Pontoon St Kilda Beach

4.3
78 reviews
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Sand level, Stokehouse Precinct. Fast moving, casual & affordable. 18m Bar. 4m Grill. 350 Seats. 40 speakers. DJ's. Beachside deck.
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

They have just changed their menu to more Spanish, tapas, sharing style which is fine but I didn’t find it very tasty. Sorry I love the place but don’t think I’ll be back until there is another change of menu.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great pizzas!! Lousy booking website... opentable booked me for the wrong time, wrong amount of people and trying to change that info was impossible so I ended up ringing Pontoon direct, cancelling the opentable booking and rebooking direct!!!!!!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cosy and comfortable. Food and drinks were a bit small for the price we paid. Overall a really nice setting near the beach.

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VC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited for a quick “pop in” dinner before a show and it really surpassed expectations. 4 of us share the slow cooked lamb with a couple of salads. The menu said this would serve two to three, but it was heaps for four and totally delicious. The service was particularly swift since we said we were heading out, and the waitress immediately responded well. My only hesitation in recommending is that two items (including fish) were not available from the fairly limited menu.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not at this stage as I was disappointed and underwhelmed. The lettuce wrapping the ceviche was gritty although the coconut flavour was delicious. The menu was very short and left us wanting more choice. We didn't understand why they offer pizza and only margherita and hawaiian. On the website the menu was about 1/3 longer. The freekah and pea salads were delicious so that made up a bit for the downsides.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great views, modern vibe, food was good, ( roast chicken) and waitress was lovely. However once our mains were done, service was done. No one offered coffee, dessert etc, so felt a bit abandoned. Also bench seating cushions are a light color and look very, very grubby. Other than that, good choice for lunch with friends on a lovely day.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pontoon, The Stokehouse's baby sister is a great place for a casual meal or quick drink. With fabulous views of the bay, and seats that touch the sand you really get the St Kilda vibe.
Meals are reasonable and the service was spot on; much more in line with the upstairs dining. The menu is not extensive, but has some interesting foibles and everything we ordered was just great. I'll be back, and recommend this to my friends!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality delivered with efficiency and charm. Big bold flavours from the grill, and very affordable. Inclement weather wasn’t an issue - warm and welcoming throughout. Best location in St Kilda.

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FS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have really enjoyed 2 family dinners at Pontoon. The food, service and views were great. We are planning to go back for breakfast or brunch on the weekend sometime.

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B
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating at pontoon, the staff are so helpful and very familiar with the menu. The staff really make it

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with girls

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t
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

the food was great I came with a few girlfriends our waitress was amazing she was the English girl

all the food was lovely we desert unfortunately the churros weren't nice at all too much sugar and not tasty at all, so we left them ..

however everything else we ate was beautiful and would definitely come again . as for value for money was a little on the expensive side ... but overall the experience was great

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. Good wine knowledge by waiter. Thanks for a great evening.

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l
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

the pork we ordered is bit over cooked, so the meat is dry not juicy, we also ordered the whole flounder fish with pea&bean on top, I like the tasty of source, very fresh and vinegary .

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sadly we were seated near a screaming baby and a group of young Mums talking at the top of their voices. The small area set aside for bookings did not allow us to move.

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SP
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what an amazing surprise!

The space was very beautiful. Very st kilda feels to it.
I have to admit that I was not expecting a lot for food to be amazing, giving past experience dining along the beach, most places either very pricey or not worth the value.

But Pontoon, really have lifted the game.

We ordered special roasted chicken and it was STUNNING. I'm a sauce girl, but I did not need sauce with that chicken at all. The pizza was also very very nice. Great portion, not too big not too small.

I will definitely return!

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service by the manager and waiters at pontoon was amazing. There was a mix up with the booking that was not their fault and they made sure we were accomodated even giving us free drinks as an apology. We were constantly checked on and served with such friendliness and professionalism.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views, fresh and tasty food, great service!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lively service with a smile - no question was too much and they made my brother with his new born baby feel welcome :)

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D
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch venue tasty food and exceptional service! Location is fabulous!

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S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A must every time we visit Melbourne - lively, good crowd, great location, good food and service - our first time in Pontoon which is more casual but the standard is maintained - was it the fact it was tennis week or just a sunny Saturday afternoon, no matter, the ambience was great

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GJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Venue is spectacular and to be honest, the food and experience downstairs was far superior to the fine dining upstairs.

Staff were friendly and knowledgeable when we could get their attention. Despite dining for hours we had to constantly flag them down to order more drinks (water and wine). I also over-ordered for the first time in years - usually staff advise on the right amount for the table and whether I'm ordering too much, or advise to order a certain amount and come back for more later.

Overall, the experience was great, thank you. Food was fresh, inspired and plentiful :) It would've been nice to feel better looked after with more attentive service, but otherwise, it was great.

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H
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place, good food, nice staff. Recommended for gluten free food options - being a coeliac I was very surprised at the number of options I had. Great place for summer drinks.

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MV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Highly recommend Pontoon, from the food to the staff, outstanding. Only thing that astounded us in such a beautiful venue was no sun blinds as at sun set in 30 odd degrees you are roasting inside. Food for thought Pontoon.

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CC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite spots on Melbourne dinner for two a group or clients a must to visit ❤️❤️❤️

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S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for Birthday Celebrations for one of our Friends,Great Food The Lamb was Best Ever

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T
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spent a very pleasant couple of hours here with two old work colleagues for lunch. Great food and view. Would recommend it.

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AS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The noise level was not energetic ( the highest rating) it was distracting and unpleasant. There were several groups in the restaurant and so we were unlucky with timing. When we requested staggering the dishes they explained that dishes would come as it suited the kitchen.
As a result service was so quick we were out in an hour for a family birthday lunch which was disappointing. I'm not really sure its a great choice for anything but casual dining

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CC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Total amazing food and service a must to visit and you will be going back again and again

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

could be more vegetarian and vegan meals. There was also some mistakes with service and ordering food

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

There was four of us that had a business lunch and three felt unwell after the meal. Very disappointed with the quality of the food and service. Would not recommend except for the view.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were great, they dealt with our requests easily. Food was lovely for a larger group, suited everyone.

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AO
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Pontoon. Very experienced friendly staff, fabulous delicious food, wine and position. Always sit where the comfortable couches are makes it very relaxing and comfortable , never want to leave !

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MR
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff and great food and wine . Good for all occasions and this was a catch up with an old friend. It’s my third visit and never disappoints.

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BL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The meat which 3 of us had was excellent but there was little choice for our vegetarian and the swordfish burger was rater dry.

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BG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Stokehouse Group has their act together and since reopening have been epic. While PONTOON used to be bar service, now they take reservations and table service and the food is fantastic, large portions, very reasonably priced (esp as the upstairs fine dining is commensurately priced for the higher end market though totally worth it) and service was GREAT.

There was dance music at quite loud volume on the Friday night and we'd not expected that----and that wouldn't have been our choice had we known about it (never having been there on a Friday or Saturday night downstairs) but it was vibrant. Just a bit too loud for dining for easy conversation.

This place will be a staple for the beach for years to come for casual dining. Wish they had their ribs though that they featured when they opened but they have a great rotisserie special each week.

10 out of 10 except for the music was a notch too loud during dining time...for us anyway so it's subjective.

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual Birthday Lunch with my daughter on a cold windy Monday. Food delicious. I had Tuna Ceviche and baby Barramundi and my daughter popcorn chicken and minute steak and a side of quinoa Freekeh Salad. Service excellent and friendly. Cocktails great. Really lovely setting and we both thought excellent value. Highly recommend and will definitely return. Thank you.

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O
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the hair of the dog brunch xxxx
good value, the baked eggs was delish

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The 'old' Stokehouse downstairs set-up was better. Pontoon felt cluttered, noisy and crowded at 5pm on a Sunday. Menu choice was uninspiring; fish and chips unavailable; swordfish burger rather tasteless.
The entrance from the street side was initially not easy to find - not very welcoming.
All in all the new building and Pontoon is disappointing.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The last time I visited Pontoon, I couldn't fault it - food, service, drinks everything. This time was below average and it looked like a lot of tables were experiencing the same problems as ours. Not sure if it was understaffing that was the issue or that the staff as a whole weren't proactive enough to fully understand diners' needs.

It took ages to get our waitresses' attention to get our first round of drinks, then they took a long time to arrive. After we'd been there for at least 3/4 hour we finally got to order our food. Our waiter valiantly tried to remember our order (table of 4) saying he didn't have a pen (um, why does a waiter not have a pen?) but didn't go and get one - and of course, one of our meals was forgotten. Three meals came out and we waited and waited until our food had cooled considerably before someone even came to see what was going on. Then we had to wait a further 20 minutes while they cooked our friend's dish. We had all eaten our food by the time hers arrived. Awkward and annoying. When we had finished our bottle of wine it took at least 15 minutes to get someone's attention so we could order more.

One of my friends was so annoyed she gave the maitre d' a blast and he argued back with her that they were so busy. Last time I heard, the restaurant being busy shouldn't be our problem. It was a rare sunny Saturday May afternoon in Melbourne -and guess what? People want to get amongst it, so you're going to be BUSSSSYYYYYY!!!!

As this was a long lunch, there were so many missed opportunities for Pontoon to upsell us on more drinks and food. Their loss.

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