The Public Cammeray
When it comes to drinking establishments, The Public may be on the smaller side, but this bar-slash-restaurant has been a welcomed addition to the Lower North Shore bar scene. Chic and fresh décor, open layout and oh-so-good Mediterranean dishes that are designed to be shared, or not, the choice is yours. The window seats that look out onto Miller Street are highly prized.
Toriciya Japanese Restaurant
This intimate venue offers upmarket Japanese dining without compromising on authenticity. Tucked away off the main strip, this neighbourhood gem offers premium sake and shochu and it is recommended to be enjoyed alongside a swathe of authentic yakitori dishes and other Japanese dishes.
Amici Ristorante Pizzeria Bar
This Italian restaurant sits in the heart of Cammeray on buzzing Miller Street. Amici is a ristorante-pizzeria that will leave you with a traditional experience with its lively atmosphere, genuine Italian hospitality and authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza.
A small rustic bakery, that originally hailed from the inner west, has been busily churning out breads and pastries, and locals can’t get enough of it. Victorie made a name for themselves with their widely adored sourdoughs, croissants and painfully crisp pastries. Take our advice and pop in early because they sellout fast.
Beach House Balmoral Restaurant & Café
This charming bar and grill on Balmoral Beach combines contemporary Italian fare with friendly and welcoming service. The space is open and bright, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people-watching. Can't score a table? Grab one of their antipasto picnic boxes and head straight to the beach.
Public Dining Room
Nestled by the sand of Balmoral Beach, there is an inexplicably refined air about Public Dining Room. The elegant, coastal style of the restaurant along with a faultless menu of Modern Australian cuisine features plenty of seafood. Then there are the views. Floor to ceiling glass windows lookout over Balmoral Beach and the harbour.
The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers Pavilion overlooks the picturesque Balmoral Beach and across to Manly’s North Head. The seaside esplanade is dotted with elegant dining options, yet the Pavilion holds a charm that none have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of Modern European cuisine, the restaurant part of Bathers Pavilion is intimate and chic.
Green Moustache Garden Bar / Rooftop
North Sydney's new favourite hangout the Green Moustache has made quite the impression on the 9 to 5 set. Adorned in greenery and foiliage, this Insta-worthy garden venue doubles as a bar and restaurant. The drinks list is definitely worth a look, with their botanically inspired cocktails and premium beverage offering. Perfect for an after work drink or weekend sesh, this garden oasis takes casual wining and dining to the next level.
Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar
You may be forgiven for thinking you've entered a laneway restaurant in Melbourne after finding Little Red Robin tucked down Birdwood Lane. The classy new kid on the block offers an exquisite share menu, including dishes like Beef Tartare with egg yolk gel as well as Kingfish with Lobster jus. Pop in for lunch, apertivo or dinner, just don't leave without trying their duck fat & herb roast potatoes, they're uncontrollably moreish but oh so delicious.
Lillah Middle Eastern
Lane Cove's Lillah brings a breath of fresh air to the local dining scene with their fresh and vibrant cuisine. Serving up delicious Middle Eastern fare, make sure to come with an appetite to savour the various chargrilled meats, roasted vegetables and large share plates. Busy most nights of the week, but definitely worth the wait.
A lush oasis in the heart of Lane Cove, The Alcott looks after all your dining needs. On the food front, their Mediterranean-leaning share plates deliver on flavour, whilst their dedicated spritz bar will quench your thirst in the most delicious way possible. Make sure to snag a seat on the cosy terrace – complete with fairy-lights and blankets.
Forming part of Castlecrag’s revitalised Quadrangle Shopping Village, apera is a rustic and warm local dining spot. From the food to the drinks, apera’s ethos is deeply rooted in local produce and modern Australian fare. The menu has been designed around sharing and features dishes from the rotisserie and woodfire.
Much to the delight of local families, The Diddy has embraced the trend of bowling green’s turning into a restaurant-slash-bar. Kids have free reign of the greens while parents can keep a watchful eye from the outdoor deck. With it’s family friendly vibe, afternoons are best spent here with casual drinks and simple eats.
Pizza Pesce Bene Mosman
Pizza Bene has a closely guarded family recipe for their pizzas and after dining here once, you’ll understand why it’s too good to share. Their signature thin pizza is irresistibly crispy and the topping ingredients are freshly sourced from the Rossetti’s family farm in the Southern Highlands.
Modern Australian done well, and its location inside a renovated heritage-listed cottage adds to its charm. The space is casual and contemporary, whilst still retaining its original sandstone brickwork.The produce-driven menu really makes this Hunters Hill eatery a culinary gem, from it’s locally sourced sourdough to it’s house churned butter.
Grill Republic goes all out on the meat theme, specialising in Turkish-style skewers. They create delicious food in a modern street style – order the sharing platter, and you’ll get a chance to try a bit of everything from their charcoal smoked meats, mezzes and flavoursome sides.
Paleo food philosophies govern the menu at Hunter Gatherer. Locally sourced, sustainable meats are either slow cooked, smoked or basted over charcoal and then served to you from the canteen-style mix and match menu. Located on the rooftop of Greenwood Plaza, this eatery also offers Aussie craft beers and natural wines.
Devotees of this Japanese haunt credit their obsession to Tanpopo’s ramen, made with a thick, 8-hour broth. For something more adventurous, try their daily specials; always creatively displayed and executed. Dessert-wise, their Japanese ice cream deserves both your attention and affection.
Kyushu Japanese Restaurant
This old-school Japanese eatery is a Neutral Bay mainstay, with every popular dish you know and love from gyoza and teriyaki, to sashimi, and karaage. Kyushu is the perfect place for group dinners as there is something for every palate and a buzzy atmosphere every night of the week.
Jugemu & Shimbashi
A two in one dining experience, Jugemu & Shimbashi is one restaurant with two entrances. Specialising in teppanyaki and shimbashi (handmade soba) one entrance leads you into a bright space of Jugemu where teppanyaki is made, while the other leads you into the calming space of shimbashi where a chef creates the handmade soba noodles. If you can’t decide, don’t worry, you can order from both menus!
The Colonial is a homage to a period that gave rise to British-Indian gastronomy. Not your average Anglo-Indian curry house, The Colonial’s menu is a rustic and robust fusion of eastern spices and western cuisine. Using clay tandoors to ensure succulent and tender meat, you’ll be vying over every last skerrick of that lamb Madras on your plate.
Hayes Street Wharf Bistro Restaurant
Hays Street Wharf Bistro is a formal eatery in Neutral Bay with warm, cosy interiors. This cherished Neutral Bay mainstay does modern French and Italian well. With two seemingly distinct cuisines on offer, the menu finds commonalities between the two – bold flavours and carbs. The result, delicious meals that do both regions justice.