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“Waterfront setting and good service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Anchorage Restaurant

Anchorage Restaurant
34 the Strand, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3016, Australia
(03) 9397 7799
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Ranked #9 of 73 Restaurants in Williamstown
Price range: $12 - $61
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Set in an historic Williamstown boat shed with bay views of Melbourne, experience our serene location on the marina and authentic nautical feel. Anchorage Restaurant is the perfect location for a delicious, award winning dining experience with the freshest seafood and fine dining options. If you're planning a lovely private dinner, a function or a truly memorable wedding, our experienced staff will ensure your occasion is one to remember.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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75 reviews 75 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Waterfront setting and good service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Booked the restaurant through B&B Captains Retreat. It was a birthday celebration and they did remember to put a candle on the dessert and sing a happy birthday song :)
Food was average (steak was overcooked). Good selection of Australian wines and service was attentive. Tables were a bit crammed but manageable.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Delightful spot for a Sunday lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We dinned at the Anchorage on Sunday for a ladies lunch. My last visit there was approximately three years ago. I must say the new owners have reinvigorated the old tired building and made into a beautiful warm and inviting restaurant. We all felt so comfortable that we almost forgot that we were in a public place and not at home in our own cosy and relaxing environments. The waiters/waitresses were friendly, cheerful and professional. The service was excellent although it has to be noted that it was a quiet Sunday lunch and they weren’t operating to capacity. The menu was well balanced with a good choice but not too vast where you get a bit overwhelmed with all the options. The quality of food and portions were very good. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and our ladies gathering. I would highly recommend the Anchorage.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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“Measure of a restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My darling Husband chose Anchorage Restaurant for our 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday night. He was hoping for a romantic celebration with fabulous food!
We were placed next to the window on a tiny little table beside a large table. The gap between the tables had all of us feeling like one group.
Darling ordered the eye fillet steak med/rare and I ordered the fish and chips.
The steak was medium at best, presentation ordinary and overall sheer average. The fish was terrible.......really terribly dry. The salad had no flair whatsoever. A clump of your average mixed leaves with a couple of cherry tomatoes. Didnt even bother with it. Nice chips though!! If your wanting a relaxing.......dare I say romantic feel with good food...... regrettably.....choose another venue.
Steak and Fish........the true measure of any restaurant!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Anchorage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Well how do we start, Imagine sitting by the river with stunning views of the city in the back ground. Imagine sitting in a lovely cosy modern restaurant within williamstown. Well if you have the chance, do go and visit. You look at the outside and imagine an old world dining experience.
The door opens and you are are into a fantastic modern restaurant,there is the facilities for a wedding venue too!! Fantastic staff and excellent environment to enjoy your dinning experience.
The food is really good and I believe one of the best I have tasted within the surrounding areas.
Excellent wine too!!. Expect to pay a slightly higher price than one of the
restaurants covering ever range of food. Enjoy the experience and enjoy the food and back view as the sun goes down and casts a fantastic sunset on the city buildings.
Excellent evening experience and if you are looking to travel to Melbourne,make sure you grab a map and take the 20 minute drive out too this restaurant.

I would make a reservation in advance and make sure that you let the team know what kind of view you would like. The restaurant can be busy depending on what is happening around the town. Hope to hear your reviews and hope this helps those looking for something outside the city.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“ok food shame about the service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We recently dined at the Anchorage for my Dad's birthday. The restaurant is absoloutely beautiful and in a beautiful location. I am a resident of Williamstown and could wait to take my out of town family there for this special occassion. Well from the minute we walked in our waitress was rude. We had two children with us aged 5 & 7 and she looked them up and down and then pointed to our table across the other side of the resturant, she did not even walk us over there. She did not smile the whole night and was very curt. My husband ordered the venison cooked medium, the waitress pointed out that it should be eaten rare and my husband told her he doesn't like rare meat he wanted it medium. When the meal arrived at the table the venison looked like it had just been seared on either side so it had to be sent back for cooking so we either had the choice of all of us eating in front of him or all our meals going cold. This was really frustrating because they had the conversation at the time the order was taken. Aside from that and the fish being dry on two other meals the rest of the food was nice. But the the waitress made us feel uncomfortable. I don't think I will be going back.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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