Where to Eat in South West Rocks: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 12, 2017 Darleen Reid

Discover the best restaurant in South West Rocks, Australia including The Rocks Restaurant & Bar, South West Rocks Seafood, Thai On The Rocks, Trial Bay Kiosk, Horseshoe Bay Kiosk, Cantonese Inn Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway, SeaBreeze Beach Hotel, Paragon Pizzeria, Chillati Gelato & Sorbet, Rock Pool Motor Inn
Things to do in South West Rocks

1. The Rocks Restaurant & Bar

45 McIntyre St, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +61 2 6566 7143
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

The Rocks Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Junior-Nomads - Brisbane, Australia

We were staying onsite at the Motor Inn and thought we'd try here for dinner. The outlook to the outside pool and Seating area was nice, the palm trees were lit up at night, and inside the tables weren't crowded together, it was warmly lit and very comfortable. The prices are normal restaurant prices, as it is a restaurant. You don't come here expecting a cheap cafe meal. It's a great place for larger groups and functions, as there is plenty of room, and the bar is very well equipped with a nice bar Seating for pre-dinner drinks.
We ordered the Garlic Turkish Bread and Pea, Mint & Basil Arancini Cakes as starters. Both were delicious, very fresh, and good portion sizes. The Cakes are a great vegetarian option.
For mains we ordered the Zucchini, Haloumi & Mint Fritters, w/Quinoa, Tomato & Mint Salad and the 1824 Char-grilled Scotch Fillet. The fritters dish was huge, and after starters there was just no way we could finish it, so credit for the great portion size. The dish was light and the salad very fresh, the flavour did get quite strong towards the end, and would probably make another great starter dish as a smaller portion. The Fillet was cooked as requested, a great dish at usual restaurant prices.
For dessert we both shared the Sticky Date Pudding with Icecream, and we struggled through this just because of the amount of food we'd already eaten. It was fresh, soft, and definitely seemed homemade.
We really enjoyed our meal here. It was quiet, relaxing, staff were friendly, we weren't rushed and could just sit back and enjoy the good food.

2. South West Rocks Seafood

33 Livingstone St, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, Australian Lunch +61 2 6566 7703
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

South West Rocks Seafood

Reviewed By Paul G - Sydney

Have eaten at countless seafood restaurants therefore I'm hard on this one and yet it was better than average, just not amazing. Not much choice with regards to selection of fish.. Barramundi was fresh and affordable. Prices are fair at this venue, not overpriced like many ! Yes would eat there again calamari was tender , .but one thing I will say did not impress me was their potato scallops, again they were Highly processed..not the nice fresh slices of soft potato I have been accustomed too.......Uggg,but other than that pretty good.

3. Thai On The Rocks

U 1 12 Gregory St, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +61 2 6566 6655
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Thai On The Rocks

Reviewed By Laffo57 - Arakoon, Australia

Stopped by here for takeaway. Good selection to choose from at reasonable prices. Got our food home and ate like kings. Very tasty and plentiful. The spices did not overpower the food flavours but rather enhanced them. But be warned. The hot spice is hot. Not to the detriment of flavour though. We’ll be back and next time we will eat in because it looks relaxed and friendly. In fact if the young staff that served us are any example the dine in service should be terrific. Those young kids were happy, polite and it just made it all taste that much better. Thank you.

4. Trial Bay Kiosk

Cardwell St, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 2 6566 7100
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

Trial Bay Kiosk

Reviewed By Sapphire2017

Wonderful location with great views but the lunch menu was basic. Furthermore, it was not gluten free friendly which made our choices limited! Staff were indifferent....rushed us and our meals....and cleaning up around us so it wasnt relaxing at all! All in all rather disappointing...

5. Horseshoe Bay Kiosk

Headland At Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Australian, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +61 2 6566 6282
Excellent
52%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Horseshoe Bay Kiosk

Reviewed By Mitch007 - Sydney, Australia

Fish and chips was excellent and reasonably priced.
Kiosk closes about 5pm as does the nearby toilet block (but there are toilets under Pavilion on top near other carpark.
For a nice cheap feed and an ice cream overlooking Horseshoe Bay as the sun drops though, it can't be beat.

6. Cantonese Inn Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway

9 Memorial Ave, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +61 2 6566 6563
Excellent
35%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Cantonese Inn Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway

Reviewed By Georgie B

We come to SWR almost every year and everytime we visit the Cantonese Inn. It was exceptional again and we enjoyed eating in and take out. The staff was friendly and food quick. This is a regional Chinese so you should always order the old favourites that they are good at eg beef in black bean, Mongolian lamb, chicken and almonds etc. This is good country Chinese, don’t expect city Asian.

7. SeaBreeze Beach Hotel

Cnr Livingstone St & Prince of Wales Ave, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$181 +61 2 6566 6205
Excellent
24%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 296 reviews

SeaBreeze Beach Hotel

With stunning water views overlooking Horseshoe Bay, you'll find the Seabreeze Beach Hotel and accommodation is the place for your next holiday in South West Rocks. The Seabreeze Beach Hotel offers customers a full and comprehensive accommodation service with modern facilities throughout. Our very popular bistro and bar, as well as 28 comfortable, well-appointed rooms, is right in the heart of South West Rocks. Enjoy a fabulous meal from our very popular kitchen sitting either indoors or outdoors. At the Seabreeze Beach Hotel you can expect to find a wide selection on our menu, with everything from modern Australian cuisine, to Thai dishes, great steaks, fresh seafood and some really tempting pasta dishes. Bottleshop Our drive thru bottleshop has a fantastic range of beers, wines and spirits to cater for all your beverage needs. With weekly specials, you will not be disappointed with what we have on offer. We also offer a large range of interconnecting rooms, please enquire direct with the hotel for availability.

Reviewed By bchgrrrl - Redondo Beach, California

We came here for dinner on our first night on our Australia Day holiday. The place was really busy with families, couples and groups. Was a fun environment right in town and by the beach. Both our dinners were good and they had a good bar menu. My partner actually even won some kind of scratcher promotion for Coopers with his drink order. Bonus.

8. Paragon Pizzeria

Shop 4 Paragon Ave, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +61 2 6566 7711
Excellent
42%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
11%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Paragon Pizzeria

Reviewed By YSims - Sydney, Australia

When we entered Paragons we were greeted with a smile and were told there would be a wait - before we ordered - we expected that across the peak period.
It was also fine with us given the pizzeria was walking distance (everything in SWR is!) and we could come back.
We had a large order for two families and we were not disappointed. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. Very moorish, not greasy and fresh.
This is a little unassuming restaurant down a side lane. If you choose to order a pizza I’d recommend you order and then return to pick it up. The park and beach are just across the road, a great way to wait for an awesome meal!

9. Chillati Gelato & Sorbet

Shop 7 31 Livingstone St | 31 Livingstone Street, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Gluten Free Options HK$24 - HK$126 +61 408 098 021
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Chillati Gelato & Sorbet

Authentic Italian gelato and sorbets made fresh on the premises using premium ingredients. Gluten, dairy and nut free options. Segafredo Zanetti espresso coffee.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Stopped in as part of family escape to the rocks. This shop is a little gem! Fantastic tasting gelato with large servings! Excellent service especially from the young lad that works there.
Have a gelato and sit on the new wooden bench overlooking the boulders or let the kids run it off in the new park!

10. Rock Pool Motor Inn

45 McIntyre St, South West Rocks, New South Wales 2431, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Australian Breakfast, Dinner 65667143
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Rock Pool Motor Inn

Reviewed By Fishpig - Maclean

I must first say the service was very good, with friendly attentive staff. Having said that, I felt the meals themselves were small, pricey & overrated in their description. I don't mind paying good dollars for great food, but to still be hungry after your meal is not on. Three fatty crumbed cutlets with a small serving of sides is the classic mutton dressed up as lamb meal that you could get from any pub for half the price. I think the overall standard of your dining experience in SWR is so low that anything slightly above the average may appear outstanding. Good garlic bread.

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