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“Not splendid but decent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Boat House by the Lake

The Boat House by the Lake
Menindee Drive, Canberra 2600, Australia
02 6273 5500
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Ranked #20 of 778 restaurants in Canberra
Price range: $69 - $170
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Situated in private parkland on the absolute water lapping edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House by the Lake offers the best lake view the capital has to offer. The stunning views are matched by outstanding modern cuisine, friendly and attentive service, and a sophisticated atmosphere.With an award winning restaurant and three private dining rooms each with access to a water-front deck and landscaped gardens, the Boat House is the perfect location for an intimate dining experience, wedding, or corporate event.
Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
“Not splendid but decent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Try their five-course taster dinner deal (if they still have it). Fine cusine and nice atmosphere. Nice and romantic in a summer evening.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Celebration dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The staff were attentive and the food delicious. Degustation with matched wines is the way to go. The view is memorable.

Visited September 2012
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Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Great functions location and restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I've only ever attended functions at the Boat House -- but the catering by the restaurant staff has been fantastic. And the parking is easy (and free).

Visited May 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Ideal conference venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I have not attended the Boat House as a restaurant, rather a conference venue..my review is written based on this experience.
For several years my work organisation has held a two day conference at this venue, which is in a quiet location just a short drive from Canberra airport and city centre. With fantastic views of lake Burley Griffen the venue has ample free parking.
Entering the venue you come upon a comfortable foyer with comfortable lounge, coffee table and newspapers. There is also a small bar.
The venue has 3 rooms for conferences/workshops - two of these rooms can be opened up to make one large room making it ideal for wedding reception and the like.
To compliment the views, the catering is first rate. Food is excellent and great variety for conferences.
Always great to attend a conference at this venue where staff are discreet.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Get invited for cocktails by the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

It really is an old boathouse, and is the only place in the whole of Canberra that is right on the water anywhere. (Wait - I might be a bit wrong, but you get the picture.) When I say "Old" - it's been done up, don't worry. It's a favourite for events - my son was there for a Year 10 formal, I've been a dozen times for drinks. But it's also really nice for a special occasion - though I've never noticed the food . . .

Visited June 2012
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