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Wine & Dine

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Whether you’re looking for fine dining with a view, or a casual take away to enjoy on your private balcony overlooking the beautiful Merimbula coastline, Merimbula has just the place for you. Our friendly Hillcrest team can assist with making bookings, and we highly recommend booking in advance – in such a small town, and as our Restaurants are so popular, we would hate for you to miss out.

Check out some of our favourites and make your booking today!

Banksia
Fine dining in the ambience of The Old Pambula Bank, a heritage listed building and local landmark.
https://www.banksiarestaurant.com.au/

Valentina
How do we explain Valentina? Her beauty is so uniquely mesmerizing she becomes muse to everyone who meets her.
She dances around the islands visiting the mansions of her lovers; all of whom keep a room just for her. Not knowing where or when she will arrive, but always hoping it won’t be too long between visits. We’ve prepared the room for her with everything she loves, delicious seafood, alongside her favourite local dishes, seductive cocktails, and exquisite wines. You’ll know when Valentina is on her way as the linen curtains begin to dance and the breeze carries with it a song you’ve never heard before. We’d love for you to come and meet the beauty that is… Valentina.
https://www.valentinarestaurant.com/

Wheelers
Contemporary Australian cuisine featuring a fusion of flavours and the freshest local seafood. Ever-changing specials as well as vegetarian and gluten free dishes that don’t compromise on flavour, make Wheeler’s a place for everyone.
Serving Wheeler’s own Merimbula Lake oysters, the farm to plate experience comes full circle within the architecture of reclaimed wharf timber, high ceilings and stunning coastal bush surrounds.
If you’re after a special experience, Wheeler’s is your destination.
https://www.wheelersoysters.com.au/restaurant

Dulcie’s Cottage
Dulcie’s Cottage is an original weatherboard cottage in Merimbula, built in 1925 by Arthur and Dulcie Goodsill.
They raised their family of 10 in this sweet little cottage and called it home.
The cottage has been reimagined into a watering hole that serves cocktails and craft beers from behind a long bar surrounded by taxidermy and bric a brac.
Our walls are covered in photos of the Goodsill’s growing up in the cottage as well as old photos of the area.
In the beer garden we have a 1950’s Carpark caravan that serves a concise menu of delicious burgers, local oysters and tasty fries.
Come and visit!
https://www.dulcies.com.au/

Merimbula Wharf Aquarium & Restaurant
With spectacular 180-degree ocean views the Wharf Restaurant is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or just coffee & cake.
https://www.merimbulawharf.com.au/

Zaffiro Italian
Zaffiro, meaning ‘sapphire’, is an Italian restaurant located in Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. A relaxed venue with wholesome home-cooked style food, perfect for families, friends, and special occasions.
Zaffiro Italian is the creation of Janine Ballard, an Australian who loves to travel to Italy every chance she gets. Unable to fly due to COVID, Janine’s mission is to bring a little taste of the country she loves to her doorstep in Merimbula.
https://www.zaffiroitalian.com.au/

After something a little more casual? Try some of our favourite cafes for brunch, lunch, or something quick to enjoy by the beach.
Market Street Cafe https://www.facebook.com/marketstreet.coffeemerimbula/
Bar Beach Kiosk https://www.facebook.com/barbeachkiosk/
Cranky’s Cafe https://www.facebook.com/crankycafe/