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“Consistent food and great service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bannisters

Bannisters
191 Mitchell Pde | Bannisters, Mollymook, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2539, Australia
61 2 4455 3044
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Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Mollymook
Price range: $41 - $122
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Our restaurant is a reflection of Rick's passion for seafood and the coastal lifestyle which he has enjoyed for most of his life. As he says: "nothing is so exhilarating as fresh fish, simply cooked". He believes that fresh seafood should speak for itself. While he enjoys occasional fine dining, his food is much more about what he really likes to eat: a plate of Clyde River oysters, a pot of Illawarra prawns with mayonnaise, a mound of spanner crab, a slice of blue eye or a perfectly grilled sand whiting.We like our service to be informal but observant and enjoy employing local people who may lack the total polish of fine dining restaurants, but who more than make up for it with a genuine welcome.Peter Bacon, General Manager
Sydney Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Consistent food and great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We have been Dining here now for 3 years so though I best give it a wrap. The front of house manager is breath of fresh air when you are first greeted and always remembers you. There is great attention to detail with the food and especially the seafood. One great point that I have started to notice is that it seems to be a little more casual in dress than when we first started going there and I'm only talking about the guests as the staff are always well dressed.

Well done Bannisters, see you again soon.

PS, when booking grab a table on the verandah

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Hello Dirrello,
I certainly appreciate you taking the time to review our restaurant, it’s always wonderful to hear from our regular guests.
We look forward to your next visit.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General manager
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Something Specail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The outlook from the restaurant is lovely though isolated so you have to consider the drink/driving thing. We chose all entrees as they looked so nice - freshly shucked oysters, sashimi of tuna and swordfish, seared scallops, mussels and a carpaccio of fish with a delicate passionfruit dressing. All fresh and delicious. This is a pricey place but well worth if for a special occasion. Staff were lovely and we were able to take our bottle of wine to the pool/bar area to finish. There are 2 sittings.

Visited March 2014
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Gaylegreg,
Thank you for your review of our restaurant, I am thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed the flavour and freshness of our produce. We do have a courtesy car service that is available to drop guests back to their accommodation, this way you do not need to be concerned about enjoying a few drinks with your dinner.
I do hope we have a chance to welcome you back to Bannisters.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General manager
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great food and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Bannisters many times but yet to write a review.

First up the restaurant which I have eaten at a few times now the food is spot on. Being a pommie Rick has always been very well known and I always wanted to try his cooking. Entree of lobster raviolo is amazing and I keep going back to it as my favourite. Then the fish curry is sensational especially loved the king prawns but normally too full for desert the better half forces the chocolate fondant upon me. Which is pretty special.
The staff have always been great and responsive, not having to wait agers to get another drink compared to some other restaurants we have been to lately.

The pool bar is just special. A pizza and a beer (cocktail for the lady) with that view. We met up with friends after dinner for drinks and made very welcome and even given our own room as quite a group of us had formed (called the fish bowl) again always great service never left waiting for a top up.

Overall. Great. Will keep going back as we have always loved this place. Worth the trip.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review Olisnell!
It is always wonderful to hear from our return guests and I very much appreciate you taking the time to review Bannisters.
We look forward to your next visit.
Best regards,
Peter Bacon
General manager
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Sydney, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“10/10”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

After reading many reviews about Bannisters Restaurant plus listening to several friends comments, we decided to spend a night at the hotel and also experience the restaurant. I must say we were very impressed.
1) Staff very attentive and intelligent - impressed.
2) Atmosphere - casual and elegant. The only problem is we hate listening to music in restaurants, not necessary. Luckily it was not TOO loud. The waitress did try to position us as far away as possible from the speakers.
3) Food - terrific. Bread perfect, entree - mixed seafood for two - superb and lots of it.
4) Main - again perfect and delicious.
5) Sweets - I had the most incredible lemon tart, it was to die for. Just amazing.
We will go back and hopefully enjoy another beautiful meal in a very nice atmosphere.
Also, the ricotta pancakes for breakfast were also 10/10, beautifully presented and so light.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Dear Paradise2014,
Thank you for wonderful review and for taking the time to share your experience. I am thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time with us and I do hope we have an opportunity to welcome you back soon.
Warm regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A great view and meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Attracted to Bannisters after visiting Rick Stein's restaurant in Padstow, UK so was keen to experience his restaurant in Mollymook on the NSW South Coast. Food was good value with 3 courses for $70 and a great view of the ocean sitting out on the deck. Seafood meals were innovative and delicious with staff friendly and attentive and the venue simple and elegant,

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Peter B, General Manager at Bannisters, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Dear 132Susan231,
Thank you for your wonderful review of our restaurant, I am thrilled you had such a enjoyable time with us.
Our $70 Wednesday lunches are a great way to enjoy some of Rick’s favourite dishes and make the most of the view.
I do hope we have an opportunity to welcome you back soon.
Warm regards,
Peter Bacon
General Manager
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