12th March, 2021

There are two things that Sydney does better than any other city in Australia: good food and great water views.

Put these two things together and in the Sydney Harbour enclaves of Circular Quay, The Rocks, King Street Wharf or Darling Harbour you can be assured of some of the most highly regarded waterfront restaurants in the world.

Sydneysiders love a celebration on Sydney Harbour which in more recent years has spawned a deluge of premium waterfront restaurants on offer that at times can make you feel like you’re floating.

Whether you’re looking for a private event venue with a view, a function room on the water or simply a hidden cocktail lounge with great food, you are spoiled for choice on Sydney Harbour.

But look just beyond the shore and you will also find Captain Cook Cruises’ newest addition to Sydney’s waterfront restaurant line-up, the new Harbour Bar & Restaurant.

Why should you feel like you’re floating, when you could actually be floating?

The new Harbour Bar & Restaurant pulls together all the best elements of a Sydney gastro pub, restaurant and wine bar and pairs this with the best Sydney Harbour views in the city.

This is not just any lunch or dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. This is instead Sydney’s first ever hop-on-hop-off floating bar and restaurant that’s been designed just for Sydneysiders offering up to 120 minute sittings, local seafood, Aussie beef, craft beers and a range of bespoke Sydney inspired cocktails.

If you’re a local or you’re visiting from interstate looking for the perfect waterfront restaurant in Sydney, don’t waste your time with an ordinary ‘What’s on in Sydney’ listing. Simply make your way down to the Sydney Harbour foreshore towards Circular Quay and poke your head into one of these well-known modern eateries. You won’t be disappointed:

5. Cafe Sydney

Come for their fresh oysters and tandoor-roasted ocean trout, but stay for the best Sydney Harbour Bridge view in the city.

4. Bennelong

Australia’s best produce and wine takes centre stage at one of the best restaurants in Australia. Located inside the Sydney Opera House, Executive Chef Peter Gilmore is an award winning avant garde chef that makes this spot bucket-list worthy.

3. Aria

This art filled, luxury setting with views of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge takes Sydney Harbour fine-dining and restaurants top the next level. Owned by Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, the space is befitting of the local food and wine.

2. Hyde Hacienda Bar & Lounge

Let your hair down on a Friday night at this Sydney Harbour hotspot which is a little more casual than the other fine dining restaurants mentioned in this piece. But the views at Hacienda are unrivalled, the cocktails are premium, the music is good and the bar food is exceptional.

1. Harbour Bar & Restaurant

For 50-years, Captain Cook Cruises has been an institution on the Harbour for visitors from around the world. In 2020, the new Harbour Bar & Restaurant is a reimagined dining and drinking experience for those looking for premium food, quality service and guaranteed Sydney Harbour views.

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