Garfish Crows Nest

4.4
194 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
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.
What 194 People Are Saying
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4.3
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SO
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food, attentive service and good value.

DM
Brisbane / QLD
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant...tried the fish curry for the first time...my new favourite.

BN
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

They really looked after us.

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Highly over priced for 2 two small servings of John Dory when I can buy it from the markets for around $29-35 per Kilo

PV
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always great fresh fish and service, this is a restaurant you can rely on for great food, but particularly fish !!!

SC
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Garfish is consistently good. The food is high quality and the service is excellent.
The restaurant has a good atmosphere and tables are a good size so you don’t feel squeezed.
Always a pleasant and relaxing evening.

JS
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great wine and service with a smile. Have been dinning at Garfish for quite some time
and will go back in the future

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night at an old favourite. The bugs were a hit at our table and I especially appreciated the numerous GF options for dessert. The apple crumble was delicious!

DM
Brisbane / QLD
9 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful night at this favourite local restaurant...the fish pie is divine, and the service and ambience is excellent. Can't wait to come back!

N
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Very disappointed!! For a seafood restaurant they couldn’t even cook our fish properly and it had to be returned to the kitchen as it was raw !!
Overpriced not very good value for money .. if you are looking for good seafood do not waste your money here

SF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, as always!
Service friendly and the meals brought out quickly.
Very happy table of 12.

SR
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely Restaurant but quite noisy. Did request a quiet spot. Our food was delicious. Service was pretty slow

SM
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our first visit to Garfish at Crows Nest was fantastic!! Great staff, food and location! We will be back!!!

LS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We thought the service was very good and so friendly
The food as always beautifully cooked and prepared
Our 6 1/2 yr old granddaughter was disappointed there was no chicken, after the young Uni student waiter kindly checked with the kitchen. However she polished off the steak!
Thankyou

LO
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Snapper Pie is always a winner especially on a cold winter evening

PW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressed with the food and service at Garfish last Sunday. Nothing could be faulted. Great lunch!

R
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was incredible! Excellent choices and positivity delicious. Our waitress was lovely and attentive, the cocktails a marvel. The only issue which tarnished this experience was arriving to an empty restaurant, being sat next to the noisy kitchen and chattering of waitstaff and politely requesting that the four of us move to a further table. Due to personal circumstances, we needed some quite privacy for personal conversations without the distraction of banging plates, cooking utensils etc. Instead of shifting us (we hadn’t even barely sat down so no problem to move us) a young make waiter came over and “told” us in an uncompromising tone that “the place will get noisy anyways so you should just stay where you are”. We couldn’t see that since we were the first arriving patrons what difference it would make to him. Luckily someone else stepped in and moved us. Tasty food Garfish, but just a reminder that the customer is always right..

FB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Garfish - ticks all the boxes - great food, great atmosphere and service. Reasonable rpices for the amazing food quality, plus it's BYO!

S
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely location, perfect for a quiet dinner with friends or a date. Fabulous and attentive service. Good food and drinks - I ordered the Snapper Pie (of course) and wasn't disappointed.

DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first visit to Crows Nest. We had previously been to Kirribilli. We liked being able to make a reservation. Our first reaction was being able to use the large ,free, public car park next door. My wife and I find it hard to go past the schnapper pie - it is always good. It was as tasty as ever, a large pie with plenty of schnapper filling. Our other dishes at the table were a 350gms rump steak and a gluten free chicken - both well received. The cost ,including corkage and sparkling water, was around $100 per couple which we felt was good value for money

M
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We chose to have lunch at Garfish as we knew it had outdoor heating for winter. As soon as we arrived, we requested blankets from the waiter. We then requested the heaters be turned on, as it was a cold day, but we wanted to sit outside. The waiter was unable to get one heater working. Really? Every heater did not work? What's that about? Not going back in winter again.

Garfish Crows Nest
Responded on 5 June 2019

I’m glad you had us in mind when thinking of places to go where heated outside seating is offered throughout the winter months. It’s unfortunate that in this one instance we could not provide sufficient heating. We have done our best to ensure adequate heating in the outside area i.e. panelled roof heaters, mushroom heaters and windbreaker blinds. On your next visit we will do our upmost to provide a pleasant and warm experience and we hope this hasn’t tarnished our reputation in your mind.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The Service was great, very friendly and efficient. I feel the fish pie was good but could have done with more sauce.

V
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening. The staff were attentive and thoughtful. Will definitely be back!

K
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Had to send one Bottle back because off, Chargrilled Octopus was tough but the rest of Food was great.

CR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal with pleasant staff who are polite and attentive Will return

DM
Brisbane / QLD
9 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
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!

SB
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
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

KS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 !

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

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

Sensational food
Regards GG

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