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.
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.
Perfect location, we had lunch for our anniversary lunch and we couldn’t fault the restaurant. Great food, great service, what more could you want. Big thumbs up!
My partner and I met about 3.5 years ago at the restaurant and we went there last Saturday night - great food and nice atmosphere. It's great for families as well as date nights.
there was a great atmosphere, the staff were very attentive, the food was amazing and the cocktails were great too. Recommend sitting outside (near a heater if cold).