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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
1363 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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

  • Neighborhood

    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)

    A$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)

    A$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)

    A$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 1,363 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. AR

    AmandaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff. Will recommend to friends.
  2. j

    john

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    allacarte menu would be best or my group. everything else was OK Will return but would go more often if al lacarte
  3. SO

    SimplyOmni

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    You are always well looked after by the wait staff who offer 5 star service. Food is always amazing and cooked to perfection. Seasonal menus and a great wine list. Perfect waterfront outlook, The Box is my favourite local restaurant, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food & great location
  5. FK

    FrancisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service . Had our twins 21st there two weeks ago and had a brilliant time. Came back yesterday again 😀
  6. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  7. G

    Gilly

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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
  8. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  9. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Chilli prawns great and having a craft stout beer on tap was excellent
  10. RG

    RobinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very lovely restaurant food is delicious and good value view is spectacular. Service excellent
  11. CY

    CYNDYR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 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.
  12. CG

    CarolG

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 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.
  13. PG

    PhilG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Fabulous view too! Obviously popular. Liked the generous space between tables.
  14. G

    Gavin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 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.
  15. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, beautiful food and good service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 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.
  17. P

    Peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must do experience for anyone who loves amazing food! Highly recommended, an absolute must!!
  18. JF

    JenniferF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great location and pleasant atmosphere for a casual lunchtime catch up
  19. DF

    DebbieF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 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.
  20. BS

    BrianS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 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.
  21. S

    Sally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 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!
  22. DD

    DianneD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 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.
  23. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Magnificent views, wonderful service an delicious food.
  24. p

    pryoraid

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 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!
  25. C

    Christinev

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time having dinner here and had a good night. It was a Sunday night so nice and quiet
  26. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 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 😊
  27. RP

    ReneeP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful venue.
  28. GH

    GrahamH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, modern and innovative. The salmon is heavenly. The service was excellent.
  29. H

    Hales

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great service and atmosphere always a winner
  30. c

    cazz

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic location; relaxed ambience. We enjoyed our meal.
  31. A

    Adrian

    New South Wales

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 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.
  32. MW

    MichaelW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious seafood platter for two - well cooked with a generous selection of quality seafood. Friendly and relaxed service.
  33. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and location just great,no more needs to be said
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  35. T

    Theboys

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely location, good food and wine. The service was very good.
  36. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Food was amazing, prompt and friendly service. Best Espresso Martini
  37. BP

    BennyP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  39. PM

    PeterM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 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.
  40. JB

    JonB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding location, great food and very good value. Recommended.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 1363 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The BOX on the Water

Ettalong Foreshore The Esplanade Ettalong Beach, AU-NSW 2257

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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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