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Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings
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Paymasters is a little haven, within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of the Newcastle CBD in NSW. Located on the Foreshore Park, overlooking the busy and picturesque Newcastle Harbour. Next door to Customs House, the heritage-listed building is on the site of the historic old Convict Lumber Yard. Paymasters Restaurant is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley's most delightful dining experiences. Paymasters is atmospheric, romantic and yet casual. Superb staff ensure a conscientious, personable and delightful dining experience. An essential first date restaurant, our pancakes are wonderful on a weekend morning. Come to Paymasters and experience Garlic Prawns like you will never taste
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$21
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just stumbled on Paymasters on google search , was a wonderful find . Had a wonderful lunch , the ambience , setting , staff , service , food all outstanding. The booking with Randolf too have a feeling of a nice time to be had.... Thx all concernedMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was poor. Food was ok. No-one touched our wine bottle after it was opened. The manager taking my money called me ‘mate’ a dozen times. I am not your ‘mate’. I am your paying customer. The kitchen gets a tick but everyone else lets...the team down.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 August 2021

We were very excited to go to this restaurant due to the reviews, the food was terrible overcooked and under seasoned , poor service , skip this one go to one of the other restaurants in Newcastle

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 16 July 2021 via mobile

Haven’t eaten here for a few years as we don’t live in Newcastle. Amazing service by Emily . Our entrees were superb , main meals amazing and desserts to die for ! Can’t wait to come back ! Highly recommend Paymasters for that special occasion.... Loved it !More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 21 May 2021 via mobile

I’ve been wanting to re visit this cafe for a while as local for nearly 30 years. Arrived at 6pm and we ordered very quickly we were advised there were two sittings and had to be out by 7.35pm. Our entree arrived within 10mins. We...then had to wait ages for our main and we kindly told by our waitress at 7.05 that we had to move off our table by 7,35. We explained we hadn’t even received our main yet!!!! Not great and badly managed by the wait and kitchen staff!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 11 May 2021 via mobile

A special menu for Mother’s Day. So well planned and served. The meals were huge but the very best fresh cooked produce Top venue. Always a joy Thank you all..🍷🍷🥇

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 9 May 2021

Such a fantastic restaurant. Amazing staff and incredible food. HIGHLY recommend. A great Newcastle icon :)

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 29 April 2021

We couldnt fault the service,ambience or food at Paymasters. We had the garlic prawns and scallops for entree, I had the paella and my friend had pumpkin ravioli. The twist on their affogato was lovely...it is coffee flavoured creamy ice not vanilla bean ice cream....I think I prefer vanilla bean ice cream to the coffee but it was still lovely. It is in a beautiful spot...their wines are lovely. Couldnt fault it. Yes the floor could do with a re surface but the view makes up for it. Totally enjoyed our visit and will be back!!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 18 April 2021 via mobile

The staff were friendly and polite. Decor very run down and out of date the wallpaper were I was seated was starting to peel off the wall. I had the salmon it was burnt on top very dry and had no flavour the vegetables were...burnt and tasteless I was very disappointed as it was expensive I was looking forward to going to Paymasters we had a sharing plate which was extremely expensive considering what was on the plate the nicest thing was the toasted bread with it. My husband had the pork and it was plated with way too much potato 🥔 he wasn’t very impressed either. Location was good but not in a hurry to get back there. 🙁🙁🙁More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 12 April 2021 via mobile

Another fabulous evening being spoilt by Chef Rodney!! Choose the Mediterranean Feast for two - so much food, it was delicious! We even bought 1/2 the chicken home which was dinner the next day. Good wine list to match the food. Delicious, will definitely be...back!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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MrsTTaylor83
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Response from Paymaster17 | Property representative |
We are if you have a special bottle of wine we charge a $15 bottle surcharge
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3 September 2017|
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Response from HyacinthBucket049 | Reviewed this property |
No dogs are not permitted.
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katrina860
27 March 2016|
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Response from Edward C | Reviewed this property |
I am not a Vegan but I am pretty sure they do have Vegan options or at the least would be able to accommodate you on this.
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Paymasters is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5