Outdoor dining

Highlights

Outdoor dining is one of Sydney’s essential experiences. With its abundance of harbour and ocean coastline, the city is filled with restaurants where an outdoor table heightens the culinary experience, whether it's by waves lapping with coastal panoramas or in a stylish setting near the city. 

  • Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney
  • Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Sydney

About Outdoor Dining in Sydney

The historic wharf at Woolloomooloo offers stylish outdoor dining with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy delicious Italian delicacies at Otto. Try artful Indian dishes, such as lamb cutlets hot from the tandoor oven, at Aki's

Also on the wharf you will find Manta Restaurant, known for superb seafood such as the Mediterranean-style roasted John Dory. The award-winning China Doll offers an innovative menu of modern Asian food and cocktails.

The Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo

Experience the iconic views of Bondi Beach from the famous balconies of Bondi's Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, where you can experience uninterrupted views and Italian-inspired cuisine.

In nearby Coogee, you will also find the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop Bar. Relax with a Mai Tai or Pina Coladas and enjoy grilled lamb skewers, crunchy flatbreads sprinkled with spices and other treats from the Mediterranean-inspired menu. 

For those wishing to settle into a long afternoon of views, cocktails and the warm bustle of a friendly crowd, the Beach Club and the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are great waterside venues in Sydney's beautiful Eastern Suburbs. Enjoy superb waterfront views with great seafood and a relaxed ambience. 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney

On the beautiful northern beaches, Manly's 1933-built bathing pavilion is now home to The Bistro at Manly Pavilion

Perched over the water, this eatery combines Mediterranean dishes with amazing views out to the harbour and its dramatic headlands.

Nearby, Hugo’s Manly makes the most of the panoramas from Manly Wharf with luxurious outdoor seating and plenty of window tables inside. Enjoy the view over an Italian-inspired dish from the menu. 

Dining at Hugos, Manly

Located on the waters edge of Darling Harbour, only a short walk from the city centre and with magnificent views of the city's skyline, Harbourside also offers a unique outdoor dining experience.

Sit back, relax and enjoy Harbourside view of the water and city. You can even watch the fireworks every Saturday night, overlooking the city skyline. With retail stores open from 10am to 9pm, Harbourside also offers late night shopping every night.

Sydney's outdoor dining scene

Kitchen by Mike

Great outdoor dining options are available year-round in Sydney. At the beachside Coogee Pavilion the reboot of the Coogee Palace by Merivale, the group behind such smash-hits as Papi Chulo and Ivy, the rooftop hops with bartenders slinging mai tais and pina coladas while a tanned army of staff ferry around platters of grilled lamb skewers, crunchy flatbreads sprinkled with spices and other treats from the Mediterranean-inspired menu.

The wharf at Woolloomooloo is another fixture for glam waterside dining, whatever the season. Go over the top with lobster spaghetti, roast suckling pig and other Italian luxuries at Otto, delve into one of the city’s most polished Indian experiences with prawns tossed in coconut and black garlic or lamb cutlets hot from the tandoor oven at Aki's, or oysters, plates of pristine raw seafood and Mediterranean-style roasted John Dory at Manta Restaurant.

Right in the city centre you’ll find an oasis of outdoor fun at Uccello, which opens onto all the splashy fun of the Ivy Pool Club, but keeps it real at the table with authentic Italian eats. Keep things light and easy with a plate of expertly cooked spaghettini with cherry tomatoes, chilli, garlic and basil or go all the way with the epic char-grilled sirloin steak, simply dressed with parsley, garlic and lemon.

Flavour Spotlight: Korean cuisine

Kim Restaurant

Right in the thick of things in Kings Cross, Llankelly Place is a pedestrian-only haven of outside tables. Hot new Korean number Kim, as much outdoor as it is indoor, might be the pick of them, offering fried chicken wings with sweet-hot barbecue sauce and beef short-ribs braised in soy and pear juice. Speaking of Korean, the hottest tables at one of the most creative restaurants in town, Moon Park, are on the balcony. Snare a seat overlooking Redfern Park, order up big on Korean beers, interesting wine and barbecued duck with onions, chestnuts and persimmons and make a night of it.