For modern-Australian food and wine without having to go as far as the Peninsula, there’s The Boathouse. It’s been the “nice” restaurant in Frankston for more than 20 years. When it opened in the ’90s it was more fine dining, but it’s moved with the times and become more casual.
Many people go for the steak or seafood matched with their favourite wines. Foxey’s Hangout shiraz and Red Hill Estate pinot grigio are common choices. The weekly specials are based on whatever owner Cameron Taylor has found at the markets. Seasonal local produce makes up most of the menu.
The Boathouse backs onto a quiet section of Kananook Creek surrounded by native trees. Balcony and patio tables can be scarce in nice weather. Inside, the decor is clean and country style.
The restaurant has been the setting for more than one marriage proposal, so get nervous if your Tinder date asks you here.