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Third Wave Cafe

SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
+61 3 9676 2399
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (9 reviews)
“beef ribs” (14 reviews)
“coleslaw” (14 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
SE 1 189 Rouse St, Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Third Wave Cafe
1. Amazing Burgers!
"burgers and BBQ done right with fantastic service."
Mick P
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2. Best ribs in Melbourne!
"they make the best slow cooked ribs in Melbourne!"
Marilyn M
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3. Exceptional Breakfast!
"VERY Clean + Great Coffee + Exceptional food."
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Third wave cafe. Good and nice small cafe serve great BBQ beef ribs and lamb shoulder. One of the most tender ribs I have even eaten in Melbourne. Almost no need to chew just swollen it. My favourite dishes so far for BBQ ribs. Definitely...More

Thank Steven G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming here for more than 5 years, most months and have introduced a lot of people to the deliciousness that is Third Wave. Was there last Sunday and will be back on Friday. Variety of food is great, freshness and presentation is...More

Thank The-Walking-e_D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressed with food quality and size, venue/atmosphere and customer service. Booked my birthday meal there with friends next month so they can enjoy the experience too!

Thank ashbAV1986
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at station Pier and were to be picked. However cars can not go to the ship, so we had lunch at the Third Wave Cafe nearby and waited in comfort in pleasant surroundings. The meal was enjoyable and the service excellent.

Thank ronwax
Reviewed 1 week ago

At a local gym this morning, so post work out caffeine fix. Quaint place, friendly staff. Coffee is quit strong, a little thin, overall good rather than very good. Muffins and almond croissant looked appealing but resisted the temptation.

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great flavourful food with fast friendly service! Definitely worth the 1 & 1/2 drive! Small restaurant so i would recommend booking a table.

Thank Charla S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't go wrong at Third Wave Cafe... always great food & friendly staff. Had a lamb burger... will be back for more! Last time tried their beef & pork ribs... well worth trying.

Thank Timo19830216
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have used this restaurant more than twenty times. In a recent delivery, we waited nearly 2 hours for French fries and two smoothies... when they were late, we rang the number provided, spoke to a very stressed staff member who kept trying to transfer...More

Thank Gizmobubbles
Reviewed 21 May 2018

What a fun evening, did a walk in, was able to sit outside in the cold with a very warm heater. As a group of four we were excited to try something different. from the massive mac and cheese pie, to the pork ribs, the...More

Thank pip_dman
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

After a small mess around from the online booking, that had the owner emailing me to make sure I had the correct restaurant booked 👍🏻, our meal was amazing! Totally looked after as we had young kids coming for a birthday dinner! All you can...More

Thank Cameron D
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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$22
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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