There’s no better cure for Sunday blues than a long and leisurely lunch with your mates and, lucky for us, Sydney knows how to do a long lunch well. This list includes harbourside rooftops, massive foodie precincts, CBD bistro-style restaurants (with all the natural lighting) and a number of classic venues.
Here are all the best spots for a long lunch in Sydney.
Consisting of three levels, every one as lush as the other, Manly Greenhouse is a casual beachside bar and dining, a sizzling charcoal grill restaurant and a rooftop bar with quite honestly the best sea views going around. Head up to the Rooftop which preaches everything to do with hanging plants, panoramic views and an indoor cloud tree ie. long lunch heaven. Here you'll find bespoke cocktails and a bar menu with a selection of cured meats including LP's mortadella and Blackmore Wagyu beef bresaola and a heap of toasted sandwiches.
Recently demolished and renovated, The Vicar is made up of three separate bars and two districts. For lunch of the lengthy kind and that fresh farm-to-table lifestyle, then you’ll want to pop over to Wakefield’s for your chance to check out a whole menu based on shared-plates made from locally sourced produce
The Saké family has travelled across the harbour to the new rooftop of Manly Wharf, where you can indulge all your summer vibe needs and that means the epitome of long lunch feels. Boasting a variety of dining spaces, you can choose your fortune at Saké. Take in the sea air and ocean views on the terrace, sit kitchen-side at the sushi counter, get the crew around for a more intimate experience in one of the private dining rooms or sip on gin bowls in the bar area.
The Adored Group, who also run popular drinking holes The Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk, have worked up a thirst for opening venues in the Sydney CBD. While Matteo Double Bay is pizzas and seafood, the Downtown counterpart features earthier, richer dishes from northern Italy and bistro vibes we’d happily soak up for hours. We’re giving a massive shout out to the mozzarella bar here but like always, all the Matteo feeds are hard to fault.
The Rooftop on top of Quarrymans Hotel is giving us serious Coachella desert vibes (with an emphasis on all the vinyl tunes). We kid you not, you’ll actually feel like you’ve shot over to Palm Springs and ended up living your best holiday life. This latest open-air terrace is forging all the blush-pink vibes, cacti and a bangin’ cocktail menu to boot. As for the menu. it’s a homely ode to pub classics with lots of south-of-the-border influences including taco feeds, guac and buffalo wings for days.
The Pacific Club
All of you Bondi trendsetters need to listen up because The Pacific Club is here and you’re going to want to head there, like, now. The all-day venue has us excited for lazy Summer arvo’s by the beach, with an indoor-outdoor flow and ocean views. A woodfire grill and raw bar are the heroes of the kitchen, with a local seafood-heavy menu (which is pretty darn appropriate considering those waterfront vibes on Campbell Parade).
What was once a humble RSL club in Sydney’s north shore has been revamped into a stylish restaurant and spritz bar. Enter, The Alcott. Head chef Richard Slarp has created a delish modern-Mediterranean inspired menu. Think saltbush lamb ribs with almond, sumac and coriander. Oh and spritz? There’s an Elderflower lychee spritz on offer (read: St Germain elderflower liqueur, lychee, mint, cucumber and prosecco).
The Collaroy is the latest makeover project from the peeps at Merivale (they’re getting good at this). The beachfront hotel is spread over two levels: the ground floor serves up breakfast pizza, healthy bowls for lunch, and home-style dinners once the sun goes down. Meanwhile, upstairs it’s seafood galore, and you’ll also have your choice between two bars. It’s the perfect place to chill out after a dip at the beach and also perfect for settling in this winter (because carbs).
The Park House Food And Liquor
The Park House Food and Liquor has risen from the ruins of the Mona Vale Hotel, and you should consider it your one-stop shop to satisfy all your food and liquor needs. Consider this joint a happy family of restaurants, pop-up markets, cocktail bars, food trucks with its own café and brew bar. It’s a big conglomeration of fabulousness which houses fresh, local flavours, each area with its own distinctive flare but all inspired by executive chef Dave Clarke’s love for all things Americana.
Sunday sessions are made all the more sweet for Northsiders, who won’t have to cross the bridge to take in the harbour views from The Greens on a sunny afternoon. While the view is hard to beat, the pretty-as-a-picture plates come close, whether you keep it simple with house smoked trout salad or treat yo’ self to the macerated wild strawberries with yoghurt ice-cream, honeycomb and ginger cream. Plus, there is no better way to bond with new friends than over a stupidly competitive round of barefoot bowls, #amirite?
North Bondi Fish
A fool-proof combination of sea breeze, the freshest seafood, boozy popsicles and an alarming selection of rosé wines (never too many) will have you lunching again and again at North Bondi Fish. Intrigued? You should be. Located in the heart of Bondi Beach, North Bondi Fish strikes the perfect balance between being completely relaxed and a little bit fancy, all at the same time. So get the squad together and head down for a leisurely lunch and a glass of rosé (or two).
A Sydney institution for a reason, Jonah’s will instantly give you those first day of holidays warm and fuzzies. With an unbeatable view over Whale Beach, it would be wrong to stay for only an hour, so settle in and let them do the hard work by ordering from the set menu of two, three or four courses. Add on the paired wine option, because you deserve it.
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Image credit: Saké Manly