2021 Wollongong & The Illawarra Readers' Choice Awards

"Sublime seafood & views to match"
Above Wollongong Harbour’s glistening waters sits Bombora Seafood, a unique dining experience in breezy, stylish surrounds. Versatile for all occasions, be it a romantic evening for two or family lunc...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Grill"
The breathtaking Wollongong Harbour provides a vibrant backdrop for levelone@harbourfront, a dynamic tapas bar and grill on Endeavour Drive. An extension of the iconic Harbourfront Restaurant, this el...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Pizza"
When visiting the Illawarra region and the taste for authentic Italian cuisine calls, make your way down Bellevue Road to discover Figtree Gourmet Kitchen. As the area's longest established wood-fired...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Breakfast"
The Hungry Monkey

The Hungry Monkey

Cafe   $$$$$   Opens Wed 6:30:AM

Kiama

A trip down the South East coast is worth the scenic drive if only to try out The Hungry Monkey in Kiama, not far from the iconic blowhole and lighthouse. The smell of freshly baked treats entices pat...
"Amazing Woodfired Pizza"
Kneading Ruby

Kneading Ruby

Italian   $$$$$   Open Now

Wollongong

Nestled in the heart of Wollongong and participating in the town’s cheery seaside dining scene is Kneading Ruby on Crown Lane. Imposing from the outside with high brick walls, inside is unassumingly e...
"Readers' Choice 2020 Winner"
Crooked River Restaurant

Crooked River Restaurant

European   $$$$$   Opens Wed 11:30:AM

Gerringong

Escape to the countryside to enjoy culinary refinement at Crooked River Restaurant at Crooked River Wines Estate in Gerringong. A panoramic view of rolling hillsides and thriving vineyards can be admi...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Thai"
Boasting a stunning waterfront venue and exotic cuisine to suit, spoil yourself and loved ones At Harbour Thai Restaurant at the ocean end of Addison Street in Shellharbour. Offering a spacious, open ...
"Readers' Choice Award - Coffee"
Franks 'n Beans

Franks 'n Beans

Cafe   $$$$$   Opens Wed 7:00:AM

Corrimal

Focusing on serving mouth-watering, nutritious food and aromatic coffee is Franks ‘n Beans, a delightful café and grocer on Murray Road in Corrimal. This venue’s tiled floor and worn wooden furnishing...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Italian"
Follow tantalising smells wafting from the pizza oven to Gambinos Italian Ristorante on Princes Highway in Corrimal. This neighbourhood favourite greets diners with colourful chairs, sassy red accentu...
Whether or not you're a guest of Gerringong's award-winning Mercure Resort, it's Bella Char Restaurant + Wine Bar that is a dining experience deserving of discovery. With an elegant blend of contempor...
Miss Lee's

Miss Lee's

Chinese   $$$$$   Open Now

Wollongong

Pushing the boundaries of modern Chinese cuisine, Miss Lee's on Keira Street in Wollongong is the new kid on the block for fare with flair. Blending exotic herbs and spices to match the relaxed and fu...
Discovered by George Bass on his voyage of coastal exploration on December 6, 1797, the local Aboriginals had for generations referred to it as Khanterintee. Under the right conditions, large waves en...
Dagwood

Dagwood

   Open Now

Wollongong

Meet friends for a catch-up and hang out at Dagwood bar, a modish venue oozing a cool vibe on Market Street in Wollongong. An easy ambience is complemented by a soundtrack of smooth tunes as locals mi...
2 Smoking Barrels

2 Smoking Barrels

American   $$$$$   Opens Wed 5:00:PM

Wollongong

The Lodge is nestled on ten acres of landscaped gardens in the lush Jamberoo Valley. This superb Lodge blends the peace the freshness of its natural environment with the standards of a modern resort.