The Boathouse Tavern

3.8
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90 reviews
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$A40 and under
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Australian
We offer the best in alfresco dining. Our Gold Coast Tavern’s Waterfire Bistro has something for everyone. Whether you want to relax and have a light bite or a full meal we have a menu to suit all. Why not join us for Sunday lunch and enjoy our live music in the sun with a cold beverage.
What 90 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AntD
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were friendly & efficient, even though they had a bigger event on, they were still attentive to our needs. Prices maybe could have been a little bit lower but food was good & everyone enjoyed their meals.

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TessaH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outside is such a relaxed area to have a meal. The staff members on were super helpful, we were a group of mums with new babies so the amazing service was just outstanding. We will be back!

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MelD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was great & food equally as good. Would recommend it. Had a great time. Thank you to all the staff at the Boathouse.

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Fordy
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We got there at 5pm not many ppl at all we ordered owe food 1 main meal 1 kids meal the kids meal was cold the main meal was cold and we waited 1 hr for it never again not good food at all.

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TamaraS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience5

There were 21 people in my party and 6 meals never came out. The meals were refunded, however 2 of those meals were kids meals.

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KatieS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Im half half with the review, I use to go here alot and having moved and not been for couple of years the place has really dropped in standard. The food is below average, usual pub price I guess. There needs to be signage for toilets and makes it hard for parents who have to push through a small door with a pram while making sure not to run into a line up with pokie users and everyone else. The tv outside was blaring despite only a couple of small tables of people watching the football, the rest were familys with young children who had to yell at each other just to have a conversation. The midgies were absolutely terrible. Sad to say we won't be back again.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great welcome, great service. Felt for the poor guy trying to light the heater for us... but he did sing a song and do a dance for us while he was trying to get it going!! Haha! Made us all laugh. We had a great time, thank you!

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DeniseW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience2

We haven't been to The Boathouse in about 2 years. We won't be back. The staff are terrific and the service was excellent. The venue is let down by the excessive noise - not just from the M1, from the water feature as well as the TVs. The menu is limited & hasn't been changed for a while. The worst impact is the ibis. The 'we're dealing with them' sign was in the bar last time. There are solutions! They've not been taken. They are not simply unattractive, they're unhygienic & staff should not still have to be apologising for them. Taser them or laser them! Simple!

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KelliannW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4Food1Service3Ambience2

Great atmosphere poor food. Meals were terrible wouldnt come to eat again

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Unfortunately it took over 30 minutes for our starter to arrive and then whilst we were eating our starter, our main course arrived.

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MalcolmH
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends for lunch will be our normal watering hole well done

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very good and friendly service. Accommodated all our requests

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nicoleG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food the prices are great with massive serving sizes . Staff were quick friendly and efficient and just a great atmosphere to have a date night

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KazK
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

can't fault the service (except younger staff clearing tables need to ask if customer is finished before whipping plates away and not be shy to talk, there was no verbal interaction). Unfortunately the food was very average, my pasta dish was only warm and arrived with a spoon in it. We had two guests order the platter for 2, they commented the fish was very nice but the presentation wasn't too great and the chips and calamari were soggy. It's a shame because as I said the staff at both bar and restaurant were fantastic.
there isn't a button above to say 'maybe' to recommend friends as it's not bad, just needs a little tweeking... thanks.

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

This was terrible. We wouldn’t recommend this place to our Friends. I requested an inside Table. We were put outside. We were under speakers that the Footy was playing it was just so Loud & then to top it off a private party right behind us with a DJ. We honestly couldn’t escape the loud noice. We found ourselves yelling across the table to communicate with one another. The Food was below average. I had veal, it was so tough I left most of it. 2 of my friends had steak, both of them disliked there Steak very tough & not cooked to how they requested. My Husband had the salmon & said way over cooked. We went here because some Family drove from Brisbane & some of us from Burleigh way. A really disappointing Birthday Dinner for my Aunty. You have a massive TV screen for sport, why do you need the volume to be so loud also? Your establishment certainly doesn’t cater for a really nice meal or a Friendly atmosphere.

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TheMilneFamily2019
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely family dinner, there were plenty for the kids to do while we waited for dinner and after dinner, our daughter was pleased with the sharpened pencils.
Thank you for a lovely dinner
The Milne Family - April 2019

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Gemma
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Absolutely incredible staff, service was amazing. My only negative was that the beetroot in the salad come straight from a tin and you could taste that. I would suggest to roast it or use fresh beets as it was priced for fresh ingredients. The ribs were the special and unfortunatly not fall of the bone like I would have imagined and have experienced here before. Other than a few minor issues the night was great.

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JoyT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food that is consistently presented well. The prices are very reasonable. I would highly recommend.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a group dinner on a Tuesday night. The staff were friendly and the meals were massive, well presented and tasted lovely. Will definitely be back.

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KateR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall good experience as always. We had a large table of 15. We had to wait 55min for food but in saying that, it was a very busy night; they still managed to bring all meals out at the same time which was impressive:)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We are regulars, even went for Christmas. We had our New Years dinner and it was totally not acceptable. After waiting for a hour to get our plates my partners pasta was cold and my salmon more than over cooked absolutely disgusting. We had 1/4 of our meal being so hungry and returned our plates to let them know and asked for a refund and we were told no refund since we had touched our meals. Extremely disappointed and will not go there anymore.

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KelW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience5

Excellent layout big screen tv in courtyard the water dragons were a hit unfortunately the food (main meals ) were tasteless and very poor so very disappointing

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DamianD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thouroghly enjoyed the night so much so that my mother in law will highly recommend to friends and other family members that if they travel down from northern Queensland . That they have to definately pay a visit and have dinner or lunch due to both quality of service and food.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

enjoyable night for work function. food and service is great at the moment. keep it up

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JenniA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had my son's 18th Birthday and we had a beautiful night out with great friends and family. The food was amazing, the service was fantastic. It was perfect

The Boathouse Tavern
Responded on December 13, 2018

Hi Jenni, Wow thankyou so much for an incredible review. We can't wait to have you back soon.

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Mpoulou
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Hi. I booked a table for 9 online that afternoon. When we arrived our other guests were already there and had been told that someone else had taken our table. The staff were very helpful and arranged another one for us. Which wouldn’t have been easy as there was 9 of us. It was very noisy and I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to have that big Jenga block game. But every time it fell down the noise was incredible and everyone would jump. I guess it is a good place if you have younger kids. Meals were pretty good. Service was very good.

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Hungrygirl
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Very ordinary. Request for quiet spot wasn't noted. Staff too busy with Halloween theme to provide adequate service.

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CourteneyL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

Food poisining from seafood dishes, have been sick all weekend.

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KathrynG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Big meals. Excellent atmosphere. Perfect for kids. Yummy cocktails.

The Boathouse Tavern
Responded on October 24, 2018

Hi Kathryn, We are so excited to hit the big 5 on your table! Thankyou for such a terrific review! I enjoy the cocktails too! You should know there's a brand new cocktail menu coming really soon to the Waterfire bistro :) Regards, Jade Boathouse Manager

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RobynM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

We reserved a table but there was nobody at the front area to greet us. Took ten mins to find someone to ask where we were seated. Ordered garlic breads and main meals. 3 ordered steak and 1 ordered pizza. The pizza came with the entree not with the other main meals and when it was sent back to the kitchen because he wanted to eat with the rest of us it became a problem & was resent back to the table again. Made our guests angry and put a downer on the night completely!!!

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VanessaW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

I only gave a 4 for service only because this was not our first time but given it was a busy school holiday night the service may have been more efficient if orders were taken from the tables instead of lining up in one very long long line. After 30mins the other cash register was opened? Our food went to the wrong table but instead of re-cooking it was brought to us straight from the other table where other guest had touched plates? I’m so sorry but this was a genuine mistake though as we were 14 food went to 40?. I love the boathouse and will continue to go there the Kiwi staff are the most friendliest and most accomodating.

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Toreka
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a large group with kids, great atmosphere, great entertainment for the kids, food was delicious, generous portions, good value for money and staff very friendly, great local!

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

We really like this place. Only, last time we went it was soooo loud and the brightness of the big screen killed the lovely atmosphere that the fire and water created. I also mopped up a couple of enourmous bird/lizard poops with a napkin as they were right in our walking track. We'd def come back, it's just a shame about the noise and over stimulation.

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VirginiaF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Nice restaurant however the service let it down. One person in my group of 20 didn't receive her meal until 30minutes after everyone else! Very awkard. Also we were asked to leave at 855pm. So we all started leaving. Upon enquiring later we could had stayed until 10pm but by then most had left and the evening was already ruined by being cut short!! Very disappointing.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

At the Coast for a wedding and decided to catch up with some old work friends there for lunch. Top spot to catch up

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

We were there for a birthday. Unfortunately we had an hour and 15 wait on some of our meals while others came out after 35 minutes. This is the only less than average experience we have had there.

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Mumzie62
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

We chose the Boathouse for y birthday dinner with my family. They were extremely busy and we were advised that there was a 40 min wait for food. We were okay with that but not okay that half of the orders (woodfired Pizzas) came out well before any of the others. My son and his girlfriend had finished their meal before ours even got to the table. A little disappointing as we would have liked to have eaten together.

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RobynM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

Fish was supposed to be grilled more like boiled. Husband had steak so small 3 bites and it was finished. Not happy.

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NicoleK
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, gorgeous place

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Pipz
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Staff were unfriendly and all looked miserable or hungover!! Half the table had finished eating when the 2nd half had just received their food!!! meat was over cooked and dissatisfying. We left hungry and tired from waiting. Also not sure what the rule is with showing the sports but when you ask them to change the chanel they ignore you? Nobody was watching motorsport and a netball granfinal was on. Its just rude