Waterfront Southgate

4.4
338 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
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.
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JN
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Crabs sucked; frozen way too long and all mushy as a result. Chilled seafood platter wimpy for the price. Example of another well located restaurant NOT needing to try very hard to be good. There must be far better seafood than this overpriced assembly line.

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SS
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Over priced! Hardly anyone in the restaurant but they seat a table of four on top of us.
Main meal dry and when questioned I get told it’s my fault because that’s how I ordered my meal. Super disappointed as this has previously been a favourite when we visit Melbourne. Will now be on the lookout for a fresher seafood restaurant

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T
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as per usual! I always leave these wonderful place with a full tummy and a smile on my face.

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LR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FanTastic night Alfred looked after us brilliantly☺️

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MA
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Returning to Melbourne to celebrate our 20 year anniversary and we chose to dine at Waterfront Southgate. We really enjoyed the raw menu in particular the beetroot cured salmon which was outstanding, we also had the Singapore Chili Crab which was prepare and cooked beautifully. We had very good table service from the staff and Michael who indulged our request to purchase a restaurant apron as a memento for the occasion. It was a fantastic way celebrate our night.

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BP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A must visit to Melbourne. I don't think our trip would have been complete without a visit to Waterfront Southgate. That being said, the server we had was somewhat snarky to my father. Luckily for him, her rudeness was over his head with her French heritage. He saw someone glamorous, we saw smirks and ambivalence to being there. Hope others have better servers, but otherwise could not recommend the experience more.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easily accessible for parking and walking, food was good wine was good

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SL
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our night at the Waterfront, we felt like we had the best table there, the waiters were friendly and helpful, the food was fresh and delicious, nice flavours and presentation, great range on the menu, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends and yes we will going there next time we are in Melbourne.

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D
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing, could not fault it or the service

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CB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing night. Sensational food, brilliant table service and terrific vibe within. We'll be back.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was outanding - it was a cold day but the heaters were on and we were very cosy sitting outside- thank you to all for a wonderful dinner

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KJ
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience! So happy we dined here!

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TG
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding from start to finish - kudos to all who assisted with our dining experience

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SC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

Rushed all the way
Not what we wanted
Get them in and get them out
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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MM
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view and ambience was good. We were late, and they still keep our reservation. The food was good as well although did not reach our expectations. Basically it was an amazing place for friends gatjering.

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c
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it was even better than the first. Cannot give this restaurant enough stars to justify quality, service and overall experience. We will be back again, each time we visit Melbourne. Thank you!

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SL
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was amazing! Service was very helpful. The seedfood platters are outstanding in the world.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located on esplanade overlooking Yarra and back to CBD. Great to watch the world go buy. Thursday lunchtime. We were seated outside. Service was attentive. Food was excellent. We will be back.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic dining experience, we had a lovely Greek waiter who was very friendly and accommodating. The food was better than expected and we had our 5 year old with us so it was also kid friendly. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of food and location of restaurant, we will definitely be back in our next trip to Melbourne.

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RC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very impressed with the service and the food. We were seated at one of the best view points to watch the events on Southbank. We both had fish dishes which were cooked to perfection and the wine was reasonably priced. Would definitely come back with friends.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice family lunch with river views, friendly staff, lovely food. It was a special occasion, value for money.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice in 2 weeks. Delicious food and surroundings. Definitely will be back

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at water front. Everything tasted and was presented perfectly, service was a little slow at times but overall was a great experience and will be back.

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PE
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Oyster Kilpatrick , very poor value . Needed glasses to find any bacon.
Small and overpriced . Everything else good

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WT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations... took a $20 cab ride to get there... got there and they said, “Sorry we’re closing” I asked “then why do we have reservations?” .... sorry we’re closing... and rather rudely.... didn’t eat there.. and one thing is for sure, I never will!!

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TT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was quite good and we had an excellent table out the front overlooking the river. We had the clam chowder for entree which was pretty good but a bit small for the price tag. Or should be lower priced. Moreton bay bugs steamed in garlic butter was really fantastic. $65 price tag justified. We shared the seafood paella for main. This was disappointing. Rice was gluggy, no crisp base as a good paella should have, quite pedestrian really. Regretted ordering this.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifuy prepared delicious meals... Wonderful ambience and service

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SF
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I can honestly say that my Waterfront experience was fantastic & the best I have had! The food was amazing , interior decor was lovely and we received five star table service (a little slow at first) from the very pleasant waiter. Our new favourite restaurant around Southgate!

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DS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great night the service was awesome meal was lovely only thing I thought my salmon was a bit over cooked but otherwise everything else was great

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RP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When you decide to experience a night out at an establishment like Waterfront, you obviously are guided by quality service and food. You know before you arrive that your wallet needs to be fairly large.

I happily emptied my wallet for a dinner for two, a special occasion. Great wine, exquisite seafood and service reflective of the prices.

Excellent in every way.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere very well trained staff, food was amazing would definitely recommend

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ST
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. My wife and I dine here regularly and will continue to for many years to come

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EM
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food quality, service, and location. A must visit restaurant in Melbourne

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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok not great. Don’t expect cooperation if you are on business and need separate checks. Over priced for what you get. Would probably not go there again there are many other restaurants along the water that are better.

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AN
Italy
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place and very nice location.
Food is good and good service.

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A
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, they didn’t listen to us at all. First we asked for tap water and next thing we know we’re served still water (which we had to pay for), then I ordered a salmon dish which was essential salmon, mashed potato and peas with a sauce over them. I told them I was allergic to onions and shallots and asked that the meal have none, so they served me a plate of salmon and mashed potato and put everything I was allergic to in a side bowl on my plate - such a waste of food because I was never going to eat an item I’m allergic to! After our meals we had to sit around awkwardly waiting for the bill as our waiter seemed to forget we existed after we declined desserts. The food was well cooked and tasty, however it was expensive for what it was, and the terrible service really ruined the experience for us.

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BO
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn't sure what to expect. Excellent location on Southbank along the Yarra River. Usually places with good views don't have good food and coast on their location. Waterfront has the views, great food and excellent service. Even though I was by myself and there were people waiting for tables , they didn't rush me and were very accommodating. The seafood linguini was fantastic. So was the buratta and tomato side. It was a great way to spend my last night in Melbourne.

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l
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location; great ambiance, but somewhat overpriced.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but it has to be given the expense. Worth it while the standard remains best practice

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

Menu is a bit boring. Was looking for something special. Both had steak , beautiful meat, but the price for sides ridiculous. Will look elsewhere in future.

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