The Boatbuilders Yard

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$40 and under
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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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The Boatbuilders Yard is one of Melbourne’s truly unique function venues, located close to the CBD in South Wharf, Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality and convention precinct.

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4.2
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4.4
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LF
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

If it was a quitter period I think it would be ok but it was over crowded and I though the food was expensive for what was supplied.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Leigh, Thank you for joining us over the weekend - it was a busy one wasn't it! Appreciate your feedback and I'm sorry to hear you didn't find value in your food, we work hard to keep our prices competitive! Hopefully we have the chance to change your mind on another occasion :-) Thanks again and best regards, Ilana

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LS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to the yard in small and large groups and always enjoyed the experience. Shared small plates were yummy especially green beans and the beef skewers

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 28 November 2019

Thanks for joining us and taking the time to review Libby. Great to hear you enjoyed your visits and we can't wait to welcome you back! Best regards, Ilana

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P
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great place for a coupla beers and a burg with some mates on any given day of the week (but best on a toasty arvo)!

SM
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We were there for dinner on a Friday night.
The weather was really cold outside, however we were cosy under the heaters.
It was a bit loud and the food ok.
It took a while for 2 orders to come out and there were 4 of us at the table.
Service- good.
We’ve been there before and will probably go back again. Thank you

CA
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a great celebration of the end of the academic year.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 6 November 2019

You are so welcome Catina, thanks for celebrating with us!

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BW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food, managed to accommodate numerous dietary requirements.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 4 November 2019

Great to hear! Many thanks Barry :-)

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent - Bar staff need a bit more training. The two we had serve us were unsure of what drinks were what . . . .

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 20 October 2019

Hi Simone, Thank you for joining us and the feedback! We've just changed our beverage list so these details are great to know, thank you for bringing it to our attention :-) I hope we see you in again soon. Kind regards, Ilana

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MA
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Little difficult to get food orders in when busy. Staff very polite. Food delicious and arrived in timely fashion. Music very loud outside and we needed to yell to be heard. Overall really good.

VS
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Everything was great. Only thing was it was a busy night. They had table service but some problem with their tablets and took ages for our drinks to come. Should have just ordered from the bar.

t
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Great venue to watch the footy

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 29 September 2019

Cheers!

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L
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I had a great time celebrating my bday at the Boatbuilders Yard. Food and music were great. However, the set up of the tables was not the best

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 29 September 2019

Hi Latu, Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us! Appreciate the feedback and we hope to welcome you back in again soon. Cheers, Ilana

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JH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

fast friendly service with a smile. meals were large and tasty and of course the terrific location.... well done

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 29 September 2019

Cheers Joyce! So lovely to hear you enjoyed and we hope to welcome you back in again soon. Best regards, Ilana

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

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
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

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

AB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

LM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

RY
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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

JC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AL
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good location, cold beer nice food would go back again

SU
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

KR
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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! :)