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Third Wave Cafe

SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
+61 3 9676 2399
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“beef ribs” (14 reviews)
“coleslaw” (14 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I came here with friends last week, and was really impressed! Superb tender ribs and really tasty chicken. For a midweek, they were full at 6.30pm and I can see why! Will definitely be back!

Thank kbond101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to start with the ribs. They came cold. $60 worth of cold pork ribs. They came very soon after we ordered them. Someone had cooked them at some time recently, but not before they were served. The shared nacho tray is quite fun....More

1  Thank Spizfromoz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying, these guys were really busy - but for the life of me, I just can’t figure out why things weren’t working. We booked a table for 2, arrived on time and were told that the table was a little while...More

Thank Todd L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place! We came yesterday and ordered the nacho tray. It was huge and absolutely delicious. The others ordered burgers and chicken and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were all friendly, especially taking time out to talk to the kids and help them choose...More

Thank N H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we made reservations as it was busy when we arrived. Service was good. Food was delicious except they ran out of beef ribs so get there early or you'll miss out. Definitely go back with the family again.

Thank Pepe F
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Just three of us and the coffee order was mucked up! Muffins tasty. Sat in the front undercover section and very, very noisy. Didn't check the bill until later and then noticed we were charged for a fourth coffee we didn't order.

Thank TeTLOW8
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Pork ribs (small serve is 3) were a little dry, while the beef brisket was plain and uninspiring. The burgers were packed and tasty but not exceptional. The 'starters' are served together with the mains which was a shame and whilst the oink balls were...More

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing breakfast, we had the American pancakes and bacon and the hangover......over. Both were amazing! I can not wait to try this place again for dinner! A little work needs to be done on the coffee, but other than that amazing job!

Thank Nic M
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing meal of the dinosaur ribs which came with 3 large, fat juicy beef ribs, chips and corn bread for about $56. The ribs were amazing, really thick and falling off the bone, so tasty. I was in heaven. The cheesy corn...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Let me just start off by saying, I am a 'Fair Dinkum Mate' ribs connoisseur! I get around a set of pork/beef ribs whenever I have the chance. I have eaten ribs all over the globe! But I have never had ribs as succulent and...More

Thank silverbung
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31 August 2016|
Response from MaurTee | Reviewed this property |
I think TripAdvisor has to explain this one. Maybe in account and edit but not sure.
Chloe B
Hi my name is Chloe Buhler and I am currently studying food and hospitality as a year 12 subject. I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a few questions to assist in my investigation on how American cuisine is impacting Australian restaurants. Feel free to skip any questions. 1. Would you consider your restaurant to be American style? (In terms of food, appearance, theme) 2. Do you believe your restaurant menu is influenced by American cuisine? (In terms of food items, flavours, presentations, ingredients, portion size) 3. If so, is there a particular part of America that has influenced you restaurant? 4. Would you consider it a positive or negative thing that some restaurant menus are influenced by American cuisine? 5. Do your customers leave mostly positive or negative reviews about your food? 6. What would you say customers appreciate the most about American style food? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 7. Would you/do you prefer American style food over other cultures? If so, why? 8. What type of foods that Australian restaurants sell, would you consider American style? 9. What about those items makes them American style? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 10. Do you believe the American theme will spread and grow throughout Australian restaurants? 11. If so, why? Thank you for taking the time to help me and I hope you have a great day!
20 July 2016|
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Response from MaurTee | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Chloe I cannot answer any of your questions. Think you should approach the cafe owner somehow. Good luck.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$23
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Port Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: Port Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9676 2399
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