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The Boatbuilders Yard

4.1
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135 reviews
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$40 and under
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International
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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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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4.0
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Andrew
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined tepidly ventured out for a meal for the first time in about 3 months due to COVID-19 lock down and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening by a big out door open fire and large screen TV showing a long missed AFL match. Everyone seemed jubilant they were "free" but most obeyed 'social distancing" rules.
Great Evening.

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LizS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We ordered the crab broil for 3 with all of the seafood extras. It was very tasty and the quality of the seafood was fantastic. However, it was a pretty small serve and only had 2 pieces of crab. We also ordered a pitcher of bloody mary. The taste was nice but it was mostly ice.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Liz, Thanks for joining us for the last weekend of Crab Shack! Really appreciate your feedback and it will be taken on board with the team. I hope you had a fun time! Best regards, Ilana

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Evan
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot, mostly outdoor seating. Great vibes at night, twinkle lights and fire pits. Great drink selections.

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Responded on 26 February 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Evan - I hope you had a fun time and we look forward to welcoming you again :-) Kind regards, Ilana

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SaraW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We were there all afternoon and had a fabulous. The weather was great too which helped

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Responded on 26 February 2020

Great to hear Sara! We love a fun & fabulous time :-) Best regards, Ilana

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JihaeB
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly Staff. Easy Access from the Melbourne Convention Center.

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Responded on 26 February 2020

Cheers Jihae! Thanks for joining us :-)

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AlanT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The place has a great atmosphere. Drinks are a bit exe, but overall the place is highly recommended

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hi Alan, Thanks for taking the time to review, we really appreciate the feedback :-) I hope to welcome you back in again soon! Cheers, Ilana

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AmberS
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We went for the Crab Boil and it was excellent. The service though was fantastic. We didn't realise there was a time limit on the Crab Boil and they were so great in accommodating us. The team were really personable and worked through an error on our bill graciously and effectively.

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Responded on 4 February 2020

Hi Amber, Thanks for joining us for Crab Shack! Great to hear you enjoyed and we hope to welcome you again :-) Best regards, Ilana

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Crab was good small but cooked perfect, the rest of the boil was way to over cooked

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Responded on 28 January 2020

Hey Alex, Thanks for the valuable feedback, much appreciated. I hope you had a fun time! Cheers, Ilana

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LindsayP
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Venue did not have have our booking on record - we were placed next to a noisy (drunk?) group. DJ music too loud all over venue....we left without ordering. Reluctant to try it again!

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Sherlock
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

They have just opened they season menu and the service is not quite there yet.
Some points:
No crab utensils provided (until we asked for it)
No crab bibs provided
No bowls to put the crab shells etc

We did have a waiter that kept coming over and asking if we wanted drinks which was good.

We addressed the concerns with the member of staff who offered us a round of drinks which was nice.

The food itself, the food requires further seasoning or longer to marinate. Suggestion is to serve in a plastic bag so all the juices are contained and more flavoursome. The overall food and sauce was not much, more dry than anything.

I wouldn’t recommend. A seafood buffet at the Sheraton is better if you are after seafood.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Sherlock, Thank you for joining us and taking the time to review 😊 Your feedback has been noted and discussed with the team. We are always looking to improve so really appreciate your insight as a guest! Thanks again and best regards, Ilana

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LizP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Although I have been to restaurant before this was not my best experience at the venue. Booked a table and although there were tables inside we were left outside when rain was expected and it was cold and not very comfortable. Also entree was ordered but mains and entree all delivered at same time.

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JohnandAl
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Boatbuilder’s Yard has been one of my favourite local spots to catch up with family and friends for years. The service, the food and the amazing beer selection always keeps me coming back. Easily 10/10.

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 24 January 2020

John and Al - this is the best! Thanks for your kind words and we can't wait to welcome you back again :-) Kind regards, Ilana

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MarcelV
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Everything is great about this place, but I would like to see an improvement in the food. Portions were small, quality very average and could be better value.

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Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Marcel, Thank you for your valuable feedback, always appreciated. Kind regards, Ilana

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KirstenM
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

A sparrow flew into my head and we were shoved in a corner when I stated I had international guests but I suppose there wasn't much you could do on a rainy day.

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DarylS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated outside on a beautiful Melbourne morning for breakfast. The ambience was fantastic. There were several tables of people which was a very good vibe for breakfast. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The only complaint from many was that everything you order is an add-on. It's like dining at Ikea where you have to build your own meal. That being said, we have been there before and would go again.

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Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Daryl, Thanks so much for joining us again and I'm glad to hear you all enjoyed your breakfast! Appreciate your feedback, it will be taken on board. Have a great festive season and we look forward to welcoming you back in soon :-) Kind regards, Ilana

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OliviaN
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

We had a group of eight people, only one of whom thought the food was ok. Generally speaking the food was poorly cooked, not very tasty, or poor quality materials.

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Responded on 20 December 2019

Hi Olivia, Thank you for your honest feedback - I'm sorry to hear you thought our food was poor. We work really hard to source great ingredients at a competitive price and put out a delicious product. Appreciate the feedback and I hope we have the chance to change your mind! Have a great festive season - Ilana

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TimL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Good venue to catch up with friends for a drink or meal.

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Responded on 20 December 2019

Cheers Tim!

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TimH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Very expensive for what it is, drinks especially

Cold and windy

The Boatbuilders Yard
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hey Tim, I'm sorry to hear you found us expensive. Your feedback is noted and appreciated. Kind regards, Ilana

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EdithC
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful scenic Melbourne outdoors venue for a casual lunch or dinner. More than traditional pub fare. Grain salad was fabulous. Great cocktails and outdoor seating.

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Responded on 15 December 2019

Wonderful to hear! Many thanks Edith, much appreciated :-) I hope you had a fun time and we look forward to welcoming you again. Cheers, Ilana

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LeighF
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.

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Responded on 4 December 2019

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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LibbyS
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

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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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Potato
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)!

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Responded on 15 December 2019

Isn't it! Cheers Potato

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ShirleyM
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

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CatinaA
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Responded on 6 November 2019

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

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food, managed to accommodate numerous dietary requirements.

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Responded on 4 November 2019

Great to hear! Many thanks Barry :-)

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SimoneS
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 . . . .

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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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MaryA
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.

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VanessaS
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.

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tishwalla
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Great venue to watch the footy

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Responded on 29 September 2019

Cheers!

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Latu
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

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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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JoyceH
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

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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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Andrew
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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.

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MarkG
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.

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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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FoodieMarjie
Melbourne / VIC
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

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

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AlexanderB
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.

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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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Jason
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.

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AllisonM
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.

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vipPete
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!

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Chrissy
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.

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