Restaurant's page | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Printer Friendly Version Email this Restaurant to a Friend

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

123 Ferry Road
Glebe NSW 2037
Tel : +61 2 9518 9011
Fax : +61 2 9518 9098
Follow this restaurant
Follow this restaurant: Find this restaurant on Facebook
Cuisine: Seafood
Chef: Colin Barker
Price Range: $$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Send an enquiry to restaurant     Request a booking

Awarded One Chef Hat - The SMH Good Food Guide 2007-2014
Tucked away at the end of Ferry Road in Glebe, this award-winning restaurant is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay treats its seafood seriously and is as famous for its views of the Anzac Bridge as it is for its puffy, golden Snapper Pie.

Share on Facebook
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
On the waterfront at Glebe, an inner city suburb west of the CBD. 12-15 minutes by car.

The restaurant is located in an historic converted boathouse at Blackwattle Bay, Sydney Harbour and offers stunning views of the skyline of the city and the majestic Anzac Bridge. The décor is classic modern Australian – wooden floors, crisp white linen, solid white china and a fantastic kitchen like the galley of an ocean liner, designed specifically to handle the best of seafood and other produce at its peak. This restaurant is a must, whether you want to entertain business clients, or enjoy a sentimental dinner for two. Established in 1997 by Tony Papas and Robert Smallbone, The Boathouse is one of Australia’s leading restaurants, with an international reputation for showcasing the best of Australian seafoods. The restaurant has been awarded a number of Chef’s Hats from the renowned ‘Good Food Guide’ and in 2002 Saveur Magazine nominated The Boathouse in its Saveur 100 list of the best dining experiences around the globe.

The menu reflects the quality and seasonal availability of seafood and other produce. Favourites always remain on the menu - oysters from various regions of Australia, opened to order, their famous snapper pie served at the table, and a range of live molluscs and crustaceans. Numerous other dishes appear on the menu subject to the seasonal availability of produce. They include Cuttlefish Noodles with Rice Vinegar and Ink, Ravioli of Blue Swimmer Crab and Beef Cheek in a Beef Broth, and Hiramasa Kingfish with Buttered Spinach, White Miso and Sea Urchin Roe. Snapper Pie has been on the menu almost since our restaurant's opening days. It is the ultimate share dish but it's worth fasting for a day so you can appreciate this rich and satisfying dish on your own.

Boathouse has developed a supply of crustaceans, molluscs, live fish and finfish by the procurement of produce through direct supply routes. For example they speak to their oyster growers on Friday before they harvest the following week's supply. On offer is a large range of fresh seafood purchased daily from the neighbouring fish markets. The nine varieties of oysters are house-shucked to your requirements, served with a champagne eschallot vinegar & dark rye bread. The menu also includes Ocean Trout with Mustard Crust, or Wild Barramundi with Wilted Mache and of course the restaurant's signature dish, Snapper Pie with Smoked Tomatoes. Unlike a lot of Sydney’s seafood restaurants there are plenty of options if meat is on your mind. We recommend the Veal Sweetbread or the Rack of Lamb.

Arrive in style with Water Taxis

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Restaurant's Awards | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Menu Selection  | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia




de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
- Readers' Reviews
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay - User Reviews


I’ve been heaps of times with groups of 2-8. Always great food and atmosphere with friendly and efficient service - never pretentious. The snapper pie is an obvious  11/05/2011

Was this review helpful to you? YES - NO
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Restaurant Review | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Have you dined at Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay?

Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience. You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*

Display Name:*   (will be displayed on the site.)
Email*:   (will not be displayed on the site.)  
Rate*: Rating Saved!
Please rate
Review*:   (1000 characters max)
Verification Code:
Enter Code:
(Verification is used to prevent spams. Please enter the code shown in the box above.)

* This is not a forum for rants and other unhappy patrons to complain. We invite not only those with a positive experience but also constructive criticism. We reserve the right to cut comments we estimate too long. Defamatory comments will not be published.

All views expressed are those of the writers and may not be the views of de Groots Media as publisher of Best Restaurants of Australia.

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning/Hatted
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Weddings
Waterside Dining

Promote your Business

Set up our badge
Restaurant Recommended by Best Restaurants of Australia

Tourism NSW

Quick Links

 Restaurant Gift Certificates
 Sydney CBD
 Darling Harbour
 North Sydney
 Surry Hills
 Chinese Sydney
 Spanish Sydney
 Italian Sydney
 Modern Australian Sydney
 Seafood Sydney
 Steak Sydney
 French Sydney
 Asian Sydney
 Japanese Sydney
 Waterfront Dining Sydney
 Private Dining Sydney
 Function Venues Sydney
 Cheap & Cheerful Sydney
 Wine Bars / Bars Sydney
 Award Winning Sydney
 New Restaurants
 International Restaurants
 More >>>

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

This site is maintained by de Groots development team.