It seems the majority of people living in Sydney rarely cross over the other side of the Harbour Bridge to visit the Lower North Shore unless they actually live there. When eating out, Kirribilli boasts some of the Harbour’s best food and best views which is a lot cheaper than eating out in Circular Quay.
I’ve been living on the Lower North Shore for over a year now and the places to eat vary in quality so in no particular order here are my top picks of where to eat in Kirribilli and in the Lower North Shore.
1. Kirribilli Club
Kirribilli Club balcony and view of Sydney Harbour Bridge
This must be Sydney’s poshest RSL (I’ve been told this by many Australians) which sits right on Sydney harbour back from Luna Park. With a balcony showcasing the best views in Sydney, the Kirribilli Club is a must visit. The food is top notch and is reasonable price as well (average $25 per main meal).
2. Bay TEN Espresso
Lavender Bay (breakfast/lunch)
This is a really cool cafe right near the road exit from the Bridge, set in Lavender Bay. It’s on the cyclist route from North Sydney and it boasts a bike shop out the back but I love it for it’s hip layout and great simple menu with many different musli options. Bay Ten is easily the coolest cafe in the Lower North Shore!
3. 67 Union Street Deli
Lavender Bay (breakfast)
67 Union Street Deli is a little gem serving up a great breakfast menu! Make sure you get there early as it gets busy!
4. Moorish Blue
Lavender Bay (dinner)
Moorish Blue is an incredible Moroccan restaurant. It’s perfect for dinner, a must go to with an outdoor garden for al fresco dining!
5. La Capannina
La Capannina is an amazing,authentic Italian Restaurant run by an Italian family. Situated right by the Harbour Bridge, the location doesn’t get much better. The food on the other hand is out of this world! The pasta is homemade and you can tell because it’s incredible. Mains start from $30.
6. Stir Crazy Thai
You’ll notice there’s at least 3 Thai restaurants all within a minute’s walk of Milson’s Point Station. The question is; which one is the best? Stir Crazy Thai is the busiest because it’s the best and cheapest plus it’s BYO too! Doesn’t get much better!
7. Foys at the Royal Squadron
Foys is the new restaurant at The Royal Squadron, Sydney’s oldest sailing club. It’s recently been all decked out, contemporised with an awesome menu let alone at reasonable pricing. I was really impressed with the makeover. It was packed and seeing as my partner and I are both vegan now, we were super impressed with the vegan options. We had the baked eggplant, miso, sesame dressing, pickled mushroom w/ daikon and coriander salad ($23) and it was one of the best vegan dishes I’ve had in Sydney so far. We also ordered almond butter veggies and the chips were to die for! They have a cafe downstairs right on the water, perfect for a bottle of wine and a bite to eat. I an’t wait to go back!
8. Thelma and Louise
Neutral Bay Wharf (breakfast/lunch)
Thelma & Louise is an awesome organic cafe at Neutral Bay wharf. It’s definitely worth a visit to but get there early as it gets packed! You can even reserve a table out on the balcony for views of the harbour.
9. The Deck
The Deck is a great restaurant to sit and have lunch/dinner or you can always go to the bar and order a dessert like I did and take in the fabulous views of Sydney as it’s located right on Sydney harbour in front of Luna Park!
10. Aqua and Ripples
I’ve not been to either Aqua or Ripples which are just around the corner from each other so I’m going to put them in the same post. Ripples (also in the picture) is located right on the harbour with probably the best views in Sydney. It’s a place I’ve been meaning to go to but I have been to their other restaurant in Chowder Bay which is awesome (read here for post).
Aqua is located above Milson Point Swimming Pool which gives you incredible views of the pool and harbour. They have a set menu $69 2 courses, $89 3 courses, $110 4 courses and it’s on the posher end of the restaurant market.
Lavender Bay (lunch/dinner)
Sails is a restaurant for a special occasion. Set right on the harbour at Mcmahon’s Point Wharf, it’s far enough away from the tourists and crowds and has a really special feel about it. Expect to pay $37+ for a main meal and a 7 course degustation menu $110 per person.
12. Small Bar and Kitchen
Small Bar And Kitchen is a great little place which is quite new to Kirribilli. The beauty about this place is it’s an all rounder – perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks.
Is there anywhere I have miss out? Please let me know in the comments below!
A post on the top things to do in Kirribilli will be coming to you soon!
Thanks for reading,