Historic waterfront sandstone warehouses have been expertly converted into upmarket restaurants, looking out to Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and harbour.
This one specialises in seafood, has a large outdoor dining area and cosy atmosphere inside among the sandstone walls and timber.
The menu is a bit 'formula' but the food is excellent with the typically fresh top-quality seafood we're used to in Australia. They offer a lunchtime menu for $32 with a choice of two dishes from the three courses available and there's are several dishes for each course.
As with all Australian restaurants, smoking is only allowed outside.
Favorite Dish: I always go for Barramundi, a succulent northern Australia fish, grilled or fried. Geina likes the king prawns with garlic & chilli.
My last three trips to Sydney have landed me here at the Watsons Bay hotel. My first time here was just for drinks with my wife (then girlfriend) back in 2007. Our second visit was to have some lunch with fellow VTers Helen and Dennis. Our third time was for lunch before a nature hike. Our most recent visit was in November 2010; our second trip in a year to Sydney.
Watsons Bay hotel has indoor as well as outdoor seating. Unless it is torrentially raining outside or unbearably hot; I prefer to have a seat at one of the many umbrella laden picnic tables or on their outdoor covered terrace. The view of the harbor from the Hotel is quite nice and makes for the perfect alfresco meal.
The menu is posted on signs in an outdoor shack type structure. Place your order and they give you a numbered pager for when your food is ready. The bar is located inside if you want beverages. The menu has some tasty seafood dishes such as fish & chips, Tasmanian Mussels, Baramundi etc.
The food is a bit pricey but very worth it. We have never had a bad meal here and the portions are a good size that won't leave you hungry.
You can eat inside or outside at picnic tables with umbrellas. It's counter service but the food is very good.
Favorite Dish: Our last visit here was during American Thanksgiving. We arrived early by ferry around 10ish and decided to have a seat at the covered terrace. We enjoyed some Toohey's while enjoying the perfect weather and beautiful view. While the folks back home enjoyed Turkey; we had some incredible Fish & Chips along with Tasmanian Mussels. The fish and chips here really are very good. My wife loves their Tasmanian Mussels in a red sauce. I am not a huge fan of mussels but these are incredibly good. It was one of those perfect days where time stands still and everthing in life is wonderful; I couldn't have asked for a better day.
The place did seems to us all right, but the food we ordered was tasted frozen straight from the freezer:-(I have been there a few years ago, and was a great memory so i thought why i wouldn't take my overseas visitor there.Now i know i shouldn't have....How can a place survive like that, it is a very bed reputation for there famous name.
Made me laugh when i heard their advertisement on radio the next day....probably they need it....
Favorite Dish: couldn't pick any favorite
The Waterfront restaurant's unique nautical decor creates a splendid ambience. Fishermans' nets, ship's bells, rudders and other treasures of the marine world are on display to set the nautical mood, which is carried on right to the water's edge.
You can eat fresh fish
Everything welldone and good tasty
In The Rocks
Price Category: Expensive
Favorite Dish: You can't help but notice the mast, rigging, and sailing ship sails that mark this restaurant in the line of four right next to the water below the main spread of The Rocks. It's very popular at lunchtime when businesspeople snap up the best seats outside in the sunshine, but at night with the colors of the city washing over the harbor it can be magical.
Most main courses cost a hefty A$25 or so, but for that you get a choice of such things as steaks, mud crab, fish fillets, prawns, or a seafood platter. The food is nice and simple, with the markup added for the glorious position and views.
this is eating out in sydney at it absolute best. you can enjoy some of the finest food sydney has to offer from there unique tappas to oysters from a range of locations all while you sit and take in an uninterrupted view of the sydney skyline and harbour...just brilliant.
my only problem with the entire expirience was the service from our waiter. it was dismal to say the least. he went from rude to billigerant. but apart from that FANTASTIC.
Favorite Dish: try the tappas with baby beetroot and almonds, prawns and squid to name a few. just a brilliant range of tastes.
the lobster was perfect, altho a little small for my liking,but arent they always.
and i would sugest try one of there woodfired pizzas.i know it would seem a little strange to go to a restaurant of this calliber and order a pizza, but they really are something special.