The BOX on the Water

4.3
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$41 to $100
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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!
What 721 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for family gathering, lovely views great food & close to the playground for the kids also.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is special. Amazing views and fabulous staff. The food is awesome but it comes with a “Sydney” price tag. Well worth a visit for anyone on the coast visitor or locals.

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Erin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, Friendly staff, Barramundi was crispy skinned and tasty. Was great for a table of 4 special occasion lunch.

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RossR
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous venue could be Greek Isles or anywhere on the Med.
Our waiter was first class.
Food was the perfect lunch.
Thank you.

JS
JasonS
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go there every week with friends. Amazing food and great wine. Priceless views and friendly staff.

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KerryS
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was REALLY disappointed in the new size of the pate - considerably smaller than previously and same price - may be enough of a reason to not return.

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch on Sunday with a friend from Sydney, she was very impressed with the food and friendly staff

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Damien
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely range of options for breakfast. Staff were friendly, food was fantastic.

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PaulaM
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Booked at short notice and was able to get a table, had to drive so could not indulge in the lovely cocktails that were coming out. My husband had the paella which he really enjoyed and I had the jackfruit tagine which was lovely and not too sweet.

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MirandaF
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wonderful and bubbly environment and great customer service.
My partner and I weren’t overall happy with the price of the main meals in regards to the quality of food. Was really simple and basic food, but much too overpriced.
Share platters were absolutely amazing and delicious. The couple cocktails we ordered weren’t very enjoyable at all, but I guess everyone has an acquired taste in food and beverages. Overall, it was a lovely place to dine and it being on the water was very romantic!

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NadiaT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch here - highly recommend it for great food and a lovely view

The BOX on the Water
Responded on 29 June 2020

Thanks Nadia - we really appreciate your great review. Hope to see you again soon!

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LGMetaMucil
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Restaurant looked beautiful and staff were very friendly and helpful.

However it was very loud - we were not sure whether we chose a bad night or if this is the norm, there were a couple of inconsiderate parties.

I got a steak special which was incredibly disappointing, the meat was chewy and of a quality much lower than it’s price point. My partners meal was a bit better but overall not particularly noteworthy.

The cocktails, however, were lovely.

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SMPBox
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It was our second time and we enjoyed the food and the service was very good. However as per the first time it is very noisy with the timber walls and ceiling, glass walls and concrete floors. I think the plants help but think it needs wall coverings or something. Really nice place and would be better if less noisy.

The BOX on the Water
Responded on 29 June 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed the food and service! We have installed louvred windows above the operable doors and hanging plants above to drown out the noise. However it’s very hard to sound proof with so much glass, plywood and concrete. The modern aesthetic doesn’t lend itself well to soft furnishing and the reality of the building’s window design it that it’s either all open or all closed. Come midweek if you can or on a day when you can sit outside. Thanks again for visiting.

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Hi,
Food presentation was very good.
Service was good
Ambience was excellent
When it got chilly, staff were proactive and closed the large glass door
Although the food looked good, I was worried about the freshness of some of the seafood, as I had an issue with a mussel dish I had ordered previously
My fears came true and some of the seafood made me quite ill.
This unfortunately is a reoccurring problem with this restaurant...

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Mezhay
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A very casual seafood restaurant. Not the same high standard it used to be.
Rug up as it can be quite cold if they keep the doors open during winter.

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DianneF
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a beautiful setting and the lunch (fish pie) was yummy. The staff where very professional.

The BOX on the Water
Responded on 29 June 2020

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed yourselves - come again soon!

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ElaineW
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I have eaten at The Box previously and have found the meals exceptional and good value for money, however my friend and I both ordered the battered flathead and it was not very good at all especially for the price. There was too much batter and the fish was very greasy. We were extremely disappointed.

I was also a little concerned about the social distancing in the restaurant.I did not feel that there was any evidence of any changes in the seating of guests and organisation of the tables. We also were not asked to write down our names and telephone numbers which I thought was what restaurants were supposed to adhere to at this stage of Covid.

The BOX on the Water
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Elaine, apologies that we didn’t deliver on this occasion. I will pass your feedback on to our kitchen and front of house teams. As for our COVID-19 plan, we have removed all unnecessary chairs and tables to ensure that we only seat 33 customers inside and 16 diners outside following the current guidelines. We record our guests names and phone numbers on our OpenTable account, and as you booked online, we already had your details saved. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again.

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garryw
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. We were allowed to take our special wines although corkage was charged as expected. All six diners thoroughly enjoyed their meals of which there was a variety. Shared meat and vegetable platter and drunken duck pate excellent and enough for six as an entrée. Ambience outstanding with a magnificent rainbow a bonus.
Thoroughly recommended.

The BOX on the Water
Responded on 29 June 2020

Thanks for your review of our food - glad you enjoyed it so much and hope to see you again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location and super friendly staff. Highly recommend :)

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GennieP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was yummy, coffee could have been hotter. I asked for extra hot but it was no different to everyone else’s, otherwise great.

JD
JonD
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. We both really enjoyed it. Best meal with have had in a long time

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WendyC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

If the service improves maybe. Even in the COVID-19 environment, the service was very poor and the food was over priced. Suggest a limited menu with reasonable pricing and improved table service and I would recommend this restaurant to friends. Right now, no. This experience was very disappointing. I had been to this restaurant at least 4 times previously with a good result. This time, I will think twice before booking again.

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RobM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eaten here a few times and enjoyed it yet again. The new feast menu with wine pairing Is a great addition. We will be back!

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AlisonH
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good size meals, cooked really well!

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MilesD
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service, food & wine selection was outstanding- Waiter staff were knowledgeable about the menu items & pairing wines to your selection.
The Main course steak was cooked to perfection.
Presentation was good
Conversely, The beef jus was a little thinner then I normally expect. ( Not a big issue )
The maple cooked carrots - I would of liked to have seen baby carrots braised in maple syrup instead of carrot wedges. All overall - Very happy - I’ll be back

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Mick
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch on a sunny winters day. Customer service was perfect. Enjoyed the cheese platter and some oysters Kilpatrick followed by the garlic prawns, roast pork and a winter salad. Everything was well presented and tasted wonderful. Would recommend for a special occasion.

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MichealC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice venue, lovely food and very good value.

JP
JackieP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad the Box has reopened. The food is as good as it has always been.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, nice atmosphere. Got a little noisy at one stage

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SamB
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always beautiful food with a great variety to choose from, will definitely return again soon

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BelindaI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, fabulous food and cocktails. Will definitely return soon.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the features of this small venue give it a big wow factor. Great food, service and vista. It can be a little chilly when the big doors are open, so take a cardi.

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VanessaS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mira was a fantastic hostess and looked after us very well. The burger bun was a bit stale but all other food was great!

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ElizabethW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our meal, service a bit slow taking orders however with all doors open, we were too cold. This spoilt the occasion for us.

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Cotters
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I only decided to give four stars for the food instead of five like everything else as they had run out of hash browns and mushies

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CherieK
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast and have recommended you guys to our friends. The only reason it wasn’t 5/5 for food was because my brothers in laws poached egg was cooked thru and he loves them soft - but minor detail on fabulous meals enjoyed by all :)

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CherylP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The family were glad we were back .to have family sunday breakfast at our favourite place.staff service food still excellent.

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at The Box. The service was excellent, and the food Delicious.

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BrendaH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal. Great that we can get out to restaurants again

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AngelaM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service and the waterviews spectacular. The scotch steak was on the grisly side but my other guests loved the paela aand fish n chips.

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The BOX on the Water is rated 4.3 stars by 721 OpenTable diners.

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