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Private Dining (East End or Walters) at The Boat House

Why you'll love this venue

  • Located in the most prestigious private parkland on the very edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House by the Lake Barton ACT offers superb views of the lake as well as fantastic contemporary cuisine
  • Spectacular lake views are matched by a sophisticated atmosphere and friendly and attentive service.
  • The stunning water views and our award-winning kitchen will make this an unforgettable affair.
Our private dining rooms are superbly presented with crisp white linen, crystal glassware and professional staff offering exceptional service and superb cuisine. There are three private rooms to choose from each with magnificent views and access to decking and gardens at the lake’s edge. The restaurant is centrally located in Grevillea Park, Barton (north side) off Morshead Drive. There is ample free on-site parking and excellent facilities for disabled persons.

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Helen Goddard

December 25, 2023

OMG. Christmas lunch! Thanks so much! What a lunch! On the lake beside the poor soggy black swan. Staff were fantastic. Could not fault them from the lovely greeting at the outset to escorting everyone to their cars under umbrellas at the end! Thanks for that -- it sets you apart from others. The food was absolutely phenomenal. There was no course that let us down and we're all still trying to work out which course was the favourite -- a good sign. One of our guests has a small problem with eggs and they quickly pivoted to provide her with something that was just as good to replace what she couldn't eat. No table was on top of any other table -- so that gives a great ambience as well. It's a great way to do Christmas and we'd be happy to do it again!

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Andrew D

March 3, 2024

The Boathouse was our first stop when my partner and I went 'wedding venue' shopping. After our initial meeting with James, we knew the Boathouse was the venue for us and locked it in straight away without bothering with any other places. We made the right choice. Dealing with James and his team was seamless up to the day of the wedding. The wedding day itself was smooth, and enjoyable for both our guests, and my partner & I. Food and beverages were amazing, staff were friendly and on point. Working in hospitality myself, I know the crazy 'markup' (wedding tax) that wedding venues add on, this was definitely not the case at the Boathouse. Post-wedding, the team were very helpful with holding our flowers and decorations for collection. James, Laura, Chef John and team, we cannot thank you enough for making our special day that memorable.

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Leo Hronsky

March 21, 2024

The Boat House team did an incredible job hosting our wedding. From the early stages of inquiring about availability and prices Laura and James were fully transparent, responsive and helpful. As we progressed to planning the event, Laura provided answers to our questions in a timely manner and was very accommodating of our last minute changes. The seamless operations included the Boat House team coordinating with other vendors, meaning we could be in the moment on the big day, and in the lead up. On the day, the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Many of our guests noted how professional the front of staff house were, and still talk about how amazing the food was. All dietary requirements were accommodated without compromising quality. The Boat House is such a scenic Canberra location for wedding. The reception outdoors under the trees, overlooking the lake, followed by a classic late summer sunset was truly iconic. The indoor dining space provided the perfect environment for all our guests to talk, before providing the perfect space for a dance floor. The interior design of the lobby, and dining space provided a beautiful ambience. It didn't come to it, but knowing the lobby was the backup plan for wet weather filled us with confidence. The decorations organised by the Boat House working with Moxom + Whitney on table settings were beautiful and meant we didn't need to organise any additional decor. We would not change a thing. Thank you to the Boat House for the perfect day.

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Tonia M

February 8, 2024

We have an event at the boat house on Sunday, & Laura and her team have been highly communicative and accommodating to all our needs. I highly recommend the boat house to anyone in search of an ideal venue! 😍💖 the staff are INCREDIBLE and you won’t regret it!

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Dianne Nilsson

October 17, 2023

This was such an amazing lunch location with delicious food, amazing knowledgeable staff and a lovely location. We were celebrating an 80th with a small group of 5 , but had such an amazing time we will be back...thank you

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