Waterside Dining

Dining at Fort Denison, Image Mark Pokorny

Most of Sydney's waterside dining venues stay open for business all year round and there are winter warmers to be found in many different suburbs. From the humblest gelato stand or pie shop, to some of the world's freshest and innovative fine dining. Sydney offers delicious food accompanied by world-class views.

Where to go:

  • Wrap up warm and catch a ferry to Manly for fish and chips on the beach, or succulent seafood at Garfish, overlooking Manly Wharf. Garfish serve the best seafood direct from the Sydney Fish Markets.
  • Head for the wine and cheese experience on Fort Denison, during which experts will guide you through 12 courses of gourmet indulgence in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
  • Heaters are always in action around the al fresco areas in Walsh Bay. Watch working boats ply the waters as they cruise past and share some tapas at Firefly with your friends. For relaxed dining, The Wharf Restaurant will warm you up with a host of winter menu treats.
  • Check out the world of dining along the heritage-listed Woolloomooloo Wharf at Otto, Manta and Aki's.
  • Darling Harbour continues to buzz during the winter months and indoor restaurants welcome you in and put the heaters on to warm you up. Zaaffran serves creative Indian cuisine and Chinta Ria's will reward your rumbling stomach with some tasty Malaysian.
  • You don't have to sit outside to soak up the atmosphere in Sydney's oldest neighbourhood, The Rocks. There's a quirky mix of historic pubs and restaurants to be found hiding along the various side streets.
  • Ripples at Chowder Bay near Balmoral is in a beautiful Sydney location, surrounded by harbour and bushland.
  • Just north of Sydney there's the stunning riverside bush setting and modern Australian food from Dietmar Sawyere at the Berowra Waters Inn - you can even hop on a seaplane from Rose Bay to take you there.

Don't miss:

  • Watching the sun go down over Bondi, whether it's wrapped in a blanket on the grassy knoll on the northern side, or enjoying Campari-stained cocktails and crab with polenta, chilli and lemon at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.
  • Who says you need sunshine and heat for a good beach experience? You can enjoy the view and a long leisurely lunch at Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant on Balmoral Beach.
  • The breathtaking grandeur of dining in the Opera House itself, at Guillaume Brahimi's Bennelong. The winter menu here is set to impress like no other and you'll fall in love with his creative French food.

Fast fact:

Did you know that the area on which the Sydney Opera House now stands is the spot in which cattle used to graze, when they were brought over on the ships from Europe?

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