Culinary delights from Manly to Palm Beach

The Northern Beaches is an affluent and picturesque area of Sydney. Beachside villages abound along the miles of coastline from Manly to Palm Beach, and these suburbs are home to some excellent restaurants. The finest establishments tend to be at the northern end between Mona Vale and Palm Beach. This is a list of the cream of the crop from a locals perspective.

Jonah’s Whale Beach $$$

Jonah’s has been revered in Sydney since its inception in 1929. The boutique luxury hotel has a restaurant, terrace, and bar with stunning views of Whale Beach. Jonah’s has won many awards, from Chef hats to accolades for their thoughtful wine list. It’s so exclusive they offer seaplane packages from central Sydney. Jonah’s is open breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and seafood and game are the dominant specialties. Choose from a two or three-course a la carte menu with the option for accompanying wines. Two courses for $89 and 3 for $110. Reservations are essential, especially on weekends. Make sure to arrive when it’s still light out to enjoy the view.

69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108

Dune’s Palm Beach $$

Dunes is a stylish breakfast and lunch venue in a house on the dunes at Palm Beach. The decor is modern, fresh and light, as is the food. The menu is small and thoughtful with a focus on seafood with creative twists. The zucchini flowers are a delicious vegetarian option.

1193 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108

Pilu Freshwater $$$

Pilu is in a white house with big windows overlooking Freshwater beach and is open for dinner and lunch every day besides Monday. With fresh Sardinian food in a beautiful setting, Pilu is a recipient of chef hats and other awards. There is a 5 or 8-course degustation menu for $130 and $165, plus wine pairing. The courses include pasta, seafood, and red meat. A la carte two-courses for $78 or three courses for $98. The cheese selection is an excellent substitute for dessert.

Moore Rd, Freshwater NSW 2096

The Blue Pearl Bayview $$

The Blue Pearl is an upmarket Thai restaurant above the marina in Bayview with incredible views. Sit on one of three balcony tables, or enjoy floor to ceiling windows inside. The menu is very large and the chef’s specialties on the last page are clear winners. This includes ‘Sailing on Pittwater’ which is a whole fish. The Blue Pearl allows guests to bring their own wine for a minimal corkage fee.

17/1714 Pittwater Rd, Bayview NSW 2104

Sailing on Pittwater whole fish

Cottage Point Inn $$$

Cottage Point is an exclusive dining experience on the waterfront in the Kuring Gai Chase national park within a luxury boutique hotel. It’s a popular spot to reach by seaplane or boat. Reservations are essential as there are only ten tables on their covered outdoor deck. It’s most popular during the day and is open 7 days for lunch and for dinner on the weekend. The degustation menu is 7 courses for $150. A la carte is $110 for 3 courses or $130 for 4 courses. The coal-roasted bugs are delicious, as are the tuna and octopus dishes, but you really can’t go wrong. The food and setting here are second to none.

2 Anderson Pl, Cottage Point NSW 2084

Paddock & Vine Mona Vale $

Paddock & Vine is an unassuming Mediterranean wine bar in the middle of Mona Vale that has attracted international attention. The menu consists of small plates and mains that are designed to be shared. Pasta night is on Tuesdays and Wednesday, when gnocchi and beef-cheek ragu are only $15.

1/5 Bungan St, Mona Vale NSW 2103

Barrenjoey House Palm Beach $$

Barrenjoy House epitomizes vacation mode. The setting is elegant but relaxed and the food is excellent. It has an outdoor terrace with lovely views of Pittwater. It’s open every day for lunch, and dinner five days a week. It’s also a stylish boutique hotel, so grab a room and stay awhile. The desserts are especially good so at least stop by for coffee and cake.

1108 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108

Clareville Kiosk $$

Clareville Kiosk is considered a neighbourhood gem tucked away between beautiful houses in picturesque Clareville. Another fantastic restaurant located in a weatherboard house, the vibe is elegant yet relaxed. Bring your own wine from Monday to Thursday for a $6 per person corkage fee. The a la carte menu is $55 for two-courses and $65 for 3. The degustation 6-course menu is $110 and the whole table must partake. The duck and fish tacos are particularly good.

27 Delecta Ave, Clareville NSW 2107

Alma Avalon $

Alma is a Mexican restaurant in a house at the main crossing in Avalon with a balcony and minimalist design. The ‘Feed Me’ and ‘Feed Me Like a Boss’ are great options for sampling everything without having to think, for $59 or $69. Plus there’s the option to pair with tequila for an extra $40. Australia doesn’t do Mexican well but Alma is the exception with a creative menu that’s best shared. The crab tostadas, octopus and tacos are excellent. As is the generous portion of guacamole. The cocktails are dangerous with margaritas, spritzers and mezcal selections. Alma is current, casual and fresh.

47 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach NSW 2107

Bistro Boulevard $$

Bistro Boulevard is truly French in aesthetic and taste. Wine bottles line the walls and the atmosphere is elegant. Dinner is on offer every evening. Expect the French classics like escargot and bouillabaisse, which they do very well. It’s rich in flavour with a depth that matches the deep mahogany floor.

40 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach NSW 2107

Bert’s Bar & Brasserie at The Newport $$$

Bert’s opened in 2018 with the remodel of The Newport and has become a favourite upmarket dining option. It overlooks The Newport beer gardens through to Pittwater and features a bar and dining room. The menu is a la carte with some rare delicacies like 50g caviar for $295, mud crab for $125 and tagliolini with lobster for $129.

2 Kalinya St, Newport NSW 2106

The Northern Beaches have an immense number of excellent restaurants, many of which are accompanied by a show-stopping view.

If you are looking for something scenic yet casual check out the best places to have a drink with a view: https://www.novatravels.org/drinks-with-a-view-on-sydneys-northern-beaches/

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