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The Swallowed Anchor

City Centre · Bar, Wine Bar · $$$$
Wonderful
5.6/6
59 Reviews

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!

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Address

The Swallowed Anchor
156-160 Crown Street, City Centre
Wollongong 2525

Opening Times

Closed today
Sunday
Closed
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Trio of Dips

Toasted Turkish pide with roasted beetroot dip, olive pate and hummus
A$9.50

Jalapeno Poppers

A$9.00

Fried buffalo wings

With ranch dressing
A$12.00
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Tapas

Bucket of Mussels

Cooked with cherry tomatoes, basil, chilli, garlic, semi sauvignon blanc and served with toasted Turkish bread
A$17.00

Salt and Pepper Calamari

With smokey chilli mayo
A$14.50

Polenta Chips

With garlic aioli
A$9.00

Braised Pork, Veal and Chorizo Balls

In Romesco Sauce
A$13.50

Pan Fried Tiger Prawns

With chilli, thyme and garlic brown butter
A$18.00
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Salads

Caesar Salad

Cos lettuce, crispy bacon, shaved parmesan and croutons tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing topped with a poached egg
A$13.50

Asian Baby Wombok

Crunchy baby wombok with grilled chicken, spinach, onions, toasted almond flakes, coriander, crispy noodles and a sweet soy dressing
A$14.50

Roasted Butternut Pumpkin and Spanish Onion

With toasted pinenuts on baby spinach with olive oil dressing
A$14.50
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Desserts

Chef's Special

Warm Sicilian doughnuts served with Nutella and fresh berries
A$11.50

Affogato

A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with a shot of espresso
A$8.00

Creme Catalana

Rich Spanish custard with hardened caramel
A$9.50
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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.

59 The Swallowed Anchor Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
David P.a day ago · 1 review

A great place for an evening out...the food was great and the staff were polite and very friendly...a great evening all round! I’ll be sure to be back....

"Excellent"6/6
Ashta W.14 days ago · 1 review

Amazing food and great atmosphere. The staff were so helpful when choosing our meals and made great recommendations. Highly recommend the fried chicken sliders. Yummy.

"Excellent"6/6
Shelly K.14 days ago · 1 review

Great delicious beautifully presented food, good enjoyable entertainment,knowledgeable and friendly staff, value for money and a great atmosphere . Highly recommended will definitely go back.

"Excellent"6/6
Michael R.16 days ago · 2 reviews

couldn't have been better. the service was great, the even better and the venue is roomy, clean, great location, easy to get to and the price, awesome

"Excellent"6/6
Pat K.3 months ago · 1 review

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.

"Excellent"6/6
Kylie A.2 months ago · 1 review

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!!

"Excellent"6/6
Leonie A.5 months ago · 1 review

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.

"Great"5/6
Chelsea C.8 months ago · 2 reviews

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!

"Excellent"6/6
Laura L.4 months ago · 1 review

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.

"Great"5/6
EAN T.4 months ago · 1 review

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

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