Waterfront Bar and Grill Port Vila

Waterfront Bar and Grill Port Vila

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Hours
Sun
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat
11:30 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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About
The Waterfront Bar and Grill is a popular and much loved South Pacific dining experience. Opened in 1980 our waterfront restaurant has enticed diners with panoramic Port Vila harbour views and delicious food for over 40 years. Join us for a cocktail and a meal under our authentic Natangura thatched roof and enjoy the melodies of local musicians and the beautiful views over the bay. At Waterfront Bar and Grill we aim to provide fresh, tasty, satisfying meals prepared with care by our local chefs and served up with a smile by our friendly local staff. From succulent beef to mouth watering, freshly caught tuna and local poulet fish to hot crisp pizzas fresh out of our pizza ovens, our menu has something for everyone.The team at Waterfront Bar and Grill are always ready to welcome guests for lunch or dinner, 7 days a week in our relaxed open air dining space on Port Vila Harbour.
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles1,331 reviews
Excellent
443
Very good
538
Average
216
Poor
87
Terrible
47
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Maria W
Basingstoke106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 couples
Lovely attentive staff. The food was excellent. My husband had the fish curry and it was full of flavour and fish! Most restaurants only add a few pieces of fish but this was a good portion. The chips were great and they had even applied malt vinegar like in the U.K. Would definitely go again.
Written 6 June 2024
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Julie B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 solo
After over 30 years of travelling to Vanuatu regularly and making the Waterfront Restaurant my first stop for a meal, I have to say it will be my last for the foreseeable future. The staff are as efficient and friendly as ever but the food is a major let down. The calamari and fish for both my entree and main were frozen which the staff readily admitted. Vanuatu has been the home of fresh seafood and wonderful flavours for as long as I been visiting. This was dull and tasted out of a jar. I’m sad. I’ve loved the Waterfront whether alone or with large family gatherings. Hope it regains it former culinary lustre.
Written 26 May 2024
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Taylor A
New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
Complements to the chef! My partner had speared a fish so we took it to this place for the chef to cook up and we were amazed with the platter he served us. Beautiful ceviche, fish curry, battered and a whole lot more. Definitely recommend!
Written 11 May 2024
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Glen A
Bundaberg16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 couples
We have been going to The Waterfront for many years. It has good views, good service and good food. The staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It is suitable for couples or small groups. The food was very good and arrived after a suitable time frame. The selection of beer, wine and spirits was quite good
Written 10 May 2024
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Sue Bishop
Warragul3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 friends
food was amazing. service and atmosphere was great. went two nights in a row. the lady singer last night would find work anywhere internationally. she was fabulous
Written 8 May 2024
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tinrub
Sydney222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Wonderful service, fantastic views and the food was superb. It’s easy to get to. Staff are very welcoming and friendly and a fantastic menu.
Written 7 May 2024
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Grecophile
Bondi168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
We were staying at Iririki, March 2024, and came over to Port Vila for a wander. Happened upon The Waterfront, liked its location and booked a table for the evening. We arrived. We were warmly greeted, escorted to a table by the water, offered drinks and given the menu. There was non-intrusive musical entertainment which was actually very good. The location was charming. The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The prices were reasonable. The evening was delightful. In fact, it was so good we went back a couple of nights later without a booking. Same again. Can’t fault it.
Written 2 May 2024
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padraig keating
Clonmel7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Staff and food could not be faulted. Fish, beef and chicken were cooked to perfection, cocktails are the best I've had in a long time l. Great setting and live music to match. Would definitely add as a must visit if you are in Vanuatu.
Written 24 April 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
Thank you so much for taking the time to rate your experience at Waterfront Bar and Grill. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and that the staff looked after you well. We hope to see you back again one day.
Written 25 April 2024
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Sally-Ann G
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
We were expecting great food at the Waterfront but sadly we were very disappointed. The scotch fillet that I ordered was full of sinew and was tasteless. The sauces were salty. The vegetables were overcooked, limp and salty. To their credit, the seafood chowder was the only redeeming feature of the meal. When we complained about the scotch fillet we were told that that was what we should expect when ordering that cut of meat. For 3600 VUT ( $47.26 AUD) that is just not good enough. We certainly won’t be recommending this restaurant and definitely won’t be back!
Written 19 April 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
We’re very sorry to hear that your time with us at Waterfront Bar & Grill did not live up to your expectations. The beef in Vanuatu is organic and grass fed but unfortunately can be slightly sinewy as the cows here are Brahman. Originally they were introduced to graze under the copra plantations rather than for the tenderness of their flesh. I assure you that we buy our steaks from the local butcher and hope to receive the best cuts they have. In this instance it seems that our suppliers have fallen short and we sincerely apologise for your poor experience with Vanuatu beef.
Written 25 April 2024
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John C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 solo
I thought I would visit the waterfront again and have lunch before my flight back to Sydney. I had the freshest yellow fin tuna I think I’ve ever had which was straight off the boat that morning. The chef came up with an inventive way to cook it with black pepper. It was absolutely delicious. This was complimented by a beautiful fresh salad from the produce from the Port Vila Central markets. All in all a fantastic experience with the staff friendly and attentive. A bonus also was the beer was ice cold. I am from Sydney so the prices here are so cheap when compared to Australia You would not get the meal I paid for under $60 in Australia, it cost me A$32. I’ve eaten here a number of times and it never fails to disappoint. Will be back.
Written 14 April 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
Thanks for taking the time to share your positive experience at Waterfront Bar and Grill. Our head chef Obed puts together our specials menu and I will be sure to tell him how much you enjoyed his black pepper coated Tuna. We hope to see you back again soon.
Written 25 April 2024
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Darius N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Really nice spot on the water, came here had the fish curry which was amazing so came back for that again. The kitchen for lunch is only opens 11:30-14:00
Written 2 April 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
We are grateful for your positive review of Waterfront Bar and Grill and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the fish curry. This dish is definitely a customer favourite. We hope to see you back in Port Vila again soon.
Written 25 April 2024
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Mick M
Ascot Vale75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Great meals and ambience on the waterfront at port villa. We had very good pina colada, rose and a Shiraz. Service was exceptional. Jenny from the block served us with one of the boys. He was excellent but alas I didn’t catch his name - the amateur film director! We had the prawn cocktail which whilst a classic was well made with fresh prawns. The Tahitian fish salad was exceptional. An out and out winner with red snapper in a coconut sauce. Steak was good. I wouldn’t say exceptional. But the fish of the day, red snapper, was outstanding. Fresh. Well cooked and well presented. We loved our evening here and the staff were fabulous., with small attentions to detail (steak knife without asking) one example.
Written 1 April 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review for Waterfront Bar and Grill. We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your meal and that the staff took care of you. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 25 April 2024
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Andrew M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Stopped in for lunch and noticed seafood chowder on the menu. Best we have ever tasted. situated on the waters edge overlooking the harbour. Our waiter, Bruno made us feel very welcome. Great place to eat while you’re in the town of Port Villa.
Written 30 March 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a positive review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed the chowder, this dish is one of our signature dishes and a firm customer favourite.
Written 25 April 2024
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jeff
Brisbane4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Staff amazing and the food was to die for loved it and will return soon had lunches and dinners there and lobster bigger than any restaurant on the goldcoast and huge smiles on all the staff such happy people wish I could move ther
Written 25 March 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a positive review and we’re so glad you got to try the local Lobster. We don’t always have it in the house as sometimes we need to wait for the weather to settle before the lobster divers can catch more. We hope to see you back again soon and if you’re after lobster it’s always good to give us a call and check. We are always happy to save some for you if we know you are coming.
Written 25 April 2024
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Ashton R
Sydney90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
We had the most delicious dinner, with a couple of different perfectly drinkable wines (not top shelf, obv! but very easy to drink) We didn't have starters, and shared two mains - the Special, which was a lovely, perfectly cooked (rare in the middle) tuna steal, with a delicious olive and tomato salsa, on a bed of roasted sweet potato; and the Catch of the Day, which was snapper, also beautifully cooked, with a green salad and (because we already had roast sweet potatoes with the tuna) chips! Both were superb, washed down with a glass of French pinot noir and a Kiwi pinot gris. Both very drinakable. And the service was delightful, not OTT but friendly and attentive, and with a preference to speak French over English, which was good practice! The background music was "live" - a local doing covers of various artists; definitely best suited to reggae (UB40 and Bob Marley) :)
Written 14 March 2024
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Waterfront Port Vila
Thank you for sharing your experience at Waterfront Bar and Grill. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your meal and were able to experience our fresh and tasty locally caught tuna and snapper. We hope to see you back again soon.
Written 25 April 2024
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