The BOX on the Water

4.2
401 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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Neighbourhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful location,staff and food.Would recommend for any meal.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely family lunch. The seafood plate was outstanding.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Awesome food, some of the best oysters kilpatrick and scallops I've eaten. Thank you.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Food options very poor. No vegetarian variety!!!!
Cocktails ordinary

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A
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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B
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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J
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

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.

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AS
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great venue, yummy food & amazing outlook! Service was very good also

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KK
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved The Box .great service food and view ...Amazing

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JH
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great view, friendly staff. Yet to be disappointed - our dining preference at Ettalong!

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KD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and excellent service in a beautiful beachfront location.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent location, food and ambience. Love the place and will be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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

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EK
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

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.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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KW
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!!

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GS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch, busy but staff were friendly and efficient. Will certainly go back there. Thankyou, Greg

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LS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

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.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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PV
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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k
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner with my husband the food was sensational and the service top class.
Highly recommend as a venue for any occasion

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CT
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Salmon salad special was amazing

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SB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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DW
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Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyable food , great location and staff. I will definitely be returning and soon.

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E
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
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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Dined on 15 September 2018
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
Dined 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
Dined 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
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic lunch with amazing service and beautiful views

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