For those of us that live in Sydney, we are lucky enough to have an abundance of waterside restaurants to choose from. Sometimes though, the greater the selection, the greater the difficulty in finding that special one that stands out above the rest. We've shortlisted 3 of the best for you to try out! They are on the top end of the price scale so to balance things out, we will find three of the best waterside restaurants on the cheaper end of the scale and present those to you in another post!
Bennelong - Sydney Opera House
Bennelong is undoubtedly located in one of the world's most recognisable buildings. It is one of the few places in the world where the views looking in are as spectacular as the views looking out. The Sydney Opera House is a place that cultivates culture. This waterside restaurant has four dining areas: The main restaurant is situated downstairs on the lower level. One level up is the "cured and cultured section followed by the bar at the top. For a really special occasion and $650 a head, you can dine at the chef's table in the custom designed kitchen! The modern Australian cuisine includes Wild Cape York barramundi and Roasted Holmbrae duck with a 3 course a la carte menu setting you back $130 per person.
Catalina - Rose Bay
Opened in 1994 by Michael and Judy McMahon, Catalina has cemented itself as an Eastern Suburbs and waterside restaurant institution. Arrive by seaplane, boat or car! This family owned and operated waterside restaurant specialises in seafood. Choose from the famous Catalina house-smoked salmon or crispy skin Cone Bay barramundi. A three course meal at Catalina will set you back approximately $100 per person. Throw in a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list to really compliment a special afternoon.
Quay Restaurant - The Rocks
Another waterside restaurant with some spectacular views of both the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is Quay Restaurant. Situated in the historic precinct of The Rocks, Quay Restaurant is one of Australia's most awarded restaurants. One of the signature dishes is the XO Sea. Five specially selected seafood items with chef Peter Gilmore's Chinese XO sauce. Another famous creation is the Snow Egg which many of you may have seen on Master Chef. A four course meal at Quay will set you back $180. Not cheap, but certainly worth the experience.
A common theme across all three waterside restaurants is their amazing Harbour views. We've got one last tip for you too! If you're planning a special evening for someone special, why not arrive to your location in style? Have a look at "La Dolce Vita" or "M.V. Salute" and make an appearance in something special.