The hatted institution Caveau, brings refined dining to Wollongong. They are renowned for their decadent seven course tasting menus, but if you’re feeling in need of something a little less filling, they also offer a three course du jour. Produce is sustainable and bio-dynamic and is used to create dishes best described as ‘bush tucker fine dining’. You’ll also be able to try some unusual meats like emu and wallaby here, but don’t worry – vegans are more than catered ...
Babyface Kitchen offers a modern Australian menu with sustainability and quality produce, a central mantra and plenty of seafood and international influences offering a touch of colour. If you were to judge a book (restaurant) by its cover (decor), then you’ll know that the menu reflects the interiors - relaxed fine dining.
Located in the suburbs’ old post office, this fine dining restaurant showcases regional produce in their al la carte and degustation menus. The décor pays homage to the buildings history, incorporating the original features in a tasteful way. Every dish is innovative and emphasises seasonal and sustainable ingredients from the Illawarra region.
The Pavilion, located inside the Berry Motel, is a relaxed, family-friendly restaurant offering elegant Mod-Oz dishes. For the couples, you’ll also love eating in the candlelit dining room and then sipping on some local red while soaking up the warmth of the log fire.
Eat at Sandy's
Sandy Goodwich uses wholesome, ethically sourced produce to create their delicious sandys. The brunch offering includes deluxe breakfast rolls that you can feel good about – not to mention the avo toast– don’t worry, it definitely won’t set you back a mortgage. These guys also host monthly communal dinners to bring passionate foodies together to talk about, you guessed it – food.
Bombora Seafood Restaurant
Bombora Seafood is everything that its name suggests. They are all about cooking up the freshest seafood sourced locally. From its harbourside location, sit back and take in the views and treat yourself to a seafood platter with a bottle of regional sav blanc.
SOUTH on Albany
Just off the main thoroughfare in Berry is the stylish yet casual restaurant, SOUTH on Albany which showcases a Modern European influenced menu. The chefs use seasonal and local produce, with tasty results that pair fine dining techniques with rustic cooking and flavours. The space is light-filled and unpretentious with a welcoming vibe characteristic of this friendly coastal town.
Northbeach Pavilion offers laidback yet elegant Italian dining housed in the North Beach Bathers Pavilion on North Wollongong Beach. The dishes are designed for sharing with woodfired pizza being a major fixture on the menu and come as big as 1-metre, but you may want to save room for their dessert pizzas.
Kneading Ruby’s classic Italian dishes are executed in a rustic, flavour-comes-first approach. Offering small shares and large share dishes, there’s plenty of cues telling you that you should share – but we wouldn’t judge you if you wanted all the Italian goodness to yourself. Tucked away in a former warehouse, the space has been transformed into a light and plant-filled space.
Thirroul Beach Pavilion
This waterfront pavilion located on the promenade at Thirroul Beach is a casual hangout perfect for devouring some fish and chips, wine in hand. The dining room takes advantage of it’s beachfront location, with open windows that let in the salty breeze, but the option to dine on the esplanade is the obvious choice.
A must-visit foodie destination on the South Coast, The Hungry Duck is a fine dining Asian gem. Chef David Campbell takes a ‘locavore’ approach to cooking, which means he relies heavily on his on-site garden for veggies and herbs and he sources his duck, wagyu and alpaca – yes alpaca – from regional farmers. The space is chic and intimate and the food is made for sharing – so you don’t have to worry about getting food envy for your ...
Rookie eatery does modern fine dining Australian fare well. The historic house with chic whitewashed interiors sets the scene for a menu that is influenced by local produce and is inspired by eastern and western cultures. Indigenous native foods makes an appearance, collected from their on-site veggie garden.
Leaf in Berry
LEAF (Love Eating Asian Food) is the place to head if you literally love eating Asian food. When you’re craving your fix, LEAF in Berry’s amazing dishes will warm you up from the inside out. Located in the historic Post Office, circa 1886, Leaf serves utterly delicious Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a casual dining space.
Quay Canteen is a Vietnamese street food-slash-vegan hangout-slash-café. Sounds weird? Well, it’s not. They pull it off with their insta-worthy dishes that vary from traditional Vietnamese dishes to raw and baked treats. Take our advice, you don’t want to leave without having tried one of their shakes.
Teriyaki meets tacos at this Asian-South American fusion restaurant and bar. Every décor element is meticulously placed - be it the indie Japanese posters adorning the walls or the sugar skulls dotted around the place. Dining here is all about the communal vibe, from their communal tables to their delicious menu, designed to share.
His Boy Elroy
His Boy Elroy is a little laneway bar and burger joint that’s all about serving up burgers and brisket – à la South American. The shakes are compulsory, well, they ought to be when they’re this good. What’s not compulsory is the shot of bourbon you can add to them, but we think this is a very necessary add on.
The historic ambience of The Berry Hotel creates a hub for travelers and locals to meet, relax and enjoy a bevvie or two. Built in 1863, the buildings’ remnants and collectibles are on display and are a very present reminder of the charm of yesteryear. Modern bistro fare can be enjoyed in The Coach House restaurant by one of their many open fires!
The Scarborough Hotel
An Illawarra institution, The Scarborough is a seaside pub with a laid-back vibe. The Seacliff Beer Garden is the place to be, with a mix of tables and huts, and a menu featuring pub mains, craft beers and Australian wines. Perched upon a cliff, the pub enjoys uninterrupted ocean views that are as breathtaking as you’d imagine. There’s also a grassy area for the little ones to play making this a great family outing.
The Bucks family have been in this building since 1940. Family hospitality runs deep in this local institution and you'd be hard pressed not to find a local that doesn't frequent this cafe slash bar. Coffee cafe by day but by night, Bucks is the go-to place for friends to gather, drink and be very, very merry. Craft beers and Australian wines make for a great accompaniment to their antipasti plates.
Jose Jones Restaurant & Bar
Four in one, Jose Jones is a restaurant, bar, café and coffee roastery. Feel like some eggs benny for brunch? Tick! Locally caught fish for dinner? Tick? A jug of sangria with gourmet, bite-size tapas plates? Tick and tick. With all bases covered, there’s really no reason not to stay all day. You can always duck to the beach (100 meters away) in between meals to break up the eating fest.