There's just something about eating in front of a view. It could be the sense of place and occasion that a good view grants; a sweeping vista also has a way of enhancing the taste of every bite, in a strange way. Restaurants with a view can even draw focus and absorb silence. And can do most of the heavy conversational lifting on a date, catch-up or special occasion.

Luckily, we're in Sydney and if there's one thing Sydney can lay claim to it's eating surrounded by natural beauty. That's why most of the restaurants in this guide look out to the water. The rest rely on the city's glistening skyline.

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A ritzy institution on the Customs House rooftop. The menu bounces between Indian and Italian flavours to create an altogether modern Australian vibe that spans surf, turf and vegan dishes. An appropriate focus on seafood works a treat, given the jaw-dropping views of Sydney Harbour. Book ahead for the window seats.

Customs House 31 Alfred Street, Sydney



Caviar bumps, vintage booze, barbequed abalone – Mimi's might just be Merivale's magnum opus. Not to mention the fantastic views of Coogee Beach: thanks to its prime seaside location and its huge windows, almost every table in the house is worthwhile.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee



Views of the city and Harbour Bridge, from inside the Opera House.

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Ormeggio at the Spit


In 2020, this waterside Sydney favourite changed its menu to focus exclusively on seafood. And it's all the better for it. The views out over Middle Harbour, combined with the fantastic seafood, make this one of Sydney's best – and most serene – dining experiences.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman

Nobu Sydney


This is the long-awaited Sydney outpost for the beloved Japanese dining empire, and it's brought its signature miso cod along for the ride. Dine on salmon-sashimi tacos and evaporate-in-your-mouth nigiri, knock back "sushi cups" and enjoy some aged sake.

Crown Sydney Level 1/2 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney



The standard-setter for fine dining in Sydney. Executive chef Peter Gilmore is tireless in his pursuit of what’s interesting, new and Australian. His backyard is peppered with test plantations of rare vegetables, he works with local ceramicists on custom crockery and he’s a leading advocate for native produce. The restaurant’s theatrical tasting menus show off all this and more, bolstered by some of the city’s best harbour views.

Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks, Sydney
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The Gantry


Enjoy artful, surprising degustations at this understated diner. Inside it's all about sleek dark timbers – but it's the outdoor drinking and dining that really shines. A table outside by the water on a warm day is the ideal setting for a long, spritzy lunch.

11 Hickson Road, Sydney
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Barrenjoey House


This century-old beachside diner has a new lease on life. Head there for a long seafood lunch – and the dedicated flatbread list. Add in some great views of Palm Beach, and you're in for a corker of time.

1108 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach

Bathers' Pavilion


This heritage-listed waterfront venue serves up French bistro-inspired dishes, with a big focus on seafood. When you’re dining this close to the water, the experience feels like a little splash of The French Riviera.

4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach

Sean’s Panaroma


Understated but glorious, eating here is a quintessential Sydney dining experience. Part of the appeal of a meal at Sean's is inarguably the breathtaking views out over Bondi Beach. But, if you can, tear your eyes away from the vista and towards your plate for a moment. Chef Sean Moran's dishes are laser-focused on what's Australian, what's ripe and how to prepare and present it in a way that shows off each ingredient's natural flavours.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Mosman Rowers


Stand-up paddleboarding, jugs of cocktails, rosé on tap and views for days. And it's all set right on the water.

3 Centenary Drive, Mosman

Queen Chow Manly Wharf


Merivale’s waterside Cantonese joint, complete with live seafood tank, oyster bar and dim sum. The views across the water make for an ideal setting year-round.

22-23 Manly Wharf East Esplanade, Manly

Chiosco by Ormeggio


Ormeggio’s offshoot – a casual waterfront eatery with Italian street food at its heart – is perched on a jetty at the d’Albora Marinas. This is as close to your view as you can get.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
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This diner has been attracting since 1994, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Madeline Albright and Bono. The view here involves panoramas over Rose Bay.

Lyne Park, Rose Bay



Come dine at the restaurant for the views or take it one step further and book one of the eleven rooms for the night.

69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar


This elevated vantage of Bondi’s sloshing surf is one of Australia’s great views – one a less conscientious restaurateur might easily lean on. Not Maurice Terzini, who’s been pushing his resplendent Italian diner to greater and greater heights since 2002.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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Public Dining Room


Casual fine food with a killer view is the remit at this Balmoral favourite. It takes it’s name for the view itself, which looks out across the historic public baths towards Balgowlah.

2A The Esplanade, Balmoral
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LuMi Bar & Dining


Led by acclaimed chef Federico Zanellato, the dining room at LuMi affords one of Sydney’s best harbour views – with a degustation to match.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Pilu at Freshwater


Sardinian fine-dining on the beach. A laid-back Freshwater classic. This is also one of the few places in Sydney that serves culurgiones and fregula – two of Sardinia's most popular pasta shapes.

Moore Road, Freshwater
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Cottage Point Inn


This underrated fine diner has been going strong since the 1950s. It sits on the edge of Cowan Creek, one of several waterways feeding directly into the Hawkesbury River near Mooney Mooney. Expect elegant waterside dining at its best, with beautifully-plated European dishes and a progressive wine list.

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

The Butler


From it’s large, leafy terrace, the outlook at this Potts Point oasis is one of the city’s best. Sip on a signature espresso martini and watch the sun dip behind the city skyline.

123 Victoria Street, Potts Point

The East Village


Come here for reimagined pub classics and summer-ready cocktails in a spectacular rooftop setting.

234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
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North Bondi Fish


Elevated fish and chips is just one of the hooks at this Bondi institution. The other is its unique vantage point beneath Bondi RSL, which offers a rather delightful view over the beach from the laid-back dining room.

120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
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Nola Smokehouse and Bar


An ambitious New Orleans-inspired barbeque restaurant and whiskey bar on the Barangaroo waterfront.

Level 1 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South

Otto Ristorante


The al fresco dining along Woolloomooloo’s Finger wharf is such an iconic scene. To experience it for yourself is a Sydney must-do, and Otto’s modern Italian fare is the perfect excuse.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
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Face the Opera House or the Harbour Bridge? At Matt Moran’s quintessential Aussie fine diner, the decision is a tough one.

1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay



It's fitting that one of Sydney's best seafood restaurants has such a great view of the water.

10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
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The Newport


This huge waterfront pub is a Pittwater classic. It's been a northern-beaches go-to for decades, but since being taken over by Merivale, it's reached a new level of popularity – and quality. You can come here for drinks and snacks or a full-blown meal. And no matter where you're eating or drinking, you're likely to have a view of the water.

2 Kalinya Street, Newport

China Doll


Another Sydney institution on the Finger Wharf in Woollomooloo. Visit for exemplary pan-Asian dishes and one of the most quintessential al fresco dining experiences in the city.

6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo