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Hector's Cafe on the Wharf

$$ - $$$Cafe, Seafood,
Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 85555885
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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Open Now
9:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
Cafe, Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Smooth operation. Friendly welcome. Efficient staff. Excellent food and excellent value. The view could sell it time and again but when I go there it's the service, food and relaxed atmosphere that bids me return.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Christopher Web... P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had coffee and cake at Hectors whilst on holiday recently. The position on the wharf at Goolwa, S.A., is a great location and the coffee and cake were first class. Service was friendly and very efficient. Congrats Hector!!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank monterjones
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, great food and a great venue on the warf looking over the river. We will certainly come back.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank icegolf
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Excellent service and delicious food. The owner is a very friendly host who treated me and my family very efficiently and with great courtesy and respect. Thank you from Brazil.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Loved the scene and the food. Coffee was great, was happy they had almond milk. We sat outside with our bub looking over the river, it was such a pleasant atmosphere. The place is super cute, I thought the service was good and it didnt...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Marina D
Reviewed 1 November 2018

I went in there for a coffee before boarding a boat trip on the Coorong. Very slow service and when I asked for it to be changed to take-away, I had to ASK for a refund of the price difference since the takeaway cup was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Megan M
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately even though Hectors on the Murray receives mostly good reviews I can not be that mighty generous . Served by a very grumpy man ( assume the owner) 4 coffees and 4 little dry cakes for $48.99 was way overrated and overpriced. To coin...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JK5000
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Nice to sit outside and watch small boats float past and under the Hindmarsh Bridge. We were received with a smile and made comfortable at seating of our choice. Our coffees came promptly, as it was early and their busiest time came later.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Annasus2016
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Enjoyed a delicious coffee early Sunday morning. Were able to sit outside and just marvel at the view and how serene the water was. Was quite busy, service was very fast and friendly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank epapas2018
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Amazingly delicious and fresh seafood tapas. Yacht race on the river for added excitement. Perfect way to start the weekend!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank IndraA548
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Questions & Answers
4 May 2016|
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Response from KapoAdelaide | Reviewed this property |
They are open every day but only for dinner on Friday and Saturdays. It's a nice place to go for breakfast or lunch.
David M
30 March 2016|
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Response from KapoAdelaide | Reviewed this property |
Hi David. We have found that most cafes and restaurants charge between $12.00 and $15.00 corkage and some charge up market restaurants will charge even more than this. We purchased our wine at the restaurant so I can't... More
18 November 2015|
Response from Bec H | Property representative |
Hello! Hectors won't be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year but we are open for Christmas functions in the lead up if you were to get a group together? Please call the restaurant on 8555 5885 if you have any... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Goolwa
  • Phone Number: +61 85555885
  • E-mail
Hectors On The Wharf is a cafe bar overlooking the Murray River in Goolwa, South Australia. The establishment itself is uniquely positioned on the historic Goolwa Wharf, and is accessible not only by foot or car, but by boat as well. The name of the cafe comes from a local historic character called Hector, who was a fisherman on the Coorong and lived on a wooden boat by the Goolwa Wharf for more than 40 years. Hectors on the Wharf is open for breakfast and lunch every day, and dinners on Friday Saturday nights during the warmer months of the year. The menu uses local produce where possible, and boasts a fantastic array of fresh, beautifully prepared seafood. Thats not to say that you should be discouraged from ordering other items off the menu, which include gorgeous salads, pastas, burgers, and a selection of specials that are frequently changed depending on what is seasonally available. Our menu also provides for special dietary requirements and our kitchen staff will do their best to cater for your needs. The restaurant is fully licensed and stocks a range of local wines, beer, and spirits. Though primarily promoted on Friday nights our cocktail menu is functional throughout the week. You're very welcome to bring a bottle of wine along to compliment your meal though this will incur a corkage fee. Don't fancy a meal? Hectors has a range of delicious cakes and biscuits available and has a reputation in Goolwa for having the best coffee in town! Though it isn't necessary to reserve a table during the summer period it is recommended because of the busy nature of the cafe. We are also available for private functions. If you would be interested in booking Hectors for an evening please call us and speak to one of our friendly staff.
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