The Boatbuilders Yard

4.5
262 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.

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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 262 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Energetic
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jamesr
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

food was excellent service was good and had a great outlook onto the yarra.

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GregF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location for large groups to gather. Ordering at table through QR code was a fairly simple process, and staff we encountered were exceptionally pleasant, from those taking the initial booking on the phone as well as those working on the day. Highly recommend

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EllieO
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was not the best and came out wrong as well as being very bad value for money with portion sizes not being great as well as toast being too hard to eat

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DebashishR
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Buttermilk wings, waffle fries and Haloumi fries are the best

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The team at the boat builders were very accommodating, we enjoyed the themed event and would recommend this venue space

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Hustladit
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was awesome except that it closed too early.

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emma
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

We went to the boatbuilders yard for their 90s bottomless brunch and we loved it! There was 10 of us girls and we were treated to great service and drinks and some great tunes! Would definitely do it again

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing!!
Food and coffee was great! As was the customer service and small details like sunscreen dispenser in the bathroom made the experience even better.
This a great find.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great night

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Chuz
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great venue nice vibe.
We asked for fast service and were very happy as we had a booking for an wvent at the cinvention centre
Only negative was the noise level... very loud couldn't hear each other.

MD
MacedonDiner
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Super staff on a busy Saturday night.

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Lauri
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice food and atmosphere! Would definitely recommend this funky place.

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Was fairly busy so there was a bit of a wait for drinks at times. Food was ok. Good option for drinks before GABS

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LISAG
6 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We arrived for breakfast so was lovely and quiet. Gorgeous spot right on the river AND we scored a spot in the winter sun. Good food, good drinks list...no complaints!!

KJ
KerryJ
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a relaxed atmosphere and food always yummy and drinks are delicious too.

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JeanetteS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had Mother’s Day lunch with family. A great meal and great service.

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Dutchy
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Food & drinks were way overpriced and not very flavoursome. Kids pizza had some weird cheese that shouldn't be on pizza so the kids didn't like it. Everything on the menu was really heavy in carbs or oil- hardly any salad or healthier options.

Terrible loud repetitive music played by the DJ. Customer service was good although no one bothered to answer the phone when I rang several times to say we were running a little late.
Great location but the menu needs a revamp!

BP
BernieceP
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice venue, food was good, service was good. Would definitely go back again.

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good, bar service was average/inconsistent, music was a bit too loud.

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent venue, location is amazing, food and service were excellent, the weather was great so the noise levels were minimal as the place was opened up, hardly noticed the large party nearby except when they attempted to walk!! The two of us had a great night

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Kitkat
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thank you to the staff who worked very hard during lunch, when they were clearly under-staffed! We were given plenty of warning regarding a long wait for food service prior to sitting and were impressed with the quality of food and service.

LB
LizB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Coffees took forever and the outdoor fire pit was so smoky I had to change when I got home and my hair smelt all day. Staff were friendly but something was going wrong in the kitchen. Food was a bit overpriced for what you got, compared to other places. Lovely setting though.

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ErikaP
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant to celebrate with friends and family, excellent service from the beginning to the end. Super flexible for payment arrangements, also to accommodate the kids, delicious food and reasonable prices.
If you are looking for a restaurant to enjoy with friends and your kids around without bothering anyone this is the place. Highly recommended.

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Trina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to catch up with a large group because everyone can order for themselves from their phone. No splitting bills!

WF
WestsideFoodie
8 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great spot to grab a bite and drink and watch the people walk by (on a sunny day)!

CB
CoraleeB
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for lunch with shade and atmosphere on a sunny day.

JL
JulieL
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

was a beautiful day and felt like Melbourne was back, great atmosphere

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Mairead
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and great food and cocktails. Will come back again

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our lunch on Good Friday was very nice and we were particularly grateful to the staff who helped us through the technology. The atmosphere was great and everything was very efficient despite the large number of customers.

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Anav
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, beautiful food and great staff. Highly recommend!!

HB
HelenB
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was great to be able to sit outside but under cover in case of rain.

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ooBee
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

It was okay - great location. Not a great range of non-alcholic drinks.

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Lags
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

Food was over priced for what came out..
Very disappointing

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RyanP
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service. Great place on the water!

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KingLiam
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Loved the boatbuilders yard! Great spot for a few quiet drinks with mates

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MichaelN
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Only thing I wasn’t happy about was some groups came over and took our reserved booking paper on the table off and put it in a bin. Was lucky that there were enough tables around us. But just rude, I know you can’t see/control that. But otherwise will be back

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LouisT
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was not the best, we had 8 meals on our table and all were below average. We understand it was pub food but just not flavourful. The veggie burger was so overcooked it tasted like cardboard. On a good note, a great selection of beers and a good atmosphere. Next time we would only go for beers.

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Alexander
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The experience outside was fantastic and made for an enjoyable evening

LT
LianaT
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drink is always good. I love how you are keeping us COVIDSafe. Love the ordering system - so easy!

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Food
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Beach BBQ with free flow drinks $89 per person. Great food, plenty of it!! Great range of free flow drinks. Staff were excellent. Great set up. Would definately do it again and again. Highly recommend!!

FAQs

The Boatbuilders Yard is rated 4.5 stars by 262 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.