Outdoor dining to explore this Spring

Everything seems to taste better sitting beneath an umbrella or with a breathtaking view at an outdoor restaurant. We love the whole experience of eating outdoors with fully blossomed flowers and lots of sunshine. Below are our top recommendations for the perfect way to spend this spring by discovering the great outdoor food experiences from waterside walkways to garden courtyards and ‘eat streets’.

The Boat House

Situated in private parkland on the absolute water lapping edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House offers the best lake view the capital has to offer. The stunning views are matched by outstanding modern cuisine, friendly and attentive service, and a sophisticated atmosphere.

Ormeggio at The Spit

The picturesque restaurant located at D’Albora Marinas offers Contemporary Italian cuisine in a spectacular waterside setting, overlooking Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. The chef and his team utilise both new and traditional techniques of cooking, along with the finest produce, to deliver the great food experience.

The Otto Sydney

Situated in the spectacular surrounds of the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, OTTO Sydney is a restaurant with a fiercely loyal clientele and a seemingly unassailable reputation as a power dining institution. For many, it has come to signify the quintessential Sydney restaurant experience; impeccable service, quality food and stunning, waterside views.

Pilu at Freshwater

Pilu at Freshwater is a quintessential Sydney dining experience, and a beloved institution in Sydney food circles. Pilu at Freshwater with chef Giovanni Pilu at the helm, is renowned for its authentic, contemporary regional Italian cuisine, its accomplished service, and its stellar wine list. A path from the beach leads through the garden to the beach house. From the moment you set foot inside Pilu at Freshwater, the team ensure that your experience at Pilu is a memorable one.


Catalina is one of Australia’s most iconic destination restaurants situated on the harbour forefront in Rose Bay. Designed to pay homage to the beauty of Sydney Harbour, diners have an unobstructed panoramic water-level view, punctuated only by the comings and goings of a working harbour, and incoming commuter sea planes based in front of the restaurant. Reflecting the superb harbour location, Catalina’s fresh and authentic menus are inspired by the classics – French, Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean complimented by a premium and award winning wine list.

Don’t wait to try these amazing outdoor dining experiences. Buy the gourmet traveller gift card to create your next unforgettable food discovery experience.

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