Sydney is without a doubt the most beautiful city in Australia. Period. So when the mercury starts to rise and the days start to get a bit longer (thank you summer time), we strive to enjoy this sun in style and push back the cold ones until the sun is setting.
Whether it’s in a European back alley, a rooftop patio, a waterfront restaurant or a tiki hut courtyard in one of Sydney’s oldest pubs, wherever, just bring the antipasto and vibe. outside.
Read on for the best outdoor dining in Sydney.
Good for: street food to share in a bright space
It doesn’t come any closer to a real California trip than Neutral Bay’s sunny paradise, SoCal. Bright, buzzing and in harmony with the decor, the rooftop terrace here is a vortex of good times. On the menu is fresh and modern Southern California street food filled with Latin American spices, slowly smoked meats, house sauces, and freshly indulgent sides, which is about as perfect as it gets. The lush garden and retractable roof mean the outdoor vibrations are amplified at all times. Order as many tasty tacos as you can, fried smoky wings, tuna tostada, ceviche, a serving of tater tots and wash it all down with SoCal’s famous Tommy’s Margarita.
Bopp & Tone
Good for: sophisticated feast
Bopp & Tone is another stellar outdoor dining affair from Applejack legends (also responsible for making SoCal’s delicious tacos above). A tribute to the grandfathers of Applejack’s founders, Keith “Bopp” Evans and Anthony “Tone” Adams, Bopp & Tone exudes a nostalgic, post-WWII aesthetic, incorporating lots of greenery, darkness, and wood furnishings moody, with an outdoor dining patio you need this summer.
The Australian menu revolves around honest and generous cuisine with Mediterranean influences, with dishes such as Australian king prawns, Wagyu flank steak and simmered shoulder of lamb. If you’re going out for a drink and a snack, it’s also worth having alfresco dining with the East 33 Sydney rock oysters (with verjus mignonette), salt cod fritters, and trust us when we say the pie au lemon, with lavender ice cream, cannot be ignored.
Manly Skiff Club
Ideal for: special occasions overlooking the harbor
Nestled on the foreshore of Manly Cove, the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club offers some pretty crazy views of the harbor. This sailing club dates back to the early 1920s, but fear not, if you don’t know your port side from your starboard side, you can still delve into the glorious menu here. Naturally, there’s a dedicated raw vegetables bar, stocked with natural oysters, salmon ceviche, and yellowtail amberjack, and you’ll want to spill it all on the open-air deck. Along with that, you can also enjoy the rays and the salty air with fresh seafood feasts (keep your eyes out for the crab cakes), chicken parmis, pasta, burgers, and pizza.
Cottage Bellevue By Antoine
Good for: charming courtyard
Some foods were just meant to be eaten out, and when it comes to French cuisine, nothing better than making your way through a croque madame at brunch or having a coq a vin at dinner in a courtyard. green that reminds a little of the French countryside. Bellevue Cottage By Antoine draws on the French culinary heritage of Antoine Moscovitz in a magnificent heritage listed building with almost as much charm as the Loire Valley itself. Moscovitz is originally from Paris and his extensive culinary experience includes not only the cuisine of world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, but also being appointed private chef of the house of Roederer Cristal Champagne. It means you are on a pretty amazing menu. The kitchen is stocked with seasonal produce, a range of proteins are processed on site, and dishes are prepared from scratch, including pork and chicken liver terrine, candied smoked pork belly and succulent beef cheeks. braised.
The Balmain hotel
Good for: casual outdoor dining
The Balmain Hotel may be Balmain’s second oldest pub (dating from before the turn of the 20th century), but there’s nothing old or old about this joint. In what isn’t at all over the top, walking around this place feels like the first time Dorothy walked into Oz, you couldn’t make the walls, floors, and decor more kaleidoscopic if you tried. In terms of alfresco dining, there are three main spaces that you can move around. The first is the mezzanine, located just at the back of the hotel and it can seat around 10 to 40 people and sports a great Palm Springs vibe. The second is the garden wall courtyard, a short walk from the Bora Bora bar. Finally, the Tiki Huts area starts at the back of the property and is full of picnic tables, grass, brollies, and string lights.
Good for: Vietnamese dishes and a night out with friends with the dogs
Compared to its sister venue, Hello Auntie 2.0 preaches a more bar-heavy atmosphere. Bringing a new school take on Vietnamese cuisine to the Haymarket hotspot, this beauty is not a cut-and-paste version of her original Inner West. Instead, you’ll find a more elegant look, which includes a monochrome color scheme, mood lighting, and wood accents as the dining tables spill out onto the sidewalk. All of this makes it a great place for a relaxed and cool night out or late night cocktails. Centered right in the heart of Haymarket, there are a plethora of outdoor tables perfect for Hello Auntie’s bottomless brunch offering or for a date night in the warmer months. The place also accepts dogs, so you can also bring your four-legged friend.
Good for: picture-perfect moments
Making fun of mortadella, salami, prosciutto, creamy burrata and wood-fired bread in a relaxed Italian courtyard just makes a lot of sense to us. It’s no surprise, then, that Totti’s wins the cake when it comes to providing an outdoor space that is too good to be overlooked. Run by Mike Eggert, Totti’s shines in many departments, from antipasto spreads and charcoal fish to organic wines and Riot Spritz (it’s the anytime appetizer here). The courtyard sports extended patio vibes and is filled with olive trees, director chairs, and dappled sunlight.
Good for: the vibrations of the euro
The Rocks was the first district in Sydney to test new outdoor dining spaces behind COVID-19 – and now you’ll also find live music in George Street, First Fleet Park, Jack Mundey Place, Unwin’s Courtyard and Nurses Walk every Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a plethora of places this way that now have expansive outdoor spaces and if you haven’t been here from British Columbia (before COVID-19) you’re going to have a mega surprise. For dinner in the alley, head to The Orient, Sergeant Lok, and The Mercantile. For epic ale gardens, rooftops, and courtyards, head to The Doss House, Tap Rooms, The Australian Heritage Hotel, Fortune of War, and The Glenmore.
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
Good for: sashimi tasting platters and a view of the water
The next best thing to do to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge itself is to settle into Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel as the sun sets and make glasses of crisp rosÃ©. Nothing beats the blue and white umbrellas of this very iconic place teeming with morning mimosas, seafood platters and overwhelming breakfasts with a view. The Beach Club should be your meeting place, perfect for lazy lunches, afternoon cocktails and late-night parties.
Good for: long lunches, waterfront views, and catching up with the dogs
The Newport is a pretty spotless venue when it comes to its alfresco multi-dining space, overlooking pretty Pittwater. There are several outdoor dining options to get around here, all of them equally amazing and delicious. The garden is furnished with fireplaces in winter, tables with a view of the water and cabins for the team, your only mission is to decide on your atmosphere. The Arms Bar is the go-to spot for an outdoor Happy Hour, there’s also a Kiosk Cafe with breakfast items and smoothies, Vinnie’s Pizza is pretty much the beating heart of the whole joint, and The Shack prepares fatty burgers, fish and chips, and salt and pepper squid.
good for: sunset drinks
Opera Bar is undoubtedly in the prime Sydney location, directly across from the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. At any time of the day, you’ll be soaking up the sun, watching the ferries come in and out of the terminal, and even see cheeky scenes from North Sydney’s Luna Park. Everywhere you look there is a photoshoot. Real estate aside, here it’s all about freshness and seasonality, from the spritz cocktails and crunchy lagers of the Opera Bar to its extensive seafood menu. There’s an all-day menu with snack-sized dishes (because sometimes you feel like a bowl of sweet potato wedges), pizzas, sashimi platters, and entrees. While you can’t go wrong with just about everything on the menu, if you’re here with a group, go for the cold or hot seafood platters.
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