Harbourside Restaurants: Three Family Friendly Favourites

best Harbourside restaurants for families

Harbourside at Darling Harbour is a venue many Sydney families visit regularly, and visitors to Sydney enjoy exploring Harbourside too. 

As well as the many shops, there are literally dozens of restaurants at Harbourside, but… beware… not all are family-friendly.

Here are three recommendations for kid-friendly Harbourside restaurants. I’ve visited them all myself and can recommend them because:

  • Children are made very welcome
  • The location!  All three are right on the waterfront with gorgeous views, and most importantly, they are directly in front of the Darling Harbour Star Of The Show Ferris Wheel
  • All three are open from early until late, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and families are welcome for a meal at any time
  • There are a wide variety of menu choices, so all the family will find a meal they will enjoy
  • Friendly staff are both welcoming and efficient in their service, no-one likes to wait a long time to be served when with kids
  • All have highchairs and kids’ menus which can be coloured in – essentials when you have little kids
  • All offer smaller meals and have options that range from economical to expensive, you can pick the budget to suit your family
  • All three restaurants have both indoor and outdoor seating
  • All offer hot and cold drinks, beers, cocktails and a wide selection of wines

I’ll put these three Harbourside restaurants in the order they suit my own family. But they are all good, and your family may well have different priorities.


Location, location, location – kids adore the Star Of The Show Ferris Wheel
Indoor and outdoor seating at Mediterranea

Mediterannea Restaurant

177 293 Harbourside Promenade, Darling Harbour

Phone:  02 9280 0706

Mediterannea Restaurant website is here

Open:  8am – 11pm, seven days a week

The best of the Mediterranean blends with Modern Australian cuisine at Mediterranea Restaurant in a burst of fresh, exuberant flavours.

The seasonal and locally-sourced produce of Sydney is ideal to use in the cuisines of Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Morocco, France and Spain. The Mediterranean diet is famous for its health benefits, of course, here served with a great emphasis on freshness and taste. 

Vegetarian wood fired pide, as fresh as fresh can be, loved the ricotta with plenty of veggies too. This filled me right up.

The menu at Mediterranea is huge with pide, pizza, and pasta on offer alongside burgers, seafood, hearty salads, fish and seafood, skewers and steaks too.  Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for.

There’s some rustic seating, complementing the modern and attractive bar, interior and kitchen areas. Mediterranea has plenty of space for strollers, if you have them, and for families to move around.

Book a table at Mediterranea on the website here.

Modern décor at Mediterranea
Love this blackboard. How fiery is that bull?

Toros Tapas and Bar

293 Harbourside Promenade, Darling Harbour

Phone: 02 9280 0706

Toros Tapas and Bar website is here

Open:  7am – late, seven days a week

Modern Australian tapas and shared plates are found at Toros, with an emphasis on bold flavours and locally-sourced seasonal produce. You will find plenty of fish and seafood options, as well as locally farmed beef, kangaroo and pork.

Toros is slap bang in front of the Star Of The Show Ferris Wheel so you can expect your darling to demand a ride before they dine. 

I choose Sizzling Chilli Prawns, scrumptious

Toros Tapas and Bar is smaller than the Waterfront and Mediterranea, and the menu is slightly smaller too, however, all the generations of the family will find something here and families are made very welcome.  There’s an 8 Course Mixed Tapas Platter that I know would work well for my mob of six.

Book a table at Toros Tapas and bar on the website here.

harbourside restaurants for families
A simple kids’ menu at Toros Tapas and Bar
Outdoor seating at Waterfront Grill

Waterfront Grill

289 Harbourside Promenade, Darling Harbour

Phone: 02 9280 4994

Waterfront Grill website is here.

Open:  8am – late, seven days a week

At Waterfront, it’s all about the grill.  Established in 2000, just before the Sydney Olympics, this much-loved local treasure is considered Darling Harbour’s best steak house. 

You’ll find fresh-from-the-farm beef, lamb and pork, with kangaroo also an option, plus fish and seafood straight from the nearby Sydney Fish Markets.

Whilst Waterfront Grill is heaven for meat lovers, vegetarians, like my beloved husband, need not panic, there are several vegetarian options too.  No-one will go hungry.  My favourite veggie option on the menu is the vegetarian burger, delightfully named ‘The Hippie.’

Book a table at Waterfront Grill on the website here.

My meal of pork ribs with spicy BBQ sauce and steakhouse chips

Tips For Family Visits To Harbourside

In all three restaurants, you’ll find both wooden and laminate tables, with no pesky white tablecloths just waiting for your kids to spill their juice over, what a relief. 

Find all the menus on the websites. When with the kids, it’s always worth checking ahead, this can save you loads of time.

Harbourside restaurants do not have their own toilets, patrons use the toilets within Harbourside Shopping Centre itself. This is worth knowing so that you never leave your run with the kids too late.


Centrepoint Tower and the Ferris Wheel, two true Sydney icons seen from Harbourside

For the adults, the views across Darling Harbour to the shimmering city landscapes make these restaurants at Harbourside truly delightful places to dine. Our city’s skyscrapers look impossibly glamourous and imposing, especially as the sun sets.

Sitting within any of these restaurants, with soft music playing, you feel a million miles away from the crowds bustling by outside. Nothing can disturb the enjoyment of a good meal, served well and with a beautiful view… except the antics of your own children, of course!


Sunset over Pyrmont Bridge and Cocklebay Wharf, with the glittering city behind

I hope that you’ve enjoyed a virtual visit to Mediterannea Restaurant, Waterfront Grill and Toros Tapas and Bar. 

Now it’s time to get along there for a family meal yourself!

Harbourside Map

 

This article was written in collaboration with Ranay Group. I visited the restaurants anonymously and paid my own way. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Posted on: November 21, 2019

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