Sydney’s best restaurants with a view

Australia’s most recognisable city doesn’t just look good, it tastes good, too. Here’s where to go when you want great food with great views.

Watch the sun set over Mosman at Chiosco by Ormeggio
  • Emily Lloyd-Tait
  • November 2018

Where do you go when you want your brunch with a side of bush views, or seafood with sea views spread out in front of you? We show you where:

Coogee Pavilion

There aren’t many places where you can sit on a rooftop with uninterrupted views across one of Sydney’s most popular beaches. Thanks to hospitality giant Merivale, the group responsible for some of Sydney’s most stylish pub upgrades in recent years, the Coogee Pavilion opens in new window is now a summer hotspot. Come for the Mediterranean-influenced menu of octopus, spiced lamb and mini lobster rolls. Stay for the salty sea air in your lungs.

The Potager

Take a daytrip to this relaxed café in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, about 90 minutes west of Sydney. After you’ve ridden the Scenic Railway (the steepest passenger railway in the world), gone for a hike in the wilderness or explored the vintage shops in villages like Katoomba and Leura, head to the The Potager opens in new window for smashed avo, pancakes and slow cooked beans with jaw-dropping views into the valley. Just remember to bring a jacket – it gets chilly at this altitude.

The Potager cafe sits atop Mount Tomah
The Potager cafe sits atop Mount Tomah.

Chiosco by Ormeggio

This is the casual arm of the famous Spit diner in Mosman, Ormeggio. Set on the breezy timber wharf, Chiosco by Ormeggio opens in new window offers Italian-style seafood such as grilled split king prawns with chilli and lemon, while gleaming yachts bob in the marina beside you. If you’re going all-out, order a whole lamb shoulder for two. And to really live that high seas life, grab their boat catering menu for a sailing adventure.

The Glenmore Hotel

You would normally expect views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge across to the Sydney Opera House and city skyline to come with a serious price tag, but not here. On the lantern-lit rooftop of The Rocks’ Glenmore Hotel opens in new window, you get million dollar views for the price of a pub steak. Or treat yourself to a cheese board and a jug of sangria.

Bert's Bar and Brasserie offers great food with a country club vibe
Bert's Bar and Brasserie offers great food with a country club vibe.

Bert’s Bar and Brasserie

It’s easy to imagine you’re living a Gatsby-esque life of leisure in this newly renovated luxurious Northern Beaches bar and brasserie. A little bit country club and a whole lot glam, Bert’s opens in new window has a big open kitchen plating up grilled lobster, spatchcock and a classic caesar salad with views out over Pittwater and the hills beyond.