Waterside dining in Sydney

Sydney is home to a thriving culinary scene. The beautiful Harbour City also boasts unrivalled views of world-famous beaches and sparkling waterways, and the mild climate is perfectly suited to outdoor eating. Enjoy the best Sydney has to offer and dine at some of the top waterside restaurants.

Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney
Waterside Dining, Sydney

There are plenty of waterfront restaurants on Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. For an iconic fine dining experience, try the Sydney Opera House’s Opera Kitchen, Portside or Bennelong. Across from the architectural gem is one of the top restaurants in Sydney, Quay at the historic Rocks.

Walk along the foreshore under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Walsh Bay and discover quality restaurants and charming bars on the heritage-listed finger wharves. The beautifully designed Barangaroo House has three levels of delicious delights to eat and drink – the House Bar, Bea and Smoke.

On the northern side of the harbour is top Australian beach, Manly Beach. Enjoy panoramic ocean views at waterside restaurants including Hugos, The Bower Restaurant and The Pantry. Further north is the acclaimed Pilu at Freshwater. Nearby on Balmoral Beach, the heritage-listed Bathers Pavilion is also a local’s favourite.

Bondi Beach is an iconic destination in Sydney’s east. 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. In enchanting Rose Bay are Catalina and Regatta.

In southern Sydney, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes by the beach in beautiful Cronulla. Soak up the sun and ocean views at Sealevel, Summer Salt, Alphabet St and Zimzala.