When it comes to combatting the inner city blues, or simply the desire to satisfy a hunger for something different, there’s nothing better than escaping the city and heading somewhere, anywhere, for a slap-up meal in tranquil surrounds, with or without your nearest and dearest. It’s easy to forget that the towns scattered around Melbourne are home to some fantastic hidden gems for dining. Yaringa Marina Restaurant is one of these, located right on the Yaringa marina down Lumeah Road, near Somerville and southeast of the city, and overlooking at Watson’s Bay. Predominantly a seafood restaurant and steakhouse, the menu is eclectic enough to suit all comers, but the icing on the cake is the log fire come winter, and the year round views of the water.
Once you hit Somerville on your way out from Melbourne – it’s about an hour’s drive – you can breathe a sigh of relief. The end is in sight: Yaringa Marina and Watson’s Bay, and your quaint destination, Yaringa Marina Restaurant, at the head of Lumeah Road right on the water. Locals and visitors alike flock here for the seafood, hauled in fresh as can be, and to dine with views out over the bay to French Island and Phillip Island. There’s something of the New England lobster shack about the restaurant, a kind of charm that’s only emphasised by the casually inspired shaded balcony overlooking the marina, a warm and wood-trimmed interior pillared with stripped beams… but the effect that you’ve arrived at somewhere secret, somewhere special, is really underlined when the wait staff whip out the wine list, packed with premium local varietals, and start laying down the feast.
Yaringa Marina Restaurant is widely acclaimed, both by food critics and the gastronomically inclined public. Without a doubt the major draw here is the seafood, though as a steakhouse there’s plenty of turf to go along with the surf – you can even grab yourself some tandoori chicken. However, the real measure of Yaringa Marina Restaurant’s success is its lavish seafood platter, laden with grilled tiger prawns, calamari, scallops, tempura prawns, mussels, soft shell crab and sides, all for a price you certainly won’t find at a seafood restaurant in Melbourne city. There’s also a seafood platter for two pegged to the fish market – take a punt and see what the kitchen has in store for you on a given day. Somerville and Yaringa residents have the enviable position of being able to pop down to the Marina for a serve of fresh Kilpatrick oysters, if they’re in the mood, a bowl of seafood pasta, grilled wild barramundi or a swordfish fillet. Not wanting to leave the carnivores high and dry, steaks here are premium cuts: MSA-grade Portland porterhouse and eye fillet steaks and certified Australian Angus all served with ample gourmet sides including micro salads and a choice of sauces. Book al fresco if you can, for the best seats in this renowned restaurant.
The seafood was a delight paired together with pleasant harbour views. Excellent service, friendly staff and exceptional food quality at a reasonable cost. Certainly a restaurant worth returning to!
Fantastic food and service, brilliant views well worth a visit and a meal, chocolate tart deserts are to die for. we will be back. Gav & Ali
Hidden treasure! Lovely food and such an amazing relaxing lunch. Very much worth the drive. Perfect for anyone but especially over 60s so take your parents for a lovely lunch!
Food was beautiful and reasonably priced for such high quality, and service was spot on - attentive and friendly but not overly obtrusive. A hidden gem and we'll definitely be back.
Amazing food. Nice environment. Very friendly staff. Really enjoyed our time at Yaringa Marina. Will definitely return if the opportunity arises . . . .
We had the seafood platter for two which was absolutely beautiful and fantastic value, and the service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Only thing that kept this review from being 6/6 was that the cloth on our table appeared to have not been changed after its previous use. Overall a great experience and we will be back.
The venue is fine and staff friendly, the service was slow despite it is a quiet Tuesday evening, hardly any one (?) The food was over all average, nothing to rave about. The dessert was most disappointing being Pancake Tuesday three of us order the crepe Suzette, the crepe tasted like a low cost packet mix with egg powder, and the sauce tasted like processed orange juice, no trace of the Curacao that was on the description... even then it should be Grand Marnier. I would not go there again.
Went expecting quality food but can't say the food was outstanding. In fact we found the food very average. The music playing to loud in the background was terrible and made me want to leave. To top it off our Main meals were delivered before the entrees!!! We are members of Yaringa Marina but we wont be retuning to the restaurant.
We had a very enjoyable time. Food was great so was the service and atmosphere it was a cold day and open fire was welcome. Good view we will certainly go again..
The Food was very good but there was a very long wait between the Entrée of 1 garlic bread to share (at least 45 mins) and main meal, maybe because there was a large party for lunch.