Pilu at Freshwater
  • End of Moore Rd,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9938 3331 ,
  • Lunch Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm;

    dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


Pilu at Freshwater

There are worse places to put a Sardinian restaurant than by the sea, and Pilu is close enough that the waves almost lap at its feet. The interior might be moreHouse & GardenthanLa Grande Bellezza, but sprightly staff and impeccable sourcing keep the focus on freshness. The restaurant is justly famous for its wine list, a kind of mash note to the island that calls vermentino home. The sommelier steers through it ably, even lovingly, and fine wines can be had without dire fiscal consequences. There are three menus on the weekend: a dégustation, a tradizionale and an innovativo. But supple octopus in a paprika crust with a potato and parsley cake, and tagliolini with Moreton Bay bug, bottarga and cherry tomatoes manage to be both traditional and innovative at the same time. Seafood might seem the natural choice with the deep-blue view out the window, but the roast suckling pig remains the island's (literally) golden exemplar.

You might also like:

Bang, Sydney restaurant review

Panache could be a watchword for Bang, Surry Hills’ first fo...

A Guide to Sydney

Take a personal tour of some of Sydney’s more flavoursome hi...

At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Mon-Fri 2 courses $75, 3 courses $90;

    Sat-Sun 3 courses $95

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Giovanni Pilu


Bar Lourinha

Melbourne, VIC
Turning 10 has added spring to Bar Lourinha's step. Not that this perennially crowded fav...


Melbourne, VIC
Descending the stairs to Ezard feels as though you're travelling back in time. Not too fa...


Hobart, TAS
Smolt is the Volvo of Hobart restaurants: always reliable, without making a fuss. Secure ...

Da Noi

Melbourne, VIC
First-timers should know a couple of things about Da Noi. First, there's no menu. Second,...


Brisbane, QLD
Esquire isn't a restaurant for everyone. Control freaks, for instance, won't like letting...

1889 Enoteca

Brisbane, QLD
There's no better place in Brisbane to enjoy regional classics and seek out exciting, low...

Press Food & Wine

Adelaide, SA
Occupying a former printing house, Press specialises in meat hot off the wood-fired grill...


Melbourne, VIC
Is there a restaurateur that better understands Melbourne's eating and drinking habits th...