For the quintessential Bondi Beach experience, ‘Hardware’ on Hall Street delivers. The cool, rustic-chic restaurant (think exposed brick walls, hanging greenery and wooden beams) serves up tapas-style food and seriously good cocktails. The soundtrack is always great, too.
A Tavola Bondi
This is A Tavola’s second outpost, and it’s just as good as the Darlinghurst original. The pasta is made fresh daily, and the menu features a simple selection as well as weekly specials, many of which focus on fresh, sustainable seafood. Our advice? Pair your meal with an Italian wine and save room for dessert.
When Bills arrived in Bondi Beach, it was the ‘it’ restaurant – and that hasn’t changed. The space is light-filled, airy and casual, and the food is modern Australian with a twist. Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restaurateur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces.
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
Led by restaurateur Maurice Terzini (from Bondi Icebergs) and chef Orazio D’Elio (ex Popolo), this pizza and porchetta venue is as warehouse-chic as it is authentic. It’s laidback and the waiters busily bop between tables, stopping to chat with patrons in between.
Blanca Bar & Dining
Meaning blank canvas, Blanca is a welcome addition to Bondi Beach’s dining scene. Mixing Mediterranean flavours with Japanese style cooking – an interesting mix, but it works. The restaurant is spread over two levels, a vibrant atmosphere downstairs and a cosy one upstairs.
Myoko Sushi Bar
Myoko Sushi on Bondi’s Gould Street is everything a Japanese restaurant should be. It’s cosy, the service is exceptional, and the extensive menu follows suit. The restaurant has a sleek fit-out, which reflects the modern menu. Sure you can order a range of your favourite Japanese dishes like sushi, tempura or gyozas but we suggest ordering from their ‘Exciting Menu’ to sample some of their more innovative, signature dishes. Don’t go home without trying their most inventive dish - the ...
Can Cava Pintxos & Wine
There’s tapas, and then there’s pintxos: bite-sized morsels of food on toothpicks. It hails from Barcelona, as does the team behind this cosy Bondi Beach wine bar. Inside, you’ll find hand painted Spanish tiles and terracotta walls, while the outdoor area has a case of puppy love.
After getting a swish makeover, ‘The Tratt’ is run by Joe Pavlovich, Luke Mangan’s former right-hand man. Set right on the beach, the relaxed restaurant boasts an outdoor terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a menu that is designed to be shared. Think pasta and pizza that’s made in-house daily.
Lox Stock & Barrel
For a little taste of New York City in Sydney, Bondi residents flock to Lox Stock and Barrel. The deli-slash-diner only seats 40 so there is generally a short wait. Healthy seasonal plates are the order of the day and they always pair beautifully with their cocktail offering.
A butcher, steak and burger joint in one. You heard us right, at Macelleria you’ll no doubt be feeling very involved as you pore over the tantalisingly fresh options in the cabinet and handpick your preferred cut. The clever boys behind the counter will then fire up the grill and cook your meat to perfection.
Speakeasy Bar is a chilled-out bar along Curlewis Street, with red lanterns and retro furniture, and it's the place to go when you’re after a scene that is less raucous and more mellow. The meals here are a mix of Asian and Mediterranean and go with a select drinks menu.
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach is an all-day-dining bistro and beach club. Serving up seasonal, modern Australian cuisine along with an extensive wine programme, this beachside hangout knows how the locals like to dine and unwind. The sleek interiors, reflecting its light-filled Bondi location, accommodate an indoor-outdoor dining experience, making it perfect for summer nights and wintery days.
Bondi Beach’s trendy sake bar, Mamasan is where Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai. There are two places to dine, the opium den or the bar. The food is pan-Asian tapas and it’s amazing, and if you’re not a fan of sake that’s ok because their drink offering is diverse.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Bondi Icebergs is one of the most iconic waterfront spots in Sydney, and everyone knows that pool – which is arguably Australia’s most Instagrammed pool. The dining room is just as impressive. Where else can you indulge in the complete luxury of Sydney’s seafood with the depth of regional Italian flavours?