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Bar, Pizza, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

We usually have a night at The Spare Room each Christmas when visiting Sawtell and it never disappoints. Shared entrees to start, the Anchovy Toast was amazing. The best anchovies served from the tin, with ricotta and pickled shallots. Yum!!! And a mushroom pizza shared...for main. Very reasonably priced and awesome service.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

I collected 2 yummy pizzas from a buzzing and vibrant Spare Room. There was live music which was a bit too loud as the staff couldn't hear me. The mushroom pizza was delicious and the margarita was tasty too.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023 via mobile

My friend I went there for an early dinner. Very nice place with lovely staff. Service was quick and friendly and the two of were able to share our main course meals. Very nice.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023 via mobile

Great food and jazz and fabulous service. Thanks for a wonderful night. The cocktails and pizza were delicious topped off with yummy dessert.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023 via mobile

Whilst staying in Sawtell for two nights we dined here on the first night and found the food delicious! So when we discovered there was to be jazz music the next night we returned. We had a another great night of food with entertainment. Such...a lovely restaurant in the heart of Sawtell. Fantastic food and really great service. I enjoyed scallops and a delicious salad and my husband salmon on the first night. Pizza was our second night choice and the zucchini chips were yum. By the way dessert was rather special also!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

Such an amazing evening with live music and exceptional food with attentive and friendly staff. If you plan on visiting Sawtell this place is a must.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

We really enjoyed our pizzas and desserts, service was polite and prompt. Only downside was paying an extra $1.03 for using eftpos card…I will use cash in future (hopefully there is no fee for that!!).

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2022

We had just taken our seats and placed the order when the power went off. We envisaged a spoilt evening but the staff kept the drinks coming and must have had a gas back-up as it wasn't long until the meal arrived. Comments from the...party were that the food was excellentMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 October 2022 via mobile

What a find. Strolling along the main street in Sawtell looking for a dinner as travelling through. The Spare Room had soul. The staff were very accommodating and gave us a table outside despite being reasonably booked up. The cocktails were divine. The food was...superb. They offered kids pasta despite not being on menu without any trouble. As 2 adults we had scollops with homemade chips and seafood pasta. The chips were the best chips I have ever had in Australia. The seafood pasta was the best seafood pasta I have had anywhere. All the meals were delicious. Well worth a visit if in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

There was a 40 min wait for cocktails and selection of beer was minimal so we ordered a G&T. There was 4 large ice cubes in the glass and didn’t taste of gin. The wait for the food was excruciating it was so noisy the...waiter just smiled and moved on. We ordered an $80 bottle of wine and when they decanted it thy left a fair bit in the bottle.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 September 2022 via mobile

From the minute we entered we had a warm welcome. Came on a Sunday night and they had a jazz band playing. There was a $10 per person cover charge but the band was worth it. The pizzas are large enough to share. We had...a Meat Lovers / Mushroom pizza with a preference for the mushroom side. Note these are more European so not like a dominoes where it is smothered with toppings. We also shared the Mixed Grain Salad which was fabulous and really complimented the pizzas. There is a minimal menu but what they have is great. The wine list was reasonably priced. All in all a lovely place to eat and listen to some great jazz music.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022 via mobile

We have visited and eaten at the Spare Room each Thursday night we have been in Sawtell. We were initially attracted because they have live music - funky soul on a Thursday - and we could have a casual meal while listening to the group...play. The first night we were able to sit in a booth which was very comfortable, but the other night we had had to settle for the wooden chairs which I found uncomfortable after an hour or so. On both occasions we chose a pizza to share - these are easily enough for the two of us, as we had also shared an entree of chicken wings. We were then tempted into trying the crime brûlée for dessert. Yum. All in all a pretty good meal, while listening to enjoyable laid back music. Service is excellent by the way and the venue is licensed as well. Their cocktails are very popular.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022

We had read and been told that the pizzas here were really good so booked for dinner. Unfortunately the pizzas we ordered were very disappointing - honestly we've had better Dominos pizzas. Toppings were scant - my roast veg pizza had very little actual roast...veg on it and the beetroot cubes seemed like they were out of a tin. The service was nice. I don't like complaining but I think on this occasion, it was quite a lot of money for a very ordinary meal. Would have appreciated a few more Australian red wine options, too.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 January 2022 via mobile

The staff were really friendly and accommodating despite being busy. They had live jazz music. - although this was a little loud at times. A table outside might have solved this problem. The atmosphere was fantastic. The food was great. We shared between us, the...mussels, a pizza and a chocolate brownie. All were delicious. Even the house red was tasty. If you are visiting Sawtell, I highly recommend making a booking at The Spare Room.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

I was greeted by friendly waitstaff & immediately serviced with choice of inside or outside table. Prefer outside for people watching. Was an bird arrival at 5 pm for dinner but the staff were all ready. The seafood linguine was very delicious, lots of seafood...& perfect sizing. Couldn’t resist ordering upside down rhubarb cake for dessert, which was an explosion of flavour in my mouth. The crumble around the ice cream, divine. Would return if I was a local.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Prices for wine were average for a wine bar, so depending on the daily specials, you may get a good deal. Happy hour wine was quite nice when we were there for $6 a glass
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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