was here Sat 22nd Dec after reading positive reviews on the internet. hotel itself is really nice, as i understand, its just had a makeover. we tried to make conversation with staff but they were grumpy and gave us one word answers in both the bistro and the bar. we arrived at about 5.30 for dinner, only to be told the area with the table we would be eating at, outside, was not open until 6.00. not sure why this is the case, as the bistro staff were already working so not like they cant monitor the outside area. we were happy just to sit out there with our drinks, but they said no, we had to wait until 6. i specifically asked the waitress if i ordered the carbonara, that it wouldnt come with too much sauce. i said 'theres nothing worse than ordering pasta, and its served swimming'. she assured me that would not be the case. well, what do you know, a bowl of sauce with some pasta hidden in there somewhere, photo attached. way too much sauce, way too creamy, couldnt finish it. dont remember what my partner had, but he wasnt overly impressed either. only redemption was the bottle shop staff who were friendly and efficient. nice bottle shop too. great selection. wouldnt eat here again (if i was ever in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated and looking awesome, we have new menus, the biggest bottle shop in Port Augusta and fantastic, comfortable décor. Located right on the Highway by the Port Augusta bridge, Ian's Western Hotel is known for its excellent dining and friendly staff. ... more less