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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 #52 of 61 Restaurants in Forster
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Forster, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Have now been 3 times in last 5 months, 1st time absolutely excellent, the second time for me, had the baked roast pork, never have I seen a roast served so beautifully they say you eat with your eyes well I sure did the third time ordered the same it was just not in the same league. For a restaurant... More

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Dorsal has one of the best waterfront views in the beautiful seaside town of Forster. On our first visit we were less than impressed at an establishment that promotes itself as Forster's only 4 star hotel. We decided to try again. We rang and booked midweek and checked on the meat options as there we few options on our... More

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Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went here on a Thursday night in August, so only a few other people. The food is good quality and the portions are generous. Not a lot of dishes to choose from but all selections are appealing. Our waiter was very friendly.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I have given this venue so many chances and I'm afraid this is it. It's such a shame that a restaurant with the best view in town,can be so poor with its service. Every time I've been it just gets worse from sour puss staff to not having enough menus for my husband and myself (we had to wait for... More

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Cronulla, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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