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Manly & Northern Beaches restaurants with water views!

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

There is an abundance of choice when it comes to restaurants with water views in Manly and the Northern Beaches. We've put together a list of our favourites from casual to more formal options, to take your group on an amazing culinary experience whilst overlooking Sydney Harbour or the Pacific Ocean!


The aroma of the ocean and sound of the crashing waves will give you all the feels at The Pantry - you couldn't get closer to the sand than this. With wide open windows looking out onto iconic Manly Beach, The Pantry Manly has an enviable position at North Steyne. The venue is suitable for groups or exclusive use events with a range of set menu options to suit most budgets. The modern Australian menu is focussed on fresh, local and seasonal produce and offers an extensive wine, craft beer and cocktail list.

Located just opposite Manly Wharf with peaceful Sydney Harbour views, Garfish Manly is a beautiful choice for a lunch or dinner venue. Group bookings can be accommodated for 12 or more guests and it also features a private dining room for up to 20 guests, with audio visual facilities available. Alternatively, the restaurant can be hired for exclusive use. Whilst the menu showcases the finest seafood, the team can tailor a menu to suit your needs and dietary requirements. Choose from a sharing menu, premium three course menu or a vegetarian set menu. They also have a range of beverage packages available.

The Wine Room is located on the middle level of Shore Beach House and boasts views across the surf beach to the ocean. The menu is French and Spanish inspired and includes tapas and share plate options. Featuring a very extensive wine list and premium cocktail selection, the Wine Room is a an ideal option for an exclusive restaurant event for up to 90 guests seated or 120 cocktail style.

Sake Restaurant is located on the upper level of Manly Wharf, easy walking distance from the centre of Manly or arrange a private boat charter from Sydney CBD across the harbour.

The venue has 4 small private dining rooms seating six guests in each and these can be combined to create a larger space. They also have a larger private dining room which can seat up to 18 guests. For exclusive events, the restaurant has capacity for up to 300 guests, overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour. The Japanese style menu includes fresh, sustainable seafood and their robata style grilling technique creates a charcoal-smoky flavour to some of the dishes. This modern and stylish restaurant is sure to impress.

Located on the lower level of Manly Wharf, Queen Chow is a Cantonese style restaurant with an extensive menu which includes all your favourites such as roast duck, Peking beef and dim sum selections. Easily accessible from the heart of Manly, the venue can accommodate up to 200 guests for larger events and also has a semi private dining room for smaller groups. They have several banquet menu options and very good drinks list including delicious cocktail options.

This is a great casual dining option suited to small to large groups. Located at Manly Wharf, this is a fun and lively restaurant with a Tex-Mex menu and of course, frozen margaritas! The venue has an outdoor terrace section overlooking Sydney Harbour and a large indoor dining area. Sombreros provided!

Positioned on the western side of Manly Wharf, Hugos is a very popular venue with the locals. The menu is contemporary Italian and they have an award-winning bar team creating amazing cocktails. The restaurant has a stunning outdoor dining terrace as well as a large indoor seating area. Suited to small to medium groups, the restaurant is a great option for a stylish post conference gathering.

Opposite Manly Surf Beach (and at the bottom of the Sebel Manly), Little Pearl Bar is the reincarnation of Manly Wine which opened in January, 2022 - a gorgeous wine bar serving Asian inspired share plates and a predominately Australian wine list. This venue is suited to smaller groups due to the layout and they also have limited outdoor dining available. There is a semi-private dining area for up to 38 guests seated. In addition, upstairs the venue offers private function spaces with stunning views of the beach for up to 140 cocktail style.

Take a leisurely stroll from Manly CBD to Shelly Beach and enjoy a casual meal at this lovely café. Open for breakfast and lunch, The Boathouse at Shelly Beach serves up healthy breakfast options and a delicious seafood focussed menu for lunch. They don't take bookings, so this venue is suited to smaller groups for casual dining. It's best to walk from Manly as although there is carpark, it's often difficult to find a parking spot. Enjoy a swim or snorkel in Cabbage Tree Bay while you are there!

On the western side of Manly Wharf you will find a German inspired casual dining restaurant with incredible sunset views from their floor to ceiling windows overlooking the shores of Sydney Harbour at Manly. Showcasing it's Bavarian heritage, the menu includes classic dishes such as pretzels, pork knuckle and schnitzels, plus seven styles of imported German beer on tap! They have hearty group menus starting from $40.00 per person.

This stunning venue with views over Freshwater Beach is ideal for a more formal dining experience. The restaurant has three function areas including two private dining rooms - The Garden Room seating up to 20 and The Balcony Room seating up to 15 guests. The Pilu Pavillon has capacity for up to 45 guests. The award winning team deliver exceptional service with a menu inspired from Sardinia. The extensive wine list showcases the best vintages from Italy and Australia. Parking is available close by. This is a venue which will certainly impress!

Located at Whale Beach, Jonah's Restaurant has incredible views overlooking the beach and Pacific Ocean. The restaurant has capacity for up to 100 guests for an exclusive event and offers both indoor and outdoor function areas on it's cliff top position - a stylish option for a product launch or luxurious private luncheon. The menu is inspired by the Italian background of the Executive Chef and includes their home made pasta. A limited menu is available for smaller groups of up to 23 guests. Parking is available on site.

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