This is a big call for any restaurant to live up to but Sammy’s on the Marina at Glenelg is an institution in Adelaide for having quality seafood in a spectacular setting, with views of Glenelg beach on one side and the marina on the other.
Sammy’s menu has a huge range of locally sourced seafood and the platters are a specialty. It’s a perfect venue for a special lunch or dinner or to make any day special actually, and the Marina pier area is a pretty spectacular location to take anyone who is visiting Adelaide.
There were a huge range of entrée dishes, mains and desserts to choose from on the menu, and the wine list had a wide variety to suit all tastes. Our only disappointment was that there was only one light beer on the drinks menu and they were out of it at the time. Hopefully it was just a supply issue, but it would be a good idea to have a few more choices of light or mid strength beers to choose from.
As for the food, well that was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t go past the ‘Aussie Favourite’ on the updated menu which consisted of 2 pieces of whiting, a prawn skewer, salt and pepper squid, garden salad and chips with a side of citrus hollandaise sauce.
You could order the fish crumbed, battered or grilled and the crumbs were light and tasty with a herb flavour. The squid was melt in the mouth tender and the citrus hollandaise was a beautiful accompaniment.
The specialty platters of seafood are expensive but for a special occasion, and if you love all varieties of seafood then you would love the mix of lobster, scallops, barramundi, prawns, oyster, mussels, chilli blue swimmer crab and more.
As well as Sammy’s restaurant there are other options along the Marina pier to have an afternoon or evening drink or meal. Most of the restaurants have a choice of seating areas where you can get views over the marina or the beach front, as well as indoor areas to dine.
It is absolutely ideal to have these choices where you can decide where to sit depending on the weather and what view you’d like. Afternoon sees the sun setting over the ocean and at times if your are lucky, you may just see dolphins cruising through the marina. Then there are the uber expensive boats moored to ogle at too.
Some of the other restaurants to try along the pier are Ellenika Tavern, Oyster Bar, Junipers on the Marina, Seafire and the Marina Sunset Bar and the choices range from steak houses, Greek cuisine, seafood and Asian restaurants.
Everything is made easy for visitors with cheap undercover parking and stairs or lift access to the restaurant walkway. There is also convenient motel accommodation within walking distance, or for caravanners there are two close caravan parks. West Beach Caravan Park is around 4 kilometres to the north along the coast or the Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park, around 9 kilometres to the south.