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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published March 30th 2018
Sandy Bear has good food, water views and lots more
Somtimes a cafe which ticks every box comes along. Sandy Bear Cafe is one of these rare ones with everything going for it. It is located on the Marina at Clontarf, which has beautiful water views.

Sandy Bear cafe Clontarf food water views park beach swimming
Sandy Bear Cafe, Clontarf Marina


Sandy Bear cafe Food Breakfast and Lunch every day Water views swimming
Sandy Bear Cafe, Clontarf Marina


It is dog-friendly and even has a beach next to it where dogs can run free and swim. There is also a beautiful park which has lots of lovely shady trees. It is an ideal picnic area with facilities and a children's playground.

Breakfast at Sandy Bear Marina Clontarf
Poached Eggs with Advocado and Halloumi on Sourdough Toast


I have been to the Sandy Bear cafe several times now, where I have enjoyed breakfast and lunch with friends, My breakfast above was lovely the poached eggs were cooked beautifully. The avocado and halloumi added a lovely flavour to this dish.

Coffee at Sandy bay Cafe Clontarf
Coffee at Sandy Bay Marina Clontarf


Sandy Bear cafe sweet treats The marina Clontarf
A variety of sweet treats to enjoy at The Sandy Bear Cafe Clontarf


Just going for coffee and taking a book to read can be very enjoyable. I was able to get a coffee with soy milk which is a bonus as I am lactose intolerant. They also have a variety of sweet treats some gluten-free. The surroundings are so relaxing with nature all around you.

Sandy Bear Marina, Restaurant, Clontarf lunch breakfast walks,swimming dog friendly
Falafel Salad with Halloumi, Chickpeas, Tomato, Cucumber and Herbs


The next visit was for lunch when I enjoyed a fatoush salad.
This was enjoyable and accompanying the falafel was a refreshing salad of halloumi, chickpeas, tomato and herbs. My friends chose to have the toasted sandwiches which you can see listed on the menu in this article.

Sandy Bear cafe on the marina Clontarf Breakfast and lunch seven days
Toasted sandwiches


In the next two photos, you can see the beach where dogs run free as mentioned above. Your dog is also welcomed on the deck of Sandy Bear cafe when you have lunch.

Dog friendly beach Clontarf Sandy Bear marina
Dog friendly beach


Dog friendly beach at Clontarf Reserve
A lady and her dog enjoying the water at Clontarf Beach


My next visit to Sandy Bear Cafe was Good Friday when the weather was perfect. For lunch, I had the roast duck salad which was my favourite dish so far. It was delicious, the duck was sweet served with orange, nashi pear, witlof barley, mint and orange dressing. The combinations of flavours were perfectly balanced with a lovely light infusion of the individual ingredients.

Lunch The Sandy Bear Cafe The marina Clontarf Lunch Open seven days
Roast Duck Salad Lunch


There is plenty of dishes at Sandy Bay cafe to choose from as you will see on the menu below. You can enjoy a good breakfast or lunch and eat delicious food at a reasonable price.

The lunch menu the Sandy Bear Cafe Clontarf
The Lunch menu


Clontarf has a picturesque beach where you can swim or take a scenic walk. The walk takes you through some lovely bush tracks with spectacular water views. I often go to Clontarf with friends, we make a lovely day of it while enjoying all the activities.

Clontarf Beach late afternoon swimming
Clontarf Beach at sunset


Sand Bear cafe Clontarf reserve walks lunch swimming facilities
The scenic walk from Clontarf to Manly


A visit to Sandy Bear cafe will allow you to explore all Clontarf has to offer. The cafe has wheelchair access with parking close by. Sandy Bear Cafe has no phone but they are open seven days for breakfast and lunch.
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Why? A delightful cafe in a prime position
When: Open breakfast and lunch every day
Phone: No phone
Where: Sydney NSW 2087
Cost: Reasonable
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