Modern and intimate. The Pier Restaurant located on Rose Bay offers elegant surroundings and interiors making the Pier Restaurant perfect for a romantic night out. The interior is comfortable with a relaxed atmosphere while still remaining elegant. With floor-to-ceiling windows, you will be presented with beautiful ocean views over Rose Bay. Everything from the ocean, to the cutlery to the decor sparkles offering a beautiful and memorable experience. The menu is primarily seafood with a impressively broad selection of fresh Australian produce. The chef prepares creative combinations such as seared kingfish with sorrel puree but for something a little more casual, try the tasting room, which serves small portions of equally well prepared and delicious food.
Local Expert tip: The Pier Restaurant offers a more casual tasting room with a delicious selection of smaller portioned meals to sample.
Sea Treasure is one of those restaurants that just seems to keep bringing in the customers day in, day out. Located in the heart of North Sydney, this Cantonese style seafood restaurant dishes up some of the best specialised Asian style cooking in the area. The Cantonese style of cooking is careful not to overwhelm the delicate flavours of the fresh seafood, while still offering an unmatched Asian influence. For lunch and dinner, it boasts dishes like mud crab with chili sauce or salt and pepper squid, and yum cha. Sea Treasure attracts a clientele from across the board, young and old, professionals and seafood connoisseurs alike.
Local Expert tip: Sea Treasure's seafood yum cha menu is not to be missed.
Just moments away from Sydneys lively nightclub scene, Balkan has made quite a strong name for itself. Whether you are out on the town or looking for some great seafood dining, Balkan is the place to be. This seafood restaurant dishes up some of the best in Mediterranean inspired seafood and by staying open late on weekends, it packs out quickly. The main kitchen grill is in the shop front, easily enticing you as you stroll by. The decor is clean and simple making it a very comfortable setting for a night out. You can expect dishes such as as spicy sausages, poached Tasmanian mussels, and Barramundi fillets.
Local Expert tip: By staying open late on weekends, Balkan gives you the freedom to keep eating seafood well into the night.
For those interested in one of the largest selections of fresh Oysters, the Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay is the place to be. Oysters are the dish of choice at this popular, upscale seafood restaurant. The menu offers up to ten different types of Oyster from all across Australia, but if mollusks just aren't your thing, you can't go past the crayfish or ocean trout. The interior is made up of three full walls of full-length windows overlooking Blackwattle Bay. These spectacular views and the cozy indoor fireplace make the Boathouse quite a romantic setting for the night out. Reservations are a must.
Local Expert tip: When just one type of Oyster isn't enough, the Boathouse offers up a choice of ten different types to sample.
Australians are suckers for some good fish and chips by the beach, and Doyles knows how to dish up exactly what we want. Doyles on the Beach has been serving up some of the best and freshest fish and chips since 1885. This family run restaurant rests on beautiful Watson's Bay offering up ocean views and a relaxed vibe. The restaurant is both comfortable and welcoming making it perfect for the locals to pop in to, tourists to visit and families for the day out. While slightly on the pricey side for fish and chips, Doyles makes sure you will get the best quality available. So pack some swimmers, grab some fish and chips and enjoy the sunny surf at Watson's Bay
Local Expert tip: Since Doyles is popular among the locals, you can expect some lengthy lines on summer days.
Bayside dining at its best. Orso Bayside features floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony suspended over the water offering spectacular oceans views over the Harbour. Cool tones and dark wood helps set the scene, creating a comfortable and cool refreshing atmosphere. Orso creates an unmatched ambiance in seafood dining on the north shore which keeps the locals coming time and again. The menu will have any seafood connoisseur and foodie over the moon. Delicious fare such as seared fillet of Tasmanian salmon with crab and prawn tortellini on a chilli and zucchini frittata dressed with saffron butter sauce. Other options include wild barramundi fillet steamed in a paper bag with fresh mussels or grilled medallions of king fish.
Local Expert tip: Make sure to sample the Tasmanian salmon on crab and prawn tortellini.
Nestled in funky Surry Hills lies Mohr Fish, an simple and unassuming seafood bar. With as little as four tables inside and stainless steel bench-top is a local favourite when it comes to fresh and well prepared seafood. Lunch times can become a little busy but the wait is worth it. If you are after takeaway or are hoping to bag a table, locals usually wait in the nearby pub until the food is ready. Unlike most restaurants, Mohr Fish's menu changes daily depending on what is fresh, available or popular for the season, adding a sense of personality to the restaurant. Dishes are often simple and well prepared, nothing to fancy for the seafood enthusiasts. Dishes often include steamed mussels, prawn and fish dumplings. and of course the local favourite beer-battered flathead and chips.
Local Expert tip: Try and make it in just before the lunch time rush.
When you simply in the mood for some fresh flavours and traditional cooking, Nick's Seafood is the place to be. Located right on beautiful darling Harbour, Nick's Seafood offers one of the best restaurant views in the area. Take a stroll through Darling Harbour and finish it off with some delectable seafood dishes. Although slightly on the upscale side of things, Nick's is able to still create an upbeat and casual atmosphere while still appealing to the more fine dining crowd. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating which can be stunning on a warm summers night. Don't miss out on the wonderfully prepared grilled baby barramundi, calamari, or fresh lobster mornay.
Local Expert tip: Bookings are often essential, especially for the outdoor seating in summer.
If you are looking for a chilled out seafood fish restaurant, perfect for the casual drop in or takeaway then Fishface is the place to be. Fishface is not your average fish 'n' chips shop; tall tables and high chairs and expertly prepared takes on classic dishes are just some of the things that make it different. The crowd of mostly locals, packs the place out every night, so you might have to wait at the nearby pub until a table comes up. Fishface has a cool and funky vibe matched with delicious and fresh seafood. If you are looking to escape the overly priced and pretentious nearby restaurants, pop into Fishface for an enjoyable and delicious time.
Local Expert tip: Lines can be long for a table so grab a beer in the nearby pub.
You should quickly feel like a dignitary the moment you step foot in the Rockpool, and rightly so, the Rockpool gathers some of Sydney's best chefs to treat you to some of Australias best produce. Whether its the ultra chic interior, thick white table clothes, carpeted walkway or the constant glancing around to try and spot a visiting celebrity, Rockpool will leave you with an experience to remember. Despite being treated like royalty, the food should be what you really walk away remembering. Celebrated chefs, Neil Perry and Phil Wood will tantilise your taste buds with the Chinese roast pigeon, fresh oysters, and almost every variation on fine meats.
Local Expert tip: Keep an eye out for frequenting celebrities and Sydney dignitaries.