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Rankine's at The Whistlestop

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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7 Hays St, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 8 8555 1171
10:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Tue 10:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 22:30
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant is tucked away in a side street of Goolwa and we were lucky to find it. We booked ahead and it was as well as it was packed, (and therefore quite noisy). Staff were friendly and professional, plenty of choice on the menu and specials board and the food was very good quality, couldn't be faulted.

Thank SusanAxbridge
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The menu looked great, the food didn't deliver. Kids pizza should have been remade, veal wasn't cooked properly, meals were very slow to arrive. Bread wasn't fresh, neither was Dukkah. When your paying city prices you expect city standard. There is no view or other factor to compensate for these shortcomings. We won't be coming back.

Thank Melb2day
Murray Bridge, Australia
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place. Amazing food, friendly service, fantastic atmosphere. They've made something very special which can't be faulted. Roomy inside or out. Highly recommended 10/10

Thank ozdivergt
Port Elliot, Australia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been away lately, and popped in for a red and a catchup with Benji, Randal and Harry. The atmosphere was great, the wine and laughs flowed to the extent a survey on The Bold and The Beautiful was conducted by Benji. The place is immaculate and the staff are awesome. Peter built it and they came

Thank Christopher L
Goolwa, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The steak is amazing. I always get a perfectly cooked meal. Cozy, intimate atmosphere. Service is great. Order to serve time is streamlined.

Thank Phil H
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Oysters were over sauced for the kilpatrick and the chefs special of gratinee oysters were horrible. It was like something was missing. I'm not sure why restaurants ask how you want your steak when you ask for medium rare and they give you well done. Staff were pleasant and efficient.

Thank robqu
Geneva, Switzerland
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We went for dinner without prior reservation. The staff was very welcoming and the meal was fantastic: best fish & chops ever! Very nice design of the place, smart casual.

Thank Michal123456
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant on many occasions over the years. It started well but the quality seems to be declining. The menu holds promise but has now just slightly disappointed on a few visits when compared to the premium prices. I just don't think we would bother going back at the moment; which is unfortunate for a place which... More 

Thank RhinoCD
Adelaide Hills, Australia
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113 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We often eat here with friends, lovely food and good service. Peter and Sue are always happy to help and stop for a chat too. Certainly worth a visit for lunch and dinner.

Thank carole1052015
Adelaide, Australia
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190 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We went there (again) on a Thursday night , because it's Oyster night.!!! Oysters from the West Cost cooked in a variety of ways at reasonable prices. We opted to share a dozen split into Kilpatrick and Natural. These slipped down very nicely followed by battered John Dory and a bottle of Pikes Reisling. A great meal, pleasantly and efficiently... More 

Thank john m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Hays St, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Goolwa
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8555 1171

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