The Rocks Mornington

4.2
455 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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Located directly opposite the Mornington Pier, as part of the Mornington Yacht Club. We offer two dining environments, the inside restaurant or the covered deck with overhead heaters and plastic blinds at the front that pull down when Melbourne's weather is unkind.

The deck area only works in a first in first basis for breakfast & lunch, where as the restaurant is available for bookings at these times.
Dinner reservations are available for both the restaurant & deck please note your preference when booking & we will endeavour to accommodate your request, without guarantees.

Our menu has a strong seafood focus with modern Asian flavours and designed to be shared. Visit our website for more information. The Rocks has recently been awarded the second year running RCA Savour Award for best seafood restaurant in Victoria & Tasmania.


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BE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service spaghetti marinara best I’ve had for a long time heaps of seafood
Beatle leaf salmon great and soft shell crab slider awesome
Will return

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AC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great Location, view and quality of food. Service slack though and should be improved. If charging Melbourne CBD prices equal or better service should be the norm!

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DM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived with my 100 year old father and were led to an indoor seat as, predictably, all the balcony tables were booked. It was very noisy and I apologised to him as I knew he wouldn’t be able to converse at all. Without my asking, the young sever immediately offered to see if anything was about to become available outside. There was, on the end of a table away from the noise. It made such a difference to our overall experience. Then the food, which was delicious and THEN the profiteroles! Oh. Worth going just for them!

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SL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We booked for Valentine’s Day, with a set menu. We had a great time, and the staff were lovely. But unfortunately The Rocks was just not able to deliver service or food worth anywhere near the $100 per head they were charging. Really out of their depth.

There was quite a queue at the door, with no organisation. Just a general press to try to catch someone’s eye to be seated - despite everything being prebooked and prepaid.

Our table was initially completely overlooked, with no one coming to take drinks orders. We had to flag someone down.

The starters were small, dumplings weren’t heated properly, and the claim of “oysters and prawns” turned out to be one oyster, and one prawn.

The seafood main was essentially finger food. Just designed to be quick and easy. The sashimi and singular prawn were delicious, but the rest was really underwhelming.

The lamb shoulder main was really bad. Precooked and reheated, very dry and chewy. My first was sent back, only to receive another that tasted much the same. Couldn’t bring myself to complain a second time. Again, staff were lovely, but the quality simply wasn’t there.

Dessert (which cost extra) was delicious.

Our dinner for two ended up costing $250 (including drinks and dessert), which is enough money to dine at some of the world’s finest. The Rocks, despite their best intentions, simply failed to deliver here.

I get the impression they’d be much better on a less busy night, with the regular menu in place.

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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love the Rocks. I have been numerous times. But after my last meal. I felt sick half the night. My wife felt sick Well. I figure in our day and age, and quality of restaurant. I do not believe this should happen

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RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was very lacking...we requested a window seat only to be to told they were booked .. no one showed up for the remainder of the evening to claim the “booking” therefore we sat as a small table of 4 amongst two extremely large tables of 10 & 12 with no ‘ambiance’ at all for a restaurant known for its amazing location. Service took forever! Both to take our order and to deliver our drinks. The food was boring. I had the grilled swordfish with pistachio crust and it was OK at the most. The seafoood spaghetti was very nice but a little on the small side. The Duck buns were delicious. The kids both enjoyed their spaghetti Napoli.
My husband was given a gift voucher for The Rocks for his 50th bday so we were really looking forward to it...the outcome didn’t match the expectation unfortunately.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We didn't get the window table that we asked for which was disappointing

Food was variable. Of a party of 4 - 3 of them were very happy with their food. The 4th not so happy. the swordfish dish was ordinary

But the restaurant is well positioned for bay views and obvious from the crowd that it is very popular

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JH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food average And over priced
$66 for rib eye
Service for drinks waited 25 mins for a second drink which I cancelled in the end

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at the rocks on a number of occasions and it never disappoints. Great Spaghetti Seafood, great service and a great setting

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CS
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch all round, fresh seafood, great service! Well worth the drive from Melbourne! Would def recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We booked at the rocks for my mums birthday, it was a very hot day and inside the restaurant felt like there was no air conditioning at all it was dark and dingy. We changed our seats for outside which was a bit better. What disappointed me was that since we came a bit late and close to closing the staff made no effort to check in on use when everyone was at the table.. the menus were not detailed enough to say what was in the dishes and were very vague

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AM
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

2 scallops for 12 dollars seems a bit dear, but overall a good dining exp.

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PE
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

have eaten at the Rocks both at lunch time and dinner. We all ordered the fish and chips for diner and I had it also the lunch time visit. The lunch meal was by far superior to the dinner. The dinner portion seemed smaller with less fish, less chips and a very small cos lettuce half. Whilst dinner was enjoyable in comparison to the lunch version I had had it was disappointing.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The male waiter that seated us was very rude. I had book an outside table and for one of the two times available (online),I was seated inside. When I advised him I booked for outside I was told even though I had a booking there wasn’t really any room for us despite a few empty tables inside and outside (that we could see)
We watched him turn away a large group as they didn’t have a booking if he would of asked them to wait down stairs or go for a walk they could of been seated.
There was a dreadful woman at the next table that was laughing very loudly and disturbing other tables that were talking. Our waiter was lovely, the others seemed untrained and kept referring us back to our waiters who was busy. It was also disappointing when they ran out of one of the specials.
The seafood was amazing and fresh. The desserts didn’t disappoint.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner - couldn’t have wished for more. Great night with amazing view!

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views, fantastic atmosphere and service, delicious fresh seafood, always a winner every time!

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CP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Servings were extremely small.
Smallest scallops we have ever seen. Actually laughable at the size of them.
Sashimi was nice and fresh.
Husband enjoyed ceviche and grilled prawns.
White wine mussels. Extremely salty broth. Mussels were served missing the bread explained on the menu, then was brought out a small stick of dry bread when realised not on plate. Other tables getting grilled bread with their Mussels. Disappointing.
Chips were good though!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and wine was excellent. View, table and ambience equally wonderful. Only downfall was the kitchen stopped taking orders at 8:45 (we had an 8:00pm booking on a Friday night) and staff seemed keen to wrap up and staff their knock of drinks.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was lovely and food took a reasonable time to come out. We got the frittura, Mornington mussels and Rock Burger and they were all lovely. Great view and atmosphere was slightly busy but nice to be in

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was nice food but not very welcoming on arrival left standing for a while

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LT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Will be back again highly recommendable

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A
Melbourne / VIC
15 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening - with family members aged 9 to 70 all happy! Great fresh fish, wonderful views & friendly staff.

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HF
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Rocks.
Service is always good.
Food great.
I always opt for the deck, the outlook over the pier and bay is fantastic.

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G
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Fantastic position and very accommodating staff.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, lovely food, beautiful view. enjoyed a birthday celebration & will be back.

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MT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Really lovely setting sitting over the pier.
Good attentive service from the young staff.

Not extensive but reasonable wine list.
Four people dinning on the evening about $600 bill with drinks, one ate the grilled lobster and one the 1kg mussels and liked the meals. Other two had the 500g rib eye @$66 per steak and found them average at best.

I'd give it another shot to asess more acurately, but wouldn't be hurrying back there next week.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Most enjoyable night, a little disappointing in that we had booked for outside for 8pm , only to be told a table was not available for a further 15 -20 minutes upon arrival. However a table by the window was eventually fine inside. We thoroughly enjoyed the Feed Me Menu for 2 , and the staff were attentive and courteous all night. The Mussels and the Kingfish were excellent. Will definitely return in the future.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. Service was outstanding- very friendly staff. The whole aesthetics of the restaurant was amazing - beautiful views, breezy and comfy. Just a glorious experience- will definitely be back!

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RH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the location, food is always tasty and view to just sit back and enjoy. AA+++

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MM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven't been here in awhile but we were impressed. Good food beautifully prepared and served. What more could you want! (Just a spectacular view - oh wait you get that too!!) Delish!

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FM
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, kind and smiling staff, gorgeous views. It is worth the drive. We enjoyed our visit.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood, on the harbour, creative food options and exceptional service.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Went there for a dinner, we ordered 2 seafood spaghetti. The first one was very good but the second one was very salty, we told the waitress and she asked if she could get us something else so that we ordered dessert. Then the supervisor came to tell us that the chefs thought there was nothing wrong with the dish since they did not add any salt in it. Therefore, they refuse to withdraw the dish from the bill and gave us complimentary dessert instead.

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HD
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The entrees are great. The lobster special was tasteless and bland.
Great spot, good service

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CW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service was average. Casual restaurant but with great views. Not worth the drive from Rosebud though.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was well done but there was a lack of seafood this time. Sign of the times maybe

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SB
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

After booking for 8 people through the booking app we were all set to enjoy an evening at one of our favourite venues on the Mornington Peninsula. We were seated, ordered wine and our food. Despite trying to catch the wait staff's eye so that they could attend to us with the exemplary table service, our glasses were left uncollected and cluttered the table. This was complicated when our food arrived. When we received our mains there was a 20-minute delay from the time the first plate was sent out to the last. Whilst waiting for the last meal, the earlier served meals went cold. There was also quite a lag between our mains and the sides being served. We waited a considerable time for the plates to be cleaned up and then desserts to be brought out. When it was the time the settle the bill the staff asked how our evening had been. My parents answered truthfully and said the service was very slow and unattentive and that we were particularly disappointed as we had overseas and interstate guests and our experience was less than satisfactory. This was met with excuses of 'we were really busy' and an explanation that 'there was another function on in the yacht club next door' for which they were also catering. Given the nature of the yacht club function, it was highly likely that this was a scheduled event and so The Rocks had time to ensure the appropriate number of kitchen and wait staff. There was another large group and the wait staff were very attentive to them so it was confusing as to why they were too busy to provide the level of table service that is expected when you dine at The Rocks. At the end of the night, our group was thoroughly disappointed by the lacklustre table service, unsympathetic service staff and the excuses that flowed rather than simply acknowledging what our experience was and apologising. This was our favourite, go - to venue for fine dining in Mornington but it will no longer be so.

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g
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The foods were ok, but on a pricey side for what they are. The dumplings were surprisingly good; the split bbq prawns were disappointing, not only they were overpriced, they were not fresh enough.

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch. The food was wonderful and the seafood was fresh. Service was good but not amazing, a little slow but polite and friendly. It was a bit hot for comfort in the restaurant. It was a hot day and there didn’t appear to be good air conditioning. Overall however we loved it!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Always delicious and the view never gets old.
When it’s busy it’s very hard to have a conversation, it’s very noisy. It also gets really hot in summer, even if it’s cooler at night the building retains heat. It could use some ceiling fans at the very least.

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