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 on the Lower North Shore 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.
With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and impeccable cuisine, do yourself a favour and book a table at Milson Point's iconic Aqua Dining.
Corner Paul and Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point
Open daily from 7am-3pm, your fave brunch spot The Boathouse is back doing what they do best; coffee, brunch and killer views.
2 The Esplanade, Mosman
Local Lane Cove favourite Lil Lane is now welcoming hungry diners to sit in and enjoy their delectable brunch eats. Bacon and egg pita pocket, anyone?
Shop 1/152 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Sydney icon Devon Café is celebrating the reopening of their North Sydney outpost by launching a new takeaway menu; think wholesome modern eats that are big on flavour.
Greenwood Plaza Opposite North Sydney Train Station, p01/36 Blue Street, North Sydney
Lower North Shore stalwart and family-run pub The Oaks Hotel have reopened their sophisticated eatery Alala's. Gather the girls and book in a decadent lunch you won't regret.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Middle Eastern cuisine lovers rejoice! Lane Cove's Lillah Kitchen is open for business. From Tuesday to Sunday, dine from their set menu of slow-cooked lamb shoulder, fried cauliflower falafel and baklava (to name a delicious handful).
128 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
This Insta-worthy waterfront cafe is opening their doors for one-hour seatings. That way, all the locals can get their brunch fix.
Kirribilli Commuter Terminal Wharf: Shop 1/2 Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli
North Sydney favourite The Treehouse Hotel has reopened for inhouse diners and they're serving up their delicious chef's set menu for lunch and dinner.
60 Miller Street, North Sydney
For lunch Wednesday to Saturday, and dinner Thursday to Saturday, escape to this lush garden bar and restaurant for a decadent meal.
100 Miller Street, North Sydney
Open for walk-in diners, Chatswood locals will be able to sit down with a stack of Insta-worthy fluffy pancakes at Gram.
Chatswood Station, Shop 67, Level 3/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood