Eat @ Whalers

121 Franklin Parade
Encounter Bay 5211
RESTAURANT: 08 8552 4400
ACCOMMODATION: 08 8552 1200

About Us

Our aim at "Eat" is relaxed seaside dining using as much local produce as possible. Contemporary, simple, and fresh: only the best of what the Peninsula has to offer in local produce and premium wines.

Ocean views and wonderful dining atmosphere with first class service make a visit to our restaurant a genuinely enjoyable experience.

Video: Allister shows how to make Crispy Skinned Mulloway with Shiraz Wine Butter Sauce.

Open for Lunch and dinner. Booking essential.

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Opening Hours

Bookings highly recommended. Please call 8552 4400.

Opening Hours for 2019

Open for Coffee from 10am Thursday to Sunday
Open for Lunch Thursday to Sunday from 11.30am
Open for Dinner Friday & Saturday from 6pm


We are happy to open any day of the week for function/event with a minimum of 20 guests, please contact the office 8552 4400


Festive opening hours for 2019:

23,24,25,26 Dec CLOSED

27, 28, 29, 30 Dec open lunch & dinner 11.30am till late

31 Dec open lunch 11.30am till 4pm


2 Jan till the 12 Jan open lunch & dinner 11.30am till late

15 Jan till the 25 Jan open       lunch Wednesday to Sunday

dinner Friday and Saturday

26 - Australia Day – closed

27 & 28  January closed

Normal trading hours from then on:          Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday

                                                                        Dinner: Friday & Saturday


If unsure, please contact us 8552 4400

121 Frankllin Parade, Encounter Bay, 5211

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers for Eat @ Whalers are now available, so you can make it easy for others to experience the enjoyment of your favourite Encounter Bay restaurant. Important: After making your payment, be sure to follow the link from PayPal back to this site to complete the final step of personalizing your voucher and double checking that your transaction completed successfully.

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Events @ Whalers

Eat @ Whalers is home to many live entertainment events throughout the year. Keep an eye on what's coming up (or what you've just missed) by checking this section of the site regularly.


Fiver Friday's 5 - 6pm. $5 Beer, Wine and $5 Tasting Plates


1 September Father's Day

BBQ & beer, bookings essential

7 November Oak's Day

Good Food, Great Friends & Lots of Fun!
A fundraising event to support the Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation Beach House at Encounter Lakes.
On arrival, you be welcomed with a glass of bubbles, then enjoy a sumptuous 3 course lunch (cash bar).
There will be prizes for best dressed, best facinator & most flamboyant.
Raffles, auctions and lots of ways to support a very worthy project.
For more information on the Beach House, go to
On Thursday 7 November 2019 at 11:30am

Coastal Calm retreats 

Yoga, morning tae, jetty walk & lunch

29 November/ 14 February  $60 



Your wedding day is a special time, and naturally you will want everything to be just as perfect as it can possibly be. Whalers has everything you need to ensure you have a fabulous day.

For a delightful outdoor ceremony we recommend the Bluff breakwater or beach in front of the restaurant, overlooking Encounter Bay in all its natural beauty.

There are many more options to choose from, including the deck area, restaurant and any of several function rooms. All are excellent choices for hosting a wedding ceremony or receptions.

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Whalers provides two fully equipped conference rooms which can cater for any sized conference from intimate groups of 10 or less all the way up to larger groups of 130 people. Each room offers an abundance of natural light and panoramic ocean views to create an environment to inspire and facilitate the success of your meeting.

In addition, Whalers delivers an experience with great emphasis on unique and delicious cuisine designed to complement your conference.

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More information about each room is available by using the tab menu a the top of this section.

The largest of our conference rooms, Investigator is named after the ship commanded by Matthew Flinders during his exploration of Encounter Bay. Fittingly, the room commands majestic views of the Bay with which to inspire your delegates to new discoveries.

With over 127m2 of floor space, Investigator is capable of hosting groups up to 130 people depending on seating arrangements and selected options.

Additional features of this room include a private balcony, bar area, and dance floor.

The Flinders room provides 65m2 of floor space and is ideal for medium sized conferences and training sessions.

The maximum seating capacity is 55 persons, depending on seating arrangements and selected options. The room also provides a balcony area and awe-inspiring views of Encounter Bay.

The Baudin room is the smallest we have, providing floor space of just over 25m2. As such, it is most suited for meetings and training sessions involving small groups of up to 10 persons.

While the room may be small in size it is still big in features, with large panoramic windows and access to all the same audio-visual facilities and catering options available in the larger rooms.

Size Area Theatre Class Room U-Shape Board Room Cabaret Hire
Investigator 9.8m x 13.0m 127.4m2 130 80 40 - 80 $600
Flinders 7.0m x 9.3m 65.1m2 55 24 24 20 32 $250

The following equipment is included in the cost of the room hire:

  • paper & pens
  • water & mints
  • flip chart & markers
  • cordless microphone
  • display tables
  • whiteboard & markers
  • lectern
  • complementary internet access

Optional extras also available, please inquire for prices:

  • laptop PCs
  • data projectors
  • multimedia
  • sound mixing & PA systems
  • audio recording


Celebrate a birthday, small private lunch or dinner or just savour life's special moments at Whalers.

We can arrange and help you celebrate with a small group of friends to large corporate functions. With various function rooms and areas available within our resort, let us formulate a menu to suit your requirements.

Plan the perfect proposal from our deck with a romantic and private dining experience, an engagement, celebrate that birthday or anniversary even renewal of your wedding vows. We ensure that every detail is attended to, no matter how grand or small the occasion is.

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Gift Vouchers available
Any value available to purchase
Please buy online or email us or alternatively, call on 08 8552 4400

Fiver Friday's 5 - 6 pm
$5 Beer, Wine and $5 tasting plates


Voted in Pet Let's Top 5 best locations for breakfast - Fleurieu Peninsula


Keep up with the very latest happenings at Eat@Whalers by visiting our Facebook page.
You will always be first to know about announcements and special occasions on the way.



We are always hiring additional temporary staff to help us through the busy summer season, and opportunities may arise year round.

Victor Harbor is one of South Australia's premium tourist destinations, and is a great place to live, work, and visit. If you'd like to boost your career in the hospitality industry by working in one of the busiest and most popular restaurants in the region, this may be the exciting opportunity you are looking for.

Eat@Whalers is a fun and friendly place to work with a great atmosphere, but it's important to be aware the enjoyment of our guests is our number one priority. This goal can only be achieved if every member of our crew knows what is expected of them and carries out their duties to perfection.

Even with everyone pulling their weight and doing their best, it's still possible for things to sometimes go a little wrong, often due to circumstances beyond our control. When this happens, you'll need to be able to think on your feet, adapt to the circumstances, and handle the situation while maintaining a professional and friendly manner at all times.

Fortunately most of the time it's smooth sailing. Delicious and amazing food comes out of our kitchen, and as long as each customer gets the right thing and they get it within a reasonable time, they'll be delighted. That's one of the things we need your help with. So, if you're looking for work and you think you're up to the task, apply using the contact form on this page.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence, and we'll do our best to get in touch as quickly as possible and let you know if your application has been successful.


Please call us on the number shown in the navigation bar above or use this contact form to make a reservation or request more information. We will be most pleased to answer any questions you may have.