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AU$25 - AU$35
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews beef cheeks sorbet gnocchi stanwell park set menu last night lovely evening warmer months saturday evening a fine dining restaurant look forward food was amazing degustation compliment jus gem courses
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Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

Have visited this restaurant a few times and is a favorite with local family members. Once again the meal was of a high standard I encourage anyone visiting the area to stop here for a meal ,you won’t be disappointed

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

My young family and I frequent Red Nectar for dinner. The food and service is always incredible and last night was no exception. Daniel the chef cooked up a storm for us once again including his home made bread which is sensational. Kerry was her...usual effervescent self and we had an amazing dinner. Highly recommend this little gem of a restaurant nestle in the small town of Helensburgh!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

Service was great, prices very reasonable and wait for food was good as well. Unfortunately some of the food was a bit disappointing. For entree, I was hoping for soft pillowy gnocchi but they were very heavy and glutinous. The sauce was also very salty....The beef cheeks for the main had a great texture but the jus was too sweet as was the relish so unbalanced the meal. the hand cut chips were soggy, burnt around the edges and very uneven in sizes. Had a very nice sorbet for dessert and the panacotta had a great silky texture and softness. Unfortunately the compote was too jammy and overly sweet. I would like to see more balancing of flavors and seasoning.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023 via mobile

Awesome restaurant went here when it first opened 10 years ago and always remembered it so a visit back there didn't disappoint. Weekdays is a set menu and you won't walk away hungry pricing is definitely way below what you would pay in the city....Put it on your to do 😁More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2022

We had a superb dinner here last night. I haven't enjoyed eating out this much for a long time. 2 courses (and sides) with 2 glasses of wine costs approximately $130-150, depending on choices. And boy was it worth it! The wine selections were really...good and reasonably priced. I find restaurant dinners are very often disappointing and a waste of money. This was an exception and will warrant another visit to the superb B&B (Ocean Blue) in Stanwell Park, who recommended this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 8 September 2022 via mobile

A very enjoyable experience…we were staying at Ocean-blue B&B in Stanwell Park and we met up for dinner at Red Nectar with family from the Sutherland Shire…a 30 min drive on a Saturday night they said. We all enjoyed the food…well presented and delicious. The...ambiance was pleasant - perhaps the lighting could have been a little softer/warmer but during warmer weather we presume the outdoor dining would be appealing. We were surprised it was fairly quiet on a Saturday evening and we wondered why…considering it’s a lovely restaurant. Of course the warmer months on the coast draw more travellers to the region…but on a cold August night not so much it seemed. We fortunately saw the “Red Nectar” sign as we drove along the street, as once walking on footpath their signage is difficult to see (we came in 2 cars of course) so perhaps improved signage might help in lots of ways? Many thanks to all the staff, particularly the talented chef!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022 via mobile

Did not expect to find a fine dining restaurant like Red Nectar in Helensburgh. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Compliments to the only chef there as everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. We had the a la carte 3-course but...will look forward to try the degustation next.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

Some of the best food we’ve had in a long time. The chef was working like a demon to get everything prepared for all patrons and did a fantastic job. All dishes ordered were excellent

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 16 May 2021

What a gem of a discovery! Having eaten at fine restaurants all over Australia, we found Red Nectar was right up there in terms of quality, at half the price. Diverse menu, excellently prepared meals, lovely service, an all-round terrific experience (except when you first...arrive you'll be faced with an unimpressive entrance, so resist the urge to turn around and you'll thank yourself). The kitchen is fully open to viewing. And the chef, Daniel, is more than happy to come out of the kitchen, including to explain his fine selection of whiskys and spirits.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 29 March 2021 via mobile

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary at Red Nectar and chose the Chefs Table Package. I could not recommend this highly enough!! 7 course meal with matching wines, The chef (Daniel) adds a personal touch by explaining each dish and the matching wine, you...are seated near the kitchen so you get to watch and experience a hands on evening. Every dish is beautifully presented, portion sizes were perfect and each dish incredible! This was such an intimate and special evening for us, it would also be fabulous to enjoy with a couple of friends! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

Food is impeccable, service is next level. Highly recommended. This is a high quality restaurant where everything was absolutely perfect. We have very high standards of food and were very pleased with our dining experience. Thank you!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 21 August 2020 via mobile

Just returned to Red Nectar after COVID 19 isolation and pleased to report that this excellent restaurant has stepped up a notch with a new menu and an excellent wine list. Close your eyes and you could be in France. The care to detail, freshness...and flavour is meticulous. I enjoyed the wonderful seared Kingfish entree, the Brie and pumpkin filled chicken with steamed asparagus and the outstanding Apple and rhubarb tarte tatin.The service is impeccable and Chef Daniel is a consummate professional. Red Nectar is a gem of the Illawarra.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 12 May 2020

Ordered take away on strong recommendation. My mother loved her Beef Cheek... tried it myself ... outstanding. However my steak was very poor... not seasoned, very fatty and gristle throughout.. got two Luke warm spuds not chat potatoes as promised! Also, most expensive meal on...menu... hate to do this but if I do not things will not improve!More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019

A little bit of 'fine dining' in Helensburgh. The menu changes regularly and the food is always delicious. They also have a great selection of wines. Highly recommend if you're looking for a special night out.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

We regularly visit Red Nectar, the food is just amazing. I’ve ordered from the menu and also attended the degustation events, and every plate I’ve tried has been spot on! Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Red Nectar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5