Garfish Crows Nest

4.3
168 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
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.
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4.3
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4.1
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3.9
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DM
Brisbane / QLD
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Oysters are wonderful, especially the taster plate, fish cooked perfectly, excellent staff, great Margaritas, and the most divine fish pie I have ever had. Hard to go past this one!

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Deliciously fresh food. Prompt service with great recommendations of what to order if hard to choose. Great coffee. Will return soon

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hadn't been to Garfish for some time and had forgotten how good the restaurant is. There were 6 in our group and we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Food was delicious, our waiter was very knowledgeable as far as food and wine.

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NL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner celebrating Mother’s Day. Food and service was lovely. The fish is always outstanding.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had an early MothersDay Lunch with our daughter and son-in-law and were very agreeably
pleased with our choice of restaurant. Because of the acoustic design the sound in the restaurant
is heavily reduced which was very welcome. the staff were very pleasant, a bit forgetful at times
but the food was superb. My husband relished the mussels and the crumbed garfish was a knockout.
We heartily recommend Garfish.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The waiters were great even though the restaurant was quite busy. The food and wine was terrific, we both really enjoyed our aperitfs, and the mixed oyster entree was fabulous.

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We shared zucchini flowers stuffed with lobster, he had fantastic snapper pie and I thoroughly enjoyed the Moreton Bay bugs. What more could one ask for.

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BA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We are regular diners at Garfish, Crows Nest but for the first time were massively disappointed on this Occassion. Service was slow and our waiter seemed to have the talent of looking in to the diners, but not seeing us or the need for attention.Staff seemed to have changed for the poorer. Maybe it is a management matter.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

My friend and I both ordered Entrees X 2 each but for some reason ( we were never asked ) they brought all 4 out all at once.

As both of mine were hot dishes it meant eating the second one cold, not very appetizing.
No apologies but they were aware that this was a mistake.

Could not recommend.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on 15 April 2019

Thank you Jennifer for bringing this to our attention. I have debriefed with the staff working that day and I can only apologize for the handling of this issue and assure you that this falls well short of our usual high standards. I would welcome the opportunity to follow up with you and address the issues. If you wish to, please could you call the restaurant directly (9966 0445) or email me, Jakob, the restaurant manager. We look forward to hearing from you. Warm regards, Jakob Jonsson

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NJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The quality of the food has gone backwards since I last ate here about 6 months ago.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on 15 April 2019

Thank you Neil for taking the time to leave your review. I am sorry to hear that your experience was not up to our usual standard as of your visit 6 months ago. Did your waiter touch base to do our usual meal check? We are always more than happy to replace or exchange any dish that a customer is not entirely satisfied with. Look forward hearing back from you. Warm Regards Jakob Jonsson Restaurant Manager

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JA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It's our go to date night place. Food is consistent. Service is good. And byo.

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K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a stunning evening food and service were particularly good. The staff were extremely attentive as well.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

food very good -- service was amazing -- we were located near the door which may be one reason for the remarkable service !

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SO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Starter was superb. Main - bugs had great sauce but seemed a little mushy and underdone. Dessert not a high point. Service was good - not intrusive but prompt. Expensive for a mid week and fairly casual dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational food
Regards GG

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MW
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoyable at Garfish.

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We would rate As 4.5 if we could! We did have to remind them about one item that hadn’t been served

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RB
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is always a special night for us at Garfish and food and service always exceed our expectations. Noise level is a problem for me (hearing problem) but you are not alone!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always perfect place to celebrate a Birthday
And the chef specials this time we’re outstanding

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JL
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was magnificent and they’d changed their menu with some new specials whilst keeping the favourites. Service was great too... thank you, I’ll be back again soon! Johnny

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AP
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Not too busy at the time we went. Food was nice and simple and uncomplicated! At last!! We didn’t have wine so bill came in at a very respectable $120 for 2. That included a shared desert. Highly recommended to all!

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DC
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service were great. Seating outside was noisy especially for the road (buses etc). No abience.

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J
Portland
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and great service. Garfish is a reliable restaurant. We used to always go to the Kirribilli one before it was closed and were never disappointed.

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MA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Gotta try the bugs! Some great wine choices as well.

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BO
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been regular patrons at Garfish Kirribilli until it's closure recently. I am so pleased we chose Crows Nest this time as the restaurant was just as intimate while offering more comfort and space. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the food was delicious, served hot and in a very timely manner even though the restaurant was fully booked. The zucchini flower entree was a standout and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choice of fish and salad. Big tick for the crunchy bucket of chips as well. The BYO charge was as about as reasonable as you can find anywhere on the lower north shore. We will definitely be back.

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CB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed a relaxed lunch at Garfish, Crows Nest, the food was beautiful and the staff friendly and attentive.

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FS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always love this place! The one in Kirribilli has a better atmosphere but for parking and simplicity the Crows Nest one is better

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SO
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy Garfish experience but it has got even better.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good ambience, pleasant attentive service; a good experience

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great dining experience to add to the six years we have been going to this restaurant. Simple flavours using fresh produce cooked perfectly. Each dish was delicious. Great service with staff demonstrating good knowledge of the menu. No request too difficult. Look forward to our next meal there.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I had heard nothing but good things about Garfish. Many moons ago I myself had a great experience with them. But last Friday night just wasn't the same or up to scratch.

The service was either non-existent or very casual for what you'd expect and to be honest the food wasn't either.

6 oysters - AMAZING but the other two signature dishes we had (Snapper Pie & Whole Snapper) were nothing to write home about. Dry or overcooked etc.

To top it off a storm rolled through, which we laughed off and 100% know that it's no ones fault. But whilst other tables scrambled to move inside or leave. Not a single staff member came to ask if we were ok. Whilst my fiance sat with my suit jacket over her head giggling.

We then took our bottle of wine & two glasses inside and stood next to the kitchen to finish them whilst our table & food got soaked ... Standing there not one person asked if we were ok.

We simply paid and left.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, good service. We'll be back as soon as possible!

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MP
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been before and its always good. We booked and when we arrived we were greeted a little abruptly by a guy in a black outfit (unshaven and his hair in a bun) who asked my name and said we were seated over there - and pointed (did not show us to our table). The table was by an open door with a lot of noise and fumes coming from the adjacent car-park and the bi-fold windows that were opened and the window frames sitting over the seat making it impossible to sit down without hitting them (not a good seat) so he proceeded to seat us outside (when we had asked for an inside table). Not a great start.

We sat at the outside table and we were served by "the reliable Angus" who is a great waiter and his service is 12/10. He is one of the best - then the evening started to look up.

We ordered our drinks which arrived promptly, as did the entree. The scallops were superb. The Snapper Pie came in time (we know it takes time to cook) and it too was superb (as always). Throughout the night Angus kept checking that we were OK and happy.

Prices seem to have gone up a little since the New Year and since the minor renovation.

Overall great service by Angus (that's why the high mark) and exceptional food.

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l
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

the noise level inside the restaurant made it impossible to have conversation.

The tables being so close together detracted from the ambience as well

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KH
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fish is always very fresh and good portion size with many options for side garnishes. BYO wine always welcomed by patrons.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Restaurant atmosphere and services were outstanding, food was generally very delicious. A little bit pricey personally

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A
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, a bit expensive but good quality. Not good if you are after quick meal as when busy it can take awhile for the main meals to come out, but if you are after reading evening it is great.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food here is delicious. But the cocktails we ordered to start with didn’t arrive until we’d finished our entrees, and we weren’t given the opportunity to order a second drink. Left without bothering to order dessert.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so much!! Absolutely delicious and fantastic service. Definitely returning

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CW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Have loved Garfish for years and will continue to be a customer.

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