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“The Best Restaurant in PD” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Shop 3/31 Macrossan St | Cnr Grant & Macrossan Streets, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
07 4099 5544
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Ranked #1 of 97 Restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Melbourne Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“The Best Restaurant in PD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate here 12 months ago and it was great, the waitress recognized us from a year ago!! We were glad to return as the service and food was one again fantastic. Without question, the best place to dine in PD.

Visited August 2014
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Dublin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Caring Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My daughter, her partner my wife and I went to this restaurant for a meal on a recent visit to Port Douglas. My daughter has an acute egg allergy but is reluctant to mention it in restaurants as she has experienced occasions when restaurant staff reacted as if she was just being picky. However my wife mentioned it to the girl serving our table and her reaction was just fantastic. She bent over backwards to try to ensure my daughter could enjoy as many of the items on the menu as possible. The food was excellent and a thoroughly enjoyable night was has by all in the very pleasant surroundings of the Watergate Restaurant.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Yulara, Australia
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“Great food and plenty of atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I decided to book in here after reading the trip advisor reviews and it lived up to my expectations.

All staff we dealt with were knowledgeable on the menu and extremely friendly, genuine and chatty, without being too intrusive.

The surroundings give an intimate feel with plenty of ambience. It has a bit of a forest feel with a tree coming through the decking and lots of plants and oil burners going.

We got a sharing platter for two for a starter which was delicious. For a main we shared the local reef fish and the prawn and scallop ravioli. Both were delicious, my only critisism being the portion size for the ravioli was rather small for its price.

Overall, this was a very pleasurable dining experience and I would definitely recommend this place to others.

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A lovely evening in Port. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Thanks to all at Watergate. Wonderful service and superb food. We visited this restaurant in 2013 and the service has much improved and we'll go back before returning to Melbourne.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After many visits to Port Douglas and, after trying most restaurants, Watergate is my new favourite, beautiful setting, great food, excellent service and competitive prices, everything you need for a great night out with your family. Thank you Watergate staff for a fantastic dining experience.
The Craggs family

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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