Restaurant Reviews

The Boat House: Restaurant review

The Boat House


Grevillea Park
Menindee Dr
Barton, Canberra, ACT


Dinner Mon-Sat 6.30pm-9pm


4 courses $90, dégustation $120


After renovations, The Boat House has transformed from tired function space to destination fine-diner. Some extra shine on the floorboards is matched by greater polish at the pass. Flashbacks to chicken-or-fish receptions are erased with a fine entree of confit salmon balanced by a tarragon emulsion and pickled cucumber. Fremantle octopus partners well with a strip of lardo, placed atop cauliflower puree with basil emulsion to one side. Confit duck leg gets a Eurasian makeover with miso-braised cabbage and silky celeriac puree. Desserts go a touch molecular with liquid nitrogen applied a la table to form a yoghurt and sorrel cloud. Equally playful is apple pie ice-cream that sits atop a creamy Japanese rice pudding. Floor staff are enthusiastic and now sport the wine smarts necessary to do justice to a 33-page volume compiled by Mount Majura's Kate Hibberson. Sparkling and canapes on the new-ish wraparound deck? Yes please.

(02) 6273 5500

Bookings essential


  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

John Leverink

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.