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Giovanni’s philosophy lies at the heart of the restaurant; “Food, and the hospitality associated with sharing it, is integral to the Sardinian way of Life.” It has also become integral to the way of life of the many Sydneysiders who visit Pilu at Freshwater, keen to enjoy Giovanni’s Sardinian, and regional Italian cooking.

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“A warm welcome followed by deliciousness!”

– Marianna, Northern Beaches Council

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Pilu at Freshwater hosts an array of events throughout the year and aims to highlight outstanding local authors, artists, wineries and more.  Stay up to date with our events here.

FireworksWhat's New
30 November 2023

New Year’s Eve 2023

Join us to say goodbye to the year that was 2023.  A long lunch or an early dinner before heading off to see the fireworks, we have the perfect spot…
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20 September 2023

Christmas Day Lunch 2023

Leave the cooking and cleaning to us, so you can relax and enjoy time with your family and friends this Christmas. Our Christmas lunch bookings are available at 11:30am, 12pm,…
Wedding visitors make a toastWhat's New
6 June 2023

Literary Series

Discuss books, expand your knowledge and interact with exceptional authors with our Literary Series. Each event ticket includes Prosecco or Bellini on arrival followed by a 2 course meal alongside…
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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 longstanding front of house, sommeliers and wait staff, renowned across the industry for their warmth, knowledge and experience.



At Pilu at Freshwater we cater not only for weddings, but for birthdays, christenings, client dinners, corporate presentations, book and product launches, indeed any festivity that requires great food and wine, and a special location. Our Events Specialists will work with you to create a function that is tailored to your exact requirements.

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“All our guests commented that the food was amazing, the best they have had at a wedding!”

– Bride

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2005 – 2024 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
– Awarded Two Chef’s Hats

2023 Restaurant & Catering Awards
– NSW Best Formal Italian Restaurant

2012 -2023 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
– Hall of Fame, National Winner

2022 – Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
-Best Food and Wine Matching

2022 Restaurant & Catering Awards
– Best Restauranteurs

2022 Delicious 100
-100 Most Delicious Restaurants in NSW

2009 – 2022 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
– Two Stars

2015 The Weekend Australian Magazine
– HOT 50 – HOT Classic

2011 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
– Wine List of the Year

2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
– Wine List of the Year

and more