The Shorehouse

278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne

Beachside dining in Perth

There are few settings that could offer a more quintessential Perth experience than that of The Shorehouse. Overlooking the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean and white sand of Swanbourne Beach, this waterfront restaurant has ushered in a new era of casual beachside dining.

The kind of place you would expect to see on the coastline of the Hamptons or New Orleans, The Shorehouse is a fresh-faced addition to the lesser-known Swanbourne Beach. An utterly summer venue, there is no mistaking that this place was designed with the warm Perth summer in mind and a day spent rotating between swimming and cocktails. Making the most of that stunning beachfront view, the restaurant’s design is kept simple: stark whites, clean surfaces and smatterings of lush green plants line the interior. Outside, a large expanse of deck stretches from the restaurant out towards the sand and is shaded by the venue’s iconic yellow-and-white-striped umbrellas.

The Shorehouse is a part of the Kailis Hospitality group, overseen by CEO, George Kailis. Having been involved in the Perth culinary scene for well over 25 years, he is well seasoned when it comes to catering for the local crowd.

Like the design, the food is kept fresh and fits perfectly with the surroundings. Taking much of its inspiration from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and its close proximity to the sea, the menu is a refined interpretation of modern Australian food. Open from 7am, it caters to the masses. Weekend brunches are made all the more special thanks to the breathtaking views, though the true Shorehouse experience can be found at lunch or dinner, in between swims.

After a day in the sun, an evening sipping on one of the signature Light and Crisp Gin and Tonics, made with West Winds Sabre, cucumber, orange bitters and garnished with a kaffir lime leaf, is always a good decision. A couple of drinks should lead into dinner, and here this is no imposition. Begin with an entrée of Black Kingfish Crudo with apple puree, horseradish cream and bottarga. Mains consist of dishes like Fremantle Octopus with ‘Nduja sausage, kipfler potato, confit lemon and taramasalata; or Jospered Taurindi 300g Beef Scotch Fillet with confit shallot, kipfler potato and garlic herb butter.

When it comes to drinks, you can easily continue the cocktails all night, but those who prefer to turn to wine will find well-loved local drops as well as some international bottles on the impressive list. Additionally, the team regularly places different wines ‘in focus’ – generally something boutique that you will find in few venues – and these are always worth a try.

A meal here is the perfect way to see Perth as the locals do – from the beach, cocktail in hand. The epitome of a summer hangout if there ever was one, The Shorehouse is a must for any Perth local hunting for a new watering hole or visitors eager to see the sights.

Flavours of Australia

Purchase your copy of Flavours of Australia

200 stories about the best places to eat and drink around Australia

55 signature recipes from top Aussie Chefs

Read the stories of some of Australia's most decorated chefs and rediscover some of our oldest family institutions. Recreate your favourite meals at home and relive your most memorable food experiences with signature recipes of our most coveted restaurants and identities.