Long lunches are a luxury that most delight in, and few say no to. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a nice excuse for an indulgent Sunday sesh, there are plenty of amazing spots to sit, drink, eat and relax in the Eastern suburbs. As an added plus, some even have gorgeous views of the water!
Hot tip: Keep these truly to die for spots in mind for Mother’s Day (it’s on the 13th of May, in case you weren’t aware!).
Lucio’s – Paddington
Lucio’s is a place that will warm your core the moment you walk in the door. This restaurant defines the joy of what a family-run restaurant can be and you will be spoilt from start to finish. There is a reason they have been awarded Two Chef Hats time and time again.
Opened in 1983, Lucio Galletto has manned the floor and has been the heart and soul of the restaurant ever since. With his whole family involved, and a whole bunch of other dedicated and passionate staff, it’s a truly lovely environment to dine in.
Not to mention the floor to ceiling art. With pieces from many art industry greats on the walls, it’s like a lovely day out at the gallery with some of the most delicious food you’ve tasted in quite some time in tow.
Icebergs – Bondi
If you don’t know Icebergs, you’ve either been hiding under a rock or are just bracing yourself for a loving surprise!
The view alone is enough to head to Icebergs but the clean finishes, light, bright and open space and some very lovely staff will help you settle into a long lunch in no time. The food is top notch, the wine list is extensive and delicious and, if you like cocktails, the bar staff hit them out of the park.
Catalina – Rose Bay
Perched (literally) on the water a Rose Bay, this Sydney gem is the ultimate long lunch spot. Catalina has both indoor and outdoor spaces so all will be happy and very much satisfied. Put it this way, it’s fine dining with one of the best views in Sydney. What’s to fault?
Eat fantastic food with great service, delish wine and views of all the harbour happenings … your lunch plans are sorted.
North Bondi Fish – Bondi
The freshest of fresh seafood done in the best way – simply. With a view over Bondi Beach and the ocean out to whoever knows where North Bondi Fish is a lovely spot to enjoy Sydney at its finest. The menu also includes so great non-seafood dishes but this is very much a spot best suited to those that love the sea and all that it provides.
Three Blue Ducks – Bronte
One word. Yum. Three Blue Ducks have proven the yum in so many spades that they now have a restaurant in Rosebery, Byron Bay and a soon to be on in Brisbane. If that’s not a reason to visit, perhaps to palate to plate mentality, amazing flavour and a seriously enticing and impressive menu will help. It’s chill, not froofy or fancy, but definitely top of its class. The menu constantly changes so you know that you’re getting the best of the fresh and it shows that they like to experiment. Share or order your own, they are open to whatever floats your duck.
Some of our other favourites include Hotel Centennial in Paddington, Sean’s Panaroma in Bondi, Bistro Moncur or Chiswick in Woollahra and for a more beachy, relaxed vibe, Coogee Pavilion or Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.
A lovely lush lunch is sure to help everyone feel full of fabulous food, wine, fun, love and celebrated with the best company.
And don’t forget, when you are delightfully stuffed full of delicious food and are quickly lapsing into a food coma, QT Bondi is the perfect spot to land and sleep it off. If Mother’s Day is your jam, QT Sydney is also holding a lavish affair so check it out.
words by emily carstairs
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