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Henley Surf Life Saving Club

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Published January 27th 2014
Adelaide's hottest dining spot without paying a fortune
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Photo: Paula McManus Photography

After spending an afternoon at Henley Beach taking in the glorious summer weather we're fortunate to have in Adelaide, my friend and I decided to take a stroll to Henley Square for an early dinner.

Henley Square
Henley Square: Source: Adelaide Now

As we walked towards the square I noticed the newly built Henley Surf Life Saving Club was open. Curiosity got the better of me, and assuming it was only open to members, I wanted to take a closer look. Luck was on my side, because and as I approached the front doors, a sign read it was open to the public. What a perfect place to have dinner!

Henley Surf Life Saving Club
Photo: Henley Surf Life Saving Club

After walking up a flight of stairs, I was in the restaurant area, complete with its open plan design, and big windows offering panoramic views of the ocean.

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Pick your spot and there's a window with a view!

As it was a gorgeous evening, we sat on an outside table on the balcony, astounded at how we had by chance found the best view in Henley Beach to dine at - it was breathtaking.

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Outdoor restaurant area

I walked to the bar and introduced myself to manager David, who handed me the Oceanview Bar and Restaurant menu. Not only was the view spectacular, but friendly service with a smile made all the difference.

Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Wine, view, sunset. Glorious.

The menu had a range of choices, and the prices were very reasonable. I ordered two platters - one Mediterranean and the other prawn, accompanied by a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Somehow wine, platters and a view accompany each other extremely well.

Best place for breakfast Adelaide. Prawn platter Henley Surf Life Saving Club
Prawn platter, perfect for summer with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc - delicious!

People of all ages started to fill the room, placing orders for dinner and chatting amongst themselves on the outdoor balcony. What a perfect vantage point to watch the sunset, and take in the ocean breeze - everybody was in happy spirits and the floor staff were working overtime delivering orders to inside and outside tables.

Restaurant at the beach Henley Beach Adelaide
Mediterranean platter

What made this place even more special is that even with the place buzzing and busy with people, our order arrived within five minutes. This is a Surf Life Saving Club right? You betcha it is - and there's a history behind it too.

Henley Surf Life Saving Club was the first of its kind on on the beach in Adelaide, originally under the Royal Life Saving Society. The club was the first to be accepted into the Surf Life Saving movement in 1953.

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View of Henley Beach from the balcony of the club

The club originally formed after a meeting of local residents and council members in Henley Town Hall on the 1st of October, 1925.

Henley Beach restaurants with a view
View from the inside of the dining area. Views everywhere!

To date there's around 706 registered members ranging from 7 years old to Jim Doherty who's 95, and still officiates at inter club and interstate competitions. Now that's what I call dedication!

Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club Members
Member board at the entrance of the club

The club was without a building for 18 months during the demolition and construction stages. They continued to operate out of shipping containers in the carpark, with gear stored in an old service station closeby.

Surf Life Saving Club Henley Beach
Membership continually grows

So dedicated are the members, that even though there were no shower facilities after their time on duty during the construction phase, the club's membership grew.

The restaurant is open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. On the weekends there's a buffet breakfast and all day meals. Check the website for opening hours as they do open sometimes on public holidays.

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View from the balcony dining area

I think I've found my new hangout for summer. I would've liked to have kept it a secret, but that's impossible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Oceanview Bar and Restaurant Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Bar and Food Menu

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Your Comment
That looks absolutely brilliant! I've added it to my To Do list and I'll be sure to visit there soon!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3790) 3293 days ago
must dine there when we have visitors from interstate and overseas
by idann (score: 1|25) 3290 days ago
Thank you for the detailed review with such good photos.Will definitely visit there soon!
by arrietty (score: 1|83) 3291 days ago
Surf clubs are a great option. Glenelg also offers good food at a good price.
by jai_d (score: 1|21) 3290 days ago
Great article, very comprehensive. Nice photographs and the inclusion of the menu is great. Definitely a place to visit in the future, thanks for sharing!
by Reductio ad absurdum (score: 2|225) 2077 days ago
The prices are definitely very reasonable.
I'll check if there is a separate seniors menu. There maybe other alteranatives that are special diet friendly
by r.eng (score: 2|916) 1119 days ago
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