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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

#97 of 4,359 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free, Pacific Rim
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123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037 , Australia
02 9518 9011
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Last Saturday night was my third visit to The Boathouse, and it certainly won't be my last. I just really love everything about this restaurant. The location is perfect, right on the water overlooking the city and the Fish Markets. The restaurant isn't too stuffy or fancy, but has just the right amount of style to make you remember it's... More 

Thank Kate M
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my partner to this restaurant on our first date, several years ago. This year for our anniversary, we returned - it was still a great place. Good food - they really know how to select good seafood, and treat it well. The oysters were excellent! We'll be back another day for sure...

Thank andrews_geoff
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful location and a sleek fit out. Like others, we came for the mythical snapper pie but were left disappointed. The pie itself is a little too rich and lacking in textural variety. The smear of bland side veg doesn't add much either. $10 valet parking is a nice bonus though the octopus sashimi starters were delightful. Oyster varieties are... More 

Thank pmaraun
Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location. Service is ordinary. Food is expensive. I selected two entrees. The Yamba prawns lacked flavour and the flesh was tough. My octopus was partially cooked and also lacked flavour. The highlight was the chocolate dessert with honeycomb and figs. I have been to the Boathouse a number of times but after this lack lustre visit I do not... More 

Thank Janne L
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My bestfriend took me here for my birthday! The location overlooks the harbour with views of the Anzac Bridge. The restraunt is tucked away from the Sydney CBD and down the narrow streets of Glebe. We had made a reservation and were seated at our table with a glass of water each. We glanced at the wine list and saw... More 

Thank Kiri H
North West UK
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location & the staff were lovely. I went with the fish pie after a recommendation, with it being the house dish too, but was left disappointed. Luckily I'd had the prawns to start & these had to be some of the best I'd ever tasted. I would go back but it wouldn't be top of my list, especially as... More 

Thank Cal2804
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went the Boathouse with my family for daughter and my birthday. While I was standing at the table to take my jacekt off, the water already take order for drinks even my husdand haven't arrvied yet. This was make me bit annoying. Cocktails and wine were very good. But it takes very long time to come back our to... More 

Thank Fumi27
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb food, great service, and beautiful view of the Anzac Bridge. Right on the water. One of Sydney's treasures. Would definitely go again. One of my favourites.

Thank Toni F
Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit & now definitely not the last. A winning taste sensation one mouthful after the next. The snapper pie is a must although a taste test of the barramundi would be a close 2nd. To finish off, the banana soufflé with peanut ice cream was special. On a cold & wet Sydney night, this was enough... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a returning patron for over 16 years to this uniquely located inner Sydney restaurant it saddens me to say those days are over. My last 2 visits there have been most disappointing despite the fresh fish offered on the menu, the reasonable service & the beautiful views. The food I was served was tasteless, visually unappealing & devoid of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Australian, Gluten Free, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Ferry Road | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2037, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Glebe
  • Neighborhood: Glebe
  • Phone Number: 02 9518 9011

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Staying in Glebe

Neighborhood Profile
An inner city suburb along the water, Glebe has a deep-rooted sense of cultural history and heritage. It originated as a semi-rural resort for the well-to-do, but has transformed into a student-centric melting pot. Visit Glebe Point Road for ethnic cuisine as standard as Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese, or as diverse as Spanish, Bavarian, Polish, Czech and Lebanese. You will find that Glebe is accepting of the eccentrics and aboriginals that roam the streets, integrating students and people of all economic statuses into the multi-cultural fabric that distinguishes this suburb. Glebe Foreshore is a great destination for a leisurely walk along the Bay, and the Saturday market is a great scene for bargain hunters.