There's a reason why Sydney's harbour is so famous – drinking a glass of champagne while the water glitters below you is truly something special. Try one of these restaurants to enjoy the magical experience.
Located in a converted boathouse at Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour, Boathouse offers stunning views of the skyline of the city and the majestic Anzac Bridge. Serving some of Sydney's best seafood, including a range of oysters, a whole snapper pie and a range of molluscs and crustaceans.
Arguably one of the city's most spectacular restaurants, the view of the Opera House from every seat in the restaurant is unparalleled. Perfect for special occasions, being in the hands of chef Peter Gilmore at this award-winning restaurant will ensure an unforgettable night.
With floor to ceiling windows, it will be hard to focus on anything but the stunning view of the harbour at Rose Bay in Sydney's east. With the kitchen open from midday to late, drop in when it suits to enjoy the seafood-inspired modern Australian menu.
Situated above North Sydney Olympic Pool, AQUA Dining is an elegant restaurant that offers one of the most impressive cityscape views in Sydney with views that sweep from Luna Park to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
China Doll, located at the historic Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, is known for its fresh, inventive pan-Asian cuisine and abundant al fresco dining for glittering views of the water. Try one of their decadent seasonal cocktails and if you're having trouble deciding what to order, the luxury banquet will make the night truly special.
If you want to dine beside the who's who of Sydney, Otto's, an elegant, modern restaurant on Woolloomooloo wharf serving simple, excellent Italian fare is where you want to be. With impeccable service and a joyous atmosphere, it's right for any occasion.
Cottage Point Inn offers a prime waterfront dining location on the Hawkesbury River, where diners can land right in front of the restaurant by seaplane direct from Rose Bay. The restaurant is renowned for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and fantastic modern Australian menus. Enjoy superb modern Australian cuisine on the deck while the water laps gently by, or among the cosy, converted boatshed interiors.
The delicious food at Pilu at Freshwater is only enhanced by its location in a rambling, spacious weatherboard beach house on the shores of Freshwater Beach. The restaurant delivers an impressive Sardinian menu with exceptional service and relaxed sophistication.
Set over two levels at the end of historic Jones Bay Wharf, Flying Fish is everything you'd expect from a harbourside restaurant, and more. The menu is awash with quality seafood, with one of Sydney's largest oyster selections and a serious sashimi bar. Cocktails are served in the outdoor bar while indoor diners can enjoy the amber glow of the wood beam and glass dining space.
Ormeggio at the Spit, perched on D'Albora Marinas at The Spit in Mosman, is open to the water on three sides. Go early to watch the sunset and dine on modern Italian food. The restaurant has been hatted since the first year of opening and maintained one ever since.