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Restaurant Santino, Wollongong, AU-NSW

Restaurant Santino

4.7
4.7
472 Reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Santino is a modern Italian restaurant located in the heart of Wollongong. Santino prides itself of using fresh ingredients with all pasta and dishes made in house.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (02) 4225 0222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Valerio Montessi
  • Area
    Wollongong
  • Cross Street
    Church Street
  • Parking Details
    GPT Shopping Centre or Church Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Wollongong
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

What 472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

472 Reviews
  1. twinshan

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful dining experience, amazing service, delicious food and wonderful wine. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants.

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  2. TopCat

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good place to visit if you like Great food and wine.

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  3. BradG

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice food and location. Nice wine list as well. Service was also vey good.

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  4. DylanB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Would recommend to friends nice setting.

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  5. deborah

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy low lighting, a welcoming feel, food was excellent, lovely wine list. Service friendly and efficient. Have no hesitation going back.

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  6. MaxM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
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  7. GNOCCHI

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Finally got to experience santino. Victoria our waitress was amazing and made us feel right at home. Food and wine were on point. All the chefs were very handsome. Would highly recommended for any girls nights out. Date nights also recommended 😘

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  8. Kegs

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our fourth visit to this fabulous restaurant and once again we were not disappointed. From the moment you enter the restaurant the dining experience is exceptional in every way. Professional attentive wait staff, brilliance and innovation in the kitchen, the sparkling glass on the picture frames the wine list. We had the set menu again and it was superb especially the beetroot with sour dough ice cream! Thankyou to all the staff We will definitely be back.

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  9. Jacinta

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The timing of food coming to our table was very disjointed, we were all eating at different times, our side for main meal was delivered 10 minutes after receiving the $140 steak which was cold. Service was nothing special, it would of been nice to feel welcome and the menu explained in depth, very expensive for what it was.

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  10. Beth

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I visited for the first time and ordered the Feed Me option. It was all amazing, with a special mention to the sourdough gelato.

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  11. CamM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit to Santino and the service is always fantastic. We really enjoyed the food and wine. The Manager introduced the chef to our Italian friend Marco who new to Wollongong region

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  12. PaulaC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and amazing service. Thanks cant wait to come back.

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  13. LesleyH

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our whole experience here. The menu was fabulous and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding, the wine menu was very good. would recommend this very quaint restaurant to anyone.

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  14. ChrisL

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time eating here. Was absolutely fantastic again.

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  15. IvanC

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience, Food, service, decor, the lot. Congratulations Santino what a fine restaurant you are

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  16. SharonC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food. Amazing and different combinations but they work. Loved the experience Thank you

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  17. JohnD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    One main course was far too small- lamb ragu pasta for $32 Spachcock very good

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  18. MareeS

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday Lunch, always a favorite of mine. We chose the Feed Me Menu, then we could experience new flavor combinations, and be surprised at every course. The food was delicious. The staff were attentive and very polite. The Venue, is dark and moody, for me the only thing missing was white tablecloths.... I know this is very old fashion, along with real candles or flowers. But a great place to dine, we will be back!

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  19. MicheleM

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food wine and service never disappoints. Highly recommend

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  20. Susanb

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two couples for lunch. Everything was excellent from the ambiance, staff and of course the food. Entrees delicious followed by even better main meals. Great wine and then dessert. Tried the beetroot sourdough and olive oil gelato unbelievable and very clever. Recommend this restaurant highly. You can't go wrong.

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  21. bart

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Left hungry Small portions on big plates Food it’s self was of very good quality Service excellent Nice interior Slightly cramped table arrangement and seating Too dark

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  22. MatildaA

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined pre-theatre so had limited time and could not fully indulge . Restaurant decor is great as is ambience . Food was delicious , though serving sizes restrained . No sides served with order of swordfish , perhaps a few greens next time . Cocktails were bomb but bar service a tad slow , a Chardonnay which was ordered didn't eventuate . Then informed by waiter they had run out . Will definitely return to try other dishes and longer longer .

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  23. Natalie

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Experience... Everything was 5 Star & food was outstanding!

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  24. HeatherC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, very pleasant evening , where we were well looked after. Had the best table in the house! Thank you

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  25. DavidB

    New South Wales

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to this restaurant was excellent. The staff were welcoming and efficient. Although the menu was limited we both found dishes that were to our liking and delicious. A definite return location for us.

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  26. SilverioT

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect thanks a lot we will come back

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  27. KristinaL

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful and very classy restaurant with great service, only complaint would be the loud music.

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  28. GracePeacg

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went here on a date. As we arrived it immediately felt like we were in a special and beautifully designed space. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. I wish I was better at describing why food is good. All I know is that we will be coming back here again many times.

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  29. LianaD

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very nice and service was great. Will definitely be back

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  30. ChristineS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The feed me menu was delicious with the exception of the dessert Beetroot - sourdough gelato - picual olive oil. Not sure it was the right combination and not one out of the 3 of us enjoyed it. It was such a lovely night though as it was not overcrowded and a lovely ambiance. We have dined at Santino previously and the 1.5 hr seating time is not long enough. On this occasion we dined on a Wednesday and it was fantastic. We were not rushed out the door as it was not booked out.

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  31. olliec

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience. The food and atmosphere was superb and wait staff were friendly and explained each dish in detail. Would highly recommend!

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  32. VirginiaW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly beautiful dining experience. Wait staff were personable and attentive, it was really delicious food and a treat to see the chef and kitchen preparing things that came straight out to us! I would definitely dine here again, though do agree the noise level can be a bit tricky due to close proximity of other diners.

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  33. DavidD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Feed Me menu was delicious with breaks between dishes that were well timed. Service was excellent and our waiter recommended wines which we enjoyed It was our first visit to Santino and we will recommend it to our friends.

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  34. Wombarrablackduck1381381

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our evening at Santino's. All the food was excellent so congratulations to the very hard working chefs. However we were placed on a table which was in the direct line of the air conditioner which made us feel very cold. Fortunately the Maitre 'D offered to make adjustments which helped a little but I would not want to be sitting at this table again. I booked the restaurant a month in advance so am not sure why we needed to be put on this particular table. Service was very slow at the start. We waited 30 mins to order our food.

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  35. Joelle

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far our favourite restaurant! We absolutely love every meal and experience we have ever had at Santino and would highly recommend to friends and family. The quality of the food and drinks, matched with the amazing staff and the ambience of the restaurant is just next level!

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  36. Cliff

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food here, the set course menu serves up five beautifully presented and exceptionally tasty courses. Great staff and service, with an upmarket classic diner feel.

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  37. snoopy

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were at the restaurant for a special occasion and as a group chose the feed me menu for ease. No advice was received to potentially add extra sides so the food was good when we received but sparse. There were problems with heavy rain causing leakage but we had to wait 1hr15mins between two small courses and a course for the meat eaters was completely missed. Service was average with no concern showed for the gaps or explanation. Perhaps some bread to ease the wait. Finally the one course I do not like a share plate for is sweet with no plate to spoon it onto. I had been excited about visiting but....

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  38. HarrisC

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely delicate Italian food. Decor is excellent. Great service.

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  39. VeronicaP

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food in a great restaurant. Would recommend for a date night

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  40. Mariah

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Santino to show some friends from overseas a taste of modern Italian in Australia; we ordered the $80 feed-me menu and it was a perfect way to try more of the menu. It was a win-- delicious and we impressed our overseas foodies. We added oysters, whipped almond feta, and the beetroot custard dessert to it, and all were hits. Foods that some in our group were more reserved about ended up being favorites, like the scallop crudo and sea urchin spaghetti. Cocktails and wine lists are also affordable and top-notch. Lastly, service from Pear and the rest of the crew was impeccable and friendly. Will be going back!!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Restaurant Santino is rated 4.7 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Restaurant Santino

17 Globe Lane, Wollongong, AU-NSW 2500

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Church Street
  • Area
    Wollongong
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    GPT Shopping Centre or Church Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Wollongong
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Valerio Montessi
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine
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