The BOX on the Water
Experience fresh, modern Australian cuisine and friendly, efficient service.
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
Have been here in the past and the food has been fantastic but it has taken a step backward since then in my opinion.. just lacked a bit of finesse
everything else is just perfect and we had the best waitstaff.
Prompt service with seating and delivery of good tasty food. The waitresses were friendly and accomodating. I did request an outdoor table (online) which was not available. However, we were seated as close to the outdoors as possible. I did not check out the wine list or view the full daily menu. The breakfast menu catered for different tastes and age appropriate serving for kids under 12 years. You can drift away taking in the view-water, sun, sand and people enjoying themselves. It is a great way to unwind after the working week and catch up with friends.
Will definitely go back and suggest to others.
Wonderful location,staff and food.Would recommend for any meal.
This restaurant has many good aspects and the food is great. However, it is just unacceptable to have pigeons wandering around inside the restaurant with the staff seeming quite unconcerned. Having a pigeon suddenly appear under your table is just not on.
Enjoyed a lovely family lunch. The seafood plate was outstanding.
Setting lovely, wait staff very attentive, courteous and efficient. Unfortunately the table for four we were seated at was more suitable for two and to fit on the table the plates were bread and butter size so it was not very comfortable dining. More importantly, whilst the food was good, the portions were not generous - for example, the salt and pepper squid, which appeared to be a reasonable size serving was actually a bowl full of salad leaves with a thin layer of squid on top. It was misleading and whilst the squid was cooked beautifully, we felt there was too little for the price. There were two dishes from the menu not available, a snapper dish and chicken dish, although it was a 12:30 booking, which limited our choice somewhat.
Overall, a nice place but perhaps a little overpriced for the portions.
It was our first time at The Box, we were celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary. Everything was wonderful and we will definitely be back and would highly recommend The Box to friends and family. Thank you.
Awesome food, some of the best oysters kilpatrick and scallops I've eaten. Thank you.
Food options very poor. No vegetarian variety!!!!
amazing location, great service. Quality of the cuts of meat aren't quite up to the standard I'd expect given the cost of meals though - this is based on our last 2 visits.
Had dinner at the Box with a friend on Saturday night. I had the fish, my friend had the chicken - both were excellent. I had lemon meringue for dessert - it was amazing. Enjoyed the thunder and lightning storm through the large glass windows which overlook the beach. Wait staff were friendly and efficient. The only thing I could say was not great is the noise level - there is nothing to absorb the noise so it's very loud.
Absolutely not suitable for a friends get together...so noisy we couldn't even hear each other speak. We had ordered coffees 3 came really quickly mine didn't turn up at all. After 20 minutes i had to go and ask for it.
My Breakfast of Duck waffles and a poached egg was inedible. Waffles and bits of duck were dry. Won't bother going there again.
Great venue, yummy food & amazing outlook! Service was very good also
We loved The Box .great service food and view ...Amazing
Great view, friendly staff. Yet to be disappointed - our dining preference at Ettalong!
Fantastic food and excellent service in a beautiful beachfront location.
Excellent location, food and ambience. Love the place and will be back.
Very classy clean fresh breakfast - chef took care with food - c(leary not a moody fed up ranting chef moaning about doing breakfast for once) and made a real real hollandaise - parisian style was divine- best breakfast I have had in Australia in 18 Years. Thank you
The Box is a great little find. Amazing food. Thoroughly impressed by the service, food and cocktails.
Would recommend the baked camembert entree and the Barramundi is delicious.
Having been here several times before, we were looking forward to a weekend away and a meal at the Box. The food was great. The disappointing element were leftover patrons from the afternoon who were intoxicated from afternoon drinks, allowed to stay on in the restaurant. No, not ordering food. Treating it like a pub. Not exactly what we had in mind for a family dinner night. They were loud and had people coming and going, completely oblivious to the fact the restaurant is fine dining.
Box on the Water is a nice place to eat . The view is worth going for. The food selection is adequate.
The servings are honest and the quality is good.
I have been to the Box On The Water at Ettalong several times with different people. I have always found the food and friendly service worth recommending. It's also close to home! My friends have also been impressed... love it!!
Very enjoyable lunch, busy but staff were friendly and efficient. Will certainly go back there. Thankyou, Greg
Chose this place as my son has Coeliac Disease and the menu has GF next to a lot of meals. However, when we were ordering the waitress said that they couldn’t guarantee gluten free as chips were cooked in same oil as other food with gluten.
It was so noisy, loud music and lots of people crammed in. Not the place for a quiet, relaxing lunch enjoying the view - which is lovely.
On the above selection doesn’t give you a dinner option but I would recommend it for dinner as have gone there twice and loved it.. service fantastic, staff are amazing friendly, courtiers. Over all excellent venue with good food and fabulous staffing.
We had a lovely lunch and despite the cold wind blowing outside the staff ensured we were inside and warm. Food was lovely and good portions served. We loved the octopus, prawns and antipasto plate. The only issue for me was that it was a bit noisy - but that happens when a restaurant is popular and has great food.
Disappointing that not all food order was delivered to the table. After 45 minutes waiting for one dish, it was cancelled. 15 minutes later we were asked if we wanted to cancel that dish. And it was just fresh prawns - not something that needed cooking. Some staff need to pay more attention to the customer they are serving, instead of talking to other staff or looking at customers waiting to be seated. A thorough revisiting of customer service principles is very much needed here. Not sure we will be back.
We first discovered The Box last year when we had some cousins visiting from Brisbane and we wanted to try something new around here. My cousin is a chef and he was sooooo impressed with The Box. Everything we ordered was delicious, the service impeccable and just overall fantastic. The staff were always friendly and very attentive, and anticipated our needs even before we asked. Since then, we've spent many family occasions here. Last Friday night, we had a work farewell dinner for someone going on maternity leave. It was our first time to come for dinner and again, we were very happy with the food, the service and the ambience! The Box is definitely a big favourite for us here on the Central Coast and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for great food, perfect location and amazing service!
Had a lovely dinner with my husband the food was sensational and the service top class.
Highly recommend as a venue for any occasion
The view was amazing. The service was first class and the meals were totally delicious. We had an amazing time and we definetly come back again to taste other dishes.
We had a great night - staff were really friendly and engaged. The food is generous and delicious and the wine list has some interesting choices. Will definitely be going back.
Salmon salad special was amazing
Lovely décor and location, nice polite staff, meals overpriced for what they where. We had chowder and although nice it wasn't fabulous, bit watery and not creamy enough. We had with us a diner who had a garlic allergy although there was limited menu items they could have, there seemed to be no additional meals that they could do from scratch without garlic, the end result was that she had fresh prawns and vegetables, which had been oversalted and not exactly a restaurant quality meal for $28. Once served the waitstaff did not re appear to see if we wanted more drinks. Nice but overall disappointing.
Lovely restaurant with efficient and friendly staff. Fantastic views and ambiance and very tasty food. Highly recommended for that lunch time catch-up with friends or even just for cup of coffee and chat.
Really enjoyable food , great location and staff. I will definitely be returning and soon.
Great spot for a relaxing brunch by the water. Delicious food and good service.
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.
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.
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
Fantastic lunch with amazing service and beautiful views