Waterfront Southgate

4.4
203 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
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 203 People Are Saying
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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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AC
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, wonderful setting. Nice portions sizes.

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OT
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was pretty good. Service was a letdown. Had ordered a starter, but the mains were brought out first. Couldn’t get water glasses topped up.

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AS
5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Second time I have been here and decided to take work colleague and family down from Coffs Harbour.
It has a wide variety of food to suite even the fussy eater.
The food was exceptional and everybody enjoyed what they order from steaks, risotto, chicken and seafood.
Great wine list from reasonable to expensive so your choice how much you spend.
Service was friendly and attentive without being over the top.
Highly recommend the restaurant and will return again.

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M
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

never ever fails !! 10/10 i have been here so many times and its always on ponit

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LD
4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Beautiful location on the River. It was a special occasion & we had a superb meal before the Ballet. Excellent service & our every request was catered for. Not a cheap night out, but highly recommend for something a bit special.

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K
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The environment was excellent, service excellent and the warmth was top notch. food was great , great value . excellent welcome and we even had a choice of where to seat. clean space. everything was above our expectations.

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BM
3.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Was a good place to celebrate 2nd marriage anniversary, but the note that had been sent to prepare some cake with a “happy anniversary” message was neither done nor rejected by an email or phone call/sms, and that was disappointing. So it turned from a celebration into a regular dinner even with an appreciated complimentary dessert.
Customer service agent Khaled showed a very high level of customer sce focus, and exceeded our expectations.

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PM
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Quiet corner for just my wife and I. Good food, good service, tasty food.
The Sticky Date Pudding is Magnificent, however the small scoop of ice-cream needs to be two scoops that size.
Our fourth visit and it won't be our last.

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f
4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

This was my fourth visit to Waterfront, food always great but table service this time round soooo slow. Great location

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SG
1.0Dined on 28 June 2018

I've been to the restaurant about half a dozen times before - including a great meal and service just a couple of weeks ago hence why I decided to rebook for yesterday - the contrast was amazing - can't believe it was the same venue. Slow and unattentive service, we sat inside but the restaurant was very cold, and food was average. So going from a 5 star rating two weeks ago to my above rating was so disappointing and probably means I won't now be back.

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LG
5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

A wonderful meal for our last evening in Melbourne. The risotto was everything we had hoped for. Thank you for helping create special memories for 3 generations

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AK
3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Initially staff were accommodating to choose where we would like to sit after booking outside, but due to rain opted for indoors. Off to a good start!
However, the service went down hill from there. Drinks were slow in getting to the table. Entrees came at 4-5 minute intervals from another (scallops v wontons). Mains were about 2 minutes apart. My Morton Bay Bugs were rubbery and hard and the risotto with bugs was sparse.
Sorry, but it ain't what it used to be... Will choose elsewhere for next business meal.

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KA
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great service and AMAZING food! We had a wonderful night celebrating my mums special birthday with family.

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LD
4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Waterfront Southgate has been a favourite of ours for many years now.
We have always recommended this restaurant to many of our friends.
Well done to the team at Waterfront!

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RB
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Nothing short of sensational.

The Waterfront remains one of Melbourne’s finest restaurants.

Staff are well trained and professional, easily managing the dining experience with prompt courteous service and are very knowledgeable on the food and drink they provide.

Wine list is extensive and well selected, with a quality drop available for any meal.

The food is an absolute highlight. Ordering seafood here is never a danger, as it is cooked to perfection each time and presented beautifully.

I highly recommend this establishment, and will continue to be a satisfied customer.

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SC
4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

My eye fillet steak was delicious and so tender. Really great ambiance and staff were friendly.

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JC
4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Great night with family at a fantastic retaurant, great food and service as always.

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LC
4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

My family dined at Waterfront for Mother’s Day dinner. The service was efficient and friendly with staff interacting with our young kids. The food was very high in quality as was the wine.

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PW
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Simply magnificent,only fault i could find was that all steaks were to be served with beetroot as part of the meal but out of the steak dishes on our table and noticing some other tables beetroot was on the menu for that night,but it didnt worry us.

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F
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Must try seafood chowder. Service was exceptional. Cocktails are very creative. Excellent place to sit and watch people on the waterfront

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OT
5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Fantastic food

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TS
4.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Good food, great staff, lovely ambiance.

Staff were professional and friendly through the whole night. Was seated outside and had a great view of the CBD and people walking along Southgate Promenade.
Had the Oysters Kilpatrick and Scallops for entrée. Both were delicious and the scallops were presented well.
Mains was an eye fillet steak (medium rare) with truffle butter and sides of fries, stir fry vegetables and brocollini. Steak was cooked perfectly and well complemented the the truffle butter. Fries were crisp and not oily; side vegetables also crisp and delicious with their respective sauces.

Definitely at the high end for price, but worth it for special occasions or just a great night out.

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BT
5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

On our arrival, for a surprise wedding anniversary date, we we were greeted by friendly and polite staff..
Waiting personnel extended the courtesy. They were very helpful recommending items on the menu and not pushy at all for any particular item or drink on offer.
Overall we really enjoyed the experience. On top of that the place is well designed and we could have a nice and peaceful conversation.
Excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

ok, it might be just a little on the pricey side, but always great food. Definitely will go back.

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P
2.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Been to waterfront on many occasions in the past, however on this occasion my seafood did not taste very fresh and was also lacking flavour. Considering the inflated prices at this restaurant I wouldn't expect to have a disaointing meal.

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AJ
3.0Dined on 24 April 2018

I felt the service was good, however some of the meals were lacking taste which reflected poorly on the value of the dining experience. The wine was also over priced.

I am unsure where the restaurant is trying to position itself in the market, however price alone does not reflect the status of restaurant. If it were me, I would create more value and have the restaurant full on more occasions than not.

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AR
5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We travelled 180 kilometres to eat lunch here. We absolutely love this restaurant and we will definitely continue to travel feom regional Victoria to eat here again.

The food is absolutely devine! Meat cooked to perfection and the tomatoes so fat and juicy!

Dessert was beyond this world! Still having dreams about the sticky date pudding!

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RG
5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Awesome food, great service, drinks brought out quickly. Staff friendly but not interfering. We love the quality of the food and location. We have eaten here several times, at different times and for different reasons, every time our experience has been wonderful.

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PH
5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

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

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B
5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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

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PT
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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DW
4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Great atmosphere by the water. Shared the paella which was very tasty. Only down side, my wife enjoys a cigar after dinner with a brandy and the restaurant were not happy with that!

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TP
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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PM
5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

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

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TS
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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DS
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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TM
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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PL
5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Excellent food and service. Great seafood at reasonable prices.

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DH
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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AM
5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Amazing dining experience.. favourite Melbourne restaurant

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