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Waterside dining in Sydney

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Waterside dining 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.

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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 the ultimate in luxury, Jonah's at Whale Beach combines a stylish retreat and European cuisine with expansive views across the ocean. Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River is famed for its riverfront degustation menu, and half the fun is getting there – you can drive, catch a ferry or even travel by seaplane! Other stylish waterfront options include Catalina in Rose Bay, Sails at McMahons Point and Flying Fish at Pyrmont.

For a more casual approach to Sydney dining, head to Le Kiosk on Shelly Beach near Manly, the perfect spot for fish and chips while you take in the north-facing beach views. Sean's Panaroma at the northern end of Bondi Beach has postcard views and a great contemporary menu, and be sure to include The Bucket List on your own bucket list for its beachfront location and casual beach vibe.

For an iconic Sydney moment, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in South Bondi is the place to celebrate Sydney in all its splendour, and you might even spot a celebrity or two. At 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. A few standouts include Blue Water Cafe at Manly Beach, Swell at Bronte Beach, The Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral Beach and the Crabbe Hole at Bondi Beach.

 

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 Jonah's Whale Beach or fly to the Boathouse at Palm 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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