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The Public Dining Room

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2a The Esplanade | Balmoral Beach, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
+61 2 9968 4880
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Sydney, Australia
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4,915 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are many choices in Balmoral to enjoy the beach atmosphere but for overall quality and view , this has to be the best. Our breakfast was even better having a table outside close to the water, Sydney doesn't get much better. Smoked salmon with rosti and poached eggs was excellent, on the expensive side but views like this dont... More 

Thank RonWamberal
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful view, outstanding food ,thoughtful wine list ,great knowledgeable service The perfect experience.

Thank Chris M
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I grew up in Mosman in the 80s and all the people I lunched with today brought up their families in Mosman. So it was disappointing to experience nouveau Mosman at this restaurant. We were celebrating two octogenarian's birthdays on the site of the old Balmoral baths. Told in no uncertain terms to arrive on time for our twelve midday... More 

Thank Kate C
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I came here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and Public Dining Room far exceeded our expectations. Service was incredible, our host was very attentive. As I was in the early stages of pregnancy, they were highly accommodating with the way my meals were prepared. We splurged and had three courses and could not fault any of... More 

Thank littlemacattack
Sydney, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly this is one of the best places to go in Mosman for breakfast. A great seaside spot, sure it's a little pricey but the food is great. Dinner is very romantic and the service has always been good, class act.

Thank DavidGW209
North Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautifully presented dining environment day or night, their seafood is one of the best in Sydney, plenty of parking, easy to get to, and you can enjoy a walk on Balmoral beach after a meal.

1 Thank TheWindintheWillow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Meal was very very good. I asked for a table for 4 on the window, although we were on the annexe and had a little direct sun, made no difference really. Service was very good. Anna was excellent!

Thank rupertcolly
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

If wine makes a meal an occasion then the setting, service and menu at The Public Dining Room makes the experience memorable. Bernadette was charming and attentive accomodating our nine year old twin boys with ease. Every dish was delicious. My fish of the day dish , Blue Eye Trevalla with macadamia aioli and caramelised cos lettuce was one of... More 

Thank thelanevineyard
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

It was December 21 and locals night being a Wednesday meaning it's corkage free BYO day despite being the week before Xmas and very busy. This place is our local fine diner and on this occasion our table of eight included all members of my direct family(wife and children) and partners including my daughter and partner up from Melbourne just... More 

Thank Martin T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Had my wife book Public Dining, which had previously been my favourite place for dinner and, living in Mosman, I nust have spent thousands here over the last 10 years. Table booked for 8.15. Finally had main course at 10pm. Food all fine, but staff too busy and not very attentive. Only time I saw the manager get animated was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Australian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2a The Esplanade | Balmoral Beach, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Mosman>  > Mosman
  • Neighbourhood: Mosman
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9968 4880

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mosman

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With a variety of outdoor attractions, the sophisticated harbour suburb of Mosman has something for everyone. Shoppers can stroll Military Road for its unique offering of antiques, designer labels, and hip restaurants and cafes. Nature lovers can take in spectacular bushwalks like the Taronga to Balmoral walk, while families can enjoy snorkeling in the sheltered beaches of Balmoral Beach or scuba diving at Chowder Bay. History lovers enjoy exploring the fortifications at the end of Old Fort Road in Middle Head, which date back to the 1800s. Even the exhibitionist set can find entertainment in Mosman, with several nude beaches located in the area.
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