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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Port Elliot, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 and great company. Strongly recommend Hectors.

Thank Christopher L
Margaret River, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank nlcove
Marananga, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 it again!

Thank WhistlerWines
Adelaide, Australia
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sat out on the wharf overlooking the water. I ordered the Seafood chowder and my wife the Calamari! Food was excellent, though could have been a little hotter! Flavours were superb! Drank a nice wine and enjoyed our lunch!

Thank Mike262728
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Birthday Dinner for 6 was absolutely amazing!! Unfortunately we turned up half an hour late due to a very late taxi... Rang Hectors and it was not a problem... Grantley was an amazing host and catered for us beautifully.... Oysters seemed freshly shucked and the garlic bread was the best I've ever had!! We all had the twice cooked Duck... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food absolutely amazing and then theres the home made relish...... food of the gods dessert.....simply divine........a must to do while in Goolwa.

Thank johnsthompson67
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location great food must try food of the gods small menu there's something for the whole family

Thank Noel T
South Australia, Australia
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a few days at Goolwa and stopped at Hector's for a coffee. We were welcomed at the entrance and shown to a table. What a pleasant surprise to be welcomed at the door and greeted before we even ordered. The coffee was excellent and the selection of cakes etc was very good. We didn't have a meal there... More 

Thank Rosemary B
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had a lovely lunch here - food was delicious and service was brilliant (squeezed us in and took our order for 2 before a much larger booking ) however would have appreciated a heads up on the 15% surcharge,a little excessive and disappointing that no mention was made of this until we queried the bill. Just a sign on... More 

Thank John G
Victor Harbor, Australia
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335 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

My wife and I celebrated a wedding anniversary at this location having lunch on the Wharf. It was an added bonus that it was the Wooden Boat Festival. We made a booking here after checking out their website and lunch time menu on the site. We both found dishes that we wanted to try and were looking forward to the... More 

Thank Peter D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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
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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