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A prestigious seafood restaurant with river view and heated alfresco area. Waterfront, would satisfy every guest that seeks either a relaxed romantic dinner or an aged chargrilled steak with glass of wine from Waterfront's extensive wine selection.
PRICE RANGE
AU$39 - AU$93
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Seafood, Australian, Grill
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Classic Deluxe Platter was the pièce de résistance here, lots different seafood served with the Chef's selection of sauces. We had an outside table so we were able to watch the goings on on the river and footpath whilst we dined. Service from Pieter...was attentive without being obtrusive. Our second visit and we will be back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024 via mobile

Beautiful place and great menu. Food was delicious. Service great. Staff was very profesional. Shame there were a rowdy group been noisy and breaking the atmosphere. I ll go back if i can.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

The menu was fantastic and the food exceeded expectations especially considering there were a lot of us!! The fresh oysters nailed it and the Morton bay bugs were plentiful. Could not fault any off the food or service and would happily eat here again!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

We recently met good friends at Southgate for lunch. Decided to eat at the Waterfront after a stroll along the river. Lovely day so sat outside on the deck. Service was good as was the food. We had the South Australian Harpuka fillet with prawns...and roast potatoes in a lobster bisque, delicious. Crispy battered fish fillets with chips and salad went down well as did the Northern Territory grilled Barramundi fillet with egg plant purée and roasted cherry tomatoes. Finished with a nice wine and plenty of water, all enjoyed the meal and the venue. Not cheap, a little pricey, but a sign of the times. Nice for a special get together.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

The terrace at The Waterfront is delightful place to be on a balmy early summer evening. The menu is wide ranging and different: we enjoyed the entrees of Tasmanian oysters and pumpkin ravioli with prawns - and mains of fish. The wine list is quite...extensive - with many wines available by the glass. The staff were all so efficient, helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. When four excessively loud, boorish. middle aged men ruined our quiet discussion, we asked to move to another table. Staff empathised and moved us immediately.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

Lunch turned out to be a very expensive and incredibly average affair. The wine list was over-priced with very ordinary wines. The food was poor. We were offered a pause between starters and mains, which we agreed to. When we were ready to eat the...food then arrived cold. I splurged on a steak which was over-cooked, probably because it had been sitting for some time after being cooked. Fries were cold. Salad - which was something like $16 - was a few iceberg lettuce leaves. We ended up spending a considerable amount of money for a very disappointing meal. We won't be returning, that is for sure. https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g255100-d3188803-r929733132-Waterfront-Melbourne_Victoria.html#More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

We ate here on our last night in Australia. At 7.30pm the place was full, so we were pleased we’d booked. Even better, having requested a terrace table but one not being available as we arrived, they came and moved us from the inside after...15 minutes - not all places would do that when they are under pressure. We had the excellent deluxe seafood platter which slightly defeated us in terms of quantity but the quality and range was excellent. We were slightly nervous about ordering it as we’d had a really good platter at Cafe Sydney a couple of weeks earlier, but we were not disappointed.Would happily eat here again. Good range of wines by the glass that complemented the food.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Waterfront was recommended by our hotel and what an excellent recommendation. The restaurant was very busy. We all opted for seafood dishes. The presentation and speed of service was outstanding. The setting and the views from this restaurant were awesome.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

A big thank you to the team who Were really nice and polite. We had five attend including my 18 month old son - the food was excellent, sashimi flavour was excellent and variety of the mains we ordered were just as good. We enjoyed...the banter with the waitresses, Georgia had some great recommendations. The views and atmosphere along the river in this location was also a stand out.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

My husband and I stopped for a fish and chip lunch, because that was all we were both hanging out for. It didn't disappoint, 3 well sized pieces of garnet with the crispiest batter and crunchy chips. Very filling after the complimentary bread which came...with an olive oil dip, and a little bowl of chowder to dip the bread into. Great bottle of white to compliment the meal. What a beautiful aspect it was sitting along the Yarra in the lovely spring weather. Service was great, overall, a very enjoyable time and would recommend others to try for themselves.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

This was a great find , wasn't expecting much being in a high tourist area but was pleasently suprised. Food was excellent. Mainly seafood dishes but even the steak was good. Service was excellent, one of us had alergies and they were very accomadating. Great...location, outside seats on the deck watching the sunset and soaking up the atmosphere of Southgate.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Have to say that with all the hype about Waterfront, it was quite average and over priced. I wouldn't go back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

This was my second visit and although it is pretty pricey, we enjoyed our meals. We were going to try the seafood platter, however you need to choose between hot and cold, so we decided on the Bugs and Prawns, as well as fish and...a steak and they were all quite good. Location is great and service was ok. This is worth it as a treat, if you don't mind paying a bit more.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023 via mobile

We have walked past this restaurant for 20 years and never dined there…why did we waste 20 years. Awesome dinner last night. We didn’t have a booking but the staff accommodated us. The food, service and ambiance of this place is awesome. Will definitely be...backMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 May 2023

PROS -nice view of the river -good selection of wines CONS -very difficult to find with UBER driver- located at the bottom of a strip mall -tasteless food -said it was wild caught salmon and it was tasteless farm raised -very dry and tasteless mussles...-service NOT so great- told us a wine was 'creamy/oakey ' and it was the opposite -we waited over 5 minutes to be seated and then another 15 min. before anyone came to our table -very very noisy place ... too many people and tables close to each other -when we sent mussles back, waitress tried to add it to the bill and took a negative attitude when we asked to have them removed -this is 'churn/burn' restaurant... -did not acknowledge our anniversary dinner... no real personalized service -I had booked this table months ago and I got the worst table near waitress staion/door Worst dinner experience so far in MelbourneMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Jillrw
4 March 2017|
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Response from chestermax | Reviewed this property |
Its not far, depending on what shoes you are wearing!!!. I can't give you approx. length but its an easy walk.
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Response from rossvani | Reviewed this property |
Sure dependant on the numbers. Great food and service. I suggest calling them first to see what they could arrange.
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Response from Karl H | Reviewed this property |
They have a very extensive wine list and I don't remember seeing BYO. Best to phone and ask.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5