Along leafy Bay Road and steps from Waverton Train Station, this little Thai joint is well-positioned for you to grab dinner on your way home from work. Packed full of flavour, Tamarind Thai is a cosy eatery with warm wooden interiors and a menu with all the traditional dishes, including curries, stir-fries and salads.
Ivan & Lissie's Tea House & Eatery
This colorful and eclectic family-run eatery in McMahons Point is full of hospitality from the husband and wife duo who have run it for 20 years. It’s difficult to pinpoint the type of cuisine because the menu spans all of Asia and even dabbles in some African inspired dishes. Think Nigerian chicken to Rogan josh to Nasi Gorang. It’s quite a fascinating mix of flavours, but Ivan and Lissie pull it off.
This restaurant is famous for their curries. Think Massamun curry, Red Curry and Panang Curry, which are all equally as satisfying and delicious. Looking for a cheap Sunday night eat? Grab some takeaway. Looking for casual mid-week dins? All your cravings will be sorted by dining in at Thaii.
Set within Waverton’s leafy village along Bay Road, Bay Tandoori, with its outdoor seating and intimate white-cloth interiors, sets the scene for leisurely Indian dining. Their menu is teeming with traditional dishes, and they have plenty of vegetarian options. And although licensed, you can BYO your favourite drop.
A sprawling terrace and outstanding food and drinks menu has given The Commodore the mantle of one of the Lower North Shore’s most revered institutions. Trivia nights, food and drink specials and regular events make The Commodore a humming place to visit any night of the week for a quick drink or a long boozy dinner.
A stylish local café by day and an inventive Thai restaurant by night. This concept might be ambitious but it works superbly well, with Chedi Thai offering exactly what locals want around the clock. During the morning rush, you’ll find office workers flooding in for their morning cuppa, but come 5 o’clock, the smell of lemongrass and Thai basil replace the aroma of freshly ground coffee
Zinger Taj Indian Restaurant
Located in the bustling dining precinct of McMahons Point, Zinger Taj is an elegant restaurant which draws upon the many culinary regions of India. Using spices imported the subcontinent, these curries are authentic as it gets, you really can do any wrong here. Unless you only order 1.
What do you get when you put a Spanish tapas store, a deli and a bottle shop in the same venue? A recipe for a great night out if you ask us! There are two main ways to dine at Delicado. Option one is you can perch yourself on the counter to try their selection of cheeses and Spanish-accented charcuterie. Option two is to sit in their restaurant for an alfresco tapas experience with all the atmospheric allure of European ...
Olivo on Blue
Olivo on Blue is a contemporary-casual all day eatery with an Italian Flare. Their homemade pizzas and pastas are smothered in their slow-cooked sauces which taste just like what you’d get in the heart of Rome, only you’re sitting on the beautiful tree-lined Blues Point Road instead.
The décor of Piato reflects what you can expect from this cosy Italian restaurant in Blues Point. Exposed brick brings a modern touch to the fine dining-esque white tablecloths and this classic yet contemporary feel also shines through in the menu. It’s Italian food served tapas style, which makes this Mediterranean joint the ideal place to go with (hungry) friends.
Blues Point Gourmet Pizzas
Blues Point Gourmet Pizza lives up to it’s name, with an array of mouth watering and creative pizzas. You have the option of dining in, getting takeaway, or our personal favourite, the obvious choice – taking your pizza on a walk down to the nearby Blues Point Reserve for a pizza picnic and a fabulous view of the harbour.
Hidden away upstairs on Miller Street is an eclectic space called The Treehouse. The moody venue spills outside onto a balcony, so patrons can enjoy an afternoon wine in the sun. The menu is protein-heavy, and share plates are the way to do it. A thoughtful, and character-filled venue to spice up the week.
Blues Point Hotel
An oldie (we’re talking first licensed premise on Sydney’s north shore) but a goodie, The Blues Point Hotel is a much-loved watering-hole that still draws a crowd. Two bars, an outdoor terrace and open fireplaces have all been beautifully designed as gathering spots.
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.
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.
A beautiful sandstone building surrounded by towering office buildings, The Greenwood is a local institution to say the least. A gastro pub and four bars, The Greenwood is one of the oldest pubs in the area and is legendary cross generations. It boasts courtyards, intimate nooks and a modern menu.
The Union Hotel
Another enduring watering-hole that has evolved with the times, the Union Hotel is located away from the business precinct of North Sydney, but has been drawing the crowds once again for its Parisian-style bistro. The light-filled interiors and courtyard are begging for long leisurely lunches every day of the week.
Sails on Lavender Bay
An airy harbourside dining room with incredible views and uncompromisingly high-quality cuisine. The emphasis here is on fresh seafood and the menu takes a contemporary interpretation of classic French cooking techniques and is paired with the best of local produce.
The Greens North Sydney
A bowls club with a twist. The refurbished bowling club is perfect for brunching as well as drinking. A café-slash-bar-slash-bowling club, with a garden party like feel. A sunset bowl is possible, and the Screen on The Green nights every Thursday make for a perfect date night.
Melbourne's favourite café and coffee wholesaler have come up to Sydney. Industry Beans is in the heart of the CBD. Along with their signature brunch dishes and in-house roasted beans, expect some delightful surprises across the menu board. Set to shake up the Sydney coffee scene, be sure to keep glued to their Instagram for updates.