The Boatbuilders Yard

4.3
159 reviews
$40 and under
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.

Please note, due to current restrictions we are taking bookings for groups of up to 10 guests for seated service only. All guests will need to register their details on arrival and adhere to current COVID safe guidelines.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in refusal of entry or service.

Safety precautions

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Group Booking - $50pp (3 hours)

Dine in
Starting Nov 23, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:15

Group gatherings of 11-20 people hosted within our outdoor beer garden for 3 hours. $50pp will be charged upon arrival, which will be allocated to a bar tab for your group to utilize across food & beverages from our a la carte menu. Cancellation policy applies. All bookings are placed outdoors and we will do our best to provide weather protection.

Group Booking - $75pp (3 hours)

Dine in
Starting Nov 23, 2020·Fri-Sat 12:00-19:15

Group gatherings of 11-20 people hosted within our outdoor beer garden for 3 hours. $75pp will be charged upon arrival, which will be allocated to a bar tab for your group to utilize across food & beverages from our a la carte menu. Cancellation policy applies. All bookings are placed outdoors and we will do our best to provide weather protection.

Beach Club BBQ - $89pp (3 hours)

Dine in
Starting Nov 23, 2020·Sun 12:00-19:15, Fri-Sat 12:00-19:15

Enjoy a free flowing drinks package and DIY BBQ packs in your own private Boaties beach lounge. The space will be reserved for 3 hours. All bookings are placed outdoors and undercover. Basic dietaries are catered to within the package.

What 159 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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NaweenF
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great venue, good food and service.

Just a shame seeing so many empty tables (I suspect due to Govt restrictions) and have to leave as soon as 2 hour limit was up.

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PerlaG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had brekky on a Sat at 9am, hence it was quiet. The food is good, different; however, there are only 4 options to choose from.
My Chai latte was average.
I think it is a place more for a drink than a meal but we really enjoyed our brekky.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

great place to catchup post covid - fresh air, great ambience, very friendly staff

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KellyA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the little beach club ambience. Perfect outdoor summer drinks

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SamanthaW
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was fantastic and delicious and the beer was cold !!!! Win win !!!

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Tankerboys
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for a cold beer on a hot day, table ordering works well

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place for a beer and some good pub food in the sun. Love it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Limited menus. Staff very nice. Good for young groups.

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AlexD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Food and drinks were fantastic. Great venue and location.

Due to COVID we were restricted to a two hour booking but we weren’t told it was from when we sat down and some of our party were 15 mins early. We were then reminded multiple times throughout our booking how much time was left which was quite disruptive to our conversation. The venue was no where near capacity limits so we were very confused why we were constantly reminded how much time was left. It was also confusing that we were told we had half an hour to go so we put in an order of drinks in and then before the order came out we were told 10 mins later our time was up. Seems as though the staff weren’t communicating with each other as to who they had already reminded.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food and a ripper day! The staff were super accommodating! We’re back Melbourne!

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RudiW
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Unfortunately the music was too loud and disturbing conversation

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HamishW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

nice to be back out in the world. great setting on the yarra.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This place is one of my absolute favourite venues!

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CheB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent venue for a lunchtime catch-up with colleagues. There was planty of space, and the process of ordering any paying from the table via our phones worked really well and avoided any awkward bill-splitting as well as being COVID-safe! The outdoor area was really lovely, the food was delicious and the staff were great.

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StefanieV
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The surrounding by the Yarra was absolutely lovely! The food and service was wonderful too! I especially loved the use of the me&u system to order and pay for food separately. That definitely made the whole dining experience a little more laidback considering it was at our own pace and we didn't have to worry about splitting bills at the end of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Really helpful and friendly staff will be back

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MollyC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and great music,
Perfect sitting outside on a nice day

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SteveB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place, great atmosphere, great staff and great food. I would highly recommend this place. A great place to kill a few hours on a nice sunny Melbourne day.

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome smashed avo and coffee, great outdoor area, nice friendly staff

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JohannaM
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We love this place and were happy to come back post -lockdown. So excited.
Unfortunately the breakfast menu was extremely limited and even of those limited options , some things weren’t available .
There was only one vegetarian option which surprised me.

I don’t think they really want to appeal to young families as the kids menu is only three options - fruit salad , scrambled eggs and coco pops . My little guy wanted a cheese and ham sandwich - can’t do that. How about just some cheese on bread ? No.
He had some toast with jam in the end...

The venue is beautiful . Beautifully socially distanced and gorgeous outdoor options.

I’ll come back again for late arvo drinks but not for breakfast .

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TracyE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As a first outing after the COVID restrictions were eased, the Boatbuilder's Yard was a great choice because it had pre-existing outdoor facilities. They have put in a good COVID-safe systems and it was fairly straightforward to register our contacts and order our drinks and food, although one person needed some help with using the QR code.

The staff were all very friendly while still maintaining low contact. The food was great although the location meant even simple meals were on the pricier end.

It was very breezy which meant the overhead heating struggled to be effective, but that's pretty normal for eating outdoors in Melbourne, especially along the waterfront. Great location by the river and the MCEC.

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SamT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service, COVID safe! Lovely location.

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LeeanneM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great new ordering system, food delicious, service great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcome back Melbourne, highly recommend at a time when venues in Melbourne, Australia need our support, we both had the Sevens Creek wagyu burger, I had extra jalapenos, ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, definitely going back

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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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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

The Boatbuilders Yard
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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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

The Boatbuilders Yard
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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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.

The Boatbuilders Yard
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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The Boatbuilders Yard is rated 4.3 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.