The Wild Flower Bar & Dining at Bells at Killcare

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220 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Mediterranean
Our restaurant, The Wild Flower Bar & Dining, is renowned for its Mediterranean and Italian cuisine offering world class hospitality with a strong focus on sustainability and seasonality. The menus are a celebration of "Food from the Sun" featuring produce from local suppliers from around the Coast and hinterland. Menus feature fresh daily seafood from our local waterways & house-made pasta all within a lively, sophisticated bistro-style space.
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PB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Since I am French I noted that the bouillabaisse and cassoulet did not have authentic French flavour and I wasn’t able to hear any music but we did enjoy our experience as the service and atmosphere were excellent. My wife particularly enjoyed her cocktail!

DI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We attended The Wild Flower Bar and Grill recently for the first time. We really enjoyed the experience. The food was beautiful and the were fantastic. Our waiter was fantastic and had a great knowledge of the produce used in the meal. Overall we really enjoyed our meal an would highly recommend it. And the chocolate mousse was out of this world.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time dining at bells and we were highly impressed. The food was delicious and the service was beyond excellent. I believe the price was great for what we got. Highly recommended

DJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Setting very nice, on this occassion it was a very wet day, the restaurant was closed up, I don't know if it is normally, but it was very noisy inside.
The food was delicious, not overly priced considering the location, and a good amount on the plate.
Waiters didn't refill the water glasses, we had to ask - that would be my only complaint.

MS
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable, food was sensational. The server was so respectful and never interrupted us but was always there when we needed him, and gave well thought out advice when asked. He also took extra care to explain everything to my partner to cater for his allergy and made us feel very secure that there would be no wheat allergens in the food, which made for a very relaxing meal. The starters, sides, mains, desserts and wines were all perfect and well worth the cost. I was delighted to find a high quality restaurant with no pretentiousness, just quality food and service. Can't wait to come again, the whole experience was absolutely brilliant.

BH
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

We felt the new menu did not appeal to us. And the plate of the day was too limiting. We probably won’t return which is such a shame as have been coming here for years.

LH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, and our waiter was just wonderful, all in a beautiful garden setting. I would definitely return!

m
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

We have eaten at Bells many times and loved it. On this last visit we found that the restaurant has completely changed. The food has become more simple - or as they put it 'modern'. We missed the fresh herbs and flowers from the garden adding to each plate. It used to be that every plate was a work of art as well as being incredibly delicious. We did the degustation and actually left hungry. Previously we would have left stuffed full. We did not get our moneys worth in food or experience. Our waitress was wonderful. But the food was very disappointing.

LP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The meals my husband and I ordered were terrific and the restaurant retains its casual, fine dining feel. However our guests, a coeliac and a vegan, felt their choices were a little too limited and gluten free pasta was undercooked.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

The food was fantastic, No table clothes on tables the restaurant has lost its special appeal, too casual dining for the price you pay. Menu is too simple has lost the special class of the previous head chef. Wait staff are no busy trying to look special with service, but just look like they have no idea how to service special dishes. Best to just service the dishes as they come and not try to be something that you are not capable of being a special waiter from Italy or Florence.
I used to love this place for over the last 10 years, I feel it has lost that special dinner appeal.

SQ
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The revamp of the restaurant at Bells is subtle but the refresh is welcome. Indeed, I struggled to pick out what the changes were as the setup is essentially the same, but it is a lovely eating environment.
The menu is still sophisticated but generally more accessible than the previous version and lower cost (although the entrees need some variety as they were almost exclusively fish/seafood).
Our waiter was terrific. Helpful and always there when needed but discrete when not.
We used to go to Bells two or three times a year for special occasions given how expensive it was but with the new lower cost menu, I think we’ll be there more often.

LP
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food / slow service / ran out of chips ! Entrees pasta and steak fantastic magnificent scampi for entree and absolutely perfect oysters - a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed lunch

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

We were very disappointed with our dinner at Bells. The food was forgettable and boring. These days great tasting food is a base requirement. Where a the innovation? Where is the flare? Serving up protein with side salads and fries is basic pub grub. Come on Bells, you can do better.

JG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Food was quite good but over priced. Service was awful, slow and not at all helpful Overall massively disappointing.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

We had booked Bells hoping for the usual experience. Prices are now lower but the food equals the price. Some of our food was really great but the whiting was average. Service was ok but staff weren’t as knowledgeable as they have been

RA
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We arrived for dinner at 6.30 and had our order in before 7. The waitstaff were friendly and the sommelier was knowledgeable and chose us a great wine.....but...when our main meals didn’t come an hour after we finished our entrees, the waitstaff were dismissive and unapologetic. 9pm was too late.
The meals were quite small. Delicious, but too small for the price.
All in all, a disappointing experience for a place that promises excellence.
It’s great to create a relaxed, slow-paced atmosphere, but you MUST do it without wasting people’s time.

JK
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was nice but had higher expectations. Lovely setting.

JW
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

I took my wife & family there for my wife's 50th birthday. To say it was a disappointment is an understatement.

In advance we ordered the degustation menu, but the food that arrived was very average. The service was also exceptionally slow - we had to wait for an hour in between one of the courses.

When I discussed this with the restaurant manager at the end of the evening he said it was because they had a new chef who was 'experimenting' with the menu. I replied he shouldn't be experimenting when I am paying the bill and it was very embarrassing when I had guests there from Hong Kong and interstate.

I would definitely NOT recommend going there. For the price we paid it was exceedingly average :(

CE
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drove up from Sydney for a lovely Sunday lunch and it measured up to our expectation.
Relaxing atmosphere with great food and wine to match. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

AM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by a host ,who made us feel comfortable in a lounge area.
Then we were lead to our table,waiter introduced himself and immediately brought us water.
Then wine and food orders were taken and also included reccomedations by the waiter.
We were promptly served our entree's which were delicious.
The main courses were also tasty.
After a brief time ,we received our desserts,which were delectable.
During our lunch,our water and wine were topped up.
The whole experience was wonderful and we will be returning and possibly take advantage of the accomodation.

DM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A fantastic setting for what proved to be a memorable night. Great food, broad selection of wines and attentive staff. Our first visit and doubt it will be our last.

PN
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place and food was good, however I don’t like ordering a steak and just get a steak, I feel it should come with at lest a vegetable, the sides we had were nice and the dessert good

KA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food , lovely and helpful staff. Were not rushed and food came at the right intervals

A
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely, Peaceful and relaxing hotel with lovely gardens. The Restaurant atmosphere was lovely and the food was amazing. We will definitely be returning again.

CD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

This was our second time dining at Bells and we were a little disappointed. The food was a tad bland and underwhelming, especially for the price tag attached. When we stayed and dined previously we had a lovely meal, and the ambience was great. Perhaps being a weeknight affected things. The wines are always good, as is the service. But would not be so quick to return next time we are in Killcare.

LS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful venue, exceptional food and thoughtful and professional wait team. Highly recommend booking in for the Sunday Family Feast.

NK
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was delicious in particular the desserts, the service was very polite and attentive and we had a lovely happy evening for our anniversary

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Ambience was great. Hampton like. Food was good but not great.

L
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

I had the risotto and was very disappointed that it was tasteless. I had to put much salt and pepper on it to be able to eat it. The noise was terrible and the dessert was definitely overpriced.

LA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing food but service was lacking for the price point.

KA
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, food and location were all excellent. The staff were friendly and very helpful, suggesting dishes and wine from the menu. We had a selection of entrees, a main, sides and dessert to share including oysters, the meat plate, rainbow trout, roast potatoes, mix greens and a chocolate and hazelnut mousse with gelato. Everything was amazing and we will definitely be back. Recommend asking for a table next to the window overlooking the garden.

EH
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful locally sourced fresh food, friendly attentive staff, an extensive drinks list.... A fantastic night out for our anniversary

LB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dinner for a perfect getaway at Bells Killcare . Pasta dishes were delicious and well presented. Gelati and panda cotta desserts were generous and yummy. Service was efficient and non intrusive.

CM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great value for Tuesday night special, as the food was really good

CB
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent ambience, food and wine to celebrate our wedding anniversary

AM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely lunch was so enjoyable. Staff very friendly and service was great. Love the food and the atmosphere so nice. Would definitely love to stay for a few days also.

II
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The degustation menu was excellent, good choices, with great service and flexibility for allergies. The pace was very good, plenty of food served over a couple of hours. Highly recommended.

ST
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Bells, setting beautiful, service wonderful and food delicious.

WR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not being from the Central Coast it was our first time at Bells and I was thoroughly impressed with all facets of the establishment. We will be back and will recommend Bells to whoever I advise CC restaurants to.

LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

I was disappointed. I’ve lived on the coast for years and Bells has a great reputation. Service was great but very limited menu both for locals night and spring menu. Food was good but definitely not outstanding which was what I expected. Not sure what all the hype is about.