As the cooler months approach and the gloom of daylight savings ending just around the corner, now is the time to make the most of what’s left of the sunshine. We teamed up with the restaurant experts from OpenTable to bring you a list of some of the top alfresco dining spots in Sydney & Melbourne to enjoy before we head into the depths of winter.
Lotus Dumpling Bar, Walsh Bay
With a perfect view of the harbour, outdoor dining at Lotus Dumpling Bar is the ideal alfresco option. Housed in a warehouse dating back to early 1900s, the restaurant’s décor expresses a hint of history through its exposed brick wood and potted greenery. For those heading to the theatre in Walsh Bay, it's also a great option for diners to visit pre or post show.
North Bondi Fish, Bondi
What better place to enjoy open-air dining than at the iconic Bondi beach. The relaxed restaurant setting is perfect for lunch or dinner, offering diners a casual option with a sea breeze and a menu with a great selection of enticing seafood dishes.
acre eatery, Camperdown
Located within the Sydney basin, acre eatery is housed amongst a range of small to medium sized farms in Camperdown. The option to dine within the restaurant or on the Garden Terrace allows diners to experience the views of the manicured farm and relish its homely atmosphere. The menu is sourced from all fresh garden produce and is altered each season. Meat lovers should try the delicious charred wagyu rump for a hearty meal!
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills
Established by the brain-child of the culinary power houses behind Icebergs and Harpoon Harry, The Dolphin Hotel is nothing short of spectacular. Offering more than a local drinking hole, the mouth-watering menu and brave interior design attracts locals and newcomers each day. Diners can enjoy the bustling atmosphere with seating options both inside and out.
Taking seafood to the next level, love.fish is a new waterfront venue right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Streets of Barangaroo. Choose to dine outside and enjoy a selection of fresh seafood such as the snapper ceviche, waterside.
Melbourne Public, South Wharf
If you are searching for a restaurant buzzing with energy, be sure to dine at Melbourne Public at South Wharf. Located amongst the newest drinking and dining scene, the restored heritage cargo sheds provide a great place to enjoy some delicious food and drinks with friends. With an outdoor terrace as an option for dining, this restaurant is idyllic for a night out under the stars.
Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya, Fitzroy
Bringing authentic Japanese to Brunswick, Ichi Ni Nana provides a traditional style Izakaya experience, which will leave diners eagerly anticipating the next visit. With an exceptional courtyard space full of long dining tables surrounded by greenery and traditional Japanese touches, this restaurant is definitely a go-to for locals and travellers.
Mama Rumaan, Docklands
If you're ready for some fierce Middle Eastern cuisine, Mama Rumaan is the place to go. By mixing the old with the new, traditional recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, to ensure each meal is bursting with flavour. The must-try outdoor dining area is perfect for dining with the family.
The General Assembly, South Wharf
For those beer lovers who appreciate the simple things in life, head across to South Wharf for a full line up of unique craft beers. The chefs have opted for an uncomplicated formula when it comes to the food, however each dish leaves diners wanting more.
Situated on the Southbank Promenade, diners choosing to go to Teatro can sit outside and enjoy the views of the Yarra River. Teatro will entice diner’s tastebuds with dishes which derive from a blend of Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seasonal produce. With the arts centre close by, it is also an excellent choice for theatre goers before or after a show.