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The Boathouse Society

$$ - $$$, Cafe, European
326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 7646
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (22 reviews)
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New Zealand, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We went here on a Friday night, just before the band was going to play some Jazz music. We couldn't stay but I can recommend it and tickets are usually reasonably priced too :). If you become a member of the club, you get to...More

1  Thank Worldradar
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Service good, food okay, great location overlooking the sea. Obviously popular with locals. We were there when the local big band jazz club was playing, and the local dance club strutting their stuff. No bookings - arrive earlyl.

Thank Loreen B
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The day was cool and wet but inside the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The staff were all charming and very attentive with the grannies and the food was very tasty.

1  Thank Peter F
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We went to a gig here recently and thouroughly enjoyed the place. It really is an old boathouse reclaimed by volunteers and the timbers have plenty of stories. It is right over the sea with a great view of the Haven. Friendly staff, nice coffee.

2  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We came for a lunch with 8 people and enjoyed the freshness of the food and inventiveness of the menu. Staff were great, allowing our birthday boy to modify his dessert and adding a candle! Then there is the wonderful view over the water with...More

2  Thank sparker07
Reviewed 4 May 2017

for a stunning waterfront location with outdoor seating on a dock with waves crashing beneath us, it is a shame the coffee and food was so terrible. this was definitely the worst coffee I've ever experienced in new zealand (and I've tried many cafes around...More

Thank JennyMarieH
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Hi Jenny Thank you for coming to The Boathouse Cafe & we are sorry you had a poor experience here. We aim to make every meal & coffee delicious with great service & obviously didn't meet our own high standards this time. The next time...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the deck with views of water. Nice menu selections and courteous staff!

1  Thank Chrisbou21
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Called on a Friday night which is Jazz Evening. Despite premises not opening to the public every day the atmosphere is fantastic. We were there on a night when perhaps locals were looking to relax but position and scenery made for superb occasion . Staff...More

1  Thank mavro2014
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Nice views over the water over to the boulder bank. We had the seafood chowder and was honestly one of the best I have tasted! Very polite staff and nice atmosphere. Definitely recommend 👌

Thank Morgan K
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Hi Morgan thank you for the lovely review & so glad you enjoyed your time at The Boathouse. Ali Howard Manager

Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a private club but we got lucky by landing on a Friday, the only day The Boathouse is open to the public (or so we were told) Great meal and craft beer on a beautiful deck right on the water and close to...More

Thank Peter H
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Hi Peter, Glad you enjoyed your meal at The Boathouse. To clarify, we are a club & the cafe is one of our activities. The cafe is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday lunchtime & Friday evenings. Hope to see you again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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