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Hector's Cafe on the Wharf

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Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 85555885
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Last weekend at Goolwa, we returned to Hector's Cafe for a light lunch, having previously enjoyed the food.I chose the seafood and potato chowder. The chowder was magnificent! You could see the fresh pieces in it, full of flavour and not over salted and gluggy like some chowders. Frankly, I have never tasted better. The toasted bread/brusetta (not familiar with... More 

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Thank Wendy S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

came in on two occasions. Both times service was great. We were seated in a lovely manner and orders taken. First time we had the seafood for two platter, spring rolls, Wow the amount of seafood was enough for 3, Perfectly cooked, The vegetarian spring rolls were crispy and full of flavour. second time had the burger. Once again, massive... More 

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Thank Brayden R
Hahndorf, South Australia, Australia
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Only had coffee this time at Hectors because we were waiting to board the Spirit of the Coorong. Very nice, will be back to eat another time.

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Thank Glenice M
Goolwa, Australia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

South Australia is in a terrible situation, something that it may never recover from and we are leaving forever, however there is one thing that we will miss, and miss forever. Hectors on the wharf is an absolutely fabulous experience. Right on the wonderful Goolwa historical wharf and beside the 100+year old steam paddle boat Oscar a visit to Hectors,... More 

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Thank piebee
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in for a cup of coffee and ended having both coffee and a meal. The staff were extremely helpful, the food fantastic,what a view and even enjoyed the music. Definitely will return and highly recommend.

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Thank cjmorey
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here after taking a cruise - had booked in advance and stated was travelling with an overseas visitor so a window seat would be appreciated. Arrived to find we had been booked inside however as we were 1 less than when booking, we were shown to a window table. The service at this point was as you would... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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308 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the opportunity to go here for lunch the other day, must admit great view of the water and bridge, the food however was terrible, we had a seafood platter - $70 for 2 persons - some salt and pepper squid, battered none discript fish, a few half grilled prawns ( questionable australian) honestly I have no reason to come... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location, great staff, great food, great wine list and it's a great place. We enjoyed the seafood platter followed by excellent desert with a number of bottles of Heggies Riesling when in Goolwa next you gotta go......

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent venue, yachts sailing in foreground. On entry - welcoming staff very welcoming and management mingled with clients very friendly and chatty and most importantly the seafood on menu absolutely delish and price very affordable. Viewing what other people were eating - I give this restaurant top marks

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Thank Robbie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is beautiful, amazing food, amazing service, people were friendly and warm, the location was set right on the riverfront which is perfect. Best place to eat in goolwa, would recommend it to any couple or family looking for a nice meal in a fantastic environment.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  South Australia  >  Goolwa
  • Phone Number: +61 85555885
Description
Hectors On The Wharf is a cafe bar overlooking the Murray River in Goolwa, South Australia. The establishment itself is uniquely positioned on the historic Goolwa Wharf, and is accessible not only by foot or car, but by boat as well. The name of the cafe comes from a local historic character called Hector, who was a fisherman on the Coorong and lived on a wooden boat by the Goolwa Wharf for more than 40 years.

Hectors on the Wharf is open for breakfast and lunch every day, and dinners on Friday Saturday nights during the warmer months of the year. The menu uses local produce where possible, and boasts a fantastic array of fresh, beautifully prepared seafood. Thats not to say that you should be discouraged from ordering other items off the menu, which include gorgeous salads, pastas, burgers, and a selection of specials that are frequently changed depending on what is seasonally available. Our menu also provides for special dietary requirements and our kitchen staff will do their best to cater for your needs.

The restaurant is fully licensed and stocks a range of local wines, beer, and spirits. Though primarily promoted on Friday nights our cocktail menu is functional throughout the week. You're very welcome to bring a bottle of wine along to compliment your meal though this will incur a corkage fee.

Don't fancy a meal? Hectors has a range of delicious cakes and biscuits available and has a reputation in Goolwa for having the best coffee in town!

Though it isn't necessary to reserve a table during the summer period it is recommended because of the busy nature of the cafe. We are also available for private functions. If you would be interested in booking Hectors for an evening please call us and speak to one of our friendly staff.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?