WATSONS BEACH CLUB
Sydney, New South Wales

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Perched on the edge of Sydney harbour, with 360 degree views of the city skyline, the Watsons Bay Beach Club is an iconic Eastern Suburbs venue. Complete with palm trees, beach umbrellas and staff wearing sailor-like uniforms, the seafood-focussed menu features buckets of prawns, coopers battered fish and chips and their famous ‘Watto Beef Burger', perfect to soak up a boozy afternoon of drinks. The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is also popular for private functions including weddings and corporate events for up to 600 people.
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General info

Address:

1 Military Road,
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Watsons Bay NSW 2030

Suburb:

Watsons Bay

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Cuisine:

Bar snacks, Modern Australian, Seafood, Shared Plates

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Tourist hotspots don't generally appeal to locals. There's something about those bum bags and over-sized, under-used cameras that make us cringe. However, the recently renovated Watsons Beach Club may well be an exception for your anti-tourist radar.

Formerly Watsons Bay Hotel, this new "beach club" takes you to a white-washed seaside oasis. It's like Australia's own Côte d'Azur, except without the chic French accents. The "club" in the title refers to the multipurpose use of the venue; there's dine in or takeaway, a BBQ area, the "Miss Watsons" bar, table tennis, a bottle shop and accommodation, plus various function spaces. You can rattle on about the colourful umbrellas and the staff's Bassike blue-and-white striped uniforms but the main attraction here is the cracking view of Sydney Harbour, the city skyline and the Bridge. If you don't get that tingly "wow-I-live-in-one-beautiful city' feeling, then I suggest you hand in your Australian passport because it doesn't get much better than this.

So, how does the food stack up? The quality of the produce is impressive, particularly the Sydney rock oysters and the smoked Snowy River trout pate. Enjoy with a chilled glass of Stony Peak sav blanc and you're cruising. In the mains department, it's hard to go past the "famous" fish and chips. Sadly, the Coopers batter doesn't have the light, crisp fluffiness it should, but the chips put the "famous" back into this dish. From the "fresh and green" options, the char grilled chilli and lime octopus salad isn't char grilled and the dressing could do with some work, but it's a kilojoule-friendly dish for the yummy mummies.

All in all, the food is a bit of a mixed bag, but you'd be surprised how much can be forgiven with a view like this. We suggest you pull on your chinos, slip on your boat shoes and throw your polo knit over your shoulder to make like a tourist for the evening.
Anna Lisle

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
1500 pax
Functions
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel can cater private functions for up to 300 people, across the indoor dining area, the Lounge Bar and The Roof Top, with uninterrupted panoramic views of Watsons Bay and Sydney Harbour. Drinks and canapé packages are available.

Features

Accessible by water taxi
Accommodation available
Bar / Wine Bar
Breakfast
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
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john stinson - 2/05/2013
Very disappointing, over priced & food quality poor. Will not take overseas visitors there again.