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Cafe, Australian, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 26 January 2024 via mobile

We are Bendigo locals and visited The Boardwalk today with our young children. Staff as always are super attentive and run the place like a well oiled machine. Everyone’s food and drinks were great, couldn’t believe just how the flavours worked together in our meals....Looking around, everyone appeared to be happy and had meals in front of them. Staff are not only lovely but very attentive and engage with the kids well as well. Thanks for a beautiful time.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024 via mobile

Staff are super friendly and helpful The menu is well thought out with some classics and more adventurous dishes. Being on the lake gives this place a great view . Oh course the most important this that my dog is welcome

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Great location on the Lake just north of Bendigo CDB on the main road. Sitting inside or out, this restaurant offers a wide range of food and drinks. Always a busy spot, suggest booking ahead to get a good seat. Service is friendly and quick.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

Waited in the narrow hot entry as others built up behind us , no acknowledgement whatsoever to any of us except the three people in front of us that staff appeared to know, only to be told after waiting for this time “oh no we...don’t have any room unless you have a booking “, why not just tell us that as they came over and spoke to those people several times until they let them through, mind you there was numerous tables, they could have just told everyone that as they walked past several times and let us go and find somewhere else … completely rude, and unprofessional, would not recommend this place at all, particularly the tall thin man running around with an iPad thinking he was full of importanceMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

What a refreshing experience we had at this venue. The staff were friendly, happy, jovial giving off a genuine feeling that it is a joy having you in their establishment. A far cry from the typical Australian experience. We all enjoyed our choice of meals...which was a breakfast for us, with good value as a bonus.. We will most assuredly visit again knowing how welcomed we will be.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023 via mobile

Had a delicious breakfast - staff were extremely friendly and happy. Overlooking the water - sun was shining. It was great to see staff that were happy to be at work on a Sunday - service with a smile.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023 via mobile

A definite case of somewhere trying too hard. My chilli scrambled eggs resembled an omelette. Coffee was average, service adequate. The view was 10/10 out on the deck on a sunny spring morning.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Excellent service! Very professional, efficient and friendly. Excellent food! Taste, presentation and serving size all spot on. Not from this area but when I’m back in Bendigo one day I cannot wait to come back here. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

What a breath of fresh air this place is . My Husband and I went here 3 times over our short stay in Bendigo . The view was amazing, the food spectacular and the service out of sight . Would definitely recommend the Boardwalk and...especially the freshly squeezed Boom Pow Wow, a very refreshing mixture of apple,blackcurrant and lemon. Yum 😋.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

We have just had a lovely lunch here. Service enthusiastic, friendly and efficient. It was busy but we still received our food and drinks with great timing and a smile. The calamari was very nice and fresh, the pumpkin with chicken really tasty and the...kid’s meal was generous. The fantastic weather and lovely setting was the icing on the cake. Would love to return next time we are in Bendigo. Thanks guys.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023 via mobile

Is this the last place in Australia where amazing hospitality service exists?? Wow, what an experience! From the moment you walk in the service begins, friendly greetings from any staff that you pass, not only the person showing you to your seat. The communication between...the team who provide the service in an efficient way, is fun, friendly and above all caring. The view is lovely, the food is perfect and the service is outstanding! If I could give more stars, I would.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

Andy and the team at The Boardwalk are second to none. Always friendly, always lively, and with a menu to die for. My wife and I haven't been as regularly as we would have liked post-lockdowns, but I can safely say the Reuben benedict has...knocked some of my "going out nerves" out of the water. We'll be back again this weekend to keep on working through that menu. Five stars out of five, on every level, every time.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023

I visited the the Boardwalk with my husband and another couple (visiting from Melbourne) for lunch recently. A good variety of items were available on the menu and I ordered the Zaatar spice pumpkin ancient grains salad. Fortuitously, I also ordered a side of halloumi....The salad was delicious, however the serve was tiny. At $28.00 for the salad and an additional $4.00 for the halloumi I expect a satisfying meal. $28.00 for a slice of pumpkin with a few grains and seeds is unacceptable and I will think twice before I visit the Boardwalk again. We are all suffering in these difficult times but to serve up such a small amount and charge far too much is unforgivable. I expect to leave a cafe/restaurant sated, not hungry and looking for more.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 20 April 2023 via mobile

Food is rather good here, however the music is far too loud to hear yourself speak indoors . If you want, you can dine outside, however that’s no good on a cold day . There is a bit of an attitude problem here . Staff...are pretty friendly, but the manager is pretty rude , and doesn’t respond to simple requests . We took overseas visitors there, but it was an awkward and unpleasant experience . Wouldn’t recommend , as they clearly don’t want oldies in here . A great shame . Don’t recommend .More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023 via mobile

It’s a great shame. The food is mostly quite good here and it’s a convenient place to meet friends with a lake view. They have a jaunty corporate image: they don’t have anything so banal as “opening hours”, oh no. Instead they have a sign...reading “When we hustle” (which in fact lists opening hours). Hohoho. It’s a matter of taste and I don’t mind a bit if this amuses people. Nor do I mind the almost cloying hyper friendliness (it’s a lot better than the opposite!) except that it turns out it’s all a facade. An artificial performance. Why do I say this? Because every time one asks for the SLIGHTEST degree of flexibility about ANYTHING, the shutters come down. One senses one would very quickly be in an “awkward customer” situation were one to press the point beyond the initial reflexive rejection from the staff member. Some examples: I had the temerity to ask that the bun of my burger be buttered which was apparently not standard practice. I detected a does-not-compute response from the waiter but pressed on with other elements of the order because I could not for the life of me see why buttering the bun, given the burger was made up in the kitchen and not bought in, could be a problem. In the end the butter arrived primly placed on a little dish beside the burger - but the burger was made up so how the hell was I meant to take the whole thing apart and do the chef’s job for him?! It wasn’t much to ask. Then a friend asked if the painfully loud music could be turned down a notch and was flatly refused. I am CERTAIN that had there been a show of hands NO ONE would have been wedded to the “music” which was a sort of moronic, relentless beat box thudding. Plenty of restaurants will moderate the volume but not here. Then there’s the water. No carafes, just tiny glasses, serve yourself. So a glass doesn’t last long. When a woman of a certain age asked if we might have water (we’d finished our first round) once again assistance was refused. My point is that the friendliness of the waiters is all a sham. Their ostensibly obliging attitude fails at the first and every other test. This restaurant is so wedded to their corporate image that the customer comes well down order of priorities. It’s their way or the highway with no willingness to contemplate the smallest degree of flexibility. Which is a shame because some of the dishes are pretty good. I hate falsity. Don’t pretend to be friendly and then dig in at the first little request. Also, their breakfast offering would be improved if they just allowed people to order a bit of jam or Vegemite or peanut butter etc with the toast.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5