Palm Beach and surrounds Fine Dining

Treat yourself to a fine dining experience in one of the many fine dining restaurants in the area.

Barrenjoey House

Opening as a guest house when it was built in the 1920s, Barrenjoey House has long been a feature of the Palm Beach peninsula. The restaurant has been known for many years as a legendary long lunch venue, where diners can look out to the westerly setting sun over Pittwater. Barrenjoey House has recently been acquired by The Boathouse Group, who operate several other venues on the Northern Beaches, and the new-look Barrenjoey House will open in time for the summer 2018/19 season offering reservations for dinners (unlike their other walk-in casual venues The Boathouse Palm Beach and Whale Beach Kiosk). Stay tuned!

Address: 1108 Barrenjoey Road Palm Beach NSW 2108
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Bistro Boulevard

One of the longest-running restaurants in the area, this French bistro in Avalon is a popular option with locals. It was first opened in 1973 by Alain and Caroline Pointeaux, trading as Barefoot Boulevard and, since 2012, daughter Natalie and her French husband, Patrice, have been running the show, backed by 20-plus years of industry experience. They have brought a contemporary flair and a little slice of France to the beachy village of Avalon. In the cosy dining space, guests feel transported to a Parisian bistro — with wooden floorboards, French bi-fold windows, wall banquette seating and blackboard menus. The menu has a mix of classic French dishes including a twice baked goats cheese soufflé, bouillabaisse, seared venison, rib of beef for two, duck confit, fish of the day and classic grilled steak served with Café de Paris butter and French fries. Refresh with cocktails, champagne, a selection of beers, or still wines from Australia, New Zealand or France.

Open: Open for dinner, 7 nights
Ph: 02 9918 8933
Address: 40 Avalon Parade Avalon NSW 2107
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Clareville Kiosk

Set in a typical Northern Beaches classic cottage alongside a grand Frangipani tree, long-time local favourite Clareville Kiosk is all about relaxed fine dining. Set back from the water but just a short stroll to the family-friendly sands of Clareville Beach, this small and intimate restaurant delivers a leisurely fine dining experience with quality produce. Choose from a six- or three-course dining menu and, in winter, be tempted by the Sunday roasts. In the peak of summer, parking can be an issue so if you’re going for lunch, consider a taxi or Uber, or an early booking to beat the crowds.

Open: Wed-Sun Dinner
Fri, Sat, Sun Lunch
Ph: 02 9918 2727
Address: 27 Delecta Avenue Clareville Beach NSW 2107
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As the name suggests, Dunes is tucked into the northernmost stretch of Palm Beach in parkland. Though not quite surrounded by mounds of sand, you are close enough to hear the waves crashing on the foreshore and to gaze at the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse with glimpses of blue waters from both the beach and Pittwater sides of the peninsula. A casual ‘kiosk’ eatery fronts onto Governor Phillip Park – but for an indulgent, fine-dining experience, head into Dunes Restaurant which has a number of seating options depending on the weather. Dishes are a fusion between Modern Australian and Japanese with both seafood and ‘turf’ options. The Mediterranean courtyard and polished yet relaxed coastal atmosphere makes this a popular venue for leisurely group celebrations and weddings.

Open: Monday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch.
Ph: 02 9974 3332
Address: 1193 Barrenjoey Road Palm Beach NSW 2107
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Jonah’s Whale Beach

Jonah’s has been an iconic Northern Beaches dining destination since it opened in 1929. Over the years it has enjoyed visits from many celebrities including Lord Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The Good Food Guide Chef’s Hatted restaurant is truly a fine dining destination with stunning views from its elevated position overlooking Whale Beach. The extensive Australian and international wine list of more than 1,600 wines is drawn from a cellar collection of more than 11,000 bottles. Guests come from all over Sydney, some by seaplane, dressed in their finest for a day of glamorous coastal dining. Smart dress is a must and bookings are essential — get in early and be sure to ask for a window seat. Options include The Restaurant, The Terrace (with a lighter grazing menu) and The Bar. The garden is a popular place for lovebirds to pop the question — so don’t be surprised if celebratory corks are flying. If visiting in June, July, August or September, you may even spot ‘Jonah’ the whale during the Humpback migration to northern waters. We recommend a visit during the day to make the most of the magical vistas, locking away a few hours to be thoroughly indulged, and make sure your camera/phone is charged!

Open: Open daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ph: 02 9974 5599
Address: 69 Bynya Road Whale Beach NSW 2017
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Riva Bar & Kitchen

Located on a corner in Avalon’s village and shopping district, and headed by owner and chef Rishi, this modern Australian restaurant specialises in contemporary cuisine. Rishi has worked at other Sydney fine dining establishments including Berowra Waters Inn, Wildfire Sydney and Kiplings Bar. In addition to a number of main meals, there is also a ‘Street Food’ menu available all day between Wednesday and Sunday, serving lighter meals such as arancini balls, croquettes, tacos and sliders.

Open: Open Tuesday, dinner only
Wed-Sun, lunch and dinner.
Closed Mondays.
Ph: 02 9918 4007
Address: 8/57 Avalon Parade Avalon NSW 2107
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