Pier Farm

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49 reviews
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$40 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
Roberto Scheriani (previously of The Italian), has opted for a sea change with his latest venture,
Pier Farm.
A new seaside dining offering in Williamstown, at the site formerly occupied by The Anchorage.
The menu is crafted from local ingredients and celebrates seasonal produce, with a focus on Mediterranean inspired seafood.
Expect exciting food and wine pairings from Pier Farm, with over 140 different drops available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 9397 7799
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
Pier Farm specialise in weddings and private functions.
Delight your guests with our excellent food and views of Melbourne CBD.
Private dining and cocktail party options to cater for from 20-200 guests.
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Private Party Contact
Nakita: (03) 9397 7799
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Free unlimited onsite parking and ample street parking available.
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Special Events & Promotions
Mother's Day

3 course set menu
$95 per head Choice of:

Entree

Calamari fritti with, pickled green chilli, sprinkled with aromatic salt
Prosciutto Di Parma and buffalo mozzarella salad with marinated eggplant
Pumpkin gnocchi, parmesan sauce, 25 year old balsamic vinegar

Main

Homemade spaghetti, daily market seafood in a cherry tomato, garlic and white wine sauce
Grissini crumbed veal cotoletta with a red capsicum and cherry tomato salad
Snapper fillet
Rib eye

Dessert

Chocolate fondant pudding with house made vanilla bean ice cream
Vanilla panacotta, salted caramel, cinnamon streusel
Orange and almond cake, cardamom, crème anglais
Selection of cheese

Kids $55

tomato pasta
fish and chips
ice-cream

Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment.

Please call the restaurant on 9397 7799 to secure your booking.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 49 People Are Saying
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Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.6
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Great produce beautifully prepared. Lovely service.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Lovely helpful staff. Brilliant location with great views. Nice menu, decent wine list. A big plus for Williamstown.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great service, ambience, food, wine! Lovely atmosphere and great view.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

We enjoyed our dinner. Food was very nice. Place is excellent. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful view and easy parking . We will come back again.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Third visit this year and reliably great food, wine, service and ambience.

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Restaurant was fabulous from the moment we pulled up- the view, the food, the wine and the Fitout are all outstanding. The staff were even better. Could not fault a single thing. Will definitely be back

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Friendly and helpful service. Adequate time between courses with out feeling rushed. Food selection was varied and we were more than happy with our meal

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3.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Whilst I enjoyed dinner I wouldn’t say I was left feeling wonderful about the evening. Service was good but food was a little under what I was expecting since I had been to the Anchorage many times over the years and always left feeling great about the meal. Will go back but with less expectation.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Sensational! Just sensational! Great food, perfect wine and a host with the most!

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Most of my party were satisfied with the food, not all though. Found the place very overpriced for the standard of food we received. We all agreed that we could have had as good a meal at home!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Found the place to be very classy but not pretentious, staff very friendly and informative. Will be back again as the food was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

We were so impressed with our waiter for the evening - he offered informative descriptions of all the food and wine and was so polite and friendly; really made our experience of Pier Farm great!

The food was delicious - we especially enjoyed the fish of the day (barramundi) and the delicious brocollini and mushrooms with tallegio sides.

Fish and chips were mostly chips, unfortunately, so would not order that again for the price, I must say.

The restaurant was very well decorated and the table was very comfortable for a long dinner. Lovely outdoor area would have been great for a sunny day/summer evening!

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Lovely evening with excellent food. Plan to bring friends next time. Not too noisy, nice ambience. We were a couple but other tables included groups and families.

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2.0Dined on 22 April 2018

It’s lucky that the location and restaurant decor is so pleasant as this saved the occasion for us. Oysters were spectacular, but this is thanks to the ocean that grew them. We had fish of the day and scallops as well, they were very very average.
While the wait staff were lovely, their service was not on the ball. We had to call for more drinks several times and waited for the bill long enough to just go up and pay, at which the person who seated us and served our food asked which table we were sitting at!! For an upmarket venue I would have expected first class service.
We went this restaurant when it was The Anchorage and it was wonderful. Unfortunately I think the change of hands has had a negative affect.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Well worth the visit. Waiter knowledgeable on the food, service excellent but not intrusive. Ambience perfect & scenic views to complement the gorgeous dishes.

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Nice view, cosy environment, good service but the food was unremarkable. well presented but nothing that I have either had before or could cook myself. needs a wow factor

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

We had a great night, we were a table of 8 and everyone loved the food. The service was good and the restaurant has great ambiance and view of Melbourne. The only down side is that it is a bit expensive

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Lovely food and beautiful setting nice decor but a bit too pricey..

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Great food, view and waiter with a great sense of humour

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1.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Lovely location, but poor food and service
This restaurant needs to pay a bit more attention to the quality of its food

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Food was reasonably good. View of course the best aspect of the restaurant. Waiter was over gushy and a bit condescending. Annoying enough not to leave a tip.

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2.0Dined on 16 March 2018

We booked this restaurant because of its wonderful location and because we had previously eaten here many times when it was 'The Anchorage'. Very disappointed with the new offering. The quality of the food did not reflect the high price point and it appears that the restaurant has modelled its finances on 'drip pricing' where side items need to be ordered and paid for as an addition. Our expectation was that we would be served a complete meal. As we did not order side items, the 'salad' accompaniment for my meal consisted of eight grape tomato halves. It's such a shame that the opportunity to make something fantastic in this very special location has been lost.

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4.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Great service, food was lovely lots of options , extensive wine list with good by the glass options. Staff were attentive and knew the menu . Scallops for entree were delicious while bent snapper for mains likewise my wife lived the Procutto de Palma and the flathead tails. Only minor complaint was Luke warm coffee despite asking for hot. All in all a great experience

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great customer service. George was absolutely amazing with us. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 7 March 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner experience at Pier Farm. As someone who went to this venue often when it was "The Anchorage" and loved it then we were slightly nervous what to expect. No need - same great atmosphere and you can't beat the location. The food was wonderful and our waitress was the perfect mix of friendliness, efficiency and attentiveness. The front of house could use a little customer service attention but we might just have caught her at a bad time. We'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Location was fabulous, I recommend booking in for an early pm dinner we got there at 7.30 and all the specials were gone and hubby got substitutes which were ok. The Capaci was great! Marinara a pasta, ive had better didn,t taste overly fresh

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

A memorable evening in a perfect setting. Outstanding food and warmly welcoming staff. Great to see this fantastic old venue reinventing itself... this is quite an improvement on previous management..congratulations!

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Food was excellent. Service attentive and friendly. Wine knowledge and matching to meals is extensive and enhanced the experience.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Went there for a lovely lunch on a Thursday. Very relaxed and beautiful view. We both had the Lamb Ragu, which was beautiful. Will be back

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

We had a lovely meal, they didn't look like the pictures on the web site but the food was beautiful. The staff were excellent and knew the menu well. The restaurant itself was lovely and comfortable. It had a great ambience when we were there, but it was not full so it might be a bit noisy if full. The view is spectacular and parking is easy.

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

A lovely spot in Williamstown for lunch. Food excellent, a bit pricey but worth it for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

We went here for my wife's Birthday and our Wedding Anniversary.
We came here back when it was the Anchorage and both agree the décor is much better with the light colours.
The food was very good and the waiter we had was very knowledgeable on the food and knew exactly which wine to have with both dinner and dessert.
Overall I would recommend Pier Farm to couples old and young.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

We were married at The Anchorage (Pier Farm) 25 years ago so celebrated our anniversary by going back to the venue.
Everything was just as good...good food, good service and of course, great venue!

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2.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Service was great (efficient, knowledgable) but sadly wasn't wowed by the food. Didn't get off to a great start with flat prosecco that wasn't chilled but this was readily replaced. Also disappointing that I had requested a "romantic" table but was seated in the middle of the restaurant even though practically all of the window seats available with most choosing to dine al fresco (admittedly I chose not to dine al fresco but any of the window seats would have been more intimate). Couldn't taste any truffle in the truffle pasta (though the pasta was good) and I counted exactly two sprigs of sage in the sage sauce. Overall quite a bland dish. Likewise my grissini crumbed veal cotoletta which was soggy. For dessert I ordered the panna cotta with strawberries and black pepper meringue because I LOVE that combination of flavour but again no pepper taste which was VERY disappointing and the three or four gumdrop sized meringues were chewy. My husband's blood orange granita with zabaione mousse was very nice though (wished I'd ordered that) and he enjoyed his entrée of prosciutto and melon and his snapper special main. On the plus side the servings were generous but this is neither here nor there if you are not actually enjoying what you are eating.

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

We enjoyed a relaxing evening meal in beautiful surroundings. The food was excellent and the service very friendly. We were not rushed but also did not have long waits between courses. All in all a wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on 6 February 2018

The setting is amazing - we sat on the deck and watched the sunset over the port of Melbourne & city on a warm summer's night.
The food was creative and very tasty but the meals were a little small for the price point.
The staff were very professional and polite and service was prompt.
This was a favourite dining experience for us many years ago prior to the new ownership, so it was nice to see that the deco had been updated.

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2.0Dined on 4 February 2018

I was not impressed as the crumbed veal was way to oily and not cooked ,very disappointed and the prices of the meals were excessive , on a good note the views and setting were great and our waiter was very nice and good at his job, overall I would not revisit until things changed

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3.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Although the food was quite good, I was expecting higher quality because of other reviews I'd read .We were seated outside on the deck which was nice and there just happened to be some fireworks going off.
The service was friendly enough apart from few small things that the waiter didn't do until we asked again.It seemed because there were only 2 of us that the large table next to us was taking up a lot of his time.
For our main ,I had the Snapper special and my husband had the John Dory.The John dory would have been a lot nicer if it had been pan fried before being thrown in with the pippis and tomatoes. Both dishes were acceptable but not particularly special.
For entree, we shared the oysters at a very expensive 54.00 dollars per dozen and the grilled scallops with parmesan and herbs sprinkled over the top.Each scallop was $6.00.That would have been fine if more had gone into the making of them.They were though, good enough.
The bottle of french chablis we had was really enjoyable and we decided to have some sparkling Rose to finish off.The size of the glass of Rose was laughable.It was more like a shot glass.
I'm not saying I will not go back ever, but I think it is just a little too pricey for what it is .

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2018

A most enjoyable experience, the atmosphere was great, the food magnificent and the price was good.
A little more room around the tables for staff to move would be an improvement.

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2.0Dined on 27 January 2018

As a frequent diner (until recently, because of distance) we were looking forward to returning.

The entrees (scallops) were fine, but the main was extremely disappointing. We both had the King George whiting which was heavily battered and the chips were dry and tasteless and looked AND tasted as if they had been reheated several times.

The dessert (which we shared) was terrific and the service and our young waitress was excellent.

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