We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

Travellers' Choice


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (494)
Filter reviews
484 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews brunch sticky buns scones french toast eggs benedict salmon salad potatoes burger boat shed great lunch amazing views boatshed lake queenstown hilton
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great lunch at The boat shed cafe. It’s a bit out of the way but was so busy we couldn’t get a table outside- still had a good table by the window. Family of 4, two had a very good plum and beetroot...salad, 9 year old had a ham and cheese toasty (loaded with had and plenty of cheese) and was full afterwards. I had a fabulous seafood chowder topped with salmon - the other 3 kept having some too it was so good. We caught the water taxi from Queenstown centre to Bayview Park, 45 -50 minute walk to the Hilton where we stopped for a drink and morning tea, then another 40-45 minute walk to the Boat shed Cafe for lunch. We were planning to do the return water taxi ride back to town but decided to bus instead (bus stop just up from the cafe and water taxi just down from the cafe) as we were between water taxi arrival times. Makes for a good day out - about 6.5km walk. Could have finished off with the remaining 5 km walk to town if you had the energy. (You can also make it shorter and water taxi / bus from multiple places).More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A unique building with a great outlook and good coffee along with great service.We enjoyed the room showing all the boats in miniature that had plied the waters of the lake over time. We liked the place so much that my wife left her jersey...there and on my return the next morning they went out back and returned same to me. We were very grateful for its return.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went back gor our second visit as we enjoyed it very much last time we were in Queenstown. Felt a little rushed by staff this time, despite the fact it was starting to empty out. The French toast was amazing as ever, but the Eggs...Benedict with twice cooked pork belly was a let down - the 'pork belly' was simply a piece of bacon and not even crispy at that. Would go again but would choose a different second item from the menu. It's worth going for the lakeside location alone.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 30 March 2022 via mobile

While staying at Driftaway Camp we came upon the Boatshed on our bike ride. I love my coffee as it was so good we went back on 2 occasions and the scones were large and fresh 👏🏻

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 10 March 2022 via mobile

I don’t usually write any reviews, but the Boatshed is so lovely. Great spot, fabulous coffee and the best salad I have had for ages! Thank you!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

We found this wee gem via Trip Advisor and we’re delighted with the entire experience. The staff genuinely cared about making sure we had an exceptional visit. The food was outstanding. We were here for breakfast and the menu was a nice variation on the...standard breakfast options at most eateries. And then there was the view to top it all off! A delightful start to our day.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 25 February 2022 via mobile

Good food, had a bad taste in my mouth from the parking so I've dropped this review to a one star. Been coming here for years. QLDC saw fit to issue us a ticket for parking in their new designated boat ramp park (despite it...being bad weather with no boaties on that day). I hope the cafe can let QLDC know how this affects their customers. Hardly anywhere to park legally anymore (think there are 3 parks).More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 31 January 2022 via mobile

Coffees are good Meals are delicious - crispy potatoes and tasty Korean-seasoned salad in my delicious chicken burger

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 21 December 2021

WOW is all could say about the view. And the food and the service was all superb. fabulous experience

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 9 December 2021 via mobile

Excellent service, seated us straight away. Coffees came fast and then food about 10 mins later which was great. Nice atmosphere, staff are friendly and talked with our two year old son. Food was amazing, had the burger and chips. Wedges were very unique and...could be the best wedges I've ever had. Salmon eggs bene hit the spot too.More

Date of visit: December 2021
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road, an IHG Hotel
539 reviews
1.32 km away
Sherwood Queenstown
504 reviews
1.50 km away
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
3,704 reviews
1.50 km away
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queenstown
1,590 reviews
1.54 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
The Lake Counter
6 reviews
1.43 km away
Remarkable Takeaways
15 reviews
1.31 km away
266 reviews
1.51 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
The Beauty Lounge
15 reviews
1.32 km away
Skihire NZ Frankton
6 reviews
1.34 km away
Altitude Brewing
33 reviews
.14 km away
Jetboards (NZ) Limited
18 reviews
.05 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro

Yes, The Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro offers takeaway services.

The Boat Shed Cafe and Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4