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

The BOX on the Water

4.6
4.6
1359 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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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 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)

    $69.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our hot & cold seafood feast ~ $138 for two people or $207 for three people. Kids menu available for children under 12 years old for $15pp. Includes: Local prawns, ceviche, cured salmon, pickled octopus salad, white anchovies, oysters, steamed black mussels, chilli garlic prawns, grilled market fish, chips & salad
  • A La Carte (Minimum 2 Courses)

    $59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    2 Course Menu for $59pp. and 3 Course Menu for $74pp. Kids menu available for children under 12 years old for $15pp. Full menu available via our website. Please note: A 15% surcharge applies on Public Holidays.
  • 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.

Popular dishes

What 1,359 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Scenic View

  • New South Wales

    Modern Australian

  • Central Coast

    Most Booked

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  1. FK

    FrancisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service . Had our twins 21st there two weeks ago and had a brilliant time. Came back yesterday again 😀

  2. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a beautiful afternoon with beautiful food, excellent and friendly service and a brilliant view. If you are looking for amazing food served with a smile suggest you book yourself in at the Box you won't be disappointed.

  3. G

    Gilly

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We paid $207 for a hot and cold seafood platter for 3 people. It was ok, but did not represent good value for money

  4. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here for lunch with my two sons. We had an awesome lunch! Food was great, something for everyone and we really loved the cocktails. Staff were very attentive and friendly. My favourite restaurant on the coast.

  5. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Chilli prawns great and having a craft stout beer on tap was excellent

  6. RG

    RobinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very lovely restaurant food is delicious and good value view is spectacular. Service excellent

  7. CY

    CYNDYR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Excellent location, great decor, excellent service ... food was good, but my pork belly didnt have a crispy top, it was spongy, so I was a little disapointed with that. Little on the expensive side, but we also had the 15% public hol surcharge as well ... but overall a very pleasant lunch and I would come back here again, probably in the warmer months though.

  8. CG

    CarolG

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely ambience. 3 out of 4 meals were fantastic (Beef cheeks, Jewfish special and Duck breast) 3rd (spiced pumpkin and falafel was OK but nothing special, lacked any spice. But I do like this restaurant. Cosy at night and lovely views at lunchtime.

  9. PG

    PhilG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food. Fabulous view too! Obviously popular. Liked the generous space between tables.

  10. G

    Gavin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were very happy with our visit to The BOX. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was clean and modern while retaining a casual atmosphere. We were not pushed to leave our table , even though we stayed for several hours. All in all a great experience. Only peeve were noisy dogs sitting on the table directly outside. Normally dogs are not an issue for me, and I think this was more a reflection on the selfishness of other patrons, than the management.

  11. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, beautiful food and good service.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This restaurant is within a short walk from our home so we are regular visitors. It never disappoints and has excellent choices in both the food and wine menus. The service was friendly and professional as always.

  13. P

    Peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must do experience for anyone who loves amazing food! Highly recommended, an absolute must!!

  14. JF

    JenniferF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great location and pleasant atmosphere for a casual lunchtime catch up

  15. DF

    DebbieF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    The food was great. Unfortunately we had a late booking and the service dropped off over the evening. The staff was busy closing the restaurant rather than serving.

  16. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    The food is good and generous portioned, the wine selection excellent. The service friendly and helpful. We were there on a Friday night, a little noisy, but it adds to the atmosphere.

  17. S

    Sally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated my mother's 85Th birthday at The Box and enjoyed outstanding service and food. The waiters really now the menu well and gave great recommendations on the food and beverages and went out of their way to fuss over my mum. Thank you The BOX for making my mother's birthday so special. We will be back!

  18. DD

    DianneD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were exceptional. We really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and the beautiful view. Such a relaxing lunch on a beautiful day.

  19. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Magnificent views, wonderful service an delicious food.

  20. p

    pryoraid

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superbly cooked seafood in a very chic setting. I am used to modern high end restaurants in Manhattan and this equaled that experience ; informally elegant with a staggering view. Surprisingly hidden away but worth looking for. I actually liked in more than the more expensive places in Sydney I went to. I hope to be back!

  21. C

    Christinev

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time having dinner here and had a good night. It was a Sunday night so nice and quiet

  22. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my best friend here for her Birthday and it was fantastic, the service was spot on, the food was delicious, the venue was really good & the view was spectacular, it was a great place to celebrate her Birthday, I highly recommend The Box in every way, shape & form 😊

  23. RP

    ReneeP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful venue.

  24. GH

    GrahamH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful food, modern and innovative. The salmon is heavenly. The service was excellent.

  25. H

    Hales

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food, great service and atmosphere always a winner

  26. c

    cazz

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fantastic location; relaxed ambience. We enjoyed our meal.

  27. A

    Adrian

    New South Wales

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My guest from Sydney had her first visit to TBOTW. She was most impressed. I had told her of the great venue, food and service - she agreed. Mira, Liam and other table staff were brilliant, efficient, courteous and pleasant. food and wine were great. Thank you to chef and kitchen staff and all. Dekuji, Mira.

  28. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Delicious seafood platter for two - well cooked with a generous selection of quality seafood. Friendly and relaxed service.

  29. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and location just great,no more needs to be said

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  31. T

    Theboys

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely location, good food and wine. The service was very good.

  32. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. Food was amazing, prompt and friendly service. Best Espresso Martini

  33. BP

    BennyP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food amazing service and location. It was dark so couldn’t get the full effect of the view but it was still lovely. Great to have so many gluten free options. Cocktails were good too.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  35. PM

    PeterM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always brilliant. The food and view are fantastic. The wait staff and managers are hard working and friendly. Thx for another great experience team.

  36. JB

    JonB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Outstanding location, great food and very good value. Recommended.

  37. MD

    MarilynD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated my friend’s 70th birthday & we couldn’t have chosen a better place. The food was lovely, good value & the staff were pleasant & obliging.

  38. BM

    BruceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second visit to the Box. The food was great, the service excellent but not obtrusive and the value was good. The location for this restaurant is wonderful and it is extremely popular for both locals and visitors. We will be back.

  39. JB

    JulieB

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This latest visit makes it three in total, always love coming to the Box on the water, food always lovely, service is wonderful and they give a little extra beyond what is normally expected, price is normal for this type of restaurant, and of course the view is always spectacular. Thank you once again and look forward to my next visit.

  40. MT

    MichelleT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My husband and I had the shared seafood it was very nice all good the only thing was we went on Monday public holiday there was a 15% surcharge but other than that very nice

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 4.6 stars by 1359 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 9 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–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • 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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