mary maguire

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Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth


mary dined on Sat, 19th Jan 2019 (9)

First time in the perth rockpool ..have been to the Melbourne one many times, found the service excellent and all our food was very well executed..i would sugest that some of the starters like the crispy prawns are quite large and that the server might recommend them as suitable to share ..the smokey squid was lovely and again quite substantial for a starter..the king George whiting was very simple but beautifully cooked..the chuck marinated in lager was very tasty and tender...overall a very pleasant dinner, we would definitely return..



mary dined on Sat, 4th Aug 2018 (6)

dissapointed we did not receive our redemption discount at jezebelles, they clearly had our booking from Dimmi when we arrived, not as nice as the last time we were there but probably won’t put us off going back again.

Portello Rosso

Melbourne CBD

mary dined on Sat, 21st Jul 2018 (8)

Nice friendly Spanish waitress served us, explained the menu well, I think the mussels need to be a bit more spicy, or give the option to the customer of how hot they like them...COD croquets look too similar to the cheese ones...might be confusing for larger tables..service was tight but not rushed, enjoyed our meal, nice atmosphere...will be back.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne


mary dined on Thu, 19th Jul 2018 (8)

Second time at Rockpool melbourne, service was good but not over attentive, steak was excellent as usual and the oysters tasted like they had literally just come out of the sea, would return again.

Dainty Dowager

Mount Lawley

mary dined on Tue, 13th Jun 2017 (8)

First time to the dainty dowager, was pleasantly surprised by the food, the crab was excellent, very crisp and fresh and the noodles were very tasty, I like the way it was no problem to have the dish adjusted to our liking, as both of us do not eat pork belly, our waitress was very helpful, my only gripe would be we were not offered any deserts etc. would definitely visit dainty again..

The Meat & Wine Co Southbank


mary dined on Thu, 18th May 2017 (6)

The steaks were well cooked and flavoursome, the service was too fast, too intrusive and the music was way too loud, not for anyone wanting a quiet dining experience...maybe good for large groups and parties..wouldn't rush back. Couldn't fault the food but lacking ambience and style.

George's Meze


mary dined on Sat, 29th Apr 2017 (7)

Love the old fashioned feel in this restaurant, the food was good, old style Greek food, nothing to blow you away but nice atmosphere...seafood clay pot is nice, and souvlaki was good...would visit again.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth


mary dined on Thu, 19th Jan 2017 (7)

Our first visit to the Perth Rockpool, very good menu, lots of variety, our waitress was very helpful and nice,answered any questions we had, we had the smoked squid and porkbelly to start, flavours were superb and a very decent size portion to share between two, i had the glacier tooth fish and my husband had the brisket, both excellent and the brisket was so tender, all washed down with an excellent Riesling...found the sommelier a bit stuffy, maybe because we chose our own wine..all in all a very nice meal, maybe not as good as Melbourne but still very enjoyable, would go again ..

Core Cider House

Pickering Brook

mary dined on Sun, 11th Dec 2016 (8)

Finally made it to core after being living down the road for years, had a lovely table upstairs on the veranda with a nice view, service was very fast and the staff were very nice, good vibes throughout the place, children friendly downstairs, live music, the food was good,nothing overly exciting, my medium steak was a little over cooked but still nice, love getting spuds instead of chips..overall very pleasant place to visit..will be back..

Haldi Indian Cuisine


mary dined on Fri, 28th Oct 2016 (6)

Loved the decor of the restaurant and the staff were very nice, unfortunately it was very quiet and there was not much atmosphere in the restaurant, the food came out very fast, it was ok, the prawns were very small but the sauces were tasty, would like to try again when it's busier, we were not offered any desert menus after our meal which was odd...



mary dined on Sun, 16th Oct 2016 (8)

Nice spot in freo to people watch while dining alfresco, the pasta was good , the vongole could have been a little more flavoursome, the portion size of olives is way too large for 2 people, just as well we were hungry..the pasta portions are good, not gigantic which is often the case in Italian restaurants..service was good as it was busy.

Varnish on King


mary dined on Fri, 30th Sep 2016 (8)

Our first time to varnish on King, liked the Friday afternoon buzz and it was quite busy when we arrived, the music is great if just a tad too loud , you have to shout a bit, the staff were attentive but not intrusive and happy to answer questions about the menus, the food was ok, not the best tapas I have had but was enjoyable..loved the onion rings, and the bone marrow was different, next time will try desert or some whiskey floats, unfortunately we were going to a show so couldn't hang about, good vibe place ..will visit again.

Padburys Cafe Restaurant


mary dined on Sat, 24th Sep 2016 (7)

This was our second visit to padburys, nice for a casual meal, the food was good,we both had seafood dishes which we enjoyed, the service was a little lacking considering it was fairly quiet, think they could have a better choice of starters but would still go back,reasonable priced good quality food.

Sandalford Estate Restaurant


mary dined on Sun, 18th Sep 2016 (9)

We have always enjoyed our lunches at sandalford, this time was a little different, the seafood peanut salad was delicious and very substantial, the prawn entree was quite simple with nice flavours but unfortunately the beef cheek was very tough, the waiter was very helpful and replaced it imediately, the Brie,cranberry honey desert was stunning, the flavours were delicious, I would highly recommend it, will definitely return to sandalford as they were very accommodating and apologetic regarding the tough beef and this is the first time we have experienced a bad main here.

Sorrento Restaurant


mary dined on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 (7)

Sorrento retains that classic old style Italian restaurant with good quality food that's not overly fancy but nice, love the old style decor which gives it a nice atmosphere and the staff are a friendly bunch which is far from common now in some of Perths restaurants,it dosent blow you away but I would definitely go there again.

Shilla Korean BBQ

East Perth

mary dined on Fri, 22nd Jul 2016 (7)

We enjoyed our meal, it was pretty quiet for a Friday, the dumplings were very nice and the chicken was very tasty, we had the hot pot for mains and We were disappointed in how little seafood was actually in it but it still tasted nice, will try the bbq next time.

RiverBank Estate


mary dined on Sun, 19th Jun 2016 (10)

Another lovely lunch at riverbank, it is one of our favourite restaurants in the swan valley, the staff, some have been there for years are very nice,efficient and not overbearing, they make this a nice restaurant to visit, the food was excellent as always, the beef was perfectly cooked to my liking and my husband enjoyed his duck immensely, I can never leave here without an afogato with the wineries own Muscat....consistently good restaurant that we will continue to visit as long as they keep the standards this high..

Grand Bar & Bistro


mary dined on Sat, 27th Feb 2016 (5)

The portion sizes are way to big...the fish and chips would serve 2 people alone, bar food is basic! Nothing to write home about...wouldn't be rushing back, too many better restaurants in the area...staff were nice though...

The Trustee Bar & Bistro

Perth CBD

mary dined on Wed, 3rd Feb 2016 (8)

We enjoyed our meal at the trustee, the staff were very friendly and efficient. The charcuterie plate was very nice and substantial, I had the snapper which was anlittle over cooked but loved the perfectly cooked amount of spinach that accompanied it, my partner enjoyed the blue cheese pasta which he said was very filling.we would definitely return to the trustee, they have a very interesting but not cheap wine list, we enjoyed our bottle of chard farm Riesling very much.

Don Tapa


mary dined on Sat, 23rd Jan 2016 (8)

Really loved the vibe in the mantle, the cocktails were very nice in the little bar at the back, we enjoyed the tapas, there is a good selection to cover every taste, only gripe was they forgot one of our dishes and we had to ask about it, we had a very nice bottle of rose to accompany our meal,the mantle is a little bit out of the way but we will definitely go back, it's a great space and has a very funky ,lively atmosphere .



mary dined on Fri, 15th Jan 2016 (9)

This was our first visit to jezebelle and it was very nice, the service is very quick and efficient but you don't feel rushed, the tapas is good and the portion siz scare good, I will definitely go back.

Fibber McGee's


mary dined on Sat, 7th Nov 2015 (7)

Enjoyed the steak and Guinness pie, meat was very tender and the pastry top is nice but it was a little bland, it was very quiet when we dined but they still put people sitting up against us even though the restaurant was virtually empty...I always find this annoying especially when there are heaps of free tables.. Would try it again but at a busier time as there was no atmosphere as it was so quiet.


East Perth

mary dined on Sun, 1st Nov 2015 (8)

Really enjoyed lunch at this little restaurant, really enjoyed the croquettes ...the wine list is a little minimal, could add a few more local wines to it, we will definitely go back, next time we shall try it in the evening, it was very quiet for Sunday lunchtime. The service was good and the food was very enjoyable.

Stewart's at Brookleigh

Upper Swan

mary dined on Sat, 17th Oct 2015 (7)

We enjoyed our lunch here but the service was not great on the day due to staffing issues but we would go back.

Padburys Cafe Restaurant


mary dined on Sun, 4th Oct 2015 (9)

Very enjoyable light lunch at padburys, the cakes are to die for ..friendly staff without being too intrusive, will definitely go back.

Must Winebar


mary dined on Thu, 13th Aug 2015 (8)

We have not been to must for sometime now, it was quite busy for a Thursday and we were greeted by a very friendly waitress, the charcuterie plate was as good as we remembered, I think the mains are slightly overpriced but were nicely cooked, sirloin is not my favourite cut but it was Enjoyable but not spectacular for $46, it was a pleasant meal ..with so many exciting restaurants opening in Perth must will need to compete...we will return...

The Generous Squire

Perth CBD

mary dined on Tue, 21st Jul 2015 (6)

The food was ok, we decided to go here before the opera and to use our entertainment voucher, the portion sizes are huge and the food is average pub grub, nothing special, would eat in the bar area if I went is good...lots of choice..

Wild Swan at Mandoon Estate


mary dined on Fri, 17th Jul 2015 (8)

First visit to mandoon estate, we were pleasantly surprised by the relaxed ambient decor in the restaurant, the tables are nicely spaced and lovely crisp white linen always gets my vote, the menu is simple but interesting, the beef cheek was very nicely cooked, a little under seasoned for my taste, my partner enjoyed the cod and he is still raving about his desert which was carrot cake with cream cheese ice cream, our bottle of verdelho was a good choice with the marron entree, it was a very pleasant experience and I personally have to mention the unintrusive yet great music in the background...we will definitely return to mandoon..

Sentinel Bar and Grill


mary dined on Fri, 10th Jul 2015 (8)

Enjoyed our visit to sentinel, the music is a little too loud and it is a little too dark but I hate really bright restaurants so I could handle it, food is good and service was very efficient as we were going to a show and were strapped for time, nicely cooked steak but the bowl of dead over dressed salad was awful...they need to address this, menus is basic ...could maybe do a couple more vegetarian options but I would definitely go back

The Abbey

Henley Brook

mary dined on Sun, 5th Jul 2015 (8)

Had a very nice lunch at chesters, after a bad experience on a previous visit, the swordfish was huge but nicely cooked and the pork was good according to my friend, we were very pleased with the service considering they had some very large parties at the time. Would go back again.



mary dined on Thu, 18th Jun 2015 (2)

Very basic boring food, dark dining are with no atmosphere, no linen or glasses or cutlery set on the tables, the only saving grace was the 2 members of staff that were nice, we would not go back again, I believe the view is nice but as it was night time we did not see this.this place needs serious upgrading, some linen etc set on the tables, a lick of paint and some plants and then a revamp of the menus, we were handed spring rolls on a shared plate but we had to eat them off plates were forthcoming, way too much salmon which was over cooked and a tiny bit of spinach with the steak, the chef needs to visit some upmarket restaurants for retraining.

RiverBank Estate


mary dined on Sat, 13th Jun 2015 (10)

as always, good food, good service and very friendly staff make riverbank what it is, we have been here many times and it has always been lovely, look forward to returning again.

Fillaudeau's Cafe Restaurant


mary dined on Sun, 24th May 2015 (10)

This is the second time dining and it was just as good as the first, relaxed atmospere, good quality food and very good service with no overcrowding which can be a problem at some swan valley restaurants, a bit disappointed the sole was not on the menu but would definitely return again...

The National Hotel


mary dined on Sun, 8th Feb 2015 (8)

Nice relaxed atmosphere and good pub food, great people watching on the verandah upstairs and nice breeze on a very hot day.

Fillaudeau's Cafe Restaurant


mary dined on Sun, 12th Oct 2014 (10)

We had a lovely lunch at this french restaurant, the food and the service was excellent and we will definitely be going back. My husband had the snails which were surprisingly good and my sole on the bone was just as good as I have had in France, lovely flavours and beautifully presented. My husbands duck confit was excellent , as was his very delicious chocolate pudding...well worth the little wait. We found the staff to be very nice and very efficient and there is a nice relaxed atmosphere at this restaurant. Looking forward to returning.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne


mary dined on Sun, 21st Sep 2014 (10)

Probably the best steak I have ever had, cooked to perfection, I was surprised at how homey the side dishes are....not much pretension in the food just good flavours , the wine list is pretty amazing , everything was explained very well and I sometimes find the staff snooty in these restaurants but not this time...very helpfull and they don't over hover either. I would definitely visit rockpool again but I will try our own one in perth to see how it compares with melbourne.

Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

mary dined on Tue, 16th Sep 2014 (9)

Very nice cosy restaurant, would go there again and very handy for pre show dinners

Portello Rosso

Melbourne CBD

mary dined on Mon, 15th Sep 2014 (10)

Very nice restaurant, would definitely go there again.

RiverBank Estate


mary dined on Sat, 2nd Aug 2014 (10)

As usual very good food and service..have never been disappointed leaving riverbank and the staff are always very nice...always have to mention the lovely crisp table linen which seems to be a thing of the past in some winery restaurants, will be back again and especially like the relaxed jazz Saturdays here.

Chefz Table

East Perth

mary dined on Sat, 8th Mar 2014 (9)

Top quality food and service...will be back..

Petite Mort

Shenton Park

mary dined on Fri, 15th Jun 2012 (9)

lovely restaurant , great atmosphere, service a little slow at times but i will be back..loved it !

RiverBank Estate


mary dined on Sun, 10th Jun 2012 (10)

very nice lunch but the waiter did get our wine order wrong, always impressed by the very friendly staff and quality of the food at riverbank, will be back..

Jackson's Restaurant


mary dined on Thu, 24th May 2012 (10)

this is one of the best quality fine dining restaurants perth has (unfortunately they are few and far between) , its a long time since ive paid that much money for a meal and didnt feel in the least bit ripped off by poor service and food....i just simply could not fault it,if i was to moan it would only be about the $8.50 water....tap water should be offered as well but loved it and will be going back for the dego next time ! my main course of red emperor was superb and the bread basket was yummo....fantastic restaurant !

The Gala Restaurant


mary dined on Fri, 20th Apr 2012 (8)

firstly what a shame that a lovely restaurant like this was empty on a friday night..unfortunately this took away from the lovely atmosphere that this restaurant could have !the food and service is excellent, so why empty ? i found the menu a little limited and dated..and the starters are way too expensive, they need to update the menu but not lose the old fashioned style and elegance..if they could get a better balance of this...this place could be wonderful..i would hate if it lost its charm but it needs revitalisation or something..we enjoyed it and would go back if they update the menue ! ps the ponzu dressing is to die for ! best starter ive had in awhile !

RiverBank Estate


mary dined on Sat, 14th Apr 2012 (10)

we had a very pleasant lunch and the staff are very nice, it was great to sit at a table with lovely fresh white linen and real napkins and not too close to other patrons..the food was excellent and i would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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