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Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant

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Lake Street, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548, Australia
0264954446
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Merimbula icon!

The 'Wharf' has been trading as a Cafe for a long time and has established itself as a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Its location is idylic. Right on the edge of the bay, it offers premium waterviews in an unpretentious setting. The owners have been able to succesfully find the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
David W
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Merimbula, Australia
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  • Romantic
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Nadi, Fiji
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great atmosphere. The mains are lovely, but I wish there were more vegetarian options. The desserts are fantastic and the staff are lovely. Overall great value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Enjoyed a Winter Sunday lunch at the Wharf Restaurant - great atmosphere and food with the most superb view - so worth a visit!!!

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Merimbula, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The 'Wharf' has been trading as a Cafe for a long time and has established itself as a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Its location is idylic. Right on the edge of the bay, it offers premium waterviews in an unpretentious setting. The owners have been able to succesfully find the balance between price and product. The menu... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Fantastic location wonderful views back over the Bar, Lake and town and down the coast, Mt Imlay in the far distance. Very friendly, accomodating staff, earing with 2 small children, 2 and 4 not certain exactly what they would eat, not an eyebrow raised when I asked to order a childs meal also , thought that was lovely! Good coffee... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

Visited with two kids aged 2 and 4 and although they enjoyed it, it really wasn't worth the entry price. The aquarium section is quite run down, there isn't all that much on display and is not very interactive. The entry price is on par with Melbourne aquarium which is easily a few hours of entertainment, this aquarium you can... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My husband and I always attend the annual Merimbula Jazz Festival (June long weekend). His choir booked out this restaurant for breakfast before we drove back to Canberra. It was a large group, which kept the waiting and kitchen crew busy. The ordering got a bit tangled, but we were not in a hurry, so it didn't prove much inconvenience.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I was in Merimbula with a very large group of people for the Jazz Festival in June. We all wanted to share breakfast together on Monday morning before returning home to the ACT so we arranged to go here. The service was very good, the food delicious, the choice was very good and we all had a great time. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The view is great , looking out over Merimbula , the food was fresh, and tasty the battered flathead was light and crispy, the seafood laksa as soup of the day flavoursome, the fish pie great .

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Lovely friendly service matched with stunning views across the Pacific and towards Merimbula Lake. Yet to try a meal here, however their coffee and freshly made scones were simply delicious! The aquarium is a must visit, too! We had a lovely family day out there some years back. Great memories of a fun, well guided and interesting tour of this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is without a doubt one of the best spots to eat in Merimbula. The menu is always changing, fabulous staff & the aquarium is well worth a look sometimes they have rear creatures in the tanks. During whale watching season you can often watch then frolicking while you having lunch. A must for anyone visiting the south coast

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lake Street, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Merimbula
  • Phone Number: 0264954446

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 19
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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