Restaurants with Water Views in Australia

  • Pippies by the Bay

    Pippies by the Bay

    Located at the Flagstaff Hill visitor’s centre, Pippies by the Bay offers locals...

  • Manta Restaurant and Bar

    Manta Restaurant and Bar

    Perched on the edge of Sydney’s sparkling harbour overlooking Woolloomooloo Whar...

  • Waters Edge Bistro

    Waters Edge Bistro

    As dusk settles and the orange-pink hue of evening light plays across the waters...

  • Kilcunda General Store

    Kilcunda General Store

    Fulfil foodie desires at Kilcunda General Store perusing through artisan gourmet...

  • Vincents Cafe Bar

    Vincents Cafe Bar

    Overlooking Port Phillip Bay on Beach Road, Vincents Café Bar is the go to ...

  • Shelter

    Shelter

    Set in idyllic beachside Lennox Heads, Shelter on Pacific Parade beckons as a ho...

  • Molo Bar

    Molo Bar

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication at Molo Bar on Cowper Wharf Road at Wo...

  • Rosevears Hotel

    Rosevears Hotel

    Located just 15 minutes north of Launceston, Rosevears Hotel offers a dazzling w...

  • Adagio's Steakhouse

    Adagio's Steakhouse

    One of Sydney's best kept secrets on the banks of the Georges River, Adagio&...

  • Nimbo Fork Lodge Restaurant

    Nimbo Fork Lodge Restauran...

    A little slice of the Hamptons awaits at Nimbo Fork Lodge Restaurant on Nimbo Ro...

  • Coolum Seafoods

    Coolum Seafoods

    Strolling along the Esplanade at Coolum Beach may inspire a craving for fish and...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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