Craving a steak with a side of panoramic city views? Or a cocktail served with the Harbour Bridge as your date? We get it. Sometimes eating out is all about location, location, location. It’s what takes a night out that next step further (as well as providing ample ooh and aahh-ing conversation starters).
We’ve gathered 6 of Sydney’s best restaurants and bars that all boast seriously picture perfect vistas; guaranteed to make your meal 154% more special and a whooooole lot more tasty.
O-Bar & Dining
When it comes to dining with a view, O-Bar & Dining ain’t too shabby. 47 floors up and boasting a 360 degree panoramic ‘oh-my-god’ style skyline and a killer cocktail list. Lunch or dinner these guys have you sorted, with a market style lunch menu, 2 and 3 course dinner options and a dedicated vegan menu. For mains, prepare your belly for crisp Tinder Creek duck breast with cabbage, scorched mustard seed stone fuits and macadamia cream, or crispy skinned flame tail snapper with Japanese pickles. Dine at altitude, without the sickness.
North Bondi Fish
You couldn’t get any closer to the beach if you tried, with North Bondi Fish literally* swimming in Bondi’s beautiful beach. Owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon specialize in fresh, high quality seafood as well as sliders, steak and pretty much anything else you would want at a beach (cocktails included). Some favorites include the whiting tacos, the char grilled baby octopus and the tuna tataki with soy, ginger and lime. With optimal people watching location for all those cute AF Bondi Beach bod, there’s plenty of fish in this sea at North Bondi Fish (see what we did there?).
Blu Bar Shangri La
A long-held institution, Blu Bar at the Shangri La looks straight north, over the Harbour Bridge as far as the eye can see. This Bar has won the Best Hotel Bar Award twice, and shakes up some of Sydney’s best cocktails and bar snacks. Mixologist Art Palomata has switched up the drink menu to include some showy ‘liquid physics’, and for those who don’t know, these are some of Sydney’s most Instaworthy cocktails. If you’re looking to blow the budget, their Martini on the Rock comes with its own room and a diamond ring. Yours for only $10,000. We’ll take 2 thank you.
The Brigade Rooftop is one of the only places to be in the sky this summer. With stunning views of Sydney’s CBD, and delicious hearty pub food to back it up, you’ll want to stay here a good, long while. The Brigade Burger, half chook and rump steak are just what the doctor ordered, as well as their wood fired pizzas and an extensive wine list. Not to mention the cocktails, of which there are plenty.
Could you make a list of restaurants with a view without including this icon? Don’t think so. Introducing Opera Bar: where your cheese board comes with a side of the Opera House and the flathead fillets have chips (and the Harbour Bridge) on the plate. Nestled deep in the Opera House forecourt, Opera Bar is THE heaving bar and restaurant for after work drinks, the go-to when international friends come to stay, and has some of the best cocktails around town. If you haven’t been, take this as your official sign. Opera bar isn’t a life choice, it’s a lifestyle.
The Boathouse On Blackwattle Bay
Looking straight over the water to the Anzac Bridge, the team at the Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay are passionate about seafood, and with good reason too— their neighbors are the world’s third largest fish market. The best things on the menu (if we had to choose) are the 15 different types of oysters and definitely the Snapper Pie. So many oysters, so little time.
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