Sydney Restaurants - Outdoor Dining

Grab a seat in the sunshine for Sydney’s best outdoor dining. From sprawling cafes surrounded by 200-year-old gardens to fairy-lit courtyards hidden in the city’s busiest suburbs and picnic spots with million dollar views, there’s always somewhere new for a meal to remember in the Harbour City.

Set inside a 19th century building in the iconic Royal Botanic Garden on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Botanic Gardens Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on wide wisteria-draped verandahs. Nearby in The Domain, The Pavilion offers traditional Italian flavours surrounded by trees and perfectly manicured lawn.

Friends enjoying food and drink at Opera Bar on Sydney Harbour

For a meal with unbeatable waterfront views, tuck into fresh oysters and sashimi at Opera Bar. Across the other side of Circular Quay, Graze on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art looks back towards the Sydney Opera House. The shoreline around Circular Quay and Darling Harbour is lined with many tasty places to eat.

Discover The Winery, a lush garden courtyard strung with fairy lights hidden down a laneway in Surry Hills. Get a seat in prime position alongside Bondi Beach at The Bucket List or watch the buzz of Potts Point from the spacious courtyard of Gazebo Wine Bar & Dining.

The Bucket List Bar and Eatery at Bondi Beach in Sydney East

Sydney is dotted with pubs with fantastic beer gardens. Sit under an enormous oak tree dating from the 1930s at The Oaks in Neutral Bay, relax with kids and dogs at the Courthouse Hotel in Newtown, look over the water from the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and settle in for the afternoon at The Beresford in Surry Hills.

Wander through The Streets of Barangaroo, part of Sydney’s newest waterside precinct, and you’ll find more than 20 al fresco dining and drinking options, like Banksii, Bel & Brio, Lotus or Anason. In Chippendale, Kensington Street and Spice Alley are open-air dining precincts with a huge variety of places to eat.

Couple having a picnic by the water on Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Keep things simple with a picnic. You can pack up a feast yourself or there are a number of companies in the city who will create a custom basket for you. Popular spots include the Royal Botanic Garden, Centennial Park, Bradfield Park, Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden and Cockatoo Island.

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