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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

#167 of 4,555 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037 , Australia
+61 2 9518 9011
Tue - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't get me wrong I love the venue, and I love what they deliver, but my last experience with them was a little rusty. Served by a foreign girl who came across as a little rude and this didn't meet the standard in which I normally receive. I love the food here at the Boathouse and I recommend it to... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the location and price, the experience could have been better. We were a table of four and every dish was well-presented, cooked perfectly, and tasted really good. The servers were attentive, right until we were near the end of our meal. Hands reached across the table to snatch away empty glasses and plates. It really made us feel that... More 

Thank Dave H
Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was taken their for a memorable occasion and what an occasion it was to remember. Totally devastating. We arrived and we're seated, the hard push to sell sparkling water and then finally asked for a drink. I had a gin and tonic but considering they don't have basic gin on their drinks list, I was not asked for preference... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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199 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Let's start off with the good: beautiful views, nice venue, fantastic food (great selection of oysters, the snapper pie was to die for if you like truffles, the grouper was excellent, and the brussel sprouts with the burata heavenly; only the desert - the whipped cheesecake - wasn't as good but still quite alright). Our waiter tried to be friendly... More 

Thank Oliver v
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Like most people visiting the Boathouse for the first time, my expectations were high. They are supposed to be an iconic Sydney restaurant, and their prices are correspondingly high. I went there with my husband for his birthday dinner on a Saturday - a long anticipated night out (we have a small baby and don't get out much these days).... More 

Thank Annexaviera
Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Marseille-style fish stew, saffron, rouille and crouton. Felt like intruders as only doing SMH Let's do Lunch. Beautiful presentation for desert- Whipped Cheesecake Strawberry Sorbet, Black Olive Caramel Great location.

Thank Peter C
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Over the years we have dined here and the food and service never fail to deliver. Fresh and exciting variety of seafood delivered in a chic setting with under table and chair soundproofing enhancing the ease of conversation. And did I mention the views? Superlatives fail me. And the soufflé too.

Thank Zephie C
Brisbane, Australia
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61 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My Sydney based friend booked us in for a Tuesday night dinner to catch-up and the view was amazing but it was only a $10 Uber from the city. We had a lovely glass of Jamsheed Riesling with our dinner - I had the lovely mulloway with fennel, blood orange and shellfish oil with a side of fried Brussels sprouts,... More 

Thank sbf67
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I've been to The Boathouse a few times over the years and have had some memorably good meals and good times there. However, a little birthday lunch with my wife yesterday was seriously overshadowed by the treatment by our waiter. When I asked for a wine recommendation he obliged, but I misheard his reply and thought he'd said he didn't... More 

Thank Erik A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic evening, great oysters and prawns followed by a Snapper Pie to die for. Service exemplary and definitely to be recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Glebe
  • Neighbourhood: Glebe
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9518 9011

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Glebe

Neighbourhood Profile
An inner city suburb along the water, Glebe has a deep-rooted sense of cultural history and heritage. It originated as a semi-rural resort for the well-to-do, but has transformed into a student-centric melting pot. Visit Glebe Point Road for ethnic cuisine as standard as Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese, or as diverse as Spanish, Bavarian, Polish, Czech and Lebanese. You will find that Glebe is accepting of the eccentrics and aboriginals that roam the streets, integrating students and people of all economic statuses into the multi-cultural fabric that distinguishes this suburb. Glebe Foreshore is a great destination for a leisurely walk along the Bay, and the Saturday market is a great scene for bargain hunters.
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