Waterfront Southgate

4.5
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475 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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 475 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonnaA
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Loved the crayfish.

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RachelB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meals were spectacular & Chef was charming. Can’t wait to go back!

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TomF
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Service rating no refection on Table service as that was 5/5. I was made to feel disappointing from my arrival, when I was advised there was a time limit on table. This was not mention during booking, actually walked in to restaurant to confirm booking or anywhere on website, So thinking my friend and I were going to have a lovely long lunch, was not the case. We then decided not to order the seafood platter as anticipated and ordered something that took less time to eat.

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PeterM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although the menu was reduced the food was fantastic. You need to try the Sticky Date Pudding. Magnificent! Staff were attentive could not complain.

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ArthurS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked outside for 2, but they quickly found a table inside w/o any problems. We love the seafood menu there, even chef came from the kitchen to chat, had a great anniversary dinner with my wife!

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SueM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Limited menu due to COVID and restrictions but still good. Seafood chowder was excellent as was the snapper and linguine.

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JeffI
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

Food too salty for both soups and mains for all 3 of us
Service was slow and chaotic with excessive waiting for first course and mains arriving without first course cleared

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SueS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was superb. Will definitely be coming back

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KimM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Fantastic astir service under difficult circumstance. Still made our evening special

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JarrodS
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant is in a great spot and the outdoor area is very nice. Not the cheapest place in the world but the quality of food is worth it

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BelindaC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive service, wonderful food, a lovely way to celebrate my husbands birthday.

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KrystynaC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is friendly and professional with being in you face. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. There is plenty of room to move and unlike many other restaurants diners are not on top each other. A great restaurants for lunch and special occasions.

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ShaneC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night, with an excellent waiter, will definitely return

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kirstenm
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good quality and yummy seafood and cocktails are great also. Good location and service attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Service was a little slow to begin with even though it wasn’t busy but the food was amazing and beautifully presented.

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BorisM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, very tasteful, well balanced flavors and good size servings.
The service was outstanding.
And the decorations and location is really good.

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KathleenB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

We have been dining at Waterfront for over 7 years, unfortunately on this occasion some of our mains were average. The manager handled the situation very well so we will probably give them another go in the future.

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louie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing seafood. Great service. Awesome location. Fabulous wine list.

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John
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

central location great value great food great service

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ZanaM
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The red curry with snapper was phenomenal. Service was fantastic and overall dining experience was great

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StellaS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good seaford and salads, room was a bit cramped but good service

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MelT
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Attention service and welcome smile. Linguine marinara was tasty with generous amount of seafood, slightly on oily side. Reasonable wine list. Lovely ambience and great views along river.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant steaks in a lovely outside seating area and excellent service

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Seestern59
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great birthday experience! Super friendly staff

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RalphS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to take your loved one for a special occasion. Food is always at the highest level for freshness and choice. The staff are friendly and helpful. I'll be going again. Thanks Waterfront team

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NevilleW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

perfect great food and great service have been vising this place for 8 year 10 times a year and its so good

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NadineG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant - amazing food, exceptional service, we had an amazing night there for our wedding anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday lunch... never disappoints. One of our favorite places to dine in Melbourne

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Wally
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food bit pricey but paying for nice ambience.

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Mario69
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very busy place not go in week and nights if you like to have a better experience

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VeronikaG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always! We dine here every valentines and every wedding anniversary

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Citydate
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Pricey but great atmosphere in outdoor seating. You're paying for the location.
Food was good and you get served fast. Waiters, waitresses were attentive.

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BT08
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Food poorly made, frozen mussels, even off mussels, risotto tasted like mac and cheese.
Over priced.
Pretty much ruined my night to be honest, had high hopes.

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Graham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Management team are great and always very customer focused.
I really enjoy earring there and they have great deserts
Graham

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CaitlinB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was amazing but our server was quite rude.

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TaniaM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A beautiful dining experience. We were really happy with the quality of the food and service.

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StephanieA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service - great spot for an outing

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a very enjoyable experience. Just love this place. Thank you to the courteous staff that made our dining experience very special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great lunch experience

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

Serving sizes are not cheap in either price or quality BUT, boy are they generous and yummy!!! Friendly staff, great drinks, every dish has enough WOW factor to impress a new friend or your dearest love. Overlooking the hustle and bustle of the Southgate thoroughfare, the acoustics are just right that you can have an initimate conversation without the passing parade or the table next to you interrupt your conversation. Lovely for anniversaries, friendly enough for a casual dinner. Note the sushi/sashimi plate, the curry and the 3 platters - for these definitely bring an appetite and leave your inibitions aside - you will get your hands dirty! They've done away with the finger bowls but the wet napkins suffice. Dessert is anything but shabby so leave some space for it. Bon appetite.

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Waterfront Southgate is rated 4.5 stars by 475 OpenTable diners.

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