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Third Wave Cafe

) #637 of 3,421 Restaurants in Melbourne ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Cafe, Barbecue
SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
+61 3 9676 2399
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“beef ribs” (12 reviews)
“coleslaw” (12 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Cafe, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really love American BBQ. Frustrated at how expensive it is here, but love the flavours, and how it takes me back to my visits in Deep South USA. Visited Third Wave Cafe as a delayed birthday treat. Spent a bit ($125 - with a $25...More

Thank CraigB1970
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

I had my 4th visit to this place and I'm addicted! They have the best slow cooked American bbq ribs and brisket I've ever tasted. The sauces provided are also yummy. The sides are also a treat with the pancetta peas and glazed mushrooms. My...More

Thank nealeajames
GIMGFamily, Manager at Third Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2016

Thank you neal for your feedback and so glad to hear you love our American BBQ ribs and brisket. Hope you come back soon :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Adam Richman would love this place. (Man versus Food) Simply sensational burgers, ribs in fact all of it!

Thank Alfred M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is expensive for what you get. If the food was a wow you probably wouldn't think much of it but what we had just was a bit lacking in taste and seasoning. We had a late lunch here - Green Eggs off the...More

Thank Darcey1111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually came across Third Wave by accident when we found our usual BBQ place was closed for lunch. It's a busy little place, so you need to think about booking, but we got lucky with a table. Great American style burgers, brisket, chicken with...More

Thank Pat B
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We really enjoyed our brunch experience at third wave cafe. We ordered the spicy ratatouille baked eggs and chilli scrambled eggs which came with their speciality Oink balls. Both were delicious! So much so that we went back the very next day for lunch. I...More

Thank Meliii27
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Been looking forward to trying their food for a while seen food on facebook looks delicious. Went with my wife and kids ordered three little pigs burger, oh momma burger , corn bread, mac and cheese and brisket chips. Everyone found juicy delicious only thing...More

Thank Josh C
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Great food, menu and staff. Ticked all the box's. We traveled 40 minutes for the Oink balls. The were awesome. I had the pork ribs also there were only 5 but cooked just right with a great taste to them. My Partner has the Russian...More

Thank Darren W
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

A friend had highly recommend this place so I thought I would give it a go and best thing is they deliver (would have given a 5 star but the food was a little cold) I ordered the Meal deal for one which came with...More

Thank Spencey81
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Your food failed us. The mac and cheese tasted like the kraft pack you get out of the box. The meat was dried out and was feral. Even my 2 year old tried your food amd refused to eat it. She normally eats good food...More

1  Thank Nicole A
GIMGFamily, Manager at Third Wave Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2017

Hi Nicole, thanks for letting us know in such beautiful language how much you did not appreciate your visit. We will certainly be looking into your comments with the view of improving our customer's experience.

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31 August 2016|
Response from MaurTee | Reviewed this property |
I think TripAdvisor has to explain this one. Maybe in account and edit but not sure.
Chloe B
Hi my name is Chloe Buhler and I am currently studying food and hospitality as a year 12 subject. I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a few questions to assist in my investigation on how American cuisine is impacting Australian restaurants. Feel free to skip any questions. 1. Would you consider your restaurant to be American style? (In terms of food, appearance, theme) 2. Do you believe your restaurant menu is influenced by American cuisine? (In terms of food items, flavours, presentations, ingredients, portion size) 3. If so, is there a particular part of America that has influenced you restaurant? 4. Would you consider it a positive or negative thing that some restaurant menus are influenced by American cuisine? 5. Do your customers leave mostly positive or negative reviews about your food? 6. What would you say customers appreciate the most about American style food? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 7. Would you/do you prefer American style food over other cultures? If so, why? 8. What type of foods that Australian restaurants sell, would you consider American style? 9. What about those items makes them American style? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 10. Do you believe the American theme will spread and grow throughout Australian restaurants? 11. If so, why? Thank you for taking the time to help me and I hope you have a great day!
20 July 2016|
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Response from MaurTee | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Chloe I cannot answer any of your questions. Think you should approach the cafe owner somehow. Good luck.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 24
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Port Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: Port Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9676 2399
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