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Boathouse Forest Park

6101 Government Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 367-3423
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Ranked #365 of 2,527 restaurants in Saint Louis
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hampton
Description: Back and better than ever. This casual restaurant, bar, and boat rental facility, located in the heart of Forest Park on Post-Dispatch Lake, is like no other place in St. Louis. The Boathouse has undergone major renovations thanks to a gift from the Jack Taylor family. In the warm weather enjoy leisurely boat rides, lakeside patio dining, cold drinks, live music, and beautiful sunsets. In the cold weather enjoy indoor dining for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch…or just come and enjoy a glass of wine or a hot chocolate while relaxing around the large stone wood-burning fireplace. **Due to increased traffic in the Park during our busy season, we’ll be able to accommodate reservations for large parties only, 10-16 people, for indoor dining at specific times. Otherwise, our seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
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156 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Taking advantage of the unseasonably cool July weather, my friend & I decided on lunch at the Boathouse. It was crowded on a Thursday at noon, but the line moved very quickly and we were seated at a lakeside table in no time. The day was wonderful, watching all the paddle boaters on the lake. The menu is simple, hamburger/fish... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I consistently have wonderful food at the Boathouse. The service is great and I love eating outside, BUT be careful of your skirt or pants as mine got caught in the rusted corner of the chair and tore a couple of small holes in my clothes. Just a heads up.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by this sweet place. It was a really hot day and we sat outside anyway under an umbrella. They were very good about bringing us ice cold water. We ordered a salad and sandwich, which was delicious. I can't wait to go back to try the jumbo hot dog because it looked delicious too!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Boathouse is such a dichotomy - the food is just average American fare, but the atmosphere and view is spectacular. First, the food. The menu is completely unoffensive and even the pickiest eaters should find something to eat. There were a variety of large salads, pizzas, and sandwiches which all sounded just fine and were reasonably priced. I suppose since... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Located inside the park and right on the lake that leads to the Grand basin, this restaurant offers a relax and chic atmosphere. Dogs lovers and family love to spend their time here, especially over the weekend. The menu is nothing spectacular, though it is quite alright. The paddleboats are available to rent, which is a huge hit for family... More

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Bristol, WI
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Boathouse is one of those places that everyone wants to try, at least once. It is in a gorgeous setting with tables inside and out, overlooking a charming little lake. Diners under umbrellas look out over the lake as families and young couples paddle little boats and ducks dance on the water. This is all very true and saves... More

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Long wait (45 minutes) with many tables open... because they didn't have enough servers on duty until the night shift came on duty. Food was OK. Kids loved the paddle boats!

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Naperville, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It was nice to sit outside and listen to the outdoor concert that was going on a short way away. I got a salad which was very good, but beware...the mac and cheese was soooo cheesy it tasted like you you were eating a hunk of velveeta. Fish and chips were good and the portion was large.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to go to the Boathouse for the first time since their re-opening and we weren't disappointed. We asked the parking angels for help in find a spot in the lot and after three circles around it worked! We knew we'd have a wait, so we each got a drink from the bar and relaxed while... More

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Alton, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My husband and I went to the Boathouse for a nice Saturday lunch and it was a lovely experience. When we arrived at 2:00 PM on a Saturday, we were told that the wait time to get in was 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours and it actually took only 35 minutes. They text you when your table is ready... More

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