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“Boating idyll with lunch thrown in!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037 , Australia
02 9518 9011
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Ranked #27 of 5,176 restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Boating idyll with lunch thrown in!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our family loved sharing a meal together at the Boathouse. Lovely staff, great seafood and an especially wonderful venue with a view looking north over Blackwattle Bay towards the Anzac Bridge. We tucked into our entrees whilst watching canoes and tinnies glide past our window. We were also blessed with a beautiful day. But we have been here before during the evening, when a storm unleashed an enormous display of lightning covering the entire sky and lighting up the Anzac Bridge. That was also a magnificent display from this vantage point. It is not always the case that the quality of food matches that of the venue, however it is indeed the case with this particular restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“worth dining here for a special occasion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Went here this week for a birthday celebration. Position and ambience are really excellent. Entrees were very good, ham hock croquettes and a fish and scallop dish. Followed that with the superb Snapper Pie and the Barramundi. Desserts of cannoli and a wonderful dish of watermelon, strawberries, pannacotta and rose flavoured cream. Interesting that there wasn't a prawn dish at all, not complaining, I just thought that shellfish, apart from oysters, were a bit under-represented. Service was top class, the pocket hurt but the meal didn't let us down.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Amazing view, meal was not amazing, but still good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

You can't beat this view of the city at night. It is a different angle then most see and it is lovely. The food this time was good but not amazing. Wines and champagne by the glass are limited compared to other restaurants of this calibre

The oysters selection is second to none. The menu this time didn't seem as good as last time and the entree I chose was miniature for $27. The main of Jewfish wasn't my favourite and my friend had the snapper pie which we also had last visit. Chips were beyond disappointing. They were wedges, so advertise them as such. Double cooked and hard to eat. Years ago on our last visit the fat chips were a highlight lined up in soldiers, now that was amazing!

No dessert took our fancy so an early night. Good, but not great. Main waiter a real professional and showman, but other waiters lacking in personality.

A side note is that I left a message for a booking and never got a call back, when I called again to confirm they just said "we're closed for a function". Ok, but you should call people back. I expected a lot more.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful fish restaurant with stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is everything a restaurant should be. Beautiful, with lovely white tablecloths and a subtle but buzzy atmosphere. The views out over the water are breathtaking. This is nothing like a tourist place that will rip you off in exchange for a view of the harbour bridge (or, more likely, a cruise ship). The staff are knowledgeable and extremely friendly without being overbearing. You can choose from around ten different types of oyster, and then at least five different fish. The wine list is excellent (I recommend the Earthworks Shiraz as a tasty but not too expensive choice). The cooking is superb. Everything here looks effortlessly elegant, but of course a lot of effort and love has gone into everything. No one who comes here could possibly be disappointed - it's the kind of place you dream about finding every time you open a guidebook to anywhere.

Visited May 2013
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Maitland, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best Seafood Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We dined here for the second time recently for my husband's 40th birthday. The service and the food were impeccable yet again. Not one person in our party was unhappy with their meal - instead there was just moans of ecstasy and delight at the gastronomical seafood heaven we experienced. Beautiful view both at night and during the day and staff who are happy to assist no matter what. We utilised our Citibank card and were happily given the choice of a free bottle of wine without any issues. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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