The Boatbuilders Yard

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$40 and under
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
Nestled beside MCEC and the Polly Woodside sailing ship is an unexpected highlight of the Melbourne drinking and dining scene. Take a walk around this expansive waterfront venue and you’ll be delighted to find multiple zones for chilling out including a Bocce sand pit and custom-built Corona garden. Spend the day here on a deck chair with your favourite holiday read, or make it a fun date night by the water. Either way, it’s the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail and soak in the holiday vibes. Chinese menus are also available upon request.
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1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable evening and got the best seat in the restaurant right in front of the fore.
Excellent food, excellent service and will be back.

MG
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of the food and the service were both excellent. The table was in a perfect location and we really enjoyed the atmosphere and making the most of the fine weather outside. It was a very relaxing and most enjoyable team lunch.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Mark, Thanks for taking the time to review, this is great to hear. Delighted to hear you enjoyed, it's nice to have some sun back isn't it! We hope to welcome you back in again soon. Cheers, Ilana

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FM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Three of us ordered burgers for lunch 2 barramundi and 1 wagyu. Our fish burgers were not cooked through and were immediately removed and replaced.

I booked a table for three the previous day but we were running a little late so my husband rang to change the time by a half hour. I expected to have a table inside but we were led outside to a covered area. I told our waiter I required a seat with a back as I have spinal problems. After assuring me about the chair we were shown to our table with bench seats. When I pointed out this was not what he had told me he said I could lean against the window which apart from being unsatisfactory was not close to the table.

We expressed our dissatisfaction and he claimed he was unaware our original booking had been made the day before. A few minutes later he returned to say he had found us a table inside with chairs. He was very courteous and went out of his way to make up for his previous dismissive attitude.

Two years ago my husband and I stayed in an apartment opposite this bistro while looking at property. We had quite a few meals here, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It was excellent so we decided to bring our house guest for lunch on Sunday. Maybe if we had ordered one of the meals or from the breakfast menu our opinion would have been different.

Based on our meals on this occasion we would not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor customers services of those inside the counter. They are not actively serving and helping.

AB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food Great service had a great time with my Wife as we caught up with friends.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 1 July 2019

Many thanks Alexander! Great to hear you enjoyed, thank you for the feedback and we hope to welcome you back in again soon :-) - Ilana

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J
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great day out the food was hot and fresh. Service was great and very fast. If anything we got asked a little to often about more drinks but still not a bad thing really. Great day out for me.

AM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very pleasant time at this venue. I have been frequenting this place for a number of years now and enjoy the location and closeness to the CBD and surroundings.

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Melbourne breakfast spot. First ate here in 2015. Quality of meal is still superb. Morning after tots and their eggs Benedict were awesome. Come hungry or you won’t be able to finish!

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great open place, loved the ambiance. Was noisy but not too noisy that you couldn't have a conversation.

Food was good. Only just wish that a chef in Melbourne could make a burger that isn't drowned and sloppy.

Otherwise great.

RB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and setting. Their diverse clientele is always interesting to observe. Service is prompt, and efficient.

j
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue and location with great staff. All round we had an excellent evening.

LM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had multiple ordered put through for our table in a staggered time frame. Two separate food orders were forgotten. One of which was forgotten twice. Our diners with forgotten meals were compensated with a drink which was appreciated. In attempting to order a cocktail jug it was informed that the drink ordered could only be served in a jug (tequila sunrise) and only a glass. In asking for a jug of water for our 15+ people it was also informed that no jugs were available- after having waited 10+ minutes to be served at the exterior bar as there was only one attendant serving.

JY
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My guests loved hr place and we will definitely be back.

RY
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall, the experience was ok. There were a few issues with the delivery of food however the food itself was nice. The servers when asked for something were great, however weren't very attentive otherwise. Overall a good night.

JH
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere and service was good. Food portion sizes small for pricing

JC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This place was great as it was after an event at the Melbourne convention centre so it was insanely close! Drinks were good and food was pretty good. Had a few issues with the wagyu burgers but everything else was fine! Would recommend the fish burger, barramundi and the BBQ brisket! This place is perfect for drinks and snacks maybe! After work or before a night out!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first night in Melbourne and the food was wonderful! A great place to try new things, especially the seafood! I wish you could sit outside and not be surrounded by people smoking, but I guess that’s just a thing.

SL
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Nice space. Good for kids. Service was very average. Didn't have the booking I'd made earlier in the day. Not enough team members on the bar so the queue for ordering food and drinks was painful.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After walking past on many occasions and not once ever stopping, we will now definitely return. Venue was perfect setting for family gathering for sons 21st Birthday. Outstanding service, beautiful food. Could not fault anything. Well done.

GG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to meet with friends every thing about the place was great

AL
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved everything about our experience as we headed out for dinner. The Boatbuilders Yard has everything going for it however our online booking didn't register despite receiving an email confirmation stating that our reservation was confirmed (which included a booking reference number also). So apart from the 10 minute wait initially while staff scurried to find a table, our experience was great. We're very appreciate of the effort the staff made to sort out the online failure that added on the spot service pressure. it was handled very well indeed.

LH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location, cold beer nice food would go back again

SU
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Boatbuilders Yard. It was dope. I didn’t see nobody building no boats, but I done ate some chips and a brisket and additionally I done drank two beers.

It was a relaxing spot to watch the Jordan Peterson protesters and I saw one of them clowns was dressed as a lobster. Lol those flogs. Go to the Boatbuilders and smash some beers would be my recommendation.

JS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food.
I had the chicken and lamb shoulder
And dessert was beautiful and very well presented
Very happy

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service and atmosphere was good however the chips and calamari were way too salty. Chicken drumettes were not great either unfortunately. Would go again for drinks only!

NT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great - We keep n coming back. Never any complaints.
We will be back.

KR
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Once we arrived our experience was great.
However I had left 2 voice mail re booking with no return call.
SO i booked online and when we arrived there was no record of the booking!

A
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday here for an afternoon. The staff and venue are fantastic. They were super accommodating with the cake, storing it in the fridge and not charging a cake fee. We had table service and our waiter/host was absolutely delightful! So helpful and friendly. I didn't catch her name but she has red in her hair. I ate the jerk chicken breast and a range of starters - all were delicious. They make a great Aperol Spritz too! The venue is spacious and suited the crowd I was with. I have no complaints! :)

TM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Not very conducive to Corporate Group bookings as we ended up having to nominate one person to take everyone's orders and go up to the bar and it was hard on the bar staff to take food and drink orders for 12 people. Would have been better to have been able to order at the table.
Also, we had a booking until 2pm however were asked to leave at 1.30pm as the next booking had turned up early. Not our problem and not good that we were made to feel that it was.

c
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service BUT our table booking was mucked up - not allocated and end initial joining a different group I g until we requested a separate table for our group.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

3 of the guys ended up with skin pealing off their elbows, there must have been some sort of cleaning fluid still on the table. It would be good to talk to someone about this. Ian 0438812030, thanks.

LC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, good food. Some of the Bar staff could be a little friendlier. I know they are busy but they could give a smile

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very efficient and friendly service

LE
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately we did not have a great experience. Our food order was lost somehow between ordering and the kitchen and only realised after 45 min when we went to check....so no food. It was not that busy so should not have been an issue. Really disappointing as it was a special occasion for us to all catch up and ended up leaving to find food elsewhere.

RA
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, location and atmosphere. :-)

GD
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had booked a table for 9 and unfortunately we had to sit on 2 tables. Not ideal really

EH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Coffee took sooooo long and was longer to arrive than our food. Not hot enough either.
Food was amazing

PT
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brill spot, they really looked after us.

We'd come again.

The food was lovely & the service was attentive.

BT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the venue and the location was great, right on the water. Our food was delicious when it finally arrived, after it took a long time to get service after initially being seated, we had to call the waitress over after about a 15 minute wait to order, and our drinks that we ordered on seating hadn't arrived yet either. The waitress was apologetic and very friendly. 1 meal was then missed on the order so we had to reorder that, but it was delivered quite quickly. Thankfully food was delicious. I wouldn't say we had a negative experience but the initial ordering of food and missed meal just meant my review score was probably not as good as it could have been.

SS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and very fast to come out. Service at bar was good. Many options for food and drink selections. Great idea having sunscreen in the bathrooms.

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