Waterfront Southgate

4.5
359 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Outdoor Eating
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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My son said this was the best restaurant when he was 10 yrs old (Crown location) because we received free bread. We returned for his 30 bday, expecting free bread, very funny outcome, we got none ! Food and service was awesome ! Sitting outside a few smokers outside complex towards the end of the meal provided some unpleasant smells but it is outdoors in Melbourne. We'll be back !

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AQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a memorable night after a concert. Wonderful staff with generosity and humour looked after us and a delicious meal. Special thanks to wait staff from Amsterdam and Haut Savoir.

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GA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely marvelous. The food was exquisite and the seafood platter was beyond words. For what its worth, we left happy.

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ES
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and staff where excellent made our 8 year old son very welcome which topped off a great night

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LM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food this is the 5th visit and I'm already planning the next.

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IO
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great location for our anniversary dinner. The food was sensational and the wine we chose was fabulous. We would absolutely go back for a special occasion.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a beautiful dining experience at Waterfront Southgate, fantastic service and delicious food. Highly recommended if you are feeling fancy.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and experience. 100% worth every cents spent. Will definitely be going back

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k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A nice location in front of Yara River. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friend.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My partners steak was very fatty.
For somewhere that’s supposed to be upscale and we are paying a decent price it shouldn’t be that much fat on a plate and he was left hungry.

My meal however was delicious

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L
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Man that served the table was terrible
Food came out cold and half our food was forgotten

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SH
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so fresh and delicious. Amazing friendly staff

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EK
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining here, great food, service and location.

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m
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service with waterfront views. The service staff listened to our concerns re the heating and also with our reservation modification. I also got a complimentary glass of sparkling when they found out it's my birthday. For a group of 5, we ordered the deluxe platter, another plate of mussels, rocket and beetroot salad and chips. That was more than enough for lunch but we also had room to share two desserts. The drink list was also extensive although the cocktails were a bit pricey. But you can choose to order other drinks which are reasonably priced. Overall, a good way to celebrate my birthday Sunday lunch.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved our experience at Waterfront. The service and food were perfect. It is the 2nd time I have been here and it is consistently excellent. Can’t wait to come back!!

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P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, attentive service. Good beer and seafood that was superb. Get the Blue Eye fillet.

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CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very polite and accommodating. The chef did a great job, especially with the dessert. The seating of choice was great. The only negative was a large crowd who came in after us who were noisier than we desired and certain members of that party kept looking over at us. Although there was a mistake with the bill, it was quickly and easily rectified.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, awesome food. This is where hubby and i go for our monthly “date night” and never disappoints 👌🏼

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JD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, good food with great service. Not once did we need to ask for our wine glass to be filled. Food came out promptly and was delicious as well. A very nice experience overall.

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LV
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

The Waterfront advertises as ‘vegetarian friendly’ and gluten free options... yet the menu listings aren’t labelled GF (or V or Ve or DF for that matter) and there were NO vegetarian main course menu options!

The (very professional) waiter, when asked for the vegetarian menu, said oh we can simply do a vegetarian risotto or vegetarian pasta. Awkward having chosen the restaurant as one of our party is Vegetarian and one Gluten free

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KE
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service & location. We had been to Waterfront Restaurant twice now & both visits have been fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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JN
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
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 on 19 April 2019
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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