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Ripples on the Lake - CLOSED

4451 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
+61 2 6555 5912
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible13%
Sep 12, 2016
“Ripples burnt down”
Jun 2, 2016
“Great Location”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4451 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
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1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed September 12, 2016

sad state of affairs, this lovely place has been raized to the ground by a terrible night time fire. The authorities were unable to save anything

Thank Simofoz
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

A family member who lives in this area recommended trying Ripples. I had the soft shell crab which was excellent, very well cooked. The coffee was the best I have had for a long time. Would definitely go back.

1  Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Me and two friends were staying at a local campsite when we got stranded in the area due to car issues.. We came across this little bit of paradise.. The staff were so friendly and helpful.. The food was worth every penny especially the breakfast....More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Dropped in yesterday for coffee. Great spot beautiful coffee. Lovely people will definitely be back soon.

Thank Toni D
Reviewed April 15, 2016

I just had the best soft shell crab I have ever eaten here or in the USA. It was served with an Asian wombok salad and I was impressed. My companions had No. 1. a steak sandwich with a whacking great piece of very tender...More

Thank loutides
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Thank you. We had a lovely seafood plate and really enjoyed it. We sat on the verandah, overlooking the lake and would recommend this cafe.

1  Thank Judy S
Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

This is our second visit to Ripples on the Lake. We have enjoyed the all day breakfast before. Today we loved the Tempura Soft Shell Crab with chili caramel sauce. The service matched perfectly with the location, lovely. We felt like we were back at...More

Thank Suzanne J
TrudyP1, Owner at Ripples on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2016

Thank you so much Suzanne - what a lovely surprise to read this - We have so many people telling us how wonderful Ripples is as they leave and how much they've enjoyed their meal, coffee and visit , but none of them take the...More

Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

If you want an incredible location, poor grumpy service and overpriced average food, this place is for you! We are locals and have been here twice each time with a group of friends visiting. Neither time was the restaurant full. The first time saw unfriendly...More

4  Thank kiikiikiikii
Reviewed February 17, 2016

My wife and I stopped hear for a coffee. There is no better natural view whilst having a coffee that I can think of. Highly recommended.

Thank Paul_Johnstone
TrudyP1, Owner at Ripples on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2016

Thank you Paul - we do have award winning Merlo Coffee and a very good Barista making it for us - our Ripples on the Lake is a quaint place right on the lake - so glad you found us

Reviewed February 7, 2016

A little bit hidden but once found a little oasis on the lake Once seated, a gentle breeze, the "ripples" from the lake and view all added to a very relaxed atmosphere Seafood is highlighted on the menu and the soft shell crab with asian...More

1  Thank Draytons F
TrudyP1, Owner at Ripples on the Lake, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2016

thankyou (Draytons F) - the soft shell crab is a personal favourite of mine also - We developed this a couple of seasons ago and simply cannot take it off the menu - Your lovely comments really do matter to us - to take the...More

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Restaurant Details

Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4451 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Forster
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6555 5912
  • E-mail
Ripples on the Lake is like no other - right on the Lakes edge we offer cafe service - watercraft hire- as the water is very safe and shallow we are very family friendly especially with small children - at night time (3 nights) we have restaurant service with chef's food - as well we have our 5 star marquee right on the waters edge for wedding receptions and special occasions - their is no other place like it on the mid-north coast of Australia - very unique
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