YUM at the bay: new restaurants, new looks, new menus

The south coast is known for its variety of cafes and restaurants, brimming with mouth-watering local seafood and produce.

From the highly eclectic to the downright decadent, there is a place to satisfy the deepest cravings of any palette. And while the events of 2020 certainly had a major impact on all businesses across the region, our locals have rallied and come back stronger than ever.

Best new Batemans Bay restaurants

There are several establishments at the bay touting stunning refurbishments and delicious new menus, including a brand new restaurant on Orient Street called Pan.

Pan is the brainchild of long time locals and friends, Angelique and Paige, who were inspired to open their new restaurant because of the strong sense of community that followed the devastating bushfires.

“We decided it was the perfect time to take a leap of faith!” says Angelique. “There was a cohesion in the community that made it feel right, and even with the challenges of COVID-19 we still feel we have made the right decision.”

As a former head chef for many years, Paige cooks up a storm in the back while Angelique manages front of house. Their hard work has already been rewarded with several 5-star reviews from happy patrons.


“Our menu is tailored to our local community and the food we produce here. It’s a seasonal menu with favourites such as Clyde River Oysters, Scampi, Dandenong Eye Fillet, Linguini with optional crocodile, and a range of vegan house-made soups.”

To try Pan for yourself, simply call (02) 4472 7020 or message via their Facebook or Instagram pages to book a table. They’re open Wed-Sun 8am to 8pm and have indoor and outdoor dog friendly spaces.

Like most restaurants across the coast, Batemans Bay favourite – The Sandbar – had to close temporarily due to pandemic restrictions. However they are back better than ever with a scrumptious new 5-course menu.

“It’s been a tough year,” says David, chef and owner of The Sandbar. “But during the shutdown we started a takeaway service and the locals really supported it, which was great.

“We re-opened in early July and added a 5-course degustation menu featuring local produce. One of the dishes is yellow fin tuna from Ulladulla served with grilled persimmon, pickled pumpkin and fennel with a yuzu dressing which is a Japanese citrus grown in country Victoria.

“For dessert we have roasted marshmallow with a green tea and white chocolate ganache, served with poached quince and a chocolate and Cointreau sauce.”

The Sandbar is taking new bookings from October 2 for breakfast (Tues-Fri 7am to 9am and Sat-Sun 8am to 9:30am) and dinner (Wed-Sat from 6pm). You can call 0418 411 940 to reserve a table.

Another local favourite, JJ’s at The Marina, also re-opened after a big renovation earlier in the year with some delicious new additions to their much loved menu favourites. To book a table overlooking the Marina, simply go to their website.

And if you’re after a great family meal overlooking the rolling greens of the golf course, Club Catalina’s restaurant has recently undergone a major transformation with a Hamptons-style interior, new chef, and delicious range of new dishes. They’re open 7 days a week and offer takeout across the entire menu.

To see a full list of local restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars in the Eurobodalla Shire, visit Explore Eurobodalla.