Macauley's is definitely worth a visit for the friendly atmosphere, great friendly service and the best food in Coffs Harbour.
The entrance is modern and welcoming. Once inside, the restaurant is very well laid out with two outside areas in addition the the main restaurant. There is a small bar area on the left hand side. We were quickly and warmly attended to despite not having a booking and shown to a table. Unlike the majority of restaurants in Coffs Harbour the tables had crisp white linen which added that extra touch of class. The kitchen is on open show to the restaurant so you can see the food being cooked as well as the cleanliness, which was impeccable.
We were provided our menus, a cold bottle of water and red wine glasses for our BYO wine together with an explanation of the specials.
My wife ordered the pork belly entree and i had the Indian Bread with duck which was absolutely spectacular. For main I had the pasta with smoked chicken and my wife the duck. Both were cooked perfectly. One small criticism is the duck could have had more jus which would have helped but that is a personal preference. We did not have a dessert instead ordering two coffees. The total bill just crept past the $100 mark which in my opinion was excellent value for money.
They also have a gourmet pizza option for around $20 to $25 and like other reviewers have said the portions are not small so you don't have to break the bank to have a great night out.
As a comparison I had a business dinner at Quay in Sydney the night before and whilst you cant compete with the view I can say my entree at Macauleys was as good (i had the pork belly at Quay) and my main comparable to my meal at Quay (i had the boiled chicken with truffle)
The menu offered a good choice with locally sourced ingredients and was reasonably priced for the high quality and excellent service. All in all I think Macauley's is the best all round proper restaurant in Coffs Harbour (by that i mean not a cafe) Give it a try, I doubt you will be disappointed.
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