Views just make dining all the more luxurious, don’t you think? Well Listers, next time you need a spot where the view is just as perfect as the food (or you need something to distract you from you not-so-interesting dining companion), try these Sydney restaurants out for size.
Nestled in the back streets of Potts Point lies an oasis of French cuisine and gorgeous city views that give the Eiffel Tower a run for its money. Enjoy a cheese platter or a starter of seared scallops on The Butler's luxe terrace and let the city life go by in front of your eyes.
Ripples Chowder Bay
Serving food that is as beautiful as the view is what this picturesque Mosman restaurant is all about. Ripples is a waterfront oasis open for lunch and dinner (as well as breakfast on weekends) so you can relax and enjoy the views without a care in the world. We can never pass up the goats cheese beignet at lunch or dinner, but if you make it there for breakfast, definitely try the traditional eggs benedict for a morning fit for a royal.
With views sweeping from Luna Park to The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Aqua Dining boasts one of the best international cityscapes that will make you proud to be a Sydneysider. Among the culinary delights accompanying these views are freshly made pasta and desserts to die for— it’s no wonder this is one of the best restaurants in Sydney.
If you are looking for a truly unique dining experience, Quay is where it’s at. You won’t know what’s more gorgeous—the views of iconic Sydney Harbour, or the delicate snow egg dessert in front of you. Long story short, go here and you won’t regret it.
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
The chefs at The Boathouse On Blackwattle Bay have been enjoying the views for over 18 years, so it’s about time you do too. It’ll be a feast for your eyes and your stomach as you gaze out on the stunning water views and delve face first into their amazing seafood-loving menu. Tip: start your dining experience with a share plate of Australia’s finest oysters and watch the people on boats pass you by.
Pilu at Freshwater
If dining at Pilu at Freshwater isn’t on your to-do list, then add it now. You’ll sign up for an experience filled with exotic, fresh food, top-quality service and gorgeous Australian views. Their menu is filled with classic Sardinia dishes including culurzones—potato and pecorino filled ravioli, and seadas for dessert—a ricotta filled pastry served with warm honey. Need we say more?
By now you must have seen the many Instagrams that praise The Boathouse for its delicious food and perfect location. If not, we will forgive you, but make sure you get onto it ASAP. Order the quinoa bircher with apple, dates, nuts and Greek yoghurt to start your morning in style as you take in the picturesque views and seaside scents of the surrounding beach.
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
If Palm Beach is a little out of the way for you Eastern Suburb dwellers, head to Icebergs for a beachy dining experience that’s closer to home. Bondi provides the perfect backdrop for a Sunday morning brunch on the terrace; but if that’s not your style, the menu offers an array of Italian dishes made from the freshest produce and served from lunch to dinner.
This gem in the heart of Drummoyne sure does live up to expectations with quality Italian food and breathtaking Sydney views. Ecco's oven-roasted figs with gorgonzola sauce and crispy prosciutto are a match made in foodie heaven—even moreso when you feast on them with stunning water views as a backdrop.
Situated in the stunning Whale Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches, Jonah’s food is a perfect addition to the panoramic views that surround the restaurant. The menu features some of the best Australian cuisine with subtle Italian influences and the best wine accompaniments. We assure you that you won’t want to leave, so book a night in the hotel and enjoy the best kind of morning-after experience with breakfast and a view (after settling your food baby from the night before, of course).
Just in case you haven’t found a restaurant (or three) from this list yet, we’ve saved one of the best till last. Catalina is not only home to some of the best seafood; it’s got the view to match. Dine on their signature pan-fried snapper with potato and garlic mash, or taste some of Sydney’s finest sashimi accompanied with the panoramic water scene for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Image credit: Alex Squadrito at Aqua Dining