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The BOX on the Water

4.4
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830 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 830 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GusS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

service was friendly and very efficient, food was tasty the paella was very good

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DarleneS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood platter was amazing ! Staff were excellent.

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NicholasT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Food not great, expected better for the price you pay.
Staff not adhering to covid protocols. (Staff observed hugging patrons then proceeding to hand out fresh cutlery To other patrons without washing hands)

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SuzanneG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was lovely, the coffee was a little bitter. The ambience was lovely. Our waiter was thoughtful and efficient

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food at the Box. One of my favourite's!

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GerardP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant restaurant for a meal. Friendly staff and good service. Good selection for the dinner menu and wine list.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and wonderful food. Good value for the quality of food

CA
CarlyA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing views. Lovely helpful staff and the food was awesome. Highly recommended!

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Davide
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location on the waterfront in Ettalong. Excellent food and service. Recommend.

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LynneB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We had a long wait for our meals even though other diners who arrived after us were served their meals. When they finally arrived after us querying where they were, they were cold. When we complained they were taken away and returned within a couple of minutes, obviously zapped in microwave. No apologies were forthcoming and when we again complained when paying the bill no discount was offered. We suggested that they should remove the price of our 2 glasses of wine, which they agreed too. Obviously there was a mix up with our order which we understand can happen but not to offer fresh meals or a discount or even an apology was very unprofessional.

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JuliaA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great restaurant in great location. Most enjoyable

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Robyn
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent location and ambience. Service was excellent with a wide selection of dishes on the menu...all good.

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CarolineA
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place with great food and excellent service. Staff were lovely and helpful with food enquires. A beautiful location. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent thanks to Grace loved the food drinks and atmosphere

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GailM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

A great location, the food is very good, the service was terrific, neither too full on or wanting in any way. We will certainly return if only for the baby squid. Yum!!!

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MaruskaC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is professional, food delicious, the restaurant pleasant except for the echoing noise from everybody talking which forces you to speak loudly.
Will be back

MC
MamaC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

every time I have been here the food has been sensational! Staff are professional & friendly. One of our favourite restaurants.

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AlishaD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious, staff were lovely, and location was great. Overall this was just what we were wanting from a nice lunch by the water.

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SHAUNAJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious, however, when my barramundi arrived on a bed of mashed potatoes, the mash was stone cold. The side of broccolini was also cold.
I did ask my plate to be re plated with hot mash, which was done easily and quickly.
We were not approached again to ask if we wanted more wine. This happened last time I went as well.

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Very average. Very disappointed with the food. Unfortunately can’t recommend

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PeterT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service Fantastic food amazing position. Cant fault The Box

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BrendaH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Had really wanted lunch but were too early.

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KathrinaK
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Great location but service was very slow and food very average for the price.
Kids meals not good value for money 8 dollars for vegemite on toast.

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BradP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was beautiful and the service by our waitress Grace was nothing short of outstanding.

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Stephen
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our lunchtime experience at the box on the water benefited from perfect spring weather. The waterside location and the perfect weather made for a 5-star experience.

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JanH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual. Good menu choices and friendly staff. The view, of course, is to die for.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot, perfect ambiance and lovely food! Friendly waiters.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service, with an amazing view.

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TamaraC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch with family celebrating my mother’s birthday. The food was delicious and the wait staff were delightful. We’ve rebooked already!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lunch there. The weather was beautiful and it was great the way the glass walls could be opened up to feel as though you were on the beach. The seafood platter was enormous and we could hardly get through it all! Great variety of seafood to try. Staff were all friendly and helpful. A really pleasant dining experience.

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explore
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning location, great menu options, great service. The only downside parking a little tricky on weekends. Highly recommend and will definitely return.

JE
JessE
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, spectacular views, reasonably priced.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food and service were good but at times music was overpowering and not necessary when people are having conversations.

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GailP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The view from The Box looking up Pittwater, past Lion Island and over towards Palm Beach and Bungan Heads along with this site being placed next to the channel leading out from Brisbane Water, is our FAV place on the Central Coast. On a sunny day, either for end of day drinks, breakfast or lunch is better than many overseas places we have visited - from the Bahamas, the Pacific Islands and North America! We are privileged to access such a venue!

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ThomasT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there. We had the grazing plate which I would jighlybrecommend.

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JuliaB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere. Excellent service and a terrific spot. We were all a lot disappointed in our meals as they weren’t what was described on the menu. The great mood though made it all ok.

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KateM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and great ambiance. Well done again Box. It has become our favorite on the Coast

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LyndallH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was fresh and accompanied by a good wine list. The barman was incredible and served us one of the best espressos I have had in a while.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Im soo glad I finally tried this place.
I brought my girls up for a birthday luncheon, and OMG! From the location (waterfront) to the decor and then the FOOD, everything was fantastic. The cocktails hit the spot. We got the winter banquet, and it's sooo much value for your $$, it was perfect for a catch-up with drinks in-between and high quality food. The seafood was so fresh, there was a wonderful variety of dishes that flowed well from dish to dish.
Its my favourite place. See y'all soon!

MG
MareeG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meal and setting were outstanding I had 2 out non local guests with me and they love it

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The BOX on the Water is rated 4.4 stars by 830 OpenTable diners.

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