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The Water Rat Hotel

#1,138 of 3,557 Restaurants in Melbourne
$$ - $$$, ,
256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 1980
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good34%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible10%
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“salad” (5 reviews)
“chicken” (4 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is well worth considering. Friendly staff and above average pub food with huge portions. We went on Parma and Pot night and to say it was enormous would be an understatement! One of my companions had roast pork, which offered two very generous...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 857david64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcoming staff sets the framework for having a good night, Food was excellent, staff were excellent, Surroundings great. Parma night tuesday, fantastic, huge.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank gazzz1
Reviewed October 25, 2018

We chose our meals from their counter menu, and were very disappointing. We ordered the Asian salad with chicken and we amazed how poorly it was prepared and served. The Parma was ok. A small salad (Entree size) with no dressing, and a few deep...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dallashowgate
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

This hotel has returned to a traditional pub menu and I am happy about this I was pleasantly surprised by the change in decor and atmosphere on my last visit. Given the crowd in the bar, it seems that I am not alone in my...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank rosemaryv204
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Tuesday night is "rat night" for my friends. happy hour drinks, great parma and fish'n'chips, really friendly service even if the barmaids seem to change weekly. really nice regular crowd, love the place

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank tepazu
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This is one of our locals so we call-in quite frequently. Changed hands are little while back and I think is a little better than before. Every weekday it has a four hour ‘happy hour’ for $5 per glass which is pretty good considering this...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Spindrift27
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Went here with friends for the Thursday night jazz. It starts at 7pm and they have well priced drinks and food on offer in addition to top class musicians and singers. Another great live music spot in our neighborhood 🎹

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank VickyT_TravelBug
Reviewed January 28, 2018

My wife, son and I had dinner at this hotel on a Thursday night. The menu was vast and we were fortunate enough to get there during happy hour, so glasses of wine were $5.00, which we could stockpile to keep us going through our...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Russell F
Reviewed December 31, 2017

Unfortunately we had a split between my family and my wife for Xmas and Xmas lunch. My wife decided to book her self and daughter into the Water Rat for Xmas lunch. No problem, confirmed from the Water Rat by e-mail. Wife and daughter arrived...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Peter B
Reviewed November 27, 2017

We had a good lunch here recently with our family. Caught the tram to the door, lovely decor and friendly service. My calamari salad was excellent. Tender with a lime mayo and finely chopped peanuts topped with great salad. There's a rooftop bar area too.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Scrumpti0us
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December 3, 2018|
Response from robiray |
Saturday has some street parking time restrictions but there’s not normally a problem During the GrandPrix it is in the parking exclusion zone so I would suggest using public transport
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 1980
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