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Waterfront Southgate - Waterfront Southgate, Southbank, AU-VIC

Waterfront Southgate

4.5
4.5
1493 Reviews
$41 to $100
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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9686 9766
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Georgia K.
  • Catering
    a sit down Dinner with 3 courses style
  • Private party facilities
    Private Function area available for large group over 40 - 50 people. Outdoor area can be booked for private function over 100 people.
  • Area
    Southbank
  • Cross Street
    Southgate Promenade, on ground level facing the Yarra River
  • Parking Details
    Secure Parking at Southgate Complex, Secure Parking at the Art Centre Car Park
  • Public Transit
    St Kilda Rd Trams, Flinders Street Station, Taxi rank at Eureka Tower
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,493 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Great for outdoor dining

  • City Centre

    Great for scenic views

1,493 Reviews
  1. MicheleW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and fabulous wait staff , we loved it.

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  2. DavidF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The guy at the next table was a little noisy but hey a great experience as usual.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and everyone enjoyed their meals. Ambience was very nice and the overhead heaters kept everyone very warm. Expensive but it’s what you would expect for a fancy restaurant on the river. Would definitely dine here again for a special occasion.

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  4. LisaC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Clarity needs to be made on the menu - I wrongly assumed, as a high quality seafood restaurant, the Port Lincoln spiced calamari would be fresh pan tossed and not crumbed or battered like you’d get on a menu in a pub. Not enjoyable. Sashimi entree was delicious, just a shame about calamari main

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  5. Alan

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As per previous visits it was an exceptional experience. From the awesome menu to the wonderful staff it is a fantastic restaurant. High recommended for lunch or dinner.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Great ambience. Great menu. Chowder is the best

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing table service, beautiful outside table and extremely quick food

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to place when staying in Melbourne. Fabulous experience every time 🙌

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  9. UpfromSomerset

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    In a good location and very friendly staff but I was a little disappointed by the food (prawns and rock fish) which was overcooked. Chips were good though

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  10. KevinD

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Been a few times over the years, but our Easter Sunday experience was not good. Shocking service, slow, had to ask many times where our drinks were. Food was average, overcooked steak, not what you would expect for the price.

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  11. IvanY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food is cooked and not tasty Not good Not good Not good

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered Fresh fish (Hapuka) with a lobster bisque- but it was very bland, even with salt it didn’t improve at all. Had to put my dining partners red curry sauce in my dish to give it some flavour. Local Sparking wine not very nice taste.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was abrupt and then was rude when no tip was offered. Not good enough.

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  14. Anna

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food quality and serving size definitely didn’t match the price. Very overpriced and not very enjoyable. The staff were quite organised and provided timely service - this unfortunately didn’t make up for the food. We were left very underwhelmed after reading many glowing reviews. I would not go here again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing ! The bug risotto was amazing . Only wish they would have nicer champagne glasses to drink French champagne out of and not the thick RSL glasses 😊

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  16. Grizz

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Everything was delicious as usual (been here more than 10 times).

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very friendly. Ambiance was top notch. Food was impeccable.

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  18. Petal

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I went with 3 others, including guests from overseas, and we all chose different meals. All were delicious and one even tried, and thoroughly enjoyed, Moreton Bay Bugs, which she had never heard of. All servings were generous and it is a great venue right beside the Yarra River with views of the CBD.

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  19. Charly

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a difficult review to write, as I cannot fault the food. My partner did have quite a few scales left on his snapper, however we weren't too phased by it. The disappointing part for me was I opted for one of the dishes of the day as I absolutely love flounder. What I wasn't told by the wait staff when offered the dishes, was the price. So you can imagine my shock when I received the bill and saw I was charged $130 for a flounder and some chat potatoes. I didn't make a scene, but simply paid the bill. At such a steep price, the price of any dish of the day should be included in the wait staffs intro. I certainly won't be doing that again.

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  20. Greatatuin

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great friendly service. Very attentive and seemed to know what I was thinking and provided it without me asking. The food was great and well presented. Great dinning experience, it was our second visit and we will be back again.

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  21. JohnH

    Philippines

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Set in a very comfortable location we were made very welcome by the staff. The Ambience was excellent and we were able to talk without raising voices. The service for drinks was nice and prompt. However the food required us to ask our waitress to follow up as it took far too long to be delivered and we were now, being pressed for time. Apparently there was a glitch and our order somehow didn't get to the kitchen?? We weren't offered any compensation for the delay and the fact we needed to rush our eating when it finally arrived. The food whilst tasty, was not able to be enjoyed as we would have liked. The Chowder was a bit light on substance, not heavy as we expected a chowder to be. The Blue-eye fillet was beautifully cooked.

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  22. IsabellaM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Firstly our waitress and overall service was very friendly. Unfortunately all our Fish was overcooked on our platter and some of it was cold.

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  23. RobertW

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience at the Waterfront Restaurant was memorable. The food was delicious,wait staff were very polite and knowledgeable and ambience was great. Most importantly value for money

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  24. JoanneS

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely enjoyed our meal. The staff were great and the food was fantastic.

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  25. DanS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We often have business dinners at Waterfront and it never disappoints. Always great service and great food. Can't beat the neighborhood for ambiance too!

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  26. NickR

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Put it down to a bad night - but the restaurant was off its game. Slow , forgetful service and the meal was mediocre.

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  27. LisaB

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent overall, food was stunning and delicious 🤤 service was exceptional

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  28. GeoffK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and wine, friendly and efficient service. We have booked for a second visit.

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  29. HeatherG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, excellent experience all round

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  30. MarcM

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No Moretti on tap. Bummer zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  31. AlisaW

    Stuttgart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice place next to the Yarra River. Food was amazing and super fresh.

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  32. RogerW

    New York City

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent range of seafood dishes, rather than just Salmon and Barramundi, the Rock Flathead was first class.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was average we had the lobster Bisque Linguini tasteless and the Muscles sicillian style they were awful

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  34. Hoda

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always amazing and the staff are great. Very friendly and helpful.

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  35. MELISSAJ

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant restaurant. Sherry is the most incredible waitress. Will be back again soon. Xx

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dishes. Very good quality and taste. The service was really good. I highly recommend this restaurant

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  37. BruceM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and service were excellent. I really enjoyed the Calamari entree, however the main course (salmon) was overcooked, tough and did not taste like salmon. I spent a lot of money on a night that started well but ended in disappointment. My partner also enjoyed the entree but very dissatisfied with the main meal. My advice would be to go for two entrees rather than main and share.

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  38. DavidM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent table service , perfect sun coverage for out side dining . Not being hassled at all . Food arrived at the perfect interval . Seats & tables are far away enough from other patrons. Relaxing , easy , beautiful. Left happy & relaxed

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  39. simonr

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great service great wine would recommend

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  40. LouisB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service. The table on the terrace was perfect for a warm evening. We had a little wait for the food to come - the restaurant seemed fully booked, (which for a Monday night was surprising), but the wait was worth it.

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FAQs

Waterfront Southgate is rated 4.5 stars by 1493 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Waterfront Southgate

3 Southgate Avenue, Shop 20, Southbank, AU-VIC 3006

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Southgate Promenade, on ground level facing the Yarra River
  • Area
    Southbank
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Secure Parking at Southgate Complex, Secure Parking at the Art Centre Car Park
  • Public Transit
    St Kilda Rd Trams, Flinders Street Station, Taxi rank at Eureka Tower
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Georgia K.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9686 9766
  • Catering
    a sit down Dinner with 3 courses style
  • Private party facilities
    Private Function area available for large group over 40 - 50 people. Outdoor area can be booked for private function over 100 people.
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