Waterfront Southgate

4.4
290 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Melbourne’s most iconic seafood bar and grill.

A true Melbourne experience with expansive views of the Yarra river and mesmerizing city lights.

Take in the stunning Melbourne sky line whilst enjoying our finest seafood and oysters expertly sourced directly from some of Australia’s best producers.

We are dedicated to the “sea to plate”, with daily visits to the market, selecting the very best oysters, pristine shellfish and the freshest local seafood.
Our “paddock to table” philosophy ensures we only source the highest quality of meats, bred from local Victorian farmers.

With over 100 years in hospitality, the Zampelis family welcomes you to enjoy a unique dining experience.
What 290 People Are Saying
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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I were given a $100 vochure for Waterfront which we lost. I spoke with the manager who advised vochures last for 6 months which mean ours expired.
I spoke with Lucy who then thankfully ‘honoured’ our vochure :)

Myself and my partner went on Sunday and got a table outside.
For starters we had 1/2 kg Morton bay bugs.
I had fillet steak. My partner had steamed barramundi.. everything was delicious!!!!

Service was great.

Drinks were great (they even made us a calypso coffee which was not on the menu)

Highly recommended.

Thanks again.

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,

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BP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fabulous food and table thanks to Lucy for arranging the cosy round table for my husband and his parents .

Overall great , but the reason I didn’t give a five star is on two occasions and in the evening , I mentioned to the staff that it was my husband ‘s big birthday and if they could do a dessert , each time , they said yes but when we ordered our dessert , my husband the pavlova .. it was not till we started eating the waiter ploppped one candle on his dessert while he was half way through eating .. would have been nice if maybe they could have written with chocolate or something on his dessert plate happy birthday . I just felt everything was a bit rushed and lost that personal feel . Overall though great experience and we were listened to . Thank you

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s
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I contacted the restaurant 2 hours before my reservation and asked for a table with a view, no problem! When we arrived we were taken to our table and it was perfect. The service was very attentive and our drinks were ordered and on our table within minutes. We both ordered steaks and they were cooked perfectly. All aspects of the meal was ideal and I will definitely come back.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely sushi & sashimi platter. We'd had it before and it was excellent. Not quite up to the same standard but still very good and worth the price. The prawns were smothered in a sauce that was too strong for seafood and not to my taste. Sauces are better on the side so the customer can decide how much, if any, to put on their food. Our waiter was great - there when we needed him but not overbearing. The tempura was also very nice. Comprehensive wine list and a good selection of beers.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational service, food, drinks and atmosphere. Our friends from Brisbane always want to go to the Waterfront when in town.

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IB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at the Waterfront on the occasion of our anniversary, and the choice proved perfect. We booked outdoor seating and were delighted to be seated next to the river side of the decking. This provided us with the very best view of the scenery and activity on the promenade and around the river with the city backdrop. The food was excellent with seafood, steak, and sorbet desert; together with the presentation, the drinks choices, and the attentive service it all added up to a five star experience.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

What a disappointment. Totally over-rated. Food not good, service very slow and way over-priced for what we received.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service as always...
Scrapper pie yum

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RA
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

What a fantastic place. Great food service and surroundings

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

Food was nice overall. Seafood, although very well presented, was not quite as fresh as expected. Dessert is definitely worth going back for.
Service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waterfront is our favourite lunch spot in Melbourne!

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GW
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is good, service is good and the view is good.

One of my favourite places to eat and nice area in Southbank.

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

It was very dear for a crayfish and it was very small, don't order it, the rest of the food was nice but over priced.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Booked via the app for 8.45 pm table not ready waited till 9.15 pm and had to ask about table again ... paid for cocktails while waiting !

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KB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a romantic dinner. Food was amazing and services was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jumbo king prawns grilled in garlic butter.. beautiful ❤

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MT
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Consistently high quality food and service in a great location.

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C
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service slow
Bathrooms had no toilet paper in some stalls

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DH
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service. An overall fantastic night

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SB
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

For the price we expected so much more.... however the overall experience was good but not exceptional. Good service staff and service

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FA
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the food, ambience and service (the waitress/waiters are very patient with a big group order. We took our time and change our order few times but they showed outstanding service of putting customer first.
We were there to also celebrate my friend's daughter birthday and i hope water gate would provide a small free birthday cake on the house for special birthday lunches/dinners (for us to sing the birthday song).
The best thing about watergate is its outdoor ambience facing the Yarra River. Love it.

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

it was expensive
plates were small
I don't think I will return

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BB
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

We were disappointed - v busy time of year - service was excellent however food just Luke warm.

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T
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been going to the Waterfront for quite some time now. It is always a pleasure dinning here because the experience is outstanding. The food is exceptional and the service is excellent! I will continue to return and to promote this venue to my friends and family.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whilst staying in Melbourne we always go to the Waterfront for either lunch or dinner depending on our circumstances. We find the staff to be very friendly, professional and at all times caring of our needs, nothing has ever been too much trouble. The wine list is extensive without being over bearing and although more expensive than offered at bars and clubs in the area the ambience makes it worthwhile.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Early Christmas for family from interstate. Great time had by all. Excellent food not too noisy and attention from staff was just right.
We have been previously and will definitely be going again.

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C
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Food, Had an amazing evening with Brilliant service. Will definitely be returning.

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FZ
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the Waterfront restaurant! So nice sitting by the Yarra with amazing food and wonderful cocktails, our favorite for sure!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had an absolutely fabulous night dining out on the balcony overlooking the river. The service was exceptional (thank you Alex from Kent 😀) and the food.... OH MY GOD!!!!

I’ve never been able to eat mussels and now I honestly believe it’s because I’ve never had them cooked to perfection. Admittedly it’s been a long time between tries as I was pretty gun shy. I tasted some of my dates, (a mussel maniac!) and I was truly impressed and somewhat blown away! Between the amazing mussels, oysters, scallops and bugs with a beautiful crisp clean Riesling it really was one of the best restaurant meals I’ve ever had.

I was also well impressed to see Bailey’s of Glenrowan on the wine list, not once, but three times! A truly great feat for such an underrated winery (okay I’m only a little bit biased as I happen to work there😂!). So nice to see the North East represented at such a great place.

We will definitely be back!!!!!!

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MD
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful night of great food, wine and service while catching up with friends.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday on the weekend. Service excellent. Food was delicious and choice of wine great.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

One of our families favorite for those special occasions. If ever your lucky enough to get a booth in the outdoors, feels very special.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Canadian waitress was absolutely fantastic. We had a great time.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food service was good as per normal times i have been there look forward to seeing you again

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AT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place!! It’s my go to for any occasion. Great food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is great. And service is very good

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JA
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend for any seafood lover out there! A must visit at a great location!

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VB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Signature Lunch was delicious and good value. Beautiful setting and great customer service.

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J
13 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. We were very well looked after!

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