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Sydney’s Finest Waterside Dining

Sydney’s vibrant dining scene boasts an unassailable advantage in the form of our harbour, and thankfully for us, the city’s savvy restaurateurs know exactly how to capitalise on it. We’ve found the establishments that have best exploited their proximity to our beloved waters and we recommend you pay each of them a visit.

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

Sitting pretty on Sydney’s picturesque Hickson Road, The Gantry is a sophisticated establishment. The sleek bar is a tempting spot to pull up a stool for a cocktail before heading over to the dining room. A blend of contemporary chic and classically heritage design, the refined ambience is impossible to ignore, you’ll likely decide that settling in for a five or seven course degustation is the right choice.

11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

China Doll

Inventive dishes with a modern take on the culinary traditions of Hong Kong, Japan and South-East Asia, China Doll is a firm waterside favourite. China Doll covers all the classics including steamed prawn dumplings, duck pancakes and Penang slow braised wagyu beef shin curry. Banquet menus offer mouth-watering share plates, including steamed half shell scallops, wok fried Alaskan king crab and wok fried beef fillet. 

4/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo


Another Bondi classic, there are few oceanfront views more iconic than this. Perfectly placed to take advantage of Bondi’s delicious sea air, the Dining Room offers an evolving menu based on regional Italian cuisine. Seasonal cured meats are available alongside antipasti, or the Fusilli con broccoli or Fish of the day are a more substantial option. The Icebergs tasting menu is a safe option if missing out just isn’t going to work for you.

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach

LuMi Bar and Dining

Italian with an elevating Japanese twist, LuMi overlooks the water of Pyrmont Bay. With only five or eight course degustation menus available, commitment to the meal is mandatory – and honestly this is a relationship anyone would be desperate to merry into. Tuck into dishes including the snapper with roe emulsion and cucumber, tagliolini with prawns, scorpion fish and capsicum and the Wagyu with cauliflower and mustard. We would easily go the distance with LuMi.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont


Elegantly positioned beside Middle Harbour, Chiosco invites customers to spritz their way through a long lunch, which is focused on the diverse cuisine across the Italian coastline. The Chef’s sharing feast takes patrons through a series of light, coastal dishes from mussels to charcoal spatchcock. An a la carte menu also offers pasta dishes and if you’re feeling hungry the slow roasted whole lamb shoulder for two is the perfect leisurely eat.

The Jetty, D’Albora Marina The Spit, Spit Road, Mosman

Foys Kirribilli

With waterfront views and open-air seating on its deck, Foy’s contemporary Australian cuisine make for an enjoyable evening by the water. While basking in the views tuck into South Australian mussels or the fried zucchini flowers. The barramundi fillet is a favourite while the monstrous Squadron Seafood Feast could satisfy a small army. But no balmy evening on the deck would be complete with a bottle of the Domaine de la Croix rosé.

76 McDougall Street, Kirribilli

The Bucketlist

Smack bang in the middle of Australia’s most iconic beach, The Bucketlist on Bondi beach is a quirky, cabana-esque venue. It’s always brimming with patrons, and with cocktails available by the glass or pitcher we’re not surprised. Sangria goes down a treat with a raw tuna poke bowl or chargrilled Freemantle octopus with smokey eggplant. And, being a respectable Bondi stalwart, plenty of gluten free options are available for the health-conscious.

Bondi Pavilion, 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach

Catalina Rose Bay

Perched on the waters of glimmering Rose Bay, Catalina has been serving impeccable cuisine to the well-to-do since 1994. An extensive (and awarded) wine list is teamed expertly alongside a healthy smattering of cocktails while freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters keep the seafood obsessed happy. The pan seared sea scallops and the butter poached Moreton Bay bug is a refreshing reminder of our unrivalled seafood produce.

Lyne Park, Rose Bay

Hicksons Izakaya

Another hideout nestled on the wooden piers of Walsh Bay and commanding views across the water, Hicksons Izakaya’s line-up of Japanese local craft beers and sake (served warm or cold) is enough to warrant a visit, let alone the impressive location. This Japanese tapas restaurant is all about share plates, think pacific oysters, seared bonito and wakame salad. If you like to keep things to yourself, you can do that too.

Pier 7, 5/17 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay


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