Waterfront Southgate

4.5
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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.

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What 453 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant steaks in a lovely outside seating area and excellent service

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great birthday experience! Super friendly staff

RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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

NW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

NG
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

W
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food bit pricey but paying for nice ambience.

M
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

VG
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

C
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.

BT
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.

G
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

CB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was amazing but our server was quite rude.

TM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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

Excellent food and service - great spot for an outing

AB
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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great lunch experience

z
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.

GM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great location, amazing food, and a good wine list, all making a wonderful night as usual at the Waterfront. Our favourite place to dine at Southbank.

GM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

With a fellow worker retiring after 33 years I thought it fitting to take him to what is one of the best restaurants in Australia. The food is brilliant and wonderful service. Do yourself a favour get the Morton Bay bugs.

EE
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Whatever good you have heard about this place, forget it. Overpriced. Poor service. Average food. Front of house guy only interested in getting his tips (looked after 1 table the whole time we were there). Seafood not cooked (yuk, advised waitress to let chef know, no response, nothing). Just so disappointing. Will never go back.

S
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and very good food

g
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Apart from the food and drinks being twice as experience as they should be, the food and service was good.

JS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Have been several times, however this time not as good as past visits. Fish was overcooked. Table that we were seated at originally was good,then we were asked to change tables. Not very professional. If a booking has been made, then it should stand...

AK
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A tad on the pricey side, but I’ve absolutely no complaints about the food!
Lovely setting with a great table outside.
There is about of bustle due to location but that just adds to the atmosphere.

G
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food didn't seem as fresh as usual.
Also didn't get the usual ciabbiata bread, instead some pistachio type bread which want as nice

AH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service was complimented by NO MUSIC blaring out. What a refreshing change from places where you cannot hear your dinner companions. Thank you so much for a fantastic experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good but the service has dropped over the past couple of months.

MR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great good. Delicious. Fantastic service. Thoroughly recommend. Have been few times now and is great restaurant.

BO
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent wait staff who looked after our every need. The seafood we had was very good from the sushi platter, spicy calamari and northern territory barramundi

NI
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We had a great meal, however it was a shame my husband was brought a steak he didn't order. it was taken back and the right one cooked. However it was a special occasion and did put a bit of a shame to the experience. I had nearly finished my meal when my husband received his.

EG
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent seafood fish and steak. Lots of choice. Wonderful service

GF
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We travelled from NZ to Melbourne for my partners birthday, and I chose to take her to Waterfront...best move ever! She/we loved it in every aspect. The service was attentive and professional, and the food was outstanding. In fact, our experience was so good, we went back later in the week for another meal. The portions are generous. We recommend the red curry and snapper, and challenge anyone to finish it!

b
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table was for 6 people on the outside and although it was a little cool the heaters were turned on which made it a cozy place to be The steamed barramundi was excellent and the salmon was delicious. The others all had seafood linguini and everyone found it very tasty. We have been here before and would have no hesitation recommending it again to anyone who asks.

S
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Hair found in truffle butter, was told it was a slither of celery, but was most definitely a human hair. Steak was a little tough with lots of gristle, not what you expect when paying 68$, was well seasoned and was offered a new steak for the hair incident, when this was declined, was offered a free dessert. I have eaten here previously so was shocked at the hair and toughness of the steak.

NC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Gianni was amazing - so knowledgeable and attentive

k
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A family catchup with my 19yo twins... just beautiful !!

K
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We got the deluxe seafood platter and it was deluxe in all the ways. Best seafood platter we’ve had ever. The revive was great too, profession but also personable. We will be returning for more

JD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Make our booking through OpenTable for 4 people seated out doors. Booking was confirmed and a follow up email sent to re-confirm. Both emails stated our outdoor seating was confirmed.
On arrival we were seated indoors. We questioned this and showed our booking email. We were told no outdoor seating was available. We were very extremely disappointed as we had overseas visitors with us.
At no stage were we contacted to say our request was not available either by Waterfront or OpenTable.
Food was very good but we left feeling very disappointed.
Will we return? Probably but will ring restaurant direct and insist that our request is honoured.

L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We thoroughly enjoyed our night thank you to all the staff whom worked very hard under the conditions it was a very warm night so it was a little too warm inside. Very noisy as it was extremely busy. Food, couldn't fault. Fantastic! Thank you chefs. We will be back & will always recommend.