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    Peaceful waterside location with
    contemporary decor and the freshest seafood.

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    Peaceful waterside location with
    contemporary decor and the freshest seafood.

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    Peaceful waterside location with
    contemporary decor and the freshest seafood.



The Red Herring is more than just a restaurant. Combining the uniqueness of the peaceful waterside location with contemporary décor and the freshest seafood.

  • Since 1921, when Arthur Auguste first began operating his oyster business off the pylons in the clam East Fremantle waters, the site has been part of local history, an iconic location attracting visitors from far and wide.
  • Now, people come to enjoy the modern style and casual elegance of the award winning Red Herring. The menu is an exciting reflection of Australian contemporary cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Long lunches, sunset cocktails and moonlit dinners – the Red Herring has captured the essence of stylish waterside dinning, and made it its own.


Adjacent to this site in 1912 Anthanasios Avoustis, later known as Arthur Auguste, began his oyster wholesale business. Crates submerged in the Swan River kept the oysters fresh and it was from their home on 26 Riverside Road that Arthur and his wife Panaula ran the business.

Together they helped many fellow migrants in the early days providing them with board and lodging in their family home. Church services were held in a large room at the side of their house.

After his death in 1932, Panaula and the three daughters, Helene, Gela and Dorothea, established a restaurant over the Swan River adjacent to the bedded crates. They called is Auguste’s Oyster Beds.

In 1945 it was bought by Gela and her husband Bill Thornett and renamed the Oyster Beds. It remained in the family until 1966. It was renamed “The Red Herring” in 1997 by the current owners.

To this day the Auguste family is remembered for their links to the oyster industry, the restaurant, and their contribution to the Greek Community and the Greek Orthodox Church.

For more information about the Red Herring, please contact us.

The Red Herring restaurant on the river in East Fremantle Western Australia at night

Black and white photo showing the exterior of the Red Herring restaurant in east Fremantle
There is always something happening at The Red Herring. Check this space for date news and events information.
Group Bookings

For all bookings over 12 guests a $250 deposit & completed booking form is required to confirm.

Group Booking Form 2014

Valentines Day 2015

Love is in the air at The Red Herring this Valentines Day, Saturday 14th February 2015

Treat your loved one to a special night with our delicious set menu, all inclusive beverage package & a glass of Moet & Chandon on arrival.

Call us now on (08) 6364 6000 to book your table and avoid disappointment

Please note Full pre payment is required on booking

Valentines Day Set Menu 2015

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For the most important day in your life you deserve only the best. Perth’s Premier Waterside Venue – The Red Herring – is located on the sparkling waters of the Swan River.

Arrive by boat to our Private Jetty to really make a memorable entrance!

The Red Herring is committed to providing you with the most memorable experience. Our Wedding Co-Ordinator will ensure that sumptuous cuisine, exquisite linens and an elegant set up will delight both you and your guests.

The Red Herring Function Room can seat up to 120 people or 150 in a cocktail style. The Venue has natural lighting and River views from every window, complimentary parking and a private jetty coupled with excellent food and service, the Red Herring has it all.

Ask about our Friday & Sunday Wedding Packages – complimentary pre dinner drinks and canapés.

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Wedding Photos by Deray & Simcoe

Functions at Red Herring – Stylish and Memorable!

Perth’s premier waterside venue with our own private jetty.

The Red Herring caters for all types of functions from Weddings, Conferences, Cocktail Parties Corporate Lunches and Dinners.

Perfect for Seminars with our natural lighting situated on the Sparkling waters of the Swan River, along with complimentary parking that makes everything so easy.

The Red Herrings’ exquisite cuisine, outstanding service and amazing location is the perfect place for your next function.

Book a function in September and we will say a BIG thank you and give you 50% off room hire and a bottle of Moet & Chandon!

Enquire now

For information call Emma on 08 6364 6000 or email

Click here to download the menus

Weddings at Red Herring 2014 – 2015



We celebrated our anniversary at The Red Herring with friends last night and we would like to thank you for the excellent meal and service that we received. We were well attended to and the meals arrived in good time. We enjoyed four different mains and each was excellent. The accompanying wine (Vasse Felix) was also excellent.
We had not eaten at The Red Herring for eight years, in fact, since our wedding day, and it was with some trepidation as we had heard/read some quite negative reviews. I am very happy to say that we will have only positive things to say about our dining experience at The Red Herring.


D. Edmondson



Dear Ivan & Lorna,

I would like to thank you sincerely for your support at the Rick Hart Golf Day on Tuesday, 19th November. Your involvement was very much appreciated and we are truly humbled by the number of people who supported this event and assisted Winning Appliances in raising vital funds for Lifeline WA. This event could not have happened without your support.

Yours Sincerely,

Fiona Kalaf

Chief Executive Officer



Dear Emma & All the Red Herring Staff,

Thank you for being so wonderful to work with in the lead up and on the day of our wedding back in March. From the moment we walked in we loved the venue and could not fault the service at all.

Emma you made our planning so easy, no request or last minute change was too hard and the night ran so smoothly thanks to you – our MC also spoke very highly of you and your lovely service on the night. Every single person we dealt with was amazing and the food was to die for – we had many compliments on the food and the venue.

We wouldn’t have changed a thing, Thank you!

Bree & Jamon



Hi Tania

I was just about to send you and email too. Your beautiful manner was what made my decision to have the party with you rather than the ——-or at the ——-When I first  met you, you made me feel so at ease and welcome and that was what I based my decision on. You catered for all of my requests and both my husband and myself are so impressed! Thankyou so much and of course you can use my comments on your testimonial page.

Warm Regards  Linda


Hi Emma

I wanted to thank you for looking after my Birthday celebrations. You and your staff were outstanding. You made us feel very special and catered to all of our needs and requests. We really appreciated everything you have done for us and we had the most amazing time. The party was such a huge success and everyone has flooded me with such positive comments about the venue, the catering and the amazing staff and service.We had such a memorable and special night and will definitely be back and recommend you to anyone. Once Again, thank you for being so accommodating and incredibly warm and professional.

Thanks again…Linda



Dear Emma and Staff,

Thank you so much for all your help before and during our wedding. Emma you were so helpful and understanding and we really appreciate you working so hard to make our night as smooth as possible

We have had many compliments on the food, venue and service we will definetly be recommending

the Red Herring. lots of love Rebecca & Brendan New.



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Here are all of our contact details.

The Red Herring

26 Riverside Road East Fremantle
Western Australia 6158

PO Box 536 Fremantle 6959

P: 08 6364 6000

F: 08 6364 6002

Opening Hours

Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday to Sunday

Lunch 12 -3 Dinner 6 – late


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