Sydney Restaurants - Outdoor dining

Discover lovely outdoor dining locations, from waterside promenades to heritage wharves, from garden courtyards to ‘eat streets’. There are rooftop tables by beautiful beaches and alfresco seating with vistas of iconic attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House, try Graze MCA at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, on the western side of Circular Quay. On the eastern side, near the Opera House, is the delicious Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. You’ll also find restaurants, bars and cafes with outdoor seating.

You’ll treasure the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Opera Kitchen , which is on the forecourt of the Opera House. Nearby, in the tranquil Royal Botanic Garden , are charming cafes with outdoor seating, as well as free daily walking tours and a fascinating Aboriginal Heritage Tour.

The Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo

The historic Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf is one of the longest timber wharves in the world. In harbourside Woolloomooloo and near the Art Gallery of NSW, the heritage-listed wharf is lined with the open-air tables of restaurants featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.

Nearby popular pubs serve tasty food. The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel has seating on the wide footpath and a verandah. The Tilbury Hotel is a gastro pub, with a serene garden courtyard. Or walk up the colonial steps to art deco Potts Point for the Challis Avenue and Llankelly Place ‘eat streets’.

Couple enjoying food and drinks at Hugos Manly at Manly Wharf

There are vibrant ‘eat streets’ elsewhere in Sydney. Spice Alley is deliciously hot laneway in Chippendale. Or take a ferry to Parramatta for UNESCO World Heritage sites and the outdoor tables of the enticing Church Street eateries. Ferries will take you to other outdoor dining spots, such as Manly and Watsons Bay.

The promenade at Barangaroo has a tempting range of restaurants, or stroll along the waterfront to Darling Harbour for more delectable options. Alongside Sydney's gorgeous beaches are alfresco cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy rooftop dining at the Coogee Pavilion, with views of Coogee Beach.

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