2020 Wollongong & The Illawarra Readers' Choice Awards

"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 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 - Regional"
Table 426

Table 426

Modern Australian   $$$$$   Opens Wed 5:00:PM

Corrimal

A hidden culinary gem in Corrimal, Table 426 is dedicated to offering a dining experience that reflects just how passionate they are about fresh food. This family-run restaurant has a relaxed, welcomi...
"Readers' Choice Award - Cafe"
Deli & Dine on Market

Deli & Dine on Market

Cafe   $$$$$   Open Now

Wollongong

Those strolling along Market Street in the coastal city of Wollongong will stumble across quaint providore and café, Deli & Dine on Market. A welcoming interior awaits with a neutral colour palette of...
"Readers' Choice 2019 - Breakfast"
The Hungry Monkey

The Hungry Monkey

Cafe   $$$$$   Open Now

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...
"Readers' Choice Award - Coffee"
Franks 'n Beans

Franks 'n Beans

Cafe   $$$$$   Open Now

Corrimal

Focusing on serving mouth-watering, nutritious food and aromatic coffee is Franks ‘n Beans, a delightful café and grocer in Corrimal. This venue’s tiled floor and worn wooden furnishings create an env...
"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 ...
"Panorama of coastal views."
Showcasing a panorama of commanding coastal views over Illawarra, Altitude 1148 is a dining destination not to be missed. Sophisticatedly chic, the smart design of this Bulli Tops restaurant demands a...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Pizza"
Figtree Gourmet Kitchen

Figtree Gourmet Kitchen

Pizza   $$$$$   Opens at 5:00:PM

Figtree

When visiting the Illawarra region and the taste for authentic Italian inspired cuisine calls, make your way down Bellevue Road to discover Figtree Gourmet Kitchen. As the area's longest established w...
"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 - 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...
"Readers' Choice 2020 - Regional"
Established in 1998, Crooked River Wines is a destination unto itself, situated in a picturesque valley in Gerringong, 90 minutes from Sydney. This family owned and operated winery sits on volcanic al...
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...
JJ's Indian Restaurant Kiama

JJ's Indian Restaurant Kiama

Indian   $$$$$   Opens at 5:00:PM

Kiama

Spice lovers embark on a flavoursome dining adventure at JJ’s Indian Restaurant on Terralong Street in Kiama. Bold maroon colours and traditional artwork await inside this elegant restaurant, where cr...
The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Tapas   $$$$$   Opens at 4:00:PM

Wollongong

5th Ave

5th Ave

American   $$$$$   Opens Wed 7:00:AM

Shellharbour

Friendly neighbourhood locale 5th Ave café draws loyal crowds from in and around Shellharbour, located on the corner of Wentworth and Addison Street. Matte black walls with concrete tabletop styling c...
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...
If you’re a local, you already know of The Deck in Ryan’s Hotel, though if you’re passing through the northern seaside suburb of Thirroul you may want to jot this one down as a pleasant family dining ...