Captain Baxter

4.2
73 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Following a spectacular renovation, one of St Kilda’s iconic beachside dining destinations Captain Baxter returns with a lighter and brighter look inspired by the tropical beach bungalows of the 1920s. The hero of Captain Baxter’s revamp is a fully retractable roof that brings guests even closer to St Kilda’s foreshore, plus a whole new aspect and view overlooking the beach to the south. Captain Baxter's new menu represents food that people want to eat by the beach; relaxed and casual dishes, with fresh and delicate flavours. The seafood focused menu is overlayed with subtle Asian influences to create seasonally focused dishes that embrace Captain Baxter’s enviable location. There’s an area here to suit every occasion, from smaller sit-down dinners, to larger cocktail-style parties. Get in touch and let their professional team organise your next event.
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Great location and atmosphere but for me the food was a big let down. Tasted like cheap pub food which was way over priced.

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CM
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Baked Fingering Potato’s with peanut satay and curry butter. Genius.

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JV
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, great food, sensational table, and very, very good service

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A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous food, friendly staff and perfect location. What a view! Will definitely be back!!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Beautiful venue but the food is very mediocre and none satisfying.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was outstanding, food was lovely, cocktails were great, amazing scenery and decor.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Hi the venue and staff are great the food not so good 2 out of 4 had upset stomach .
Too much salt on some of the dishes

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GS
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

I visited the restaurant for the first time about 6 months ago and loved it. This time I think the quality of the cooking had gone downhill and the table service wasn't up to scratch. The bayside vista is magnificent however it's not enough to compensate for average food, average service and high prices. I don't think we'll go back in a hurry. Donovan's kills it for overall value for money and customer experience in my opinion.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Most food are good, some just average. Spicy Calamari, typhoon prawn and baby cos salad with candied walnuts are my favourite. The hapuka curry was very average for the steep $49 price. The beach view was stunning from the 1st floor! Service was okay for a busy night. Entree come early but the main dishes took about 45 mins

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Poor food. Too expensive. Staff under-trained and trying to oversell. Thought we'd give it a try but would not go back.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great position, we had a table by the window overlooking St Kilda boardwalk and beach. I booked online which was an easy process, even when I had to change the booking. Our waiter was knowledgeable on the food which we appreciated. We were also topped up with water frequently which was also good. Everyone enjoyed the food which was excellent.

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PV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The team were extremely professional, attentive, kind and provided great service with a smile. I will be going back again very soon and recommending to everyone I can.

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k
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Its really a night club/restaurant so was pretty useless for catching up with friends .
The music was really loud , i really dint understand why they keep noise levels down until after dinner..
Then they can ramp it up as loud as want

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Ok, not great. Our group found it a little noisy to talk over dinner.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, impeccable service, and the view was second to none. Busy during Saturday dinner but we’ll worth a visit

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PB
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It would be nice- for those who have booked a table for lunch or dinner- to have a table reserved outside if they would like to continue on and have drinks !

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FG
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I booked a farewell dinner for 3 people andctge service was outstanding
from all staff.
We requested to move to a table with a view and we were pleaseantly surprised when they told us they could move us after 20 mins. I was dining with an overseas guest from the US where service from wait staff is key so she was very impressed.
I was really gratefull for the effort made by everyone their to make our night special especially Toby and the waitress from Pittsburgh (sorry l cant remember her name).
Also my other friend ordered a matini and it took a long time to come to our table so they didnt charge us.
Regards
Frances

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KE
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening very much. The waiters went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The food was very good, the view of the sunset over the ocean was outstanding. However, the noise from the bar made it almost impossible to hear a word of what the other one said and the same goes for the waiters. Everyone at the restaurant more or less shouted to each other, which just made the noise even worse. But, all together we had a great dinner and a good time.

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k
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful Christmas Eve early dinner spent with a fabulous view. We shared some entrees, tried the jug cocktails, main meals and lots of side. Everything was great. We had the perfect waitress serve us (Canadian blonde girl) we felt really relaxed and enjoyed everything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the most fantastic waitress - engaging and bubbly

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RZ
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The ambience and venue is very good however the food is very average.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Average tasting food. I find their food is overpriced. I feel that they are understaffed as well. Hard to get attention from waiter/waitresses. The place is a little too noisy for my liking. Not a recommended place to celebrate anniversary.

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OT
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New fit out and food is amazing

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Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for lunch to check out the refit and loved it. The new look is great and the food and service were outstanding. We had table 46 right by the windows overlooking the beach :) Cocktail from the bar was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The dumplings were dry on top,
the chicken skewers were ok
the sword fish had a shattered shell in it which got into the source.
The potato salad was straight out of the frig and too cold.
It was expensive.

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OT
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything we have was very nice

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Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious & fresh with lots of greens, yet still felt quite decadent and flavoursome. I will definitely be back again with friends and family.

The only drawback was the music. It was fun and added to the atmosphere, but when you're sitting in the dining area on a Monday or Tuesday night for a date, you want to be able to hear each other speak. Sadly, the music was so loud we both wanted ear muffs.

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Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Way to loud for a monday night in an empty restaurant
Asked them to turn it down and the wait staff assisted then the dj turned back up even louder playing 80's
He wasnt even born then . Needs a new job

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OT
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Amazing views and ambience though the Yum Cha was atrocious; cheap tasting and non-authentic. Shame no one bothered to ask us how the meal was... Though the other meals looked way more appetising!

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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure. CB never disappoints. Looking to use the venue for future in our new business venture. Love this place!!!

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Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Music was far too loud to have conversation over dinner, which was disappointing .. service was great and food was good

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Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved Captain Baxter great food best view of the bay we definitely will be back.
Plenty of food in the Chef choice menu.

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Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic wait staff and the kitchen were very accommodating of all of my dietary requirements. The waiter even had a list prepared of menu items suitable.

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DB
London
65 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We came for lunch on a Sunday as captain Baxter had been recommended by friends. It turned out to be a hot, sunny day in St Kildas so the beach was packed and the restaurant and bar was heaving which meant the atmosphere was great, with a real buzz.. and we were told that the party was just starting! Lunch was great, we shared some tapas style pieces and one of the larger sharing plates, all of which was great quality and interesting twists on the dishes. A lot of seafood as to be expected, but lived up to expectations for us. Price wise it was about right, with enough of a range of drink options you could have something affordable or push the boat out if you so desired. Service did suffer a little as it was busier but all staff were friendly and helpful in general. Would certainly go back either for a group event or just as a couple, as the setting makes this a great place to enjoy a lively lunch or dinner.

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Dined on 17 January 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place! Beautiful food and lovely staff. View of the ocean is exceptional. Decor is spot on!

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Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hi there.
My group of friends really enjoyed our night on the 28th December.
We had to change our booking time a couple of times and this was done without any effort.
On arrival we were looked after really well. I don't know her name, but she seemed to be a supervisor/team leader. She was really informative, friendly and remembered all our meal and drink orders without writing anything down....insane!
Brilliant customer service and yummy food.
We'll be back.
Cheers.
Rob Peoples

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Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The venue and views were fantastic and the staff serving from the moment you walked in were friendly and obliging. Will definitely recommend and come again.

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Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! the fish tacos were to die for!

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Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

The weirdest looking food I've ever seen & tasted at a restuarant.

* The meat was raw (yuk)!
* My dessert was micro small
and overpriced.
* My cocktail drink was filled with 95% crushed ice and hardly any alcohol.
* the whole experiencw..was definitely not value for money.

Would not recommended.

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OT
Dined on 8 September 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very Nice!!

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