Waterside dining is always a special experience in Sydney. Restaurants with a waterfront view range from five-star venues overlooking the Opera House to laid-back beachside cafes serving takeaway smoothies as the waves lap up against the shore. No matter your mood or budget, there’s always something to pique your fancy. Next time you’re in town, try these three Sydney restaurants with a view.
Dine here and experience the understated simplicity for which this Sydney institution is known. Naturally lit with fresh, white tablecloths, Quay shines where it’s most important: through its food and outlook. You are captivated by the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the city’s two leading ladies — the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Beautifully presented and inspired by nature, the fare here is more like a work of art, and the dishes are lovingly adorned with flower petals and rose-scented cream. You order from the degustation menu, an eight-course gastronomic tasting experience that showcases the textures and presentation of the culinary masterpieces. For dessert, you enjoy the signature “snow egg,” an egg-shaped treat with poached meringue, ice cream, and seasonal fruit.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Travel down to the southern end of the iconic Bondi Beach and you’ll find Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, a chic and trendy locale for those who like to see and be seen. The restaurant is an oasis for lovers of fine Italian food. As you enter, you are swept away by the blue and green hues that seamlessly connect the ocean to the restaurant’s interior. From your table on the balcony, you watch the clouds roll across the amber dusk sky, while the swimmers below do laps in the Bondi Icebergs pool. You indulge in a No.17 — an Italian-inspired cocktail with Campari, sparkling blood orange and rosemary-infused Antica Formula — and a selection of seasonal cured meats and antipasti before the main course. For your meal, you order the salt-crusted rib eye, and your companion orders the twice-cooked suckling pig; you pair your meals with a bottle of full-bodied red.
You’ve done the beachfront dining scene, but now you’re looking for some Sydney restaurants with a view from above. The sky-high restaurant, Altitude, located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, is just what you need. You step off the elevator and are immersed in the restaurant’s moody, dimly lit atmosphere. From your table, you see the sparkling city lights glowing down below. Your intimate table is perched against glass windows with spectacular views over Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The four-course set menu is modern Australian with a nod towards European flavours, from chilled zucchini veloutè to a strawberry crème fraîche panna cotta. With wine in hand, you sample culinary delights with your loved one. It takes you a while to decide on a drink, given the wine list offers more than 260 options. Thankfully, the head sommelier helps you make the best pairing possible.