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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Healthy, Australian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Beach, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Little Beach Boathouse Nelson Bay is one of those hidden gems that you must share with a wider audience. It has great food, service and amazing views. You can expect to pay $130 plus for a 3 course meal for 2. Alcohol iOS an additional...charge. Masterchef judges talk about would you go back. We did and would are recommending to you. It’s not fine dining but you should dress smart casual. 4.5:5More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Little Beach Boathouse never fails to delight. We visit every year on our annual holiday at Shoal Bay and have always enjoyed wonderful service and exceptional food. It’s a must visit when in Port Stephens.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seafood pasta was garbage, pasta was overcooked and a chore to eat. Overly enthusiastic staff and no air conditioning which wasn't flash on a 40 degree summers day

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

New Years 2023 in at The Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant. We were greeted with big smiles and had a window seat with 270 views of the water. We meet our wait team and Sherwin looked after us. I have food allergies and was extremely well...taken care of. Nothing was to hard. Sherwin addressed both of us by name whenever he was at our table with a gigantic smile. The food was exceptional! The drinks fantastic. Not rushed in any way, and service exceptional, which can be difficult to achieve on New Years. An absolutely fantastic restaurant and we would definitely visit again. Thanks Sherwin and team for a fantastic last night of 2023.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

We took our group of 24 staff for Xmas celebrations, hired the wrap around below deck room, and wow! Everything exceptional, nothing too much trouble, and the food was outstanding. Beautiful Australian lamb and barra, and gorgeous desserts… solid 10/10. Thanks for a fabulous night

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023

We were appalled to read the menu here, the restaurant is on the beach in an area of abundant wonderful seafood, and they choose to serve frozen prawns from Vietnam and frozen scallops from Japan! It’s printed on the menu, when we asked the waiter...why, the answer was that if they served local seafood there wouldn’t be enough for all the restaurants! Not good enough. Choose Australian suppliers, there are hundreds!More

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

Best lunch I have had in a long time with my choices arriving promptly and served with a pleasent smile from the waitress who couldn’t do any more to make your experience any better. All the courses in my meal were delicious and the sauces...served were different to the ones you often encounter. Beautiful outlook to go with the meal and lots of free parking which makes it even better after crowded Nelson Bay township.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

Great space and place to gather with family for delicious food and one of the best waitresses ever, Kathy. Kathy knew how to create a warm and friendly place for eating and chatting. She remembered our names and orders but didn't pander. Maybe Kathy should...train majority of waiting staff in the ACT. Meals may be pricey for some but for a special, memorable gathering invite the wealthy family member. Thanks Kathy and all other staff.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

There must be a change of chefs here because the food is so different. Same menu, but not the same dishes we knew and loved.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

Went for dinner for our anniversary and we were very disappointed. Ordered the scallops as an entree and two were tiny and overcooked, tasted like rubber. The mains were average, we expected more. Service was lovely, shame about the food.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

We had high expectations as we were looking for somewhere to go as a treat with friends. For the price you pay the food and service wasn’t great. My husband and I shared the scallops entree and they were overcooked and tasteless. I had the...seafood risotto special as the main and it was watery and underwhelming. Sad as it’s a beautiful locationMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023 via mobile

Menu was good, maybe a little fussy. Sherwin our waiter was very bright and attentive. We dined at night. Next trip we’d go either for lunch or an early dinner while there is daylight. We weren’t impressed with a very lengthy two page welcome to...country in the front of the menu. Australians are sick of this - just look at the reaction to being welcomed to country on every Qantas flight.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

It was our 2nd time here, but this time around, for dinner. It was a pre-Father's day celebration and first time for our lil one to join us at the Boathouse. As always, the staff was impeccably friendly, welcoming and helpful. The food was amazing,...the ambiance just perfect and we had the window view for sunset. I must call out that, I had a boo boo and mistakenly booked the date earlier, but the staff was kind enough to find me a spot on the Saturday instead, which was what I really wanted. Thank you again Little Beach Boathouse! :) till next time!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

Absolutely lovely place to Dine. We went in celebration of our Anniversary and from the moment we were greeted in the foyer to our farewell on leaving we could not have asked for better hospitality. All the staff we delightful and accomodating to our requirements....The beautiful menu did not disappoint. Delicious meals cooked to perfection. We had a really lovely dining experience and thank the staff again for helping to make our night special. Beth & PeterMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the deck cafe, which had a relaxing water view from the outdoor seating. The food was fabulous, especially the french fries, which were crispy and tasty. The only downside was the QR-scan ordering system, which took too long to...process our order. We waited for about 40 minutes before our food arrived, and when we followed up, we were told that the kitchen was busy. We would recommend ordering at the counter instead, as it might be faster and more efficient. The staff were a bit inconsistent in their service. Some of them were very helpful and friendly, while others seemed indifferent and uninterested. Overall, we had a good time at the deck cafe, but we also encountered some hiccups along the way. If you are looking for a casual and scenic place to eat, you can give it a try, but be prepared to wait and be patient.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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I was there in October and from memory they did have disabled access and the women’s toilet was very roomy. Agree with Graham best to contact them directly as it is well worth the visit.
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Little Beach Boathouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5