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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

At Bondi Icebergs Dining
Photograph: Anna Kucera
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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, Aria or Bennelong, or keep it more casual by checking out a beachfront RSL, a revamped harbourside pub or a upper-level dwelling CBD eatery. Either way, these are the restaurants that will ensure you've got both sweeping vistas and great plates of food. 

Want more? Check out our guide to Sydney's best rooftop bars, waterfront restaurants and beer gardens.

Sydney restaurants with a view

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Restaurants

Aria

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Revel in the gentle glow of the Sydney Opera House, while knocking back six flawless courses from the chef Joel Bickford.

Restaurants

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

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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.

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Restaurants, Seafood

Cirrus

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Hit peak Sydney with seaside seafood from Cirrus, the fourth venue from culinary kingpins Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt.

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Bars

Henry Deane

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And you can all of Sydney Harbour in its glory all from this two-tiered cocktail bar at the top of the Hotel Palisade. 

Bars, Pubs

The Newport

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This vast watering hole up on Sydney’s northernmost peninsula has a bunch of different eateries, excellent views and a swanky bistro called Bert's upstairs. 

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Chiswick
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Restaurants

Chiswick

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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.

Restaurants, Burgers

Ume Burger

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This Barangaroo burger spot proves that views doesn't always have to come with a three figure bill. Order up Japanese imbued hot sandwiches with views out to Darling Harbour. 

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Restaurants

The Boathouse Balmoral

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This café housed within the Balmoral Boatshed will match your harbour beach views with buckets of flowers and 'grammable brunches.

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Restaurants, Modern Australian

O Bar and Dining

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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.

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Anason

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Somer Sivrioglu, from the ever-popular Effendy in Balmain, is bringing his take on Turkish cuisine down by the water.

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The Collaroy
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Bars, Pubs

The Collaroy

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View of the endless blue ocean vista make this pub feel like a little slice of an endless summer.

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Restaurants, Modern Australian

Bea

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Bea is not fine dining exactly, but it’s classy as hell and ticking a lot of boxes, especially on the views front.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Queen Chow Manly

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

Restaurants

Cafe Sydney

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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. 

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Bars, Pubs

North Bondi RSL

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The deck here is sun-drenched all afternoon and if you can snare a spot, you can settle in for an afternoon that’s one of the best value in Sydney.

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Restaurants, Modern Australian

12-Micron

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This Barangaroo restaurant led by Justin Wise is all about delivering dishes that focus on the differing elements of the air, land, sea and earth.

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