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Whalebone Wharf

4.5
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713 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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 713 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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dianb
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious meals. Seafood was excellent. It was a little noisy but being a Saturday evening & the restaurant very busy it is to be expected.
A wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

My husband & I went on Friday night & even though it was very busy the staff were very attentive & friendly. Didn’t have to wait too long for our meals & food was delicious.

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FabianC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was good (not excellent), food was good (not excellent), just didn't meet expectation according to price. Price would be fine if service and food went up a notch

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Grum
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The décor has been updated and the food is as good as ever

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AnitaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We ordered the SEAFOOD TASTING FOR TWO, it was very underwhelming. It was $175 which would not be an issue if it was actually worth the money we paid.

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Karen
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! I loved sitting there looking out over the river. An excellent experience!

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Julz
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, helpful staff especially the Covid Marshal. Definitely in the must again list.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best seafood platter I’ve ever had! Would definitely visit again!

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ScottD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best seafood platter we’ve ever had, Totally Outstanding! Tasty cocktails too. Sensational & highly recommended

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KerrieR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Did not like the service from our waiter. He was obnoxious and when I asked a question about an entree he looked at me like I was silly. The food tasted great but for the price you pay the serving size was so small. Will not go back for those reasons.

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HughG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and service,friendly staff. Wine options good.Beer options limited, mineral water expensive. Great views. Overall impressions memorable.

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ColinT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was awesome, staff friendliness and service was exceptional and outlook was great.

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RuthR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was so happy with our “table with lovely view” - the staff were very friendly.......BUT......the food stole the
show. Amazing!!!!!!!!!

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KerrieH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Best food i have had in a long time great views and service

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Bronwyn
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant did not disappoint. We had the mixed platter for 2, it was amazing, plenty of food and amazing flavours. Staff are amazing and so informative. We couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough.

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GordonB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful flavours in Entrees and Oysters
Mains a little less delicious but sides were good
Dessert was delightful as well

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LeighS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous fresh seafood. Friendly service. Delightful evening.

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LynnS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anything on the menu is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The seafood tasting platter was unbelievable.

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RhonderleyG
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely setting with good food and wine, had a very relaxing night

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SharonW
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was beautiful. Staff were extremely friendly. A little on the pricy side, but still worth it.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in port Macquarie. The Seafood platter for 2 is one of the best ever. The selection of fish of the day is always excellent coupled with the beetroot & walnut salad or chopped salad.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely decor. Friendly staff. Yummy food. Surprisingly good desserts.

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Nande
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent seafood and sides!
Pleasant atmosphere! Great location and easy access!

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Local
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Table service let this place down - after initial drinks were served I had to wait until after I finished my main meal before I could even catch a waiters eye to see the drinks menu again - and then had to catch them later again to order more drinks!

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Hans
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A very nice restaurant right on the river, the waitstaff were attentive but not one server seems to be assigned to each set of tables so different servers brought the different courses including the need for any passing server when it was time for the bill.
Food and drinks were great and brought out not long after orders were made. Definitely recommend but make sure to book 👍🏻

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KayleyR
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, always great food! So good to take visiting guests :-)

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DaleG
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Best lobster and chowder I’ve ever eaten. So fresh.

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LeighF
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous - best meal I've had in Port Macquarie

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Karyn
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a really lovely evening. From the service, to the food to the view...everything was perfect. Thank you for making our evening special!

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Flukey
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The seafood chowder was outstanding with all elements in the dish beautifully cooked.
The swordfish special I had was cooked to perfection though my wife's kingfish was less so.
The ambiance was relaxed and decor fresh and inviting.
The only thing to be aware of is that prices are on the high side as portions are a tad small for the prices charged.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I had an amazing night beautiful view, outstanding service and delicious food. Highly recommend Whalebone Wharf Restaurant!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great atmosphere, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff, gorgeous view, great cocktails

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TanyaL
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

We’ve been dining here now for a number of years and have always enjoyed the food but there’s always been room for improvement. This time we were underwhelmed so thought it time to provide feedback.

The entree list appears to have been culled, nothing left inspired us so we didn’t have one. Normally we would select several entrees and share them. We find this more enjoyable than the main course options.

The main course options haven’t changed much. Our main concern is that the diner has to design the plate. ie the diner selects a “protein” then has to choose a side and a sauce to match. At this price point, surely the Chef could design and present a dish? What comes out on the plate is a plain piece of fish or whatever you have chosen and and nothing else. The sides and sauce are presented separately. It looks terribly boring and small and it is.

The sides are uninspiring and website menu is outdated. Also, the sauces used in the side dishes don’t necessarily complement what you chose for the main course.

Most chairs we noticed were stained and need to be dry cleaned.

This used to be our go to lunchtime restaurant but.....

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HenriL
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good and only the food was a bit slow coming out

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JenniferH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant when visiting Port Macquarie. Highly recommended!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

5 star menu at a 3star price. Over the water. Lovely view. Friendly staff - a little forgetful for my experience, but it may have been isolated.

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VicH
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My wife and I went to Whalebone Wharf for our 42 Wedding Anniversary and we were not disappointed. We found the views, the food, service was outstanding on all levels.
Sitting on the waters edge looking down and across the river on a sunny day just made it all worth while. Our waiter would come over to see for all of our needs and would tell us about all of their specials and what what sauces or side would go with that meal. Would go there again anytime.

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GailG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambiance, lovely views, fabulous staff, top quality food. I had seafood chowder which was the best I’ve had in a long time, equal to the famous Peter Doyle’s that used to be at circular quay in Sydney. The barramundi was beautifully cooked and very tasty. The sides of chat potato, pumpkin and greens were excellent. We were too full to finish it all and couldn’t even contemplate desert

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AndreaR
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

The food was amazing but mains were extremely slow to come out. Service was one of the worst I have ever experienced everything seemed to be a bother the waitress was rude, didn’t smile and obviously was in the wrong profession. We were left sitting with no offer of a second drink and had to wait an hour for mains . For an expensive restaurant they really need to revise their staff.

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King
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A fabulous seafood platter, not what you would expect but really so much more

FAQs

Whalebone Wharf is rated 4.5 stars by 713 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.