South Sailor

4.5
263 reviews
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Seafood
With an affinity for casual, fresh seafood, South Sailor offers lunch, dinner and everything in between. A fitting spot to settle back after a day on the sand and surf.

Our menu is a combination of classic chip-shop fare and more worldly seafood flavours with our in-house Poke bar. South Sailor works closely with local suppliers to receive the best of the local produce sustainable seafood from the NSW south coast, Australia and NZ.

With indoor & outdoor seating, a licensed bar and kids beach cubby, gather the family for a relaxed weekend lunch or head in with friends for an evening of drinks, dinner and local tunes.
What 263 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food at South Sailor. It is my happy place. Staff are always friendly & helpful

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LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely night. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Pork Belly, Fish curry and a hamburger. Wine was nice. Service was friendly and timely. We were going to a show, didn't mention that , but still had plenty of time. We dined outside and were cosily warm with heaters. Have eaten there before so it was nice to show off a local restaurant to guests from Sydney. We'll be back.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely tasty and fresh food! Amazing vegan options along with the seafood. Beautiful cocktails, especially the G&Ts! ✨💃✨

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific Sunday lunch. Service was excellent as was the food. Everything from the raw bar is so fresh and presented beautifully. Only slight disappointment was the dumplings in broth, lacked flavour.

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MO
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little cafe. We sat in the courtyard our son played in the cubby house.

Staff very friendly. Food was fantastic.

Will visit again

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good vibe
Great food it was delicious
Staff were friendly enough

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SU
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, consistent service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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WM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed a delightful evening out at this restaurant. The food was delicious - we did a range of share plates and the wine was reasonably priced. The staff were attentive. Would definitely return

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PM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and great looking place. Service was a bit slow mid week dinner time, maybe could have had 1 more staff member on the floor. Will 100% be going back

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FL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had really underestimated this place and so had never been in spitte of living around the corner. We went for Mother's Day and 5 of us shared 3 cold dishes and 3 hot dishes so we could sample the menu! Enjoyed the cold dishes more as they were probably the kind of think I would not prepare at home. We did not rate the desserts and could have done without. The service was excellent!

A varied and interesting food and drink menu. Will return for sure.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Mothers Day High Tea - good food & good service. We enjoyed it. However I found value for money lacking for this deal - essentially we paid $210 per high tea stand (shared amongst 3). It wasn't worth this. Other than that though, I would recommend. Their general menu is fine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

As always the food was great.
They need to work on the outdoor area. It was cold with both ends being opened. Not a comfortable place to sit when it’s cold.

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AA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was sensational,service was good our waitress made us feel welcome

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a relaxed atmosphere and excellent service, South Sailor offers an excellent menu with all of our favourite seafood dishes the tacos and oysters are hard to beat, so fresh and flavoursome. This is a fantastic restaurant that I would highly recommend to locals and anyone wanting a true dining experience, it is second to none in the Illawarra region.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lovely food easy to park
Great service and value

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great food. Staff attentive but not intrusive.

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AV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy South Sailor! Love the outside area for dining...even in winter! And the food is always great!

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JE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was sensational !!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A delicious meal - interesting, very fresh and well-presented. We loved the seafood share plate. We found the noise level much too high - difficult to hold a conversation with our visitor from the US.

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i
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. Servings probably a bit small for a large eater, but plenty of great sides to choose from. The drinks list is also great.
Went for date night with Wife and she also enjoyed.

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B
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, love this place. Had a girl's lunch and it was fabulous.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group dinner, plenty of food. Set menu simplfied the ordering so we could focus on catching up.
Seafood delicious, service excellent.
A great night 👌

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R
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. A little noisy.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the seafood share plate - very fresh and tasty.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here numerous times and we can not fault a single thing. The seafood is so fresh and tasty. We get the seafood platter for two or the shashimi and it’s a winner every time. I highly recommend this place and make sure you book ahead

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place and good food! Service was excellent.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, but might be time to update the menu

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C
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love South Sailor and love to eat here. My favourite currently is the seafood to share for 2. The first part of it is amazing but the remainder could be changed from the prawns to grilled fish. I did ask for fennel slaw instead of the chips. When trying to correct it I confused the waitress more so I gave up.
Wine is great and their Pale Ale is nice too. Our friends had cocktails which looked great too.

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KF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend South Salior. Fish curry, salmon & fish tacos were fantastic.

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PU
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff were excellent. The good was very good and the prices reasonable. Coffee was good.

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HD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, friendly staff and great ambience. What's not to like?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely staff and great good

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great, got a little cold outside but we were experiencing some weather at the time.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible, great service. Good drinks lists. Highly recommend.

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SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience of an early dinner with the kids. Even though we hadn’t told them two young one were coming, they offered us a space at the communal table next to the play area. Attentive staff and great food!

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KI
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Generous kids meal portions
Was very impresssed!

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C
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love South Sailor. The food is fresh, the staff are friendly and courteous. I like the booking system especially when you can select where you would like to sit.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding seafood served in comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Every one of or group enjoyed our lunch very much. Unfortunately, after settling the bill I discovered an overcharge of $30 each for 7 of our bottomless lunches without the 'bottomless' rose wine. When ordering I was offered the 8 lunches for 39$ each. I paid separately for 3 bottles of white wine. When I discovered that 7 of the lunches were charged at $69 ( 1 was $39 ?) I did not want to sour the otherwise excellent experience for our group by disputing the charge at the time.

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PG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fine dining quality food in a casual beachside location. Outstanding and highly recommended

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L
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed South Sailor. The vibe is relaxed and there were a number of kids there for dinner but most of them were outside. So we didn’t find it too noisy.
The food we ordered was delicious. We shared the Japanese inspired fish tacos followed by the seafood paella for two. Both meals tasted lovely and fresh and full of flavour. We thought they were good value

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