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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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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first meal out in Oz. Lovely location overlooking Balmoral Beach. Attentive staff. Good selection of all courses. Happy to adapt dishes to suit out individual requirements. Not the cheapest meal but well worth the money. Would go back again without any hesitation.

Thank Lesleyh409
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fine dining for lunch or dinner. Great breakfasts on weekends but prices aren't cheap. Great view, right on the water. Lovely spot. Been a few times and the service varies, needs to be better for this type of location I think.

Thank Nicole F
Mosman, Australia
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2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous setting, excellent food and service! We were there for a hens lunch and had a share plate option. The food was delicious and the presentation was excellent. Will definitely be back.

Thank amandacollin70
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a lunch with a girlfriend. Terrible smell from the toilets next door. We were moved and carried on with our lunch. Food OK. Beautiful view of Balmoral beach and the ocean pool right in front. Parking right out the front on the street.

Thank Leesa L
Queanbeyan, Australia
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Perfect location (right on the sand at Balmoral Beach); extremely good service; good wine list; superbly prepared and flavoursome food; overall good value for the standard: in short, simply excellent!

Thank GrayQueanbeyan
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Celebrated my daughters 21st breakfast morning in this divine setting. Breakfast was YUMMY and the service was great. A nice why to start her first year of being 21.

Thank Jacqi W
Middle Dural, Australia
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100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow !!! This was a wonderful venue , with a beautiful location. The food complimented the wines so well and of course visa versa. The service was outstanding. Would love to return shortly to take full advantage of the wonderfully cooked produce. It has been a while since we have visited but this has reignited our need to come back... More 

Thank Kym P
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108 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Public Dining Room is located in a truly beautiful beachside spot at Balmoral. The decor is not particularly interesting. We sat next to the glass window overlooking the beach it was a warm night and we requested the window to be opened as it was stuffy inside. The staff were efficient, not overly friendly, (which can be a good... More 

1 Thank saffronpixi
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined here on the back patio of the restaurant that faces on to Balmoral beach and jetty. We drank in the atmosphere provided by all the beachgoers enjoying their day in the sun and consumed a wonderful three course meal

Thank Wayne W
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The setting of this place is gorgeous. Turning up randomly for a late lunch after swimming we were seated at a great table. Thus endeth the good. It seems this place is relying on its location rather than bothering particularly about the food. My Wagyu 'Bolognese' risotto ($36) was about as adventurous as a kids' meal. The side of brussels... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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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