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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

Chef’s recommendations Colin Barker

Average price $105 Special request

Scores & Reviews

based on 1189 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.9/10
Service :8.8/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Don B.
    Don B.
    • 2 reviews

    In general the meal was very good. Our entrees and dessert were excellent. The sauce on the crabs superb, however the quality of the crabs were poor. Hardly any flesh and at $150 each (times 3) disappointing. None the less, venue and location were also great.

  2. ROBYN Y.
    ROBYN Y.
    • 12 reviews

    We were awed by the freshness of the ingredients and the taste of the dishes. Both waiters were funny and attentive and offered good recommendations; made us feel welcome. We had a dozen different oysters, king prawn and sashimi entrees, followed by the snapper pie. The tiramisu martini was also a delicious dessert cocktail. I will be back again. Totally recommend this restaurant if you like seafood

  3. Darunee H.
    Darunee H.
    • one review

    Fantastic food and amazing service

  4. julie s.
    julie s.
    • one review

    A great setting on Blackwattle Bay Glebe Point. Service was excellent, food and wine was great. Not a 10 because if you like full plates this place is minimalistic good quality food. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would go back.

  5. Tony G.
    Tony G.
    • 2 reviews

    Welcoming staff. Our request for a different table to the one allocated was easily met. Food was expertly prepared and not too tricked up. The chefs let the beautiful fresh seafood speaks for itself.

  6. Dan T.
    Dan T.
    • 3 reviews

    Great view. great service! would visit again

  7. Rachel K.
    Rachel K.
    • 8 reviews

    The Boathouse is a lovely restaurant with water views, perfect for celebrations and romance. My family and I really enjoyed the food, especially the lamb, fish and spanner crab. The dishes are superb, and you get a bit disappointed that some of the dishes are on the small side. The service was also excellent, though will get slow when it gets busy.

  8. Cheryl p.
    Cheryl p.
    • 2 reviews

    Amazing Snapper pie and outstanding fresh oysters

  9. Roy C.
    Roy C.
    • 6 reviews

    Never disappoint for the signature pie 100% delicious only the lamb abit salty. By the way thanks provide great service Cheers

  10. Lina L.
    Lina L.
    • 4 reviews

    Always wanted to go to the Blackwattle Bay Boatbouse and it didn't disappoint. Food was amazing, must try the flounder besides their signature snapper pie. The ambience was casual but classy, very welcoming. Most of all the service was excellent. Thank you The Fork!

  11. Yi Ying W.
    Yi Ying W.
    • 3 reviews

    It was my 3rd time visiting the boathouse. Really like the food, and great view too

  12. Jill H.
    Jill H.
    • one review

    A lovely setting, staff polite and efficient. My fish, the Mahi Mahi, was over cooked so was dry, so disappointing. The other two people were pleased with their meals without being really impressed.

  13. Laura S.
    Laura S.
    • 2 reviews

    The Snapper pie is a must have

  14. Paul L.
    Paul L.
    • 11 reviews

    As usual the food and service was great - made even better by the 50% off deal which was available for early diners. We will definitely be back soon

  15. Dillon C.
    Dillon C.
    • one review

    This place was amazing. Always wanted to try it but never had the time to do so. Noticed it come up on thefork, and this restaurant is so underrated. Definitely check it out, best seafood Ive enjoyed so far

  16. Min D.
    Min D.
    • 14 reviews

    Love the views, the food and the service. Will definitely come back again.

  17. Janaina C.
    Janaina C.
    • 4 reviews

    The place is beautiful and the food amazing as usual! Service was good just a few downsides like waiter accidentally spilt half of the mocktail on the table, but did not offer another to replace. Also we have ordered 24 Oysters but have been served 18, so luck we have counted before eating.

  18. Cristina p.
    Cristina p.
    • 4 reviews

    What an experience!! The food was amazing, the entree prawns were to die for( we ordered second serving). For the mains we had the Snapper pie and it was...delicious. The souffle was a great way to end the night. Great service and recommendations.

  19. Yvonne B.
    Yvonne B.
    • 4 reviews

    Love love this restaurant. The service was wonderful the food beautiful and the view and location is perfect. It was a wonderful experience tonight as usual thank you

  20. Rachana Y.
    Rachana Y.
    • 5 reviews

    Thoroughly enjoyed our experience there.

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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