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“Great food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar

Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar
123 Sooning Street | Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
+61 7 4758 2419
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $29
Cuisines: International, Tapas
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar has a great variety for all occasions.From Lunch on the deck over looking the marina,too fine dining at dinner.Executive Chef Rodney Smith has combined fresh ingredients and local produce in his menus that will tantalize your taste buds. Now with tapas style dishes to have a variety of more dishes to amaze your taste buds.
Melbourne
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“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

We were on the 'Romance Package' which included a two course meal. The food was delicious, well presented, good size without being too large, excellent choice, and beautiful setting. The service was very friendly but a bit slow, but all round recommended.

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Rodney S, Executive Chef at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Boardwalk Restaurant.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and I hope that you would choose to back time and time again. We'd love to see you.
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  • English first
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English first
Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Over-priced and over-cooked”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We (3 people) stayed at Nelly Bay and ate here 2 nights due to scarcity of eateries (and I didn't feel like cooking in our unit). It is a spacious and clean place in the Pepper's resort. Bearing in mind location and cost of product, the mains were still over-priced ($36) for portion-size and quality. First meal was ok but the lamb and pork dishes were over-cooked; eye fillet was done as our friend wanted. Second meal was slightly better but tuna was dry and tasteless. Other two meals were okay. However, to have 3 out of 6 mains overcooked is 3 too many. Not much respect for the product. First meal we had desserts but these were uninspired and bland. We skipped the second time. Both times we had a plate of calamari and turkish bread to start: calamari was quite tender but the batter on the first serving was quite loose and moist, second serving was crisper as it should be.

Service was uneven with us asking 3 times for the wine of the month (Pike's Red Mullet, very nice and reasonable markup). The ambience is functional rather than welcoming with bland "funky" music in the background. The space is well-aired due to its position and probably better for a drink than to eat.

This should be more of a brasserie and should stick to that style without trying too hard to "create" dishes that technically are probably a bit beyond the kitchen's expertise. Simple food that is cooked well beats failed creative any time.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Reliably good food. A bit overpriced for us, but good for special occasions.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

As locals, have used the cheap lunch special several times, always good value! Don't go often for dinner as prices are high for us, but went not so long ago for a special occasion. I had the fish, superb, with nice accompaniments, husband had the duck, which he really enjoyed. Our weakness is a cheese platter, so we indulged. The cheese platter (which we shared) was WAY overpriced, but not too bad if you were sharing, and we really enjoyed it. Service was friendly, although the main took a while as we were there on a busy night. Look forward to going again,

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rodney S, Executive Chef at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
Hi Lorriane,

Thank you for your review of the boardwalk restaurant and the complaimnets on the food & service.
I'm glad that the locals are visiting our restaurant and hope that the trend continues. As you saw on your night of dining we are very busy and especially at dinner go that extra mile with quaility produce. The cheese plate that your ordered off the menu is for 2 people and is filled with award winning cheeses.

Thanks again for your comments and I hope you join us again soon.
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“Lovely views and meals - special night out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We came here for a birthday dinner celebration on our first night at Magnetic Island. We asked for a table with a water view, and were given the choice of inside or out. As it was a bit breezy, we opted for in and had a lovely table looking over the water.

Service was friendly and helpful, with the waiter letting us try a taste of two of the wines before we selected which to buy.

Our meals, although a bit pricey (mains in the $30's), were absolutely delicious, from entrees through to desserts.

Definitely recommend!

Visited July 2012
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Rodney S, Executive Chef at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
Hi Ann,

Thank you for your recent review of our restaurant.

I'm so happy that you enjoyed your evening and I hope that we helped you celebrate your special occison with a great dining experience.
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“Alright”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

Well for a 5 star restaurant, prices are to be expected. Service from our waitress was lovely, very well mannered and proper, continually attending to our water and table. Ridiculous wait to take our orders, menus were short, so not all of us could have one, their where 10 plus of us. Meal time was wayyyyyyy to long for a 5 star, roughly 2 hour wait, causing us to miss the earlier ferry home, not very 5 star. Meals were lovely and delicious, dessert was nice Apart from the very large hair found in my ice cream! Staff where not very apologetic or sympathetic about that, I was quite upset about it. Drinks delivered quick, with a great wine selection. Would recommend for couples, lovely view and romantic, but not for larger groups/functions!!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rodney S, Executive Chef at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
Hi Brenyboy,

Thank you for your comments on the food and service here at the boardwalk restaurant.

I am sorry to hear that you had a long wait the night you came in for dinner. We try to spread out our booking so that type of thing does not happen.

The problem than we and many other restaurants face is that, large group of people walk into to the restaurant without a reservation. This impacts on everyone from diners that have booked to the floor staff and of course the kitchen.

I hope that you will join us again and enjoy every element of the dining experience.
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