Waterfront dining in Sydney
With its sparkling harbour and ocean beaches, Sydney does dining by the water particularly well. Find a waterside table and settle in for lunch or dinner with a view.
Perched on the end of D’Albora Marina, Ormeggio takes you on a contemporary journey through Italy, with both degustation and a la carte menus by executive chef Alessandro Pavoni and head chef Victor Moya, and wine list so extensive it’s often described as ‘biblical’. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch or dinner to remember.
Just a few short steps from the sand and surf of one of the world’s most famous beaches, North Bondi Fish is Bondi at its best. Crowd pleasers on its casual seafood-focussed menu include Crumbed whiting sanga and Fish tacos. On weekends there’s a party vibe as DJs spin tunes.
Overlooking North Sydney Olympic Pool, lapped by the harbour and with views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Aqua Dining is quintessential Sydney waterside dining. Davide Rebeccato’s contemporary Italian menu features dishes such as Tagliolini with lemon butter, scarlet prawns and bottarga or Pork belly with spinach, wasabi, bok choy and shiso.
Floor to ceiling windows at Manly Pavilion make the most of the harbour views, but what comes out of the kitchen will grab your attention too. Start with creative cocktails and an Antipasto di Pesce platter to share, then move onto pasta, seafood and meat-focussed mains.
At waterside LuMi in Pyrmont chef Federico Zanellato combines his Italian heritage with Japanese sensibility to create unique and often groundbreaking dishes. Highlights of the a la carte menu include Italian gunkan – a spin on sushi where sea urchin sits atop stracciatella (instead of rice) and brioche. Sample the best of LuMi with the Chef’s Menu but if you’re short on time pop in for a meal at the bar.
A younger sibling to Ormeggio at the Spit, Chiosco offers relaxed dining with views of Middle Harbour and yachts bobbing on their moorings. Inspired by Italian seaside trattorias, the menu features crowd-pleasing dishes such calamari fritti, vitello tonnato and homemade pasta.
With a dress circle position overlooking Sydney Harbour, Aria has worn the mantle of one of Sydney’s finest fine diners for more than 20 years. The produce-driven seasonal menu by executive chef Joel Bickford showcases the best of Australia. Add faultless service and an extensive, award-winning wine list and you’ve got the perfect waterside restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.
Award-winning Jonah’s in Whale Beach, nestled on the cliffs between the Pacific Ocean and Pittwater, boasts 180-degree panoramic views. The sea views accompany contemporary Australian cuisine with plentiful seafood options and an impressive 1,600 wines from around the globe.