SARDINE eatery + bar

4.9
278 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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NEW YEAR'S EVE DEGUSTATION

Dine in

A$150.00 per order

Dec 31, 2020 only·Thu 17:30-21:00

Celebrate 2020 coming to a close with us this New Year's Eve. A 150pp set menu degustation created by award winning chef, Mark Briggs.

What 278 People Are Saying
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4.9
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4.6
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SarahP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We could not fault the degustation menu for our party of four. Exemplary service and the food was outstanding.

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CynthiaH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food & service as always! Our favourite any occasion restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We drove for dinner from Lakes, 40 mins, and it was well worth doing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Late birthday dinner

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Jessie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a special night out with amazing food. So appreciative that the staff actually checked the booking and were aware of my food intolerance. They helped us choose from the menu. Everyone was friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was special.
Would highly recommend for any special occasion.

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HannahL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely amazing venue. Staff and food are exceptional, will definitely be returning!

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GregMcD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A good dining experience but booking obligations were restrictive!

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Gill
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic degustation and matching wines!
Epic German Riesling paired with the Hiramasa kingfish crudo and wagyu bresaola with smoked ricotta! Great service too.

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GhostDogs
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All excellent, and a superb way to celebrate our 50th Wedding anniversary. Paynesville was somewhat different in 1970, but now enjoying lovely spots such as this, and we were fortunate to be able to celebrate in this way. All excellent.

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FranD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute must if you are anywhere near! Delicious, creative food, great cocktails and wine and extremely good service. We loved the whole evening - a district cut above the rest!

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tobyt
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Swrvice was incredible, price was suprising. We were shocked when we got the bill that it was so cheap. Food was amazing. I dont really enjoy seafood normally but tried some new things and loved it. Would definately go back

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Fletch
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found the meal an adventure of the taste buds. Serving sizes were good. Would have liked a 3rd flower on the cauliflower entree.

Staff were very keen to accommodate.

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TrudyM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an absolute delight to find such a beautiful restaurant in the Gippsland Lakes region. The food was excellent, the wine list was well considered and the ambience was relaxed and friendly. It was the highlight of our trip to rural Victoria.

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CherylW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tasting experience. The service was excellent. As good as any similarly priced big city restaurant. Reflecting the Paynesville seaside town feel.

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AgnetaG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food with good wine.
Thank you for a lovely experience

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant with fantastic food. Amazing the way the chefs paired foods which I thought had no reason to be on the same plate! Beautiful presentation. Fine dining in Paynesville who would have thought. We are fron Geelong and would be happy to have a restaurant of such high quality down there. Well done all

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Once again Sardine provided an exciting eclectic menu of local produce and sea herbs that excites your tase buds, outstanding.

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BarbP
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent wine and food with exceptional table service. One but can only feel relax in the atmosphere which seems to have been created just for you and your guest. A must visit to Paynesville if only to experience this delight.

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RogerW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A very enjoyable and interesting meal. We did the smaller of the two chef's choices meals and every course was excellent and we were full. A great night out.

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PhilipC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. My wife and I shared entrée of sardines and zucchini flowers - couldn’t fault them. I then had the venison which was the best I have eaten - largely due to the jus which complimented the meat rather than a very rich sauce as is often served with venison. My wife had the cod with mussels which was a good combination. All meals presented creatively and sensibly and the hot meals were actually hot.

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DavidG
Denver
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Really enjoyed the food and the selection of dishes (Tasting menu). Highly recommended

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KylieB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I tried food I never tried before... the food was well presented and delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes fine dining.

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IanT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the food, especially the sardines. Innovative dishes, very professionally served.

Also recommend the octopus dish.

COVID Best practice was unobtrusive.

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Lucylulu
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal, the only place to eat in Paynesville .We had zucchini flowers, olives, Chargrilled Octopus, Lakes Entrance bugs, followed by peanut butter parfait. Wines by the glass showcase local viticulture. Very reasonably priced. highly recommend. Staff knew their stuff too and very good service.

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Poonam
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. I was expecting they might do something special for our anniversary as they asked in reservation about the occasion was little disappointed in that regard. But still spoke highly recommend it

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AnnieM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had the tasting plate and were delighted by the interesting and varied courses offered. The element of surprise made it great fun and there were one or two dishes that we tried that possibly we would not have ordered but still enjoyed. The presentation was excellent as was the service. We were a party of 4 and had a table closest to the window in the outdoor section which was lovely. It was a relaxed setting with plenty of space around us and quiet so we could have conversations effortlessly without intruding on others or hearing the conversation of others.
The amount of food per course was just right so we left feeling replete but not overly full. Our only quibble was that were served a wine that we hadn’t ordered - a communication error possibly. Unfortunately it was not to our taste and consumed it nevertheless. The error was discovered when the bill arrived. The apology was made and the price adjusted so it all ended well.
I would like to add that I was disappointed that Nicholson River wines, from a local vineyard and quite wonderful, didn’t appear to be on the wine list, although another local winery was there. There were lots of wines from elsewhere in the world but in these challenging times I would like to see more support for local wines of top quality. The restaurant does make great use of local food produce so why not incorporate more local wines is our feeling. All in all a very enjoyable dining experience.

SARDINE eatery + bar
Responded on 21 November 2020

The 19 Gippsland wines on our list have been chosen as the best expressions of our wonderful region + to match the dishes on our menu. We are pleased you enjoyed visiting another of the local wineries.

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Clivus
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were excellent and our outside seating was well sheltered and warm. Highly recommended

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PeterL
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful, fresh, innovative food. The kingfish crudo was a sensational combination of flavours and the beef tenderloin was superb. The choice of wine by the glass was extensive and promoted local winemakers.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. I would recommend Sardine restaurant to anyone who wants a fine dining experience.

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PieroB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service with extra ordinarily and unusually flavoured food. Ambience is modern an efficient.
Drinks a bit pricey!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We lashed out and had the degustation. Food was fabulous, especially the baby bugs. Matching wine value was not quite there. But otherwise highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every way!

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Graham
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

We chose the basic degustation at $85 per head. Wine prices always add significantly to the bill. Wonderful food. Waiters easy to speak to. They gave us time to answer our questions and knew most of the answers. We have advertised Sardine, Paynesville to our friends back in Geelong. We regarded our experience as excellent and of fair value.

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MaryanneL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, generous portions and good service.

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LyndaP
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love eating at Sardine. The food is a visual and delicious feast. Highly recommend.

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RoseG
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was delighful, service amd recommendations from the staff were excellent. The size of the meals were perfect to share and every dish was delicious. This venue is a must visit for all. The only disappointing part was that it wasnt open for lunch too :)

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After not dining out since January this was the best place to break the drought. Food was absolutely beautiful with local and Australian produce. Service fabulous we felt very special even dealing with covid safe everyone was lovely.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A returning customer with high expectations that were not disappointed. A great variety of excellent food choices with attentive service when needed. Happy to support this iconic East Gippsland eatery raising the bar with their choice of excellent local produce.
Greg

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ManiG
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place, the food is outstanding and service is good.

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CathW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful service,delicious cuisine,very much recommended if you are passing through Gippsland do yourself a favour and call in to Sardine eatery for a taste sensation you wont leave disapointed.

FAQs

SARDINE eatery + bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at .

SARDINE eatery + bar is rated 4.9 stars by 278 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.