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“Bland, overpriced, burnt!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Swansea RSL Club

Swansea RSL Club
Cnr Bridge Street | & Chalmers Street, Swansea, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales 2281, Australia
+61 2 4971 1329
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Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Swansea
Cuisines: Brasserie
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Description: Giving you daily blackboard specials, as well as freshly cooked to order meals, you will definitely find something appetising to fill you up, such as: sandwiches, burgers, seafood's, steaks, salads and pastas. Or just relax with a delicious cake completed with a widespread variety of coffees.
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“Bland, overpriced, burnt!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We dined here on our first night in Swansea as the lady at the visitor centre talked highly of the meals they served. She also said that it's "not like your typical RSL" so, we gave it a go. We ate at the bistro end of the RSL and my first thought was how plain and bland it was. It was as if they set up chairs and tables in the middle of a white community hall. We also weren't greeted upon entering. We proceeded to the counter where we ordered out meal and didn't even score a smile from the waitress. We were the only diners at the time and so, the only plus is that our meals came reasonbly quick - within 20-30 mins. Our garlic bread had been microwaved, you can tell by the texture of the bread. My husband's parmi was topped with canned diced tomato, and my steak was burnt!! I usually don't mind my steak well done but not when it tastes like charcoal! The steamed veg on my plate had black 'charcoaly' oil and bits on it. And it was hard and gritty. It was very overpriced for the quality poor quality. 28 buck for the steak and 24 bucks for the parmi - you'd usually get a decent feed for that price anywhere else. Sadly, not so in this particular occasion. Very very disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Lake Munmorah N.SW.
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Friendly Club”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We eat here fairly often, as Bistro is open all day. Staff are always friendly & helpful.The food is acceptable, & most dishes reasonably priced, they have 3 seniors meals at $9 & a seafood night with 3 dishes under $11,excellent value & delicious! The wines are a little pricey for a Club!
Best to go in the daytime as the view is great!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good view, good food, family friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Not very big but there's dinning room for smokers, good food, standard clubs priced menu. While we expect excellent seafood, it is just average. Steak is nice. The Pork Rib is rather good.

Visited April 2013
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Toukley, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Always good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The food is available all day, great for a late lunch, have eaten here dozens of times -good food good prices.

Visited February 2013
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Newcastle
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Great food and location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The bistro is in an RSL club so the usual signing in must be endured but its worth it. The food is very good and reasonably priced. There is no table service , its carry your own. The eating area is on the cSwansea channel side so there are great views and when eating. The food is as good if not better here than restaurants charging twice the price.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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