Captain Moonlite

4.7
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459 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
High tides + good vibes

Captain Moonlite is an eatery and bar all about delicious food, tasty wine and above all… good vibes.

Housed within the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club (one of the Surf Coast’s best kept secrets) Captain Moonlite is tucked into the cliff-edge overlooking the Anglesea surf beach and further afield toward Point Addis & Port Phillip Heads.

Chef Matt Germanchis (Pei Modern, MoVida, Pandora’s Box) and partner Gemma Gange (Pei Modern, Jacques Reymond, Stokehouse) lead the team in providing coastal European food in a relaxed & comfortable setting so you can sit back and enjoy one of the best views along the Great Ocean Road.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
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GL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really delicious food and lovely service with friendly staff. Great location and should continue for a long time. Hope to be back

s
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the food and atmosphere

l
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful ... food excellent as usual. Excellent value for money

CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wait staff, hope to get the opportunity to come back again.

AJ
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely view with delicious food & fast service (a bit too quick!)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bugs and octopus was amazing !

MW
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was very nice, however was overpriced. Fish and chips for $30 and not even one lettuce leaf with it . Salad would have been nice. The berry ice cream was superb.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thankyou for a wonderful evening.
The food was excellent and your staff provided us with outstanding service throughout the evening.
Our guests from London, who read about you in England prior to their arrival were so impressed.
We may even visit Hervie's partner Rebecca in St. Kilda on March 1st. for a skate!
Thankyou again.

C
London
46 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved thus place located in the Surf Rescue Club building.

Wonderful sea outlook. Fabulous fish. Great service. Lovely historic Club photos. Quite idiosyncratic but in a good way. Limited parking.

Highly recommended

LD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food in a gorgeous location. Service was top notch too!

KM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the restaurant. Fabulous food with a second-to-none view. Well done, Gem!

SC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always! Service was attentive and the food was delicious.

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

King George whiting was as good as it gets. Mussels were excellent

j
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

While the staff were friendly and the ambience nice we felt the food and presentation was poor. We had 2 entrees and then decided to leave based on the lack of quality. The mushroom fitters were quite tasty but served without garnish or any type of accompanying sauce. The zucchini fritters were simply tempura batter fried pieces of zucchini served without any garnish (details show you care) and accompanied by a lack lustre sauce.

Sorry Captain Moonlite but we feel a lot more attention to detail is required and less fried choices. The main courses we liked were only available as a serve for 2 people which is also very limiting. Anglesea really needs some good food choices, so please don't give up guys just keep improving and trying harder with more choices, attention to presentation and toss out the fryer ! or at least keep it on the back shelf - fresh is best !
All the best
T and J Feb 2020

SL
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent and service was speedy and friendly with some good recommendations. Pity it’s in its final weeks!

s
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always get what we expect at this fave. Cheerful service and excellent food

KR
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful service. Highly recommend!

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

have ben twice within a fortnight. fabulous each time, friendly staff, food quality very very good.
Would recommend this restaurant highly ....

AR
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All excellent great food and ambience
Really great night

K
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for a terrific evening of great food and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Please don’t leave the surfcoast

F
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent service by all the staff .
Beef had some gristle.
Food was well presented and delicious
What a great pity you are closing .

EP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

We were really looking forward to this meal. We had traveled from Melbourne for our anniversary and I guess this has heightened our disappointment.

We were seat on time and our waiter asked if we wanted to start with some still or sparkling water. We asked for sparkling and waited, d waited, and waited. 45 minutes later he came back, after clearing most of the tables around us and finally asked if we wanted to order a drink, we still hadn't recieved our water at this stage, 45 mins in. We said we'd like to order since we had been waiting so long and ordered the white bait and octopus for starters and the $30 a serve fish and chips for main.
The starters were excellent. The white bait in particular, was exceptional.
An hour and forty minutes after ordering, we finally recieved our main. At $30, we were expecting something incredibly good, an unusual take on the dish, exceptional ingredients, SOMETHING???
The reality, was that it was huge in size but low on quality. Ok for a fish and chip shop, just. The fish was over battered and greasy and the chips were very dark and borderline burnt. It was not nice to eat.
We watched the waiter and floor staff float around chatting when tables were left with dirty dishes on them and we waited for our meal. The kitchen was full and there were a few free tables so definitely not at capacity.
We ordered the Black Berry cheesecake and the licorice and anzac biscuit icecream for dessert. These were both quite good.

The overall feeling was that the staff don't care and have better places to be. The whole fish and chips dish needs to be reconsidered. $30 is an unacceptable price to pay for chip shop quality in a hatted restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every course was exceptional. The Lamb and the donuts in particular.

FO
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant has a most beautiful location and we enjoyed quality food and good service

J
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! Wish I could eat here every day!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasant surroundings, good food and great service

BV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it every time we go never disappointed.
We celebrated my daughters birthday and they made it very special for her. The food is always beyond delicious we can’t go past the lamb always mouthwatering

l
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite on the coast!
Outstanding food and service not to mention the stunning ocean views.

AE
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing fresh food with a beautiful vista. This is seasonal and fresh and yes leans towards the mediterreanean greek flavours but just good food.
Portions are small so be aware

The only downside is parking is horrific especially at the moment with the new surf club being built...allow an extra 20minutes to find a spot!

M
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a magnificent lunch looking over the beach. The lamb was delicious and I loved the anchovy donut. Service was kind and attentive. Can’t wait to go back. It’s wonderful to have such a fabulous restaurant in Anglesea.

WO
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Our lunch, on a not wildly busy day took well over an hour to arrive. The waiter apologised, but did not ask whether we would like another drink while we were waiting. It was as if we were an annoyance because something had happened to our order (3 x the same dish, so nothing complicated about the order). Very disappointing, particularly as we had driven a long way just to have lunch. Food was good, scenery lovely, but a less a wonderful experience.

JB
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The slow cooked lamb for two was superb - it just broke apart it was so tender. Service was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

There was nothing drastically wrong with our dinner at Captain Moonlight but the meal and the service we received was far from what we had hoped for to celebrate my husband’s birthday. One of the female wait staff (the younger one)was excellent and the location in the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club is different; a little quirky, and can be spectacular if your seat is facing the sea.
Nonetheless I cannot for the life of me understand how this restaurant has a ‘hat’. It is no more than at best a pleasant seaside cafe.
To start, our entrees were served very quickly, even before the cocktails we ordered first up had been served to us. It is nice to enjoy a pre dinner drink on its own rather than drink it as an accompaniment to food. I felt that was poor form and it was disappointing that our Aperol Spritz’ came in a water/beer glass.
I chose badly for my entree as when the dusted prawns that I ordered arrived I saw that they hadn’t been shelled. I cannot stand eating unshelled prawns so my husband gallantly ate those and I had his calamari which was tasty but quite tough.
Our fish and chips main course was excellent. The fish was crisp and beautifully cooked.
Our half bottle of white wine was also an excellent choice.
A waiter served us the wrong salad so we had to send it back, asking for a replacement. Feeling very underwhelmed we didn’t want to risk ordering a dessert so we left the restaurant after quite a short time overall.
This restaurant would do well to better coordinate the serving of its alcohol and food such that it’s diners enjoy a slower and more enjoyable experience. We may well have ordered more wine and a dessert had our dinner not felt so rushed.
The food at Captain Moonlight is no more than adequate. We had the sense that the female Maître D was a little over it all

VT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Friendly & attentive service. Food was just gorgeous, fresh produce and quality ingredients - delicious! Cosy coastal feel in the dining room and the view is priceless ! Would definitely recommend!

RS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Food & service were excellent. Ambience is not great as a rebuild of surf club is in progress .
Parking is also a problem at this time .

MP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place on the coast ..we keep coming back .highly recommended

VB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and an amazing view. Thanks again Captain Moonlite.

DM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second visit to Captain Moonlight and its move up a notch as it continues to provide excellent food in a stunning setting. We had the King Island scollops.....best I have had in years and the John Dory...perfect. The food is fresh, well prepared and all good value. Similarly, the wine list comes with some excellent regional options. The dining room has the best views along the beach and beyond. We made the journey from Lorne where nothing compares with Captain Moonlight. A special nights celebration where we had meet 50 years ago when the restaurant was a surf club dance. Thank you for helping us celebrate in style.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A terrific experience. We left highly satisfied after eating through a number of beautifully presented and tasteful dishes (calamari was a standout). Service was professional and welcoming - nothing was too much trouble. An experience we have shared with friends.

EM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sublime food, fantastic relaxed atmosphere and great service. The rib eye was an absolute standout.