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The Social

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Cafe, Australian
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Illawarra Performing Arts Centre | 32 Burrelli St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
+(61)4224 5932
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Wed 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Fri 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wollongong, Australia
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere before shows at the IPAC , just make sure you leave heaps of time to eat and book a table if you remember because it gets REALLY busy ! Staff are nice enough, and food is nice , just a little on the pricey side for what you get.

Thank EliseHallinan
Wollongong, Australia
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127 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently attended a performance at the IPAC. As time was an after work issue we decided to eat near the theater. For pure convenience we choose The Social. The tables and chairs were pretty plain looking as was the restaurant itself. The staff were just wonderful from beginning to end. The service was very fast, a big plus for... More 

Thank Michael_edn
Greater Sydney, Australia
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176 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How disappointing to attend The Theatre and be served second rate food. The barramundi was only average (Call it Fish and Chips), over cooked and not worth the money.The Aranchini was TERRIBLE. No taste, poorly presented and no value for money. The only thing which saved the night was THE COFFEE.

Thank bretthiltonjones
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Came here for breakfast with my partner. I had bacon and fried eggs, my partner had yogurt and berries. The food was fine, but we were halfway through eating before the coffee arrived. There were also no napkins with our meals and none to be seen anywhere. The staff were very pleasant but were very young and seemed undertrained. At... More 

Thank Craig R
Wollongong, Australia
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Service was good, lovely staff Coffee was nice, food was nice but I don't think you get much for what you pay for (extra avocado is $4.00, and you get half - I thought smashed avocado was mixed with feta?) Would I go back? Maybe - I'd probably try others first

Thank maybemaybemel
Wollongong, Australia
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106 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Definitely the best coffee in town! The girls are so friendly as well! Plenty of seating. I enjoyed the house made cheese cake!

Thank mrscakechef
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

The Social had a nice outdoor area with plenty of tables. Really good coffee with a fantastic almond croissant. Staff were friendly and service was quick.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Wollongong, Australia
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104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

The Social pretty busy over the last weekend given that it was adjacent to the main venue for the Honk! festival (pictured)! The staff did a great job, keeping adults and kids fed and watered. The food is tasty and good value (calamari + chips for $7). Well done!

Thank Gavin D
Wallington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Very slow service from kitchen. Plenty of Wait Staff doing little. Not really geared to cope with pre show numbers esp. 6.30 show. Need to be able to serve main course and coffee within the hour. Not everyone can get there before 5.00 which at present is latest time for orders.

Thank HarryVictor
Wollongong, Australia
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have visited The Social a number of times in the last 12-18 months, and compared to our first visit, today was a let down. We arrived for breakfast, and having been there before, we were looking forward to the big breakfast... only to be told this was no longer offered. On checking the menu, we saw that it was... More 

Thank DarkAngel-1975

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Cafe, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre | 32 Burrelli St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Wollongong
  • Phone Number: +(61)4224 5932
The Social @ IPAC is a new café and bar operated by the Trippas White Group at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, home of Merrigong Theatre Company, in the heart of Wollongong’s vibrant Arts Precinct.The Social @ IPAC provides a relaxed urban setting to meet with friends and family. Enjoy all day dining with indoor and outdoor seating from 8am until late (9am on weekends).

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?