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Rankine's at The Whistlestop

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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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Goolwa, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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
3 of 5 bubbles 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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112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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181 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We opted for dinner at the whistle stop because it is very close to our accommodation. Although the menu sounded interesting, the food was very disappointing. Odd combinations of flavours, especially on the kingfish entree. Haloumi that was actually burnt (sent back & came back slightly less burnt but still burnt - is your grill too hot for this?). And... More 

Thank MarionH25
Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped for dinner on a very busy night and still had excellent food, prepared with a degree of flair and imagination, priced really well. My sardines were excellent, the risotto was just right and (truly amazing) the garlic bread tasted of garlic! The wine list is pretty good and inexpensive (but a few too many Sauv Blancs and too... More 

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Goolwa, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Lunch or dinner this intermint small restaurant offers excellent service with quality meals,the husband &wife team offer friendly attentive service

Thank mija412016
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93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We usually eat here about 2x per month. The standard of the meals is constant & always good featuring local produce, seafood & meat. The wine lists boast great wine form the numerous local wineries. The atmosphere is smart casual. In winter there is a pleasant wood burning fire. I would not hesitate to recomend.

Thank AdelaideLovetotravel

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?