Restaurant's page | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Printer Friendly Version Email this Restaurant to a Friend

Ripples at Sydney Wharf

56 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel : +61 2 9571 1999
Fax : +61 2 9964 9098
Chef: Chris Hodges
Price Range: $$$$
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Send an enquiry to restaurant     Request a booking

Ripples at Sydney Wharf is a picturesque al fresco restaurant situated only meters from the water at Pyrmont Bay. Open for lunch Monday – Sunday and dinner Monday – Saturday, the 80 seat restaurant commands a stunning position, perched on Sydney Wharf metres above the harbour, looking out over Darling Island and beyond.

Share on Facebook
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Sydney Wharf at Pyrmont, opposite Star City.

Ripples at Sydney Wharf is part of The Aqua Dining Group, owned by Bill Drakopoulos and boasts 5 of Sydney’s premier venues; Aqua Dining, Ripples at Milsons Point, Ripples at Chowder Bay, Ripples at Sydney Wharf and Ripples at Whale Beach. Bill has encapsulated the essence of Sydney dining with each of his venues boasting magnificent water views.

Leading architect Sydney Koh has designed the Mostly alfresco restaurant space to complement the wharf environment. A modern glass structure houses an open plan kitchen and 20-metre marble bar with stool seating, perfect for locals wanting to make a quick stop for lunch or dinner. The deck area makes the most of the harbour fronted environment, with comfortable modern seating and dark navy tables to blend in with the nautical surrounds.

Ripples Sydney Wharf offer a modern Australian menu with a Mediterranean influence created by head chef, Chris Hodges.

I don’t know what it would be like to own an island, but I’d imagine that dining at Ripples Sydney Wharf would, in some way, reflect the experience. Not because the restaurant is located in a remote destination – quite the opposite actually; Ripples is situated right in the heart of the city. It’s also not because you are presented with unmitigated water views from every angle – which you are. The reason for my assertion is because this Sydney eatery possesses something of an elegant, intimate, escapist atmosphere. Set between imposing apartment blocks and the dazzling, ravine-like city landscape, in a grand canyon of water and yachts, Ripples allows you to sit back, watch the city nightlife go by and feel divinely exclusive while doing so.

Of course this sensation is not restricted to night-time dining; the restaurant also offers a first-class spectator seat to Sydney’s life for lunch, with the added benefit of offering an almost impossible serving of spacious peace and quiet – and an opportunity to admire its chairs. Reflecting the colours of life rings that hang on the pier, with back rests modeled on the keel of a maxi-yacht, these Italian-designed masterpieces give the restaurant a cosmopolitan and contemporary feel. The Ripples menu suits its surroundings by following the seasons with a modern Australian-meets-Mediterranean theme, offering spectacular dishes such as saffron tagliatelle w artichoke hearts, tomato, rocket & lemon, and braised osso bucco on creamy taleggio polenta w braising jus for main or grilled barramundi w fregolone, broccolini & rosemary.

The service – attentive but unobtrusive – is the perfect as an accompaniment to your meal. And while the wine list, which is currently being composed by an award-winning sommelier, promises to be spectacular, Ripples is one of the few restaurants of this calibre to allow BYO.


Arrive in style with
Water Taxis

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Menu Selection  | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia


herb and leek pappardelle with portobello mushrooms, tomato and pine nuts | $16.00

beef carpaccio with parmesan, rocket and lemon | $18.00

pan seared scallops with pancetta, chickpeas, chilli and garlic | $19.00

seared quail breasts with pumpkin puree, beetroot and watercress | $19.00


ripples beer battered fish and chips with tartare sauce and lemon | $26.00

grilled barramundi with broccolini, pumpkin, sage and almonds | $28.00

oven roasted lamb rump with lamb shoulder ravioli, caramelised chestnuts, tomato, black olive and spinach | $29.00

350g rib eye steak served on the bone with hand cut fat chips, red wine jus and watercress | $42.00


apple crumble cheesecake | $12.00

warm sticky date pudding with caramelised banana and vanilla bean gelato | $12.00

orange panna cotta with orange cardamom sponge and cumquat marmalade | $14.00

trio of chocolate with white chocolate panna cotta, milk chocolate brulee and dark chocolate mousse | $14.00

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
- Readers' Reviews
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Ripples at Sydney Wharf - User Reviews


This isnt a five star restaurant, but then again the prices aren't 5 star either. Food is very palatable, but there is a certain lack of attention to detail that showed through in a few places that could be so easily fixed - the plastic sheeting is not down to ground level and has gaps, so on an unseasonably cold early summer night, my wife froze and so did my ankles, the toilet paper in the only ladies cubicle ran out (could have caused a catastophe), bored looking kitchen staff and a mistake in our order. Nothing serious, but in order to go to the next level of restaurant, needs to be fixed. Gets by on its location and proximity to the casino, not much  06/12/2011

Was this review helpful to you? YES - NO
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Restaurant Review | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Have you dined at Ripples at Sydney Wharf?

Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience. You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*

Display Name:*   (will be displayed on the site.)
Email*:   (will not be displayed on the site.)  
Rate*: Rating Saved!
Please rate
Review*:   (1000 characters max)
Verification Code:
Enter Code:
(Verification is used to prevent spams. Please enter the code shown in the box above.)

* This is not a forum for rants and other unhappy patrons to complain. We invite not only those with a positive experience but also constructive criticism. We reserve the right to cut comments we estimate too long. Defamatory comments will not be published.

All views expressed are those of the writers and may not be the views of de Groots Media as publisher of Best Restaurants of Australia.

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Restaurant Specials

Mothers Day specials and events
Spoil your Mum at one of our picture perfect locations this Mother’s Day, 11th May 2014. Enjoy breakfast for only $49 per person or lunch from $89 per person with kids menus also available.

Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Suitable for Groups of 10
Waterside Dining

Promote your Business

Set up our badge
Restaurant Recommended by Best Restaurants of Australia

Tourism NSW

Quick Links

 Restaurant Gift Certificates
 Sydney CBD
 Darling Harbour
 North Sydney
 Surry Hills
 Chinese Sydney
 Spanish Sydney
 Italian Sydney
 Modern Australian Sydney
 Seafood Sydney
 Steak Sydney
 French Sydney
 Asian Sydney
 Japanese Sydney
 Waterfront Dining Sydney
 Private Dining Sydney
 Function Venues Sydney
 Cheap & Cheerful Sydney
 Wine Bars / Bars Sydney
 Award Winning Sydney
 New Restaurants
 International Restaurants
 More >>>

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

This site is maintained by de Groots development team.