Utilising its enviable location on Darling Drive in the heart of Darling Harbour, Olivo Harbourside offers one of the most unforgettable contemporary Italian dining experiences in central Sydney. Dancing gracefully between seafood and salads, panna cotta and pasta, Olivo Harbourside covers the full spectrum of traditional Italian cuisine and even extends a bit further. The food is fresh, exquisite and aesthetically pristine, so whatever the occasion it’s hard to find a word against Olivo Harbourside.
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Food seemed to have been cooked beforehand and then reheated. Veal dish, which should be tender and juicy, was completely dry and tasted like nothing. Mussels were tiny shriveled little things. Chicken skewer was also dry and tasteless. Lazy cooking, lazy chef
The food was nice but not amazing. There were wild mushrooms in the omelette that had a texture of string noodles. The coffees were really good. We had to hunt down staff to order, and our waitress was not approachable.
It’s an envious location that needs no qualification, but we can’t resist – perched on the edge of the Harbourside Centre on Darling Drive, this popular contemporary eatery boasts an alfresco dining area with spectacular views across Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay, a view that would warrant a visit in itself. However, with Olivo Harbourside, the panorama is only part of the attraction. Really, what brings business types, travelers, locals and gourmets to this Italian restaurant in Sydney’s beating heart is the amazing food.
Starting with Italian standards done exquisitely (the zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and pinenuts are very hard to beat) and utilising the best fresh Australian ingredients, the menu at Olivo Harbourside stretches well beyond the horizon of Italian cuisine conventionally observed by Sydney restaurants. Given the Harbourside location on Darling Drive, it’s perhaps no surprise that treasures of the sea are highly prized, from herb- and almond-crusted barramundi to a delectable soup of prawns, baby octopus, calamari, clams, flathead and mussels stewed together in Napolitana sauce with a touch of chilli. Seafood is not the be all and end all at Olivo Harbourside, though, and everything – from Wagyu beef burgers to blueberry cheesecake – is of a quality beyond the Darling Harbour norm.