Garfish Crows Nest

4.4
413 Reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
Situated in the heart of Crows Nest, our lower north shore restaurant has a distinct cafe feel. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner, a place to escape the office or somewhere to meet up with friends, relax, sit back and enjoy the buzz of surrounding Crows Nest while you enjoy Australian seafood at its best.

Experiences

  • Mother’s Day Lunch

    A$90.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at Garfish Crows Nest. With a 3 course set menu $90pp for adults including a cocktail on arrival for Mum and a 2 course set menu $50pp including drinks for kids you are sure to impress! *All tables allocated 2 hours. **A la carte available for dinner starting at 5pm.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 413 people are saying
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4.3
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good seafood dishes and interesting variety. Friendly, efficient service. Some wines a bit on the expensive side.

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Julie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service with a great smile from our lovely waitress who hailed from Paris!

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Julie - kitchen and your section waitress will be delighted to hear this. We can't wait to have you in for another fantastic meal. Warm regards, Jakob Restaurant Manager

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EvaP
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. The food, wine and especially the staff are consistently excellent. It's been a favourite of ours for special occasions like birthdays. Highly recommend you book as always busy. Cheers

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Eva - I've shared these wonderful comments with the team and they really took it to heart. Thanks for allowing us to help celebrate your many special occasions! Here's to many many more. Warm regards, Jakob Restaurant Manager

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LeeF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. I go their often and have never been let down.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Lee - we're delighted to have you dine with us as much as you do. Can't wait to have you back in for another great meal! Warm regards, Jakob Restaurant Manager

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Judi
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Busy Sunday lunchtime - food and drinks arrived promptly. Well presented food and excellent service.

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AlanM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food portions received tasted great as waa the service.

The portions did not equate to the price charged or enough to satisfy a not huge appetite.

We went after to another nearby location to top up with dessert. Which was another disappointment with limited choices including advertised apple crumble not available.

Would try again hoping improvements in portions to confirm brand name not only reason for pricing.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for your feedback, Alan! All fish fillets are portioned to 180g and accompanied with a garnish so I apologise if the garnish was on the smaller side on your plate. I have discussed this with our head chef and he will take a closer look to ensure all dishes are better presented. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention and we look forward seeing you next time. Warm regards, Jakob Restaurant Manager

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MargotM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I really enjoyed my visit to Garfish. The entire experience was exceptional. The Baramundi was excellent. The shared dessert was gorgeous. I’ll definitely be back again

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HowardM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

our booked table was given away to a regular while we looked on in dismay . after a 15 mins wait we were shown to another table . from then on service and food were good but the booking experience left a sour taste

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff where fantastic and so was the food.

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BevK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always the food was exceptional. Loved the special dessert platter and chilli margarita! We were unhappy at one point with the lack of adequate service (in 20 years of going here, it was the first time the service was not spot on). The manager offered us complimentary dessert and after-dinner drinks to make up for it. A win-win. I highly recommend this restaurant!!! Remember to pre-order your lobster if that’s what you’re after.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for the feedback Bev. We really appreciate your years of patronage and can't wait to have you back soon again for some more margaritas! :) Regards, Jakob Restaurant Manager

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IkuyaH
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good for snapper pie and nice service, reasonable price!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good food, service and ambience.

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NomisN
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been 3 times in the last month. Always outstanding. Specials always interesting. Staples always excellent. Seafood platter (for 2) which includes entres and mains
is awesome.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you Nomis for taking the time to write a review. Will look forward seeing you three times (at least) every month from now ;)

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AlisonM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Everything was fine except I was violently ill afterwards. I’m a coeliac and suspect that whilst dishes were denoted GF in the menu they were t.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on February 12, 2021

Thank you Alison for giving us this valuable feedback. It is unfortunate and disappointing to learn that you became unwell afterwards. At Garfish we pride ourselves in taking great care to prevent cross contamination of allergens. Our separate gluten free fryer allows us to cater for gluten intolerances, however, cross contamination may still occur. We have since updated our allergen protocols to make our best effort to prevent this from happening in the future. Hope to speak to you soon.

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EllenA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place . I visit very often.
Amazing staff, food and cocktails are on point
Love your work guys xxxx

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AudreyG
Perth
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always loved garfish crows nest and I hope that it returns to byo each night, so that we can bring from our cellar. Don’t mind paying more for the corkage

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LynnB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great quality, delicious food, wonderful decor and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very interesting menu, but execution was disappointing.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on January 27, 2021

Thank you for your review. Would love the opportunity to discuss this further. Please feel free to contact the restaurant directly either by phone or email and ask for Jakob, the restaurant manager. Look forward hearing from you.

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JeannetteC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Crispy Morton bay bug tacos sensational. Cocktails were great. Definitely recommend.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on January 27, 2021

Thank you Jeannette - the bug tacos has proven to be one of our best sellers since we introduce it on the menu last year. We're happy you enjoyed them and can't wait to have you back!

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Localdiner08
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Busy, friendly, good food but service very slow to start. Waited quite a while to order a pre dinner drink. Just could not get anyone to notice us! But once that happened service improved greatly.

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Casperd
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The linguini was sour and unpleasant and the fish in the fish pie was so dry. The single brocollini inside the pie was not cut so it was difficult to eat. There was nothing else in the filling. Nice pastry tho. The pasta itself seemed to be house made so that was the only pleasant thing about the dish.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on January 27, 2021

We are sorry your experience fell short on our usual high standards. Did you raise any concern with the waiter? Our waiters are trained to do a meal check with you and if not we do apologise for this. We are always more than happy to replace or exchange any dish that a customer is not entirely satisfied with. Your comments have been passed on to the head chef and he will address these. We would love the opportunity to discuss this further so please feel free to contact us directly if you wish.

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StephanieA
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Ambience with a fresh fish menu that doesn’t disappoint. Also happy to help celebrate a special birthday 🥳

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on January 21, 2021

Thank you Stephanie! We do love a good celebration. :) Look forward seeing you again soon.

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BridgetV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner for mum’s birthday. Everything was outstanding! Really love Garfish!

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Meritorious
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch at an outside table. Great selection of fish and other dishes. I had the grilled Dory which was excellent. Slight disappointment that the side of baby spinach leaves with beetroot and goats cheese didn’t have dressing. Impeccable service. Great to dine at a restaurant where you can talk without needing to shout. Will definitely be back here.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on January 21, 2021

Thank you for the feedback! Apologies that our lovely citrus and hazelnut dressing was left out of your salad - please don't hesitate to let us know next time. Your comments on the great service has been passed on to the wait staff looking after you. Thank you again - really appreciate it.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very relaxing evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our NY Eve dinner very much except for a slight hiccup in ordering - my wife wanted a medium steak but was told “Chef” will only cook medium rare or well done due the special event which was disappointing considering the cost . She ended up ordering something else which was fine but......

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My partner and I booked a table for an early dinner on New Year’s Eve. Was a 3 course set menu with complementary bubbles in arrival. Staff were amazing, food was delicious and the live music was outstanding! As always, I will be returning soon!

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JimP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great lunch, food very good as always. Thoroughly enjoyed everything.

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LaurieS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very rare to find such good service. Food also amazing. Highly recommend.

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Glen
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in Crows Nest. Odd location but a great menu and totally worth the visit.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our first waiter did not communicate well and her demeanor seemed like she wanted to be somewhere else.

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MyReview
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Boring, average, overpriced food. Salads served with seafood were basic and small. Piece of fish tiny and dry. No sauces offered, just a basic meal could do better at home.

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Sussan
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Expensive, small portion, not many main dish options. outdoor seats are basically on the street. Booked 4wks prior but allocated us just outside near the doorway although many other seats were available. The waitress was very rude. Main dishes didn’t come with any vegi so ordered salad on top. Very small portion boring green oily salad it was. Linguine was really disappointing. Couldn’t find any crab meat. Dessert were ok. Wine suggestion was good. I don’t think I will visit there again.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on December 20, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I'm very sorry you didn't experience the quality of service on which we pride ourselves here at Garfish. We always aim to provide the best service around, and clearly we have missed the mark here. If you would like to contact the restaurant we'd love to have a chat!

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DeborahT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The six of us had a lovely meal on Sunday lunchtime. Our waitress was excellent .
All fish was beautifully cooked and everyone loved their entrees and mains. Perhaps they didn't love their desserts but everything else was fantastic. I chose the affogato which was perfect...but of course there is little to go wrong with an affogato.
Reasonably priced also.

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BruceS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great selection of delicious entrees. The mixed oyster plate is a favourite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Parking close by

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lunch on 6 December was the fourth time I've been to been to Garfish Crows Nest in the last 12 months. On each occasion, the food has been superb. The service has ranged from very good to excellent. Only (very slight) criticism is that when crowded, the ambient noise can make it a little difficult to hear others at the table.
Overall, can't recommend highly enough.

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Ogbs
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the space and the food we dined on here, quick friendly service and a diverse and fun menu

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JohnL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food as always excellent and wine list gives plenty of choices to suit all pockets. The bugs were something special.

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LucyB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

no aircon on a 40+ degree day in SYD was had to enjoy our meal.

FAQs

Garfish Crows Nest offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9966 0445.

Garfish Crows Nest is rated 4.4 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.