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6 Summer Classics for Waterside Dining

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 7th 2019
Classic restaurants for waterside views
Whether a tourist or a local we all love to dine beside the seaside. Here are six of Sydney's classic venues that offer fine waterside dining with sensational views to match their perfect wines and sumptuous dishes. You are guaranteed incredible seafood. And oh, those views.

Opera Bar, Sydney CBD

Opera Bar
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Enjoy casual eats and drinks beside an icon at Opera Bar the expansive indoor and outdoor bar is right on the harbour's edge and dwarfed by the famous sails. Serving seasonal fare with front-of-house water views, pop in for breakfast, lunch, a pre-show dinner or just a cocktail at Sunset Hour with $9 pints and $10 spritzes. For more details, click here.

Quay Restaurant, The Rocks

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Quay is waterside glamour at its best with a degustation-only menu, breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour icons and one of the most famous desserts in the world. Head Chef Peter Gilmore has replaced the famed Snow Egg with a new generation dessert icon White Coral a heavenly cloud of snap-frozen aerated white chocolate. For details, click here.

White Coral Quay Restaurant
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The Boathouse Blackwattle Bay, Glebe

The Boathouse Blackwattle Bay, Glebe
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With views across Blackwattle Bay and a focus on caught-that-day seafood and different varieties of oysters, The Boathouse in Glebe is a special spot for lunch. There's a lovely view of Sydney's other famous bridge the Anzac Bridge and a famous snapper pie that's been on the menu for 22 years.

Snapper pie Blackwattle
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On their daily menu, you will always find a big selection of different oyster varieties, such as Sydney rock oysters, native Angasi oysters from the NSW coast and Pacific oysters. Depending on daily availability, they can have up to 16 varieties. They serve around 250 dozen oysters every week. For details, click here.

The Boathouse Blackwattle Bay, Glebe
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Aqua Dining, Milsons Point

Aqua Dining
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Aqua Dining offers a special Sydney dining experience with harbour views that sweep from Luna Park to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The inventive Italian menu based on seasonal Aussie produce offers two courses for $79; three courses for $99 and four courses for $115. There are also various tasting menus and a wine list with Italian, New Zealand and Australian drops. Visit here.

Catalina, Rose Bay

Catalina, Rose Bay
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Harbourside haven Catalina in Rose Bay has been a Sydney dining icon for 23 years. The contemporary room with views of boats on the water is a classic spot for a long lunch with excellent service, an extensive wine list and perfect food. Try Sydney Rock oysters shucked to order, crisp-skinned barramundi or soy-cured salmon. Visit here.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Beach
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This place is all about relishing the good life. From the blue of the ocean outside floor-to-ceiling windows to the seafood-heavy modern Italian menu and the cool cocktails. Both the bar and dining room have the same breathtaking views of Bondi Beach and Icebergs pool, so grab a drink in the bar or linger in the main room. Visit here.
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When: Summer but all year around
Cost: Various
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Very impressive places. I'll have to check them out.
by Faye (score: 3|1170) 12 days ago
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