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1 West St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
(02) 6554 8766
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 17
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  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
It's okay

There have always been vacancies here when our other choices of regional restaurants have been too busy for our liking. The décor is nice, its comfortable, indoor and outdoor settings are available, depending on the weather, The ocean views are nice, The food has always been okay, but not so much... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Murray B
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Forster, Australia
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Forster, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There have always been vacancies here when our other choices of regional restaurants have been too busy for our liking. The décor is nice, its comfortable, indoor and outdoor settings are available, depending on the weather, The ocean views are nice, The food has always been okay, but not so much value for money for our budget.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Dinner was great had it up at room the halomi salad was vey nice as was the bruschetta, I can't say that much about the margarita pizza

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Forster, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This Restaurant is no longer operating. It has been taken over by the Sicilian Restaurant in Taree. Even with the best ambiance - across the road from Forster Main Beach, and the helpful staff that served my table, it was nor sufficient for the poor standard of food that was served.

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Forster, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great Restaraunt with a fabulous view of the ocean. Food is very good, nice friendly staff and good service

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Wingham
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We had a great night here, I cannot understand bad reviews. Maybe the restaurant had changed hands or something. The place was full and all seemed happy. The only complaint I personally had was the limited , and overpriced wine list. I can't wait to go back, all things Italian, seafood and steak done perfectly..

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Failford, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The view across the beach and rock pool is stunning in any weather. Food is good in both choice and quality. Price is more than reasonable for the setting and service. Well worth taking visitors to the area there to impress them.

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Read a lot of negative reviews about this place which made me hesitant to try, but after having dinner there i couldn't understand why people didn't like it. Staff were nice, all meals had large servings, food was fresh & non greasy & price is reasonable considering you're eating at a beachfront restaurant.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was really excited to try out the new Sicillian Restaurant - I have been there twice now (one was for a staff Christmas party) on first sight, it looks beautiful - they have done a really good job on the anterior, but that's where it ends. The staff are so rude, not one waiter even gave us a smile!... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

This boutique resturaunt is on a great location in forster it's just that, the food doesn't match the whole 'boutique' style of the hotel. There is little to pick from half of the time and don't bother going if you have a vegetarian person in your family. The whole menu is either 'with grilled chicken' or 'roasted beef or pork'.... More 

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Attended a birthday dinner for a close friend on a Monday evening. Having read other reviews on here I can only conclude that we were in a different restaurant! Our waiter was attentive and pleasant, All 8 people enjoyed the food. Wine list is a bit restricted and fairly expensive and there is no option to BYO wine and pay... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 West St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Forster
  • Phone Number: (02) 6554 8766

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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