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5.5 /6 Wonderful 48 Reviews

The Swallowed Anchor

City Centre Bar, Wine Bar $$$ +100
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About The Swallowed Anchor

As any scurvy sailor-type, Navy veteran, or albacore tuna who’s spent any time off the shores of New South Wales will tell you, swallowing any kind of maritime equipment is an unpleasant experience. Thankfully this particular tapas and wine bar in Wollongong’s city centre is far from a bitter pill – and, besides, if you ask the young Navy vets (really) who run this casual but sophisticated Crown Street watering hole about the meaning of the name, they’ll tell you it’s slang for retiring from the sea and settling down ashore. So, if you’re the kind of landlubber who likes traditional and modern small plates with Australian and international wines, marine-life-inspired craft beers and a relaxing atmosphere, enlist some elbow space with a reservation now!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday Closed
The Swallowed Anchor, Crown Street 156-160, 2525 Wollongong

Further Information

You can’t go wrong with a bucket of South Coast black mussels cooked with cherry tomatoes, basil, chilli, garlic and a few generous glugs of sauvignon blanc served with toasted Turkish bread ready for the soak-up. And taking the plunge at The Swallowed Anchor seems particularly appropriate, considering the maritime theme of this new tapas and wine bar in Wollongong’s city centre, not to mention the naval backgrounds of its proprietors. Naturally, there’s plenty more fresh seafood on offer – classic salt and pepper calamari, tiger prawns two ways – but enough turf-based fodder to counteract the surf and keep your landsick-spins at bay. There’s the braised pork, veal and chorizo balls in a Romanesco sauce, as well as plenty of breads, gourmet poppers, wings, chips, onion rings, too.

Can’t forget the sliders, soft shell tacos and salads, either. We like the classic American cheeseburger when we want to keep things simple and smooth sailing, but the Spanish jamon Serrano and halloumi sliders with avo are a great way to shift gears into more raunchy tapas territory. Food is one thing, but The Swallowed Anchor wouldn’t be what it is without something to sip on. As it stands, the wine bar side of the operation is a standout along Wollongong’s central Crown Street. Take a seat on the balcony overlooking the hustle and bustle of the city centre and enjoy a glass or two, or go for the diverse craft beers on offer, many chosen to reflect the ocean-going life. Well worth an advance booking – seats at The Swallowed Anchor go full steam ahead.


48 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 48 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
20.09.2017 10:35

Went to The Swallowed Anchor for my birthday. Had the most fantastic food and wonderful, friendly service. Will definitely be going to The Swallowed Anchor again!!

1 review so far 6
09.09.2017 12:43

Absolutely brilliant. Can't recommend anything else after being here, did I say brilliant already! Good food, good atmosphere, great food! Thanks for the top night guys!

2 reviews so far 6
03.09.2017 07:43

The food as usual was delicious. The service is excellent. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. The singer, Justin Huntsdale was great. A very talented musician and sang the songs to suit the mixed audience. We have been there a few times and will be back.

1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 07:12

The food was excellent, the service the same. At many restaurants tapas dishes are small and overpriced but this restaurant has good size dishes and reasonably priced. We would have stayed longer and had more drinks, but My only criticism is that the chairs were not comfortable enough to sit for a long time. We will go back to The Swallowed Anchor, good experience.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 07:46

Tapas were great. The salt and pepper calamari was cooked to perfection and I really enjoyed the mushroom arancini covered in a nice crunchy crust. The Nutella donuts were to die for although could have had a bit more Nutella with them. Emily markham entertained us throughout our meal and the atmosphere was fantastic as a result. The only disappointment was that there was no dessert wine on the menu.

2 reviews so far 5
14.03.2017 14:05

Go with the tapas, rather than the 3 for $ tacos etc. We found the tapas to be totally devine, but the tacos (although great value) were a little bland in flavour. The service is EXCEPTIONAL and all the staff we encountered from arrival to goodbye were friendly and awesome.....just what I love in a restaurant. We'll definitely be back to try some of the other delights from the tapas share plate menu!

1 review so far 6
14.07.2017 09:06

Great service, great food, great drinks. The Swallowed Anchor is a lovely place for dinner that I would recommend to anyone looking for a great night out.

1 review so far 5
22.07.2017 11:54

Service was prompt and attentive without being overbearing. The food that we ordered was good without being outstanding. Some dishes could have been hotter as it was a cold night and a couple of dishes were to overpowered with chilli which detracted from the flavour but overall a good meal was had by all and we would have no hesitation in returning

2 reviews so far 6
04.03.2017 09:01

Awesome. The staff (including owners) were super friendly and super helpful. The food was awesome. The choice of tapped beers, wine etc was great. The music was just right. Looking forward to our next visit on a Saturday night for the live music.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 08:58

Went to the Swallowed Anchor for the Valentine's Day set menu. The food really impressive (especially as it was so reasonable). While staff were friendly and professional, it did take a while to get cuttlery and crockery to table for our entre, and we had to ask more than once.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 08:47

We pre-ordered being time poor and were not disappointed. Our food arrived fresh and hot to our table within approx. 5 minutes of arrival. The service was outstanding, the venue lovely and the food delicious. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone

1 review so far 5
06.08.2017 13:06

Great little bar/café with delicious food and local live music on Saturday nights. I took my friend for her birthday we had a fantastic night. The one man band playing was amazing and had us all up on the dance floor for most of the night. Lots of fun!!

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 13:20

Singer doing acoustic guitar covers accompanied by double bass on Saturday night made for great entertainment while we waited for our meals. Chilli prawns and crema Catalana were absolute highlights of our meal. A delicious night of food & music.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 09:42

Went as a party of 6 to celebrate a birthday. We were not disappointed. Great food, great atmosphere, great service and all reasonably priced. We will definitely dine there again. We would highly recommend others to try for themselves.

1 review so far 6
28.07.2017 17:50

The service was great, the food sensational and the location was very convenient. The menu had a good variety with many different flavours to spoil your taste buds. Our first time and definitely not our last time!

2 reviews so far 5
03.05.2017 10:04

We had a great night with friends. The venue has a relaxed feeling about it and the food was great. I enjoyed grazing with the shared plates. The back round music could have been turned down a little. Overall had a great time.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 08:45

Great service from friendly staff. We picked the banquet which came out in good time and had a variety of food which was all very tasty. Loved the atmosphere and live music. Will go again.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 15:53

Went there on Valenties evening. Swallowed Anchor dished out a memorable 3 course meal. Really comfortable atmosphere, nice and quiet, fast service, fresh quality tasting food and good value. Will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 5
29.08.2017 19:33

Went there with a group of friends for the first time. We decided to have the set menu which included the dessert, the food was lovely. The service was excellent along with a great vibe in the restaurant!

1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 17:08

The food was fantastic, tasty tapas style. Curated beer selection with some great ales on tap and in the bottle. Most of all, friendly, welcoming and warm service from all staff.