Waterside dining in Sydney

Some of Sydney’s most popular beachside cafés are Bluewater at Manly, The Bathers' Pavilion at beautiful Balmoral and The Crabbe Hole at Bondi. You’ll enjoy stunning Sydney Harbour views from award-winning Catalina, in Rose Bay.

On the South Coast, try On the Pier at Batemans Bay. Acclaimed UK chef Rick Stein’s Rick Stein at Bannisters is at Mollymook. On the North Coast, breakfast at the Byron Beach Café in Byron Bay. Bacon, eggs and coffee all come from the local area.

Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi

Great waterfront dining in Sydney

Visitors flock to Sydney’s waterside restaurants and cafés, which are among the city’s signature attractions. Enjoy juicy fruit and vegetables, supplied by local markets, and fresh caught seafood beside Sydney Harbour, or overlooking beaches and rivers. You’ll also find quality restaurants with great views on the South Coast, Central Coast and North Coast.

The mild climate in Sydney and along the NSW coast is perfectly suited to outdoor eating. Many cafés and restaurants have tables set up outside, where you can dine on fine food and fresh air, during the sunny day time or as evening falls. You’ll need to make table reservations for award-winning waterside restaurants.

Some favourite waterfront dining destinations near the city centre are The Rocks, Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Woolloomooloo Wharf and Darling Harbour. Take a ferry from Circular Quay for Watsons Bay. At Bondi Beach, try award-winners Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and Sean’s Panaroma.

For a more casual setting, head for The Bucket List at Bondi. Or take a ferry from Circular Quay and go to popular Hugos, at Manly Wharf. North of Manly is award-winning Pilu at Freshwater, an Italian restaurant with views of Freshwater Beach. Dip your toes into the harbour at Ormeggio at the Spit.

Beyond Sydney’s harbour and northern beaches is the award-winning Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River. It’s a 50-minute drive from the city centre; you can fly with Sydney Seaplanes from Rose Bay on the harbour to Cottage Point and also to Jonah’s Restaurant at Whale Beach, which has fine food and splendid ocean views.