South Sailor

4.5
278 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 278 People Are Saying
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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an unexpected gem to find in sleepy Thirroul. food was wonderful, service great and buzzing atmosphere even on a Tuesday in the middle of winter. I'm so glad we found it.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best spot for a casual lunch. Food was delicious, service friendly and warm.

KP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love South Sailor, its one of our favourite restaurants. Amazing food and the staff always go out of their way to ensure you are happy.

AR
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very impressed by this place. The food , ambiance and service was really top grade. Will be visiting again.

C
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual it was delicious. Loved the green tea noddle soup
Special again too.

J
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We waited over 2 hours for our meals. When they arrived the fish was good but the pasta was not pleasant and was cold. Tables with more guests than us (we were a table of 2) that had been seated 30min-1 hour after us were served first. One of the waitresses was quite attentive and apologetic (short blonde hair) although she was not the one serving us. The waitress who was serving us (short brown hair) ignored us for the most part. Unfortunately, we won't be going back any time soon.

JW
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!
Service was friendly and relaxed but professional, food was extremely well done, with the prawn and scallop rolls being the highlight.
Some venues we find won't change the menu to suit dietary needs, but these guys actually laughed when we thought that we couldn't make a change.
They were helpful and the food was super quick.
Definitely will be making this our local.

PS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh food
Enjoy the blackboard specials.
Kate is great

CT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, the cocktails were really well made

M
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little spot with delicious fresh food! Highly recommended 😊

JB
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average food. Hand dipped potato scallops were very dry and overcooked- not sure why they are even on the menu at that level of quality.
Salmon was quite fatty.
Wouldnt go back

DS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant. Can’t wait to visit again. We were in Stanwell Park for the weekend. The food was delicious.

RW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined here on a few occasions. The food is tasty, although the Ramen could do with a little more seasoning. Staff are friendly and service is prompt.

MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great wine list. Service perfect

j
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at South Sailor.. It was a chilly night but the outdoor heaters were on, the fish chowder was delicious and so was the wine! Definitely going back to try the ramen.

C
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were super fresh and the special with prawn last green tea noodle soup was delicious.

TV
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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! ✨💃✨

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.

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

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

Good vibe
Great food it was delicious
Staff were friendly enough

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

Great food, consistent service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Fabulous lovely food easy to park
Great service and value

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

B
Sydney / NSW
4 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.

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 👌

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

Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. A little noisy.

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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