The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Average price $105
1,300 reviews

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Meet the Chef

Award winning chef Colin Barker, has been with The Boathouse for over 12 years. Early in his career, Colin worked with Liam Tomlin at Banc before winning the NSW Lexus Young Chef of the Year Award in 2005. He then spent time in the UK as Senior Chef de Partie under Brett Grahame at The Ledbury, a Michelin Star restaurant in London. A keen fisherman, Colin has a passion for sustainable seafood and enjoys preparing unusual species of fish in unique combinations with seasonal ingredients.

Restaurant menu

Average price $105 Special request

Chef Colin Barker recommends…

Roast coffs harbour sopotted Mackerel whipped roe, zucchini flowers
Roast Bermagui Bassourdoug groper sweetcorn, basil, shellfish oil
Pan fried wallis lake flathead fish soup, curry leaves, pippies

Ratings & Reviews

based on 1300 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Sonia W.
    Sonia W.
    • 15 reviews

    We started our lovely evening with the Yuzu Kamikaze which was amazing. Shared the Sashimi Yellowfin and calamari, which were presented beautifully and delicious! I had the lamb rump, which unfortunately was overdone but still tasty. My partner had the snapper pie which was presented and served elegantly. Will definitely be booking again.

  2. Steven K.
    Steven K.
    • one review

    Male Manager on duty was not attentive and made promises that he did not deliver. Otherwise food was great, but the venue had some flies flying around which was quite disturbing

  3. Kristy r.
    Kristy r.
    • 42 reviews

    Always lovely to have a meal at the restaurant. My go to dish is the snapper pie. Of course the oysters were excellent also.

  4. Elly W.
    Elly W.
    • one review

    Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was some of the best food we have had. The portion sizes were great value for money. Staff were lovely. Will definitely be back.

  5. Danielle  E.
    Danielle E.
    • 3 reviews

    We were greeted by a very warm welcome, a friendly knowledgeable waitress I had a great sense of humour. The food was out of this world, and the cocktails some of the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be going back there, I think it may become our new local. Perfect restaurant for a couple to enjoy a nice meal together.

  6. Emily F.
    Emily F.
    • 7 reviews

    Excellent dining experience, food, environment and service all great!

  7. Dominique A.
    Dominique A.
    • 9 reviews

    Possibly one of Sydney’s best restaurants! Food staff and venue all equally superb - I’ll definitely be back. Specialising in seafood with some interesting flavour combinations - the blinis were to die for and the banana soufflé hit all the right notes.

  8. Carolyn D.
    Carolyn D.
    • 5 reviews

    Amazing restaurant in an amazing setting. The food is absolutely fantastic - the fish is cooked to perfection. Definitely check it out fo a special lunch or dinner

  9. Benjamin J.
    Benjamin J.
    • one review

    Amazing, fresh seafood, great location and even better service. The oysters were so delicious! We weren’t rushed like some places do when you use a discount voucher and we will definitely return.

  10. Julia M.
    Julia M.
    • 14 reviews

    A stunning view, beautiful interior and great seafood. A beautiful spot for a long lunch if you are a seafood lover.

  11. Maki k.
    Maki k.
    • 2 reviews

    The location is nice with the water view. Amazing range of oysters and they were very fresh. We throughly enjoyed most of the food but only dish we did not enjoy was swordfish.

  12. Rosa K.
    Rosa K.
    • one review

    Good food and lovely view. Standouts were snapper pie and the chips

  13. Sarah B.
    Sarah B.
    • 4 reviews

    My parents are visiting from the UK and so we decided to go here as it had been on my list for a while. We were not disappointed, after a little bit of a struggle finding the restaurant we were blown away by the spectacular views and were given a table by the window. My dad is a massive fish fan so this was a treat, we ordered an entree and main each, trying a good selection of the menu and it was faultless with everyone enjoying their picks. Great restaurant, can’t wait to go back!

  14. Adrian M.
    Adrian M.
    • one review

    The very friendly and obliging staff coupled with great food and a magnificent setting made our dining experience one to remember. Relaxed atmosphere suits the harbour setting. Location is quite convenient. We travelled from the Hills District via the Metro and light rail and arrived in one hour and ten minutes. Alight at either The Fish Markets or Wentworth Park stops.

  15. Carmen L.
    Carmen L.
    • 10 reviews

    Great food and atmosphere! Specially love the grilled prawn in the entree and the snapper pie is to die for. Only down side was the lack of choice for kids meal, the only option was fish and chips. But the chef have made a special order with lamb for my little one with fish allergy. So everything is good at the end ???? we have fully enjoyed our meal and will be back again.

  16. Tony K.
    Tony K.
    • one review

    Service, food and atmosphere were really great. However the food portion size were to smaller than the price (not enough garnish to fullfil the dish, average main course price were $45). The taste of the dishes were great.

  17. Keiko Y.
    Keiko Y.
    • one review

    Very unique place in the middle of residential area. Their fish pie is the best.

  18. Cathy l.
    Cathy l.
    • one review

    including this time,I went there 4 times! the menu is the same!I'm expecting something new!Duck confit was a bit overcooked?snapper pie was as good as before.

  19. Jackson J.
    Jackson J.
    • one review

    The food and selection offered was awesome, the wait staff had a excellent knowledge and were very helpful if definitely go back thank you.

  20. Bradley f.
    Bradley f.
    • 21 reviews

    Friday lunch with high expectations . Lovely fish but BBQ octopus was overcooked - not what I would expect in this place. Fantastic views back over city

More information

How to get to the restaurant

123 Ferry Rd, 2037, Glebe, Australia

Directions to get there

Forest Lodge, Glebe, Sydney Inner West

About the restaurant

Whether you're celebrating or just want to treat yourself, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay is a beautiful venue that must be seen to be believed. Located right on the water in Glebe, this spot is famous for its seafood menu. Think chargrilled Mooloolaba Swordfish or Snapper Pie with smoked tomato and mashed potato. You’ll wonder why you haven’t come sooner!

Best dish: Chargrilled Mooloolaba Swordfish



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