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Ponyfish Island Cafe

#162 of 2,878 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Southbank
Seafood, Australian
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Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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7:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A lovely view, especially at night

I loved the view from this bar, but it was a bit cold. I got a Pash In The Sand cocktail, which I didn't love, but I'm a picky eater and drinker, so don't blame Ponyfish.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
TK K
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Perth, Australia
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Redondo Beach, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great setting for a drink or two. Outdoor heaters were lovely in the winter. Good beer selection and mulled wine for those embracing winter :)

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I loved the view from this bar, but it was a bit cold. I got a Pash In The Sand cocktail, which I didn't love, but I'm a picky eater and drinker, so don't blame Ponyfish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Visited the pony fish while a visit to Melbourne with family, had a relaxed feel and great scenery had a bite to eat and a few cold ones! Highly recommend a visit!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A cool 'underground' bar with a difference. You can find it underneath the pedestrian bridge to Southbank. Apart from what I think is a stellar choice of name, Ponyfish Island has all the usual drinks and a reasonable bar snacks menu for the hipster crowd and anyone that drops by. Due to its fully exposed position around a bridge pylon... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went to Ponyfish Island for post-dinner drinks. Lovely views of the Yarra and surrounding buildings, and an unusual location under the bridge, with a range of drinks available. It was quite cold when we recently visited, so dress warm and take advantage of the heaters!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Pony fish Island is just a little space surrounding one of the supports of a pedestrian walkway across the Yarra River, but it has become one of the places to be seen about Melbourne. As space is limited & entry can be hard in summer months, a doorman limits access. If you are lucky enough to enter, enjoy your drinks... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are in Melbourne and looking for a quirky place to have a drink and a small bite to eat then this is a must do. Its located on a small island in the middle of the Yarra River and is always a buzz of excitement. The menu is by no means extensive but has plenty that will hit... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Weren't there for a drink or two after dinner. We were greeted by a man in his underwear obviously completely intoxicated and threatening to go for a late night swim in the Yarra in June. It was freezing. Interesting place we said. The atmosphere was pretty good and the drinks were well priced. Bloody windy and cold though.

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Bendigo, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I have been here 2 or 3 times now. First time they did not have all drinks advertised available & were quite blunt when explaining this. Second time we were told there were no jugs when they were clearly on the menu & whilst trying to ignite the outdoor heaters was made feel like an idiot by the bar men.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

had a few drinks with mates before heading off to dinner. Loved the music, drink prices are reasonable and it creates a unique atmosphere sitting in an island in the middle of the Yarra. Definitely would recommend this quirky little bar.

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Additional Information about Ponyfish Island Cafe

Address: Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Southbank
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisine: Seafood, Australian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Southbank
  • Neighborhood: Southbank

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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