CAFE DEL MAR
Sydney, New South Wales

There’s nothing like kicking back on lush sofas, on a killer sun deck, while sipping on a few cocktails with friends. Pair this with tunes which vary from cool jazz, sexy deep house, nu sou and classic Café del Mar Balearic chill-out tunes, and you’re set for a seriously good night out. This stylish but relaxed setting, perched up high overlooking Darling Harbour also has a contemporary dining room with food geared mainly around Mediterranean flavours. Head Chef, Ben Fitton's menu adds a touch of Aussie flair to elements from the Mediterranean Basin, Spain, France, Italy and North Africa. Stop by for a corporate or light shared lunch, delicious accompaniments for sunset cocktails, dinner with friends or a late night snack from the bar menu.
Opening Times
 
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Breakfast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lunch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dinner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

General info

Address:

38 Wheat Road,
The Roof Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf
Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Suburb:

Sydney CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

European, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Spanish

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

More info

PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

The original Café Del Mar is not in Sydney – it’s in Ibiza, the bohemian party playground, where chilled out beats play all day long while long-legged beauties mill around in short jumpsuits, sipping coconut-inspired cocktails.

Short of booking a trip to Spain, this Cockle Bay Wharf restaurant flavours the senses with fruity cocktails, Mediterranean flavours and smooth tunes. An interpretation of its international sister, the Sibella Court designed interior is split into a contemporary dining room and a lounge bar area with lush sofas. There is also a private dining room accommodating up to 30 seated guests.

Head chef Ben Fitton has worked across the globe, in Shanghai and America, which translate into a Modern Australian menu with hints of Spanish, Moroccan and Italian flavours. Generous dishes of premium, Australian produce dominate the menu; try the pasture fed, lamb shoulder sourced from South Australia or the Blackmores wagyu beef bresaola with potato skordalia and poached egg. Sitting beside the harbour, seafood feels like a natural choice; Hiramasa kingfish ceviche is served with cubes of star-anise scented sweet potato with a shot of vodka “tigers milk” (a Peruvian citrus marinade) while torched scallops sit atop a sweet tomato jam and rich, crunchy lentils. Dishes are designed for sharing; the crisp skinned barramundi, served with gorgeously yellow saffron potatoes and steamed mussels lathered in a vibrantly green mint paste, coupled with the suckling pig and roast fennel, make a hearty dinner for two. Other shared mains include a lamb shoulder, which is marinated for
two days in chermoula before being slow cooked for eight hours.

Café Del Mar offers express lunch deals for $25, including a glass of chandon or peroni.
Anna Lisle

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
MAX SEATING
280 pax
Functions
If you’re of a certain vintage, or if you’ve travelled extensively through Europe, or if you have a certain predilection for chill-out music, you’ll know about Ibiza’s Cafe Del Mar. The Spanish “Sea Cafe” is a legendary institution on the party island - a bar of epic reputation, and annual CDs. Cafe Del Mar Sydney aims to pay homage to the original, while imbuing proceedings with an Australian edge. Cafe Del Mar Sydney pays tribute to the atmosphere and party-loving elegance and swagger of the original Cafe Del Mar by way of a luxurious decor, an effortless style, and a VIP ambience. There’s also more of a focus on food here, with executive Ben Fitton at the helm in the kitchen.

With options to book the terrace, the main dining room, private dining room or the entire venue, Café del Mar has a space to cater for almost any event. With state of the art AV, interesting menus, amazing decor and a dedicated team of event managers you are in safe hands.
In keeping with its moniker, Cafe Del Mar Sydney is found on the waterfront of Cockle Bay Wharf, boasting a dazzling view by day or night. Put simply, it’s a perfect backdrop for a memorable function.

Features

Accessible by water taxi
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Parking
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Weddings
Views
Waterfront Dining
AWARDS
This restaurant does not have any awards.

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Miguel Maestre on 11/09/2014
Cafe del Mar, Sydney - Churros con Chocolate. I am the Brand Ambassador here and it has the best music, drinks and sunset in Sydney.
USER REVIEWS
HAVE YOU DINED AT Cafe Del Mar?Write your review
Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience.
You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*.
(will be displayed on the site)
(will NOT be displayed on the site)
* This is not a forum for rants and other unhappy patrons to complain. We invite not only those with a positive experience but also constructive criticism. We reserve the right to cut comments we estimate too long. Defamatory comments will not be published. All views expressed are those of the writers and may not be the views of publishers of Best Restaurants of Australia.
MICHAEL - 3/02/2014
Café Del Mar in Sydney. Who could have imagined this?. I remember when I went to visit CDM in Ibiza we could not even get a plate of hot chips. Not the case here, I can assure you. A total dining experience and one of the coolest bar set ups I have seen in Sydney. This place simply oozes style and atmosphere. I may not be in Ibiza but I think they have captured the essence of the sunset culture and added a 5 star food offering. Very impressed!