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“We found a hidden gem last night...”

Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Ranked #2 of 124 Restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $29
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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 March 20, 2013

We were on foot heading towards another restaurant when we literally stumbled upon the Watergate Restaurant. Right from the start we had a wonderful experience from the waitress at the entrance who drew our attention in the first place. We continued onto to the other restaurant but then decided to return and venture in for a cocktail. Hubby wanted a cointreau based cocktail and as there were none on offer the bartender kindly mixed a traditional martini which went beyond the call of duty. This was the decider to stay on for dinner and we were not disappointed. The waitress suggested the taster platter for two which we opted for, followed by the eye fillet for the mains. The food was beautifully prepared and presented and of the highest standard. I highly recommend this restaurant and if time permits we will definitely go back before leaving Port Douglas.

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Thank Lyn F
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Strolling down Macrossan Street deciding on where to have dinner when the waitress at Watergate convinced us that they do things "a little different here" and we won't be disappointed so we decided to give it a go. The decor and ambiance are seductive. The service is warm and flawless. Cocktails delicious. And the food, oh the food. It is DIVINE! I can honestly say my chicken main was one of the best dishes I have had in my entire life. Perfect balance of flavour and generous serving. Same with our crab entree and my husbands steak main. Well done on a brilliant restaurant!

Thank Scoots83
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

While holidaying in Port Douglas we stumbled across this place while driving to another restaurant. We were sat in the lounge and had a drink the cocktails are amazing. As soon as we were ready we were sat in the restaurant. We ordered our mains along with more drinks and were served really quickly. I had the Chicken with pear and mustard sauce it was amazing. My husband had the Yellow fin tuna and was blown away telling everyone back home that it was the best meal that he had ever eaten in a restaurant.
We finished the night with a cheese platter with was extremely well presented and delicious.
Overall it was an amazing experience. We went back a few nights later after eating at some other restaurants in the area and not being impressed, again it was amazing.

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Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Not the best experience we have had when dinning out!!!!

Ordered the special platter Entree for two...not great at all..food tasted very salty and scallops tasted of butter, could not even taste the scallops! ...Mains - my partner ordered steak cooked medium and came out well done and well the crocodile strips which where served with steak you could not even taste the crocodile as it was mashed and blended with cheese the coasted in bread crumbs! I ordered scallops and could only eat half the meal as they also tasted like butter and very salty (bacon not even that salty!!!) ...we also ordered steamed mixed vegetables which did not even get! Both have been unwell since dinning at Watergate Restaurant! Will not be back again!

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4  Thank Moo97
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I am so surprised to see this restaurant not ranked in the top 5. The food was really beautiful, the staff were just gorgeous and we had a really lovely night. It was quite warm, but the lovely waitresses went out of there way to ensure we had a fan above our heads. The setting is just lovely and fantastic service. Highly highly recommended :)

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