Waterfront Southgate

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Seafood
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 397 People Are Saying
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MH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue and even better seafood. Had a long lunch on weekend with a friend, entree’s of oysters and sashimi, mains of southern rock lobster (1/2) and barramundi with sides of rocquette, beetroot and walnut salad washed down with a bottle of reisling from the Tamar Valley and a Chardonnay from Margaret River. It was all delicious, couldn’t fault any part of our experience. Highly recommend Waterfront for a lazy afternoon weekend lunch or dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite place for delicious food and outstanding service, and they charged my phone. Thank you!

BG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was sensational - service was wonderful
Ambiance was perfect - a truly beautiful place to dine

RK
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely long leisurely lunch. The shift changed and we were still there. They were happy for us to stay until we were ready to leave. Food was awesome.

IM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

only criticism was that the first 4 wines we selected were not available. Apart excellent arena in trying weather conditions and the food was excellent.

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FB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice. Food was very good, though waiter seemed to have little knowledge of the different oysters on offer. Ordered Blackman’s Bay Tassie but got Coffin Bay.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good location and food

CB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic location and atmosphere. The food was amazing although my main meal went missing for 10 minutes which was a little frustrating.

WH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I went there for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and my Husband’s Birthday we chose to sit outside and even though the evening was cool we were not cold at all, We were served by Bethany who was really lovely, we shared an entree of Calamari and we both had a Steak 🥩 which was cooked perfectly, I had a couple of Cocktails which went down rather well. We enjoyed our night and will return.

MP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Attended on a busy Saturday night with friends visiting from USA. Great evening with outdoor seating enjoying excellent seafood and wine together with attentive service.

p
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food in pleasant surroundings. Not too noisy. The only down side was that we had to wait quite some time for the menus and finally had to ask for the menus. We would definitely dine at the Waterfront again, other family with us said the same.

JT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just go there people...do it! You won't be disappointed.

ST
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

予約よりも早めに到着しましたが、直ぐに通して頂けました。大変賑わっていましたが、料理だしのタイミングも良く、途中で追加注文してもうまくメインの前に挟み込んでくれるなど、気配りの効いたサービスでした。
牡蛎がもう少し大きいといいなと思いましたが、他の店で食べても同じくらいでしたので、日本基準よりはやや小ぶりなのが当地のサイズなのでしょう。
機会があればまた訪問したいレストランです。

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were impeccable. They were also really great and accommodating of our children which I didn’t expect. They provided a high chair for my daughters stuffed toy which gave us all a good laugh and engaged with the children really well. Kids menu was wonderful and all food was great quality and very tasty. Will definitely return.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good table was secured. Thank you very much!

B
Vancouver
50 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Did not feel welcome. I guess they must cater to a certain age group and we did not fit the mold. Would not return.

WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server went above and beyond normal in Taking care of us. This was an amazing and memorable experience.

D
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, wonderful waiters very attentive

JD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was excellent, Food was lovely and we had very enjoyable night.

LT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterfront at Southgate was beautiful. The food was beautiful presented and tasted amazing. All our meals were delicious. Faultless in all aspects. Service was impeccable.

RK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had booked several months ahead as we missed out the previous year. We were not disappointed. We were shown to a riverfront corner bench seat that was perfect. The service waiter did a fabulous job of taking our orders and checking in on us without being overbearing. The food was delightful, fresh and tasty. The seafood linguine was packed full of seafood and my husband had snapper pie. Served at the table, deconstructed and then presented on the plate. A wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, great meal.

MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food but the real thing that let us down was the poor service with a touch of attitude. We were given no warning that the kitchen was closing and when we asked for something else to eat the server just said the kitchen was closed. We asked why we had not been told and she just said, "I didn't think you wanted anything else". No apologies. We loved the food but the service was lacking on this night.

T
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent food, service and ambiance.
We were celebrating our anniversary but we will definitely be back.

S
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Paella and the seafood were quite overcooked. Dessert was great. Soft shell crab entree was also undercooked. Service was good but we did get overlooked a few times (ie finished with meals and waiting for a while our water glasses empty for a while).

CO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Beautiful spot and nice food some waiters need training

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My partner has lots of allergies to food (genuine allergies) and no one was helpful at all.

N
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh seafood & excellent cuisine. Highly recommended.

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service is a bit of hit and miss depending on the wait staff. Sometimes I have been there service has been faultless. This time very disappointing. A bit on the pricey side for what you get.

SC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been before and loved the whole experience, we did go this time on Sunday at 1:30 pm and it was busy but not heaving our waiter was excellent, food was excellent

DP
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Requested no mussels in my chowder and had mussels after the waiter wrote it down especially

RP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant in Melbourne!
Seafood Chowder is beautiful, steak & seafood delicious!
Staff & management always welcoming!
Well worth the price..

YS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

おしゃれなメルボルンの川沿い、美しい夜景の見えるお店。高級感があるのに店員さんは皆若く気さくで、居心地が良い。
牡蠣を始めとするシーフード、お肉もとても美味しく、ワインもCHANDONがありました。
家族4人で大満足のお店でした。

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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Haven't been here in years, glad we went back! Our waitress was lovely and helped our family celebrate my son's 18th Birthday. Everyone loved their meals, especially dessert

LH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall good
Really like the staff
And lovely place
But I asked some arrangements to do when I was booking the table because it was our anniversary.
But nothing happened special

ZJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Quite and beautiful environment , nice place for date

C
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good selection of seafood. Service was much better in the evening than at lunch.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and venue - will definitely come back again!

NS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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 !

AQ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.