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“Great location, great food, great price”

Proudfoots Boathouse
Ranked #21 of 129 Restaurants in Warrnambool
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $29
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Proudfoots on the River is a modern Australian restaurant situated on the banks of the Hopkins river. Our delicious meals are complimented by our spectacular views.
Reviewed November 15, 2012

What a pleasure to choose a historic boathouse with a great view for lunch, and then to find that the food and the prices were excellent too. My husband said his steak was the best he'd had since leaving Port Douglas four months ago. It's open at night too and dinner prices are higher and the setting inside is more formal with nice white linen tablecloths etc.but you can have the same food and prices as lunch if you eat upstairs at "the pub" which is just the upper part of the boathouse.

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Thank Aussiebooklover
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Being a Monday night there were few places open, and we had wanted to attend the light show at Flagstaff Hill at 9:30p which meant we could not possible go have dinner in another town and be back in time.

Why overpriced for the quality?
A dinner of 2 mains, 1 boutique beer, 1 coffee & 1 tea came to $84
Chicken main dish.
- Overcooked and on the oily side. Average pub quality food at fine dining prices

Steak main dish
- Steak perfectly cooked to medium rare
- Let down by the quality of the beef, which was not that good and on the chewy side.

Excellent for a pub. Poor if judged from a fine dining perspective.

Coffee & tea
I ordered a Vienna coffee (it was on the menu). A Vienna coffee is a double shot of espresso then filled to the top of the glass with cream. I was served a long black with a dash of cream.
My wife ordered a peppermint tea. There was only ~1/3 of the tea leaves needed for the size of the pot it was served in. Consequently the tea was very week.

Below is a comparison with a couple of good fine dining regional restaurants in Victoria
Merrijig Kitchen in Port Fairy, 25 min drive from Warrnambool
- 2 Chefs Hats and the food is impeccable (we have had the food from the current chefs twice - they used to run The Stag)
- $145: 2 entrées, 2 mains, 2 desserts, 1 glass of wine & 1 boutique beer

The Yarck Tea Rooms (in Yarck)
- 2 Chefs Hats, again very very nice food. Been there three times.
- Their degustation menu is $89 per person. If broken down by courses per dish is cheaper than those of Proudfoots. (A dinner of entrée, main, dessert and coffee at Proudfoots would have cost the same or more than Yarck’s degustation menu)

Admittedly, neither of the regional restaurants used as comparison above have scenic views whereas Proudfoots is situated on the river and the view is nice if one was lucky enough to sit by the window, and this usually means higher prices. However, even taking this into account charging fine dining prices for good pub fare with a view in my opinion is a bit too much.

3  Thank Lokky_78
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Christopher G, Owner at Proudfoots Boathouse, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2016

Dear Tripadvisor member.

Thank you for reviewing Proudfoots on Trip Advisor.

It has been many years since you took the time to review us. Since then, many years have passed and we have changed hands twice; so I am reaching out to you to ask if you could remove the review of the previous owners of this operation.

Myself, my wife and father have spent many hours improving the business, training our staff and investing in the future of our business and tourism in Warrnambool.

We believe that we are on the right track and our feedback from customers is great, and we are getting more repeat business than ever.

Removing your review will allow us to have a more accurate position of how the business is doing now and help encourage more business.

If you would like to discuss this my phone number is 0438 466 636 but I trust you will understand and help out by removing your review of the previous owners.

Many thanks,

Christopher Grace

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Chose Fathers Day to visit (we had forgotten that fact but they squeezed us in.
We found the location very nice overlooking the waterfront. More importantly the staff was welcoming and polite and seems to know their stuff.

Both meals, mine being a steak, were quite good, well cooked and presented. The wine list was satisfactory and the markup not all that bad.

The prices were not cheap but we did not consider them over the top for the location, the fare and the service.
Would certainly recommend to anyone wanting to simply enjoy a night out.

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Thank Dencal1945
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The restaurant is on the river so the view is very nice, the food is good, nice service, nice eating area.

Thank ialmostforgot
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Pub meal prices, good honest food and a close encounter with the river or you can hide inside and enjoy the classic cosy wood log cottage style interior. A must for all visitors to Warrnambool.

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Thank Mari_Star_Kitty
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