Sydney’s Best Waterfront Restaurants

Sydney waterfront restaurants

Today’s guest post is by Roxana Oliver

Being one the most amazing and beautiful cities in the world, Sydney hosts millions of tourists throughout the year. Hardly surprising, once you consider the breathtaking white sand beaches, the glittering blue waters and some of the best waterfront locations for fine dining. Whether you’ve found yourself hungry after a long day at the beach, or are looking for a spot to relax with dear friends over a cup of afternoon tea, here are some of Sydney’s absolutely best waterfront restaurants you absolutely have to visit.

Gunners’ Barracks

Gunner’s Barracks have recently experienced a redesign in interior, as well as a cosmetic refurbishment on the exterior, and the result is a much lighter and softer color palette, coupled with custom-designed carpets, curtains and wallpapers and crystal chandeliers. This might sound tacky to some, but the reality is far from it. It’s located in Georges Heights, only 7 kilometers from the city center and provides a spectacular view of Sydney Harbor throughout the year. Ideal for corporate launches and more private celebrations, this venue is adored by tea enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, due to its enormous selection of genuine Ronnefeldt teas.

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Once you’ve visited Bennelong, you’d realize why one of Sydney’s most magnificent restaurants in only fitting to be housed by one of Sydney’s most awe-inspiring structures. Located at the Sydney Opera House, this restaurant has gone through a multi-million-dollar renovation and its iconic dining room is now more stunning than ever. You can dine either in the main restaurant or at the Table, a 10-seat semi-private dining space. They have a number of different dining options, including a pre-theatre menu which is available for those attending one of the menu shows in the Opera House. After the show, you can relax at the Bar and enjoy a selection from the cocktail list inspired by local Australian ingredients.

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Catalina Rose Bay

Resting on the very edge of the water, Catalina’s dinner can be found in Sydney’s Rose Bay. It offers exceptional food coupled with an unbelievable view of the harbor. Back in the 1930s, it was home to the first international airport in Sydney and it’s still home to a careful selection of various seaplanes. Catalina is an indoor/outdoor space perfect for business and personal celebrations, large or small. If you ever have a chance to visit Catalina, make sure to try the freshest Sydney rock oysters, the in-house smoked and cured salmon or the pan-fried snapper with garlic potato mash. Wine lovers rejoice, as this welcoming environment also has a detailed wine list to complement its amazing food.

catalina waterfront restaurant

Blackbird Cafe

Blackbird Cafe overlooks the Cockle Bay precinct, which is a hub of good dining experience and great entertainment for the entire family. As you look across the water, you can see the lights of the beautiful Darling Harbor sparkling on the water below. This is a busy restaurant which is well-known for its delicious modern Australian cuisine and favored by the locals. Blackbird Cafe is a staple cafe in Sydney and offers an extensive menu available at prices that are beyond reasonable. Due to various lunch specials and happy hours, this busy café is an excellent choice for families and large groups of friends.

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The Bathers Pavilion

A go-to place when you’re visiting Sydney, The Bathers’ Pavilion is adored by locals and tourists for its otherworldly views of the Balmoral Beach. The snappish, modern dining room serves an array of tasty dishes which mainly showcase various European culinary traditions. The absolute star of the menu has to be the seafood, which is caught and prepared daily. The Bathers Pavilion is also home to the Bathers’ Café which is focused on a Mediterranean-style menu coupled with a cozy atmosphere and a choice of communal tables, or the more intimate, soft-cushioned boots for morning chow wow with friends, a refreshing afternoon tea or a late lunch to unwind after a long day at the beach.

Bathers Pavilion waterfront restaurant

Whether you’re a local, looking for a new place to unwind with friends and colleagues or a tourist visiting Australia for the first time, these are just some of the more experience-rich waterfront restaurants Sydney has to offer. Enjoy the gorgeous offering of fresh seafood at Catalina’s, awaken your sleepy taste buds with an afternoon tea at Gunners’ or grab a delicious snack at the Blackbird. There are no mistakes to be made here, just be careful not to indulge yourself too much and burn through your entire budget in a single day.

Author Bio: Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family.

Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing and follow her on Twitter.

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