My criteria to select this list was:
- Good food, nice space, good service.
- Well priced
- There is something memorable about it.
1. Seans Panorama
Sean’s has been on Campbell parade forever—and for good reason. Excellent food relaxed unpretentious style and it is just great. Something to suit everyone.
Décor is comfortable beach shack –relaxed, stylish, unpretentious—and perfect.
Fresh local produce goes into making each meal memorable. Restaurant chalk board changes daily reflecting what is on offer locally and it is the place to start selecting. You cannot really go wrong. Always a delight.
Seans Panorama offers an exclusively Australian wine list (Champagne the exception). If you are happy to leave it to the Chef, go for the five courses with matched wines. Desserts at Sean’s are wonderful.
Long lunch or early dinner best to enjoy the sun, the view across Campbell Parade to the beach.
Seans Panorama is a treat.
(02) 9365 4924
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi
2. North Bondi Fish
North Bondi Fish is Bondi’s Iconic seafood eatery offering fresh, creative, well prepared and beautifully presented dishes in an open space with lanterns and beachfront VIEWS.
North Bondi Fish unsurprising has excellent fish and seafood. The restaurant relies on quality produce, transformed into memorable meals and snacks. Celebrity Chef Matt Moran anchors the offering with favourites such as fish fingers; grilled snapper with asparagus, pea shoots and avocado; prawn roll; sweet potato scallops; and yellow-fin tuna ceviche. Desserts and a full drinks offering has your meal sorted!
Seating is at communal wooden benches and tables offering indoor and outside dining on the verandas.
In the words of Matt Moran, “North Bondi Fish is relaxed, it’s fun and it’s no fuss. It is the kind of place you head to for something good to eat anytime of the day, even while still in your thongs and boardies.”
120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
Totti’s is located behind The Royal hotel on Bondi Road. Totti’s has a modern indoor and outdoor fit out and is big enough to deal with Covid challenges. Totti’s operates in two spaces, the larger one of which is a big tree shaded courtyard. Inside there is also an openish kitchen with lots of natural light streaming through sunroofs that run the length of the room.
The menu here focuses on meats charcoal cooked, flatbreads, pastas, and desserts and is made for sharing and is suited to all ages.
Drinks are kept relaxed, including Italian and local favourites and organic wines, with a focus on small boutique wineries.
283 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026
4. Lola’s Level 1
Lola’s Level 1 is a Mediterranean-style diner). Lola’s sits on Campbell Parade, and the space is split across an elevated bar, dining room and balcony.
The sophisticated space includes mirrored arches and colour palette of deep blue to refer to the Mediterranean –or the magnificent views of Bondi Beach outside.
The menu includes a variety of oysters, Off the Plancha, small plates, larger plates and desserts.
The cocktail list includes Lola specific drinks as well as classics. Drinks are listed by their ingredients. The wine list is arranged around boutique Mediterranean houses, as well as bottles from usual parts of Australia.
5. The Pacific Club
Bright and cheerful bistro has perfect atmosphere for the beach (which is just across street) Pacific Club is open all day—good morning to night. The menu has something to please everyone—classics to specials. There are vegetarian options. Pacific Club offers a range of cocktails and wines. Staff are nice and helpful. There are brunch specials for groups.
182 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach, NSW, 2026
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Outdoor furniture is not what it used to be. Long gone are the rickety timber settings and faded plastic chairs. Thanks to innovations in surface development, outdoor furniture and fabrics can now be hard to distinguish from their indoor counterparts. Water, UV and mould resistant, they have been engineered to withstand weather conditions while still maintaining their good looks. With summer almost here, we’ve assembled our best 10 outdoor furniture retailers to ensure that when the sun comes out, you’re ready to enjoy your own great outdoors.
Susan and Gordon Tait started their outdoor furniture business in 1992 with a commitment to Australian designed and made outdoor furniture created to withstand local conditions. Thirty years later, they have an enviable reputation for sustainability, offsetting 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide and diverting almost a tonne of soft plastic from landfill each year, as well as continuing to manufacture out of Melbourne. Oh, and their ranges of steel and timber chairs, tables, benches and accessories have a timeless beauty and durability that makes them incredibly desirable.
Another business committed to sustainable practices, Mamagreen furniture is manufactured using materials that are either recycled or can be recycled. More than 90 percent of the teak Mamagreen uses is sourced from old buildings, with the remaining timber from managed plantations. If you’re looking for that resort feel at home, this is the place to go. In fact, their products can be found in hotels around Australia. We love the circular Begonia lounge, which is perfect for hosting friends while, for shade, you can’t go past the flexible Sombrero shade.
This Australian business headed up by Anthony Spon-Smith has been making great strides with its outdoor furniture ranges in recent years. Perhaps more than any other of the leading brands, the outdoor furniture looks and feels like the indoor equivalent, with upholstered seating (designed to get wet and dry off quickly) and chunky timber or stone-look tables and pedestals. Taking inspo from Mediterranean resorts like the French or Italian Riveras, this is one brand worth staying home for.
Founded in 2008 on an ethos of Live Life Well, Cosh Living offers a comprehensive range of products for outdoor use, from pots, tables and chairs, through to outdoor lighting, rugs, daybeds and more. With leading brands such as Manutti, Tribu, Dedon and Coast at their disposal, the look is one of relaxed sophistication, whether it’s a bean bag poolside or an oversized sofa on the deck. With such an extensive range of products, this is one company where a visit to the showroom is useful, to help coordinate your look.
Equally well known for their range of outdoor building supplies such as pavers, walling and pool surfaces, Eco Outdoor’s selection of outdoor furniture is just as popular, thanks to its focus on European styling and durability. Specifically designed for outdoor living, there’s everything from outdoor dining tables and chairs in teak, wicker or aluminium through to lounges, beanbags and umbrellas. With showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, you can drop in and assess the quality for yourself.
Whatever you need to furnish your outdoor space, chances are Satara has it. From lounge chairs and barstools to outdoor rugs and pot stands, this retailer has everything you need to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor space. With showrooms in most capital cities, you can experience the quality for yourself before making a final purchase. Designs range from classic Australian style through to contemporary Euro.
If it’s flexible outdoor furniture with modern lines you’re after, check out the range of sofas, coffee tables and dining suites from GlobeWest. Materials range from teak and aluminium to woven resin and ceramic in contemporary styles suited to a variety of architectural styles. Available direct to trade, the website also has an easy stockist search option to locate your nearest retailer.
There’s a reason why this legendary outdoor furniture supplier has been in business for more than 40 years. Known for its classic, durable outdoor furniture, Cotswold has longstanding associations with brands such as Vincent Sheppard and Fast Outdoor Lifestyle, as well as Cotswold Teak. While their loyal client base loves the classics, including Lloyd Loom and teak Adirondack chairs, this company has continued to evolve and innovate with contemporary ranges designed to stand the test of time.
It’s hard to go past Ikea for knockabout, versatile outdoor furniture that retains a sense of style. If you have an outdoor space to fill, chances are Ikea has the chair, lounge, outdoor table or accessories to fill it. We particularly love the classic moulded frame of the Skarpo chair (pictured) but could be persuaded by the highback woven Hogsten chair. For smaller spaces, the Torparo is a great shelf or mini table you can attach to the railing or fence.
This largely online furniture retailer initially sought to provide adaptable, compact furniture for the apartment market in Singapore. As it turns out, it’s a great fit for the Australian market too, as backyards and balcony spaces decrease in size. The range of dining and lounge suites is classic, with slimline armrests and legs. Colours are limited to greys and beiges but could easily be brightened up with accent cushions if that’s your style.
How do I choose the right outdoor dining setting for me?
While many of the same principles apply whether you’re dining indoors or out, the big difference is the weather. Outdoor furniture can take a beating if it is exposed to UV and rain for extended periods of time, so your choice will depend on whether your furniture will at least have some covering or will most likely be completely in the elements. Aluminium furniture can be a great option because it is lightweight and easy to move around, while teak ages to silver grey when left in the sun. If space is a factor, folding or stackable chairs can be useful.
What’s the difference between indoor lounge cushions and the ones on outdoor lounges?
Outdoor cushions are specially designed for the weather conditions, with quick dry foam inserts to allow water to drain away relatively fast. They’re also covered with UV, water and mould resistant fabrics specified for outdoor use. Sunbrella is the market leader for outdoor fabrics in Australia and uses solution dyed acrylic to create fabrics that are almost indiscernible from their indoor equivalents. Interior designers have been known to specify high quality outdoor fabrics for use in high traffic indoor spaces, such as family and rumpus rooms.
I have an outdoor space I want to furnish. Should I choose a lounge suite or a dining setting?
It’s really a lifestyle decision here. If you enjoy entertaining friends regularly, a dining setting might be the most useful option. In some homes, outdoor dining might also provide a bit more room to move, making it a great option for hosting bigger groups. However, if you already have an indoor dining setting facing onto the outdoor space, there’s not much point doubling up. An outdoor lounge can create a flexible space for casual relaxation, or somewhere to sit to enjoy coffee or drinks with friends before or after dinner.
Interior designer Thomas Hamel on where it goes wrong in so many homes.