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Whalebone Wharf

4.6
4.6
1974 Reviews
$41 to $100
Seafood
THE WHALEBONE WHARF IS A NO FUSS, CASUAL AUSTRALIAN FISH EATERY

Our mission is to source the region’s best seafood and seasonal produce by partnering with like-minded suppliers.

Our commitment to locality and our selection of produce flows into everything we offer; from Hastings River Oysters to Urban Grain bread and pastries.

We aim to showcase these ingredients by preparing them carefully and serving them simply.

The Whalebone is a place for friends and family to enjoy local, honest food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with a world class view.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Australian, Modern Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Sunday Lunch 1200pm - 2.30pm Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6583 2334

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Ridland

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What 1,974 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New South Wales

    Scenic View

  • New South Wales

    Most Booked

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  1. JP

    JanP

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our special occasion restaurant, Always have the wonderful food the Platter for Two is amazing . Best Seafood Platter 5 Star
  2. LM

    LouiseM

    New South Wales

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, service and atmosphere as usual. Our favourite place for lunch.
  3. CB

    CherylB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place from walking in the front door till leaving
  4. JI

    JulieI

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the view, food and service - thank you for a very special birthday celebration
  5. MW

    MardiW

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely surprise, gorgeous setting, friendly attentive service, delicious food
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent 5 stars
  7. TD

    TraceyD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great area great view the food was fantastic would recommend any one to go to
  8. B

    Bubba

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely view. Great food and wine at what we considered a reasonable cost as we were there for a celebration. Excellent service.
  9. MB

    MargaretB

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Due to my poor mental arithmetic I had booked for 5 when it should have been 7 but his didn't faze the staff at all and a larger table was set up in minutes for us. The view of the river was delightful as always. We spent rather a long time deciding on our orders but settled on one each of all the sides which pleased the vegetarian very much and we enjoyed all the dishes so didn't have room for dessert.nm As usual the service was excellent. Best place we know of for lunch especially.
  10. DS

    DougS

    New South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We ordered 2x seafood platters $180.00 each + entree of scallops and an extra main dish of Pasta. The platters were sparse and the flavour very ordinary. Highly overated and far too expensive for what we got. We wont return.
  11. AI

    AnnI

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    We previously had a great experience here and brought friends with us this occasion. Service was great and staff were friendly. Unfortunately the downfall was the food. Scallops over cooked. Sauce on the prawns over powered everything, oysters kilpatrick were tiny and the sauce really unpleasant, kingfish was the most disappointing. Again, overcooked and no taste. The accompanying sauces available for selection were unimpressive to say the least. My husband enjoyed his seafood chowder and desserts were good. Overall we were embarrassed that we suggested it to our friends. Very disappointing experience.
  12. CL

    ChrisL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When visiting family in Port Macquarie we generally have a meal at the Whalebone, the service & food is always excellent.
  13. LS

    LouiseS

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always Whalebone never disappoints us. Only one thing, I think there’s too much Cumin in the beetroot relish on the scallops you don’t get to appreciate the scallop! Broccolini was sensational 😋
  14. ST

    SandraT

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a very pleasant dining experience, food is very fresh, and staff extremely friendly. Arguably the best restaurant in Port Macquarie.
  15. CD

    ChampersDi

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning view of the river and the warmth of the sun beaming in, loved the decor. Staff are attentive and professional yet not fussy and over bearing. We appreciated that the boss/owner is actively working and engaging with customers. That shows pride in his team, food and establishment. The meals were well presented, full of flavour and perfectly cook. Love the unique sides to share at our table and all enjoyed with a few bottles of bubbles! My sister from the Gold Coast was also impressed with the standard of our local restaurant. Thank you for an awesome experience. We will definitely be back!
  16. LF

    LeanneF

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful relaxing ambience, with gorgeous views of the water, high quality meals which were delectable and fulfilling, a favourite restaurant to celebrate special occasions
  17. MD

    MelissaD

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best restaurant in Port Macquarie by far. Been going there for years for all occasions and then for no reason at all and love it every single time. Staff are amazing, decor lovely and food outstanding. Our favourite place in Port.
  18. D

    Dee4

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scrumptious food / steaks melt in your mouth, delicious sides to choose from. Great efficient friendly service
  19. S

    Seyed

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fine. A great experience and a memorable birthday party
  20. RN

    RodN

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed 3 courses each wine and the cocktail special all very good staff were friendly and efficient lobster prices seemed to be a bit over the top. All in all a very enjoyable lunch
  21. EM

    EmilyM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I have ever eaten! I had been recommended by friends to eat here (I’m from Coffs Harbour) and I am so glad we did. The service from all staff was amazing, drinks were superb and the food was outstanding. Even on a cloudy day the location was still mesmerising. Thank you so much, next time I am in town I will definitely be eating here!
  22. K

    Kell

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing would have loved some live music other wise enjoyed everything
  23. CC

    ColinC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food was poor. Overcooked bacon and sprouts I had a steak with garlic butter sauce. I expected the sauce to be served on the side but it was all over the steak. The steak was literally swimming in it. Entree was average. I would describe my food as pub food at best, but it was far more expensive. A real shame as we were at the whalebone years ago and it was a very different experience. We will be back in Port Macquarie in November with friends but will not come to this restaurant.
  24. HT

    HennyT

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! Fish cooked to perfection. Best brussel sprouts of my life. Crème brûlée to die for all with exceptional service. Many thanks for a wonderful night!!
  25. CP

    CathyP

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Great for lunch on a sunny day or dinner in summer. Can’t fault the service or the food. Everything was spot on. Little too pricey to go on a regular basis but great for special occasions.
  26. C

    Cora

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Small menu which is enables them to do things well. Lovely fresh fish with an interesting and delicious pick of sauces and sides you can choose from to accompany your fish main. Great service. Downside.. it is a bit too pricey.
  27. AM

    AngelaM

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant, the food is fabulous and service is great
  28. AW

    AlanW

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a great place to enjoy seafood with good surroundings
  29. KG

    KevinG

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great location, tasty meals and excellent service for our special occasion.
  30. RT

    RhondaT

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding food ,service location. Amazing quality , cooked to perfection exceeded our expectations. Would totally recommend the lobster.
  31. MH

    MarkH

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Don’t miss this restaurant if going through port Macquarie
  32. KC

    KylieC

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely setting, placed at a window table which was nice. Excellent service. Entrees were nice but a little small. The mains and dessert were the highlight of our dinner. Some of the menu is a little overpriced for what you actually get. Nice restaurant but probably wouldn't rush back any time soon.
  33. GR

    GlenR

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to the whalebone for over 40 years never disappointed
  34. C

    Cherylt61

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy a night out at Whalebone . Food is great and a beautiful setting
  35. TJ

    TonyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wife and I had been planning to come here for a while finally had the opportunity booked on the day and everything from the service to the food was perfect we will definitely be back
  36. B

    Belle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the staff were excellent and the view was fantastic. We had the best dining experience and I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  37. FL

    FionaL

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I were making mmmmmmmm sounds with every drink and dish that was served to us. Such a lovely day to look out to the ocean and eat beautifully cooked food! I will be back again some day :)
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Thanks
  39. VH

    VicH

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always great food, service with views over the river. My wife and I love going to Whale Bone every time we are Port Macquarie. Can't wait to go back again.
  40. RC

    RoseC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I loved being seated practically on the water, the light decor, attentive staff, and excellent food - the menu surely has something for everyone (even if not the greatest seafood fan).

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Whalebone Wharf is rated 4.6 stars by 1974 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Whalebone Wharf

269 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie, AU-NSW 2444

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Port Macquarie

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Sunday Lunch 1200pm - 2.30pm Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Australian, Modern Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Ridland

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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