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Waterside Dining in Sydney

  • Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
  • The Crabbe Hole Cafe, Bondi


Discover Sydney's Waterside Restaurants

Dining by Sydney Harbour is an experience not to be missed. Beautiful by day and magical by night, some of the most enjoyable dining locations can be found on Sydney City's doorstep. Explore the restaurants around Cockle Bay, Pyrmont, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Woolloomooloo Wharf.

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Grand waterfront lunches

Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

In Sydney, our love of all things coastal and aquatic translates to waterside dining that, at its best, is extraordinary. And what better place to start than Bondi Beach? Handily, the strip of golden sand is marked out at either reach by a restaurant of note. At the north end, it’s Matt Moran and the gang at North Bondi Fish, doing the perfectly beachy likes of beer‐battered fish and chips, swordfish skewers with soy and mustard and prawn tacos, complemented by a short but very smart wine list. Sean's Panaroma also has postcard views and a great contemporary menu.

At the southern extreme perches Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, home to a savvy modern Italian menu and one of the best restaurant views in the world. Kick back in the dining room with fried school prawns and aioli, and spaghetti with crab and black garlic, or party in the bar with a cocktail and oysters.

A couple of beaches south, the Merivale group has planted its umbrella in the sand with Coogee Pavilion, a multi‐level temple dedicated to fun in the sun. On the ground floor it’s a kid‐friendly food extravaganza while the rooftop has a more grown‐up vibe, with crisp drinks and a charcoal‐focused Middle Eastern fare featuring the likes of halloumi grilled in vine leaves, and lamb chops with chilli oil and yoghurt.

Housed in a superb Deco building at Balmoral Beach, The Bathers Pavilion never fails to thrill. In the restaurant Serge Dansereau presents steak tartare with smoked dates, lemon verbena and radish flowers, and duck with orange, miso and surf clams, while in the cafe it’s all about the three‐egg omelette with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and hash browns.

At Pyrmont, Flying Fish Restaurant & Bar is located on an industrial‐maritime site at Jones Bay Wharf, surrounded by views of a sparkling summer harbour. Dine on the freshest, sweetest marron or blue-eye trevalla from a highly seasonal menu.

The city’s top Italian operators have done a particularly good job with waterfront brilliance. MasterChef favourite Alessandro Pavoni has two eateries at the marina at The Spit in Mosman, his glam fine‐diner Ormeggio, where sea lettuce and salmon roe enliven squid and mussel tagliolini, and Chiosco, an outdoor celebration of the casual and the breezy.

In Sydney's north, Hugos Manly occupies a prime spot on Manly Wharf - the ferry takes you almost to the door. Pavoni’s pal Giovanni Pilu has also been a drawcard at Harbord for many a year, thanks to the warm service and full‐flavoured contemporary Italian food at Pilu at Freshwater. And former Ormeggio head chef Federico Zanellato has brought the cucina moderna magic to the harbour, combining the traditions of Italy with the flavours of Japan to winning effect at LuMi in Pyrmont. For a cool and casual vibe, tuck into the likes of soft shell crab sliders or mini lobster rolls at the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Top summer tips from Sydney's Insiders

Peter Gilmore, Quay

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.