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Waterfront Cafe and Store

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published March 1st 2011

This family owned and operated business has been a favourite with customers on the Peninsula and beyond for over 15 years. Waterfront is more than a busy restaurant, it's also a bustling general store, post office (which is heritage listed and has existed since 1909), liquor shop, and meeting place.

General Store and Post Office

Right alongside the Waterfront is the point where you catch the ferry across to the tiny community of Scotland Island. The Waterfront Cafe and Store is where the local residents of Scotland Island - mostly artists, writers and creative spirits - come to chill out, or pick up supplies.

For those who just want to enjoy a long leisurely lunch or dinner, a weekend breakfast, or a glass or two of wine watching the boats glide by, the setting is idyllic. Tables are set on a huge outdoor deck suspended right over Pittwater. This is not a place with a dress code. Come as you are, or dress up if you want - the service is the same.

As with many great restaurants these days, because it can get busy - particularly on weekends - you order and pay at the counter, and they bring the food to you. I've never had a problem with this method of service - at least you don't have to wait for a bill at the end of your meal.

Choose from a wonderful range of delicious offerings, depending on how hungry you are. If you're in the mood for pizza, you won't be disappointed with pizza a la Waterfront. I'm no vegetarian, but a personal favourite is the pumpkin pizza, made with roast pumpkin, ricotta, caremelized onion, baby spinach and pine nuts.
The Napolitana and Gamberi pizzas are fantastic too.

There's something for everyone, including pasta and fish dishes, gourmet burgers, and lovely fresh seafood. Servings are generous, and the staff are friendly and attentive.

You can drive to Church Point, or come by boat. If you're out on the water for the day, take advantage of their extensive takeaway menu. You can phone in your order, then just pull up at the Waterfront's own private jetty to collect your food.

And just to put the icing on the cake, the Waterfront has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday - plus the 1st Sunday of every month.

What more could you want from a location and a venue?
The Waterfront Cafe and Store is currently revising their website but you can contact them on (02) 9979 6633.
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Why? Because it's a little slice of heaven.
When: Breakfast lunch and dinner
Where: Church Point, Northern Beaches
Cost: Varies depending on how hungry you are
A bit more expensive than expected eg $18 for bruschetta!
By fisch - reader
Tuesday, 24th of May @ 09:45 pm
Great review and writing but this is honestly the worst place i have ever eaten at. I have eaten at road side cafes in Vietnam and China that service better food then this. The staff are beyond rude and degrading, the food is dry and one of the lowest standards. They should not be in business the way they treat their patrons. Depressing atmosphere when the staff are around. I would not recommend anyone go here.
By Anonymous
Friday, 30th of December @ 03:21 am
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Monday, 20th of April @ 09:09 pm
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