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The Boathouse Society

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326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 7646
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went here for lunch, it was not busy, which was great as we went during the week. Do not not confuse this place with the Boatshed which is just up the road . When you 1st walk in you think, is it open for business as it has a large open space to walk thru but boy is the location... More 

1 Thank George M
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We have been to The Boatehouse almost monthly over the past year. The place is just great summer or winter. The food is very good indeed and very good value. The service is exelent and friendly. We will go again and again.

1 Thank j0nty111
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Amazing dining experience - heaps of options with the added bonus of not knowing what is coming next. Beautifully prepared and presented

Thank Tania B
Nelson, New Zealand
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is a wonderful place for a relaxed lunchtime chowder or salad, but please don't go because too many people would mean i can't get a table.

2 Thank markhb123
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The boathouse is a very special place for lunch and dinner. Sitting on the deck and watching the sun go down is just magical. The menu has been pretty much the same for many years, but it is always a treat.

1 Thank Martinanz2014
Dannevirke, New Zealand
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Had lunch here and food was good and neat to sit out over the water, had our granddaughter and were given colouring book with crayons for her which kept her busy.

Thank julesrules_12
Rotorua, New Zealand
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Only stopped for coffee and cake here, but watching the meals being served tempted us to return for dinner - unfortunately when we went they were flat out and no tables available. We enjoy our coffee and cake, staff were friendly, and the coffees were good. Spectacular view as well.

Thank Tricia D
Singapore, Singapore
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

It is fall/autumn and it pis*ed down with rain last night. But then the sun came out in the morning and it was warm, the air and water was still, and the day was glorious. I walked past the Boathouse, perused the menu (and prices) and decided to go in. The glorious day was made all the better by this... More 

Thank Paul H
Hikutaia, New Zealand
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

We walked to this restaurant and were just in time to watch the sunset and fish jumping . The service was spot on and the food just brilliant !

Thank margo c
Umbria, Italy
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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

No frills and limited openings Wed/Thurs/Friday lunches and Friday nite meals. Went there 3 times in a week and ...2 for meals and once for drinks. Daughter had the Warehou fish of the day and Wifely person the Local Salmon cold smoked. They commented that price per square inch dam good food and priced to beat the other Boat Café... More 

Thank mausgrass

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Cafe, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 7646
The Boathouse is a large attractive wooden heritage building built over the sea on the picturesque Nelson Haven. It is owned & run by The Boathouse Society that was set up in 1986 to restore the building and today it operates as a Cafe, Event & Performance Space, Wedding & Function Venue, Community Hall & Club. Cafe open to the public Wed, Thursday, Friday lunchtimes & Friday evenings. Please note we are NOT the Boatshed Cafe !

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