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Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Waterside dining in Sydney


Waterfront restaurants in Sydney

Dining by the harbour is captivating by day and magical by night. Some of the most enjoyable dining locations include Cockle Bay, Pyrmont, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Woolloomooloo Wharf.

Must Do

Best of Sydney dining by the water

Le Kiosk on Shelly Beach, Manly

With so many beautiful waterside locations to choose from, you could spend every day of your Sydney holiday enjoying different sparkling water views at the many unique restaurants.

For an iconic Sydney moment, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in South Bondi is the place to celebrate Sydney in all its splendour, with uninterrupted views over the beach.  Sean's Panaroma at the northern end of Bondi Beach also has postcard views and a great contemporary menu. Include The Bucket List on your own bucket list for its beachfront location and casual beach vibe.

In Sydney's north, Hugos Manly occupies a prime spot on Manly Wharf - the ferry takes you almost to the door. Further north, Pilu at Freshwater, chef Giovanni Pilu delivers fabulous Sardinian-inspired cuisine along with ocean views. 

You'll find great beachside cafes at most of Sydney's beaches. Standouts include Bluewater Cafe at Manly Beach, The Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral Beach and the Crabbe Hole at Bondi Beach.

Sydney chefs reveal dining secrets

Dan Hong's Favourite Sydney Restaurants

Some of Sydney's best chefs and food personalities share their hot tips on the city's dining scene, from favourite coffee spots to the most scenic picnic locations, great food bargains and much more.

Fly and dine in Sydney

Catching a Sydney Seaplane to Berowra Waters Inn. Image Sydney Seaplanes

You'll really know you're in Sydney when you head off for lunch in a seaplane over Sydney Harbour. Visit Cottage Point Inn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, drop in to Catalina at Rose Bay, or fly to Jonah's Whale Beach for stunning ocean views and picture-perfect dining at its best.

  • Woolloomooloo Wharf, Restaurants Sydney

    Woolloomooloo Wharf dining

    This heritage-listed wharf, located on Sydney Harbour, is home to many stylish bars and restaurants. Sink into comfortable lounges at Water Bar as you sip on cocktails, or dine outdoors at Manta, Otto Ristorante and China Doll where spectacular views of the city accompany your meal.

  • Balla Restaurant at The Star

    Restaurants at The Star

    For a taste of Monte Carlo in Sydney, head to The Star in Pyrmont, near Darling Harbour. Celebrate your lucky roll of the dice with a meal at one of the fabulous restaurants located right by the harbour. Don't miss Stefano Manfredi's Balla and fine Asian cuisine at Sokyo, The Century and Black by ezard.

  • Bathers Pavilion, Restaurant at Balmoral Beach

    Northside dining

    Balmoral Beach is home to delightful waterside restaurants, such as Public Dining Room and The Bathers' Pavilion. Just up the hill, Mosman's Military Road has a string of stylish cafes and restaurants. Don't miss Ripples at Chowder Bay for its tasty menu and terrace views that impress day or night.

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