Footy Special
28th July

Our Story

Jolleys Boathouse has always been one of Adelaide’s great places to dine.

Resting quietly and invitingly on the Banks of the River Torrens, a short stroll from Adelaide’s CBD, and greeting generations of diners on sunny afternoons or moonlit nights.

A classic then. A classic still. Always a delight for long-term diners and a wonderful and rewarding surprise for new ones. Relaxing, easy and first-class in every way.

If it’s been a while, time to remind yourself just what you have been missing.


Back in the early 1900s, the River Torrens was the weekend place to be.

Rowing regattas, parasols, straw Bottas and promenades. In this wonderful location, Jolleys Boathouse started life as a tea-room in 1913 – Devonshire teas, ice creams, sodas and sandwiches.

Sadly, by the late 1980s, it was a run-down, tumbledown kiosk.

Saved by some true believers, Jolleys quickly established itself as one of Adelaide’s “go-to restaurants”.

Long-term owner and well-known architect Barry Matthews was one of them.


One of the distinct advantages of having a restaurant in a city like Adelaide is the overall quality and abundance of excellent local produce.

From our clear-blue ocean to our green and prolific market gardens, to our wide-open grazing regions, all within easy distance.

Our early morning deliveries influence our menu for each day and evening.

They also provide our talented chefs with the opportunity to create the best possible dishes for you and your friends.

We invite you to put us to the test.

OUR WINE & ...

From the very start, one thing that Jolleys customers all agreed on was the quality and depth of our wine list.

Today, particularly in South Australia, there is an abundance of quality wines. Classic varieties and emerging varieties. Red, white, rosé and sparkling.

Also different beer brands and styles. Plus a constantly changing Top 10 of the most popular cocktails.

Rest assured we take great pride in our constantly evolving Wine Menu.


At Jolleys, we are strong believers in the power of “team”. Everyone knowing their role and working together to deliver an enjoyable experience.

We also want to break down barriers. So don’t be surprised if you see our chefs in the restaurant from time to time talking with our customers and getting their thoughts our food, our menu, our service and how we can improve the overall customer experience.

Our simple word for it is “hospitality”.

If you’d like to join our team, then send your resumé via the link below.


Over the decades, Jolleys has hosted hundreds of weddings, significant birthdays, large get-togethers with family or friends and confidential board and corporate events.

Chances are you’ve been to one or two.

Within walking distance of Adelaide Oval, Jolleys is also an ideal location for a pre-game function.

Upstairs and downstairs, we have a number of flexible options that can be tailored to work for you. All with magnificent River Torrens views.

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