The Waterside Hotel

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22 Reviews
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$40 and under
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  • Comfort Food
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This stunning heritage listed pub in Melbourne's CBD has been transformed by Sand Hill Road to offer an exceptional dining experience. Classic pub dishes fill the page of a tried and true menu. A plump selection of burgers, chicken parmas and vegetarian dishes accompany lighter option spicy lentil croquettes with green chilli yoghurt, a smoked salmon, crème fraîche and lavosh dish, or the char-grilled lamb ribs with rosemary mayo. Enjoy casual pub service throughout the public bar or in one of two intimate dining rooms.
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3.7
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3.5
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3.8
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1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The 'salad' was just a Cos lettuce sliced in half with a drizzle of dressing - yuck. The steak had a dollop of butter on it - yuck. Wouldn't go back.

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rooftop had great ambience, food & drink , highly recommended

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JT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Last minute NYE booking. No minimum spend, extremely helpful, great food and service and accommodated our large family including toddlers. Highly recommend.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Firstly arrived to absolute chaos, unhelpful staff no smiles or care factor. Got yelled at by a passing staff member to just order everything at the bar but be prepared for a significant wait time. No professionalism whatsoever.
We my partner and I, considered whether to walk out after this horrible reception and this was just the beginning.
Eventually found our reserved table and the dining room, a menu etc, poor experience ordering at bar took forever and then the battle to get a drink eurgh.
Food finally arrived, portion sizes meagre with food quality very poor for money charged.
Food timing ridiculous, recieved entree same time as main and was bland boring and not worth the money.
We hurriedly finished what we could of our food as was gross bitter and dont know what had been done to the poor cuisine in kitchen but basically inedible.
Left shaking our heads feeling completely sunk and stomachs churning not in a good way.
Would NOT recommend this establishment regardless anytime of the year or public holidays. No excuse for poor service food and experience.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a group of 10 people to celebrate a staff member leaving. Everything was fine and every one had a nice lunch. Some who had the chicken parma special thought the chicken was a bit dry.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Two orders in our group were forgotten and took ages to come in the end.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The manager was a fantastic host. He really went above and beyond.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The worst dinner experience I have had with the family.
Whilst the bar man was friendly at entry it went downhill from there.
Reasonably quiet Sunday evening approx 6:30pm

Children’s meals come with a drink, lady behind the bar had no idea. Had to explain to her and show her on the menu. Suggest very new to bar work not a great ambassador.

Ordered meals - Children’s meal $15 possibly the most expensive pub childs meals I have ever seen.
Fish n chips served in a plastic hot dog bowl/plate. How do you eat fish n chips from that? Had to get plates so we could cut up the fish and have room for the kids to eat it.
Served with tartare - my children prefer tomato sauce which we requested
Suggest the kids menu was designed by an adult with no kids
The fish was greasy and oozing oil as well as being chewy
The child’s meal came with a scoop of ice cream but we did not dare experience that

Adult meals - chicken pie with mash and vegetable

It was allegedly home made pie. What a disgrace!

A pie that looked like it was from a service station plonked on some mash potato with several Dutch carrots. The carrots not trimmed with the ends ineadable.
A soggy pastry pie, grey “chicken” inside and nothing else with a syrup type sauce drizzled over it

1 bite was enough from both of us

The kitchen hand called the manager and he instantly can over with a money refund.
He stated the pie is the best item on the menu - that’s the attitude

We ate somewhere else and enjoyed our dinner!

What a shocker!
Worst pub and food in Melbourne - don’t do it!!

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s
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I was tasked with finding a good pub meal near that end of the city for a small family dinner with two children. The overall experience was really good. The food was decent value and tasty. The staff were lovely and on the ball. But we had a pleasant time and played some pinball afterwards.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

I do not like giving negative reviews, however The Waterside Hotel did not live up to it's advertised impression. We dined as a group of 4 pre a Comedy Festival show at the venue, so thought it would be convenient. On reflection, I should have complained about the quality of the food on the night. Since I was prompted to give this review, I am being very honest with it's content. I understand that this is a pub, so don't expect the ambience of a restaurant.
It was very noisy. We sat in an area described as The Bistro. The TV was loud and children were running around jumping on chairs and yelling loudly. We could not have a conversation so we moved to a different area near the main bar where it was quieter.
I ordered fish & chips. The fish itself was quite nice, chips average. A side salad was an extra $7 & consisted of iceberg lettuce, onion and radish, drowned in dressing. A $7 serve of garlic bread came out. At first I thought it looked like a baked potato, it was about that size. It was burnt with minimal butter & garlic! The Charcuterie at $18 was very average. Over $150 for 4 people was expensive for the food quality. On a positive note, the staff were friendly.

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JB
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location with views across towards the Yarra. The dining area and bar up on the roof was fantastic and is the spot to eat and drink. Highly recommended and the staff were exceptionally friendly. Hadn't been before, but would definitely visit again. 👍👍

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SS
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Saw this Hotel on Postcards. Looked good but I was very disappointed. Food warm not hot, staff didn't know about deals that were on their website and Facebook page.
Wouldn't go back.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Awful food! Not recomended at all. Fish and chips awful, burguer too.

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OP
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best Friday lunch experience at the Waterside - top notch service, really friendly staff who were really accommodating. Food was amazing - great pub grub and good selection of drinks for a lovely outdoor dining experience. Would recommend the Waterside to anyone for a casual feed/drinks!

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ZP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Great atmosphere, food was not great but free drinks on entry! and overall was good

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and dining experience were above average. The vip experience for New Year’s Eve was a complete waste of money. Still waiting for the glass of moet we were promised. Would not recommend for next year!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

They were slammed NYE but managed it well. We chose not to go up to the roof as per our booking as the demographic was not us! Over all great refit, recommend giving it a go, just hope they can increase their bar service - the one, but very important point to survive in the very competitive Melboure market.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Meal was nice, but staff need to explain seating options better when booking. Upstairs is walk up bar service only.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice hotel, downstairs dining room comfortable. Waitress was busy, we waited a while to order but very friendly once with us. Chicken parmigiana very average, wouldn't order it here agin. Salad was just rocket. Served with curly fries, not great. Sweet potato dumplings had no flavour.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was sensational. Chicken parma with the drumstick attached was amazing. The burger was cooked to perfection.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A relaxed atmosphere with good food and plenty of drinks to chose from

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good experience overall.

Was looking for a place to have dinner before the soccer and it was just perfect for what we were looking for.

great food, great staff.

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