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The Water Rat Hotel

#1,197 of 3,412 Restaurants in Melbourne}
€€ - €€€, ,
256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 1980
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible12%
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“calamari” (2 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
€€ - €€€
256 Moray St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a glass of wine and asked to have a small taste to try before ordering. The wine had clearly been open for a while. When I asked the bar staff for a 'fresh' wine, this was the begrudging response, "I'll give you...More

Thank CharmedLife11
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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...More

Thank kgreenwood
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank lozzie3205
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.More

Thank llmace
Damien K, Manager at The Water Rat Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank Ombram75
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...More

Thank Megan C
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,...More

Thank Spindrift27
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.

Thank cazmar
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....More

1  Thank 111jenny
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...More

1  Thank Christopher R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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