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You might not have heard of Icebergs until now, but chances are you’ve seen photos of their iconic oceanside swimming pool. And to say they have some of the best dining views in Sydney, would be an understatement!
I decided to dedicate an entire post to Icebergs Dining Room & Bar because it was one of the questions I was asked most when I was home for the holidays. “Have you been to that restaurant in Sydney with the oceanside pool? That looks awesome!” To which I would have to reply…”No, but I’ve walked past it a whole bunch! Does that count?” Haha. So, once I returned to Sydney, my goal was to finally check out the infamous Icebergs and see if it lived up to the hype.
After doing a little research it sounded like Icebergs was a good spot to go for lunch or Sunday morning brunch. They have a quite a long list of celebrities who like to lunch here while they’re in town. (Such as Oprah, Beyonce, the Kardashians, etc. I don’t believe there was anyone like that when we were there, though! Haha.)
So, I booked a table for a late lunch on Saturday. This is a busy place on the weekend, and reservations to eat here are a good idea. I had really wanted to sit at one of the outdoor tables, which I had mentioned when I booked…but the message was never relayed, and we were seated inside. After talking to the waitstaff, though, we were able to get an outdoor table. Phew!
Anyways! The views were awesome! And so worth the little extra hassle to sit outside. I loved being able to watch the surfers catch some waves while we enjoyed our lunch.
We started off by ordering a couple different types of oysters. I personally think oysters are akin to eating a giant booger. And I’ve tried them multiple times in my life and have gagged every time. However, this was the first time I actually thought they tasted pretty darn good! My husband liked them too! (Maybe it was the lemon dressing they came with?)
For our main course, I had the fish of the day and my husband had the spaghetti al nero e granchio (ink spaghetti). Both dishes were quite good. But I wouldn’t say it was the most amazing meal I’ve ever tasted in my life, nor do I think it was worth the price. However, as far as prices go, it really wasn’t all that much more expensive than any other fine dining restaurant in Sydney. (Sydney dining = stupid expensive & generally mediocre service at best, FYI. So, I usually don’t think the price is worth it when I dine out in Sydney.)
Our waitress was very nice and accommodating, though. She was patient and helpful with my husband and me as we both struggled to make decisions on our food and drinks and where we wanted to sit. Overall, it was a really nice afternoon!
So, the moral of this story is, Icebergs had absolutely incredible views, a nice waitstaff, a relaxed lunchtime atmosphere…and was quite expensive, with food that was pretty good (but not out of this world amazing). It’s really an awesome experience to have while you’re in Sydney! (Click here to see their website.)
But with that being said, you don’t have to eat at Icebergs to get some good views. You could go for a swim in the infamous oceanside pool, which will only cost you $6.50 to enter. (I’m a terrible swimmer, though.) Or you could grab a burger or fish & chips at the Bondi Icebergs Club for a casual dining experience (this is located below Icebergs dining room and is a seat yourself cafeteria style place). I’m really glad we finally had the Icebergs experience, but if I were to do it again, I would be more interested in checking out the Icebergs Club and just getting a sandwich and beer. 🙂
Had you heard of Icebergs before this post? And would you prefer to dine at the restaurant or take a dip in the pool? Let me know in the comments!
*Also, if anyone had read my previous post. My purse is now in the care of a professional cleaner, and fingers crossed the stain will come out! Oh, and I’ve decided to save my Cairns posts for next week!