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Waterfront Southgate

4.4
174 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
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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.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Oyster Bar
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Hours of Operation
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 9686 9766
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Shiran Pieris
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Southgate Promenade
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Parking Details
Secure Parking at Southgate Complex, Secure Parking at the Art Centre Car Park
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Public Transit
St Kilda Rd Trams, Flinders Street Station, Taxi rank at Eureka Tower
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Special Events & Promotions
Events options are available, please contact info@waterfrontsouthgate.com.au
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 174 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A really great menu with everything prepared to perfection. Every dish was first class.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Fantastic food. Excellent service. Stunning location. A personal favourite.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Simply excellent food,location and service. Booking was easy and seating request was spot on.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

The food was very good and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding and it is also in a very good location. We also found the drinks offer to be very good and reasonably priced. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or just wanting to enjoy a great seafood meal.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Beautiful Fresh Produce, great attentive service, but not in your face and great ambience.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

The position on the river is perfect and the food outstanding, service was impeccable. overall a great experience

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3.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Waterfront is one of my favourite restaurants. I was visiting with a senior colleague this time and chose the waterfront as it is normally consistent good food. The food was good but her champagne was flat which was disappointing. The prices were a bit more expensive than I remembered. The experience was ok but not as good as normal

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Lovely night at one of our favourite Southgate eateries. As it was my husband's birthday they put us on a lovely couch seat overlooking the Yarra. Very thoughtful. Our waiter was charming and the food was up to their usual high standard. Another lovely night at Waterfront.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Excellent food and service. Great seafood at reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

The food was excellent and the setting is ideal. It is a bit pricey, but worth it to me. This is not the place to go if you are in a hurry, though; but for a relaxed and delicious meal, it is excellent.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Amazing dining experience.. favourite Melbourne restaurant

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3.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Make a booking way before the date.

But we were arranged to be sit in a indoor position which doesn't have a good view at all.
Doesn't worth the trouble to make the booking at all.

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Great for relaxed dining, great location, friendly staff

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Been here a few times, and never disappoints. I did put in a cheeky request for my fave from this restaurant, tuna Tatar, (not on menu anymore) on my online booking. And to my surprise, it had already been prepared for me!!!!
Thanks again

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5.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Excellent food and service especially for a very busy public holiday lunch. Scenic backdrop of river and city you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Europe.

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3.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Service was slow, no menus were given after we were seated. Struggled to get the waiter's attention and the table was wobbly.

Tables were arranged to closely do although we have a good view beside the riverbank, the overall ambience was coloured by these considerations.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Service not great . Food was good but it could be better

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Excellent service, staff were friendly and excellent food. It was definitely worth the 2 hour drive and will definitely be dining again at the Waterfront Southgate. Definitely recommend Waterfront Southgate to family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

We ordered prawn and soft-shell crab salad, seafood linguine, and tasmanian salmon fillet. All are great. We were seated inside by the window, and the yarra river view was outstanding. Its good for lunch dates and relaxing weekend dining. Service was good.

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

The evening was magic. Worth coming to Melbourne from NZ just for the food.

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Outstanding service and exceptional food. The waitstaff were seamless and knew their menu well, providing great advice. The quality of produce coming out of the kitchen was so impressive.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Delightful meal. Quick service. Table a little cramped, but beautifully cooked seafood.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Nice meal but it did feel as though we were rushed and service (apart from David - he was spot on) was OK but could have been better. David looked after us and the request for champagne on arrival was met. We'd go back, but would try and see if a table outside would be a better option. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on 2 March 2018

We love coming to Waterfront, it's a favourite when we head to Melbourne. The food and service are always excellent. We bought the deluxe seafood platter this time and whilst everything was beatifully cooked we were a little underwhelmed. It was lovely just lacked a wow factor for the price. Needed more sauces or something to lift it. We'll be back though, we'll just order something else.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Great food, great location, great service. What more do you need

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

The service was a little slow but the food was definitely worth waiting for. We also had some very good local wine which was reasonably good value for money.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Looking for a quick feed before the theatre. Our waiter was absolutely flat our but attentive and on the ball. Everyone thought their meals were excellent. My salmon Wellington was excellent, with crisp pastry, and right balance of flavors.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

We had the Paella for two and it came with loads of prawns, mussels, cockles, two crab bodies with claws, calamari, chorizo, chicken drum sticks and finger bowls. It was the best paella we've had and although a little messy, was very enjoyable. It did have a lot of peas in it though, but they were very sweet and fresh. The waiting staff were very polite, friendly and attentive enough without interrupting us too frequently, just popped back to top up our water when the glasses were low and check if we wanted any more drinks.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was fantastic, the staff are very attentive

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Best seafood and best location. Food is on point service is great.

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3.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Food and service was great, but value for money wasn't. $50 for a scotch fillet with 2 cherry tomatoes and some beetroot leaves is expensive, no mater how good the steak is.

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

In a word, “ Fantastic “ !!!!!!
In 2 words, Great food.
In 3 words, We’ll be back.
Cheers Andrew & Xueyi

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2.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Not satisfy with the time limit for dining, poor table arrangement even booking in advance, too crowded of the tables, dusty utensils as table is outdoor but windy

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2.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Service was extremely poor. The first waitress we had was so rude. We had asked to be seated away from the sun since my Mom was recovering from Eye surgery. The waitress kept shushing us and told us that was not possible for no reason at all except for her “ego” trip. And to add insult to injury, they had just arrived from SF to Melbourne Australia and this is the first experience they have of Australia.

We asked to speak to the manager. The manager apologized for her rudeness, moved us away from the sun and assigned another waitress to our table.

There have been many reviews for poor service here. You would think for the amount of money you pay for the food they would hire better trained waitresses. Food was decent but not worth the poor service.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Great food, great service, one of my favorite places to eat on Southbank!

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Delicious and fresh seafood. Loved every bit of it.

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Wonderful atmosphere at the waterfront - staff make the evening most enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on 5 February 2018

A wonderful night celebrating my Mum's 80th Birthday. From the booking process, great table, exceptional service not to mention the very tasty food we couldn't have been happier. You made my Mum's nigh, Thankyou !

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3.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Our experience at the waterfront, was not what I expected, considering I have been numerous times. This was meant to be a special occasion for a interstate family member.

The service was very poor. Our main meal meal came out before our entree, along with wrong steak sauce. The waiter removed empty beer bottle from the table and did not ask if wanted another drink before our meal.
We had felt like our table was dismissed for no other reason than, potential tips from the American couple sitting next to us.

We were looking for a enjoyable night but, we felt like we needed to leave.

However, I can not fault the food, it was amazing.

Kind regards,

Sabrina

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5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

We had a great night. Will be back again for sure. Waitresses were fantastic, happy and helpful.
Grate to go to a restaurant and or 3 different steaks , cooked to different tastes including a well done and all cooked perfectly.

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