Pontoon St Kilda Beach

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$40 and under
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Spanish
Sand level, Stokehouse Precinct. Fast moving, casual & affordable. 18m Bar. 4m Grill. 350 Seats. 40 speakers. DJ's. Beachside deck.
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak loin was very nicely cooked.
The paella was quite disappointing as it was not properly cooked still quite wet and definitely no crust on the bottom.

PD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent view, fabulous food and the sun was shining - couldn't ask for anything more!

G
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not the best. Slow service, to the point we didn’t bother getting dessert.
Food was nothing special, over cooked.

H
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were amazing. Food was good value and tasty. Would recommend for couples and groups

SK
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the $20 steak night and and ordered the chips and cos lettuce. It was divine. Thank you

AH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with a beautiful spanish pizza and calamari. Chunky calamari, which I am not an absolute fan of, with a light flavoursome coating. Chorizo and chill pizza was divine, a cripsy base and delicious sauce made a gorgeous start. We then elected for the slow roast lamb and the available side salad. The lamb was absolutely one of the best dishes I have had for a long time. Soft and delicate shoulder with a perfect sauce topped with crispy garlic slices, we will be back for more!

EM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Can't wait to go back.

TH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A lovely place with fantastic view to the beach. We had chosen Paella party (bottomless paella) which turned out a fantastic choice: paella tasty, good fun to share and wasted down nicely with Organic Mountain Goat Steam Ale. At the end got complimentary nice Spanish chorrus.
Extra entertainment with live music, on Sunday, brings extra fun day. The service is friendly and accessible.

We would want to coming back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok aside from the paella which was good but lacked enough rice the rest wasn’t quite as Spanish as it might have been but decent nonetheless A great location for sure and pretty busy so I’m glad I visited in winter as I understand summertime can be hugely busy.

FP
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They sell Pepsi - not Coca Cola. They wouldn’t give me a “naked burger” ie no bread. First place in 5 years which refused to do so. Just a waste of good food(the bun)

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, highly recommend

SL
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I am so impressed with Pontoon. Second time there since changed to Spanish and have loved it. Staff are amazing, service is excellent, food is beautiful and great value for money. The music last Sunday was great, I have been raving to everyone about how good the musicians were. We will be back. Don't change from the Spanish. Cannot wait to come in the warmer weather

SP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service and as an added plus there was a fabulous duo playing some great tunes :)

BM
Melbourne / VIC
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Pontoon's Winter strategy is an interesting idea. They've dropped the summer "beachy" menu and have gone to a full on Spanish approach having been through an autumn menu with was for people who lunch after the gym. As someone who loved the place all through Summer - I have up on the transition approach and then went back in a couple of weeks ago to be met by the new Spanish menu and different room layout. The view has alway been gorgeous and no-one can mess with that. The welcome, service and layout are all sensational. The menu and wine list are sensational. Now all they need is a brigade in the kitchen who can do it justice. Everything was overcooked and had dried out. The ingredients were all very good, but the execution was just not great. I'll go back once more in a couple of weeks and see what's happening. But I really do hope they "get it together." Go, it may already be on the mend.

n
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the paella, mulled wine pairing. Mulled wine could be hotter though. Loved the atmosphere and the seats outside. Def a perfect spot to relax and will def be back! Thank you! Oh and band was AMAZING

NG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Extremely disappointing overall. Service was slow when the restaurant was only a few tables full. Food was very very average. Paella was dry and flavourless and took and hour to come out after our starters.
Won’t be going back there in a hurry. Such a shame as the ambience is delightful and restaurant fit out, really lovely.

M
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.

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!!!!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

KB
Melbourne / VIC
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!

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.

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.

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

LH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with girls

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

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.

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 .

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.

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!

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.

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

Stunning views, fresh and tasty food, great service!

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 :)

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!

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

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.

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.

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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