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Swell At Bar Beach

Cafe, Fast food, Australian, Seafood
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1 Memorial Drive | Swell, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4929 1149
07:00 - 20:00
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Hornsby, Australia
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and i stopped in this morning hoping to get some potatoe scallops. We greeted the lady at the counter and asked to get a reply " No , the menus on the wall" and pointed to the wall. Pretty disappointed not that they didnt have scallops but just the rudeness. She must not be busy in winter/off season... More 

Thank Jade L
Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Swells USED to have THE best hand cut chips in Newcastle and we looked forward to our coffee and chips after a swim at the beautiful Bar Beach but our little treat has become a thing of the past as the chips they now serve are frozen, and are dry and tasteless. I used to recommend Swells chips to everyone... More 

Thank ChrissyG54
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

These guys used to do excellent fish and hand cut fresh chips. I was very disappointed to visit today and the chips were soggy stale frozen gump no better than you average servo. What happened? The price has always been high but for what it was i still looked forward to it with the kids... but now never again. Their... More 

Thank Mike B
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66 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I ate here on two occasions and couldn't fault it. The family pack fish and chips was delicious and great value. The juices and muffins were very tasty and the staff were very friendly.

Thank Stacey L
Port Macquarie, Australia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Triedthis place out while out on holidays and would have to say one of the worst customer service I've ever come across very unorganised an extremely expensive for the poor products that you are served. If they are in a different location with other choices of food stores they wouldn't make a business as they still have no customers. Would... More 

Thank mozza400
1 review
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

They still advertise hand cut chips on their web site - they lie. They are now frozen chips that are no longer gluten free. None if their menu is gluten free any more. This is yet another place not to eat in Newcastle. I would not recommend it to any one. Service is rushed, impersonal and incredibly slow- I stood... More 

Thank AppalledandDisgusted
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

plenty of parking. amazing view. a good feed for a reasonable price. the memorial walk is stunning. a highlight of newcaslte.

Thank Eileennifhlanca
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Swell is, to use an old 50's surf saying is, well, swell! The coffee for a beach side kiosk is great and the little table and chairs out front make eating your mandatory smashed avocado whilst watching the waves, very pleasant indeed. The star of the show at Swell is their exceptional fish'n'chips which is fantastic value for money. Want... More 

Thank Antony B
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604 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Excellent place for a swim on a hot day but can get crowded. There is plenty of parking and is within walking distance to Memorial Walkway.

Thank Robyn-and-Rob
Tamworth, Australia
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2016

My husband and I stopped here for lunch and was surprised at the amount of food for the price we paid. $25 got us two burgers, an order of chips, and a bottle of coke. The barramundi burger had a sizeable piece of fish. My husband's schnitzel was slight over-fried but still good for the price. We were pretty full... More 

Thank Isabel J

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 30
Cafe, Fast food, Australian, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Memorial Drive | Swell, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Newcastle
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4929 1149
We cater for the whole family, for breakfast, lunch & dinner. So if you're in Newcastle or Port Stephens swing by Swell for a coffee & fresh muffin, a burger or freshly house prepared fish & hand cut chips - eat in or takeaway. Catch sight of dolphins or whales.....Have a surf, a swim, a walk along the coast or just watch the kids play in the sand while you enjoy a coffee and our great food!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?