Top 5 Sydney Restaurants with a View

by Michelle Villamin

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Sydney is a remarkable city with picturesque scenery that you can admire for days on end. What better way to enjoy these views than with the accompaniment of tantalising food and great company? From rooftops to sea level, these restaurants serve a visual feast of the several iconic locations and surrounds Sydney has to offer. So whether you’re going out for a special occasion or just keen on a change of scenery from your local eateries, check out our top 5 restaurants with views that are sure to impress even the flashiest of us.

Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel

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Breathtakingly situated on the 36th floor of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel at the Rocks, it’s no doubt that Altitude Restaurant boasts the iconic Sydney Harbour view. The five-metre-high floor to ceiling windows reveal the city in all its glory, especially come evening, with all the lights and movement of ferries, cars and people at your feet. This elegant and stylish restaurant is one place where you’d feel like royalty, especially when dining with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Shangri-La’s signature restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine and has won several awards, including a Chef’s Hat Award from the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide. Led by Chef de Cuisine Nathan Griffin, the freshest and finest local produce are used to create seasonal menus, which can be complemented with an extensive boutique wine list. Once dessert’s done and the bill has been paid, and you still can’t get enough of that view, continue on to Blu Bar on 36 for a nightcap and savour the magical harbour vistas.

With fine dining at its fanciest and a view like this, make sure you book in advance to secure a prime table.

Where: 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 10pm | Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

Hugo’s Manly

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Hugo’s Manly is unmistakably one of Sydney’s most spectacular waterfront hotspots.  The restaurant is easy to get to the moment you leave the ferry, as it’s just off the Manly Wharf. Facing Manly Cove, it’s the ideal restaurant to wind down and dine with its outdoor terrace and seafront views. The slatted timber tables and banquette seating suits the backdrop, emphasising the luxury yacht and marine theme. The triangular shape of the deck was adopted from its original structure, reminiscent of a boat – only the best way to steer you into that relaxed holiday feeling, even if it’s just for a meal.

The menu is contemporary home-style Italian cuisine that is served up by Executive Chef Colm Kennedy. Having won “Best Pizza in the World” at the New York Pizza Challenge and “Best Pizza Restaurant in Australia” several times, you know these guys know what they’re doing. Don’t forget to leave room for their signature chocolate and hazelnut pizza (yes a pizza dessert!) with ricotta banana, icing sugar and vanilla gelato to top it all off.

With award winning cuisine and a view to boot, Hugo’s provides mouthwatering happiness for both the tummy and the eyes.

Where: 1 Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
When: Monday to Friday: 12pm – late | Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am – late

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

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Overlooking one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar remains to be one of Sydney’s most lavish and rewarding fine dining experiences. The restaurant’s palette of turquoise and white interiors reflects the azure waters of Bondi. Feel the fresh sea breeze in the open-air terrace as you sit back on the sandy-hued rattan chairs, immersing yourself in the oceanfront atmosphere. Watch the swimmers lap up and down the baths with the unparalleled views that both the dining room and the bar have to offer.

Founded by restaurateur Maurice Terzini, the restaurant continues to impress not only with its view but also with two Two-Chefs Hat Awards from the Good Food Guide. Head Chef Monty Koludrovic provides a seasonally evolving menu that reflects the depth of regional Italian cuisine. It’s one of the truly iconic places in Australia that’s in the bucket list for both tourists and locals alike.

Be sure to book for lunch or an early dinner if you want to make the most of the breathtaking view.

Where: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi
When: Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – midnight | Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf


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The name says it all: it’s a bar that’s found at the end of the wharf. It’s not only just a bar though. It’s also a restaurant that holds jaw-dropping views of the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. As you enter the building, follow the rustic wooden hall to the end and you’ll know when you’ve arrived as you are greeted with an epic Harbour Bridge view. There’s a warm and laid back vibe in the industrial space, despite its high ceilings. It might have to do with the backdrop of the serene waters of Walsh Bay or the yachts effortlessly cruising past.

Part of the Sydney Theatre Company, the restaurant and bar can be a pit stop for show-goers or a scenic space to grab a quick bite or drink. The modern Australian menu offers plenty of share-plate options and daily specials, along with a variety of locally crafted beers and ciders as well as an extensive list of cocktails and wine.

Priceless views of Walsh Bay, affordable food and a laid back atmosphere, it’s the perfect location for get togethers with friends and family.

Where: Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney
When: Monday to Friday: 9:30am – late | Saturday: 12pm – late | Sundays: Closed



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Perched on the cliffs of Whale Beach with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, Jonah’s provides the best seascape vistas of the vast Pacific Ocean. A 50-minute drive from the city, the location is a tranquil oasis that provides a more relaxed dining experience with the cool ocean breeze and the shimmering Pacific waters. The restaurant and boutique hotel is a member of Relais & Chateux, one of the most prestigious hotel associations in the world, so you can only expect the best when you’re there to dine or stay the night.

Gaining the best from the freshest produce, Executive Chef Logan Campbell serves seasonal contemporary Australian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and a touch of French influence. The award winning food can be complimented with an extensive wine list that offers a variety of vintage Australian and international wines. If you want to go all out for that extra special occasion, lunch, dinner and overnight packages are available which include a 20-minute seaplane ride from Rose Bay flying directly to Jonah’s.

Famed for its luxury, privacy and seclusion, along with the incomparable views of Whale Beach, this place is the perfect opportunity to spoil your special someone!

Where: 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach
When: Monday to Sunday 7:30am – 9am | 12pm – 2:30pm | 6:30pm – late

Honourable Mention

O Bar and Dining

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47 floors high, all you can say is ‘O my god, is this even real?’. O Bar and Dining is one of the three revolving restaurants in Sydney. With that being said, its circular layout means you have 360-degree views of this beautiful harbour city, so there’s not a bad seat in the house. Its modern interiors and comfortable seating allow you to feel at home as you watch the picturesque views slowly roll by.

Inspired by a healthy eating philosophy, the menu is a take on the best-selling book Blood Sugar, written by O Bar’s internationally acclaimed chef and owner, Michael Moore. The modern Australian cuisine uses whole foods and sustainable produce to create vibrant and flavour-filled food that’s decadent yet healthy.

A cosmopolitan oasis high above the city, the spacious restaurant offers a world-class dining experience with one of the best vantage points of Sydney city.

Where: Level 47 Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney
When: Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm – late | Friday: 12pm – late | Saturday – Sunday 5:30pm – late
Contact: O Bar and Dining9247 9777



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