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The Dorsal Restaurant & Bar

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Italian

This is no longer the Dorsal Restaurant but NOW The Sicilian. The meals are quite nice but on the expensive side. Their idea of a barman is ridiculous - could not even make a Margarita and then charged $18 for a mini glass without half the proper ingredients.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Carlie L
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Tuncurry, Australia
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Umina Beach, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location right opposite the Main Beach, fantastic food and service. Price was a little high but the quality good.

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Tuncurry, Australia
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is no longer the Dorsal Restaurant but NOW The Sicilian. The meals are quite nice but on the expensive side. Their idea of a barman is ridiculous - could not even make a Margarita and then charged $18 for a mini glass without half the proper ingredients.

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2 Thank Carlie L
Port Macquarie, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We were impressed from the moment we walked in. The service was the best we've had in a long time. There were alot of options on the menu - it was hard to decide. The food was reasonably priced and the meal size was generous. We had a wonderful night and will return next time we are in town without... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Great spot, ambulance and view. Meal was good and hot. We had great weather which helped. Thanks for the experience.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Stayed at the Dorsal on 14/10/15 after visiting relo's for dinner. Complimentary coffee voucher given upon arrival and advised breakfast started at 8am. Went down for the comp coffee at 9am to be told breakfast would not be ready for approx 1hr.

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Thank JulzT6567
forster australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We went on fathers days for lunch, so was supper busy. The service was very good. Food and drinks were spot on, enjoyable and tasty and very fresh. Will recommend this to friends and visitors to the area. What also impressed me was the tables are set far enough away from each other that you could not hear what fellow... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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348 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Please note this property is now 'The Sicilian'. The place has been refitted and now run by a different business owner.

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Thank ScambusterSZ
Forster, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is a great place to sit at and admire the lake, but you need to pick the times you go for a drink or meal as it seems to be a magnet for the younger people to come and drink and can get a little rowdy at times but sometimes its worth it just for the awesome view,.

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We dined her last weekend and the restaurant was nearly full with lots people enjoying a great night out. Many were locals. We thoroughly enjoyed our seafood and chicken risottos. The decor is good and location opposite the beach and pool is great. I would have liked to have paid a bit less but we had a good night out.

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Thank Lynne690
Forster, Australia
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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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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

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  • Cuisine: Seafood

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