Serving diners as they would their own family, Sky Thai is a firm favourite north of Bilgola Bends. Sky Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine and boasts an extensive menu, bound to please the most discerning palate. This unassuming restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, dine in or takeaway, and offers vegetarian options.
Beach House Avalon
Beach House Avalon is a small seaside café. To avoid the mad dash to score a seat, we recommend getting your food takeaway and having a picnic on the sand. As the day’s winding down, if you’re feeling fancy, go to the upstairs restaurant, which is a little more polished. Settle in and watch the sunset with a glass of bubbles or a cold cider in hand. Bliss.
Sushi ICHIRI Japanese Cuisine
In a little old converted home in the heart of the town centre, Sushi Ichiri brings authentic Japanese cuisine to the shores of Avalon. Fully licensed with BYO, the restaurant takes inspiration from Shonan; a coastal town west of Tokyo renowned for its use of fresh produce.
Beach House, Avalon
Located in the surf club with uninterrupted views of Avalon Beach, the Beach House stands by their motto 'eat, drink, chill'. Open throughout the day, the Beach House has an upscale beach kiosk vibe and is a favourite amongst the locals. Due to its proximity to the waves, the menu is all about Modern Australian, seafood dishes.
Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
It’s pure indulgence at this luxurious boutique hotel. Jonah’s is all that is beautiful about the northern end of the peninsula, deluxe ocean retreat rooms that come complete with a private balcony with stunning ocean views. Less than two hours from the CBD, don’t snack too much on the drive, as you’ll want to enjoy the fine dining restaurant’s fresh, mostly seafood dishes.
The Boathouse Palm Beach
Sitting pretty on Pittwater, The Boathouse is a destination within itself. Open for breakfast and lunch only, this Insta-worthy café doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early to grab a table with water views and delicious brunch fare. This alfresco dining hotspot is packed on weekends, and for good reason; their rustic chic, beach shack vibe comes complete with good food and incredible views.
Dunes Restaurant & Kiosk Palm Beach
Surrounded by beautiful parklands that open out on to Palm Beach, this alfresco-style restaurant and kiosk more than capitalises on its location. Dunes are open for dinner so it is a perfect spot for an evening meal as the sun starts to dip. Dunes has a seasonal, mediterranean inspired menu that draws on the freshest produce, so you know the food is going to be good.
Zeus Street Greek Balgowlah
For an honest feast, Zeus Street Greek serves up all your favourite, classic Greek dishes. Modern and stylish with indoor-outdoor seating, the Balgowlah outpost brings a relaxed vibe to Sydney Road. Popular with the lunch and after-work crowd, the eatery is a popular hangout come the weekend.
Nepalese for ‘our courtyard’, Hamro Aangan is a home-style Nepalese Restaurant. A local go-to for dumplings, their delicious meat or veggie-stuffed momos and menu of Nepalese classics will please even the most discerning of palates. A Nepalese feast isn’t complete without a sweet treat from the dessert menu.
Banana Blossom Asian Salads
This popular Asian salad joint serves dishes equal parts healthy and delicious. With stores now on both sides of the bridge, Banana Blossom caters to Sydneysiders’ appetites with a broad menu too. The Manly store is almost like a little greenhouse with glass window shopfront and white interiors with touches of green adorning the space. Salads are served in huge bowls, so your money is well spent.
A Manly favourite, Chica Bonita is a raucous mingling of Mexican fare and Baja California charm. Rustic and vibrant in vibe, this is one of those places where it’s easy to get carried away with the lively atmosphere. The creative menu is a tasty mix of Mexican and Mexi-Cali ingredients from the hands of head chef Alex Wong and the flavoursome dishes regularly have the crowds lining up out the door.
For some seriously good seafood north side of the bridge, head straight to Garfish. Served just the way you want it, grilled, spiced or woodfired, the produce is fresh and dishes are flavoursome. Overlooking Manly Cove, Garfish has a woodfired oven and a cocktail and wine bar, SuGarfish. Another plus, the restaurant is BYO bottled wine only.
Sitting on the beachfront alongside some of Manly's best restaurants, Manly Grill is the place to go when you are craving a rack of ribs on the Northern Beaches. Nab an outdoor table, tie up your bib, and dig into the pork, beef or lamb ribs. The main point of difference here is the sauce – it’s saucy and sweet (rather than smoky), and generously smothered on every slab of meat.
Mex and Co
Opposite Manly Beach, Mex and Co caters to the crowds with authentic Mexican flavours, classic margaritas and a relaxing ambience. The brightly decorated, two storey restaurant nails all the classics in their extensive menu: burritos, enchiladas, tacos etc. Complete your south-of-the-border feast with a Mexican-style soda, cocktail, or margarita.
On the Northern Beaches, Jah Bar keeps the cravings for really good tapas in check. The space pays homage to Barcelona, with boho-inspired décor, an open kitchen, and a courtyard that was made for sipping on sangria. Speaking of sangria, it’s fruity and refreshing, while the tapas menu is full of treats. Can’t make it to Manly? No worries – Jah Bar has a second outpost in Dee Why.
Local favourite Manly Wine is a stylish mix of laidback Australian beach culture and Hamptons beach house opulence. Across the road from the iconic Manly Beach, the venue is a trendy oasis featuring wicker furniture, lush printed cushions, white slated walls and mosaic tiled pillars. This is the perfect beachside spot for an après-beach meal, relaxed Sunday brunch or romantic dinner for two.Until November 30th, Manly Wine are serving up ridiculously 'gram worthy Poke Cones. You're gonna want to wrap ...
Queen Chow Manly
Perched on Manly Wharf, Merivale's Queen Chow reigns supreme over the Chinese cuisine scene. Elegant yet casual, and drenched in natural light, the space fuses deep green timbers, dark woods and marble to create a warm and contemporary dining room. The menu embraces the Australian culture around local, Chinese dining with reimagined fusion classics listed beside traditional Cantonese dishes.
A local favourite, Whitewater Restaurant is a chic bar and restaurant on Manly Beach serving up contemporary Australian plates in a picturesque location. The venue boasts gorgeous water views, making it the ultimate date night spot. Complete with intimate booths and a glass fireplace - you're gonna want to stay the whole night at this cosy beach house.
A lush new rooftop bar and eatery, Manly Greenhouse is a three-story beachside destination which boasts the best views going around. We bet your eyes will be more drawn to the beautiful fit out though, which doesn’t hold back on the whole greenhouse thing. The rooftop bar is decked out with a canopy of hanging ferns, glass paneling and illustrations of native plants. Sip on bespoke cocktails and bar snacks or head to the ground level for heartier fare from ...
Self-proclaimed “chow down bar”, Daniel San’s delicious Japanese menu deserves a look in as much as their impressive drinks list. Sip on the likes of Asahi, Sapporo or Sake while you nibble on bar bites, courtesy of their Japanese Robato Grill, which cooks juicy meats straight over hot coals. The interiors are Tokyo meets Rock ‘n’ Roll with pink neon lights, arcade games and Jimi Hendrix blasting over the speakers.
A trendy eatery in a breezy loft style space, Sunset Sabi dishes up a delicious mod-Japanese menu that’s designed to flow Izakaya style. The team will encourage you to share within your group and sample a little something from every section of the menu, which gives us more reason to order everything. Try the edamame with truffle, or the gyoza that sounds more like a cheeseburger (with wagyu beef, cheese and pickles.)
Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly
Opening their third Sydney venue, Rockpool Group's Sake now sits on the buzzy Manly Wharf. When it comes to Japanese fine dining, Sake attracts foodies from all over thanks to its washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) and mind-blowingly long sake list. It knows its clientele well, and the Northern Beaches locals will be queuing up to get a taste.
El Camino Cantina Manly
It's got cacti, it's got neon lights and it's full of that colourful Mexican kitsch we all know and love. Sydney's favourite Tex Mex hangout, El Camino Cantina has headed north to Manly Wharf and we're ready to don our sombreros and consume our weight in complimentary corn chips. Expect the same vibrant atmosphere, rock’n’roll tunes and margaritas the size of your head. The perfect summer hangout, we can already see ourselves sitting on the outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour ...
Beach Burrito Co. Dee Why
Modern Mexican fare is what this beachside diner is all about. The Dee Why outpost of popular Mexican restaurant group Beach Burrito Co is open from breakfast till dinner, serving up fresh, authentic eats. Dedicated taco fans will be impressed with their extensive menu, with options to satisfy meat-eaters and vego diners alike.