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“Second visit - and a definite improvement”

The Rocks Restaurant
Ranked #115 of 161 Restaurants in Glenelg
Price range: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Something to suit all tastes while enjoying the beautiful full ocean views. Modern Australian Cuisine available 7 days for lunch and dinner with all day dining Friday through Sunday and $11.90 lunch specials on weekdays.
Australia
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Second visit - and a definite improvement”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Second time around, and not the last, but the service will NEED to be improved for the restaurant to complement the fantastic food on offer. Reviewed the restaurant back in August 2011 and thought we'd try it again given that our first experience was relatively good. Arriving right on 7.00pm (our scheduled reservation), we asked if it would be ok to sit in the little bar outside and have a drink before we were shown to our table - staff advised that this was not a problem - and we sat there for probably a good 25 minutes before we advised the staff that we were ready. Immediately shown to our table, given menus and asked if we'd like to order a drink. We knew which wine we wanted and this was provided very quickly and with a friendly smile. After being advised that 'so and so' would be with us in a few minutes to take our order, we reviewed the menu, made our selection, closed the menu and proceeded to wait some 25 minutes before someone actually managed to walk their way up to where we were sitting. The interesting thing to note is that there were staff heading towards our group of tables (towards the end of the restaurant) regularly, but they could never just quite make it up far enough to see that we were still waiting (blinkers on!). The restaurant was full, but there were plenty of staff working, so no excuses there. Mind you, the service we received was probably better than the couple at the table right at the end - they didn't seem to get ANY! Once again, the manager saved the day and as soon as she realised that we still had menus sitting in front of us, apologised profusely and took our order. This lady is a definite asset to the hotel, but there are some staff training issues that need to be addressed - this restaurant could be rated as one of the best in Adelaide if it could only get its act together on service. Once we managed to get our order in, the service improved significantly and resulted in an enjoyable evening. Now, to the food. A definite improvement on the meal we had last time (not that the last one was terrible by any means). This time we decided to try the tempura oysters and the pork belly with an apple remoulade & sorbet for entree. Both of these dishes were excellent and, once again, we commented that if this was the standard of food to come, we were going to be very impressed. The inclusion of the sorbet on the pork was brilliant and took the dish to the next level. The only downside we would say is that the pork didn't have a 'crackle' on the top, but the taste was just sensational, so this was forgiven. For main we decided on the salmon (two ways), fillet and cured, and the porterhouse steak (served medium rare). Again, we were both not disappointed. Both dishes were excellent (and a huge improved on the oversalted salmon and tough steak of last time). Have to say that we really did enjoy the experience and, other than the lack of service in the initial hour, would rate this restaurant very highly. Will definitely visit again - let's see if third time lucky!

  • Visited February 2012
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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65 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“fantastic”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Had the best meal we had ever tasted. Great service. the food was amazing and great atmostphere. Very pleased.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Amy H
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Fabulous breakfast menu with plenty of choice. High standard dinner menu. Excellent service. We ate here 2 nights during our week long pre-Christmas stay at Oaks Pier Plaza (see separate review) but you don't need to be staying at the Hotel to use ths restaurant and I would recommend that you do as the other restaurants in town are inconsistent. Would have eaten here more often but they were either fully booked or had a private function on. The beach view is wonderful. They are closed on Mondays. Restaurants seem to shut down early in Glenelg.

Visited December 2011
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4 Thank Olive1920
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Perth
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202 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Food and service”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

Excellent food with a wide choice. Service was excellent.

Visited December 2011
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2 Thank Bob6282
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Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“excellant food and service”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

really enjoyed the food well presented and very tastie

  • Visited October 2011
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2 Thank stephanie T
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