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The Boatbuilders Yard

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23 South Wharf Prom, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9686 5088
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Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited for lunch and drinks with friends. The location/view is pretty good, but that's all it has going for it. Food service was excruciatingly slow, and food less than average once it finally arrived. Overpriced for what it is. The worst thing is the rude staff - if you're hipster you're welcome, but if you're not.....don't waste your time. Bar... More 

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Thank kristyw83
Wongan Hills, Australia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Perfect Spot for drinks in the sun after a spot of shopping down at DFO South Wharf. Pick a spot in one of the Deck Chairs out the front for great city views, or grab a table with friends out the back and bask in the glorious Melbourne Sun (when its' out). Haven't eaten here yet but the Pop Up... More 

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Thank lynchoutwest
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is really a lovely area where to get brunch, with a boating atmosphere, young and helpful staff and good music.

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Thank Michael E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Boatbuliders Yard was a great place to sit, people watch and enjoy a cold drink and some really good food, the Calamari to share with drinks was a hit and then we followed up with The Angus burgers and the fish, all presented beautifully and tasted great, will go back here for sure..

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Thank Leighann J
Melbourne Australia
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here recently. Good selection of beer and wines, the staff were very friendly. Great spot with river views and watched the passing parade of a multicultural Melbourne.

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Thank tassietourer
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi Tassietourer, Thanks for the visit, it's fantastic to sit along the Yarra watching the river and all the people pass by. I hope you will be back again soon. Cheers, Byron. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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254 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Matcha chia pudding, fruit toast with marmalade and cappuccino is today"s breakfast order from The Boatbuilder's Yard. "Please order and pay at bar or BBQ", says the sign. I ordered at the bar and went off in search of a table, armed with a paging device and the marmalade. The toast came with blackcurrant jam and I just managed to... More 

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Thank Ian A
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi Ian A, Thanks for the visit. Sounds like you enjoyed your time. I hope the toast was delicious, I love that jam! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Byron. More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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301 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for watching all the action on the river, the service was excellent but the prices were dear for what you got. Nothing to write home about as far as the food.

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Thank redhare54
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi redhare54, Thank you for taking the time to review Boaties. I will pass along your thoughts on the food. Very pleased you enjoyed our view of the Yarra, I hope you will consider stopping by again for some refreshments and the nice view. Cheers, Byron. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service at the bar was pretty average, I was waiting around one side for around 5 minutes to get a drink and when no one served I went over to the opposite side where there were staff only to be told to go around to the other side. When I asked for a Coke they only had Pepsi. Which... More 

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Thank Nickodundai
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi Nickodundai, Thank you for the visit & the feedback. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit, I have passed along what you have written to our venue manager as we are always trying to maintain a high level of food and service. I hope you would consider returning in the future so we can better meet your expectations.... More 

Canandaigua, United States
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581 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This review is based on drinks only. This is a very large, casual fun place directly on the river. The entire place is open air (at least during good weather) The staff are very friendly and attentive. The American Classic Rock music is a nice bonus. Recommend.

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Thank William S
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi William, Thank you for the visit & for the kind words. Very pleased to hear you liked the American Rock! Hope to see you return soon. Cheers, Byron. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having been here before for an afternoon drink on the river, I returned for breakfast and it was a disappointing experience. Food was average and when it reached the table it was cold. The wait was extensive after ordering and my meal arrived 25 minutes after my 2 friends so they were finished before I started. Service was poor and... More 

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Thank cami_810
Boatbuilders Y, Public Relations Manager at The Boatbuilders Yard, responded to this review

Hi cami_810, Thank you for your visit & we appreciate your feedback. I have passed this along to the venue management team for follow-up. Could you please email us at enquiry@theboatbuildersyard.com.au to chat further about your experience. Thanks. Byron. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 South Wharf Prom, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 5088
Description
The Boatbuilders Yard is an award winning Bar and Kitchen that brings an informal European-style eating and drinking to Melbourne.

Conveniently located next to Polly Woodside and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the banks of the Yarra River, The Boatbuilders Yard is a quick 10 minute walk from Southern Cross Station.

Designed by Six Degrees Architects, the venue retains the cultural heritage and charm of Melbourne's famous Maritime precinct, with a modern design twist on the original shed.

Bookings can only be made up for up to 4pm, Monday through Fridays.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?