Food with a view
With all that stunning coastline on the doorstep, why not enjoy a relaxing meal with shoreline views to tempt the tastebuds and soothe the soul? Eating out in Wollongong offers a side order of ocean breezes and waterside vibes when you grab a table at one it’s fantastic sea view cafes and restaurants.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite beachfront eateries perfect for every occasion. Whether you are looking for somewhere to take the kids for a casual lunch or an upscale venue for a special occasion, dining oceanside in Wollongong is a treat.
Laid back and lovely
1 Cliff Rd, Wollongong
Breezy beach vibes, great food and bright spaces make a stop at Diggies a relaxed yet enticing experience. Call in for coffee and breakfast, full brunch or just for drinks – this is a bustling beachfront venue with expansive views and plenty of choice. Given the excellent location right on the North Beach, Diggies does get busy at peak times so booking is advisable, but even without a booking the friendly servers will do their best to accommodate. Staff pride themselves on the menu which is seasonal and local, featuring seafood, grills, salads and bar snacks – all packed with fresh flavours – and even a couple of kids options. So for a laid back spot with brilliant ocean views, head for Diggies Wollongong.
85 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong
Location, location, location! It’s all about the splendid surroundings at this friendly little café which boasts one of the best views in Wollongong. Gaze out over the harbour watching the boats come and go while you enjoy a delicious coffee and the famous Yachtie’s donuts which many declare to be the best in town. This place has no airs and graces, just a few picnic benches outside and a simple menu of breakfasts and drinks, but the warm service and reliable goodies on offer make it a favourite. Locals drop in for a sunrise hot chocolate after kayak and SUP adventures, or call in with the family dog – it’s got that kind of community vibe. And the donuts, did we mention the donuts?
5 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong
Enjoy the flavours of Italy when you dine in the relaxed surroundings of the North Beach Pavillion, a heritage building dating back to the 1930s located right on the beach. For the best views on warm days, book a table on the outdoor terrace for sundowners, easy lunches or dinner accompanied by the sounds of the waves. Renowned for some of the best pizzas in Wollongong, you can expect a signature Neapolitan style base – thick and blistered at the edges, thinner and softer in the centre – and an imaginative variety of toppings. Starters and mains feature plenty of seafood options, plus there is a choice of pasta and risotto dishes, salads and desserts. A great crowd pleaser.
Dine out in style
George Hanley Dr, North Wollongong
With its wraparound windows, stylish decor and attention to detail the Lagoon Restaurant is a classy destination for fine dining with beach views, perfect for that special occasion night out. Enjoying a prime waterfront location with a spacious deck bar surrounded by parkland, this is the perfect spot to impress friends and family when you have something to celebrate. Known particularly for dazzling seafood platters and decadent desserts, the Lagoon Restaurant is one of the best places for dining with sea views in Wollongong. So gather your crowd, get your glad rags on and prepare for a top notch dining experience in Wollongong.
1 Marine Drive, Wollongong
Another fabulous destination for oceanside dining in Wollongong, Steamers enjoys an excellent spot overlooking City Beach. Decor is fun and makes a real impact with industrial touches and monochrome patterns giving it a funky edge. The menu reflects this eclectic mood, offering favourites from all over the globe from Morocco to Malaysia and back again, ensuring everyone will find something to their taste. The ‘medium plates’ concept invites sharing, what a great way to try several dishes. Favourites at Steamers include oysters, steak, sourdough and their ever tempting cocktails. Cheers!
2 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong
The vast, curving walls of glass that greet you when you step inside the Harbourfront restaurant ensure that the lovely water views can be enjoyed from most tables. Decor is understated to ensure all attention is focused on the flavours and the dazzling shoreline scenery outside. Seafood is the headline act here, though a supporting cast of meat dishes is available alongside a good selection of starters, desserts and cocktails. Tasting menus, seafood combos and oysters are popular options at this classic Wollongong fine dining institution.
So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to something lovely to eat or drink with the finest ocean views in Wollongong when you choose one of these great venues.
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