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Our Top 10 Sydney Restaurants with Water Views

By Pillinger

There’s no better way to get into a summer vibe then dining with the glistening harbour or ocean as your backdrop. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, after work get together or lazy weekend lunch, we have picked our top ten favourite restaurants (in no particular order) where you can sit back and soak up stunning water views.

1. Quay

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

Quay had a major revamp in 2018 which elevated the luxe factor of this exquisite restaurant. Offering point blank views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this world famous restaurant is headed by Chef Peter Gilmore offers 6 and 10 course set menus that offer a dining experience like no other.

Quay website

2. Bennelong

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

The very best of Australian produce and wine take centre stage at Bennelong, located within the shell of the Sydney Opera House with views of the harbour, bridge and city. The multi-level layout presents different dining options including À la carte, Cured & Cultured and Bennelong Bar.

Bennelong website

3. Icebergs

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach

This sleek beachside restaurant is one of Sydney’s most iconic. Sitting high on the southern end it offers an unforgettable Bondi Beach backdrop with sleek white and aqua interiors. The menu focuses on modern Italian cuisine.

Icebergs website

4. Ormeggio at the Spit

D’Albora Marina, The Spit, Spit Road, Mosman

Offering a spectacular waterside setting overlooking Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay, Ormeggio offers front row seats to the harbour from which you can watch the boats go by whilst enjoying some of the finest Italian cuisine by Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni.


5. Cirrus

23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

On the waterfront at Barangaroo, Cirrus looks out across the northern end of Darling Harbour to Pyrmont and Goat Island. Reflecting its location it specialises in the finest seasonal seafood and is the creation of Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hilderbrandt (Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole and Yellow).

Cirrus Dining Website

6. Catalina

Lyne Park, Rose Bay

Watch the seaplanes take off from this iconic fine dining establishment perched on the edge of the water at Rose Bay. The restaurant is open for lunch & dinner and offers unobstructed harbour views and an exceptional seafood-inspired menu.  For the ultimate experience arrive on a classic Italian speedboat. Details on their website.



7. Bathers Pavillion

4 The Esplanade, Mosman

In a heritage listed Mediterranean-style building, Bathers’ Pavilion sits proudly on Balmoral beach with spectacular beach and harbour views. Enjoy oysters and champagne at the Louis Roederer Terrace bar on the first floor and then dine in the nautical inspired restaurant with an elegant French influenced menu and 350-strong wine list.

Bathers Pavillion Website

8. The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

123 Ferry Road, Glebe

A Sydney institution, The Boathouse was established in 1997. Perched on Blackwattle Bay the restaurant offers floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views across to the Anzac Bridge and Sydney Fish Market. Focused on serving only the highest quality seafood has meant that this legendary restaurant has stood the test of time.



9. LuMi Dining

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

LuMi Dining sits opposite Star Casino and looks out over the sparkling waters of Pyrmont Bay. With modernist, intimate interiors surrounded by glass walls, every vantage looks out across the marina. The menu is a melding of Japanese and Italian Cuisine and the results are extraordinary.


10. Otto

Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

A true Sydney dining experience, Otto sits proudly on Finger Wharf overlooking glamourous boats and super yachts. The approachable yet refined modern Italian menu never fails to delight and with waterside alfresco dining, it’s the perfect place to while away an afternoon or evening with friends.