The BOX on the Water

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675 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian

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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!
What 675 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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MicK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful lunch for friends birthday. Sitting outside. The weather was perfect. The food is always excellent. The service could be a tiny bit better. Had to ask for water twice.

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HaydenH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere and staff were great!

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UrsulaK
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed a birthday lunch with some lady friends. Despite the dismal weather, the location and ambience of the restaurant was excellent – we were still able to look out over the water and enjoy the view. The service was to be commended – we were asked often how are meals were. My chilli garlic prawn entree was particularly delicious! I liked the fact that you could share small or large platters of food – I found this an affordable way to sample different menu items. I would not hesitate to go back there again, perhaps on a sunny day

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EmmaG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Read a review of The Box on the Water and drove up that night from Sydney. Just as well we booked! It was packed - obviously everyone has heard about it! But there isn't a bad seat in the house - water views regardless of where you are placed. Wonderful ambience, friendly but professional service, and a menu full of things we wanted to try. Will definitely be back. Can't wait in fact!

JB
JulieB
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We hadn't been to the Box before, but had heard a lot about it.. The position is stunning, the waitress was excellent, my cocktail and food (the special was exceptional) and generally relaxed atmosphere. It obviously gets very busy, however we didn't arrive till 2.30 so it was quieter.

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DafH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great table with great view and good food and service. Thanks

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vipLieselJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service A+ The view is uninterrupted and food was very good.

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DianeW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful location. Lovely comfortable restaurant with very pleasant and professional staff. Good variety of food on the menu and food delicious. Very small, downside - it can be quite noisy at times.

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wendyj
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We have dined at The Box on the water many times during the last 5 years. We usually meet friend who use the Ferry from Palm Beach. We are retired so dine on a weekday so that it is less busy.
We last dined on Wednesday 19th February for lunch. It was busier than our previous visits consequently very noisy as we are all retirees we found it hard to hear each other. This is due to all the hard surfaces.
The staff are friendly and professional. We normally delight in dining at Box on the water. Perhaps some soft furnishings would help.

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Laurau
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was great but our mains were very average . Steak was very undercooked and my chicken had no flavour and dry. Also serving size very small for price charged

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GarryM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good but 2 of us did not get our coffees, had to let the waiter now that our coffees never came.

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JackiR
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the beautiful location. The staff were friendly and attentive and the degustation menu was excellent

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NatalieD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent service.

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ChrissieF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

2nd time at this lovely restaurant but even though the food was excellent and the staff were courteous efficient and friendly the weather was diabolical
We arrived late due to holdups on the road
We had rung ahead so staff knew we were enroute
But there were many cancellations so only a few managed to battle the storms
Even though there were several puddles on the floor and impossible to see the spectacular view , the upbeat staff worked very hard to make sure we once again had a superb meal under difficult circumstances
Well done !!

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Henry
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We have dined many times at the box and we’re disappointed in the food this time which has never happened. It just was not up to the standard that I have enjoyed in the past. The Mains were basic and desserts especially summer pudding and chocolate tart ( which was like a brownie) where not worth the $$$$ The wait staff were lovely and helpful. Food not so.

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was great with a variety of options and serving sizes excellent. Everything was cooked perfectly.

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stephenb
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Box is ideal for any occasion and we have enjoyed lunch and dinner and every time is enjoyable and great value. Steve and Paola

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JacklynR
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had seafood platter & it was excellent very little fried food which was great ,we really enjoyed it

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TonyP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food - we had the seafood platter for two and one dessert to share - really good wine selection, always wonderful Mira. Not full so reasonably quiet.

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HelenW
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good food, great location on the water. Nice facilities.

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ElissaM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, helped to accommodate a pram, food divine. No proper baby change area.

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MarikaW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great and wonderfully presented. Only negative was the question around the amount of mustard on the burger and it was a bit dry. But other than that food was 10/10.
Service was fairly good until our food was served and then our waitress seemed to have forgotten about us - left our dirty plates until the got the bill, no offers for other drinks and/or dessert.
Ambiance was good and the views are of course always great!
I also felt that the reception could have been a bit friendlier and more welcoming.
Nonetheless would recommend to others and be back myself

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WendyW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first went to Box on the Water 2 years ago and enjoyed it so much we went back. We’re from Brisbane....otherwise we’d be there more often! 😊

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JoannaO
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had my birthday lunch there on January 25th 2020. The food was outstanding. The staff were lovely and was a hot day so all the sliding doors to the beach were open. Will definitely be back.
Cheers Joanna O'Donnell

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DamianP
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Breezy table. Food was very good in small servings.

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BrieT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waitress was great and did so well for such a large group 12 pax, was a shame that you were 2 short of the ribs, drink service very very very slow!
But like always great experience and amazing food

TM
TraceyM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Box on the Water for date night and it was absolutely perfect. The view was excellent, the food magnificent and the waitresses were lovely. A terrific place to go on the Coast with a relaxed atmosphere and easy parking. Beautiful.

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BARB
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The location is first-class. The menu is interesting and provides for most tastes. Prices for lunch were up there. Ideal for a special celebration.

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LindaR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Your staff are not very well trained reaching across in front of customers not very enthusiastic.not very friendly.Food was good a little over priced for the amount of food and such a noisy venue.

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JoJo
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food & location. Service was fantastic. Definitely going back.

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VanessaC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was delicious, the location beautiful and the service was wonderful. We had the best waiter... friendly, informative and funny.

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WayneH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great service, lovely food, excellent wine recommendation (Margan Semillon)....and easy to make and change booking.

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sheilaB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional, we had the seafood platter the potted trout was tasty and I scraped every last morsel. The mussels were perfectly matched with a red Italian sauce and the salmon expertly seasoned. We experienced great service from all staff. The pickled celery was a damn lovely suprise and the Brié from the Hunter Valley was the creamiest I’ve ever tasted!!

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CraigC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with great views too, food was great and reasonably priced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service,food and the staff were all 5+star’s will be back soon 😍😍

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JudithO
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very pleasant evening. Excellent service and food. Only downside was that it was very noisy. Will pick a week day next time.

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craigh
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend for a special event as the location and water views are great. The food was good but very expensive

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Pipalley
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is usually our go to restaurant in the area but we were sadly disappointed by our last visit. We were sat next to a very noisy party of 12. The side glass doors were opened and the wind was howling. My partner lost half of her salad to the floor because of the wind which she did not mind as it was completely over seasoned with salt. My fish was overcooked. The waitress frowned at me for ordering a wine she could not pronounce. For a birthday celebration it wax a real let down.

JM
JanM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with our Sydney friend's for a 'Christmas Get-together'!!
We all enjoyed the delicious food, beautiful water views and all the
staff were so friendly and looked after us attentively.
Score out of 10, would have to say an 11.
If you haven't been there, you're missing out!!! ;)

JK
JohnK
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful Day, clear skies and lovely view. Mixed bag with food to be honest. Anise flavour in the Dukka wasn't expected or liked by all 4 who tried it, the Pomegranate Molasses in the extra virgin olive oil was overpowering as well. Last year a varied and interesting cold platter that had an abundance of varied seafood, this time paid for 3 to share a Platter at $45 a head, it looked like a platter for 2, definitely feeling short changed if that was meant for 3. Faring a little better in my decision to have 3 "Small Plates" of Whitebait then Sardines and Charred Octopus which I couldn't fault. At the end of the day for some the platter would have been a light lunch time meal for 2, but in this case one of the bigger eaters had to share half a Wagyu burger to "top up" from one of our group. Wait staff were attentive and pleasant.

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