Restaurant Reviews

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne
Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman St Southbank, Melbourne, VIC


Rockpool is the go-to for serious steakhouse action. There’s a reliable sense of occasion from the vast room’s leather-and-timber musculature and the kitchen’s wood grill that echoes the casino’s riverside fireball show in miniature. The 15-cut steak list is similarly impressive, name-dropping some of the best in beef – Blackmore, Cape Grim, Gunner – and then delivering in terms of precise, careful cooking. Seafood has a strong presence on the menu, too, though it seems less meticulously treated than it once was. Finger lime napalms all other flavour in a fish crudo while the prawn oil with crab and tough semolina noodles lacks balance. Sides form their own attraction and with prices this hefty, they should. Service can be distracted, though the wine list is represented with enthusiasm appropriate for a collection that offers great drinking at all price-points.


(03) 8648 1900



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Private room

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Diners Club

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Zac Nicholson & Neil Perry

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

2019 Top 100 Rank – #61

Food: ★

Wine: ★ ★ ★

Gourmet Traveller’s star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars, reflect reviewers’ first-hand experiences. The best-rated restaurants form our national Top 100. Our wine ratings, from zero to three stars, are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne
Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman St Southbank, Melbourne, VIC
Zac Nicholson & Neil Perry
Bookings essential
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Sun-Fri noon-3pm Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

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