Sammy's on the Marina

3.8
150 reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
What could be better than watching in the sun go down, overlooking the beautiful water on the South Australian coast and feasting on decadent seafood with a crisp glass of wine? For us, not much… And for the best? Sammy’s on the Marina takes the cake. Located on the Glenelg shore, just south of Adelaide, this Holdfast Promenade restaurant has a menu brimming with fresh seafood straight off the boat with a million dollar view to match. We can’t go past the freshly shucked South Australian oysters and bucket-o’-mussels to start, followed by crispy skinned Atlantic salmon or the deluxe seafood platter for two. This is a must-visit restaurant for fish lovers – you won’t be disappointed.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 150 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.0
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very pleasant evening with quality food and delightful staff.

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Jaccol
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have visited this restaurant on several occassions over recent years. This last visit was outstanding. The food, service and ambience was of the highest standard. We have always found the staff very accommodating to all our requests.
Highly recommended

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SeanA
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Sat outside, awesome views. Service was prompt and friendly but forgot the starter and got main course wrong and wrong drink orders. Food was under average.

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TonyH
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The scallops were great so was the oysters.
Two of our party had Flathead which was tasteless bland and cold another had Garfish also tasteless and cold the 4th person had salmon which was very good Deserts also good.
It was our 50th wedding anniversary .
I would normally complain but I did not want the evening to be totally ruined
Very Disappointed

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 26 June 2021

Dear Mr Harvey, Thank you for your feedback and our conversation into your dining experience on the 19th of June. Once again our management team sincerely apologises. I have passed on all of the feedback you advised myself to the Manager and our team of chefs. They are aware and will ensure this does not occur again. We look forward to you dining with us again soon. Kind regards Sammy's on the Marina Management

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RachelT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was lovely, all servers were polite and attentive. They even offered a free desert for my partners birthday and sang happy birthday to him! It was lovely!

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RickA
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, the Lobster was a knockout. Thanks also for the Birthday surprise. Cheers

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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I found it outstanding the food was great the service was awesome thank you very much for letting us dine at your restaurant Hope to return again soon

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JoyceP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wagyu well done is a bit hard, but overall food tastes good. Garlic prawn is two thumbs up!
Cheesecake is not too sweet which is very good!

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IPDN
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice location and nice food....serving staff where awesome, thanks will be back

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service and good food in a great location - can't ask for much more!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Very disappointed with Sammy's. Dined out with my partner and another couple. The location is lovely but overall not worth the cost.
Food was generally nice but not exceptional as would be expected for the price.
Two of us ordered the Marinara Nero which was supposed to have Squid Ink Spaghetti but was just a standard spaghetti marinara (that is, no squid ink) which for $48 was not great. We questioned this with staff but they did not appear to understand that there was a problem.
Staff were friendly enough but very confused, with the wrong meal brought to us at one stage and the wrong number of coffees.
Overall, not sure I would recommend Sammy's at this time.

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the spot loved the view and food was amazing service excellent

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SeanN
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was great. Very welcoming and prompt. We were looked after the entire time and would no doubt return in the future.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 17 May 2021

Sean. Thank you, We like to pride ourselves on fast prompt service with our friendly staff, they are always happy, bubbly and pay attention to detail. we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.. Sammys Management

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Kezz
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful mothers day lunch at sammys on the Marina. Lisa was able to help me with a request for my mother as I did not know platters were the only option. The platters were a little expensive but fresh and abundant. The staff were very obliging and helpful. Could highly recommend

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 17 May 2021

Kezz, Thank you for your 5 star rating, we are so glade you and your mother had such a great experience at Sammys. we pride our selves on great service and our amazing platers. we hope to see you again soon.. thank you Sammys Management

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CoryY
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service.
Highly recommend.

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AdamG
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful view and beautiful food. The service was quick and efficient.

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JasonV
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

I chose Sammy's based on a review by Restaurant Guru - as one of the most romantic restaurants in Adelaide, and one of the best Seafood restaurants. To my mind... romantic does not mean bright white light glaring off white paper table-cloths, it does not mean music so loud you cannot hear your partner speaking, it does not mean the waiter hanging off your shoulder every 5 minutes. The entree scallops were excellent, the rest of the food was not value for money given the prices paid - the octopus was overcooked, the crumbed squid was overcooked/burnt, the the entree squid had more crumbs than squid. I normally don't write these reviews, but three out of three friends that I've talked to who have also been to Sammy's have reflected the same comments I've made above. I don't want other customers to be equally fooled by other online reviews...

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service was excellent. We are more than happy to make a return visit one evening.

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GayeB
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night - beautiful food and great service

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KateF
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wait staff.
Platter Amazing.
Overall Service outstanding.
Thank You 😊

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SusyShane
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous place to have my birthday lunch. Great service and food and wine was delicious. Very thoughtful complimentary sweet plate for my special day too. We will definitely be back. Well done Sammy team.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 27 April 2021

Susy Shane, We are glade that you had a great day and thank you for allowing us to make your birthday a special one. happy birthday again, hope to see ya again soon. Sammys management

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TraceyC
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxing,beautiful view ,food was amazing staff were lovely even a little surprise for my husbands birthday we loved it thanku for a wonderful night Sammys on the Marina

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 23 April 2021

Hello Tracey, thank you for your beautiful words, we are so pleased that you and your husband had such a great time. we hope to see you again soon. thanks Sammys management

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Louise
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Poor quality food. Expensive. Tasteless fish and soggy chips with old side salad. Should have gone to stunned mullet fish and chip shop for $100 less and more enjoyable experience.

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MichelleF
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There was a private function on downstairs and so we were seated upstairs. They gave us a courtesy call on the morning to let us know about the stairs. The stairs were quite steep which was difficult for one of our party. Having said that, once we got up there we had a nice time, view was better from up there, the food was great, and can't fault the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Several meals were served cold and had to be sent back. The quality of food was satisfactory - below their normal standard though - but the service was excellent.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 14 April 2021

Hello, we at Sammys would like to apologise that your food was not as hot as you would of liked, we have notified the chefs and taken measures to fix this Delmer so it doesn't happen again, as you know we have the freshest seafood in Adelaide and our level of food, its taste and quality is at the highest level. thank you about the feed back of our service, we pride our self on making experiences for each of our customers. we hope to see you again soon. Thank you Sammys Management

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BradleyP
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Not a bad experience however I feel like the service is quite inattentive and to up tight. While we were there we had a large table arrive and it took 3 wait staff to serve this one table mean while we were left waiting for our bill and also hadnt been cleared or asked about desserts.

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GenevieveR
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

There is nowhere to hide with grilled whiting and mine was overcooked and did not taste fresh. The service was great and so were the recommended wines. We all enjoyed the sparkling shiraz even though it isn't what you would normally pair with fish. When lobster is $69 AUD for the public at any fishmonger or supermarket I don't know how anyone can justify $220 AUD for one 900gm lobster, even at a restaurant. Overall poor value for money. For fish chips and salad be prepared to pay $40 per plate.

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Cookie
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A pleasant afternoon spent with family enjoying the views and vistas.

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NWA1010
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was slow and not very attentive. Food was overpriced for what it was.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 7 April 2021

We are very disappointed to read your review however are appreciative of your feedback. Usually our service is of a very high quality however will be using your review to emphasise to the staff of their in-attention on this occasion. We have also just implemented a new menu which has received mainly positive responses however we will continue to assess as a result of your comments. Thank you again

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, outstanding service, awesome location

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JodieP
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A bit pricey for amount and quality of food. Nice experience but would not go twice.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 7 April 2021

Thank you Jodie for your review as we appreciate your feedback because it enables us to better improve our food quality and service. With the location of Sammys there is a significant cost which unfortunately we have to cover therefore prices along the Marina can be greater than most. We have also implemented a new menu recently which has received mainly positive feedback however it is disappointing that you felt that you did not receive value for money. We will continue to review our offerings so that we can improve this. Thank you again

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DebC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We came to dine with 3 children.
When I asked was the children’s squid crumbled the response I received was “I assume so” I said is it or isn’t it, response, “I don’t know”. Me well can you find out, response “oh it’s my 1st day”

We waited nearly an hr for 3 entrees and 4 side dishes, there was no communication that there was a long wait, the children had to wait nearly an hr for a bowl of chips.

It wasn’t until we told them that we were leaving in 5 minutes if we didn’t have our food they explained that they were busy

Very poor service will never go there again

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 7 April 2021

Thank you Deb for your review. It is very disappointing that your experience at Sammys was not a pleasant one. Although it was a very busy day for us the communication aspect of your visit appears to have been lacking. This will be addressed with the staff concerned and be highlighted to all staff that this is very important particularly at times of high volume. Again we apologise for your experience and thank you for your feedback so we can better improve our service.

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MelissaQ
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Was very disappointed with the menu which had very limited choices.
The food was very average

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Rowdy
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Wonderful location for dinner and to relax and watch the sunset. Only negative was the quality of the food which did not provide value for money.

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SimonG
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Poor service food especially oysters not fresh...no heating outside no blankets so uncomfortable couldnt wait to leave...meals not served together side dishes arrived later...to cap off overchaged on a bottle of wine when i questioned and he realised he picked 5bucks from the tip jar...i said no thanks it was awkward...we will pass on our experience to others expected by reputation so much more...if u want to experience class and quality try the sol restaurant Adelaide casino only slightly more expensive 10 times better

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BronwynM
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience2

feel that the overall feel of the restaurant has changed from seafood restaurant to just a general restaurant that sells seafood. We were in a lovely room but was spoilt by a large engagement party walking through every couple of minutes. When we asked them if they would mind closing the door on their way in or out we got the finger... nice that these Lebanese men really appreciated that it was a shared space! The food was nice enough but be aware that you will only get salmon etc.. not sides without ordering so it becomes a very expensive meal. OK for a treat but would look at the fish shed in town next time for a seafood meal. We had Sylvia as our waitress and she was outstanding... an absolute star and a credit to the restaurant

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 31 March 2021

Thank you Bronwyn for your feedback. Firstly I would like to apologise for the for the disruption to your group with the function people walking through your area to go outside. The layout of the room upstairs unfortunately does not enable any other way of getting outside and this was exaggerated with us having a function in the main area. On a positive thank you for your compliments regarding Sylvia. It is always nice to get this feedback regarding our staff.

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AmandaA
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sammy's is brilliant from beginning to end - the ambience, the food, the service are all outstanding. Can't wait to go again.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 27 March 2021

Amanda A, Thank you for your five star rating we pride our self's on great fresh seafood and especially our first class customer service, we try and make it special and a experience for every customer. Sammys Management

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ColinF
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience4

Very over priced, the service was excellent, very friendly staff

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 27 March 2021

Mr ford, Thank you for taking my call and giving me feed back on your experience at Sammys, I have notified our new Kitchen team and we have adjusted our new menu that we have launched. when you book, please ask for myself Brendan and I will take care of your booking, Sammys Restaurant Manager

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Koda
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Overall it was nice, staff were polite and timely however it is just way, way too expensive and not really worth it.
For this reason alone, it's not a place I will likely visit again.

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 16 March 2021

Hello Koda, We appreciate your feed back, we are launching a new menu next week, keep a eye out on our websites for specials and upcoming events, Sammys

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PJJJJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Expensive and bit noisy atmosphere upstairs inside room

Sammy's on the Marina
Responded on 4 March 2021

hello PJJJJ, we would like to apologise for inconvenient of the nosie , we have a large restaurant and if you require a quieter table we are more than happy to place you into a different part of the restaurant . we hope to see you again soon to try our amazing new menu coming over the next couple of weeks. thank you Sammys management

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FAQs

Sammy's on the Marina does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Sammy's on the Marina also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (08) 8376 8211.

Sammy's on the Marina is rated 3.8 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

Sammy's on the Marina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://giftcards.nowbookit.com/cards/card-selection?accountid=787d9b9c-d439-49a4-accc-f7df35569404&venueid=1059&theme=light&accent=0,149,135.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.