The Boatbuilders Yard
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Featured special offers
Group Booking - $50pp (3 hours)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
great place to catchup post covid - fresh air, great ambience, very friendly staff
Love the little beach club ambience. Perfect outdoor summer drinks
Staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was fantastic and delicious and the beer was cold !!!! Win win !!!
Great place for a cold beer on a hot day, table ordering works well
A great place for a beer and some good pub food in the sun. Love it!
Limited menus. Staff very nice. Good for young groups.
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.
Great service, great food and a ripper day! The staff were super accommodating! We’re back Melbourne!
Unfortunately the music was too loud and disturbing conversation
nice to be back out in the world. great setting on the yarra.
This place is one of my absolute favourite venues!
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.
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.
Really helpful and friendly staff will be back
Food was amazing and great music,
Perfect sitting outside on a nice day
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.
Awesome smashed avo and coffee, great outdoor area, nice friendly staff
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 .
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.
Outstanding food and service, COVID safe! Lovely location.
Great new ordering system, food delicious, service great.
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
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.
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.
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
Great spot, mostly outdoor seating. Great vibes at night, twinkle lights and fire pits. Great drink selections.
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
We were there all afternoon and had a fabulous. The weather was great too which helped
Great to hear Sara! We love a fun & fabulous time :-) Best regards, Ilana
Friendly Staff. Easy Access from the Melbourne Convention Center.
Cheers Jihae! Thanks for joining us :-)
The place has a great atmosphere. Drinks are a bit exe, but overall the place is highly recommended
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
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.
Hi Amber, Thanks for joining us for Crab Shack! Great to hear you enjoyed and we hope to welcome you again :-) Best regards, Ilana
Crab was good small but cooked perfect, the rest of the boil was way to over cooked
Hey Alex, Thanks for the valuable feedback, much appreciated. I hope you had a fun time! Cheers, Ilana
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!
They have just opened they season menu and the service is not quite there yet.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Hi Marcel, Thank you for your valuable feedback, always appreciated. Kind regards, Ilana
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.