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Cottage Point Inn
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Cuisines: French, Australian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Cottage Point Inn began its life as a boat house, general store and post office for the river community. Over the last two decades, the Inn has been transformed from a pleasant bistro in a stunning setting to its current fine dining form focused on showcasing the best Australian produce with Head Chef Guillaume Zika's French influence.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Amazing Surprise!”
Reviewed November 2, 2010

Booked for us as part of a side-trip. Taking a Sea Plane was incredible in itself. Landing in the water and having a major lunch at Cottage Point Inn was icing on any cake.

Service was outstanding, food was outstanding, view was outstanding, everything was outstanding.

A must if you've got the time and want a memorable experience!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A special meal at a special place”
Reviewed June 20, 2010

We booked one night of accommodation at Cottage Point Inn, with a three course meal and seaplane flights included through Sydney Seaplanes for a special surprise on my partner's birthday.
The staff at Cottage Point Inn were helpful and well informed which was particularly evident at dinner where they have a good sized and very complex menu.
The meal itself was delicious and perfectly presented. Given the richness of the dishes we were worried about getting too full but the portion sizes are sensible which allowed us to feel indulgent without exploding. The menu is heavy on seafood but having had a vegetarian entree and venison (one of the day's specials) for main, as well as sampling my partner's excellent salmon entree and duck main, I can vouch for the chef's ability to do a great job with all food groups. Our dessert was also sensational. My warm savarin was probably on the large side, but nothing but death could have kept me from finishing it and the chef had prepared a plate of various chocolate treats for my choc-a-holic boyfriend as a special birthday treat and every element was perfect.
Friendly, approachable and well-informed service was very much appreciated, as was the relaxed and efficient timing of the courses.
For anyone looking to make a total night of it, the accommodation upstairs is comfortable, clean and spacious with lots of details (some board games, dvsd and good books on hand) that would make it great if you were staying even longer.
Of course, the location speaks for itself - a beautiful spot on the Hawkesbury with not a lot to distract you other than the postcard view and friendly kookaburras (although there's a surprising amount of water and air traffic around, but nothing it's a charming change from city traffic!).
Flying in on the seaplane is more than an efficient way to get to a fairly remote location - it's an experience all to itself. Not only do you feel like a rock star, but seeing Sydney and the coastline up to the Hawkesbury from such an elegant aircraft is a real treat.
For two people, the Sydney Seaplane overnight and dinner package cost around $1200 and was worth every cent. I imagine the meal we had (including modest wine) would have come in at around $300 for two.

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“One of the best restaurant experiences I ever had”
Reviewed April 8, 2010

Arriving by seaplane straight to the restaurant, settling down for a pre-drink and then going for a taster menu (absolutely recommended) with matching wine sitting outside, front rowe, in the sunshine (a bit hot but nice), while overlooking over the water... It was an amazing experience. The service was excellent, the food was inventive and very well composed = wonderful tasting experience. The wine was well matched to go with each course and it was not too much but the right amount to keep you from falling of your seat. To say it was the best restaurant experiences of my life sounds like I'm exaggerating but I cannot think of a better way to spend a lazy afternoon in good company. The sea plane was a great touch (although don't book the combination of seaplane and food, cancel the food that comes in the combination deal and do the taster menu, although it's more expensive, it's well worth it!).

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“what a lovely spot! I got in from a seaplane and everything was perfect, the food, the service, especially the peaceful...”
Reviewed September 27, 2008

what a lovely spot! I got in from a seaplane and everything was perfect, the food, the service, especially the peaceful views make this a most romantic place.

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“There are not many better ways to spend an afternoon than to roll up to this place for some great wine and food. Very...”
Reviewed March 23, 2008

There are not many better ways to spend an afternoon than to roll up to this place for some great wine and food. Very special experience.

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