The BOX on the Water

4.2
365 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Lunch everyday 12 pm - 3 pm
Dinner Thurs to Mon 6 - 9 pm
Breakfast Sat & Sun only 8 - 11am
Sunset sips Fri, Sat & Sun 3 - 6 pm
Kiosk everyday 7 - 4 pm
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Phone number
(02) 4339 3369
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 365 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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E
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a relaxing brunch by the water. Delicious food and good service.

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JR
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5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow, what a great breakfast experience! I usually play it safe and get smashed avo or poached eggs but I saw Salmon Gravlax on the menu. I had to try it and it did not disappoint. It is a dish my Swedish Dad would love. I can remember back in the 70’s Dad being chastised in Ettalong for speaking Swedish on the street to a friend. Ettalong… you have come a long way.

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SH
1 review
5.0Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect setting, delicious food, fantastic staff and service. Went for lunch so we had a great view over the water. The food was excellent and the wine list had something for all tastes. Will most definitely be back next time I visit.

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SJ
1 review
5.0Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great place for dinner - awesome food, great service, right on the water. Never disappointed by a visit to The Box when we come to Ettalong - the food is so nice, and the wait staff really are an asset. Sat and watched the thunderstorms out to sea on Friday night - just beautiful. Highly recommended

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AL
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5.0Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic lunch with amazing service and beautiful views

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MJ
1 review
2.0Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food was edible, view was nice but that was about it. Wouldn't return.

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s
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5.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have always been fans of The Box - both the restaurant and kiosk. Lately, you have raised your game. The food was always very good but it has been excellent during our past two visits. It seem so lighter and healthier...and we love it! We can’t wait to return. Way to keep step with the times.

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C
1 review
5.0Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful views, excellent service and most of all we did not have to wait for our food for a long time. Cheers to all the staff. We'll definitely dine there again.

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FP
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5.0Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Angus Scotch Fillet was perfect and cooked exactly how i like a well done steak...absolute 10/10

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GP
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fabulous evening food was amazing and some items should be added to your summer menu. Thanks for a wonderful night

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DM
1 review
4.0Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful views and great, friendly service. Loved the vibe.

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A
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5.0Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to please, the food, service, atmosphere all outstanding. Great cocktails & wine list as well. Love this place.

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DA
1 review
3.0Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We chose this restaurant because of it's water view and proximity to Mantra. The seafood chowder was about 3/10 and the other 2 meals about average. Not overly special, friendly or value for money. They could do so much better for a restaurant with their unique aspect and customer base.

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JB
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3.0Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Well situated with great water views. The staff were attentative. Food was good but annoyingly, the chips with our seafood platter were very oily and looked like they had been fried in old oil. Not exactly cheap and could be better value with some small modifications.

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EJ
1 review
5.0Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place the view the service just great .we will be back again

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OB
7 reviews
4.0Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Only 1.5 hour drive north of Sydney, Box on the Water is the perfect getaway dining option for Sydneysiders wishing to escape the city for the perfect meal on the water or day trip to the Central Coast to take visitors. Excellent wine list with by the glass options to match courses (and the $15 children's meal is excellent value).

It is literally a "box" overlooking Ettalong Beach with the restaurant offering contemporary dining with a wonderful seasonal menu right on the foreshore. It's classy and sophisticated but not pretentious so you can turn up in "smart casual" or in your shorts. Perfect spot for a lazy Sunday lunch or for dinner watching day turning to night.

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GB
1 review
5.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have never been disappointed with food or service Value for money

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NY
1 review
5.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing, professional services and tasty food

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JH
1 review
3.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Saturday lunch. They tried to fit far too many tables in!

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AH
1 review
4.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was fantastic, I think his name was Ben. He was polite, helpful and made our lunch even more special. The food was excellent quality and the Gruner Veltliner was very enjoyable. A great restaurant for celebrating with friends and family.

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G
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5.0Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic venue, one of the best view on the Coast, right on the water. Food is always great and staff is very friendly. Outside area also accepts dogs, which make it a great stopover if you walk your furry friend on the beautiful Ettalong waterfront

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j
1 review
4.0Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

WENT FOR LUNCH IN THIS FAB LOCATION ON THE WATERFRONT.BIT WINDY SO SAT AT WINDOW TABLE INSIDE . MODERN NICE ROOM ,FRIENDLY STAFF. HAD 3 SHARING PLATES ALL EXCELLENT BOTTLE OF CLARE VALLEY REISLING AND TASTY DESSERT. SO GOOD BOOKED FOR DINNER THE FOLLOWING NIGHT,WHICH WE AGAIN ENJOYED.

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RB
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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, lovely meal, scenic venue. Perfect for either a romantic dinner or small occasion.

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LS
1 review
5.0Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed out third visit. Our friends were new to The Box but are keen to return with overseas visitors. The quality of the food is excellent and the service was outstanding. Looking forward to our next visit.

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MB
1 review
5.0Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service was wonderful... Not rushed and man what a view!

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MA
1 review
4.0Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The only problem is finding the restaurant. You have to drive around and eventually ring the restaurant for help. Unfortunately, the staff are not able to tell you how to find it either. There is no street number in the address and there is no sign out the front with the restaurant name. When ringing to find you, the staff do not know the street number. The only advice the staff could give was that it is close to The Mantra. We found out much much later that The Mantra is the big white building with the sign Ettalong Diggers Club !!!!!!!!!
A beautiful spot once we found it and great good and ambience.

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A
1 review
3.0Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great location & ambiance, but you pay for that!! Food servings were small, but well presented.

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MS
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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

locals night was great value! food was fabulous and the service was great! highly recommend!

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B
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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was my fifths time at the Box Restaurant and I was never disappointed. Friendly team, good food at great value and millions dollars view.

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SI
2 reviews
4.0Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love The Box. We prefer to sit outside because it can get pretty noisy and it echoes inside when the glass doors are closed, making it difficult to have a conversation. The food, service and location is spot on and can't be faulted. The only thing I found curious was the placement of the outdoor tables directly behind their large pot plants. This placement means you have to lean around the plant to see that glorious view, whereas swapping the tables with the outdoor heaters and placing them between the potplants would provide a clear view. Perhaps it was just an oversite on this particular day as I don't recall it being a problem previously.

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NM
1 review
5.0Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service and awesome views. Highly recommend

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s
1 review
3.0Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The amount served was VERY small.3 pieces raviolli for $20. Not as good as it has been. Next birthday we will probably go elsewhere.

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CB
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3.0Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch for my husband's birthday. Just two of us. We shared. The antipasto was delicious. The prawn ravioli was disappointing. It didn't feel hot enough, my husband didn't like the pasta and the sauce was disappointing. I guess I've been watching too much Master Chef and was disappointed in the sauce. The fish and chips were the same as you get anywhere. Not a very big portion. the wines were good.

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RS
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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not regularly a tipper per se but our waiter deserved one big time so ..... anyway this was a birthday party of 4, food was superb as in innovative fresh and excellent - can't beat the setting - I would travel from Sydney for this experience ... and did I mention the view? What a setting - this restaurant deserves to thrive!!!

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E
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3.0Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Quite pleasant and the food was quite good. Three of us had the fish and chips and all thought the batter was too heavy and gluggy. Salmon was fine. Service was pleasant enough and the location is good.

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HT
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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

very happy with the service being that we had 2 boisterous toddlers with us, the waiter was very helpful and patient, thankyou

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CA
1 review
3.0Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great food but not much variety and small main meal servings

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration with my kids and lovely

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K
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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love this place, have been twice now and always great food. I will go back again soon

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EM
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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, wonderful views , all the staff were really attentive but not intrusive

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