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4.5 /6 Excellent 28 Reviews

Olivo Harbourside

Darling Harbour Italian $$$ +100
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About Olivo Harbourside

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 07:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 07:30 - 22:30
  • Sunday 07:30 - 22:00
Olivo Harbourside, Darling Drive 2-10, 2000 Sydney

Further Information

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.


28 Reviews

4.5 /6 Excellent 28 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
21.07.2017 12:25

Olivo's at Harbourside Darling Harbour is a great venue with beautiful food. The service was first class and I would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 18:17

Great quick service made for an enjoyable meal Great quick Great quick service made for an enjoyable meal service made for an enjoyable meal Great quick service made for an enjoyable meal

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 00:01

The service was fantastic with the good out very quick for the amount of people we had at our table. Once it arrived it was some seriously nice food, have only positive things to say!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 13:14

Had a party of 9 people and service was on point. All meals brought out at the same time and waiting times were minimal. Food was amazing and we'll presented. Prices decent for the quality of food too! Second time ive been here and overall great experience. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 23:34

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Oh and the location is great too. It was Australia day and they were run off their feet but all our meals came out on time and all staff were very friendly and helpful when we would ask questions about items on the menu. We had a party of 7 and every single meal for all of us was very good. Everyone was impressed with the quality of all meals. The rating for noise is average as it was Australia day with a lot going on, we enjoyed the atmosphere. This restaurant is worth every penny! Will definitely come back.

1 review so far 4
09.03.2017 10:34

Food good, service average. The hostess was dressed inappropriately, although very nice. Maybe you could buy her a decent jacket so she looks like a manager/hostess. Our waitress didn't know which brand of mineral water you serve (San Pellegrino, one of the most famous brands in the world), but she was friendly and helpful. The food we had was very good however: kangaroo steak was a perfect medium rare, the mussels rated highly, and the antipasti plate was also nice.

1 review so far 6
19.12.2016 00:15

Great location if attending the new ICC Theatre. Every meal was delicious and good value for money. We took the $37 special offer of an entree and main or main meal & dessert. We were also there for "happy hour" which included $10 cocktails. Good service.

1 review so far 3
05.06.2017 07:35

I was a little disappointed, we had to question a few times if we could sit inside as we had small children and it was cold outside. We were told no a handful of times as there were no tables inside. We ended up getting a table and the whole time we were there the restaurant was half empty anyway. They obviously just wanted to outside full for those passing by. Our order was taken sporadically so drinks and food came at different times. Our waitress was lovely

1 review so far 3
18.04.2017 18:08

The staff were lovely but not very attentive, we had to keep asking for drinks. If we had more service the bar tab would've been much higher! Also be aware of the hidden chagres..surcharge was not mentioned on the menu and when I asked for gf bread instead of the cibatta that was served( included as part of the entrée) I was not informed it be an extra 3.50!! Unfair to the celiac's of the world.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 21:44

Great food, great staff, the whole meal was delicious. We have been there before but it is always special at Christmas time. Nothing is a problem for the staff and the meals are a good size.

3 reviews so far 5
26.04.2017 12:41

Quick & friendly service, great food & cocktails with water views of Darling Harbour. 2 course dinner special where you can choose 95% off the menu is a plus! Second time I have dined here & Olivio doesn't disappoint.

1 review so far 5
15.05.2017 07:19

Restaurant atmosphere was good and menu selection was varied. Food was well presented, tasty and a good portion size. Wait staff were helpful, but could have taken our order a bit quicker given how quiet it was.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 07:43

Food was beautiful, service was great, price was good too. Olivo reserved our table right by the water under the Ferris Wheel. It was a lovely evening all round.

1 review so far 4
31.07.2017 03:19

This is a great place to eat. The ambiance is pleasant and the staff is very friendly. The food is always tasty and nicely presented. Great place to take your date and have a fun start to the rest of your evening.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 08:21

Amazing Service, Food & Atmosphere. We have been a few time to this restaurant and they never disappoint! We will be back again soon :)

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 10:24

I've been here previously and the food is still good. Had the Fettucine Gambieri. The staff was quick and attentive, the service was great. Recommended.

1 review so far 5
04.06.2017 19:42

We all enjoyed the food, service and the happy hour prices as we arrived just before 5pm. Bit chilly with a draft even though we were seated inside.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 10:26

I went there last night with my husband and a couple of friends. It's a nice place, beautiful view, food was good and the staff was very nice.

1 review so far 5
14.06.2017 17:58

We had a very nice experience here, the staff were very friendly and the food was delicious. Nice views of Vivid as well; presentation was okay too!

1 review so far 4
27.06.2017 07:16

Good food good service for large group. Excellent location. All round great night. Wide variety of food and wine and would go back for a reasonably priced evening for what you get.

1 review so far 4
01.01.2017 07:46

staff were amazing like the best staff always smiling even tho it was mayhem there the food was a total let down though like it was precooked and very dry

1 review so far 4
08.12.2016 08:37

The food, pricing and serving size were fantastic. But service was poor, disorganised. It seemed like a bunch of young waiters and waitresses on their first day at work.

1 review so far 3
27.12.2016 08:35

Very rushed and no sense of occasion, food was tasty though and fresh No need to rush diners though ever Some of the staff need to wake up and enjoy their job of not do it

1 review so far 4
24.06.2017 13:03

The service and location were great. The starters were very good and generous portions however both the chicken and the fish for mains were overcooked.

1 review so far 4
22.01.2017 09:20

Nice food. Service was a bit slow on this relatively quiet night. And guys turn on your air con, the heat was unbearable at times.

1 review so far 3
27.07.2017 11:00

Arrived very accomadating with table near heaters. Great views and busy vibe. food ok, value OK but service slow. Forgot our drinks arrived halfway through main meal.

1 review so far 1
30.07.2017 15:33

The kangaroo was over cooked and my pasta needed more sauce and the sausage tasted foul. Staff didn't ask me about my meal when we finished