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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


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.

What's New
18 August 2022

Father’s Day Lunch 2022

Join us to celebrate dad's this year with a delicious 4 course menu, $145 per person.  Children's 3 course menu $60 per child. Due to the nature of this menu…
Literary SeriesWhat's NewSpecial Event
15 August 2022

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…
Tyrrell'sWhat's NewSpecial Event
15 August 2022

Tyrrell’s Wine Dinner

Explore the exceptional Hunter Valley wines from Tyrrell's.  One of the longest standing wineries of the Hunter Valley, Tyrrell's produces some of Australia's best expressions of varietals such as Semillon,…
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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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2022 – Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
-Best Food and Wine Matching

2005 – 2022 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
– Awarded Two Chef’s Hats

2022 Delicious 100
-100 Most Delicious Restaurants in NSW

2012 -2022 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
– Hall of Fame, National Winner

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