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Pilu At Freshwater

On The Beach, Moore Road, Freshwater, Warringah, New South Wales 2096, Australia
(02) 9938 3331
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Ranked #1 of 9 restaurants in Freshwater
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Wamberal
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1,848 reviews 1,848 reviews
1,057 restaurant reviews
580 helpful votes 580 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Had been many times for dinner but first time for lunch - work normally gets in the way but it is really more enjoyable in the daytime appreciating the beachside atmosphere. We were actually enticed by the newsletter with the special lunch offer of 2 courses for $49 but the specific choices were not that interesting. Settled on the shared... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Easy parking is just the beginning--but so different compared to many other restaurants. Then there is the fabulous view, overlooking Freshwater surf beach. Service is impeccable, unobtrusive, relaxed, and friendly. The menu was fine, and the meals chosen, excellent.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The week after we visited Pilu, I found out that my credit card had been charged twice. I called staff at Pilu to let them know, and asked them to reverse the transaction. The following day, they called me back and said that their bank had made a mistake and had ordered a reversal, if my credit card did not... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Was there at the beginning of january with my family. We had the 5 Course Degustation Menu and were fascinated. I am a chef of fine dining too, so i can definitely tell what is good technique, craft and products! Had a chat to the headchef later and talked about his classical sardinian cuisine. Nice Interior. Plus there is a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

For myself and my wife Pilu is the winner of simplicity and excellent Italian food. I've been 3 time and always choose the set menu with matching wine. The sommelier is very professional and knowledgeable sommelier. Travelling in Italy I lear how simplicity pay you back if you have an excellent product how Pilu does! What about the view when... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Thanks from my wife and I to all at Pilu for making Christmnas lunch one of our best ever restaurant experiences. Table position and view great (staff selected a table for me when I rang - I hadn't been before), very friendly and expert staff, food outstanding. The sommelier was very pleasant, talked very informatively and recommended a Diano Suber... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Pilau has nice views of the sea and very good service but the food was variable. The main of sucking pig was the only decent dish. Our 1st dishes contained seafood, one, scampi, was very undercooked and bland while the other with calamari was tough. Desserts of salted gelato was awful and ricotta in pastry was bland. Skip the wine... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Pilu is definately the place to be seen if you want it known that you do not flinch at $300 for 2 persons for your dinner bill. Location is quaint and charming, however upon arrival, having not been before, we were placed furthest back from any view even tho there were tables not reserved with much better views?? (PR was... More

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Beijing, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

On a recent visit to Sydney I booked Pilu at short notice for a special family dinner seeking a decent Italian meal. Upon arrival at their lovely sea-side location (a little late to be able to confirm any view) I discovered a wine list with 9 vintages of Sassicaia, 5 of Tignanello and 5 pages of wines from Sardinia! The... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

a glass of white wine for 23 dollars? a desert for 18 dollars? ok, the view is fantastic and the service is very good, very friendly. but the food is not good enough to compensate for the excessive costs. we had a very good starter, salami, olives, truffled ricotta. this was simple and wonderful. however, the ravioli with sage etc.... More

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