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The Boathouse Society

) #4 of 20 Coffee & Tea in Nelson #40 of 152 Places to Eat in Nelson $$ - $$$ European, , Cafe
326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 7646
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (23 reviews)
17:00 - 23:00All hours
European, New Zealand, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

for a stunning waterfront location with outdoor seating on a dock with waves crashing beneath us, it is a shame the coffee and food was so terrible. this was definitely the worst coffee I've ever experienced in new zealand (and I've tried many cafes around...More

Thank JennyMarieH
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Hi Jenny Thank you for coming to The Boathouse Cafe & we are sorry you had a poor experience here. We aim to make every meal & coffee delicious with great service & obviously didn't meet our own high standards this time. The next time...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the deck with views of water. Nice menu selections and courteous staff!

Thank Chrisbou21
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Called on a Friday night which is Jazz Evening. Despite premises not opening to the public every day the atmosphere is fantastic. We were there on a night when perhaps locals were looking to relax but position and scenery made for superb occasion . Staff...More

Thank mavro2014
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Nice views over the water over to the boulder bank. We had the seafood chowder and was honestly one of the best I have tasted! Very polite staff and nice atmosphere. Definitely recommend 👌

Thank Morgan K
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Hi Morgan thank you for the lovely review & so glad you enjoyed your time at The Boathouse. Ali Howard Manager

Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a private club but we got lucky by landing on a Friday, the only day The Boathouse is open to the public (or so we were told) Great meal and craft beer on a beautiful deck right on the water and close to...More

Thank Peter H
theboathousenelson, Manager at The Boathouse Society, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Hi Peter, Glad you enjoyed your meal at The Boathouse. To clarify, we are a club & the cafe is one of our activities. The cafe is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday lunchtime & Friday evenings. Hope to see you again

Reviewed 1 March 2017

If you have one pic on a sunny day when the tide is in - pic The Boathouse! With it's wonderful atmoshpere and on-the-waves location you can indulge in their tasty menu options. We had seafood showder, pasta and the chefs platter, all very tasty...More

Thank OlaEH
Reviewed 12 February 2017

A very friendly and very good place for lunch in Nelson.Wonderful sea views. The staff are efficient and cheerful. Excellent lunchtime menu, which is reasonably priced. Our orders came at a time that suggested fresh cooking rather than reheated meals and were freshly cooked by...More

1  Thank drrferg
Reviewed 3 February 2017

A group of us had dinner here before a show.The staff were very helpful .We all were impressed with the quality of our main meals & dessert.I highly reccommend the citrus cheesecake.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Great view. Average food, average wine, average service. Ok entertainment. Overpriced for what it was. We ordered a platter for two that we were told would be like a light meal for two people. It wasn't just light, it was only 3 olives, 3 sundried...More

Thank LauTheExplorer
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

It's only open for dinner Friday nights but the food and service is amazing so well worth the pilgrimage

1  Thank jedimastafez
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 7646
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The Boathouse is a large attractive wooden heritage building built over the sea on the picturesque Nelson Haven. It is owned & run by The Boathouse Society that was set up in 1986 to restore the building and today it operates as a Cafe, Event & Performance Space, Wedding & Function Venue, Community Hall & Club. Cafe open to the public Wed, Thursday, Friday lunchtimes & Friday evenings. Please note we are NOT the Boatshed Cafe !
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