SARDINE eatery + bar

4.8
571 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
With a kitchen team led by award winning chef, Mark Briggs, our sharing style menu focuses on the amazing fresh local produce of Gippsland. The menu features charcuterie & cheeses, little nibbles for all to taste, hand made pasta made with Forge Creek free range eggs, lamb, beef + seafood caught in the lakes.

The drinks list features award winning local wines such as Lightfoot & Sons and beers from Sailors Grave & Grand Ridge. Wines from further afield in Australia include Riesling from South Australia, Pinot Noir from Mornington + Tasmania, Tempranillo from Spain + the Yarra Valley, Sauvignon Blanc from Tasmania + New Zealand & international wines from South Africa, France, Spain, Italy + Portugal.

On the esplanade in Paynesville, SARDINE eatery + bar has wonderful views of the lakes & Raymond Island, a natural koala habitat + is the perfect place to visit during a day on the lakes.

Safety precautions

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
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 571 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, great service and delicious food!

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JohnR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sardine is the best eatery in East Gippsland. The food is beautifully presented, sourced from the best the region has to offer. The wine list is excellent and the staff skilled and unobtrusive. Always a delight at Mark and Victoria's restaurant.

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Harold
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sardine was a Gippsland bucket list venue for my partner and I, and it didn't dissapoint. I am not usually a seafood eater, but I am really pleased I did the chef's favourite degustation. The chef also catered for my vegetarian partner who was very pleased with his options. Staff were delightful and the venue is lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had the degustation menu with my wife. All the food was great and lots of it. Tried sardines and oysters which I normally would not order however both were delicious. Would highly recommend to anybody visiting the paynesville area

FM
FayeM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails to give excellent food and service. We will always be back. Excellent restaurant

SD
SheilaD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The quality of food is very good, with the specialty being the snapper fish. Staff are very well trained and an asset to the restaurant. It is our go-to place for a celebration or for visitors.
I found overall there was too much fried food; would like more of a balance of vegetables especially without batter (except of course the delicious broccoli)

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Wally
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We are local Pville residents and feel lucky to have such a excellent culinary experience on our door step.
The quality of every ingredient is outstanding and using local produce only enhances the dining experience.
The two young Waite staff were well informed about all aspects of the food and were super efficient.
Only suggestion would be to increase mains choice from two to four choices, as I believe it would give customers just a better variety
Well done to everyone concerned especially the chefs, all four diners raves about the food.

JF
JaredF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, knowledgeable staff, food......amazing, beer wine list extensive and tasty. This is an experience not a meal.

HS
HardyS
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat chef selection. And it phenomenal, it’s tasty, well presented. The staff knowledge able, friendly and professional and the drink list is amazing. We loved it. Thanks Sardine

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Rainman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience, the food and service were excellent.

RB
RobyneB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy a meal at Sardines when staying in Paynesville. Great s as Nd interesting food. Service excellent and friendly! A must do

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was great but would prefer more variety on the menu too much raw fish

JB
JBelle
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for your hospitality. We had a wonderful evening, time to chat, share and reflect with delicious food and wine.

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nickq
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First class dining experience with outstanding food and service - thank you for a great dining experience

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Jordy
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely incredible, the best food I’ve had. My personal favourites were the zucchini flowers, sardines, pork belly and desserts!

GM
GregM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food beautifully presented and delicious. We had limited time to eat and that was no problem for them.

SM
SteveM
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, portions sizes are generous, all involved provide a great product and service.

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Metungian
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience full of flavour! Great ambiance, great service and creative menu. Memorable!

RW
RonW
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a delight dining at Sardine. Our friends who had not previously eaten at Sardine were also delighted with the experience. Every plate ordered was delicious and the wait staff are second to none.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely table setting with very friendly and knowledgeable service from waitress
We enjoyed chef’s selection and could not fault anything
Excellent food and great wine choices
A must to visit if in the area

AV
AnneV
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our Sardines experience was outstanding. Food, staff and service. Would highly recommend Sardines

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, a fabulous experience in every way.

LH
LindaH
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch and dining experience. Apart from the amazing food, we were impressed with the wait staff. Very attentive and friendly. Thankyou

RW
RayW
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We had the tasting menu. Overall, we were satisfied with the variety of dishes offered and the flavour of the food. We especially enjoyed the crispy prawns. Personally, I would have preferred something other than the pig trotters for the mains.

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Wompy
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite venue when looking to do some fine dining in the area, the tasting plate always delivers a fantastic variety of food. The menu is changed up regularly so you never get tired of the same thing. Quality food and quality service. Thank you.

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VickiR
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty and different flavours that we hadn't tasted before. Would have liked a little more on the plate for the price. But overall, the service and food was outstanding.

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Wendy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Friday lunch. Victoria, Mark and team bring everything together beautifully. Great ambiance, always interesting delicious food and exceptional service.

MC
MoniqueC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience and food. Will be taking all our visitors there to dine and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Paynesville. The best restaurant around the area and staff so friendly and professional.

BW
BronwynW
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service. Couldn’t fault the experience.

PH
PamelaH
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A wonderful restaurant, exceptional in the regional area. Staff, food, efficiency, ambience were all excellent.

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kendrac
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love having a restaurant of this caliber in our region

SC
SimonC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service at a reasonable price.

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Degustation menus have been very good but each time we have selected this style of menu course, we have felt the food was brought out a bit too rushed.
Otherwise we loved the food, the service and ambiance.

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CaitlinR
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! We had the degustation with wine pairings. The food was delicious and great value for money. They were also great in catering for a food intolerance when I notified them on booking. The wines paired nicely. The whole experience was fantastic and I would definitely recommend.

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Tansedso
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, awesome drinks menu, and the staff are incredible, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, nothing not to love about this whole dining experience 💕❤️💕

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BenjaminS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You know what Arnie would say...
"I'll be back!"

Perfect in all regards to the evening. Put this place on your 'to do' list when in Paynesville... Two Thumbs Up!

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in all aspects. We both had the tasting menu and would recommend it for a first visit to gain some understanding of the cuisine.
Having a single oyster was a bit silly but it was excellent.
We would order courses next time . The lamb was outstanding!

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KerrieA
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you enjoy beautiful food with the service to match, Sardines is a must, wherever you live. We tried quite a variety of dishes, all were exceptional. One visit is not enough, you will definitely want to return.

KB
KatharineB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was amazing. A wonderful experience. The passion from yue chef is clear. Both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage choices were so good. Thank you.

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ShelaghM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our degustation meal perfectly represented the Gippsland Lakes area with a delicious array of seafood dishes cooked and presented in a variety of ways. Particular favourites for me were the kingfish and the zucchini. Our matched wines were all delicious and well suited to the dishes with which they were paired.

FAQs

SARDINE eatery + bar is rated 4.8 stars by 571 OpenTable diners.

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.