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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As locals, we have eaten here frequently for lunch and dinner. Some days the effects of wine and the view covers for the mediocre food and other time the food shines by its self. I have always loved the Coconut Prawns and BBQ Banana dish...however last night it was cold and the banana was chalky with no taste. The Duck Parfait was brilliant. The Crispy Skinned Barramundi wasn't crispy at all and it is always hard to accept that a dish costing $40 dollars isn't presented as it is described on the menu. The wine was good. The service was pleasant.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

They were very busy and we spent 15 minutes waiting in line for our table and when we got to the host my booking was crossed out I mentioned that we had been waiting in line 15 minutes and still very much wanted our table...and the host promptly seated us and gave us a free drink as apology for the wait and mix up He then regularly checked on us This effort more than compensated for the wait and mix up We hadn’t been for a number of years, and we had an amazing meal in a beautiful space and will definitely become regulars againMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service here is amazing, the people are so friendly. The cocktails are incredible. The food is absolutely to die for. 10/10 recommend. My fiancé and I went here for lunch and his comment was the salmon is better than he could ever do (which...is a 100/10 review). Absolutely loved it.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 13 September 2021 via mobile

The Boat Shed Restaurant is in a lovely location over looking the water. They had gas burners going on the cool, windy evening which worked a treat. We enjoyed delicious calamari for entree and my partner had perfectly cooked Pork Belly. I chose the Swordfish...and was very disappointed. The fish was bland, the coleslaw was bland as was the black rice. There was a mango purée dolloped around the plate but I found this just didn’t work. I have eaten here before and had a beautiful meal and will try again however not the Swordfish. Good wines by the glass. Our waitress was delightful.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

Terrible!! This used to be our favourite restaurant….. not sure what’s happened as sadly we have now had 3 terrible meals here. As our friend accurately stated, they are are trading off a reputation they no longer deserve. Menu is unappealing and hasn’t changed in...a long time, food is poor at best and often terrible, overcooked lamb for example. Don’t be fooled by the pictures they present, there is no steak on the menu as apparently they cannot find a decent supplier!!! Excuses excuses, terrible experience, won’t be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 September 2021

The takeaway section here is great value ,we eat here regularly for fish and chips and compared to the spit places this is great .The fish is always freshly cooked and huge pieces and the good portions of chips.Well done Boat Shed keep the value...up for us oldies.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2021

Lovely lunch today. This place is always good and has great views. Apologies i didnt get the young mans name but he did have a great beard and a super attitude. Thanks

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 September 2021

Wife and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary here at lunch on Monday and it is one of the best restaurants we have been to. Food, service and location are second to none. Ella our waitress was friendly, professional and obliging. It was a leisurely...lunch and totally enjoyable. When in Cotton Tree this is a place not to be missed.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021

Friends of our suggested this place for lunch. Very open and inviting venue. Menu looked great and many of the entrée dishes really suited my taste such as the Pate, etc. The waitress was very polite and helpful. We ordered some share entrees and them...mains. Entrée’s were great, tasty and we got extra bread for Pate when we requested it. Mains arrived and looked great but there were some minor issues, one serve of fish was very underdone and translucent, not ideal for such a fish a Barramundi, one other dish was not that warm. It is the back of house people who should be on top of this. It was like the focus was to get people in and out the door so they can set up for next sitting for the day. We will be in no hurry to return.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Fantastic venue for a cuppa or lunch or dinner. Waterside delight. Great friendly staff and wonderful menus. We have had a few coffees, hot chocolate and today had iced coffee and iced chocolate both yummy and at a good price

Date of visit: June 2021
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16 July 2020|
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Response from wintersson | Reviewed this property |
Hello The Boat Shed may be a good option for you. the restaurant is open in design with the outside merging with the inside and is right by the water. However, they do have a little alcove which may suit your party, so ask... More
31 December 2019|
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Response from C2173IBdavidd | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think it’s BYOG
30 May 2018|
Response from boatshedcottontree | Property representative |
Hi Please call the restaurant on 07 5443 3808 to discuss availability and menu options.
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The Boat Shed Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5