The BOX on the Water

4.4
959 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!

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 959 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kaarinm
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The bathrooms were horrible there had been no cleaning in between lunch and dinner service and because they are unisex absolutely unacceptable.

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FionaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, atmosphere & location. We will be back!

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Hales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I love sharing our local Box restaurant with friends visiting from out of town
Modern Australian dining excellence- the service and staff are professional and friendly

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PeterB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We had fish and chips. The fish was probably shark, but priced as flathead. Pretty tasteless, while the batter was a bit on the soggy side. The chips were no better than average ... we have done better at home with frozen chips.
However, the dessert ... Eton mess .... was good: tasty, cold, good mix of flavours.
For a minutes drive it wasn't worth the journey.

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sylvia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my son’s birthday - waitress went above and beyond to cater for his multiple allergies, which made the dining experience very relaxing. Food was delicious-lamb ribs was highlight. Would definitely go back next time we visit the area.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great family get together & loved it all! Amazing location. We dine here often & will continue to do so.

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HelenH
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Delicious food, good servings and lovely cocktails. Service was good, just very slow to take orders. Great location. We’ll be coming back again.

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Stacey
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was superb. Location and views superb.

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KimN
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I chose the schnitzel and I think I would have preferred one that was more traditional eg gravy etc bit otherwise service was great and outlook exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the pleasure of celebrating my son’s 21st here. The staff were very helpful and the quality of food didn’t disappoint. Always enjoy going here for dinner. Highly recommended

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Annette
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location and view, great food and lovely staff!

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Flick
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

We had a fantastic table inside with lovely views. Multiple items in the menu were unavailable- food and wine. Initial drinks took ages and then came in drinks and drabs. We had to follow up multiple times to get everyone’s drinks delivered.

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GlendaS
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Box never disappoints. We have eaten here many times and we have had the best experience. Great food, great service and great views. Outstanding.

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DeirdreO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an excellent fish and chips here, the quality is always consistently very good. The wine is good quality so it does add to the cost of the meal and that’s probably why we don't come as often as we would like to. The service is excellent and you can bring guests knowing that you are going to get an excellent product with beautiful views!

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food, service and view of the beach was amazing! We sat outside, it was lovely and the restaurant has a very modern interior. The cocktails were great too. It was nice to see that the tables were distanced due to Covid and that all staff were wearing masks and disinfecting where necessary.

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ArnelS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a great lunch date with my wife, happy with experience

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EmilyL
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service. Good social distancing tables. Our family had enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast with great waterfront view.

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JulieR
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary. The service and food were exellent and the general atmosphere was relaxing.

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UrsulaK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A lovely well priced waterfront venue with uninterrupted views of the beach. My 3 friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our seafood meals and the attentive service of our friendly waitress. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a special place to dine.

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely setting and relaxed atmosphere. Great selection on the menu and excellent seafood!

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The box was the perfect place to spend our anniversary - delicious food, impeccable service and stunning water views. Would definitely recommend!

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FrederiqueT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant brunch.
Beautiful view,
service was great

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The restaurant, view and service were great. The food however was extremely disappointing.

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ROBERTD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Ok, it’s a set menu for NYE but very surprised that the steak could only be provided medium rare, especially as there was only a handful of diners at the early time we booked. It couldn’t have stayed in the pan for 1 more minute?? The ‘cauliflower steak’ sounded interesting on the menu, but the only description offered by the waitress was “it’s the middle of a cauliflower, cooked like a steak” (medium rare then I assumed..). No supplementary information seemed necessary. I was expecting to be told how the Chef turns this most boring part of a boring vegetable into a sublime treat that would not disappoint, but it was not to be. We went for the fish which was excellent. Overall, very nice food in a lovely setting by the water and we like eating here very much, but we’ve been let down a couple of times now by the service which always used to be perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We could only get an 8pm booking, which was fine actually. However, when we got there the guy at the door wasn't much interested in serving us. When we sat and the waitress attended to us it was 820pm when we were first told that the kitchen closes at 830pm, so had to rush. Would have been nice if the guy at the door had mentioned that, or anything at all really. But other than that, waitress service was wonderful and food was good. Barramundi was overly smothered in a very overpowering sauce. When that same guy asked if everything was ok when I paid, we mentiined the Barramundi issue- and he didn't care and said oh they must have put too much on. Oh well whatever

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MaryD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitstaff were so accommodating, and the food was fantastic!! Great value, perfect for a long catchup with the girls or family

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Paris
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Antipasto platter was horrible- bread was stale, whole plate was pickled vegetables so not enjoyable as little variety. Stuffed zucchini flowers empty as overcooked, Mexican dish was flavorless. Very disappointed as was looking forward to a nice dinner at a more upmarket restaurant on the coast. Service was great though!

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MareeG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Meal was great was a large group with small children in close proximity to us which made it a little difficult for conversation

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AlanB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

More like a cafe than a restaurant. Disappointing menu. Was expecting better. Service & setting was great.

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Chris
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice food, good view, decent service. Quite pricey.

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Tango
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Super spot ..great food, ambience and friendly, efficient staff ...never disappoints

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service.
The Wagyu was brilliant and the Chorizo oysters Kilpatrick were excellent.
Great cocktail and wine selection.
Very friendly and efficient staff.

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foodie
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, location and service!! It was just too loud unfortunately which could be due to the size of the space etc but overall was great!

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I was there with my husband for my birthday and was seated next to a very loud party of twelve was not good, food was rushed we felt pushed out the door.

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MegH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience1

I have been wanting to go for a while and was so disappointed. It was so loud we could not hear ourselves talk. I eat out a lot and the noise level was unbearable and due to this I will not return again. Food was good, service average. I went to ARC the night before and completely different positive experience. Ambience let you down, I didn't feel comfortable in this space due to the noise mainly. Sorry for this review, however I was expecting more.

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TonyP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location, great food, well cooked and presented, friendly and thoughtful service; easy to eat too much.

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RhondaW
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a wonderful lunch and view. Seafood platter is to the for!

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AliciaR
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing loved it all! Would recommend to all my friends.

FAQs

The BOX on the Water is rated 4.4 stars by 959 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.