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Hector's Cafe on the Wharf

Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
+61 85555885
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Main Wharf Goolwa SA 5214, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were delighted by the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to make our experience special. WARNING; The chocolate bomb I had was without doubt the best desert I’ve ever had and I’m a real chocoholic!!! Wonderful experience

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was here for a family gathering.Excellent service by staff, friendly and helpful. Fantastic location. Clean and well set up. Excellent food, presented well and decent sized servings.

Thank _sharonlee001
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a beautiful brekky burger from the specials board, but we were first in the restaurant and 4th to be served!! Either need more staff or better staff.

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasant venue, delightful meal and good service made our visit to Goolwa most enjoyable. The cafe is located on Goolwa wharf with a view across the Murray to Hindmarsh Island. The menu offered a good variety of food and the service was quick and...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right on the wharf at Goolwa, the location of this restaurant could hardly be improved (though the outside tables shake a little when anyone walks past). We visited on a hot day but the shady verandah enjoyed a cooling sea breeze. Our meals of battered...More

Thank Bartonbears
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a tasty, nicely cooked and healthy lunch. Overlooked the water and was very relaxing. Good value too.

Thank U4279EPteresag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having a bit of a surreal day today in this part of SA today, with service off the mark in several places we went to. Here, announcing ourselves as wanting coffee and sitting on the wharf side (great location by the way) didn’t prompt anybody...More

Thank ArgyLux
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Haven’t been to Goolwa for years, so decided on a nostalgic visit. Had lunch here and was very glad we did. The wind meant we had to dine on the enclosed veranda, but the clears still gave us the view. Service and food was first...More

Thank DenysKP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Turned up without a reservation but that wasn’t a problem and although they were very busy they gave us a nice table. Service was cheery and food was good. Lovely location

Thank holidayshoes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and meals. Not quite a five star in food but not far off. Evening menu not as elaborate as lunch. Pricey but worth a look.

Thank nipper73
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Questions & Answers
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
30 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, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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