Sawtell Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Sawtell

December 15, 2017 Lean Nau

Discover the best restaurant in Sawtell, Australia including Taste, Wholly Cow Cafe, Cafe TREEO Sawtell, Kimono, Sea Salt Fish & Chips, Thai Tales, Zest Restaurant, Fish Tales, Split Espresso, Sawtell Surf Club Cafe

1. Taste

11 First Ave | Shop 1, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$173 - HK$212 +61 2 6658 3583
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Taste

Reviewed By Lakesidelady66 - Surfers Paradise, Australia

Hard to decide what to choose, from such a great menu. Really lovely service and very comfortable for someone eating alone. Started with Scallops, Duck was perfectly cooked and delicious, and couldn't pass the rhubarb crumble to finish. Great wine selection, to compliment the beautiful food. Highly recommend this restaurant.

2. Wholly Cow Cafe

2/39 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$63 - HK$118 +61 2 6658 2682
Excellent
32%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Wholly Cow Cafe

Wholly Cow is located at 2/39 First Avenue in sunny Sawtell NSW. We are open every day, serving great coffee and fresh burgers. Our coffee is fair trade and organic, roasted by the wonderful Amelia Franklin in Bellingen.All the burgers are made to order, using delicious homemade tomato relish and mayo, local veggies and meat. The burger buns are organic sourdough from the talented team at k’pane Artisan Bakery. We also have a daily selection of pastries and sweet treats from k’pane.Come in and try our coffee and burgers – we have many delicious choices from good old fashioned burgers with the lot (and of course beetroot) as well as great vegetarian burgers.

Reviewed By Aussiewoz - Caloundra, Australia

Had the Spicy Bird Gourmet Burger this time.
Came with chicken schnitzel, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, coriander, mayo and chilli sauce. Pretty sure it was $12.50 and pretty good value I thought.
Most burgers $10-$13.50.
Open from 7 am.
Definitely worth a visit when in the area.

3. Cafe TREEO Sawtell

18 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$118 +61 2 6653 1099
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 290 reviews

Cafe TREEO Sawtell

TREEO is open 7 days, serving an extensive all day breakfast menu, lunch & dinner. We serve delicious coffee from esteemed roasters Will&Co.

Reviewed By Aussiewoz - Caloundra, Australia

Have reviewed before and was in Sawtell recently and popped in for brekky.
Went with the Sticky Date Pancakes which according to the menu came with medjool date pancakes, salted caramel and vanilla sauce, torched bananas, pretzel crumble and vanilla bean ice cream. $17.50.
Had to write all that down to hopefully get it right.
For me it certainly sounded exotic and yummy and it was.
I’m not usually a pancake person but after Reading that description on the menu I couldn’t resit and I’m glad I didn’t.
They seemed to have about 20 breakfast items which are available all day.
Experienced a nice atmosphere and nice friendly service.
If in SawtelI I believe it’s definitely worth a visit.

4. Kimono

U 1 24 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia (Formerly Sarong) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$212 6658 6392
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Kimono

Restaurant and bar with a Japanese menu. Extensive selection of premium spirits, 3 premium beers on tap, wines by the glass, cocktails and sake. Intimate and atmospheric setting with a homely attitude to service and an emphasis on bringing clear and distinctive flavours to the dishes. Kimono is a unique blend of old and new, country and metropolitan, restaurant and bar.

Reviewed By c0lin1950 - Coffs Harbour, Australia

As local residents who have enjoyed the old Kimono restaurant we returned for a special anniversary dinner . The menu has been cut by 90 % and prices for a few “Tapas” ( yes Spanish Japanese ) so called meals are extremely overpriced and increased 100 % . If your looking for overpriced snacks and a beer this is the place , but if your looking for a Japanese meal in Coffs Harbour look else where . Staff are friendly and professional but are serving up a second rate product .

5. Sea Salt Fish & Chips

29 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, Australian Lunch, Dinner +61 2 6658 9199
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Sea Salt Fish & Chips

Reviewed By sam63 - darwin

Great start to a weeks holiday...long line to order which obviously means great food. 20 minute wait which for the amount of people more than acceptable.
Family pack amazing combination of crumbed prawns, whiting, battered fish, calamari, hot crunchy chips all quickly devoured. Some of the best I have had in a long time.

6. Thai Tales

2/70 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$78 - HK$196 +61 406 996 427
Excellent
34%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Thai Tales

Reviewed By JenniR4

This would have to be the most consistent restaurant I have ever experienced. We have been coming here annually for 4 years and the quality, taste, service and price are outstanding. We had extra guests who were not booked for and nothing was too much trouble to fit them at our table of 17. Great night.

7. Zest Restaurant

1/8-12 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 2 6658 5840
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Zest Restaurant

Reviewed By Reneeandjohn - Maitland, Australia

Great food, great coffee. The cafe has plenty of outdoor Seating to soak up the atmosphere. The staff friendly and helpful. Good variety on the menu, including vegetarian. Good blackboard specials. Loved the warm vegetable salad. I would recommend and will return

8. Fish Tales

51-55 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Bar, Seafood, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 403 932 182
Excellent
27%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
9%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Fish Tales

Restaurant located within the Sawtell Hotel

Reviewed By OscardaPadre - Toowoomba, Australia

The food was appalling quality and it took forever to arrive. Soggy nachos and poor serving size. Not happy Fred.

9. Split Espresso

Shop 3 4 First Ave, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$126 +61 2 6658 3026
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Split Espresso

Reviewed By Cymbid64 - Sydney, Australia

Sawtell is not short on cafes and I’ve tried a couple over the years. Split makes good food. The service is very good and obliging. The cafe was full but they found us a table efficiently. We ordered Gado Gado and the prawn Sandwich. Both were good. We tried their detox juice which was also really good. As far as cafes go, this is very good.

10. Sawtell Surf Club Cafe

4th Avenue, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian Breakfast, Brunch +61 2 6658 4383
Excellent
38%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Sawtell Surf Club Cafe

Reviewed By sam63 - darwin

Great way to start my holiday..early morning walk then a great coffee and wonderful view.
Staff have been nothing but friendly, bacon and eggs rolls on Turkish bread was a massive hit with our kids.
Basic menu but enough choices.
Tables , chairs and umbrellas provided. As per notice it is running as a take away outlet currently..so no table service.
Bikes and surfboards for hire as well.
This is my first visit here but thoroughly enjoy the simplicity and location...

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