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“Relaxed atmosphere good food”

Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Ranked #1 of 117 Restaurants in Port Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $28
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Relaxed atmosphere good food”
Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Set back from the main street the Watergate was a great find the entrance walk way is lit with flame touches and you dine almost outside under a huge tent like structure. There is a good atmosphere and the staff are friendly and helpful. The food did not disappoint either it was tasty well presented and full of flavour. The Asian style tasting plate was a great starter and the tuna main was cooked well with just the right amount of pinkness. A lovely relaxed evening to end our stay in Port Douglas

Thank bunnyuk
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“Hidden gem, spectacular food and cocktails”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

No chicken Parma or xxxx beer! Try Asian style sticky lamb ribs and white rabbit dark ale! Bartenders love a challenge, ask for a rare cocktail, didn't even look at the wine list.
Down sides: hard to find the restaurant, portion size too big, needed to go twice just to try deserts.

Visited March 2014
Thank Dave I
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

The entrance is slightly difficult to see as it's on a corner - just look out for the flames from the lanterns!

When you enter it is like a wonderland - all relaxing and beautifully lit. There is a lovely bar area to relax and have a drink before your meal.

The staff are fantastic - friendly, efficient, helpful, and nothing was ever too much trouble.

The service was first class - we had many questions...coming from Scotland many of the ingredients were not familiar to us - everything was explained with great patience.

Finally the food - it is just to die for. We had a few things, pork belly, lamb ribs, kangaroo and the nicest dessert ever....chocolate ganache - all were so good and the presentation was great.

We were on a 3 week holiday in Oz (Melbourne, Sydney and PD) - this was by far the best meal of our trip.

Well done to all staff inc the chef who waved goodnight to us!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank sunhshine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best meal and cocktails in Port Douglas”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

My husband and I made a booking at this restaurant, not having been there previously during any of our stays in Port Douglas. Our meals were so good that we went back there the night after our first meal as we wanted it to be a memorable last night in Port Douglas!

On the first night we both had the eye fillet with crocodile butter and duck fat chips. I requested an alternative to the chips, which was baked potato and this was no problem. The meat was so tender, the flavours were morish and every mouthful was just so delicious! The second night I had the same meal, and my husband had the special of steak with mediteranian araccini balls, which he enjoyed. I asked the waitress for a recommendation for a cocktail as I often have issues selecting something sweet enough. She advised me to have the Giesha Girl, and was absoluetly spot on with her description of "fruity sweet". It was devine! My husband had a mai tai, which wasn't on the menu. The staff had no issue with making it for him, and he tells me that he enjoyed it very much as well!

The staff were very friendly and accomodating. You were made to feel very welcomed and not just another "tourist" or "inconvenience" if you asked for something. It was the best meal we had in Port Douglas, and the best service we received as well! It was on the pricey side (the mains were upwards of $35) however, it was worth the money for the yummy food, great service and ambiance. A definite must go do when you are in Port Douglas! Nowhere we have dined in Port even came close to this place. A very happy couple of diners and we will be making another visit (or two) on our next trip!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank cheekyAustralia
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“Quality and attention to detail”
Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Had a short stay in port Douglas and ended up going here three times

I frequently travel and very choosy about quality and service - these guys have both very well sorted out

Good menu - great atmosphere and a killer vodka martini - what more could you want?

Thank Ian T
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