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Dorsal Restaurant & Bar, The

1 West St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
(02) 6554 8766
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Ranked #51 of 61 restaurants in Forster
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 5, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Cronulla, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Well after the first nightmare experience here we thought we would give them the benefit of the doubt and give them a second chance as everyone has a bad day right?!?!?! Well more fool me!!! The service has become even worse! Couldn't believe that to be possible but they managed to prove me wrong, they STILL have the same dismal,... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I'm glad I didn't take much notice of some previous reviews as if I did I would not have discovered such a wonderful restaurant. Staff were lovely and the food was exceptional. Very reasonably priced wine and the food was great. We will be back this time next year for sure. Congratulations Dorsal.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We should have followed our instincts and chosen elsewhere on this occasion. However, we had been to the Dorsal before, and wanted a special evening. Too bad it was thoroughly disappointing. When we called to reserve a 7:00pm dinner for two, we were told there was a party of 45 booked for 7:30pm, and that we should come early. However,... More

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Sydney
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Yes it was a busy Sunday morning and we were warned of a half hour wait. There were three of us. Our order was taken after about 30minutes. After 50minutes and three requests we got water, the excuse being that they didn't have any clean jugs. Then our hot drinks finally came. By this times ell under half the tables... More

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Perth, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Dorsal is opposite the beach in Forster. The outlook is fantastic, however the food lets this place down. And service, while OK, the stewardess did not know how to open a cork bottle of wine

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Service was very poor, the food was well cooked but overly complex with an unnecessary number of ingredients . There seemed to be a lack of communication between the kitchen and the floor.

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Tamworth, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This restaurant has three sittings and is excellent for dinner inside & outside dining by the sea. We had salt & pepper squid for an entree and it was a great serve but scrumptious. Then a juicy steak and Atlantic salmon. It was good service and prompt. Recommend this location! Well done to the Dorsal staff!

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Food is great, but is also enjoyable to just sit down and have a drink with the beach view. Little bit pricey but is definitely worth it. Love my visits to the Dorsal!

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Penshurst NSW Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Had lunch at the Dorsel on Monday - fabulous view on the most amazing day. Food was nice, service average. Surprised that I was going to have to pay a surcharge if I paid by Mastercard so I paid cash which I suppose was not a big deal but this is the first time I have ever been asked to... More

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Rainbow Flat, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I had heard stories that the food was not that good at the Dorsal. I went with a group of girls on Friday night and the food was yummo! Would go back tomorrow! The prawns and calamari were awesone! The view is probably one of the best in town, looking over Forster beach.

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