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Whalebone Wharf

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701 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
THE WHALEBONE WHARF IS A NO FUSS, CASUAL AUSTRALIAN FISH EATERY

Our mission is to source the region’s best seafood and seasonal produce by partnering with like-minded suppliers.

Our commitment to locality and our selection of produce flows into everything we offer; from Hastings River Oysters to Urban Grain bread and pastries.

We aim to showcase these ingredients by preparing them carefully and serving them simply.

The Whalebone is a place for friends and family to enjoy local, honest food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere, with a world class view.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
What 701 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JordanS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood platter I’ve ever had! Would definitely visit again!

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RuthR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so happy with our “table with lovely view” - the staff were very friendly.......BUT......the food stole the
show. Amazing!!!!!!!!!

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KerrieH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best food i have had in a long time great views and service

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Bronwyn
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant did not disappoint. We had the mixed platter for 2, it was amazing, plenty of food and amazing flavours. Staff are amazing and so informative. We couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough.

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GordonB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful flavours in Entrees and Oysters
Mains a little less delicious but sides were good
Dessert was delightful as well

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LeighS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh seafood. Friendly service. Delightful evening.

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LynnS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anything on the menu is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The seafood tasting platter was unbelievable.

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SharonW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beautiful. Staff were extremely friendly. A little on the pricy side, but still worth it.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in port Macquarie. The Seafood platter for 2 is one of the best ever. The selection of fish of the day is always excellent coupled with the beetroot & walnut salad or chopped salad.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely decor. Friendly staff. Yummy food. Surprisingly good desserts.

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Nande
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent seafood and sides!
Pleasant atmosphere! Great location and easy access!

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Local
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Table service let this place down - after initial drinks were served I had to wait until after I finished my main meal before I could even catch a waiters eye to see the drinks menu again - and then had to catch them later again to order more drinks!

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Hans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very nice restaurant right on the river, the waitstaff were attentive but not one server seems to be assigned to each set of tables so different servers brought the different courses including the need for any passing server when it was time for the bill.
Food and drinks were great and brought out not long after orders were made. Definitely recommend but make sure to book 👍🏻

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KayleyR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, always great food! So good to take visiting guests :-)

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DaleG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best lobster and chowder I’ve ever eaten. So fresh.

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LeighF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous - best meal I've had in Port Macquarie

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Karyn
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really lovely evening. From the service, to the food to the view...everything was perfect. Thank you for making our evening special!

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Flukey
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seafood chowder was outstanding with all elements in the dish beautifully cooked.
The swordfish special I had was cooked to perfection though my wife's kingfish was less so.
The ambiance was relaxed and decor fresh and inviting.
The only thing to be aware of is that prices are on the high side as portions are a tad small for the prices charged.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had an amazing night beautiful view, outstanding service and delicious food. Highly recommend Whalebone Wharf Restaurant!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, great atmosphere, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff, gorgeous view, great cocktails

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TanyaL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We’ve been dining here now for a number of years and have always enjoyed the food but there’s always been room for improvement. This time we were underwhelmed so thought it time to provide feedback.

The entree list appears to have been culled, nothing left inspired us so we didn’t have one. Normally we would select several entrees and share them. We find this more enjoyable than the main course options.

The main course options haven’t changed much. Our main concern is that the diner has to design the plate. ie the diner selects a “protein” then has to choose a side and a sauce to match. At this price point, surely the Chef could design and present a dish? What comes out on the plate is a plain piece of fish or whatever you have chosen and and nothing else. The sides and sauce are presented separately. It looks terribly boring and small and it is.

The sides are uninspiring and website menu is outdated. Also, the sauces used in the side dishes don’t necessarily complement what you chose for the main course.

Most chairs we noticed were stained and need to be dry cleaned.

This used to be our go to lunchtime restaurant but.....

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HenriL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and only the food was a bit slow coming out

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JenniferH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant when visiting Port Macquarie. Highly recommended!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

5 star menu at a 3star price. Over the water. Lovely view. Friendly staff - a little forgetful for my experience, but it may have been isolated.

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VicH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I went to Whalebone Wharf for our 42 Wedding Anniversary and we were not disappointed. We found the views, the food, service was outstanding on all levels.
Sitting on the waters edge looking down and across the river on a sunny day just made it all worth while. Our waiter would come over to see for all of our needs and would tell us about all of their specials and what what sauces or side would go with that meal. Would go there again anytime.

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GailG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, lovely views, fabulous staff, top quality food. I had seafood chowder which was the best I’ve had in a long time, equal to the famous Peter Doyle’s that used to be at circular quay in Sydney. The barramundi was beautifully cooked and very tasty. The sides of chat potato, pumpkin and greens were excellent. We were too full to finish it all and couldn’t even contemplate desert

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AndreaR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The food was amazing but mains were extremely slow to come out. Service was one of the worst I have ever experienced everything seemed to be a bother the waitress was rude, didn’t smile and obviously was in the wrong profession. We were left sitting with no offer of a second drink and had to wait an hour for mains . For an expensive restaurant they really need to revise their staff.

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King
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous seafood platter, not what you would expect but really so much more

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MariaY
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for years now and the service, quality of produce and the location is superb.
Stacey provided an amazing service! Don't forget to try the dessert menu!

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DonnaT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect. Servings where generous. Couldn’t fault anything.

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WarrenS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary at Whalebone. The service was attentive and welcoming. The meals were tasty and well presented. It was an enjoyable experience.

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CazB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was impeccable. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the portion size served... we expected more for our dollar... the best part were the two prawns served with our meal..
won’t miss ‘fine dining’ .

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VickyD
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood is delicious. Service is excellent. Location over the water with Pelicans swimming by. It was just a sensational dinner

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Order the flathead overcooked and small serving.
Definitely not good value
Lovely position and view that’s about it

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Greg
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special occasion and everything was just great. Table overlooking water was lovely. Certainly will be back.

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AnnemareeR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding atmosphere and beautiful food. Impressed our visitors they will be back and so will we.

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SueG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A lovely venue on the river. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. My husband and I both opted for seafood, that being their specialty, but there were other choices on the menu. We were not disappointed. Overall, a very nice restaurant which I would have no hesitation in recommending to others. If we were Port Macquarie residents I have no doubt this would become a regular haunt for us.

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LynnP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wait staff. Very efficient.
Views are the best.
Food was the best. Loved how everything came out on there own dishes and were able to share.

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KateE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the drive from the town centre. Great location on the river. Tasting platter for two was delicious and had a good selection of seafood. Will definitely return.

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viviennew
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the loveliest meals and experience we have had in a long time.
I was recommended to eat at this restaurant.
View is great. Staff attentive and friendly.
Food, sides , mains and dessert were all wonderful.
We live in Sydney but will defeat be back.

FAQs

Whalebone Wharf is rated 4.5 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.