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The 7 Best Waterside Restaurants in Mosman

Perched atop the rugged headlands of Sydney Harbour, Mosman sums up what Sydney is about: breathtaking beauty, coffee culture, and a crop of amazing restaurants. From Balmoral Beach and Beauty Point to The Spit and Georges Point, locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining by the sparkling sea.

Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy breakfast, a long, lingering lunch, or a dinner spent listening to the waves lap against the shore, here’s where to go for the best waterside dining in Mosman.

Public Dining Room

The bright, elegant restaurant has views of Balmoral Beach as well as a patio that was made for long lunches. The menu changes with the seasons, and highlights produce from small farmers around Australia – a big bonus in Sitchu’s books! Start with a platter of Sydney rock oysters, before moving on to the crispy pork belly.

2A The Esplanade, Mosman

Gunners Barracks

To clink china while catching up with friends, head to Gunners Barracks for high tea. Located in Georges Heights, the Tea Room boasts views across Sydney Harbour, as well as the biggest selection of Ronnefeldts teas in the Pacific. The cakes, finger sandwiches and scones are served with tea, coffee, champagne or a cocktail.

End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights, Mosman

Ormeggio at The Spit

With two Chef’s Hats [link to post] to its name and uninterrupted views of Middle Harbour, Ormeggio is the epitome of fine dining. The restaurant takes diners on a trip through the regions of Italy and Spain. There are four-, six- and eight-course degustation’s on offer, as well as an a la carte and vegetarian menus. 

D’Albora Marinas, Spit Road, Mosman

Ripples Chowder Bay

Old meets new at Ripples. Set in a heritage building on the harbour foreshore, overlooking Chowder Bay, Ripples modern Australian menu focuses on seasonal ingredients. Think seafood, pasta and risotto, but leave room for their dessert. Ripples is a breakfast to dinner dinning destination, and allows BYO.

Building 7, Deck C, Chowder Bay Road, Mosman

The Boathouse

For a sun-soaked brunch with a side of sweeping harbour views, go to The Boathouse. Admire the chic interiors (featuring fresh flowers and baskets of fruit) on your way to the deck, and then feast on the sweet potato bowl with mushroom, poached eggs and smoked salmon, or the croissant French toast if you’re feeling indulgent.

2 The Esplanade, Mosman

The Bathers Pavilion

Sitting pretty on the shoreline, the café is the place to go for a beachside brunch (get the blueberry pancakes or the egg tart), while the restaurant is a real treat come dinnertime. It’s French-influenced, and the set menu shines a spotlight on seafood: think octopus carpaccio, yellowfin tuna tartare, and slow-cooked ocean trout.

4 The Esplanade, Mosman


Overlooking the turquoise waters of Middle Harbour, Plonk! takes full advantage, with a sunny deck and a sandy stretch of beach, where kids go to play once they’ve scoffed down their meal. The restaurant dishes up breakfast and lunch daily, as well as dinner from Thursday to Saturday. The seafood themed menu is only fitting.

Fergusons Boatshed Marina, 83 Parriwi Road, Mosman


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