The Best Beachfront Restaurants In Sydney

© Glen MacLarty/Wikimedia
© Glen MacLarty/Wikimedia
Photo of Sarah Howell
9 February 2017

Sydney, Australia is a beautiful city and is a tourist attraction for a very good reason. We’ve listed a few of the best beachfront places to eat. Check them out next time you are in Sydney.

Doyles On The Beach

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Doyles on the Beach Restaurant, Watsons Bay
Doyles on the Beach Restaurant, Watsons Bay | © Alpha/Flickr
Doyles On The Beach is a family run restaurant located on Watson Bay. The family pioneered the Australian seafood industry five generations ago and are still going strong. The restaurant offers seafood, proclaimed as the best by both locals and tourists alike, and the view looks out over the bay. If sitting on the sand and nibbling fish and chips is your idea of a meal well spent, Doyles has you covered. Lunch and dinner is served seven days a week at this lovely harbor lookout, so stop by for either meal at one of Australia’s longest standing seafood restaurants.

The Bathers' Pavilion

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant, Mosman
The Bathers' Pavilion Restaurant, Mosman | © Nicki Mannix/Flickr
The Bathers’ Pavilion is located in a 1920s art deco building right on the beach. The lovely ocean view is uninhibited and the atmosphere spacious, and the restaurant interior contains floor to ceiling windows. The portions aren’t the largest, but the atmosphere and location are unbeatable.

Nielsen Park Cafe & Restaurant

Cafe, Restaurant, Australian
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The Nielsen, Vaucluse
The Nielsen, Vaucluse | © Glen MacLarty/Wikimedia
Located in Nielson Park, this cafe is surrounded by gardens and overlooks the Sydney Harbour. The interior decor is a crisp white with wooden furnishings and stained glass windows, and the cafe is a lovely stop in between a walk in Nielson Park and relaxing on the beach. Breakfast options include smashed avocado with poached eggs on sourdough and truffle scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough. Grab a friend or a book and make this a morning affair.

Gunners Barracks

Tea Room, Tea , $$$
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Gunners Barracks, Sydney
Gunners Barracks, Sydney | © Gunners Barracks
This tea room, set in a heritage location overlooking the Sydney Harbour, is a Sydney lunch and tea destination. The menu, created by head chef Marc Philpott, offers modern Australian cuisine served a la carte on weekdays at 12. Some delicious items include the chia crusted salmon filet and the char grilled swordfish. With lunch comes morning or afternoon tea, from Gunners Barracks’ large selection. For the love of high tea and high views, go to Gunners Barracks on a clear day and dine in the enclosed terrace.

Waterfront Restaurant

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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This waterfront restaurant offers a view of the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera house, so get your camera ready. Set in the Campbell’s Storehouse, which was built in 1839, this historic building offers some serious charm. A sailing mast stands in the outdoor seating area and the indoors are decked out in full nautical themed decor. The a la carte menu includes a delicious pumpkin, fennel, and prawn soup, a hot and cold seafood platter to be shared, and choices of steak and pizza. For some historic charm and classic Sydney views, the Waterfront Restaurant is unbeatable.