Boathouse at The Regatta Hotel


Photo by my friend Michael O’Shea

I drive along the very busy Coronation Drive almost every day and have wondered what the revamped hotel and restaurant must look like inside. It is one of Brisbane’s most interesting pub buildings and has managed to survive flooding and the ravages of time, not to mention the pollution since it is a main thoroughfare from the western suburbs into the city.  See the photo at the base of this post to see how rustic and quiet the road was back in the 1940’s.IMG_1450

The hotel exceeded my expectations. The current makeover is even better than the one that was completed before the flood two years ago.IMG_1456

The large grill is fronted by a horizontal gas flame that is both a decorative feature and warmer for the plated up dishes.

IMG_1454A retro Filet Mignon is on the menu. Add another classic of whole baked potato with sour cream and chives.

DSC00203The braised lamb that John decided to have as he had visited another ‘steak house’ for lunch the day before.


I chose the Wagyu Rump and our friends went for a classic of Eye fillet and Fillet Mignon. Choices of baked potato or chips were hard for most of us to resist.  Wagyu is one of several breeds that are genetically predisposed to marbling with a high percentage of unsaturated fat.IMG_1452

Could not resist Bernaise sauce to go with my Wagyu and those chips were wonderful. All the steaks were cooked and served exactly the degree of ‘doneness’ we ordered.

IMG_1460 IMG_1461 IMG_1462It was the first time we visited The Regatta since its renovation. The history of the hotel is linked by photographs in a variety of white only frames.

IMG_1469The wide hallway at the entrance features floor tiles that are busy but as it is a generous hall they don’t clash with the wallpaper and lights.

IMG_1468 IMG_1466Finally someone has come up with overhead lights other than chandeliers.

IMG_1472The hotel has a cafe on its corner and some of the kitchen is visible for curbside patrons.

IMG_1471There is even a little peep-hole on the street for the cakes.

IMG_1473The back of the hotel from the car park makes a strong statement.

English: View of Coronation Drive, Toowong, Br...

English: View of Coronation Drive, Toowong, Brisbane, 1941 Scene along Coronation Drive, Toowong, to the Regatta Hotel in 1941. Wooden electricity poles line the edge of the road with a view of the suburb of St Lucia over the Brisbane River. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want to see more of the menu you can go to The Regatta Hotel’s website where you can download a copy.

  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on April 6, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    I haven’t been to the Regatta since I was 17…must try it when I get home.

  2. #2 by Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on April 14, 2013 - 3:03 am

    I always love it when your expectations are exceeded! Those Mondrian inspired lamps are really lovely 🙂

  3. #3 by Marilyn Domenech on April 21, 2013 - 6:54 am

    Brendan McFarlane (our Restaurant Manager) and a number of other Bretts Wharf chefs and waiters went to the Regatta Boathouse when Bretts Wharf was forced to close. Glad to hear they found a good home.

    • #4 by tastetravel on April 21, 2013 - 6:57 am

      Glad to hear this re staff. Have you been over Marilyn? if not maybe we can meet there when we get back from travels. Roz

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