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The Boat House

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Menindee Drive | Grevillea Park, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6273 5500
18:30 - 21:00
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful setting, great staff and the atmosphere is lovely. Even on a cold wet day it was a real treat to be there. The food is special. A lot of thought has gone into it, it's fresh, adventurous and as good to look at as it is to eat. If you prefer more humble food this may not be... More 

Thank DDTravellerSydney
Canberra, Australia
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499 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went last month in a group of 6. It was a busy Saturday night, and yet the chefs still did a superlative job in catering for complex food intolerances. The Boat House is one of Canberra's best restaurants for food, ambience and service - for, that is, a special night out. We've been many times, but this was the... More 

Thank Sue T
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114 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the 4 course menu which was just right. The dishes were all lovely but not too filling. The wait staff were delightful. The atmosphere was great - dark and moody but we could still see what we were eating. We will definitely eat here again.

Thank Kirsty H
Perth, Australia
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185 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We arrived as the sun was going down and it was a beautiful setting overlooking the lake. It was around $90 for 4 courses which were pretty impressive. The staff were fantastic but not too intrusive - the dining room is pretty small and got a bit loud towards the end but a few bottles of wine will do that... More 

Thank Kirstalina
Canberra, Australia
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Food amazing , service first class. ambient environment with tremendous views Small dining room only 12 tables all tables placed so that you can soak in view of lake made for an intimate dining experience.

1 Thank Rosemary R
Columbia, Maryland
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234 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Our conference speaker dinner was held here - and though the food and service was excellent, it is the view that makes this a standout. We did have a lovely meal, with unique spices, and there were plenty of servers for our large group. Australian style, nothing was rushed, which was perfect for a celebratory dinner.

Thank Deborah F
Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

For my 1st Course I had the Pork Belly. On word; faultless. That dish was one of most perfect dishes I have ever had. I thought that the walnut and avocado were perfectly judged and that Pork Belly was the best I have ever had and the Radish brought a wave of "zing" over the dish and everything just worked... More 

1 Thank CanberraFoodCritic
Merimbula, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We went to the boathouse for a birthday celebration and the whole experience was a positive. We started with drinks outside overlooking the lake at sunset which was amazing. The dinner in the restaurant was superb with wonderful service fantastic food and magnificent ambience. Would thoroughly recommend to all.

Thank Suz0167
Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We dined on a Tuesday evening so there weren't many diners. The amount of tables are set up for the exact number of bookings for that evening so the room wasn't crowded with tables. We opted to not have the degustation menu. Service and food was outstanding, the portions just enough to fill us. It was very quiet as their... More 

1 Thank rosaposer165
Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

My friends and I dined here for me and my friend's double birthday celebration and we were not disappointed. Overall, the place and the service was just perfect! The food was the best I have had in months. Perfect for couples who wanted a romantic dining.

Thank mcp0216

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$69 - US$170
Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
18:30 - 21:00
18:30 - 21:00
18:30 - 21:00
18:30 - 21:00
18:30 - 21:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Menindee Drive | Grevillea Park, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6273 5500
Situated in private parkland on the absolute water lapping edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House by the Lake offers the best lake view the capital has to offer. The stunning views are matched by outstanding modern cuisine, friendly and attentive service, and a sophisticated atmosphere.With an award winning restaurant and three private dining rooms each with access to a water-front deck and landscaped gardens, the Boat House is the perfect location for an intimate dining experience, wedding, or corporate event.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?