Sydney Restaurants with a View

11 February 2014

Sydney is one of the most stunning cities in the world. With panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, including the iconic structures of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are few places that can impress quite as much as Sydney.

Diners are often among those who get to appreciate these views, with dinner by the window of one of Sydney’s many restaurants – an ideal way to enjoy the sights.

Here are a number of Sydney’s best restaurants with a view to more than just a great meal.

Aqua Dining

This fine-dining restaurant is tucked under the Harbour Bridge – it gets its name from being so close to the water that enjoying a meal here feels like you’re on the harbour itself. If you look past the bridge across the harbour, you’ll see a perfectly framed Sydney Opera House as well.

Aqua Dining

Aqua Dining

Catalina Restaurant

This picturesque restaurant is located in Sydney’s Rose Bay near the yacht club. You’ll be torn between enjoying the views and enjoying your meal – but there’s nothing stopping you from indulging in both at once!

Catalina Restaurant

Catalina Restaurant

Aria

This is another restaurant in Sydney for its top-quality meals, but the other reason it’s so popular is the amazing view. Tables are set up specifically to take advantage of the views over the harbour, with both the Sydney Opera House and the Bridge so close you’d think you can reach out and touch them.

Aria

Aria

The Bathers Pavilion

This Balmoral Beach restaurant resides adjacent to the promenade and beautiful beach. Dine indoors next to the large open windows overlooking the bay and follow up your meal with a barefoot stroll in the sand.

The Bathers Pavilion

The Bathers Pavilion

Jonah’s Restaurant

Jonah’s sits seaside with wide windows which shows off the beach vistas. This restaurant is elevated above sea level as well, giving a broader view of the waves crashing ashore and the lush greenery right outside.

Jonah's Restaurant

Jonah’s Restaurant

Ormeggio at the Spit

Standing atop posts, this restaurant is literally situated over the water at Mosman, where its wide-open windows let diners look out over the bay and into the boats cruising around the harbour. By night, the harbour comes alive with glittering lights reflecting on the water for a truly magical dining experience.

Sean’s Panaroma

Fancy a seaside view on Bondi Beach, quaint decor and succulent menu? This restaurant has everything you could ask for – as well as an impressive wine list so you can enjoy the view with a cool glass of bubbles to keep you company.

Swell Restaurant

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant means you can enjoy the proximity of the swells breaking right in front of you.

Le Kiosk

Think gorgeous balmy days right on the waterfront at your very own picnic table under a shady umbrella and you get this divine Manly restaurant. Located next to Shelly Beach, for lunch or dinner – there’s no denying the scenery at this eatery.

Le Kiosk

Le Kiosk

Opera Kitchen

The Opera Kitchen offers you the chance to eat right on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, as it’s located on the lower concourse of this iconic structure. This makes for a unique dining experience and offers post card views of the CBD skyline, Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

Opera Kitchen

Opera Kitchen

Sugaroom

This Pyrmont restaurant and ex-sugar refinery looks out on Johnston’s Bay, where the view can only be described as stunning! Take a seat outdoors and soak it all in over a delicious meal.

Cafe Sydney

Not only are the timber interiors stunning at Circular Quay restaurant, the view is to-dine-for! Here you’ll look out over the harbour right at Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour bridge and all the boats floating by.

Cafe Sydney

Cafe Sydney

Sails on Lavender Bay

Head down to the edge of the harbour a McMahon’s Point to find this aptly named restaurant. Look out over the Sydney Opera House and the bridge as you dine from this menu that has been awarded one Chef’s Hat.

Sails on Lavender Bay

Sails on Lavender Bay

Revolving restaurants

There are three restaurants that deserve a mention for their dedication both to fine food and incredible views for visitors. Sydney Tower Buffet, 360 bar and dining and O bar and dining all take this commitment to the next level – literally – by offering visitors 360 degrees of Sydney vistas in their revolving restaurants. These three restaurants create a visual feast of the many iconic locations and structures all over the city that’s as delicious as the meals served in front of you.

 

360 bar and dining

360 bar and dining

More by