Sydney Waterside Restaurants

Waterside dining in Sydney is a delicious delight. There are waterfront restaurants by gorgeous beaches, tranquil waterways and on Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. For an iconic waterfront address, try the Sydney Opera House’s Opera Kitchen, Portside or Bennelong.

A stroll from the architectural gem is the historic Rocks and Quay, among the best restaurants in the world. You’ll find more restaurants dotted around the harbour. The heritage-listed Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo offers stylish alfresco dining, including Aki, China Doll, Manta, Kingsleys and Otto.

Friends enjoying food and drink at waterside restaurant LuMi Bar & Dining in Pyrmont

Other tasty wharves are in Walsh Bay, Pyrmont and Manly, where you can also savour beachside restaurants at Manly Beach. The first world surfing contest was held in 1964 at Manly Beach, and just north is the acclaimed Pilu at Freshwater. A harbour ferry is an enjoyable way to travel to Manly.

You can also take a ferry from Circular Quay across the sparkling harbour to charming waterfront restaurants in Barangaroo, Lavender Bay, Milsons Point and Watsons Bay, where both the Beach Club and Doyles on the Beach offer great views. A short walk from Barangaroo is Darling Harbour.

Honey Haven, Mudgee

The world-famous Bondi Beach is tasty destination, too. North Bondi Fish serves up perfect beer‐battered fish and chips. The acclaimed Sean's Panaroma is also at the northern end of the beach, while the award-winning Icebergs Dining Room is at the southern end, and the views are stunning.

In enchanting Rose Bay are Catalina and Regatta. In the era of flying boats, Rose Bay was an international water aerodrome. For that special occasion, you can still take a scenic seaplane flight from Rose Bay to lovely waterfront restaurants such as Cottage Point Inn and Berowra Waters Inn.

On the northern side of the harbour in Mosman is pretty Balmoral Beach. The heritage-listed Balmoral Bathers Pavilion is adjacent to the sandy beach and the 1920s-built white pavilion houses the mouth-watering Bathers’ Pavilion. Nearby are Ripples Chowder Bay and Ormeggio at The Spit.

Couple enjoying food and drinks at Hugos Manly at Manly Wharf


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