Best Romantic Beachside Restaurants in Sydney

Sydney’s waterfront offers beautiful scenery and a classically romantic setting to enjoy quality time with your loved one. It’s not a surprise then to find a number of romantic restaurants with good quality food on the beachside. If you are planning for a lovely date night, you should check out the below selection of Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants.

Photo credit: Elliot Yeap

Photo credit: Elliot Yeap

The Boathouse

1 Marine Parade, Manly

The Boathouse is located on Shelly Beach and it offers a lovely, affordable restaurant experience with stunning scenery. The little spot is perfect for a late lunch or a romantic Sunday brunch and you could even just grab something on the go from the Kiosk. If you truly fall in love with the restaurant, you’ll be excited to hear they also provide catering for weddings and other events.


The Star Sydney, Harbourside Entry, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Italian food is among the best date night options you can pick. A slice of tasty pizza, a glass of a wine and the calm sea in front of you is definitely an experience you want to share with a special person. The casual setting is great for first dates or for those sudden decisions to do something fun together. The infused cocktails are definitely worth checking out as well!

Aqua Dining

Corner of Paul and Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are among the most famous Australian landscapes. Whether you’ve lived in Sydney for years or you are just visiting for the first time, these scenes will impress you every single time. Aqua Dining will allow you to enjoy the views while also offering you with mouth-wateringly good Australian food.

China Doll

4/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

If you are looking for an exotic experience, China Doll is a crowd pleaser. The popular restaurant offers outdoor seating for the warm summer nights and the waterfront looks at its best in the evening. The restaurant is definitely a good choice for those extra special date nights. Although the A La Carte menu is worth exploring, we also recommend trying out the Banquet menu.


Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

It’s probably no surprise to hear that Sydney’s most iconic building is also home to one of its most romantic restaurants. Bennelong might not be the cheapest on the list, but it definitely is among the most spectacular of settings. If you are able to dine there, grab the opportunity with all your might and don’t let go – it is that amazing of an experience.

The Waterfront Café

1860 Pittwater Road, Church Point

Sydney doesn’t keep many secrets, but the Waterfront Café could be counted as one. The locally sourced, seasonal produce will take away your tongue with the scenery keeping you hooked on forever. The calm views over the Pittwater and Scotland Island in an evening breeze are worth venturing on to this hidden gem.

Angelos on the Bay

Prince Edward Park, Phillips St, Cabarita

Another stunning option for a special occasion is Angelos on the Bay in Cabarita. The panoramic views of the parklands and Sydney are there for everyone to enjoy, as the floor-to-ceiling windows mean you don’t need to fight for the best spot. The food is not the cheapest onthe list, but the seafood-inspired menu will guarantee to tickle your tastebuds. The restaurant is perfect for relaxing lunches or formal dinner dates.

Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant and Bar

1 North Head Scenic Drive, Q Station Retreat Manly, Manly

The outdoor terrace will provide you with an idyllic view of the Quarantine Beach and Sydney Harbour. The food is lovely, with the open plan kitchen adding a bit more character to the experience. In addition, the High Tea is worth enjoying and the experience won’t cost a fortune either.

A final tip for budget-friendly romantic meal

The above selection covers a range of restaurants, with options for all sorts of budgets. Romantic date nights can cost a bit – the scenery and the tasty food don’t always come cheap – but you don’t need to spend a fortune to add a bit of magic to your night.

Before booking your table, check out for offers online. You can find special offers for restaurants through OZCodes, with experience service providers like Red Balloon providing discounts on many of the above places on the site. These vouchers can help cut down the overall costs and provide you two with an experience you might not otherwise have had.

Above all, don’t forget that love shouldn’t cost a thing. If you can’t find offers and your budget is tight, just create a magical picnic basket and enjoy the scenery for free at Barangaroo Reserve or Bradfield Park. You don’t always need a fancy restaurant in order to have a romantic meal!


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