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4.8 /6 Excellent 130 Reviews

Third Wave Cafe

Port Melbourne American $$ +100
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About Third Wave Cafe

Third Wave serves great coffee and interesting breakfast options. At lunch and dinner we transform into an American BBQ restaurant serving Slow Smoked Pork & Beef Ribs, Beef Brisket, Chicken and more. In addition, there are Paleo options. Third Wave has established itself as arguably the best American BBQ restaurant in Melbourne. We serve the most amazingly flavoursome Slow Smoked meats and fish. From juicy, meaty Pork Ribs and Brisket to Smoked Salmon. There is an extensive range of sides including Glazed Mushrooms, Duck Fat Confit Potatoes and Smoked Mac and Cheese. The other specialty is Paleo and Russian (the owners are Russian so thought it would be appropriate to add a small selection of Russian Classics). During the day we serve great breakfast options and really good coffee.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 08:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:00
Third Wave Cafe, Rouse Street 189, 3207 Port Melbourne

Further Information

First things first: the coffee. At Port Melbourne’s Third Wave Cafe, owner Inga has searched far and wide for Australia’s best cup of joe, and after months of careful contemplation, she decided on 5 Senses, a local roaster whose single-roast coffees and superlative blends are the talk of Melbourne’s gourmet coffee scene. Plus, having received training from some of the world’s best baristas, Inga and her staff really know their stuff – this is a cafe you can count on for an exceptional espresso. Followers of the paleo diet will also be pleased to know that Third Wave Cafe has numerous options on offer, like the healthy zucchini fritters made with buckwheat flour and zucchini, fried in coconut oil and served alongside homemade smoked bacon, pickled honey tomatoes, poached egg and dukkah, as well as numerous other items that can be made paleo upon request.

Alongside Melbourne’s finest caffeinated beverages, Third Wave Cafe’s kitchen churns out some of the city’s very best barbecue dishes during lunch and dinner – that’s American-style barbecue, to be exact – as well as Russian specialties from Inga’s homeland like blintzes, pelmeni (dumplings) and syrniki (savoury pancakes). The American barbecue menu at this great restaurant on Port Melbourne’s Rouse Street includes favourites like slow smoked pork & beef ribs with meat that falls off the bone, pulled-pork sliders, beef brisket (smoked eight to ten hours!), chicken and sandwiches galore, plus an array of sides including the beloved duck fat confit potatoes, smoked mac and cheese and glazed mushrooms. Even better, the cafe opens up early for breakfast and serves incredible eggs, parfaits, muffins and satisfying platters. Make sure to reserve ahead!

View Third Wave - AM Menu

View Third Wave - Dinner Menu


130 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 130 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 19:51

The all you can eat experience was awesome, but I easily ate too much. Very tasty food, great service. Good job!! Would recommend a visit to anyone.

2 reviews so far 6
19.09.2016 10:28

This a great little place. Great BBQ. Service good and great advice regarding ordering. New fit-out looks alot more inviting!! Wine list good and prices even better

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 16:38

Beef and pork ribs were fall off the bone delicious. Great oink balls. Service was prompt and we were able to split the bill without a problem.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2016 22:41

Fantastic place, it's wasn't busy when we went, service was fantastic, didn't have to wait long for our drinks and food, and the food was amazing !!

1 review so far 5
04.01.2016 07:50

Great smokey bbq! And fast service. Will definitely come back! Ordered the beef ribs and pork ribs and both were melt-in-your-mouth. We also ordered the kipfler fries and the kids loved that!

2 reviews so far 5
25.06.2016 20:24

Breakfast was incredibly yummy! But be warned, even the small pancake order is huge! We're not coffee drinkers ourselves, but it smelled amazing and seemed to be a popular spot for it.

2 reviews so far 6
28.02.2016 08:11

Best BBQ I've ever had. Not gimmicky - just good produce cooked to perfection. Great beer, great service and everything ran like clockwork. Best in town.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 09:06

The best meat I've had in a long while, very generous portions too. Great selections of beer. Nice staff and reasonable prices. I highly recommend it.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 18:14

Food was lovely especially the pulled pork burger and the hog ball sub. Prices were reasonable too. Would highly recommend and will be keen to return

3 reviews so far 6
18.02.2017 07:28

Excellent food, great atmosphere. Friendly staff. I will go back Awesome for dinner for 2. Or for a group booking. Alfresco dinning. Coffee and desserts awesome

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 08:38

The food was great service was great! A few stuff ups but the were fixed promptly and they threw in a free side which was lovely! We will be back! ❤️

1 review so far 5
16.07.2017 22:10

Great food and atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast and coffee. Served promptly and did not feel rushed to leave. Great to know that they could split bills which was so handy

1 review so far 4
01.04.2017 10:20

Oik Ball entrees very tasty, the Brisket was fall apart tender but had little smoke flavour and did not have redish ring of well smoked meat and lacked any crust on the outside. Service was good and quick.

3 reviews so far 6
09.01.2017 09:24

Went for a quick lunch break. Awesome burgers and shakes, very friendly service. Will definitely be returning and trying out their smokey ribs and brisket.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 14:45

Fast service, friendly waitresses, food came out quite quickly, flavours were on point for every dish, I would definitely return again with my friends :)!

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 09:02

Amazing food, it was everything I wanted it to be. Will definitely go back. Third wave cafe gets two thumbs up from me! Yum yum!

2 reviews so far 5
22.05.2016 08:30

Great food, serving sizes are quite large! I wish I had saved room for some Key Lime Pie, but that means I have a reason to go back again soon!

1 review so far 6
01.12.2016 16:33

Great smoked BBQ food, always good service. There is a great smoked salmon option for low Fodmap eating and room for a Pram if needed

1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 08:05

Awesome food and some of the best meat I've had. Simply too much food to try there, so will just have to keep coming back!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 11:09

Great friendly service, food was flawless & they even gave my wife a beautiful rose for Valentine's day. The cocktails are also delicious. 10/10. .

1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 11:15

Nice small place with friendly staff. The ribs were perfectly cooked, fall off the bone. As well as the burgers. Will be back for more!

1 review so far 6
10.07.2017 09:02

Great service, prices and food. Very accommodating with a request for certain drinks and had them ready when we arrived. Would highly recommend to everyone.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 16:34

Ahhhhmazing!!! Some of the best things I have ever eaten!! Top quality, great customer service, fantastic atmosphere. Could not have had a better birthday. Superwickedace!!!

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 14:25

Great food, good value, excellent service! I am sure I will go there again. I definitely recommend the food to everyone. Thanks a lot guys!

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 18:01

Everything was great!! We had the brisket & beef ribs with a side if onion rings and spicy beer-battered chips. Loved every bite!! Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
20.09.2016 18:36

Great food and value, booking was ready. Food is amazing and over the top, would definitely recommend. Prices in line with most cafés in are

1 review so far 5
03.07.2017 08:05

I enjoyed my experience at Third Wave, the food was enjoyable, the setting was nice, the staff friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. A solid place to consider eating at.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 07:56

Great food on the BBQ and Russian salad. service was good ! Want to try their dinasour ribs - yummy ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! !! !

2 reviews so far 4
12.01.2017 09:13

This groovy little cafe off the main drag of Bay St is a good place to visit. We went during the day, apparently it becomes and american BBQ joint in the evening. We had a good lunch.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2016 08:15

The food was delicious. A meat eaters heaven. The beef ribs were a favorite. The food came out fast and service was ok. We will be going back again

1 review so far 5
05.07.2017 20:36

Great night. More food than we could eat and it was very good. Service was a bit slow but being the 4th of July that can be forgiven.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 17:14

Good generous main meals and desserts, enjoyed their pecan pie especially. Nice cute place with good service. Would recommend for a casual dining experience. Enjoyed my first visit.

1 review so far 5
15.07.2017 08:36

Great meal, the meat is incredible!!!! Service was good not amazing. Definitely worth trying with soo many options to choose from. Would return again the lamb was 👌👍👍👍👍

2 reviews so far 5
23.01.2017 13:45

Great food! Portions were a bit small, but the quality was outstanding. I saw another tables burgers come out and they looked great. Going for that next time!

1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 09:45

Wasn't sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. Beer was super cold👍🏼 And food was great. We were too full to try deserts, maybe next time😊

1 review so far 5
05.07.2017 08:07

Attentive service despite a full restaurant, nice atmosphere and tasty and substantial meals (the full menu is on the website so you know exactly what to expect...)

1 review so far 5
04.05.2016 16:42

Excellent. The best thing that we had there was the oh mama burger. The ribs were really good too, the beef in particular. Will return for sure.

4 reviews so far 5
29.07.2017 21:34

Food was great and staff were friendly. The pork ribs were amazing - the meals are great value for money and the atmosphere is warm and enjoyable

1 review so far 5
05.05.2016 11:41

Food was all brilliant. Mouth-watering, fall off the bone meats. The house-made BBQ sauce is to die for. I even bought a bottle to take home.

1 review so far 5
23.08.2016 18:18

Food was exceptional, the restaurant was clean and modern, staff were friendly and quick to our table but the food took a while to come out.

1 review so far 5
31.08.2016 10:53

Smaller place than I expected but the food was delicious! Service was informative and fast. Meat was if a top quality and well presented. Good times

1 review so far 5
18.07.2016 12:31

Food and service was great 👍🏽 pork ribs and the chicken where awesome! The pie finished it off nicely! Will be going back soon ! !

4 reviews so far 5
01.06.2017 08:24

The food and service were good. I'm always happy to get away and eat a large serve of meat for lunch. Will be coming back.

1 review so far 5
03.07.2017 12:13

Service was slow, but food was amazing. The variety on the menu was great. I would recommend as long as you aren't in a rush.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2016 07:56

Staff were On top of the service and the food was great, very rich and filling. Lots of choices in terms of food and beverages

2 reviews so far 5
25.01.2017 17:44

We had a table outside even after booking an inside table. Food was tasty. Service was good. Food centre it fast. Can not really complain

1 review so far 4
12.05.2016 11:00

Food was generally good, BBQ chicken was a bit dry. Smaller than expected portion of Beef Ribs, not real value for money on this dish. Kids loved the Juicy Lucy Burger.

1 review so far 4
01.09.2016 12:08

Great service. Portions were reasonable, soft textures, flavours a bit on the bland side but I could imagine most people enjoying it. Turkish delight milkshake was awesome. Would come back again.

1 review so far 4
31.01.2017 14:24

Pretty good service. Great chicken quesadillas! The slow cooked meat was really good. Nice sitting outside in the sun. The Nutella thick shake was a bit sickly. Overall nice meal.

1 review so far 4
15.02.2017 15:29

Great food, good service for most part. Towards end of meal asked for drink and never received it. Other then that fantastic restaurant with great menu and food.