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5.5 /6 Wonderful 35 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 - 23:59
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:59
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:59
  • 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.


35 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 35 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 09:32

We had the most amazing lunch, great atmosphere and overall quality venue!! Ryan and his team went above and beyond to make everything perfect. Thankyou.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 07:31

Great experience. The food was very tasty and fresh. Fast, efficient service with a smile. Good venue for any group, even families. Will definitely go back.

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 6
12.07.2017 07:33

Great food and great service! We will definitely be back to try some more items from the menu. So many choices including a number of vegetarian options.

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
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 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 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 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.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2017 08:22

Food was delicious, had a great selection of tapas. The service staff were friendly and very attentive. Food and drinks were all reasonably priced. I would recommend a visit.

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 08:44

I always enjoy eating at the swallowed anchor. The staff are very friendly and the food is amazing. The swallowed anchor is one of my favourite places to dine

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 07:37

First time we have been to the Swallowed Anchor but definitely won't be the last. Fantastic food and the live music was great. It was a very pleasant atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 08:44

Great quality food. Never had such tender calamari. Rosemary fries were amazing. Variety platter of sliders were my favourite. All dishes were serves piping hot. Great job.

1 review so far 5
10.07.2017 08:19

Went here one Thursday night and found the food to be fantastic, service was great and the size of each Tapas was quite large - leaving us pretty full afterwards. Would recommend.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 08:17

Fantastic food at reasonable prices and friendly staff will definitely be back for dinner soon Tapas were great and the kids loved the sliders and tacos.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 08:19

Very nice place, delicious food, great value for money. Really liked the sliders. Friendly staff. We will be back again for sure in the future.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 19:58

Excellent service delicious food and reasonably priced.the management is very friendly and well deserved. I highly recommend this to other people.i will definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 19:34

Fantastic food, great value, lots of great choice. Wonderful service lovely staff. Very nice setup. Look forward to coming back, will definitely recommend to friends.

1 review so far 6
11.05.2017 09:41

The Food and service were excellent. We enjoyed a range of Tapas plates and thought the wine selection was great too. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 11:05

Amazing food with lots of choices and selections...great service and very friendly and attentive staff. Love the choice to book via phone or online. ☺

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 10:59

Great service, friendly and attentive staff. Food came promptly and was delicious. I'd recommend a seat with a view of the mall at night time!

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 19:23

Great staff and great food. Everyone was very friendly and attended to all our needs. Will definitely be a regular at this restaurant! Thank you for a lovely evening

1 review so far 5
01.05.2017 16:49

Very nice tapas, generous serves! I would highly recommend the Portobello Mushroom and Parmesan Arancini, Soft shell tacos and Braised Pork, Veal and Chorizo Balls in Romesco Sauce.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 07:36

Had a great night over the weekend, Great night and atmosphere , good food and music. Well priced and nice selection of wines and cocktails. Warm Regards

1 review so far 3
15.05.2017 08:54

The meals were tasty and promptly delivered. The presentation of the restaurant was nice. The waiter had limited knowledge of the menu and what was available. Have been there before for lunch an felt the menu was more suited to that meal time.

1 review so far 5
04.02.2017 11:51

Good food, nice tapas selection. We sampled the whole selection of sliders and soft tacos, both were very delicious. Good drinks and good service too.

1 review so far 4
26.06.2017 18:32

Live music which was good but the singers voice was very loud. Food was awesome and the staff were friendly and happy to help. Will be back