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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.