Coonawarra and The Limestone Coast, South Australia

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Sails at Robe impresses locals and tourists alike. Between Adelaide and Melbourne, this beautiful, historical seaside fishing village on the Fleurieu Peninsula will win your heart – especially with its internationally famed southern rock lobster! After a day at the beach, visit chef/owner Adam Brooks for a feed of fresh-off-the-boat crustaceans, and ripping regional Coonawarra wines.
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21 Victoria Street
Robe SA 5276





Asian, Seafood

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Sweet southern rock lobster, butter-soft squid and juicy octopus - every beachside locale should have a noshery that encapsulates the brilliance of dining near - and from - the ocean. In its previous incarnation, Sails at Robe was quaint with nautical flotsam jetsam, including prerequisite plastic crustaceans crawling across netted walls. With two menus, one titled Oriental Flavour, it was also a little cofused. Now under new ownership, local chef and caterer Adam Brooks has been at the helm. The décor has been styled, and the (one) menu, simplified and sophisticated.

In a contemporary room of muted tones, you will find discerning diners and those looking not to see beachside boardies and thongs in a restaurant. That said, the staff make all feel welcome and serve with casual flair, in one of Robe's fine-food-focussed eateries. Local girl, Kate Napper from Cape Jaffa, is an educated foodie who, when not fishing snapper from nearby seas, loves to recommend which dishes she feels are the best on Brooks' menu.

Sharing a round of entrées is good advice. The pickled octopus salad ignites a sense of excitement for things to come. It presents portions of soft, meaty tentacle as opposed to tough, chewy, babies. Scrolls of salt and chilli fried calamari further prove how the experts handle sensitive cephalopods. The calamari's lime aioli is so good you could drink it, as is the citrus version accompanying macadamia crumbed South Australian Pacific oysters. These guys are moist, moreish, bursting bundles of briny goodness – once again, soft as silk and tickled with flavour. The only downfall on this occasion, is slightly dry sushi rice in the crayfish yaki nori rolls (and battery-operated candles on the tables).

Otherwise, ready yourself for cracker mains including roast duck breast with a shredded duck spring roll, sautéed spinach and duck jus, and of course, some of Robe's prized Southern rock lobster – served natural with lemon, or as lobster thermidor with chilli and coriander or garlic and parmesan. Sail in soon.
Roz Taylor

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40 pax


Award Winning / Hatted
Country Venue
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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Chris Heaney - 22/04/2015
My wife and I have just eaten in a high quality restaurant on a Wednesday evening, This experience has been one of the outstanding highlights of our three years in Australia so far. The quality of the food was excellent, the service sublime and my feeling of contentment at the end was full value for the bill asked for. If you are in Robe SA, make sure you book an evening in the Sails restaurant.
Ian & Margaret Rose - 5/08/2012
We were pleasantly surprised with such fine dining, yet casual experience at Sails while recently staying overnight in Robe. It was obvious the waitress was well acquainted with the food and wine,and was genuinely interested in making our seafood dinner a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Marky G - 20/02/2012
Had a wonderful seafood platter (for two)' great service, great wine, awesome food. Looking forward to returning one day... Cheers