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The Water Rat Hotel

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Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
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256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 1980
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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414 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked by the Water Rat Hotel and decided to try it. The barman was extremely polite and professional and served us straight away. We had a feast of chicken wings (really nice and spicy), calamari, saganaki and duck & ham terrine. All of it was delicious and the service was quick. I would definitely recommend this pub/bistro for the... More 

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Thank kgreenwood
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We visited during a holiday weekend when things were quiet in this area. The staff were attentive without being intrusive and were quick to rectify a problem with one of our meals and compensated us for the inconvenience with a lovely dessert ( a chocolate fondant with raspberry garnish - very nice and full-flavour of chocolate). A nice wine list... More 

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Thank lozzie3205
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I was here attending toca function, while the drinks and service were great the was simply not enough food.

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Thank llmace
Damien K, Manager at The Water Rat Hotel, responded to this review

Hi, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the drinks and service at the function you recently attended. But we are to sorry to hear that you did not have enough food, we provided the amount of food that was ordered by the organisers prior to the event according to their budget so therefore cannot take responsibility for not... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Had a nice meal here of ribeye steak, homemade fat chips and roasted veg. Ordered onion rings as a side but they came out as a starter, but no big deal. They were very good onion rings though. I would definitely recommend it and will visit it again.

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Thank Ombram75
Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I had driven past this pub for years and had formed a view in my mind as to what it might be liked. It was nothing like I had imagined. It's clean, friendly, reasonably priced and has a great menu of classy pub food. Our group had the steak sandwich, beef burger, chicken burger and quinoa salad and we were... More 

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Thank Tripper34789374
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The WR is a bit more up market than your average corner pub so the cost is a little more too but worth it. When eating in the restaurant area your wine is served in Riedel glasses, a nice touch! The staff are very helpful, friendly and provide service with a smile, they look like they enjoy their work. A... More 

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Thank Spindrift27
London
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We have had two meals at The Water Rat whilst on holiday in South Melbourne, both faultless!! Sunday roast beef was melt in the mouth, porterhouse steak chips and salad delicious. Returning to the Water Rat for our farewell meal before we leave Melbourne.

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Thank cazmar
Melbourne, Australia
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161 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Inner city Melb is spoilt for choice with great pub eateries, which is my only excuse for never having made it to this great pub. Not sure it sells itself as a gastro pub but the meals for our group of 5 were all fantastic. The Public Classics include a great chicken parma and salad, the crumbed veal cutlet was... More 

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1 Thank 111jenny
Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

I pass the Rat most days and no matter what time this well located gastro pub is never busy.So enough is enough - finally I dropped in and tried it last Friday night.At first I thought it was going to be slow but our three porterhouse steaks arrived quickly,with excellant chips and salad.Everything was cooked perfectly and with a bottle... More 

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1 Thank Christopher R
Caulfield, Australia
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204 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I have driven past The Water Rat many times working locally. Today I wished that I had dropped in sooner rather than driving past. I could tell that this was a gastro-pub that has undergone a refurbishment. It looked and felt good. We started with a drink in the main bar. There was a big selection of beers, both tap... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 1980

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?