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Sydney restaurants with a view

These are the restaurants with open rooftops, floor-to-ceiling windows and views to rival the best of them

By Time Out editors
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Being a harbour and beach loving city, Sydney's got fine pickings when it comes to dining with a view. You can go seriously swanky and take in the multi-million dollar views at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar or Aria, or keep it more casual by indulging in some urban forest bathing under the big fig trees in Cook and Philip Park while you eat vegan yum cha at Bodhi. We've got every aspect, be it leafy, harbour, beach or skyline, so you can treat your eyes as well as your stomach next time you're headed out for dinner.

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Sydney restaurants with a view

View of sydney harbour at Quay
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Quay

Restaurants Australian The Rocks

It's Sydney's finest diner and a huge part of that price tag goes to the location, a glassed-in dining room overlooking Campbell Cove, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sean's Panaroma
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Sean's Panaroma

Restaurants Bondi Beach

This little Bondi beachfront restaurant looks like a coastal café, but has the heart of a fine diner – and for nearly 25 years it has been setting the standard for thoughtful modern Australian cooking.

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View at Pilu at Freshwater
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Pilu at Freshwater

Restaurants Freshwater

It’s been 16 years since Giovanni Pilu and his wife Marilyn opened their eponymous fine diner in a weatherboard house overlooking Freshwater Beach and in that time he has never wavered from his staunchly regional focus on the food of his native Sardinia

The dining room at Lumi with harbour views
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LuMi

Restaurants Darling Harbour

LuMi is situated on the wharf opposite the casino, in the old Ripples site. Because of its positioning and extensive glass walls, it feels as if you’re almost floating on the harbour, surrounded as you are by water.

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At Bondi Icebergs Dining
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

Restaurants Bondi Beach

Dining fashions may come and go, but drinking Spritzes with ocean views and a corps of Sydney’s most beautiful people at neighbouring tables will never go out of style. 


Bright interiors of Mimi's
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Mimi's

Restaurants Modern Australian Coogee

Mimi’s, like it’s northern sibling, Bert's, is a thing of beauty. It takes up the majority of the second floor in the new era Coogee Pavilion and as a result commands uninterupted coastal views out of the lofty, arched windows.

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Aria

Restaurants Sydney

It's iconic for a reason. At Aria, you can revel in the gentle glow of the Sydney Opera House while knocking back six flawless courses from the chef Joel Bickford.

 

Building at Bellevue Cottage
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Bellevue Cottage by Antoine

Restaurants French Glebe

A boujie French brunch, complete with bubbles is best eaten in the leafy surrouds of Blackwattle Bay with views out to the water betweenthe gum trees.

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People sitting in courtyard at Bodhi Restaurant Bar
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Bodhi

Restaurants Sydney

It's easy to forget about the vegan yum cha restaurant hiding beneath St Mary's Cathedral, but it's a serene place to come and look out of the mighty fig trees of Cook and Philip Park over dumplings.

People sitting inside eating at Berts The Newport
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Bert's

Restaurants Bistros Newport

The water isn't as close as it appears from the cushioned comfort of the Bert's dining room, perched atop the Newport and gazing down to the esturine shores of Pittwater.

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Otto Ristorante Sydney

Restaurants Italian Woolloomooloo

This glitzy Woolloomooloo institution is a go-to for long lunches, and also has an excellent plant-based menu.

Inside restaurant at Ormeggio
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Ormeggio at The Spit

Restaurants Italian Mosman

There’s not many “best of” lists that Ormeggio at the Spit hasn’t graced during its 11 years at the D’Alboro Marina in Middle Harbour. The Italian fine diner is one of the city’s top long lunch spots with the kind of waterfront views residents pay tens of millions to enjoy.

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Chiswick
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Chiswick

Restaurants Woollahra

This Woollahra restaurant's long, white dining room looks out to a beautifully manicured garden, where the herbs and veggies you’ll be eating are sourced.

The dining room at Queen Chow
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Queen Chow Manly

Restaurants Chinese Manly

The second edition of Cantonese diner Queen Chow ups the stake with a wharfside location. 

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Building exterior with beach at Bathers' Pavillion
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Bathers' Pavilion

Restaurants Modern Australian Mosman

This long standig stalwart is still dishing up European finery on the shores of Balmoral so that we can all feel like a prince for a day.

Exterior view of water 1 at Manly Pavilion
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Manly Pavilion

Restaurants Italian Manly

The beach gets all the attention but the panoramic vista from the balcony of the Manly Pavilion is one of Sydney's finest views to accompany seared scallops, fresh pasta or a simple bucket of fresh prawns.

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People eating outside on deck with view of beach at North Bondi
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North Bondi Fish

Restaurants Bondi North

This giant restaurant has been a staple of North Bondi's beachfront dining scene since opening in 2012 – it's perfect for sunset Margaritas, platters of calamari fritti and people-watching.

Dining area at The Acre, Camperdown Commons
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Acre Eatery

Restaurants Camperdown

The best thing about having your restaurant at the heart of an urban farm is that you grow your own view. Look out of creeping bean shoots, furry tomato plants and leafy vines over your lunch in Camperdown.

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The Butler

Bars Potts Point

Head to this greenery-filled, vintage-themed bar and restaurant with a beautiful open deck for top-notch city views and Ibero-American morsels. 

 

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Scarborough Hotel

Bars Wollongong

For the most arresting beer garden in easy striking distance from Sydney, jump a train down Wollongong way in search of seafood, cold beers and possible whale watching from the clifftop yard.

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O Bar and Dining
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O Bar and Dining

Restaurants Modern Australian Sydney

If you want to see Sydney from above, try heading to this 47th floor bar and restaurant in Australia Square. There’s a focus on clean flavours and sustainably sourced produce, with cooking techniques like flash searing, torching and poaching to draw out taste and texture rather than rich sauces and seasonings.

Cafe Sydney

Restaurants Circular Quay

The huge balcony here juts straight over Circular Quay with a bird's-eye view of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Sydney ferries choofing their way across the sparkling blue water. 

Keep the scenery coming

North Bondi Sunrise
North Bondi Sunrise
Photograph: Matthew Fuentes

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Roses are lovely, and fancy dinners divine, but for our money few things are more romantic than plonking down somewhere to watch that great big star of ours do its thing. With our prime spot on the eastern seaboard, we do get great sunrises in Sydney... but don't dismiss our sunsets: a pink-skyed disappearing act over the Parramatta River is something to behold. 

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