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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

#173 of 4,620 Restaurants in Sydney
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123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037 , Australia
+61 2 9518 9011
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
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150 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rainy, busy Mother's Day lunch with guests lining up in the wet for entry at 11.50; asked for entry to escape the rain but told we can enter when they are ready at 12n. Once inside no warm welcome, simply asked for the booking name and pointed to table. Cold, impartial atmosphere and although Mother's Day can be a disjointed... More 

Thank Walacia205
Hong Kong, China
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Isn't it funny how all restaurants have "one of the best chefs in Sydney"? This place serves the freshest fish and seafood in an elegant, understated ambiance with great service.

Thank Honky_Richard
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take the trip down to Glebe as a birthday treat... my extent of eating fish normally is barramundi and calamari..... so when we sat down and saw no barramundi on the menu I was alarmed. After the initial shock I decided to test the waters and let go, I ordered the mackerel and my wife ordered the... More 

Thank Joeylemp
Foster, Australia
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188 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter who lives in Sydney took us to the Boathouse on a Saturday night - we had a perfect night out. The restaurant is on top of Sydney Uni boathouse so is right on the water and darkness of course lends enchantment with twinkling lights and shadowy water. We had a window table and noticed noise levels were contained-... More 

Thank Virginia3960
Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This restaurant is better than average but not 'very' good. Four of us dined here and nothing really shone. Service was abrupt The waiter appeared 'world weary' and showed no enthusiasm. I was prepared to think he was just aloof, but the others weren't so generous. I had heard about the fish pie so I had that (so too my... More 

1 Thank Peter H
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Went here for a birthday dinner. Has been some time since our last visit. Not again. When you live in Sydney there are so many other choices. Had to pick three wines before one was found in stock that was on the wine list. The fish on the menu dated the day of our visit was not available. When a... More 

Thank Philip B
sydney australia
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

On our recent visit to the Boathouse it appeared that the underlying philosophy may be that, while the service is poor, a complimentary bottle of wine should have resulted in patrons leaving without any sense of disappointment. Unfortuntely while the compensation was certainly a generous response to failings in the dining room and kitchen, it is not really what one... More 

Thank vicenzanino
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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221 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

One of my favourite seafood restaurants in Sydney, I have eaten here many times for both lunch and dinner. My last visit was a few years back, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the quality of service and the food was right up to scratch. The view across to the fish markets and Anzac bridge are really nice and... More 

Thank Wayne N
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I have been to the Boathouse a few times over the years and it's still one of my favourite places to take friends too. This time I had friends visiting from Melbourne and they loved it. The location is perfect, close to Darlkng Harbour where they were staying and a short drive for us to get too. The views of... More 

Thank Panths
Sydney, Australia
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98 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The last step coming down from the restaurant is quite high...take care as falling is a real possibility especially after good food and wine..its should be rectified by owner.We sat for over 4 hours on wooden chairs with hard backs...not what I would expect at this type of upmarket eatery.The food was delicious.Wine prices quite high.Limited parking available.Nice water views... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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 have gluten-free options?
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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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