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The Best Waterside Dining Spots On The North Shore

With the cooler temperatures signalling we’re now firmly in Autumn, keep the summer vibes going as long as possible with our list of the best waterside dining spots on the North Shore.

From the newly renovated Sails on Lavender Bay to the stylish St Siandra, save this list for your next special occasion, brunch date or romantic dinner…

Me-Gal

Set within the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo, Me-Gal blends breathtaking cityscapes with a natural bushland setting. While the restaurant’s name, derived from the Cammeraigal word for “tears,” evokes the nearby harbour, the panoramic views showcase Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. Here, the focus is on fresh, seasonal dishes crafted with sustainably sourced ingredients, perfect for sharing in a communal dining experience.

Must try: Scallops with pomelo, radicchio, ponzu, and karkalla or the beetroot risotto with golden beets, wasabi, and Meredith Dairy goats’ cheese. But honestly? It’s all delicious.

2A Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
Enter via the Taronga Wildlife Retreat.

Website: megal-mosman.com.au

Ripples Chowder Bay

Perched on the edge of Chowder Bay, Ripples offers a taste of history alongside modern Australian cuisine. Housed in a charmingly renovated 19th-century building, it’s the perfect spot to host a birthday dinner, romantic date, or girls night. Boasting panoramic views of the harbour, the menu showcases seasonal dishes that change regularly, ensuring a fresh and exciting dining experience with every visit. With so many delicious choices on the menu, you will have food envy, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes!

Must try: Hiramasa kingfish crudo with strawberry, black caviar, and yuzu ponzu. Or steak tartare with garlic and cumin mayonnaise, cracked bulgur, puffed quinoa, and pickled Lebanese chilli.

Building 7C, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman.
Website: rippleschowderbay.com.au

St Siandra

This highly anticipated restaurant from Great Eats Co. (Mitch Davis & Gavin Gray) and ProjectPlus’ Andrew Phelan, boasts a seriously impressive team, with interior design by Sally Taylor (known for Victor Churchill, Mr Wong, and Felix Bistro), menu by ex-Nomad chef Sam McCallum, cocktails by Banco Manly’s Kurtis Bosley, and daily operations led by Adam George (ex-Merivale, Rockpool, QT).

The menu focuses on modern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Nestled in a quiet spot on The Spit, with it’s own private beach, bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. This waterside spot is busy midweek with yacht owners dropping by for lunch. Looking to throw a party? They cater for large groups with a gorgeous private dining room upstairs.

Must try: ‘Fruits De Mer’ seafood platter with lobster, king prawns, and seasonal seafood (note: this needs to be ordered ahead). And on the other scale of the menu, don’t leave without trying the potato flatbread!

75 Lower Parriwi Road, The Spit, Mosman. 
(adjacent Middle Harbour Yacht Club)
Website: https://stsiandra.com.au

 

Chisco By Ormeggio

Chiosco by Ormeggio offers a casual, trattoria-style atmosphere. It’s BYO and encourages a relaxed vibe, even being barefoot-friendly. Ormeggio, its neighbour, on the other hand, is a fine-dining establishment with a focus on a sophisticated experience. While Alessandro Pavoni is involved in both establishments, Chiosco has its own dedicated team, including Head Chef Giuseppe Fuzio.

The menu features dishes like salt-and-pepper calamari, spaghetti with prawns in a bisque-like sauce, and a popular vitello tonnato (slow-cooked veal with tuna mayonnaise).  They also have pizzas, pastas like fusilli alla norma (with eggplant and ricotta) and pappardelle with octopus ragout, and for dessert, you can indulge in classic Italian sweets like tiramisu and bombolone (Italian doughnuts).

The Jetty, D’Albora Marina

The Spit, Spit Road Mosman.
Website: ormeggio.com.au

Ormeggio at the Spit

This award-winning restaurant is a favourite among Mosman and Northern Beaches locals. Chef Alessandro Pavoni takes sustainable seafood to new heights with his innovative degustation menus. Think grilled octopus with house-made flatbread, delicate mud crab tartlets, and creative takes on classic Italian dishes like puttanesca and carbonara – all featuring the freshest seasonal catches.

Signature dish: Rock lobster, Alessandro Pavoni’s signature aged Carnaroli rice with truss tomato, basil pesto and mozzarella di bufala. If it’s in the budget or a special occasion, consider the incredible degustation menu.

D’Albora Marina The Spit, Spit Road Mosman.
Website: ormeggio.com.au

The Bather’s Pavilion

For a more relaxed vibe, head to The Bather’s Pavilion. This beachside restaurant offers an idyllic setting with sweeping views of Balmoral Beach. The menu focuses on contemporary Australian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local produce. Enjoy a leisurely lunch or indulge in a romantic dinner as the sun sets over the water.

Must try: Rangers Valley rump steak frites, herb & shallot butter, the roast chicken, skordalia, capsicum and burnt butter. Upstairs at Betel Leaf: go for any of the curries, the beef short rib, or the delicious pomelo salad with king prawns, roasted coconut, coriander, lemongrass and betel leaf.

4 The Esplanade, Balmoral 
Website: batherspavilion.com.au

Sails on Lavender Bay

This stunning newly-renovated restaurant boasts panoramic views of Lavender Bay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Offering a modern Australian menu that celebrates fresh, seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers. Expect innovative dishes that showcase the best of Australian ingredients, from delicate seafood creations to succulent cuts of meat. It’s the type of restaurant to take overseas guests to show off our beautiful city. Whether you’re enjoying a long lunch on the waterfront terrace or a special occasion dinner, Sails on Lavender Bay guarantees an unforgettable dining experience.

Must try: Everything, but if we had to choose: barbecue eggplant with buffalo yoghurt labneh, tamarind, and puffed buckwheat. The Pink Snapper with kataifi, scallop & prawn mousseline, finger lime, and beurre blanc or the Moreton Bay Bug Spaghettini with XO shellfish emulsion, and Thai basil oil.

2 Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point.
Website: sailslavenderbay.com

Skiffies Bar and Bistro

If it’s a casual meal you’re after, Skiffies is a crowd pleaser located at the Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Sailing Club on Spit Road in Mosman. The bar and bistro offers a relaxed atmosphere with views. The menu features classic Australian bistro fare like steaks, seafood platters, and pub classics. It’s a great choice for a casual lunch or dinner with a view, if you’ve got the kids in tow or interested in watching the world sail by.
Must try: Fresh prawns, seafood platter, or crispy pork belly.

237 Spit Rd, Mosman.
Website: middleharbourskiffs.com.au

 

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