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Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar

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Shop 3/31 Macrossan St | Cnr Grant & Macrossan Streets, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
07 4099 5544
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar is located in the heart of Port...
The Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar is located in the heart of Port Douglas, at the corner of Grant and Macrossan Street behind the Rotary Park. Enter down the flame lit path from Macrossan Street.The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining.Watergate's cuisine is Modern Australian. Executive Chef Lee Neate sources fresh, seasonal produce to prepare innovative dishes, that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking.Opening hours : the restaurant is open for lunch from midday, and dinner is served from 5:30pm, seven days a week. We also have a light lounge menu available available through the day until late.Watergate also has a well appointed bar, ideal for a cocktail as the sunsets, or maybe a light meal from the lounge menu with a bottle of wine. It is also available for a pre-dinner drink, or desserts and coffee at the end of the night.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 438
    Excellent
  • 150
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Mmmmmm? not sure about number One

Tried this restaurant recently with the tag being that it is the best locally. And well it might be, haven't tried them all, but? The food was fine, well presented and good tastes, the location nice and the service was fine. Its a little pretentious and pretentiousness is out of place in Port... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Kim H
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Adelaide, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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664 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Tried this restaurant recently with the tag being that it is the best locally. And well it might be, haven't tried them all, but? The food was fine, well presented and good tastes, the location nice and the service was fine. Its a little pretentious and pretentiousness is out of place in Port Douglas. Staff behave like this restaurant is... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I dare say this place has the best atmosphere in Port Douglas, candles and pants everywhere, you feel as if you are sitting in the middle of the forest We ate at Watergate a few times and service and food was consistently good. There is also a lovely cocktail bar, take the time and enjoy a drink before you get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Dined there last night. My friend and I both had steak which was tender and cooked to perfection. The staff was very attentive to our needs and the wine list very good.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We found this restaurant while walking around looking for somewhere for dinner on our first night. First impression, the atmosphere and setting was beautiful. Feels like your dining in a rainforest. We were greeted very nicely and were seated in the bar area while our table was prepared. Even during this timewe were looked after very well. the first time... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Drove past this place and the fire out the front drew our attention to the venue. We headed in and were led down this lovely little path to the pre dinner cocktail bar where we were met with an amazing cocktails menu with friendly staff on hand to help us decide. Our cocktails were delicious and well presented and the... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not only did we receive fabulous service right from the moment of booking over the phone to paying the bill, but also the ambience was great and the food was superb.

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've been to Port Douglas a couple of times but just seem to have walked past this restaurant until this trip - it's tucked away with a narrow entrance off the main street. The atmosphere is great, candle lit, lovely big leafed trees, a feeling of spaciousness. The food was delicious, great wine list and very attentive and jovial staff.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We were there on 31th Dec 2014. Nice location, really good dinner, beautiful evening with my wife. Thank you to the staff.

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Townsville, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Had a wonderful meal here. Food was excellent and staff were attentive without being intrusive. Had a week of dining out in Port Douglas and Watergate was head and shoulders above anything else we tried. Would highly recommend based on our experience.

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Melbourne
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We had a short visit to Port Douglas, and on one night were really keen to check out Watergate given the strong recommendations here on TripAdvisor. Watergate certainly did not disappoint, with attentive staff who provided accurate advice on wines and meals, to the food itself (Spanish mackerel and duck risotto) being simply delicious in an uncomplicated manner. I'd strongly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shop 3/31 Macrossan St | Cnr Grant & Macrossan Streets, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Port Douglas
  • Phone Number: 07 4099 5544

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

The Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar is located in the heart of Port Douglas, at the corner of Grant and Macrossan Street behind the Rotary Park. Enter down the flame lit path from Macrossan Street.The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining.Watergate's cuisine is Modern Australian. Executive Chef Lee Neate sources fresh, seasonal produce to prepare innovative dishes, that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking.Opening hours : the restaurant is open for lunch from midday, and dinner is served from 5:30pm, seven days a week. We also have a light lounge menu available available through the day until late.Watergate also has a well appointed bar, ideal for a cocktail as the sunsets, or maybe a light meal from the lounge menu with a bottle of wine. It is also available for a pre-dinner drink, or desserts and coffee at the end of the night.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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