydney Opera House

    When Sarah and I began our adventure throughout Sydney, we had to start out with a little nutrition. Directly off the Circular Quay to the Western side was a wonderful little walk toward the Rocks. During this trip, we saw many restaurants that were located at the International Ship pier, and decided to sit in the first outdoor cafe we could find. The winner in the Mark and Sarah lunch lottery was a wonderful spot called Doyle's. Later we found out that Doyle's is actually quite famous. Although its fame did not draw us to the restaurant, its view of the Sydney Opera house did the trick! We were able to get the corner furthest away from the restaurant, with a perfect view!

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my king prawn and avocado salad. The avocados in Sydney are second only to the Southern California avocados I grew up on, but were absolutely delicious! Sarah also had a really good scallop and cheese dish, that I ended up stealing a couple!

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Doyles, the legend.

    by astro_kerryn Written Apr 28, 2005

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    Family tradition seeps through the legend of Doyle's, from the 1880's five generations of the Doyle family have been cooking up fresh seafood caught in the rivers and ocean surrounding Sydney.
    I have been to Doyle's at Circular Quay, which was ok, and of course Doyle's at Watson's bay which was better! I have held a couple of events at Watson's Bay, and the room upstairs, with views of Sydney and the Harbour is fantastic at Sunset, with Champagne in the hand and a fresh lobster salad! They also have a great cookbook on offer with fantastic modern and traditional seafood recipes. The best thing I have ever eaten there was a very large bug tail salad to die for!!

    Favorite Dish: Bugtail salad, the Mussel's, the Stuffed Prawns and pretty much everything else!

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Eat at the Doyle's at Watson's Bay

    by dennyandconnie Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Although the decor is not as fancy, the food was great and quite a bit cheaper. Watson's Bay is a wealthy suburb and the trip is great either by ferry or on the BondiExplorer bus. The view of the city from our table was worth the trip alone.

    Although the menu is extensive, both times we ate there we split 3 entrees- plenty of food with a bottle of wine.

    The seafood was very fresh and creatively prepared.

    Favorite Dish: Our favorites were the salt and pepper calamari, shrimp in ginger and honey sauce and the grilled baby octopus served with sweet chili sauce.

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    Doyle's Restaurant: The oldest seafood restaurant in Sydney!

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Doyles at Watsons Bay

    This is the oldest seafood restaurant in Sydney which started in 1885. Its spectacular setting right next to Watsons Beach & Bay offers a great panorama of the Sydney Harbour.

    Favorite Dish: Doyles speciality - seafood - afterall they have had since 1885 to make it to perfection!

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    Doyle's Restaurant: The most spectacular setting

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Doyles Restaurant with view to the Opera

    If you like a luxury night out in one of the most spectacular settings there is on earth - this is the restaurant to go to.
    It is located at the end of the Overseas Passenger Ship Terminal with view to both the Sydney Opera and Harbour Bridge. Reserve a table right at the end on the terrace - the view is unbelievable.

    Favorite Dish: I tried the oysters and a Cajun spiced fish - both was sensational!

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