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Meet the Chef

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John Leverink

John Leverink has been Executive Chef at the Boat House since 2011, bringing his unique mix of passion, creativity and excellence. John’s belief in fresh ingredients, adventurous pairings and generous flavours shines through in every dish, garnering recognition both locally and nationally. “I want guests to get the complete experience – the best ingredients, the most exciting pairings and cooking techniques, and quality in all aspects of the venue and service.""

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dined on Sat, 20 Jul 2019

Wonderful all round. Catered to specific dietary requirements without fault.
Sally Mujaj

dined on Sat, 13 Jul 2019

Delicious and great location!
Rod Farrar

dined on Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Absolutely magnificent 7 course degustation menu. The service was wonderful and the view spectacular.

dined on Sat, 22 Jun 2019

The service was fantastic and the food was suburb. Received a few complimentary starters. Food options were also great. A fantastic place for a special occasion.

dined on Wed, 1 May 2019

Was a lovely dinner for a special occasion. Great service & amazing food. Thankyou

dined on Tue, 23 Apr 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and great service. Must be a lovely place to spend a long dinner in summer.
Andrew Brown

dined on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

The food and the service was just superb!

dined on Fri, 4 Oct 2019

Water view not very visible at night. Lighting needs changing. Darker inside with bright spotlights and fairy lights on the water.

dined on Fri, 4 Oct 2019

Outstanding food and service. Very knowledgeable staff.
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About The Boat House

A room with a view There is no better way to celebrate a special occasion in Canberra than with dinner at the Boathouse by the Lake. Water views are hard to come by in this city, but the Boathouse has you covered. Located on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, this popular spot is a consistent winner with the locals, and it is not hard to understand why. With a stunning gourmet menu featuring options that range from Wagyu beef tartare and enoki mushroom rice paper rolls to Moroccan-spiced barramundi, you know that the view is not the only thing that will delight you and your dining companions. You have the option of dining a la carte, or you can leave the decisions to the chef and indulge in the stunning six-course degustation menu, which comes with matching wines. The thoughtful service guarantees a smooth and enjoyable experience, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Best Dish: cured duck breast



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