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The-box-on-the-water - The BOX on the Water, Ettalong Beach, AU-NSW

The BOX on the Water

4.4
4.4
1746 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The BOX on the Water is situated in prime position on both the Ettalong foreshore and beach. Its absolute waterfront location has panoramic views out across Broken Bay to its namesake, Box Head, and over to Sydney's northern beaches.

Architecturally designed with a stylish, modern aesthetic, The BOX on the Water restaurant, bar and beach kiosk is just an hour and a half drive from central Sydney or twenty five minutes on the passenger ferry from Palm Beach.

Both the restaurant and kiosk offer fresh, modern Australian cuisine and friendly, efficient service. Experience stylish, casual, 'fun dining' with arguably the best outlook on the Coast!

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Kiosk Daily 7:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:45 am–3:00 pm Sunset sips Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 4339 3369
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Ettalong Beach
  • Parking Details
    There is free parking bays along the foreshore next to The BOX and plenty of street parking very close.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Hot & Cold Seafood Feast (Minimum. 2 people)

    $74.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our hot & cold seafood feast ~ $148 for two people or $222 for three people. Kids menu available for children under 12 years old for $15pp. Includes: Local prawns, gin cured salmon, white anchovies, oysters, steamed black mussels, squid, garlic chilli prawns, grilled barramundi, chips & salad
  • The Box Summer Grazing Feast (min. 2 people)

    $89.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Push the boat out and experience our four course summer grazing feast, curated by owners Monique & Natasha. Our grazing feast showcases everything we love to eat this season, and includes an optional wine pairing to complement each course. Full menu available via our website.

What 1,746 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Great for scenic views

  • New South Wales

    Most Booked

  • Central Coast

    Best Overall

  • Central Coast

    Best Food

  • Central Coast

    Best Service

  • Central Coast

    Best Ambience

  • Central Coast

    Best Value

  • Central Coast

    Good for groups

  • Central Coast

    Healthy

  • Central Coast

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Central Coast

    Good for special occasions

  • Central Coast

    Lively

  • Central Coast

    Most Booked

1,746 Reviews
  1. DonaldM

    New South Wales

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and a very welcoming staff. Great views over the water and the mirrors ensure even when seated with back to water, you miss nothing! Great venue for guests from interstate or overseas. We'll be back!

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  2. GlendaD

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A 10/10 from us. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Our lunch was truly outstanding.

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  3. JillM

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Casual dining at its best. Good service and accommodating staff.. lovely location.

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  4. DonnaL

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great some was a little strange but all ok

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  5. Spiceitup

    Kent

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and feel about the place. Staff very attentive and friendly. Food good…I went for the steamed mussels..maybe a few more in the pot for the price would have been better..sauce was a little acidic. Prefer a more creamy and deep sauce but that’s a personal preference…😀 Would recommend

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  6. DavidR

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, location, staff and on tap beers, how good !!!

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  7. TaraT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot, for was really tasty, good fresh seafood. Staff were friendly. Loved that they let dogs on the tables outside.

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  8. BrianS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Most everything was good but when ordering drinks I enquired about the carbohydrate content of the “boutique beers but the waiter had no idea - I’m a type 1 diabetic

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  9. ClaireV

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked this restaurant out of the blue while on holiday in the area. It really exceeded expectations! The oysters with wasabi, citrus and fish roe are a must! Service was attentive and pleasant and the views over the bay were stunning. A little more wine knowledge from the staff would have been helpful but this did not dampen the overall experience. Thanks for a wonderful lunch!

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  10. KimW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view, great food and great service... wonderful location!

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  11. LyndalK

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Entre was lovely, I had a steak and it was over cooked and chewy in parts with grissle. For $48 I would expect more also not very much on the plate. 2 stems of broccoli and 2 small potatoes… not very impressed with that. Drinks are over priced but beautiful spot otherwise

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  12. SuzyS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seafood was delicious and beautifully prepared. We also loved the stracciatella & heirloom tomato salad. Will heartily recommend The BOX on the Water to others.

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  13. Johnny

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful valentines dinner, thank you for making is special.

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  14. JulietP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our whole experience! Was a special anniversary and we had a memorable night My husband shared dishes all delicious our favourites were the amazing mussels and garlic chilli prawns ! Service very friendly and professional! Dessert was delicious! We will return one fine day !

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  15. Inspired2Me4You

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Views and excellent food Lovely table with views out to ocean and boats sailing past. Good drinks options. We had oysters, 2 entrees ( tomato, mango and avocado salad, fries. Didn’t need mains.

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  16. CarolB

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had visitors from Sydney - we all thoroughly enjoyed the food, service was great and was very good value for money l- even had loose leaf tea. Great choice for a great night out!!!

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  17. JackJ

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience, definitely recommend and will be back again.

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  18. JamesB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A relaxed atmosphere with good food, ample portion sizes,, and an array of choices. Service was very good and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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  19. JamieB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely disappointed!!! The Food was very poor and very expensive. The only thing this restaurant has in its favour is the view. Will not be going back there again. We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and thought we’d spoil ourselves BUT never again!

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  20. JamesW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic views, great food and wonderful staff. You can't ask for much more.

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  21. CarolynL

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have always had a good meal and excellant views at the box,service ahs always been perompt.i never give 5 stars so 4 is great see you soon again

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  22. SusanG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attention to detail and friendly, relaxed but professional service. We were given the perfect table and the unhurried pace during which to enjoy the beautiful setting accompanied by lovely food.

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  23. LesT

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic experience all round. Our guests were very impressed and are already planning their next visit.

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  24. PaulW

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at this place. The service is always friendly and attentive without being too in your face. The location couldn’t be better. The food is always amazing - fresh and innovative. The two of us had the grazing feast which was great. The only small criticism is that we had to share a main and dessert. It just felt a little weird having to cut a barramundi fillet in half and pass a dessert cup back and forth. The amount of food was spot on but maybe find a way of serving these particular dishes as individual serves. Apart from this little gripe, the staff and the food come together to always make a meal here a really memorable experience.

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  25. ManeiC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish and chips were very good. However the paella, although good did not quite make the mark. Service was excellent from all wait staff. Luckily we were seated inside as there were dogs outside.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect day to dine near the water. Food was fresh and tasty. Service was great.

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  27. SamanthaS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family were visiting from overseas and came over to Ettalong from Sydney on the ferry, I booked the Box for convenience more than anything but we were all very happy with the lovely food, friendly service and the most gorgeous views. We will definitely be back!

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  28. BobS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not bad better than nothing which used to be there in years gone bye.

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  29. PaulaP

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Box on the water is a great place to eat. The food and service have been great every time we go there. The location is tops.👍

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  30. DaleH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular location, food and service. You couldn’t ask for a better experience.

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  31. ReneeB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant has a relaxed vibe and great food - especially seafood - recommend the hot and cold seafood plate for two. Cocktail list is pretty good too. Kids menu is limited.

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  32. Chrissie

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great venue, location exceptional. Food great, the service excellent nothing was a trouble & anywhere you sat there was a lovely view. Well done The Box. See you again…😊

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  33. EleanorB

    Victoria

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was very nice professional and attentive The seafood was very fresh and cold seafood came out first which was great The cocktails were great and overall ambience was very good We were not rushed at all and being a very hot day took our time We will be back a very enjoyable experience

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great friendly service. The food was brought out promptly with just the right gap between our courses. Fantastic food & we had a window seat to enjoy the great beach view as per my request when I booked online. It was our first time but it won’t be our last.

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  35. KathyP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad we found this hidden little gem 🌟 Amazing first experience- great variety of food & cocktails and also very helpful and friendly staff, Definitely recommend to everyone looking for above average dining 😍

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  36. roberts

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding location. We had the seafood platter for two. The cold seafood platter came out with a nice break in between the hot platter. It was fresh and very nicely displayed. Staff were excellent and attentive with the atmosphere nice, not boisterous and very enjoyable , looking out towards the water of Ettalong . we have dined there before and the paella was superb. Highly recommended

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  37. NicoleD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t rave about the grazing menu enough - it was delicious and good value for money. The barramundi main served with chat potatoes was the stand out for me. Gorgeous views and lovely staff. I will be back.

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  38. Wendy

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The best quality seafood, fresh & beautiful cooked. Amazing water views of Ettalong beach.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time here and once again struck by the wonderful location and fantastic service.

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  40. MurrayH

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Box is one of our favourites. We love sitting on the foot path and looking at the view.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The BOX on the Water is rated 4.4 stars by 1746 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The BOX on the Water

Ettalong Foreshore, The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, AU-NSW 2257

Additional information

  • Area
    Ettalong Beach
  • Hours of Operation
    Kiosk Daily 7:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:45 am–3:00 pm Sunset sips Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is free parking bays along the foreshore next to The BOX and plenty of street parking very close.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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