Cuisine: Italian
Ranked: #1 of 115 restaurants in Sydney

A path from the beach leads through the garden to the beach house.

From the moment you set foot inside Pilu at Freshwater, Giovanni, Marilyn and their team ensure that your experience at Pilu is a memorable one.

Each guest is welcomed like a returning friend. Giovanni’s passion for Sardinian, and regional Italian food, and his acclaimed cooking; is matched by the award-winning service delivered by Pilu’s long-standing front of house, sommeliers and wait staff, renowned across the industry for their warmth, knowledge and experience.

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Pilu at Freshwater
'On the Beach' End of Moore Road
Freshwater, Manly 2096

Open Hours:
Tue-Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sun:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Phone: 02 9938 3331
Website: www.pilu.com.au

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Ranked: #1 of 115 restaurants in Sydney 1
Pilu at Freshwater
Cuisine: Italian

Reviews

My Husband and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at Pilu, the taster menu was amazing, the service excellent and all in a wonderful surrounding. The care the team took to tell us about your dishes and the choice of wine made the experience very special. Thank you Pilu we will dine with you again.

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Pietro Rondon

It was really good. I chose this place for my wedding anniversary dinner. The food is great, the staff is friendly and the view is astonishing.

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What an amazing experience. We have wanted to go to Pilu for years and it did not disappoint. The food was absolutely spectacular, the wine perfectly matched, the ambience delightful and the service incredible. Could not have had a better experience. Highly recommend.

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My hubby and I took the day off for my birthday and went to Pilu for lunch. We can’t fault the view, service or food. The staff are so attentive and friendly and even Giovanni comes out and serves a few courses and chats to the tables which adds a personal touch. We had the oysters and some nibbles then decided on the 5 course menu. We spent 3.5 hours enjoying each course with some great sparkling wine and rosé. Highly recommended and definitely going back again!!

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Kris Digneneng

We had an excellent time dining at Pilu for my partner’s birthday. The service is very thoughtful and the food exceeded our expectations. We’d definitely go back!

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This was truly amazing. The staff were so helpful and diligent. The food was amazing and we had a fantastic time.

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Just incredible. Outstanding service and amazing food. Love the attention to detail

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JJ Black

First-timer to Pilu and the experience was superb. Service was exceptional. We opted for the five course degustation and they were divine. Eating the course were like eating works of art. Having the first table offer was a very nice bonus. An experience I'll be remembering for a while.

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The dining experience at Pilu was superb. Their starter homemade crisp bread with rosemary and with ricotta, honey and truffle was absolutely divine. The entree was delicious - cured wagyu pieces layed perfectly on the plate and for their main, I had the suckling pig with crackling, which was cooked to perfection. The meat was super tender. My hubby had the vegetable ravioli entree and the chicken for the main. He said the chicken dish was bursting with flavour with each bite. For our desserts we both ordered the chocolate and peanut parfait. That was just heaven served on a plate. It wasn't too sweet and it was the perfect serving size to end your dining experience.

Besides the food, the views of sunset are amazing and the cosy intimate set up of the place is very charming. Perfect experience for our first table booking.

Will be back again that's sure.

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Karen Stockton

Amazing food, thoughtful, sufficient, delicious. Service was warm, friendly, above what is normally found in restaurants. I asked about a spice, waitress went to the kitchen and the chef sent out the jar with instructions how to use it. View was wonderful overlooking Freshwater Beach. Would highly recommend this restaurant, Pilu @ Freshwater!

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Rebecca George

P - Paradise location
I - Ingenious delicious menu
L - Lovable professional staff
U - Unique Sardinian experience - will definitely be back

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Had a wonderful time, Giovanni and his team once again impressed with friendly superb service service, amazing food always surprising us with new tastes, great way to celebrate an anniversary. Taste buds are tingling already for our next visit.

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Jess Aisha

My mum and I came to Pilu to celebrate and we had an absolutely wonderful time. The meals are a pure delight to the taste buds as well as your eye. They were complimented with a sparkling from Italy which was simply beautiful. The staff were very attentive and the location cannot be topped as we looked out on the ocean while dining. If in Sydney, this experience should not be missed. <3

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Missy Evelyn

Thank you for making our night so enjoyable. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and and staff made a fantastic effort to ensure we enjoyed ourselves.

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Sherille Sullivan

Absolutely wonderful and delicious dining experience as you would expect from the 2 star Michelin rated restaurant. The menu and combinations of ingredients tantalised our taste buds. We loved every part of the package with attentive and friendly service, quality wines and magnificent location. It was a privilege to eat there.

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Hannah Roberts

Such a great experience! We were treated just like any other customer there, and honestly got the best table in the house. Awesome experience and amazing food. Would definitely go there again and would recommend to anyone.

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Caroline Yang

Everything was perfect there. Love the food and staff are all friendly. I had a wonderful time at Pilu at Freshwater. I am so glad I live close by, so I can go back again and again.

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Had a lovely experience at Pilu enjoying beautiful food with a beautiful view! The service was very attentive and we were really taken care of while we were there. Looking forward to going back.

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Remy Leonard

Immaculate is the only word to describe this restaurant. Each aspect as good as the next. From the drop dead gorgeous views, pristine table settings, enthusiastic and extremely attentive waiter to the absolutely beautifully crafted menu. Each and every dish - just jaw dropping. My mum thoroughly enjoyed her 50th Birthday lunch. Can’t recommend more.

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This was a delightful experience. The knowledge of our ‘waiter’ James (he was really a lot more than that) regarding the food and wines to match was so informative, and I love eating food that I’ve never eaten elsewhere, such as pheasant that was so delicate and tasty, and a desert of Sardinian pastry. I could go on, but just go and see and eat for yourselves, you won’t be sorry!

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Mark Liddell

Surf conditions were delightful. 1-2 feet with a slight off shore breeze. We then hit Pilu and began with the rock oysters. They were smoked and someone added thyme - no mistake. Next, she had the mussels and I had braised duck (with truffles - snap). All of our senses were in a state of pure delight that was to be somehow heightened with the main <>. We couldn’t not have dessert so chestnut mousse and roast peanut parfait had their way. Service was delightful and we’ll be back for more.

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Suzanne Lucas

Wow...what a night! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 course degustation menu with matching wines. Both food and wines were delicious. The service was excellent. We felt very well attended too including the extra little delight of a mini birthday cake for me as a surprise. Would definitely go back again, possibly in the warmer months to appreciate the view.

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Jill Bunting

We had the best time at Pilu! From the moment we sat down at our table the service was spectacular! We loved chatting with the sommelier when selecting our bottle of wine to share during our 7 course meal. Every course was perfectly presented and the waitstaff were just fantastic the entire night. Attentive, but not disruptive. What a treat to have snagged one of the coveted nights from First Table to dine at Pilu.

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Lindsey Williams

If Giovanni Pilu brings your Primi to the table himself and stays for a chat - how much better can dinner at Pilu get? The staff are - to a man and woman - consummate professionals, carefully chosen, highly trained and clearly love their job. From the warmest welcome to clear and knowledgeable explanations of menu items or specific wines, we felt it was personal. Our three courses were exquisitely presented, bursting with flair and flavour and delivered with pride. Absolutely top marks for everything, we love you Giovanni and all your team, thank you!

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Yheimy Davison

We had a fantastic evening dining at Pilu, the food was amazing! Every single dish we had was delicious and the wine list is very impressive! So it’s the beer menu, we were promptly seated when arriving and were given what I think was the best table in the house. The most amazing view, even with the rain. It was very romantic and the staff were so attentive. Great service, amazing food, stunning views! 10 out of 10.

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Liv Paris

Hands down, this was the most beautiful meal I've ever had. The service was impeccable, the food to die for, and the wine (2 different bottles) was incredible. We tried each of the main meals, the sides and three of the desserts. I couldn't fault any of it. We took family out to celebrate a recent engagement, and we all left blissed out. Thank you Pilu!

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Leanne Tester

The food was amazing, so fresh and tasty and also beautiful on the plate. The peach and red wine mousse was standout. Perfect location with beautiful views and attentive staff.

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One of our favourite restaurants. Our entire evening was impeccable. Every dish was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious in terms of the flavours and textures. Service was perfect and the wine recommendation spot on. Add the beautiful views and lovely cocktails and you end up with an absolutely perfect evening.

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Jean Kim

Great food and view as always.

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My Husband and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at Pilu, the taster menu was amazing, the service excellent and all in a wonderful surrounding. The care the team took to tell us about your dishes and the choice of wine made the experience very special. Thank you Pilu we will dine with you again.

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Mia Leach

Amazing food, service and views! Loved it

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Jeremy Woo

Amazing food and service. Faultless

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Fabulous food table and service

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Darren Thomas

The vista, panoramic, the cuisine divine. Pilu is a restaurant for big occasions with big,bold flavours and did I mention the view? Arguably the best view of the best beach in Australia. The 3 course lunch menu had more than enough choices to challenge and tantalise any connoisseurs taste buds. This is the very definition of a power lunch. Million dollar deals completed with the million dollar views.

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Pietro Rondon

It was really good. I chose this place for my wedding anniversary dinner. The food is great, the staff is friendly and the view is astonishing.

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Always wonderful food n service.
Really enjoyable.

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Service was great and tentative. View was magnificent. food was devine but a bit salty, could be our tastebuds.

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My wife and I had a wonderful time celebrating my 40th birthday over a long lunch. The staff were amazing tending to our needs whilst remaining conscious of providing enough space and time to relax and soak in the atmosphere. All in all it was a splendid day out.

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Annie Sang

Lovely staff, have a great working knowledge of the produce and history of the region. Thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Sardinian food and enjoying the taste too of course

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Lunch at Pilu is a memorable experience.Firstly it is the beautiful view,then the ambience of the restaurant itself; then the faultless service, both knowledgable and friendly, and lastly the food and wine.What a wonderful couple of hours.

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The location, staff and food were all exceptional!

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What an amazing experience. We have wanted to go to Pilu for years and it did not disappoint. The food was absolutely spectacular, the wine perfectly matched, the ambience delightful and the service incredible. Could not have had a better experience. Highly recommend.

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My hubby and I took the day off for my birthday and went to Pilu for lunch. We can’t fault the view, service or food. The staff are so attentive and friendly and even Giovanni comes out and serves a few courses and chats to the tables which adds a personal touch. We had the oysters and some nibbles then decided on the 5 course menu. We spent 3.5 hours enjoying each course with some great sparkling wine and rosé. Highly recommended and definitely going back again!!

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Kris Digneneng

We had an excellent time dining at Pilu for my partner’s birthday. The service is very thoughtful and the food exceeded our expectations. We’d definitely go back!

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This was truly amazing. The staff were so helpful and diligent. The food was amazing and we had a fantastic time.

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This was the first time that we've been to Pilu and on the whole is was a really nice experience but the one thing that they say about dessert is that it's critical to get it right otherwise that is the memory that you're left with.

We had the 8 course degustation but got an extra two sweet things so 4 things from the pastry chef. The cheese course came with walnut bread and when I flipped the bread over it looked like it was completely covered in mould that had been toasted along with the bread. I asked the waiter and he agreed that it didn't look right. Rather than replace the whole dish (the bread had been sitting on other ingredients) the waiter took the bread back and then eventually a new piece of bread appeared. I flipped that over and again it looked moulded. The waiter hadn't told me that it wasn't mould the first time so I can only assume that it was.

On top of the mouldy bread my wife also got a fine pastry dish with lemon curd but that pastry disc was completely burnt. The waiter suggested that it was meant to taste like passion fruit in terms of being a bit bitter but this was completely burnt and left a burnt taste in your mouth long after you left the restaurant. The waiter apologised in a manor that suggested that it's impossible to provide feedback to the kitchen because they are really arrogant.

Even aside from those two mistakes/issues, the dessert courses (cheese course, pastry course, chocolates and then a final pastry course) were not befitting of the savoury courses.

A shame because it started so well and the service was generally excellent.

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From the moment we arrived at Pilu it was an exceptional experience. The beautiful entrance way led us up to the restaurant where we were given the best table in the house overlooking the beach! For about an hour we were the only ones even at the restaurant, till it started filling up at around 7pm. Made First Table even more valuable because it felt like we were the only two people in the world! The oysters were delicious and every seafood dish we had was scrumptious.
The only slightly negative comment I'd have was I'd have loved to see more dessert selections on the menu!
Thanks for a lovely evening Pilu!!

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Simon Ralph

I went to Pilu when it first opened many years ago and a few times in between.
Having eaten there again last night I thought I must commend them on another great experience.
Service was great and the food, delicious!
We will be back.

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Beautiful view, fantastic food we had five course degustation with wine pairing - perfect pairing of wine with the food, excellent service, made my husbands birthday - thank you Pilu we will be back!

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Carolina Reis

Gorgeous food and service! Highly recommend!

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Just incredible. Outstanding service and amazing food. Love the attention to detail

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I went for a lunch with my mother in-law. She can’t hear very well and being at Pilu was just perfect. We were able to have a conversation without raising our voices. We had a lovely time, the view is amazing, staff even better! Thank you.

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Marcelo Moreira

We had an awesome night at Pilu, It was my mother 70th birthday and I mentioned that on the confirmation email. The restaurant gave us a beautiful table by the window. Up on arrival we were offered some drinks and they gave you a basket of delicious Sardine bread with Ricotta, We decide to have the 3 course menu. The food was amazing! Everything that we had did taste delicious and all the recommendations gave by the waiter were spot on. You must try the Pork and Chicken for mains. The Pineapple merengue for desert it's delicious. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and you can stay there for hours, The service was outstanding. Everyone knew what they doing and always there to help you. I'm looking forward to go back very soon.

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Outstanding food quality and service, must try the 'Threads of God' pasta!

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Delicious food, excellent service, lovely ambience. Will be back.

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Meal commenced with gusto, levelled off with mains, sides underwhelming but retrieve situation finishing on a high with quality sweets. Service excelled throughout, discrete yet attentive. View never beaten- Wow

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Fantastic experience as always.

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David Hellier

Fantastic experience thanks to the team at Pilu. Will definitely be dining here again.

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JJ Black

First-timer to Pilu and the experience was superb. Service was exceptional. We opted for the five course degustation and they were divine. Eating the course were like eating works of art. Having the first table offer was a very nice bonus. An experience I'll be remembering for a while.

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Jemma Marshall

Beautiful restaurant, we were given the best table by the window and had a stunning view over the beach. The service was great and the food was delicious. Well worth a visit.

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Top notch experience from the greeting on arrival to the coats & good byes. Excellent food & class service. Deserves being a hatted restaurant.

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Colin Simms

Food and service were impeccable. We had the 5 course degustation and were educated on each course as part of the 5 star service. Our courses were served over a 2hr period which gave us a chance to take in the ambience and the view. Pilu isn’t just about the delectable food; it’s also about the experience. Tip - free parking is sometimes available opposite the park.

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Excellent service and meal. Love this place.

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Everything was great, the food, the service and the entire experience!!

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Fabulous dinner! Highly recommend :-)

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Nice view , friendly staff and great service

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Took friends from Brisbane to Pilu for lunch yesterday what a wonderful time we all had exceptional service, food and view our friends were most impressed. Giovanni and his staff never fail to impress.

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Marilou David

Excellent

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Lou Lou

Perfect in every way.

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Excellent. From the food to the service, we were made to feel extra special the entire time. Pilu is a really special treat!!

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The dining experience at Pilu was superb. Their starter homemade crisp bread with rosemary and with ricotta, honey and truffle was absolutely divine. The entree was delicious - cured wagyu pieces layed perfectly on the plate and for their main, I had the suckling pig with crackling, which was cooked to perfection. The meat was super tender. My hubby had the vegetable ravioli entree and the chicken for the main. He said the chicken dish was bursting with flavour with each bite. For our desserts we both ordered the chocolate and peanut parfait. That was just heaven served on a plate. It wasn't too sweet and it was the perfect serving size to end your dining experience.

Besides the food, the views of sunset are amazing and the cosy intimate set up of the place is very charming. Perfect experience for our first table booking.

Will be back again that's sure.

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perfect!

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,5star food 5 star service and a view to die for

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Antonella Beconi

Excellent. We’ll be back!

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Eilish Kelly

Amazing view and amazing food! This is my second time at pilu! I would recommend the 5 course meal instead of the 8 course! Favourite dishes were the snapper, carpaccio, squid ink pasta, venison and rice pudding dessert. Such good value when you book with first table!!

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SUZANNE CALVERT

Everything went perfectly. We arrived at 12 noon and were seated in the enclosed veranda at a table with a glorious view of the beach. Service was excellent. A fantastic menu to choose from. The stars for us were the Lamb broth Ravioli and the Suckling Pig and Kingfish. The Mullet- definitely an acquired taste and the Pistachio Semifreddo- well let’s just say, it was interesting!

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Pete Snowdon

Excellent food and service- easily one of my favourite restaurants. Will definitely be coming back

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Food was fantastic and the service could not be faulted. A lovely dining experience with a sensational view as well. Will definitely come back.

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