Doyle's Restaurant, Sydney

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Harbour View at its Finest

    by ATXtraveler Written May 7, 2005

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    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!

    Mark and Sarah infront of the Sydney Opera House

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

    by saraheg77 Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    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!

    Sarah & Mark at Doyle's

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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.

    .....and loving it Since the 19th century

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    Doyle's Restaurant: The most spectacular setting

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    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!

    Doyles Restaurant with view to the Opera

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

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    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!

    Doyles at Watsons Bay

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    Doyle's On The Beach: When in Sydney - A Must to Visit at Least Once

    by SmilingTraveller Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    This is the site where Doyle's opened their first seafood restaurant in 1885. Ever since, it has been family owned and operated for over 5 generations.

    With both indoor and outdoor dining, located right on the foreshore of Watsons Bay with the waves lapping the shore as you overlook Sydney Harbour, it is a true experience to dine there for either lunch or dinner.

    Doyle's is fully licensed and offers a great range of fresh seafood and is open 7 days a week. Parking is available.

    Entrees average around A$17.00, with Mains averaging A$35.00 and Dessert A$8.80.

    Favorite Dish: I always enjoy the fresh seafood, especially the Sydney Rock Oysters and King Prawns. The simple things in life are often the best.

    Doyle's On The Beach

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    Doyles on the Beach: Fish and chips

    by IrishFem Written Nov 10, 2009

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    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.

    Kids swimming in the harbour

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Seafood

    by CandS Written Apr 18, 2004

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    We went to Doyles - Sydney's most famous seafood restaurant - hoping to eat in the pub section (which is cheaper)...instead we ate at the restaurant because the pub was full. It was a good experience but probably something we wouldn't do again...

    Favorite Dish: Well, I had Fish & Chips...and for $30 I expected a lot better... ;)

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

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    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 !!!!!!

    what a view but very pricey

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    Doyle's Restaurant: Doyles @ Watsons Bay. Fresh Seafood by the Harbour

    by SierraSydney Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Fish and Chips at Doyle's on a sunny Sunday at Watson's Bay...

    Drive from the CBD following Old South Head Road...pass the boats and seaplanes in Rushcutters Bay, up to the heads where you will pass the Lighthouse and some fantastic harbour and Ocean Views.....pass the infamous 'Gap' area and then Doyle's Restaurant is located at 11 Marine Parade, Watson's Bay.

    Favorite Dish: Lamb chops with Fries.

    The view from Doyle's Restaurant

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    Doyle's restaurant.: Sydney's Best Restaurant

    by jackiehob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Watsons Bay

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    Doyle's Restaurant: A deserved reputation

    by pugwashman Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    We had been told this was the where we could get the best Fish & Chips in the world, so we thought we'd treat ourselves after climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Although it cost more than your average Fish n Chips, it was well worth every penny. It tasted so fresh, and the setting itself is exquisite as you look across to the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Excellent service and excellent food.

    Favorite Dish: We had Fish & Chips, which were excellent, but the dishes being served up on everyone elses tables looked scrumptious too.

    Doyles restaurant & Circular Quay

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    Doyle's restaurant.: Doyle's restaurant.

    by b1bob Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    We were off to Doyle's at Watson's Bay (a world-famous Sydney seafood restaurant, which even appeared on a Visa commercial, and one I highly recommend you splurge for when you visit Sydney). We went there round about 7.00 by courtesy van to return by taxi. I took the lobster Mornay with baked potato and salad. Some people took a seafood soup with everything including squid (not bad, but also not outstanding). They all laughed at me when I ate an olive without minding the pit. From our table, you could see the whole of the Sydney Harbour and the city lit up at night. The cuisine de Doyle's was right good, but I still prefer the seafood at The Fisherman's Wharf in Wanchese, (Roanoke Island) North Carolina. (Unlike the aforesaid lady from Omaha, I tried the seafood at Doyle's before saying it was better in Wanchese.)

    Favorite Dish: Lobster mornay which is lobster covered by some sort of cream sauce with leeks. That is some kind of good, friends and neighbours. The food was good (though not the best I've had), the service was above average, and the view of Sydney at night was priceless. If I had a better camera, I would have snapped that too.

    Doyle's by night menu: 5 July 1991

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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: 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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