Sounds on West
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Brisket is a cut of meat from the lower chest slow cooked for 12 hours which makes it tender & buttery
Our boston butts are dry rubbed, cooked whole and pulled to order
Brisket, smoked chicken legs, local sausage, beef short-rib & pulled pork served, cornbread, crunchy ranch slaw, fresh pickles & your choice of two sides
The chicken burger was good, very nice seasoning. The fries tasted as if the potato was raw as the potato was hard. The parmesan fries barely had any cheese on there. The Beef short rib was good but did have a lot of fat on there. The atmosphere was dark, a lot of the tables had to use the flashlights on their phones to read the menu. I couldn't hold a conversation with my partner who was across from me at the table as the music was too loud. The waitress got confused and took too long trying to figure out who ordered drinks when there was only one table that ordered drinks (my table). Dine and Discover vouchers are valid on weekends (says on the website its valid 7 days a week and was also announced on the news when it got changed) but were told we couldn't use it there on a weekend. Won't be going back.
Really dissappointing experience! I'd been before and loved it, couldn't wait to bring my family back, but this time the food was really terrible. Ordered pork belly bites, brisket, beef ribs and some sides. To begin all the food came out at the same time as the drinks! And nothing on my plate tasted good at all, most of it was actively unpleasant to eat. Even the coleslaw was bad, how do you mess that up? Was the chef away? It was just yuck!
I felt embarrassed that we didn't eat it; the waitresses were really nice so we made an excuse and asked for a doggy bag which went straight in the bin when we got home.
On top of all that the live music was way too loud, and it was pretty cold inside (sure it was a cold night but i was shivering in jeans and a jumper at an inside table, so if you're going to risk the food, make sure you wear a few layers).
Never have had a bad meal here, good is excellent! Always the first reccomendation when new friends come up the coast!
Best food and service we have had in a long, long time. Highly recommended.
The server was nice and she asked how was the food
Great food, great service. Recommended the pulled pork, and great local craft beers!
Food was delicious, heaps of gluten free options, atmosphere was fantastic.
Absolutely brilliant. Food is always amazing and the slow cooked brisket is to die for. Highly recommend.
Food is excellent and one main will easily feed two.
Live music was good and quiet enough to hold conversations.
Fantastic restaurant - been many times now and service is always brilliant, food delicious and ambiance fun.
Would love come cider on the drinks menu though!
Love the live music!!! The food is always delicious, the cheesecake was a hit! Perfect way to finish the night!
The new look is awesome is a warmer environment with a great ambience the food was phenomel and great value for money the 2 ladies that served us were lovely as well
Only complaint was they don’t take cash so we had to unexpectedly use our credit card in the night but food and waitresses were amazing. Love music was great too
Unfortunately the brisket was extremely dry, could hardly swallow it, the ribs were nice at least
Beautiful place, beautiful food, beautiful people and fantastic service. Highly recommended.
Were really excited to visit Sounds on West after the renovations. Sadly, in our view, the place is way worse now than it’s used to be- there is no sitting area at the bar, our favourite menu item was gone (deep fried jalapeños) and the tables are so tightly squeezed together, we felt like it’s a speed dating establishment and any time now the bell we’ll ring and we’ll have to slide to the next table. The burgers we ordered were a massive disappointment- we used to LURVE the food at Sounds on West; but sadly, this time the food was hardly moorish- the buns tasted like Macca’s buns, the meat was cold and the meal was tiny. I asked for a bowl of coleslaw to top it up, and it was drowned in mayo. Will not be coming back.
Hi there! Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. We actually can't have people sitting at the bar due to Covid rules, but we plan to have a couple of seats there again in the future. As for the rest of the seating, it was our pre-Valentine's Day dinner service, so we purposely only booked tables of two. The buns are the same as always, and most of the menu items change every 6 months, so maybe next time check out the menu online to ensure we still have your favourites!
It was great that the staff at Sounds on West were able to accommodate us at very short notice. We didn't arrive on the coast till 8pm, but we were able to get a great meal before the kitchen closed at 8.30. The staff were friendly and didn't rush us at all. The service was very prompt, the food tasty and the live music was great.
Glad we could fit you in Sue! And extra glad that you enjoyed it :) Hope to see you again in the future!
Always worth the visit! The live performer was very good :)
Thanks Neil, glad you enjoyed yourself! :)
Love the new update to restaurant, looks fabulous. Staff are fabulous, helpful, polite and friendly. Music was wonderful, perfect to eat dinner to.
Thanks for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon :)
Perfect Sunday afternoon talking, eating, drinking and listening to live music 🎶
Normally have take away but first time back after their renovations.
Lovely outdoor dining area with lots of greenery such as a herb garden and hops vines.
Food is delicious as usual and friendly service.
Great food & fabulous to be somewhere kid friendly that serves quality food
Didn't have the beer listed on menu on tap.
Food was over priced for what you got.
Hi Sharon, Can't do much about beer if the brewery doesn't have any to give us unfortunately. But sorry you weren't happy with the food! Hopefully we can make it up to you if you decide to give us another go!
Don't bother. Good but very overpriced food, extraordinarily average service.
Sorry you had such a bad experience :(
A little bit of a wait for food, but so worth it! If I could eat here every day, I would. Loaded brisket fries were especially surprising... although described as a side they could easily be a full meal! Really friendly staff too! Overall just a great place!
Sorry about the wait Bec, but so glad you enjoyed it! :) Hope to see you again in the future!
Great service with awesome food and drinks. The restaurant was very well presented and I would recommend this experience to all.
Thanks Dean! Glad you enjoyed your time here :)
A great place to go with a group of friends as it's really noisy.
Fantastic food and good wine/ beer selection.
The waiter took too long to bring food, some of the food on the menu wasn't served.
Hi Gabriel! We don't serve a full menu on Sundays, mostly burgers and a few sides/snacks. Sorry about that.
Disappointing. We’d been before the refurb and were so excited to get back. But it was a massive let down. The servers seemed entirely disinterested, it was 30 degrees outside but we had to ask for water 3 times, we only had one round of beers because it was hard to get their attention and parts of our sharing platter didn’t come. When we asked they said they had run out of those items so instead offered us some doughnuts for dessert. If we hadn’t asked we just wouldn’t have got anything, and the Mac and cheese had no cheese! Such simple things to fix, would love to see this place do better.
Amazing food, drinks and service. Never disappoints!
Thanks Allison! Glad you enjoyed it! :)
The share plate was more than enough for the 4 of us you just need some sides of salad or veggies to break up the meat as it becomes a little overpowering on the tummy
Thanks for your review Suzie! We will make sure to recommend sides to people who order this in future! :)
We were so excited to have a local american BBQ joint and enjoyed a shared platter and the new cocktails are recommended ❤️
Glad you enjoyed your night :)
Just reopened they were short of food! Some menu items (eg 2 out of the 3 desserts) were not available. No doubt this is a teething issue with the newly reopened facility and will be sorted soon...
Hi Neil! So sorry about that, hopefully we have everything next time you come to visit!
We'd been here once before - about a year ago - and had very fond memories of the place. Unfortunately, they're a bit rusty post-covid, but I'm sure they'll iron out the problems and be top notch again in no time!
Great addition to Umina. Smoked brisket and pulked pork were delicious. Will definitely return.
Food was fabulous. Service was unnecessarily slow. We would have ordered more drinks and dessert but weren't asked - instead, the front of house staff were all having a chat behind the bar. A bit disappointing especially since there were so few people in the restaurant.
Great cocktails, and desserts.
Lacking on the mood with no live music. Feel they should have some regular beers available for those not enjoying craft beers. Meat needed seasoning. Not bad by any means just some improvements to be made.
Service attentive and timely, table wasn't ready but only took a minute or two to get there. Staff lovely.
Overall the food came out piping hot, well presented and flavorsome.
Mac and cheese needs looking at as this was the only disappointment of the evening.
It was colourless, tasteless, flavourless and insipid...sorry to say but I think that they forgot all about the cheese and left it on the kitchen bench.
We went for special dinner, the service was incredible fast. They did everything to make our experience memorable one. We ordered cocktails for the adults and they made a super special one for our little daughter, she totally loved it and felt super special.
Amazing staff, beautiful food, quick service, nice location
Sounds on West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 4339 9023.
Sounds on West is rated 4.3 stars by 232 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.