Waterfront Southgate

4.4
307 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Outdoor Eating
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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.
What 307 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 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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JM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and great service.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Australian Seafood at its BEST! Had a great waiter who helped with good recommendations on food sizing. Came here for the Bugs and they certainly delivered. Great wine menu. Overaowe were really happy with a very nice evening on the deck watching the world go by with wonderful food. Would definitely return as plenty of other things to try.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always fantastic. The food is absolutely great. All in all magnificent

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NB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Something for everyone, enjoyable experience indeed.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had meal with overseas friends
Very enjoyable
Great service ,food well presented

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KC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Waterfront before heading to the tennis. Great food and ambience and good value for the quality we received. Entrees, mains and dessert were all equally fresh and tasty. It made for a very special evening. 🥂🎾😊

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BN
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our salad was extremely overdressed; paella rice was over cooked and proteins were uncreatively incorporated into the dish (chicken wings, clumsy unshelled crab legs, disproportionate sausage and calamari to chicken and other seafood.) Overall the paella lacked flavor and seasoning and was heavy in tomato flavor. Clam chowder was stingy in clams that were also unshelled. The dish is more like a soup than a chowder. Taste was fine. Server was unhelpful.

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

Food and service excellent as ever. Thanks especially to our waiter.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I were given a $100 vochure for Waterfront which we lost. I spoke with the manager who advised vochures last for 6 months which mean ours expired.
I spoke with Lucy who then thankfully ‘honoured’ our vochure :)

Myself and my partner went on Sunday and got a table outside.
For starters we had 1/2 kg Morton bay bugs.
I had fillet steak. My partner had steamed barramundi.. everything was delicious!!!!

Service was great.

Drinks were great (they even made us a calypso coffee which was not on the menu)

Highly recommended.

Thanks again.

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j
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,seafood was not fresh,

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BP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous food and table thanks to Lucy for arranging the cosy round table for my husband and his parents .

Overall great , but the reason I didn’t give a five star is on two occasions and in the evening , I mentioned to the staff that it was my husband ‘s big birthday and if they could do a dessert , each time , they said yes but when we ordered our dessert , my husband the pavlova .. it was not till we started eating the waiter ploppped one candle on his dessert while he was half way through eating .. would have been nice if maybe they could have written with chocolate or something on his dessert plate happy birthday . I just felt everything was a bit rushed and lost that personal feel . Overall though great experience and we were listened to . Thank you

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s
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I contacted the restaurant 2 hours before my reservation and asked for a table with a view, no problem! When we arrived we were taken to our table and it was perfect. The service was very attentive and our drinks were ordered and on our table within minutes. We both ordered steaks and they were cooked perfectly. All aspects of the meal was ideal and I will definitely come back.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely sushi & sashimi platter. We'd had it before and it was excellent. Not quite up to the same standard but still very good and worth the price. The prawns were smothered in a sauce that was too strong for seafood and not to my taste. Sauces are better on the side so the customer can decide how much, if any, to put on their food. Our waiter was great - there when we needed him but not overbearing. The tempura was also very nice. Comprehensive wine list and a good selection of beers.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational service, food, drinks and atmosphere. Our friends from Brisbane always want to go to the Waterfront when in town.

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IB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Waterfront on the occasion of our anniversary, and the choice proved perfect. We booked outdoor seating and were delighted to be seated next to the river side of the decking. This provided us with the very best view of the scenery and activity on the promenade and around the river with the city backdrop. The food was excellent with seafood, steak, and sorbet desert; together with the presentation, the drinks choices, and the attentive service it all added up to a five star experience.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

What a disappointment. Totally over-rated. Food not good, service very slow and way over-priced for what we received.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always...
Scrapper pie yum

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RA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a fantastic place. Great food service and surroundings

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

Food was nice overall. Seafood, although very well presented, was not quite as fresh as expected. Dessert is definitely worth going back for.
Service was great.

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

Waterfront is our favourite lunch spot in Melbourne!

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

Food is good, service is good and the view is good.

One of my favourite places to eat and nice area in Southbank.

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

It was very dear for a crayfish and it was very small, don't order it, the rest of the food was nice but over priced.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Booked via the app for 8.45 pm table not ready waited till 9.15 pm and had to ask about table again ... paid for cocktails while waiting !

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KB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a romantic dinner. Food was amazing and services was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jumbo king prawns grilled in garlic butter.. beautiful ❤

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MT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently high quality food and service in a great location.

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C
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service slow
Bathrooms had no toilet paper in some stalls

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DH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service. An overall fantastic night

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SB
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For the price we expected so much more.... however the overall experience was good but not exceptional. Good service staff and service

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FA
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, ambience and service (the waitress/waiters are very patient with a big group order. We took our time and change our order few times but they showed outstanding service of putting customer first.
We were there to also celebrate my friend's daughter birthday and i hope water gate would provide a small free birthday cake on the house for special birthday lunches/dinners (for us to sing the birthday song).
The best thing about watergate is its outdoor ambience facing the Yarra River. Love it.

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n
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

it was expensive
plates were small
I don't think I will return

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