Whalebone Wharf

4.5
794 reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
THE WHALEBONE WHARF IS A NO FUSS, CASUAL AUSTRALIAN FISH EATERY

Our mission is to source the region’s best seafood and seasonal produce by partnering with like-minded suppliers.

Our commitment to locality and our selection of produce flows into everything we offer; from Hastings River Oysters to Urban Grain bread and pastries.

We aim to showcase these ingredients by preparing them carefully and serving them simply.

The Whalebone is a place for friends and family to enjoy local, honest food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with a world class view.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
What 794 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexandraT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal in a lovely setting. Definitely recommend!

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The side dishes are the highlight! The fish was beautifully cooked.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A nice place with a lovely menu. As a chef in fine dining, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and meal 😋

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Will
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Whalebone Wharf scores well in every department - decor is smart and relaxed; staff friendly and efficient; food is great and well priced- highly recommend!

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Suzanne
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. Food was very good , tasty sauces and good portion sizes. Good value for money.
The service was excellent- efficient yet friendly.
It was a special celebration for our party and we were more than happy with our choice of venue

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TeganA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service was above and beyond! We went for my fathers 60th while in town and were not disappointed. They accommodated us with an excellent table and were extremely helpful and delightful servers (even helped heat up my daughters bottle). Food was fresh and delicious. Would definitely return and recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great service and great food. A trip to Port Macquarie wouldn’t be complete without dinner here.

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KimR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant service was great the lobster that we had was so fresh one of the best that we have ever tried. Would highly recommend this restaurant you will not be disappointed.

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KellyH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing..... the seafood chowder is a must! Will definitely go back the next time I’m in town.

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TIMfromAustralia
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent location, food, and service.
Cost medium to expensive, but worth it for a great meal.

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WendyJ
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting, enjoyable food and very attentive and pleasant staff.

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ShaeF
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious dinner, excellent service and delightful ambience.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A wonderful experience with beautiful seafood and view.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant has great ambience! The food is so fresh and the lobster was amazing! Can’t wait to return!

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ColW
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Open vistas across Hastings river. Quiet but lively atmosphere. Was surprised at how busy the restaurant was for a Thursday lunch! Service was very quick under the circumstances. Food was as it should be, well presented and cooked as requested. Waitress was very attentive. Well done!

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TrevorS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food,
Great setting

Well worth the experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From our warm greeting, wonderful service, scrumptious meals and "The View".. everything was perfect. Highly Recommend

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EuniceY
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the food, beautiful fresh local oysters, great service. Wine per glass a little pricey, jmo. Will definitely be going back, would highly recommend Whalebone Restaurant for any seafood lover. PS. they also do chicken and steak too.

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DanielleG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was amazing food. We had the seafood platter for two!!

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Farquhar
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Over priced for what it is.
Some coasters on the table would be nice, that way every time I had a sip of my nice cold drink it wouldn't drip all over me.

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SimonT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location, wonderful food and excellent service.

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CasB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Was lovely. Sent photos and raved about this restaurant on facebook and some friends already booked for January when they visit Port Macquarie. I definitely will be back.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Very good food and James as a waiter we know topped it on for a very plesent lunch.

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RossC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality dinning experience! Great food, awesome cocktails and a great location on the water !

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AndrewF
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience1

Very disappointing. Loved the new revamp. But unfortunately we were seated at the worst table of the place!!! Considering the position of the table it should not be there at all. It's in the major thourafair and combined with the the vibrations of the staff and guests walking past and the background noise of the kitchen and restaurant it doesn't bode well. We had the seafood two course of which the the first course came out before our cocktails had even reached the table! There's preping and there's over preping, this being the latter. Obviously because we had it in front of us within 10mins with a packed house. $175 for a seafood, and let's not lie to the customers now, platter! What is offered is not what you pay for.....at best $125. Don't get me wrong the blanched prawns and cooked were the best I've tasted!! But to butcher oysters in Kilpatrick and mornay in this day and age?? Great flavours with the scallops but because they were wafer thin and barely constituted a whole scallop it just didn't feature. Same with the mussells, great sauce but ribbons of mussells with no texture? You promoted in house cured salmon.....And on it's own was fantastic!, but smothered with a houmas style dip?? Let it shine!! Each of these flavours where great , but together??? Salmon was perfectly cooked!!! and the flavours with the asparagus very nice. And by the way we had to ask where our second order of cocktails were as we had finished dinner. My partner was talking to a friend, she hadn't seen in 20 years. Her friend and husband were leaving the restaurant and the owner approached them to move on due to covid. All the while breaking covid restrictions by way of patrons per square metres. The place was packed and turning over tables?? No offence but I don't see why???? In saying that the staff are friendly and engaging, communication obviously a probably as we had to ask where our second round of cocktails were??: thank God for stunned mullet

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MarioA
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a surprise when we walked in. Such a beautiful spot. Very impressed by service and the food was amazing.

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HannaG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best seas food restaurant we’ve been to in a long time. Perfect for kids too. We had such a great time we went back again. I don’t usually write reviews but this restaurant is outstanding and deserves one.

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neild
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to have dinner. Atmosphere was ideal, staff very friendly and efficient and the food good.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Our second visit and it didn’t disappoint. The seafood chowder is just worth a visit alone. After my chowder I ordered the crumbed flathead, it was tasty but did think the serving was small. For a side I really enjoyed the salad with the orange dressing, it probably was the star, very much added to the fish. My partner ordered the barramundi and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wine prices were very reasonable also. Will definitely return when we are in the area

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed dining at The Whalebone Restaurant. Delicious food. All round great night.

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MeliJov
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a wonderful night. The food was cooked well and there was great choice. The staff were friendly and up for a chat. Not a local but this will definitely remain on the list for the next visit.

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BBing
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Actually, my husband and I have date nights , we wanted a little getaway so we fly up to Port Macquarie . The Whalebone was great . I love the decor and location , reminded me of restaurants back home in the states .., it was lovely looking out on the water . The food was great , never felt rushed ... everyone very nice .. Can’t wait to go back !

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special occasion treat and we absolutely loved it. Water side table and could watch the marine life below and take in the beautiful views. Gorgeous decor and lovely ambience. The staff were polite, helpful and efficient.
Food was delicious and beautiful to look at. Good wine list, shorter than other places but great variety and price range none the less.
Would love to go back! Thank you for a lovely evening!

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JamieB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bit pricey but worth it, great views overall well set out & great atmosphere

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DougE
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had the seafood bisque. A tad too salty for us but delicious. Service was a little slow

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Storm
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect in all aspects. Highly recommend for locals and those visiting Port Macquarie.

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FionaH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fabulous waterfront venue. Excellent & attentive staff.

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Lilledoggie06
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal as always, we will be back very soon

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VanessaH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really nice atmosphere, 4 adults and two kids, the kids were kept busy with a kids pack.

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RodneyM
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best seafood meals I've had this year. Awesome

FAQs

Whalebone Wharf is rated 4.5 stars by 794 OpenTable diners.

Whalebone Wharf does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.whalebonewharf.com.au/vouchers.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.