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“Great food and outstanding service”

Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Ranked #2 of 127 Restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $29
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, 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 5:30 pm, 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.
Reviewed November 4, 2012

The first thing that stands out about this restaurant is the location; it is on the main street but is set back in the trees and makes you feel like you are in a secluded spot. The next thing that stood out to us was the service. We (wife and kids aged 6 & 8) were ushered to our seat and instantly the waiter got down on his knees and catered to the kids. we really appreciated how he engaged with the kids and looked after them. Lastly the food. The menu was extensive and the food we chose was great. In summary it was a great night out and definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Our friends had recommended Watergate at Port Douglas for some time, but we recently had our first dinner there on a balmy tropical evening. We were a large group and the accolades were many. We couldn't fault the food and the service was outstanding. There were 17 of us at two tables and not a single error was made with service. No irritating checking from the wait staff "Madam were you the fish or the fowl?"
In fact, I was the pork belly and the duck breast. Both were fantastic.
The ambience and tropical decor are very inviting and attractive. Yes, we are in Port Douglas and this is exactly what one might expect from this iconic location. Who says "Port Douglas is dead?" The restaurant was full and our experience was just as we had been told. Listen to your friends! Do they ever let you down?

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Thank platypus854
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Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Previous reviews have mentioned problema with service and rudeness. We found the hostess to be lovely and accommodating and the host who seated us warm, welcoming and attentive. Our waitress was adorable and confidently answered all out questions and queries.

As always we started the evening with the cocktail list and found it be quite an eclectic mix of exotic ingredients. We each ordered something different and were pleasantly surprised.

We ordered the trio of dips as an entree to share (being the girls we were trying to watch out caloric intake. Of course cocktails don't count) which were lovely. For mains I ordered the falafel which were very ordinary and would not recommend. The they irks ordered the barumundi which was okay and the risotto which was the best out of the three meals.

Having no room for desert I opted for a sweet liquid cocktail - Expresso martini which was Devine. I would go back for ore-dinner drinks. The food was nice but does not compare to Salsa Bar or Harrison's.

The ambience makes the dining experience. Very realizing and resort like.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Having dined and travelled to Port Douglas numerous times and dine previously at Watergate we were looking forward to another greast dinner. Either the cheif has changed or they dont really care about the menu or service, possibly the worst meal we have had in Port, partners duck was over cooked and dry and crab dish tasteless. A lot of money for poor food. Its a pity that most of the food was catering to cooler climates, not tropical. Port Douglas is dying and not the same as previous years. Prices have risen, we paid less in Singapore and the food was spectacular. Sad to see Watergate has fallen in standards. Will not dine again there.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Attentive and helpful staff. Delicious food - especially the kangaroo. Good ambiance. Great tasty cocktails. Not overly expensive - worth the extra spend.

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Thank kmsy
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