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5 Recommended Places for a Meal with a View in Sydney Australia

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Sydney is home to many lovely places for enjoying an awe-inspiring view whilst munching happily away on delicious morsels. Our team at have thoroughly scoured the city to recommend five great places you must visit. Romantics and sight-seers in particular, will also be captivated by each venue’s ambience and diverse menu selections, making them ideal locations to impress a special someone!

1. Doyle’s, Watson’s Bay.

Stop by Sydney-famous Doyle’s at the Beach for a top-quality meal at Australia’s first seafood restaurant. You can also head to the nearby Doyle’s on the Wharf for a relaxed meal at the Bistro or takeaway fish and chips. Great for families or those who enjoy a laid-back late lunch with good company, on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Opening Hours:

Lunch Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm; Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9pm
Doyle’s on the Wharf: Daily 11am-6pm
Closed Christmas Day.
Location: 11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay

2. Nielsen Park Café and Kiosk, Vaucluse.

Inside Nielsen Park overlooking Shark Bay, this is an ideal place for a sunny afternoon. You can paddle out into the bay for a quick swim and relax in the shade with an afternoon beer. The café is ideal for a fresh seafood lunch, or pick up some fish and chips from the kiosk next door and head to the nearby lawn.
Opening Hours: Daily 8am-6pm
Location: Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse

3. Hugo’s, Manly.

This northern beach spot is perfect for cocktails and pizza. In the past, customers have raved about the venue’s excellent customer service. Situated on Manly Wharf, the And with a prime view of Manly Wharf, is there much else you need in life?
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm-til late
Location: Shop 1,Manly Wharf/East Esplanade  Manly NSW 2095

4. Andrew (Boy) Charlton Poolside Café, The Domain.

Located right near Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, this café is part of a community rock pool complex overlooking the Harbour and Woolloomooloo Bay. Duck into the café for a coffee, beer or wine after a stroll in the Domain.
Opening Hours: Winter Hours: Coffee and Lunch: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm;
Breakfast and Lunch: Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. Closed Mondays.
Location: 1C Mrs Macquarie’s Road, The Domain

5. Blu Bar on 36, The Rocks.

Located 36 floors up, at the top of the Shangri La Hotel, this bar possesses a great vibe that is only accentuated by the music and superbly crafted cocktail menu.  Guests will be impressed by the floor plan, where they are seated across the main bar facing outward over Sydney. Spacious floor-to-ceiling glass windows present tremendous views of Sydney. When the sun sets, watch the cityscape is transform into a blanket of lights. You can even gaze westward where the Blue Mountains are situated. We recommend asking for Table 2 if you are on a date!

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm – 12am; Fri-Sat 5pm – 1am; Sunday 5pm – 11pm

Location: Level 36, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks


Information featured in this article was correct at the time of writing.

Did you enjoy our five recommendations? Book your accommodation in Sydney and teleport yourself there as soon as possible to visit these great venues!

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  1. Juliann

    I’m going to make note of these in case I ever get to travel down under. I was hoping to next year, but now it doesn’t seem likely. Someday…

    1. Shanna

      Australia has been on our bucket list for a while, too. The problem is (I think) that is it such a BIG country and it is so far away that you really feel like you need a big chunk of time free to make going there worthwhile. For us, I think that 2-3 weeks would be a minimum. maybe that is why it hasn’t happened yet. It is possibly on the bucket list for next summer, but that is a long ways away and lots could change between now and then.

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