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Hector's Cafe on the Wharf

) #2 of 22 Restaurants in Goolwa €€ - €€€ Cafe, Seafood,
Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 85555885
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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Cafe, Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Rude service and bad coffee. What more could you ask for. At least the setting is beautiful, can't fault the view.

Thank rayd1943
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cafe with good food. Situated next to the Hindmarsh bridge so you get a Good view of the water. You can sit inside or out and the staff are great.

Thank ianmurphy2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here because there good T/A reviews. Barramundi and seafood platter were good but small servings for the price. Alot of chips with the platter. Great location but pricey.

Thank thegrayghost
Reviewed 11 July 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a deliciou meal here for our anniversary. The menu and the waiting staff made this a memorable time for us.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Located in what appears to be an old boatshed on the historic Goolwa wharf, Hector's certainly delivers the 'Ye Olde Boating' theme inside. Dining space is rather limited, especially inside, so if arriving with a group, it's wise to make a reservation - more so...More

Thank Wilburight
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This cafe is in a good location, with ample parking, and lovely water views. Service was very good. Food was quite nice.

Reviewed 2 June 2017

We were visiting this cafe for lunch with friends from Murrary Bridge and we considered it very overpriced. We both had the seafood chowder at $18.90 for the smallest bowl of chowder we have ever had and way too much cheese. Consequently it didn't have...More

Thank Pamela939
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

My employers (Bianca, Michael, Jock) took me out for a beautiful tapas meal last friday night, it was a total surprise. I hadn't done anything like that in a long time. Adding to the night was the beautiful Simon Hackett wines, great food, perfect atmosphere...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely delicious seafood. The chowder was to die for. Excellent service and excellent value. Would definitely return.

Thank nlcove
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Perfect way to end the week with a knock off at Hectors Cafe. Owners Monty and Grantly were both there to greet and serve. Their tapas menu was delicious and the oysters were so fresh. Great tunes and a fabulous setting! Can't wait to do...More

Thank WhistlerWines
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3 May 2016|
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Response from KapoAdelaide | Reviewed this property |
They are open every day but only for dinner on Friday and Saturdays. It's a nice place to go for breakfast or lunch.
David M
29 March 2016|
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Response from KapoAdelaide | Reviewed this property |
Hi David. We have found that most cafes and restaurants charge between $12.00 and $15.00 corkage and some charge up market restaurants will charge even more than this. We purchased our wine at the restaurant so I can't... More
18 November 2015|
Response from Bec H | Property representative |
Hello! Hectors won't be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year but we are open for Christmas functions in the lead up if you were to get a group together? Please call the restaurant on 8555 5885 if you have any... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
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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