The Royal on the Waterfront

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177 reviews
$40 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
If you’re keen for some relaxed, waterfront restaurant dining, or maybe some snacks and a glass of wine while you watch the world go by, our generous alfresco area is roomy enough to give everyone their own view of East Perth’s vibrant Claisebrook Cove. Our team of exceptional chefs serve modern Australian food that can be shared between friends and will suit any occasion.

If you’re after a superb wine list, premium craft beers and some sophisticated cocktails, THE ROYAL on the waterfront is the place to go. Sample our range of exclusive hand-crafted Colonial beers on tap from our very own brewery in Margaret River, or our impressive wine list with over 30 wines by the glass.

Come alone, with your partner or even a big group of friends. Whoever you arrive with and whatever the occasion- enjoy THE ROYAL on the waterfront your way.
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What 177 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.6
Value
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KrisS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good feed and service, dish was a bit small but tasted great!

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Responded 3 days ago

HI Kris, Thanks for the 5 star review, very happy you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon at The Royal on the Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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PhilipC
Perth
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was cooked exactly to our liking. Service was quick and friendly. Only issue was the noisy patrons filing in after a cricket game at the stadium

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Philip Appreciate you taking the time to review us. Chef is pleased your meal was spot on. We look forward to welcoming you back soon to The Royal on The Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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BernadetteD
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious 😋 Have recommended The Royal to friends.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Bernadette, Thank you so much for the review and the private note. The team were thrilled. especially the kitchen as it was very hot and busy for them this week. Look forward to welcoming you and your friends back to The Royal on the Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a very hot night so it was nice to have the option to sit inside in the air conditioning. The waitress was very helpful as were all the staff and we were not kept waiting for our food. All the food we ordered was excellent. The wine list was not too long and had a lot of local wines to choose from. Thanks for a lovely night out.

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Marijana
Perth
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am a frequent customer and am never disappointed. Do yourself a favour and book a table and enjoy.

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Responded 3 days ago

Hi Marijana, So happy to see our regulars enjoying what The Royal on the Waterfront has to offer. We do appreciate hearing this great feedback. See you again soon. Regards Cindy

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CarlaH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, the staff were friendly and helpful.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Carla, Appreciate you taking the time to review your experience this Friday at The Royal on the Waterfront, the team & I love these 5 star reviews. Hope to see you again very soon. Regards Cindy

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AlanaH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pizza chorizo was delicious & the rustic chips. Great selection of drinks.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Alana, I have passed your feedback onto Richard our pizza chef, he was trilled, so thank you for giving us your feedback. Look forward to welcoming you back to the Royal on the Waterfront soo. Regards Cindy

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Dee7
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

42 degree day , aircon not working !
For the gnocchi I ordered I thought it was very expensive .. should be a price variance so all can enjoy dining out ..
staff lovely and service good .

The Royal on the Waterfront
Responded 5 days ago

HI Dee, Apologies that it wasn't cool enough, we have just replaced all condensers, so it should of held up, will check with our maintenance team. Have asked chef to check into the gnocchi for a possible alternative, so appreciate the feedback. Thanks again for reaching out and see you again soon at The Royal on the Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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JohnT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The waitress was very good and kept seeing if we wanted anything else. I had the steak which was cooked exactly how i;d asked for it.
The only problem was the air conditioning wasn't working very well (on a 40C day) so it was quite warm in the dining area.
John

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi John, Apologies that it wasn't cool enough, we have just replaced all condensers, so it should of held up, have checked with our maintenance team and asked them to follow up. Chef sends his thanks for the great review on the steak and have passed on the feedback to the front of house team. Thanks again and look forward to having you back (with a cooler restaurant) soon. Regards Cindy

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kurth
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, food, drinks were very nice. Would have liked a larger desert menu and a lower price tag but overall was a very good experience.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Kurth, I appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback on your recent experience. Our Head Chef is working on a larger new dessert menu, so pop back again soon. Would love your feedback when that happens. Regards Cindy

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service. Was very quiet and enjoyable

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Sharon, Thanks for taking the time out to give us feedback your your recent dining experience. The team love these, makes their day. Look forward to welcoming you back at The Royal on the Waterfront soon. Regards Cindy

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MoiraM
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Nice setting and helpful maître d’hôtel.
Food was okay but not outstanding.
Some dishes from the online menu were not on the actual menu.

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Responded on 4 January 2021

Hi Moira, Thanks for taking the time to review us at The Royal. We have updated our web site thank you. I would appreciate if you have time to call me on 9221 0466 so chef and I can so we can better improve our offerings, Regards Cindy

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Keira
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server, Daniel, was excellent. He made our night!

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Responded on 4 January 2021

Hi Keira, Thanks for the 5 star review, Daniel was excited to see his name on the review, it has really made his day. Look forward to seeing you again soon at The Royal on the Waterfront, Regards Cindy

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SusanC
Perth
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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Responded on 4 January 2021

Hi Susan, Happy New Year! Thanks for the 5 stars across your review, we appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you again soon at The Royal on the Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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DarrenF
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely location and pleasant day for a lunch 12-2pm. Sat in the main restaurant area (standard seating option) with the folding doors open - not too hot and slight breeze made it very pleasant. Good drinks options. Food good, though sides options (salad) a bit limited. Very enjoyable. Sparking water was over priced which was a bit disappointing (only sparkling option was Voss bottles) - most venues providing various options for sparkling (as for still water) these days. Service was good but primarily because the restaurant/outdoors/bar at that time was 30-50% full and appeared it was gradually getting busier into afternoon.

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Responded on 30 December 2020

Hi Darren, I appreciate you taking the time to review your experience at The Royal on the Waterfront. I have passed your feedback on to our head chef about the sides. As for the Voss Sparkling we are taking that under advisement. Hope you have a great NYE, see you again soon. Regards Cindy

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

First restaurant I have been to that would not grill the fish then when paying the account was advise All credit cards had a surcharge the only other payment was cash. First restaurant that charged for Master Card. Not the money just was not advised prior to going to the restaurant to ensure I had enough cash.

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Responded on 4 January 2021

Hi Tony, I appreciate you taking the time to review The Royal. I have discussed this with our Head Chef, who has the grilled barramundi on the menu for those who want grilled fish. He has advised the whiting in the fish & chips is not ideal for grilling but is perfect for beer batter. As for the surcharge we have this at all our venues and this is also written on the menus. I hope this does not deter you from returning to The Royal. Regards Cindy

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Markus
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great location, good food and great service. Good value for your money!

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Responded on 30 December 2020

Hi Markus, Thanks for the good review, The team and I appreciate the feedback. Hope you have a great NYE and see you again soon at The Royal on the Waterfront, Regards Cindy

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GaryT
Perth
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was great, excellent service and great food. Will definitely keep coming back.

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Responded on 28 December 2020

Hi Gary, Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. The team & I appreciate the 5 star review, thank you for taking the time. Look forward to seeing you again soon, Regards Cindy

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OpenTable Diner
Perth
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great...
Just one minor complaint, the air con was not working to well.

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Responded on 28 December 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review. Just an FYI the aircon has been upgraded, so next time it will be much cooler. Hope you had a great Christmas break. Regards Cindy

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KatR
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A little disappointing overall - not as good as it used to be under the old management. Menu choices are far more limited, and many things were "sold out". How a restaurant can "sell out" of affogato is a little unusual, as well as selling out of cocktails. The chicken parmi came out burnt around the edges, the arancini balls (marketed as "ham hock and pea on a mint pea base") were small, dry and overcooked, with no presentation whatsoever other than some cress thrown in a heap on the top. No ham hock to be tasted, just rice rice and more rice with a few odd peas in it, and no mint peas to be seen anywhere. Some raw beans in a bitter mint dressing under the 4 small arancini was the closest it came - they hadn't even been blanched so tasted pretty ordinary. The roasted cauliflower was nice, but too big a serving for one. And it was boiled cauliflower that had been boiled and then only thrown under the grill for a few minutes - enough to burn the edges so it appeared roasted. I'd dial back the size somewhat and drop the price. Service was OK, but very understaffed - probably due to hard to get bar staff because of COVID but still, if you've not got the staff don't take the bookings you can't service. As mentioned, affogatos had "sold out" mysteriously, so we were forced to have sticky date pudding, which was too large a serve and quite dry with not many dates in it more just a cake with a few pieces of date scattered through it and a caramel sauce that was pretty reasonable but no cream just a scoop of ordinary icecream. Overall disappointing considering the standard it used to have under the old owners. Skimping on the more expensive ingredients in a dish presumably to save money just leaves diners with a sad experience - I'd pump up the ingredients and make the descriptions of the dish actually match what comes out rather than skimp and leave diners disappointed. An excellent venue for drinks in the afternoon on the waterfront, but not a meal.

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Responded on 28 December 2020

Hi Kat, Thank you for your feedback, it is most valuable to us as a group. I have shared this with our head chef and we are meeting today to go through it line by line. I am not sure why the affogato was sold out, I am investigating this with the manager on duty. If you wouldn't mind I would like the opportunity to have you back in to show you what The Royal is really about, so could you call me on 0438815875 to arrange this please. Regards Cindy

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The stunning location on the waterfront set the scene for a great evening. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

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Responded on 30 December 2020

Thanks for the review, the team loved getting these, it makes their day. Hope you have a great NYE and see you 2021 at The Royal on the Waterfront. Regards Cindy

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StephenB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Ambience great as ever, food was cooked ok but the menu was very limited. The service what's virtually non-existent at the beginning and then we realised they have moved over to ordering everything online at the table. Felt like a takeaway

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Responded on 28 December 2020

Hi Stephen, I appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback about your experience. As a group we have implemented the Me&u ordering system for a better customer experience rather than lining up at the bar. We do offer full table service & a larger menu in the restaurant side. I have highlighted with the team they need to communicate this to all our guests so you get the right experience you are looking for. If you would like to discuss further please contact me on 9221 0466. Regards Cindy

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Poorly organised at xmas, ran out of multiple beers and spirits for cocktails. Service was disgusting, no care taken, couldn’t have been less interested in looking after customers, incorrect meals delivered, delays with individual dishes, no dessert menus delivered after mains. Food was ok, nothing to rave about. Will not be returning anytime soon.

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Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Sarah, I was disappointed to read about your experience at The Royal on the Waterfront Friday night. If you have the time I would like to discuss personally with you about your evening, so we can better shape the team and our offerings in the future. I can be contacted on 9221 0466. Regards Cindy

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ArduinoS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place for a night out, excellent views and location , good food and service

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Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Arduino, Very happy to see you had a great night out on Friday. I will pass this review onto the team and thank you for taking the time to review us. Have a safe & happy holiday season Regards Cindy

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfriendly and uninterested staff, extremely noisy venue, did not order because of the bad vibe. More pub than restaurant....probably a great place to get a drink, but not for a quiet feed.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi James, It's a pity you chose to try us out on what we call in hospitality "Black Friday". It is the busiest day of the year for us. Hopefully this won't deter you from retuning. Regards Cindy

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AnneE
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Very noisy inside. Couldn’t hear people sitting next to us speak. Very pricey for what you get. We didn’t realize there were different menus for inside and outside. No individual billing. Overall a disappointing experience.

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Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Anne, Thank you for taking the time to reach out and review us at The Royal on the Waterfront. I have brought this up with the team about ensuring our guests are aware we have a Bar Menu and a Restaurant Menu, so there is no confusion. I hope this not deter you from joining us again in the future. Have a safe and happy holidays Regards Cindy

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KenR
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely location, good food and quality service ... highly recommend

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Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Ken, The team & I love great recommendations and even more that you had a great time. Have a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards Cindy

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Alison
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Disappointing food - starters were nice but main meals not what I expected.

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Responded on 21 December 2020

Hi Alison, I am sorry to read your meals did not reach your expectations. If you could spare the time to call me 9221 0466, I would like the opportunity to discuss how better we can improve our offering. Regards Cindy

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EmmaL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service we received for our work Christmas lunch was exceptional. Meals were well presented and just the right potion sizes

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Responded on 16 December 2020

Hi Emma, Thanks for taking the time out to review your experience at The Royal on the Waterfront. I've passed this onto the kitchen and front of house team, they love good reviews! Happy and safe holidays to you and your family Regards Cindy

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AlisonH
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food and great service
Greeted and seated , wait staff were bubbly and fun

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Responded on 16 December 2020

Hi Alison, I appreciate you taking the time to review your visit at The Royal on the Waterfront. I will be sharing this with the team, they love great feedback. Hope to see you again soon, Have a happy & safe holiday season Regards Cindy

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NatalieE
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Food portions were very small and table service very slow or non existent.

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Responded on 14 December 2020

Hi Natalie, Thank you for your feedback, at The Royal we pride ourselves on good food & service, so I was disappointed to read your expectation was not met. Would you mind contacting me on 0892210466, so I can discuss in more detail where we let you down. Regards Cindy

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SharonA
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service and food was great - as usual. The staff were very accommodating considering the number of our booking kept changing. Was a lovely way to end a very strange year.

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Responded on 14 December 2020

Hi Sharon, I was delighted to read your review, I will pass this onto the team. Especially liked the "as usual". Make sure you make yourself known when you are in next, I like to know all my regulars. Happy Holidays Regards Cindy

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DigbyK
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

One of the great outlooks for a restaurant in Australia! We were given a bar menu. No outdoor service at all. We used to eat here all the time. Was great ambiance. Now waste of a great venue.

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Responded on 12 December 2020

Hi Digby, Thank you for your feedback regarding outdoor service at the Royal on the Waterfront. We introduced Me&u to the alfresco areas which allows our guests to have the freedom to order as they wish, in the time frame as desired, with the full menu available. We do still however offer table service inside the restaurant area for those wanting full service. I hope this does not detract you form returning to The Royal, hope to see you soon. Regards Cindy

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I booked a team Xmas lunch for a small group of 8 ppl on Wed 9 December, on arrival we were informed that due to being busy with large tables, we would be unable to split bill. This would have been useful to know in advance, particularly with many people not carrying cash due to Covid. We enquired if we could order at the bar and pay separately, and were told we could, however when my colleagues went to the bar they were told they had to order at the table. A different staff member then came to our table and advised we should order quickly as the kitchen was busy, despite one of our party not having arrived yet. Overall the food was nice, however we felt rushed to order, and not allowing split billing would be better if advised ahead of time.
Thanka

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Responded on 11 December 2020

Hi Emma, My apologies that the communication was not clearly executed prior or on the day. I have spoken with the reservations team to ensure all bookings have the correct information prior to arriving. I have also included your review in my daily briefings to highlight how better we can accommodate our guest. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Regards Cindy

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TheresaO
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

Every food we love about the menu has been removed and no longer available. The meal we had was pretty basic nothing out of the ordinary.

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Hi Theresa, Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience at The Royal on the Waterfront. If you don't mind could you call me on 0892210466, to let me know which items you loved on the previous menu, so I can share this with chef. Regards Cindy

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HughG
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

I had an amazing large prawns with tons of garlic and some chilli, beautifully cooked and soft and can when over cooked too hard. And sizeable for an starter, next I ask if they make it as main. The best ever.

Also had another starter of seafood like egg like shape, real good and sauce. We shared another thing some scallops which real and great tomatoes thing, but only 4. I think it should 6.

My wife’s barramundi was excellent to the lovely Brussel sprouts, lovely well cooked fish and skin.

We had some Chardonnay which should at room temperature. Not cold like a Sauvignon Blanc.

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Hi Hugh, Thanks for your feedback about your experience at The Royal on the Waterfront. I will let chef know about your comments about the quality of your meal and about the scallop size. Apologies about the temperature of the chardonnay, I will look into a separate wine fridge for the chardonnay in 2021. Hope to see you soon Regards Cindy

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Nooni
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to catch up with friends. We chose the restaurant indoors for comfort and so we could talk and hear easily. Great spot with large window view. Delicious meal and picked a brilliant Pemberton wine to accompany meal. Totally excellent. Thanks to the lovely staff.

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Hi Nooni, So lovely to hear such a positive review about the food & service. We all love a good Pemberton wine! I will pass this onto the team. Look forward to seeing you at The Royal on the waterfront soon Regards Cindy

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good! Great service, good food and great atmosphere!

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Hi Nicole, Glad you had a great time at The Royal on the Waterfront. It's great to see we fulfilled your expectations and will recommend us. Next time you are in ask for me, it's good to meet our regular guests. Regards Cindy

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OpenTable Diner
Perth
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

The ambience was nice but the service could be improved.

The Royal on the Waterfront
Responded on 9 December 2020

Thank you for your review. At the Royal we take all feedback seriously and I have spoken with the team member involved and highlighted what our standard of customer service is. She has received further training. I apologise that you felt undervalued and hope this one off experience does not stop you from returning to the Royal on the Waterfront. I would like to discuss this with you further, please contact me on 0892210466 Kind Regards, Cindy

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MattH
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

It took a long time for us to be asked for our good order, the food took a long time, and then one of our party had their food burnt to the point where it was black on the bottom. It was very disappointing as we were there for a family members birthday.

The Royal on the Waterfront
Responded on 9 December 2020

Hi Matt, Our apologies that our normal standard of food was not delivered to your group. I have addressed your review with our chefs to further improve our offering. I would like to invite yourself down again so we can show you what The Royal food is really like. Could you contact me on 0892210466 so I can organise a voucher. Regards Cindy

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The Royal on the Waterfront is rated 4 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.