Whale Beach, 50 minutes drive north of the CBD. DETAILS
Ripples at Whale Beach is the fifth addition to the Aqua Dining Group, renowned for operating restaurants in idyllic waterside locations. The relaxed ambience of the 130-seat space is synonymous with its beachside surrounds. The modern weatherboard structure is reminiscent of a summer holiday house, spanning across the main dining area, the courtyard, beach bar, loft and all-day kiosk. Decor is simple and fresh, featuring crisp white furnishings and walls dotted with colourful beach-themed art. An outdoor bar area faces the beach, with large beach umbrellas and banana lounges encouraging patrons to chill out. Natural light is plentiful throughout the day, but come night the restaurant is lit by tiny crystal lamps. FOOD & BEVERAGE
Ripples offers a well-priced string of elegant, Modern Australian al a carte options. Choices are predominantly seafood driven, with beachside favourites such as beer battered fish and chips with house-made tartare, to a more refined, ‘taste of the sea’, which changes based on availability. If the restaurant is booked out, grab a seat at the kiosk next door, or enjoy take-away with your toes in the sand. The predominantly French-Australian wine list is exceptionally well-priced by the glass. FUNCTIONS
Reservations for groups of over 12 are offered in the main dining area. Guests are required to choose from a full choice three-course set menu, available for both lunch and dinner. For private functions, Ripples can be hired exclusively for breakfast, lunch or dinner, accommodating up to 130 guests for a sit down event and up to 150 guests cocktail-style. The exclusive use hire includes access to the Beach House, al fresco area, courtyard and loft. The restaurant also hosts weddings, with tailored packages available.