Best Waterside Dining in Sydney

January 3, 2012 by

Eating & Restaurants, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Sydney Waterside Dining

Sydney waterside dining offers great view of the famous Sydney Opera House.

Thanks to its natural good looks, harbor location and reputation for quality ingredients, Sydney is a great city for enjoying a memorable meal with a view. From world class dining to Sydney’s best fish and chips, there are dozens of options to choose from.  Here is our guide to waterside dining in Sydney.

Circular Quay
Follow the trail of foodies to Circular Quay and you’ll discover some of Sydney’s best restaurants and spectacular harbor views. See what’s cooking at Matt Moran’s Aria, salivate over seafood at Neil Perry’s Rockpool and prepare to ascend to food heaven at the multi award-winning Quay. For the ultimate table with a view, head to the Sydney Opera House for a meal at Guillaume at Bennelong, located in the southernmost shell of the Opera House.

Darling Harbour
There are over 40 venues to choose from here. Our favorites include Kobe Jones at King Street Wharf for refined Japanese fusion cuisine and Chinta Ria at Cockle Bay Wharf for delicious Malaysian food, served in their incense-infused Temple of Love.

Woolloomooloo Wharf
The restaurants on Woolloomooloo Wharf (also called ‘Finger Wharf’) have views of the Domain, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the tallest buildings in the CBD. Rivalling some of the top-class restaurants in Circular Quay, Woolloomooloo offers fine dining at Akis (Indian), Otto Ristorante (Italian) and Manta (seafood and steak).

Other not to be missed waterside dining experiences include:

Doyles on the Beach
Gorge on fresh seafood and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour at this iconic family-friendly restaurant in Watsons Bay.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach
Enjoy an Italian-influenced menu and endless oceans views on Sydney’s most famous beach.

Ocean Room, The Rocks
Fine dining, Japanese style, with superb views of Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House.

Waterfront Restaurant, The Rocks
One of Sydney’s oldest restaurants is still going strong and its fresh seafood and historic colonial setting is as big a drawcard as the harbor views.

- Emma McMahon

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