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23 Best Outdoor Restaurants in Sydney

There’s no better time of year in this beautiful country, especially in Sydney, for some alfresco dining. The warm days and nights and Sydney’s food scene are like a match made in heaven for kicking back with some tasty treats and a view. It’s a melting pot of delicious cuisines and world-class chefs, and what better way to enjoy all the different flavours than by the warm outside atmosphere of Sydney’s rooftops, balconies and beaches.

Best Outdoor Restaurants Sydney

From the tried and tested favourites of Manly and Coogee to the more sophisticated pubs and upmarket eateries, Sydney outdoor restaurants have a little something for everyone. Take a look at our list of the best outdoor restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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Coogee Pavilion | Image: Supplied

1. Coogee Pavilion

  • Address: 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee NSW 2034
  • Phone: +61 2 9114 7321
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 7:30am-12am, Fri-Sat 7:30am-3am

Known locally as ‘The Pav’, you’ll find Coogee Pavilion is one of the best outdoor dining restaurants Sydney has got on offer. The menu features a focus on seafood from lobster rolls, sashimi and oysters. The Pavs’ rooftop area is one of the best outdoor dining areas to enjoy the delicious menu and take in the beautiful sea views.

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Hugos Manly | Image: Supplied

2. Hugos Manly

  • Address: Shop 1 Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
  • Phone: +61 2 8116 8555
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-12am

Get down to Manly Wharf for an unforgettable outdoor dining experience in one of Sydney’s most scenic waterfront areas. Hugos Manly serves up contemporary Italian cuisine and delicious cocktails by an award winning team. Don’t forget to book ahead if you want a seat on the deck overlooking the water.

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The Beresford Hotel | Image: Supplied

3. The Beresford Hotel

  • Address: 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 9114 7328
  • Hours: Mon-Tue 12pm-12am, Wed-Sun 12pm-1am

The Beresford Hotel is something quite special. Their outdoor garden area at night looks like something from a fairy tale, from the overgrown green wall and light lanterns littered throughout it’s a great place to experience outdoor dining in Sydney.  Its menu is full of the best kind of carbs like wood-fired pizzas and delicious homemade pasta. Best of all you can bring your furry friend along with you. The Beresford has one of the prettiest garden restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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The Winery | Image: Supplied

4. The Winery

  • Address: 250a Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 8322 2007
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12am

If wine is your thing, then look no further than The Winery. Set in a fairy light garden oasis, The Winery offers over 30 different types of wine to taste while soaking up the outdoor atmosphere. Head there at lunchtime on a Saturday or Sunday and take advantage of ‘Bottomless Bellinis’ which includes 3 courses and 3 hours of bottomless Bellinis!

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The Grounds of Alexandria | Image: Supplied

5. The Grounds of Alexandria

  • Address: 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Phone: +61 2 9699 2225
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 7:30am-10pm, Sun 7:30am-9pm

For the ultimate experience in outdoor dining, you can’t pass up The Grounds of Alexandria. It’s a beautiful heritage listed open warehouse spilling out onto a sprawling courtyard, serving up sustainable specialty coffee and produce.

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6. Three Blue Ducks

  • Address: 1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018
  • Phone: +61 2 9389 0010
  • Hours: Tue 7:30am-2:30pm, Wed-Sat 7:30am-9pm, Sun 7:30am-3pm

Three Blue Ducks are all about outdoor dining. You can choose from two outdoor spaces, The Deck or The Garden. If you’re after a more intimate small gathering then the deck is for you. It’s got a beverage station and is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. The garden is brimming with olive trees, twinkling lights and fragrant herbs and offers the ultimate experience in outdoor dining Sydney’s got to offer.

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The Golden Sheaf | Image: Supplied

7. The Golden Sheaf

  • Address: 429 New South Head Road, Double Bay NSW 2026
  • Phone: +61 2 9327 5877
  • Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12am

Escape from city life to The Golden Sheaf’s outdoor oasis. The leafy beer garden is a welcome reprieve from the city and offers a fantastic outdoor dining area for enjoying a crisp beer and a bite to eat. Bring your pet with you and settle under the giant oak tree at one of the best outdoor restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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Hotel Ravesis | Image: Supplied

8. Hotel Ravesis

  • Address: 118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
  • Phone: +61 2 9365 4422
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-12am

Hotel Ravesis at the heart of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, stands apart from the rest with its art deco appearance and flamingo pink colour scheme. The beachside bar and wrap around terraces offer a great place for some outdoor dining and some pretty special ocean views of sunny Bondi beach.

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9. The Boathouse Palm Beach

  • Address: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach NSW 2108
  • Phone: +61 2 9974 5440
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-4pm

On a sunny summer day, what better place to be than by the waterside? The Boathouse Palm Beach offers a quintessential taste of Australia with spectacular beach views. You’ll feel like you’re on holiday eating here at one of the best outdoor dining restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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The Newport | Image: Supplied

10. The Newport

  • Address: 2 Kalinya Street, Newport NSW 2106
  • Phone: +61 2 9114 7337
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-11pm

With its waterfront location, there couldn’t be a prettier spot to eat alfresco or in the open air than The Newport. Patrons can choose from the alfresco marketplace of cuisines, and then settle in the huge communal deck surrounded by lovely green gardens. Don’t forget your four-legged friend because this place is dog friendly.

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11. Spice Alley

  • Address: Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
  • Phone: +61 2 9281 0822
  • Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-9:30pm, Thu-Sat 11am-10pm

Take your pick of cuisine at Sydney’s Spice Alley. It’s tucked just behind the Kensington Street Laneway and features one of the best open-air courtyards in Sydney. You can sample cuisines from almost any corner of the globe here, from Cantonese to fusion French. It’s one of the best spots for some outdoor lunch Sydney’s got to offer.

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The Emporium Parramatta | Image: Supplied

12. The Emporium Parramatta

  • Address: 51 Phillip St, Parramatta NSW 2150
  • Phone: +61 2 9687 1955
  • Hours: Mon 7am-4pm, Tue-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 8:30am-10pm, Sun 8:30am-5pm

The Emporium in Parramatta offers up a slice of the Mediterranean, not just the menu but also the venue. It has a real Italian vibe, with handmade table tops from Venice and an outdoor dining area full of greenery and rustic vibes. Try the cured meats all the way from Italy, France and England or the slow cooked beef short rib with maple paprika glaze.

East Village Rooftop
East Village | Image: Supplied

13. East Village

  • Address: 234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 431 622 944
  • Hours: Sun-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 11am-10pm

Head up to the terrace rooftop at East Village Sydney for a real treat. With city skyline views in the heart of Darlinghurst and the tropical theme rooftop, it’ll make you feel like you’re on a mini holiday. The menu on the rooftop is designed to be shared so it’s the perfect spot for a summer afternoon with a few friends.

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Glenmore Hotel | Image: Supplied

14. Glenmore Hotel

  • Address: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 9247 4794
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am

The Glenmore rooftop area has you covered in rain, hail or shine with its retractable roof and scenic setting. The views are what really make this one of the best in outdoor dining Sydney has on offer. It’s got views of the Harbour Bridge and the twinkling lights of the CBD.

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15. The Tilbury

  • Address: 12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
  • Phone: +61 2 9368 1955
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am

Italian inspired cuisine is the main focus on the menu at The Tilbury. You’ll find local produce turned into delicious dishes, like ricotta gnocchi with garlic prawns and buttermilk panna cotta. But best of all. It has one of the best beer gardens in Sydney. It’s light and breezy with plenty of greenery to help you relax and enjoy a long lunch.

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Vacanza Pizzeria | Image: Supplied

16. Vacanza Pizzeria

  • Address: 414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Phone: +61 2 8964 6414
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-3:30pm & 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm

What could be better than sitting in the open air, a glass of wine and some heavenly pizza? This authentic Italian restaurant is a local favourite, and you’ll often find queues out the door, a testament to its popularity and quality. Good news, Vacanza Pizzeria is BYO.

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The Greens North Sydney | Image: Supplied

17. The Greens North Sydney

  • Address: 50 Ridge Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
  • Phone: +61 2 9245 3099
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-10pm

Perfect on a sunny afternoon surrounded by palm trees and views of the harbour, The Greens North Sydney is a great place to grab a drink or two and a bite to eat. It was refurbished back in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Relaxed, breezy and spacious with a killer menu to boot, it’s one of the best outdoor restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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18. Catalina

  • Address: Lyne Park, Rose Bay NSW 2029
  • Phone: +61 2 9371 0555
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

A bit pricey, we can admit, but oh so worthy. Catalina’s menu is impressive as hell and known to be frequented by some high-profile clientele. It sits literally on the water with spectacular views of the city and Rose Bay. If you’re lucky enough to snag some prime seats on the balcony in the afternoon, you’ll be treated to a picturesque sunset over Sydney’s skyline.

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19. SoCal

  • Address: 1 Young Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
  • Phone: +61 2 9239 5888
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-12am

For a bit of Golden State ambience, head to SoCal. It’s everything you’d expect from a restaurant tryingto invoke the spirit of California. It’s got the laid back surf vibe, a menu that includes share style street food, and one of the best spots for outdoor dining Sydney has to offer. Check it out from Wednesday to Sunday for their bottomless rosé lunches.

The Bucketlist outdoor dining area
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20. The Bucket List Bondi

  • Address: Bondi Pavilion, Shop 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
  • Phone: +61 2 9365 4122
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-12am

The Bucket List Bondi features a sprawling outdoor area where you can dine alfresco in the open air. Complete with 2 fully stocked bars and a DJ booth, you’re sure to find a nice place to relax and soak up the outdoor dining vibes at this little treasure by the beach.

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The Canteen Barangaroo | Image: Supplied

21. The Canteen Barangaroo

  • Address: 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Phone: +61 2 9299 9087
  • Hours: Sun-Mon 7am-3pm, Tue-Wed 7am-8:30pm, Thu-Fri 7am-9:30pm, Sat 8am-9:30pm

The Canteen at Barangaroo is a wonderful communal area that embraces outdoor dining. It’s a social outdoor space serving up all kinds of international cuisines. From Ipoh Town serving up Malaysian style street food to Georgie Boy’s Coffee Co, offering baguettes and sandwiches, you’ll find something that takes your fancy.

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22. Acre Eatery

  • Address: 31a Mallett Street, Camperdown NSW 2050
  • Phone: +61 2 9194 3100
  • Hours: Wed-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-5pm

Acre Eatery farm to table restaurant is not only great for its outdoor dining atmosphere, but also its embracement of providing a sustainable menu with a focus on seasonality and traceability. Take a seat on the outdoor wraparound deck or take a lounge of the lawn complete with comfy rugs and oversized umbrellas. It’s even got its own urban farm and edible garden surrounding the grounds. The Acre Eatery is one of the best outdoor restaurants Sydney has to offer.

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23. Blackwood Pantry

  • Address: 533 Surf Lane, Cronulla NSW 2230
  • Phone: +61 2 9544 4857
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-3pm

The perfect beachside location, Blackwood Pantry keeps it light and casual. This whole place flows from inside to the outside sitting area. Pop down for breakfast with classics like French toast or lunch with a chicken salad. Dine outside in the beautiful beachy weather and grab a drink straight from the tap.

Key Things to Consider for Sydney Outdoor Restaurants

The key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to go:

  • Price – how expensive is your food/drinks.
  • Variation – menu variety and ability to make changes when needed.
  • Location – whether that be in the centre of all the action or somewhere quaint and quiet.
  • Service – good service makes the experience at a restaurant that much more enjoyable.

Alternatives to Outdoor Restaurants in Sydney

If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Sydney, we’ve got you covered with some of the options listed below. You can also check out our list of fun things to do in Sydney. If you’re looking for a more specific cuisine, check out our list of burgers or ramen restaurants. If you’re full, we can also help you with your search for the best rooftop bars or show you the best Sydney museums.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Outdoor Restaurants in Sydney

With an editorial team full of foodies, Man of Many has had the unique opportunity to directly sample and experience the best restaurants in Sydney. This list is based on our experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of outdoor restaurants in Sydney. As expert journalists who guide people between competing products and services, we have provided our independent opinion in formulating our selections. Our editors have taken into account food, service and atmosphere while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few spots outside of the CBD. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

Sydney Outdoor Restaurants FAQs

Where are the best outdoor dining restaurants in Sydney?

Sydney is renowned for its gorgeous views and stunning weather, so it comes as no surprise that there are some pretty wicked outdoor dining spots. Our favourites include the Coogee Pavillion, Hugos Manly, The Newport and Hotel Ravisis

Where's the best outdoor pub feed in Sydney?

You can't go past The Beresford Hotel, The Golden Sheaf and the Newport if you're looking for an outdoor pub feed in Sydney.

What are the best outdoor dining restaurants near the beach in Sydney?

If you're in the eastern suburbs, we recommend The Bucket List, Catalina in Rose Bay and if you're up north, you can't beat The Boathouse