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The Water Rat Hotel

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
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256 Moray St, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 1980
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I was here attending toca function, while the drinks and service were great the was simply not enough food.

Thank llmace
Damien K, Manager at The Water Rat Hotel, responded to this review

Hi, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the drinks and service at the function you recently attended. But we are to sorry to hear that you did not have enough food, we provided the amount of food that was ordered by the organisers prior to the event according to their budget so therefore cannot take responsibility for not... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Had a nice meal here of ribeye steak, homemade fat chips and roasted veg. Ordered onion rings as a side but they came out as a starter, but no big deal. They were very good onion rings though. I would definitely recommend it and will visit it again.

Thank Ombram75
Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I had driven past this pub for years and had formed a view in my mind as to what it might be liked. It was nothing like I had imagined. It's clean, friendly, reasonably priced and has a great menu of classy pub food. Our group had the steak sandwich, beef burger, chicken burger and quinoa salad and we were... More 

Thank Tripper34789374
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The WR is a bit more up market than your average corner pub so the cost is a little more too but worth it. When eating in the restaurant area your wine is served in Riedel glasses, a nice touch! The staff are very helpful, friendly and provide service with a smile, they look like they enjoy their work. A... More 

Thank Spindrift27
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We have had two meals at The Water Rat whilst on holiday in South Melbourne, both faultless!! Sunday roast beef was melt in the mouth, porterhouse steak chips and salad delicious. Returning to the Water Rat for our farewell meal before we leave Melbourne.

Thank cazmar
Melbourne, Australia
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150 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Inner city Melb is spoilt for choice with great pub eateries, which is my only excuse for never having made it to this great pub. Not sure it sells itself as a gastro pub but the meals for our group of 5 were all fantastic. The Public Classics include a great chicken parma and salad, the crumbed veal cutlet was... More 

1 Thank 111jenny
Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I pass the Rat most days and no matter what time this well located gastro pub is never busy.So enough is enough - finally I dropped in and tried it last Friday night.At first I thought it was going to be slow but our three porterhouse steaks arrived quickly,with excellant chips and salad.Everything was cooked perfectly and with a bottle... More 

1 Thank Christopher R
Caulfield, Australia
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204 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I have driven past The Water Rat many times working locally. Today I wished that I had dropped in sooner rather than driving past. I could tell that this was a gastro-pub that has undergone a refurbishment. It looked and felt good. We started with a drink in the main bar. There was a big selection of beers, both tap... More 

1 Thank LeeHarvey
Geelong, Australia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Attended a seminar here a week ago and I must say the service was average at best. The place is very modern and welcoming, but I found the service at the bar to be poor. Considering the amount of people that attended for the first and second seminar, I would have thought there would have been more staff behind the... More 

Thank mum_to_4_terrors
Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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761 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Staying in an apartment in Napier and looking for a good pub - The Water Rat fits the bill. Nice clean contemporary interior with helpful and well informed staff - Jazz was very helpful. The food is prepared from fresh ingredients and well presented and there is a good selection of wines and beers. Well worth a visit.

2 Thank ChefCliveM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Moray St, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 1980

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?