Cuisine: Italian
Ranked: #1 of 97 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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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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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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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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Lovely dinner; a variety of dishes ordered over the 3 courses, and all were amazing. Very knowledgeable and attentive staff; excellent wine list.

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Great food Fabulous view

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Stu Lloyd

Pilu has an old world charm and an amazing view! We had a 3 course meal each and the servings are large. Our entree pasta was a little overpowering in flavour but each of our mains were perfect. A range of creative desserts were all a perfect way to finish off a great meal.

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We had an amazing time thank you to the whole team at Pilu ! From the moment you walk in the service, food and view is incredible !

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Great view, excellent food and exceptional service! Highly recommended and definitely coming back.

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Steph Paige

Great food, great view, great service!

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What an amazing experience! The food was so delicious, fantastic choice of wine and the waiters are so attentive. Will be back!! 5 stars

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Celebrated a birthday lunch and the food and service were excellent - highly recommend - Pilu didn't disappoint!

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Loray Tabletop

We had an amazing experience at Pilu on Friday for lunch. The service was exceptional and the 8 course degustation meal was to die for. The staff were very attentive - altering the menu for my but allergy without any issue at all. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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It was my first time at Pilu and it certainly did not disappoint. The location, food, service and experience was 5 star.

I would definitely recommend Pilu to all.

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Bethany Gibbins

Food was creative, delicious and amazing. Attentive staff and nice drinks. Very enjoyable evening!

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Fleur Anson

The four of us loved our dining experience. The service was excellent, friendly and helpful. The staff were experienced and at your side when you needed them but definitely not pushy at all.
Food was very well presented and of best quality, we enjoyed the presentation, lots of tasty details. Of course the atmosphere was lovely and we had a perfect blue sky day to look out on.

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Simply Fabulous

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Kit Meyer

Loved lunch. Crab salad followed by the signature snapper. The thinnest crispy oil & salt wafers and housemade ricotta to spread was divine, ate it all and now hate myself. However I didn’t really eat the chocolate dessert. Just a little taste or two. I have no self control in this restaurant.

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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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Lunch at Pilu was such a lovely experience. The food was delicious and the staff were amazing. Loved it and will be back!

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Consuelo Floris

Amazing food, every single dish was to die for.
Service great but too old school, love people with passion about wine and food and they interact a little bit more with guest ( I have not found this in pilu)

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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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Location superb. Public parking spaces though plentiful are difficult to find and quite expensive. Ambience of the restaurant appeared friendly and relaxing especially during the day. Smart casual look s the way to go.

We chose from the A’ la carte menu. Interesting choices offered. Presentation of meals delightful and tasty. Wide selection of alcoholic beverages.

Friendly and professional service from waiting staff. View looking into the sea and beach from our table was breath taking. Would definitely visit again on special occasions.

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Great long lunch with beautiful view and attentive and friendly staff.

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Glenn Start

Always a fantastic gastronomic experience

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Brent Dunphy

Amazing food in an amazing location. Not usually our style but a great experience for a birthday treat!

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Karen Wetsteyn

Superb location (overlooking Freshwater Beach), fantastic service and exquisite food. Staff were very knowledgeable about each dish and the best service I have had in Sydney. We had 3 courses and each dish was a work of art and the flavours tickled your taste buds. We were very fortunate to have a first table booking here to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday . I can't recommend highly enough-do yourself a favour- just book it!

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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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Angela Griffiths

One word. Divine.

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Not my first time here but this place never disappoints. Incredible location looking straight over Freshy beach. We had the 5 course set menu for lunch with each course being better than the one before. Then there is the staff who are all very welcoming and friendly along with being highly knowledgeable about the food and drinks on offer. Highly recommend Pilu and looking forward to our next visit already.

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Ben Fohner

Outstanding food and service. We had a beautiful table overlooking the beach and then as a thunderstorm rolled in. The service was impeccable, with great wine recommendations (especially the sparkling muscat at the end). They were also happy to swap out one dish for another when they found out we didn't like mussels. And the food was the best I've had in Sydney -- inventive and delicious.

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Jill Cohen

I love it at Pilu!! The food is sensational, service is very attentive, amazing views!! Everything is just perfect.

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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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A special place to celebrate
Fantastic views and atmosphere

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John Hiron

It was our second visit to Pilu. We chose the three-course menu, having had the eight course Degustation previously.
Impeccable service, superb food, excellent wine recommendations from the sommelier and a most relaxed dinner experience.
Definitely our favorite fine dining restaurant on the northern beaches.
We will be back!

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Absolutely fantastic experience from the moment we walked in the door. Stunning views, amazing attentive service and extraordinary food. Major highlight was the mousse dessert - presentation was awesome and flavours perfect in every way!

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