Sounds on West

4.3
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Barbecue
Sounds on West is the evolution of Six-String Brewing Company, their love of craft beer, smoking meat and BBQ. In the United States, BBQ refers to a technique that involves cooking meat for long periods of time at low temperatures with smoke from a wood fire. This form of cooking adds a distinctive smoky taste to the meat. Often the proprietors of barbecue establishments originate from the Southern states of the USA such as Texas, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri to name a few. It is here that barbecue is more than just a style of cooking, but a subculture with wide variation between regions, and fierce rivalry for titles at barbecue competitions. We classify ourselves as an American barbecue restaurant providing American Diner cuisine as well as an Australian influence. Our menu is a continuous work in progress. Our meats cook for most of the day and finish cooking just before 6pm.
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NatashaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food would be even better if they had coffee with dessert

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AnthonyR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been to sounds on west 3 times now, after the main is served we never see any staff member approach us to ask if we would like desert we have always sat at the far end in a 2 person setting and yes we would have had desert

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kevink
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

seats very uncomfortable, felt like in very low class restaurant. the pork belly could not eat too fatty really awful. Brisket not much better. I have been to several other smoke houses . Must say i would not go back to Sounds on West very disappointing. We live at Erina , and travelled to Umina . DRove past smpke house at Erina wont do that again . over all very poor experience . The wedges where the hihlight of the meal . That and leaving the awful seats .

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JoshP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to impress, perfectly smoked meats, great drink selection and live music. What more could you ask for?

Sounds on West
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thanks for the great review Josh! Glad you liked it, and hope to see you back here soon :)

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JImW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, great service, loved the solo guitarist/vocalist.

Sounds on West
Responded on March 4, 2020

So glad you enjoyed you visit :)

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ChloeF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the moment we arrived, until the moment we left.
Thank you for amazing food & customer service!

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KellieO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will want to return again and again after you visit Sounds on West. The smell of the smoker in the air and the smoked meats are mouthwatering. The cocktails and drink selection is spectacular and the ambiance is chilled. Love it and cant wait for the next visit.

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Sounds on West. Delicious food, great service and great vibe. Love the live music too!

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AngelaF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food great atmosphere good service great music and close to home

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CassandraC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Delicious brisket and beef ribs, even the side slaw was yum too. Generous serving of the mac and cheese! Service was a little awkward and slow - maybe some new processes needed. In saying that we are quite relaxed and patient so things that may bother others doesn't really bother us. Overall would definitely come back again if we were in the area!

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TinaL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We made a reservation for 6.30pm. We arrived at 6.20pm. The restaurant was near empty. We were seated at a table right in front of the front door on a windy evening. We asked if we could move to one of the many vacant tables away from the front door. We were told this was not possible. We did not enjoy our meal. Half a dozen tables remained vacant when we left. It’s a shame because we live in the area and are repeat customers. We were not happy with our experience last Friday (as we’re a number of other patrons) and won’t be quick to return. Disappointing..,

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ElenaP
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor area for kids. Food was yum. Kids food was a little too fancy for my kids (boring) palate but they loved the playing area so all was good!

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MarK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The venue and service were excellent. Very attentive. They had live music which added to the great atmosphere. We ate inside but checked out their outdoor eating area and it was very inviting. Drinks were very expensive. The deep fried camembert was a good starter as were the smoked meat beans. For the mains, we ordered the smoked brisket, pork belly and ribs. Brisket and pork belly were dry and disappointing but the ribs were very good. We had a vegatarian in our midst who ordered the gnocchi but found it too oily and not very nice. For dessert, we got house doughnuts, creme caramel and banana split. Doughnuts were abit too doughy for us - yummy on first bite but abit too much afterwards, and the creme caramel and banana split were both okay but nothing to write home about. Glad we tried it out and it was still a good night, but we probably won't go back as it was quite expensive and some of the food was a let down.

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FrankT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had been to this restraunt before so had an idea of the food and setting. Would very much like to see a potato option with the main.
My partner had maple pulled pork and i had lemon chicken maryland both meals were very good. If order ing beer they use funny shaped glasses but we both tried different beer and again were happy.enjoyed the meal and will return .

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Over priced beer and a very small main rib meal for the price.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spacious venue and good size tables
Great food and good friendly service.

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JoshP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here, the crew are always friendly and the food is amazing!

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Craig
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars to sounds on West & every time we dine there we walk away satisfied by the meals, staff & the ambience. We enjoy the experience on a Friday or Saturday night we’re on the odd occasion they have a musician playing near the bar which makes the overall mood a lot better!

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection on the menu and the food was great. Plenty of choice for all tastes. The live music is a great touch and the performer was exceptional - what a fantastic venue!

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AnnaH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was awesome! Definitely be back, Good was great service was great outdoor area was beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and my partner plan trips to Umina just to eat and drink at this brewery. Delicious fresh food. Wonderful service. There is a lot to love here.

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TianniB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and wonderful selection of food and drinks. The Cocktails are a must try and best margaritas on the coast!

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Dominique
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious, the drinks are delicious. Quick service. The entrees as very yummy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great - service slow as it was quite busy maybe more staff needed. In saying that staff very friendly and apologetic if the delays. Would definitely go back again.

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MonicaG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great feel to the restaurant, exceptional drinks selection. If you're a big meat eater this is the place for you!

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DeeT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Must say that customer service made up for the food. We ordered the Jalapeno poppers and corn to start. The jalapeno poppers had a nice filling bit the 'Jalapeno' itself was raw and tasted like a green capsicum.....I thought Jalapenos were meant to be spicy???We also had the corn and normally I love corn but the marinade on the corn made it inedible.....I don't think the flavors complemented the corn at all. My sister had the Brisket which she loved, great flavour and very generous portion. She ended up taking half home in a container which the waitress kindly offered which was nice....we didn't have to ask. I ordered the Gnocchi with mushroom and I think it did mention in the menu that this was a light meal but it was extremely small, very nicely presented though. The smokiness on the mushrooms also did not taste too great. I ended up ordering the chicken burger as i was still hungry. I first asked the waiter to confirm if it was made with chicken breast and after checking he confirmed it was, I told him I would like to order one. After waiting for about 20 minutes I enquired with one of the waitresses on the chicken burger only to be told that no order had been placed for a chicken burger. When my burger did finally arrive the chips were so soggy, when I held one up it was literally droopy. When I showed the waitress she said the chips I got were different to my nephews who had got a wagyu burger with shoestring fries (which he also loved ALOT!!!) She said that these were hand cut and depending on how they were cut depends on how they would come out. I told her they should not be oosing in oil. She organised another plate of chips for me which came out nice and crunchy, just the way chips should be. My impression of Sound on West, if you like meat and meat only try this place as anything that was not meat was not cooked well or did not taste great.

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JoshP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sounds never fails to produce, it is a regular spot for us with amazing food, extensive beer menu and great music!

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GinnyB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible table service, restaurant has a relaxed vibe that exudes cool with a little bit of hipster. We ordered the brisket and burger, both cooked and made to perfection and complimented well with the slaw and specialty bbq sauce. It’s always a delight coming to Sounds On West, thank you for a delicious experience!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fathers Day early lunch with son. Had paddle each of craft beer - great beers with an outstanding Stout.
Had Shared Plate with Brisket and Chicken plus side dishes. Beautifully prepared and presented. Décor might not be to everyone's taste but we loved it

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RosO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the relaxed feeling and definitely would return in the future. The brisket was amazing and melted in my mouth. My husband had the pork belly and said it was fantastic. The sides were very tasty and light so didn't take away from the mains. Service was prompt and friendly. A great range of beverages to choose from. The entertainment was enjoyable and at a good noise level. Overall a fabulous and affordable experience.

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EstherC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time here! Unique and delicious food, great service and great cocktails. Very grateful to have this restaurant in Umina!

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AlisonG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great live music and great scene. Yeh food was good value for money and we didn’t leave hungry. Grey to have a restaurant like this close by!

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RachelB
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Not been for a while, food still amazing, complete change of staff so slightly different vibe - but still love this place!

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AndrewH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Buffalo wings were mostly cold - clearly reheated straight from the fridge - terrible
Ordered a large share plate - the only item on the plate that was fresh was the rib. The rest was reheated and dry. The Slaw was dry with minimal dressing. Side mushrooms were good. Truffle fries were cold and soggy. Staff were friendly but clearly inexpereinced. No sign of any person in authority. Overall a major dissapointment from a restaurant that we were very much looking forward to visiting.

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CarolynJ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fab food and service-even better that they sell their magical sauce to take home! We’ll be back for sure next time we are in town.

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bert
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good except alot was not available. Would be good if you had a range of Bourbon

No "Breads"

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KateH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food excellent as always. Great musician playing however because we were sat right next to him we struggled to be able to talk.. only complaint.

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KathyE
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our recent dinner at Sounds On West very much. The service was friendly and efficient, the food delicious with generous servings, and a great variety of local beers. Happy to recommend SOW to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

We have eaten here many times and love the food and have always loved the ambiance and the service. However this time the service was pretty average and the ambiance was ruined by a table of very loud drunk blokes swearing at the top of their lungs to each other. Now this is fine, but when there with our 5yr old and having her ask us what F$%k means while at Our table left us angry. I sent a message to the restaurant who informed that as well as being a family restaurant they cater to everyone. Well in the true nature of a family friendly restaurant you wouldn't allow loud language like that. It's fine to allow loud swearing patrons if that is the aim of the restaurant, but need to advise that you are actually not all that family friendly. But oh my the food is wonderful! We will go back, but as adults only, not as a family.

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Michelle2806
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously tasty food, amazing cocktails, nice wine list and friendly service.
Always enjoy our time at SoW. Highly recommended.

FAQs

Sounds on West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 4339 9023.

Sounds on West is rated 4.3 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

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