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The Boathouse Shelly Beach

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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published August 26th 2015
A beautiful restaurant in a lovely setting
There are three Boathouse restaurants in Sydney. The newest is The Boathouse Shelly Beach. It is a lovely restaurant in a very pretty setting and the food is good too.

The other two are at Palm Beach and Balmoral. They all have water views. Two were original marinas and The Boathouse Shelly Beach was originally a well known restaurant called The Le Kiosk.

The Boathouse restaurant Manly entrance Shelly beach Manly
The Boathouse Shelly Beach


There are beautiful floral displays around the restaurant and the landscape is striking. The makeover of the site is stunning.

A beautiful floral display at the Boathouse Shelly Beach Manly
A beautiful flower display at The Boathouse Restaurant Shelly Beach Manly


I have been a few times now to The Boathouse Shelly Beach and loved it. I went last Thursday and my friend and I shared a couple of dishes; the food was delicious.

Manly Boat House The Boat House Salad Shelly Beach Manly
The Boathouse Salad was $18 with Salmon $26


The Manly Boat House Shelly Beach Manly
Winter salad $19 with the duck $27


These two salads were very tasty. The vegetables were warm with wonderful different varieties of carrots. The serving of warm duck was generous and succulent.

The lunch menu at The Boathouse Shelly Beach


Lunch even through the week is very busy. There is an attractive courtyard which looks straight out onto Shelly Beach. The landscape all around is very green and lush. The garden takes advantage of the natural bush setting that surrounds it.

Lunch time patrons at the Boat House Restaurant Shelly Beach Many
Lunch time patrons at The Boathouse Shelly Beach


The Garden landscape at The Boat House Manly
Attractive landscape at The Boathouse Shelly Beach


We also had a serving of the Boathouse chips which were tasty crunchy and served very hot.

A serving of The Boat House chips
A serving of the Boathouse chips


We were surprised when a member of staff sent over a delicious caramel slice for dessert, compliments of the house. It was large enough to share, which we did with our coffee.

On my first occasion of going there, I had another nice experience of generosity from the staff. I accidentally spilt over my glass of wine. As soon as this happened a friendly waiter was at my side, cleaning up my spilt wine and refilling my glass. If they display such polite generous service to all customers their business will thrive.

A lovely desert at The Boat House Manly
A Caramel Slice compliments of the house. A nice gesture and it was delicious


The Boathouse Shelly Beach is in a prime position with easy access. To get there on foot you can take a walk from Manly around to Fairy Bower and on to Shelly Beach. This walk is one of the prettiest in Sydney.

Also you can drive around Bower St Manly to a convenient carpark which is situated above Shelly Beach. This car park has fabulous views overlooking the northern beaches.

The function room, offering Beach Manly


There is a lovely function room upstairs above the restaurant which is perfect for weddings. There is a mirror showing a reflection of the beach which you can also see from the balcony.

The Garden of the boathouse restaurant
The Landscape surrounding The Boathouse


Manly Boat House restaurant Shelly Beach Manly
The casual bar area at The Boathouse Shelly Beach


I also went to an unexpected brunch at The Boathouse Shelly Beach so I thought I would add these innovative dishes that my friend and I had on this occasion. I choose poached eggs on hash browns. This was served with brisket and baby beetroot. The brisket was something really different, it was delicious and a good alternative to bacon.

The Boat House Restaurant Manly Brunch Poached eggs on hash browns
Poached Eggs on Hash Browns served with Brisket $23


My friend choose poached eggs with bacon and grilled tomato.
Of course this is a favourite with many people for that special brunch. The serving was generous and the eggs cooked to perfection.

Brunch The Boat House Shelly beach Manly Poached Eggs with bacon and tomato
Poached Eggs bacon and tomato served at The Boathouse Restaurant


When you get a chance take the opportunity, and visit The Boathouse Shelly Beach. Whenever you choose to go you will enjoy the experience good food and in particular, friendly staff.
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Why? This is the whole package; great location, good food, beautiful surrounds & water views
When: Mon to Sunday Breakfast and Lunch Friday and Saturday Dinner
Phone: 02 9934 9977
Where: Manly, 1 Marine Parade, Sydney NSW 2095
Cost: very varied from snacks and coffee around $10 Breakfast $20Lunch $17 to $30
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