Views just make dining all the more luxurious, don’t you think? Well, guys, next time you need a spot where the view is just as perfect as the food (or you need something to distract you from your not-so-interesting dining companion), take a little read of this list.
As always, we got you. These restaurants have the best view in Sydney.
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 cured salmon with green apple, habanero and citrus to black pepper or coriander seed pan-seared hanger steak 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 goat's 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 even 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 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 more so 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).
East Village Hotel
We’d argue that not much can top the panoramic views of the CBD skyline from the East Village Hotel rooftop terrace, oh, except a delicious cocktail list and menu. Think fresh dishes packed with flavour (perfect for grazing) and a fresh mango margarita (or five).
Channelling some serious vintage boathouse chic vibes, Regatta Dining is arguably one of the most picturesque and delicious spots to spend an afternoon in Sydney. Headed up by Chef Michael Morrison, the views are only rivalled by the delish menu. It’s packed with contemporary European dishes featuring grilled Mooloolaba prawns with French tarragon butter and grilled minute steak with wine merchant sauce and french fries.
When it comes to famous views, it’s hard to go past Cafe Sydney and its ridic views of Sydney Harbour and The Bridge. Making the most of the seaside location, the menu is all about fresh, local seafood and like Sydney rock oysters and Moreton Bay bugs while sipping your way through the wine list.
Ormeggio at The Spit
Overlooking Middle Bay and Pearl Bay this waterside Italian restaurant takes dinner with a view very seriously. They’ve put a modern twist on classic Italian favourites, combining food, wine and a love for all things Italy. Oh and make sure you order one of their top notch glasses of wine, in fact, make it a bottle.
Bennelong is as much about the amazing food as it is the views, sitting inside the iconic Sydney Opera House and an equally impressive menu to boot. Enjoy whole roasted John Dory with crispy white turnips, umami butter and coastal greens, or ditch all difficult decisions and opt for the three-course banquet.
Catalina is not only home to some of the best seafood; it’s got the view to match. Dine on their signature suckling pig with apple and pear chutney and rosemary jus, or taste some of Sydney’s finest sashimi accompanied with the panoramic water scene for an unforgettable feast.
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Aqua Dining | Image credit: Alex Squadrito