Restaurant Guide

Pilu at Freshwater: Restaurant review

Pilu is a lesson in how a Sardinian outpost came to define beachside dining for Sydney.


Moore Rd,
Freshwater, NSW


Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm


3-course à la carte $98
Set menus $125-$160

The sun and the sand must leave a lasting effect on the waitstaff at Pilu, such is the warmth radiating from the team. There's confidence and know-how, too. Staff reel off producers and steer through the wine list with ease – an impressive feat, considering it clocks in at over 300 bottles, of which the comprehensive selection of Sardinian wines is the beating heart. Flavours are big and bold: the signature suckling pig with apple sauce is still a knockout, even if it could use a lick more acid, and al dente malloreddus with sweet, earthy veal ragù and pecorino is as near-perfect as a bowl of pasta can be. And how about that seadas, a crisp disc of pastry filled with ricotta and sultanas with floral honey that nails the dessert trifecta of crunch, creaminess and sweetness. Some dishes could drop a portion size – the fregola, heaving with prawns, appears to never end – but it seems farcical to complain that a restaurant at this pricepoint is too generous with its food. The initiated know to nab a table by the windows, with views of sea and sky, but luckily for the rest, at Pilu the sun shines through in more ways than one.
(02) 9938 3331
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Diners Club
Giovanni Pilu & Federico Porceddu
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.