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The Boatbuilders Yard - The Boatbuilders Yard, South Wharf, AU-VIC

The Boatbuilders Yard

4.4
4.4
355 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 10:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9686 5088

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    The Boatbuilders Yard is one of Melbourne’s truly unique function venues, located close to the CBD in South Wharf, Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality and convention precinct. We can accommodate groups of 20 up to 800, please contact for more info.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (03) 9686 5088

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 2:30pm-90’s RnB Mixtape - $65pp (2 hours)

    A$65.00 per person

    Nov 13, 2021 - Aug 27, 2022
    Bookings are only at 2:30pm. Two menus; regular menu and dietary menu (GF,VG). Include your dietaries in the booking notes, or it will not be catered for. Please email venue if further info is required, or anything outside the booking range. Over a two hour session, enjoy Smirnoff Ice on arrival as the DJ starts to warm up in the sunshine, before tucking into a delicious selection of party foods including potato skins, tacos and sloppy joes. Food is served 15 minutes after the start of the booking, and can not be held. Indulge your table with a Midori Illusion shaker and a round of Blue Lagoons or Woo Woos, as you sing along to classics from the likes of TLC and Blackstreet for only $65pp. Full payment will be taken in venue.

What 355 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Scenic View

  • City Centre

    Great for Brunch

  • City Centre

    Great for Lunch

  • City Centre

    Outdoor Dining

  • City Centre

    Scenic View

  • City Centre

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service and tasty food
  2. CV

    CourtneyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inside is perfect for a cute date, outside is perfect for a meal with friends or family. All the food is incredible. Our only negative was only 2 mock tails on the menu and they were pretty average. Add some fancy mock tails/non alcoholic versions and it would be perfect
  3. RG

    RyanG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere, good DJ not too loud for a social catch up.
  4. p

    pmpe

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The perfect place to debrief with a group after events at the Convention Centre. The selection of drinks and snacks works well to suit most preferences and staff are flexible and friendly.
  5. NL

    NatalieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We attending the venue with a large group for my husbands birthday. We all had our children and this was no problem. The staff were very accommodating to the children bringing them toys and letting them play on the stage. We ordered using the QR code which is so convenient. You just have to be very mindful of the water as it has open fences. Otherwise we will definitely be attending again.
  6. BE

    BethE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good food, great view of the Yarra River. We had a party of 12 and one person's order was forgotten. Otherwise good service. I'll definitely go back.
  7. R

    Romeo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food, good vibe. For some reason not all the available drinks at the bar come up in the Menu App, a walk to the bar its always interesting but can be a thing when the place is busy. Other than that will certainly keep going back.
  8. NO

    NarelleO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, the food was fantastic. Lovely views. Great location! Couldn't ask for more with a big group
  9. GG

    GerardG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service, and food. We'll definitely go there again.
  10. HS

    HayleyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 90s Brunch was excellent- generous drinks and excellent food. Friendly prompt service.. 10/10
  11. ST

    StephenT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great location, and our group was well seated within the cafe area. Food service was good, though food for other tables was sometimes presented to us in error. Not everyone likes to use their phones for ordering however.
  12. MH

    MeganH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for making Mother's Day so special for me and my family. Wonderful time together. Great food (we all chose the Trout!!) Truly memorable!
  13. DK

    DavidK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My family have eaten at the Boatbuilders many times and have never been disappointed! Great food, great atmosphere and great value. Did I mention how good the staff are? Super friendly and very obliging :-)
  14. CM

    ClareM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great venue. ESP for children! The food was mixed up a bit but I think this was because there was a large group of us. Burgers were a bit soggy. Otherwise it was fine. Drinks were expensive but that’s Melbourne I guess.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    They only sell Pepsi no Coke which is annoying for expensive boubon and COKE
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Overall fairly poor experience. Wait staff were sassy and rude and brought over beers but didn’t know which was which. The food was standard, nothing special. Our booking was for a really large group (20) but we were split over three tables despite there being other tables we could have used and sat together at. I could see how it would be a much better summertime venue but doesn’t change the attitude from staff.
  17. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great casual environment with plenty of space. Extensive menu.
  18. BH

    BrianH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service was excellent from the moment we set foot inside. Wine choices carefully chosen with a good range of choices despite limited number of wines. Food well prepared.
  19. EM

    EmmaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A really enjoyable afternoon with cocktails flowing ++
  20. ES

    EmmaS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We decided to try this place for a little catch up with the girls to celebrate a friend's birthday. We went for the bottomless drinks and we were very happy with how quickly they came out. The staff were very friendly and the food, even though it was a bit slow to come out to begin with, was very tasty. We'll definitely be going back there! 👍
  21. DJ

    DeniseJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    lobster roll Peruvian Grilled Chicken Supreme or Mexican Plant Based Burger
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent open air breakfast. The mushroom toasted were a hit with great coffee to help it all go down. Would definitely visit again.
  23. CG

    CarolG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, ambience and views over the Yarra. The menu offered variety and the food was delicious. Service was great and ordering from the QR code on the table made bills so much easier. Will visit again.
  24. JF

    JanineF

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    great place for a casual meet up. Good shared plates: easy ordering via Q code and staff would check in on you regularly. Great spot on the river although our table was at the back of the yard. Would recommend as a place to catch-up for a drink and snack/meal.
  25. HV

    HendrikV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Calamari was terrible. Cold and soggy! Table was dirty when seated.
  26. T

    Trudals

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxed atmosphere for a mid week lunch. Service was excellent and meals great.
  27. MS

    MicaelaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A fantastic venue for a large family catch up. Perfect for adults and kids.
  28. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab location watching the world go by along the iconic Yarra River. Food was delicious + reasonably priced
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome
  30. LY

    LYNNH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had booked and our reserved table was quite small but the concierge immediately offered a larger table. The food was delicious and the noise level not too bad. We would go again
  31. KM

    KirstyM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere perfect for summer. Staff are always friendly
  32. AG

    AnitaG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food amazing and great staff. Highly recommend
  33. H

    Harry

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came with a group of friends. Food and drinks came out very quickly and staff were very friendly. Good food, drinks and venue.
  34. A

    Abbbb

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Great bottomless brunch. My partner and I had a good birthday and everyone who came enjoyed them self.
  35. RZ

    RobinZ

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Booking app worked well & we had a lovely table. Staff very friendly. Only complaint is the immovable bench seating - a bit uncomfortable
  36. AR

    AlanR

    Victoria

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Nice position but very average food. Took a while for any attention.
  37. GW

    GeorgieW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Honestly, this was kind of disappointing. We went for the 90’s Mixtape brunch as a group of 10 to celebrate a birthday. On arrival they claimed they didn’t have our group booked in despite us showing them multiple email & text confirmations (turned out the host was missing a page of the booking sheet) Brunch/drinks package was supposed to start at 2.30, we arrived at 2.25 but were not seated until 2.45 and were told no drinks would be served until payment was taken, however only the 2 managers could process payments so we waited some more to do that. Managed to eventually pay and sat back down at our table to wait again for our server to come round, got sick of waiting so went to the bar and were told we could not order drinks there, finally got the attention of wait staff and ordered, got our first round of watery “cocktails” at about 3.10pm At one point there were almost as many staff as there were patrons in the place however service still seemed to be battling, no one seemed to have any idea what was going on or who was responsible for what, I get that it’s hard to find staff right now but this was almost comical how bad it was. Food was average, not bad but definitely nothing memorable. This event has so much potential to be awesome but the disorganised service, “meh” food and watery drinks made it a thumbs down for our group, especially when you compare the standard of food, drinks and service to other bottomless brunches at say Half Acre or Captain Baxter.
  38. PG

    PalG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Very limited options for breakfast on the menu, only 4 items to select from Restaurant ran out of Croissants? I cant believe this although our reservations for 11 people was booked days before 15 mins to get a coffee? the waitress even forget to get a coffee for our of our friend Overall not a very good experience, ambiance was amazing but we are not going back again.
  39. S

    Sharon

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Truly exceptional service and great food and drinks spoiled somewhat by the insanely loud music - like crazy loud nightclub level - at lunchtime. It's a shame because I really like this place but the music is too much.
  40. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a great day and undercover as requested which was appreciated. The service was quick and the food was good. It's a great location on the water - thanks to the team at the Boatbuilders Yard.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Boatbuilders Yard is rated 4.4 stars by 355 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Boatbuilders Yard

23 South Wharf Promenade South Wharf, AU-VIC 3006

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 10:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9686 5088

  • Private party facilities

    The Boatbuilders Yard is one of Melbourne’s truly unique function venues, located close to the CBD in South Wharf, Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality and convention precinct. We can accommodate groups of 20 up to 800, please contact for more info.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (03) 9686 5088

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