South Sailor

4.5
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349 reviews
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$40 and under
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Seafood

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Casual
With an affinity for casual, fresh seafood, South Sailor offers lunch, dinner and everything in between. A fitting spot to settle back after a day on the sand and surf.

Our menu is a combination of classic chip-shop fare and more worldly seafood flavours with our in-house Poke bar. South Sailor works closely with local suppliers to receive the best of the local produce sustainable seafood from the NSW south coast, Australia and NZ.

With indoor & outdoor seating, a licensed bar and kids beach cubby, gather the family for a relaxed weekend lunch or head in with friends for an evening of drinks, dinner and local tunes.
What 349 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

South Sailor never disappoints. Great food, friendly and very courteous staff, Highly recommended.

TG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Graham and his staff make you feel very comfortable and relaxed.

j
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A most enjoyable evening and the food and service - excellent. Standout dish was the kingfish ceviche coupled with plump and tasty oysters. We chose the tasting plate - a good chance to test the kitchen skills and they did not disappoint. Accompanied by a very good Lark Hill Riesling! We will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very pleasant outdoor dining experience! All of my family enjoyed their meals. Staff were very attentive. Will definitely dine at South Sailor again soon!

SC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about South Sailor. Staff are friendly and helpful when ordering which is important. Meals came out in good time. We had 3 people at our table and enjoyed 3 courses which were all delicious. The meringue desert is absolutely delicious, I recommend trying that. The ambiance is just right. I can't fault any details of our booking.

GS
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food at very reasonable prices for the quality.
Happy helpful staff.
A very enjoyable dining experience- we’ll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food/drink and atmosphere, would recommend for sure

DW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was friendly. Will definitely dine here again.

DW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was just so fresh and very tasty. Have not been disappointed and would gladly recommend this restaurant.

BM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Poor service. Plenty of staff but still took a long time for order to be taken. Main Meals delivered at separate times 12 minutes apart meaning we ate separately.
Better places to go

P
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always very very good service, and the food is relentlessly top quality. Never any complaints about the tastes. The only negative is that you pay $100-$150 for 2 people and leave still hungry (the serves are too small guys!). The sashimi is excellent but the pieces of fish may have actually decreased in size since we first ate there, the $28 plate is certainly no more than a taster plate really and should be coupled with a second separate plate to fill up.

LA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined at South Sailor a few times now and have always enjoyed our meals, the friendly wait staff and the atmosphere. The cocktails are a little weak (in terms of alcohol content) but other than that it’s always worth a visit.

JC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 would recommend. Great service, food was exceptional. Can't rate high enough.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Not impressed

o
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the variety of the menu. Food was really nice and the outdoor tables were really good. The girl that helped us was really helpful. Definitely we will come back

MD
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food is always good and the service is lovely and always tries hard, they are just need more of them. One or two more staff would change this place from good to great.

MB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just brilliant. It’s our second visit and absolutely beautiful again. Thanks

DG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious seaside suburban delight. The South Sailor was a warm berth with a welcoming crew and an array of seafood served up bursting with freshness and flavour for every palate.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

We had a set menu , we were disappointed with the main menu

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Staff. Kind and Considerate.
Food is Amazing

GA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Fun NYE night out. Share plate package was great. Staff super friendly, especially Eliane!

JH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, location and the cocktails! I have been three times in the last two months.

DP
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is easily the best restaurant in Thirroul!! Amazing food, every dish is delicious, great location and warm, friendly service! Can’t recommend Sourh Sailor highly enough!

VB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is by far the best seafood in the Illawarra, lots of options & good value
On the floor Peta is welcoming, it’s a relaxed atmosphere & I recommend their Margarita jugs

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect

KE
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

As usual the food and service was great. The only problem was four people in their late twenties sitting at the next table who literally yelled at each other all night in complete oblivion to everyone else dining in the garden area. No a criticism of South Sailor but it dampened the night

C
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The food was plated beautifully and thoughtfully prepared however the flavour just wasn't there for us. The staff was professional, polite and did their job well. We sat outside and unfortunately a large group brought their children and let them run around screaming. Really distracting trying to have a conversation the next table over. We had to talk unusually loud to each other. Wasn't a great experience but wasn't bad either. I had higher expectations.

LS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food & service were both amazing. I will be sure to return as there is so much more on the menu left to try.

MC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food again. Oysters were from Merimbula. The water dragons are from the creek and very entertaining. :-)

MC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fish Tacos were the best we have had at SS . New menu was also a bonus. We will be back :)

E
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

My son and I had the Nepalese fish curry. Was rather bland and we had three prawns each in it!! We all left a bit hungry my other son had the pork belly, okay but small. Very expensive for what you get and it’s still a shack!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Excellent Service. A favourite of ours.

PB
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Simple, delish food and professional service. Fish tacos were lovely. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails. Would visit again to sample poke bowls.

JH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a nice surprise South Sailor was - the best grilled Barramundi - the service was attentive but not invasive - also loved that the tables in the outdoor area were not too close to each other - lovely experience catching up with an old friend.

JH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined on the $39 set menu and the food was absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe how much food we actually got for such a reasonable price! All the different flavours were melt in your mouth delicious and I can't wait to come back and try the regular menu. The outdoor seating area was so beautiful and the staff were all very friendly and answered every question our group had. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars!

MJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great location that has a really good vibe. The staff are really friendly and helpful. Service was quick and the food was delicious. A great drinks menu so you can experiment with something new. Top marks.

DP
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice food, friendly staff. Inside the restaurant was very noisy, outside where we sat it was moderate. Recommended.

JB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I've been to this restaurant a few times before always been very good but this time the food was very underwhelming not sure whether they have the same chef anymore just not as good as before. Pretty disappointing

PS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere
Healthy options
Good selection of drinks

TS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!! We have found our new favourite seafood spot...beautiful and delicately cooked seafood with inspired flavours. Nepalese curry is a crowd pleaser for sure. Love it!