The BOX on the Water

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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
The BOX on the Water is situated in prime position on the newly redeveloped foreshore in Ettalong 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, contemporary aesthetic, The BOX is just an hour and a half's drive from central Sydney or twenty five minutes on the passenger ferry from Palm Beach.
Experience fresh, modern Australian cuisine and friendly, efficient service.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to The Box on the Water for date night and it was absolutely perfect. The view was excellent, the food magnificent and the waitresses were lovely. A terrific place to go on the Coast with a relaxed atmosphere and easy parking. Beautiful.

BA
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The location is first-class. The menu is interesting and provides for most tastes. Prices for lunch were up there. Ideal for a special celebration.

LR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Your staff are not very well trained reaching across in front of customers not very enthusiastic.not very friendly.Food was good a little over priced for the amount of food and such a noisy venue.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food & location. Service was fantastic. Definitely going back.

VC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seafood was delicious, the location beautiful and the service was wonderful. We had the best waiter... friendly, informative and funny.

WH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service, lovely food, excellent wine recommendation (Margan Semillon)....and easy to make and change booking.

B
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional, we had the seafood platter the potted trout was tasty and I scraped every last morsel. The mussels were perfectly matched with a red Italian sauce and the salmon expertly seasoned. We experienced great service from all staff. The pickled celery was a damn lovely suprise and the Brié from the Hunter Valley was the creamiest I’ve ever tasted!!

CC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place with great views too, food was great and reasonably priced

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service,food and the staff were all 5+star’s will be back soon 😍😍

JO
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A very pleasant evening. Excellent service and food. Only downside was that it was very noisy. Will pick a week day next time.

c
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I would recommend for a special event as the location and water views are great. The food was good but very expensive

P
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

This is usually our go to restaurant in the area but we were sadly disappointed by our last visit. We were sat next to a very noisy party of 12. The side glass doors were opened and the wind was howling. My partner lost half of her salad to the floor because of the wind which she did not mind as it was completely over seasoned with salt. My fish was overcooked. The waitress frowned at me for ordering a wine she could not pronounce. For a birthday celebration it wax a real let down.

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met up with our Sydney friend's for a 'Christmas Get-together'!!
We all enjoyed the delicious food, beautiful water views and all the
staff were so friendly and looked after us attentively.
Score out of 10, would have to say an 11.
If you haven't been there, you're missing out!!! ;)

JK
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Beautiful Day, clear skies and lovely view. Mixed bag with food to be honest. Anise flavour in the Dukka wasn't expected or liked by all 4 who tried it, the Pomegranate Molasses in the extra virgin olive oil was overpowering as well. Last year a varied and interesting cold platter that had an abundance of varied seafood, this time paid for 3 to share a Platter at $45 a head, it looked like a platter for 2, definitely feeling short changed if that was meant for 3. Faring a little better in my decision to have 3 "Small Plates" of Whitebait then Sardines and Charred Octopus which I couldn't fault. At the end of the day for some the platter would have been a light lunch time meal for 2, but in this case one of the bigger eaters had to share half a Wagyu burger to "top up" from one of our group. Wait staff were attentive and pleasant.

BD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A little noisy due to the acoustic internal structures. Perhaps some sound absorbing material may help with this. My wife's steak was a touch overdone, however it was still very good. The beef ribs were sensational. Good staff.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I went there with my mum for a birthday lunch it was lovely and the staff were friendly and the food was very good also

AH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Awesome view + incredible food - took a little while to get our drinks / had to ask a few times so could do with a couple more bar staff but great overall.

B
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent views and food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place - great staff great food and wow what a view

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious. Service was good, but not great . The menu had just changed to the summer menu . Would have liked to see a few more options for side dishes

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Six of us sat outside with the view into Ettalong Bay. Great food, good wine, especially the Yarra Valley chardonnay from Ingram wines Nice table one the shade. When the breeze became a bit chilly we sat out against the rock wall in the sun and finished our drinks. Great meal out.

LM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at The Box. The service was so friendly & fun. Our waiter Ben could not have been more professional & managed our table & all our different menu choices expertly. The food was superb & all beautifully presented. The location right on the water gave us terrific views of the beach & all the activities. I would highly recommend The Box to anyone who is seeking a great beachside experience!

LG
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Picturesque location. Great food. Professional, yet personable staff.
We were joined by friends from Sydney for brunch and they are keen to return on another occasion for lunch.
Thank you BOX.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Our group of 10 took the ferry from Palm Beach and enjoyed a pleasant 10 minute flat walk to the restaurant. The restaurant is very modern and open with fantastic water views. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food portions were generous, very tasty and well-presented. The wine prices we considered to be quite reasonable. Everyone agreed that we will return to this gem very soon.

MD
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second visit to The BOX and both times I have brought visitors from Scotland. The view and ambience are wonderful, the food was delicious and we were very well looked after by Sarah.

VE
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and location.

Food was beautiful and great portion sizes.

DA
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’d just gotten engaged and I was wanted a special place to take my new finance to help celebrate our occasion - I can’t recommend ‘the Box’ restaurant staff (including the chefs) high enough. Thank you for helping to make our day both special and memorable. We’ll definitely be dining at your restaurant, again.

TM
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The Box is a pleasant place. Food was great, but parking was atrocious, especially as it was mid-week. No dedicated carpark, and we had to walk a long way to the car. The whole place was pretty open, but we got chilly because of the breeze; but they moved us to a secluded corner, away from the breeze. So bring a jacket, and be prepared to walk. Service was very good, and so was the food.

w
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service , the staff were very friendly and attentive. Couple with the great views and handy location helped make for a memorable evening. will definitely return

GS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

Great views, good, unobtrusive service and yummy food, made for a relaxing family Sunday lunch. Definitely worth a visit

BF
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Steak was tough and fatty and was not eaten. When the female waitress came to collect the plates, she stood there in a reprimanding way as if to say, why didn’t you eat your meal? But didn’t actually ask if everything was ok. Male waiter was fine and helpful. View is lovely. A cold wind was coming in and despite us going to get our coats, the doors were not closed. Would not rush back

RY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and i found the images online appealing so made a booking. The staff were pleasant and the servings were generous and prompt. I would suggest this is a good place for dinner and be happy to go there again.

RO
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked in for Lunch online having been for a very enjoyable breakfast previously. Exceptional service and quality food. Beautiful location by the water. Could do with a few acoustic panels on the wall/ceiling to dampen out the chatter as it is difficult to hold a conversation when the room is full, but a small gripe and otherwise a perfect lazy afternoon lunch. Would have left a decent tip but out of 4 adults, none of us had any cash as these days we pay for everything with our phones!

GS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

While the Box may be great for breakfasts at night it is too noisy (just people talking but much too loudly).

Food this time was not up to previous standard and fish was not even fish and chip shop quality.

Wine was good but I guess they couldn't help that.

BS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Incredibly happy with our meals. Service was always with a smile. Wine list was good and a lovely selection of non-alcoholic drinks too.
Better for hearing-impaired people during quieter periods or when seated outside.

C
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Really poor and slow service, food could also be more flavourful.

JB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, the service, the outlook all 10 out of 10. The staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is fresh and plentiful. Just love The Box on The Water.

JA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect!!Service very friendly,food super delicious and you just can't beat that location&beautiful water views.Hope to go back soon!

AC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

For the number of customers the service was not slow but indifferent. Orders were not taken correctly . A BOX hamburger for a signature dish was very ordinary and the Waygu patty was badly treated and burnt. Not an outstanding signature dish.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely day with The Knitting Nannas. Staff were very courteous and respectful. Fantastic place. We will be back and recommending to others. Thanks