After weeks of lockdown and isolation, we are now allowed to dine out in public. Across the state, restaurants, cafés, and bars (with dining) can have 10 customers dining in, at any one time. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the local hospitality industry and, because of this, not all our favourite restaurants, cafés and bars will be able to open. But, this is a small step towards normality.
To help you find somewhere to dine this weekend, we have rounded up some of the best restaurants, bars and cafés in the Eastern Suburbs that have opened their doors for trade. If you can't get out and about, we hope that you can do your bit to support your fave local businesses by ordering takeaway or home delivery.
*As restrictions continue to ease and more venues open their doors, we'll continue to update this article with the latest venue openings in your local area.
More opening than reopening, Bronte's café scene just got a little brighter with the addition of Pilgrims Café. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the team sprung into action and launched with a 'preview' of their famed menu a few weeks ago. With the sample takeaway menu offering up the most popular, signature Pilgrims vegetarian items – including fresh, sumptuous and wholesome burgers, wraps and bowls – local foodies simply can't get enough!
127 MacPherson Street, Bronte
This popular wine bar will be pouring their vintage drops and serving up their continental cuisine for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, and lunch on Sunday.
7 Bay Street, Double Bay
Vegan pasta joint Peppe's are opening their humble teal doors for service Wednesday through Sunday, with seatings at 5:30pm and 7pm.
261 Bondi Road, Bondi
Opened for three sittings of 10 diners from Wednesday to Saturday, get in quick to secure your seat at this soulful restaurant.
30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
Open for two sittings at lunch (12pm and 2:30pm), and dinner (6pm and 8:30pm), French fine diner Metisse is the perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous.
5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
Get a taste of authentic Italian eats and book your private 10 person table at Cicciabella Osteria + Bar in Bondi.
75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Taking bookings for keen diners, gorgeous Potts Point wine bar Dear Sainte Eloise have got your dining needs covered.
5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Stylish Double Bay venue The Cosmopolitan is open for private dining bookings for up to 10 people. Expect a sophisticated setting paired with indulgent cuisine.
6/2-22 Knox Street, Double Bay
Italian cuisine-lovers rejoice! Matteo Double Bay is open for dine-in bookings for groups of 5 to 10 people. Indulge in their delectable set menu, and wine and dine the night away.
29 Bay Street, Double Bay
Book a table at this popular Bondi restaurant to get your pasta and spritz fix.
77 Bondi Road, Bondi
Considered the most Instagrammable cafe in the world, Speedos at North Bondi will be serving up their bright brunch bites to dine-in customers.
126 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi