South Sailor

4.6
594 reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
With a love for casual, fresh seafood, South Sailor offers lunch, dinner and a wine & cocktail we just know you'll love! Just 150 metres from Thirroul Beach, South Sailor is a fitting spot to settle back after a day on the sand and surf.

Expect to find a contemporary seafood focussed menu with the very best that the South Coast and Australia has to offer. The menu is a combination of classic chip-shop fare and more worldly seafood flavours with an in-house Sushi & Poké Bar. The kitchen, lead by Executive Chef Graham Ette, prepares delicious seafood plates cooked to order, designed to share.

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 and a shared feast. South Sailor is the perfect locale for those wanting to enjoy the Coal Coast vibe and warm welcome.

Experiences

  • Tapas & Bottomless Vino, Weekend Lunch

    A$79.00 per person

    May 22 - Aug 1, 2021

    Our Tapas & Bottomless Vino lunch is a celebration of wine, tapas & good times. You’ll be starting your 2 hour drink package with a Seville Orange G&T in hand! We’ll keep the drinks flowing with a stellar line up of Spanish wines, bubbles and Aussie Pale Ale. For the menu, you’ll be sharing some delicious seafood inspired tapas followed by our Seafood Paella. Dietaries, no problemo. Please let us know at the time of booking so our chefs can accommodate.
What 594 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MargaretS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food as always and great staff. We love this restaurant

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LianeP
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food; friendly, helpful, genuine staff. Love it!

MS
MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very healthy portion sizes, beautifully prepared dishes and pricey but excellent wine. The menu was not extensive but the japanese influenced cuisine was very refreshing.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and amazing!
Service was wonderful and friendly.

DW
DebbieW
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Blake went above and beyond. He was professional and went out of his way to look after the patrons. Hope he receives the recognition. He is a keeper.

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Johnnyyork65
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent, carefully thought out Tapas and Paella bottomless lunch. Very good good wine and cocktails, often not so with such deals.

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food and ambience! If ordering for 8 or more read website carefully.

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KerryC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, extremely tasty, and a very wide choice of meals.

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RocknRoll
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine for a day trip from Sydney. The food and drinks were amazing and all our group raved about what they'd ordered. And it's dog friendly!

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Victoria
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very sweet cafe. Nice staff. Food reasonable. Overall, pleasant experience

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LidiaS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tune poke bowl excellent but disappointed with NT Barramundi dish. We asked our waitress if NT meant barramundi from Northern Territory & she had no idea. Thinking it was we were excited to try this. Wrong choice..... NT means NO TASTE. Coming from living in far north Qld, we have had this fish many many times & were let down with this dish. On the flavour side was the side dish of fennel slaw. Will know next time not to order this dish.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Not a particularly A little cold outside.

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melaniei
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another gem of the Illawarra! Outstanding food and cocktails including great no alcohol cocktails for the driver. Clever and the 0% gin and tonic was really good. Will definitely be back.

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kathyS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing, fresh, creative and delicious. Definitely recommend.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service excellent menu satisfying experience - will go back again

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great night - beautiful fresh flavours, great staff - looking forward to another night out !

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were down from Sydney for Mothers day. Couldn't have picked a more perfect restaurant. Fabulous flavour. Love this restaurant.

AJ
AllyssaJ
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t ever go wrong dining here or takeaway! food is always excellent and we have never had a bad experience!! even when we have needed to cater to dietary requirements, they are always accommodating and don’t make a fuss over it!
The lovely gentleman serving us on sunday was prompt and enjoying himself despite it being quite a busy day! made the experience very enjoyable!

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing tacos and Margherita. Will definitely go back. Make sure you request where you want to sit though

JB
JaneB
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found service & food great - although we only had the seafood platter for 2 we loved it as it’s not your typical platter & very reasonable

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SusieM
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful. The food was fabulous however dining out is not just about the food. Recommend the Miso Salmon and the scallop and tempura prawn sushi roll.

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AndyG
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must whilst visiting thirroul; whether it be a long lunch or special occasion I love coming here for the delicious food & friendly atmosphere!

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Davo
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the fish pie. Fresh seafood combinations cooked on a paella like base. Not what we expected but so nice.

CB
ColleenB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great selection of small plates, great place to head before a show

JH
JessicaH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A fusion style menu with a range of dishes. Seafood and meat options were all tasty. The restaurant was busy and had a nice ambience to it. Would recommend trying the south sailor fish tacos and the Korean fried chicken. Sashimi was also good value and super fresh.

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Jachud
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favourite restaurant. So lucky to have such a great place to eat and drink right on my doorstep

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KimK
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fresh seafood. $1.50 oyster happy hour is a must. South Sailor Japanese inspired fish tacos are awesome.
Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Nice outdoor area available too

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

1hr 20 minutes each way.
Fish exceptional 👌 👍
Salad(s) equally exceptional 👍👏
Potato scallop had NO potato in it
🤢
Value was great.
Ambience not great... lots of road/car noise ( Friday lunchtime).

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WendyW
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love South Sailor! Food is always delicious - especially the South Sailor Fish Tacos and the Fish Pie. Staff are always friendly and efficient. The cocktails were perfectly mixed.

JP
JeremyP
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent once again and our favourite restaurant in the area. The outdoor area has a great ambience and is not too noisy. We take our kids there who love the burgers and the sushi rolls. Also offering a good wine list.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was a very poor experience.

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ReneeJ
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What beautiful food, wonderful service & lovely cocktails.

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KMack
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue for a catch up with friends. Food couldn't fault & service great. Look forward to next visit.

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TerryC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For me to come back again and book for a third go, it must be exceptional.

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All round it was a great night, the food was really good but I did have to google a few dishes to get an idea of what they were ( which is likely due to my more mundane eating habits ) but a little more description would have made it easier, We had to remind the waiter for drinks and 1 missed item , but this was no great drama and was rectified quickly

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ThomasP
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia was very welcoming and professional as always. She is a reason to patronize South Sailor. The young man (waiter) who also served us was friendly and hospitable. We requested a larger table when we booked as your tables are small and cramped. This was granted and we are very pleased.

It was a bit difficult to converse with the noise level but this is customer noise level, and out of your control. Some noise level is great for atmosphere.

Covid 19 has meant that we have not eaten out for about a year and are now starting to emerge.

We look forward to visit South Sailor again.

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderfully fresh seafood presented in a variety of very creative dishes.

JH
JenH
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy South Sailor, highly recommend, great depth of flavour in their more complex dishes and wonderful fresh seafood. Drinks were fantastic as well..

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great feed! Had the seafood share plate for 2. Next time will get a couple of mains and sides to share. Service was really good with a young guy who came around for our orders! I recommended the spiced pear old fashioned

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Joanna
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Great service, great food, and value for money. Can’t wait to go again!

FAQs

South Sailor is rated 4.6 stars by 594 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 bookings at the moment.