Best Waterfront Restaurants in Sydney

Heart - Add to profile
Book Flights

Oct 08, 2015

by LAURA BOX, Writer

Sydney is internationally recognised for its harbour surrounds and the glistening ocean that rolls in to its spectacular coastline. It seems only appropriate then, that some of the city’s best restaurants are located just metres from the shore. Here are eight Sydney restaurants plating up stunning food with views to match.

Bennelong, Circular Quay

Acclaimed chef Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong takes residence in the Sydney Opera House, producing its own sense of memorable theatre on every plate served. Celebrating Australia’s native produce at the core of its menu, Gilmore has created a stunning restaurant experience that reflects the Australia ideal as much as the iconic building it is housed within.

Aria, Circular Quay

Co-owned by restaurateur Peter Sullivan and Chef Matt Moran, Aria has worked hard – and succeeded – to maintain its distinguished standing since Moran’s initiation into celebrity-chef status. As it has done since opening in 1999, the restaurant continues to receive the highest accolades thanks to Moran’s ability to consistently create balanced, elegant dishes.

Catalina, Rose Bay

Extended over the water in Sydney’s salubrious Rose Bay, Catalina has a reputation for hosting the suburb’s illustrious elite, who come for the romantic location and award-winning food. Named after the area’s historic seaplanes, which visitors may still witness taking off during the day, Catalina offers a unique atmosphere coupled with an impeccably fresh menu of seafood, sushi and sashimi.

Flying Fish, Pyrmont

Situated on Pyrmont’s Pier 21, this restaurant claims space in one of Sydney’s significant maritime heritage sites looking east with a clear and magnificent outlook towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The restaurant ties together the history of its location with an innovative menu by offering interiors of modern, understated elegance coupled with a unique mix of Asian-inspired seafood and meat dishes.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach

Overlooking perhaps the most photographed ocean pool in Australia, Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has gained a sterling reputation in the eyes of international visitors and locals alike. Moving away from standard waterfront seafood fare, Icebergs takes inspiration from its director Maurice Terzini’s Italian heritage. The result is a menu focusing on seasonal and inventive flavours, ever-evolving under the guidance of head chef Monty Koludrovic.

Quay, The Rocks

Quay is unparalleled in Australia for its collection of industry-recognised accolades. It has not only been awarded the local, prestigious three-hat rating 13 years running, but was also rated the Best Restaurant in Australasia in 2012, by S.Pellegrino World’s Best 50 Restaurants judges. Executive chef Peter Gilmore sources the restaurant’s produce from independent fishermen and farmers in order to provide the highest quality local menu of modern Australian cuisine. With an eastern outlook across the harbour to the Sydney Opera House, Quay boasts one of the finest Australian restaurant views – a perfect match for the establishment’s culinary excellence.

The Bathers’ Pavilion, Mosman

The beautiful harbour sanctuary Balmoral Beach provides the perfect backdrop for The Bathers’ Pavilion – a restaurant that offers a laidback, family-friendly feel whilst maintaining the highest standard of fine-dining offerings. The restaurant focuses on Australian growers and producers as suppliers of its premium ingredients, presenting a wine list featuring Australia’s “Small Vineyards”, alongside a seasonally determined food menu.

Berowra Waters Inn, Berowra Waters

Finding a secluded waterfront eatery around Sydney is difficult to say the least, yet Berowra Waters Inn offers exactly that. Located north of the city, away from road access in the native bush setting of the Hawkesbury River, the restaurant is only accessible via private vessel, seaplane or private ferry. It isn’t the location alone that impresses its patrons, of course; a superb degustation menu dictated by the seasons complements sommelier-recommended wines.

Image: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar