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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The food was so good the Angus steak is amazing and their mushroom sauce is so creamy and full of flavour. Their staff are helpful and attentive.
In the two days before going I was unable to call and speak to someone at Olivo - the calls went through to v/mail and no one called me back.. So I didn't know if it was still BYO, something that was a requirement for the lunch. Confirmation of the booking was by email the morning of the lunch but without any mention of it being BYO. There was no in-house restrooms, one had to use the facilities of the complex instead. However the staff were very good and helpful. John.
Great location and service. A good menu too. Thank you.
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.
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