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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

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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.

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

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Sydney restaurants with a view

  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • The Rocks
  • price 4 of 4

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

  • Restaurants
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 3 of 4

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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  • Restaurants
  • Freshwater
  • price 2 of 4

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

  • Restaurants
  • Darling Harbour
  • price 3 of 4

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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  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • Coogee
  • price 3 of 4

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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  • 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.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sydney
  • price 1 of 4

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.

  • 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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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Mosman
  • price 2 of 4

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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

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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