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Beachfront Restaurant Seafood and Angus Steaks Local produce Recommended by Visit Scotland Recommended in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed today via mobile

Oh my word. The food was amazing. The chef really knows how to cook seafood and the staff were just amazing. They were friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back. The location is also fantastic. Thank you xxx

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointing high teas. There are some nice things on the menu, but the high tea is poor and overpriced. The cake selection was small and stingy for the amount of people it served.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated between the harbour and the signal tower museum, and with magnificiant views out to sea The Old Boatyard is in a splendid location. Food and drinks are not cheap, however the quality was excellent, and the service just as good. There is ample parking...outside and the restaurant being situated all on ground level is easily accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Second visit ,staff were lovely and very efficient ,I had smokie linguine, felt it could have been warmer ,but edible ,all in all a nice meal but felt it was a bit expensive for what we had

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

Friendly welcome and well looked after by a professional team. Food and service was outstanding - not rushed but not ignored, despite being the Friday before Christmas. Realistically priced for quality and quantity offered. Noticed how nicely children were treated by staff. Well done and...thank you, we'll be back on our next visit to Scotland.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

Visted yesterday for an engagement celebration. Food seemed good but the place needed a good clean. Very run down, dirty and the toilets were very poor. Windows were smeared, dust everywhere and no attention to detail. We were handed menus that looked like children had...eaten their dinner off them then used them to draw all over. Should have left then tbh. We both had fish dishes which tasted very good but the fish soup was full of bones and lets say not feeling great today. The meal wasn't cheap which makes it all the worse. We aren't people who make a fuss so just wouldnt recommend and definitely wouldn't return!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

Great location and food was absolutely supurb, we wanted seafood and were spoilt for choice on the menu. Both my wife and I had the fish pie for main course - made with smokies and absolutely delicious. Starters were also good, Fish pate and oatcakes...for my wife and I had the mussels - both v good. Wine was also excellent. A long time since I had a meal out this good, we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Last minute decision, phoned and made a reservation. On arrival, a nice friendly welcome and taken to our table. The specials were explained to us and we all made our choices. Food and drink were exceptional. I can highly recommend the Oysters. Waiting staff were...brilliant and friendly and I can only apologise for tripping over the owner on my crutches!!! First time here, but will be on our list of restaurants in the local area that we choose to go to!!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 October 2023

Lovely setting by the sea. Great local standard dishes including fresh haddock. Also good variety of more upmarket plates. Look forward to returning.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

Only had some coffees which was nice. Comfortable seating and a nice view of the harbour. Didn't eat so cannot comment on the food but what we saw was huge pieces of cake that looked really nice. Staff were welcoming.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023 via mobile

Arrived as unbooked walk-ins at midday 5/10/23. Staff so welcoming and attentive with wonderful food at very reasonable price given the portion size and quality. Had hoped to find a lovely restaurant overlooking the marina and this exceeded all our expectations. Best of all the...staff suggested other places in Arbroath to visit to help make for a truly lovely day. This restaurant and the folk who work there are a real credit to Arbroath and great ambassadors for the town. Thank you.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

We had a great meal in this lovely restaurant. We were in Arbroath specifically for the smokies my husband had wanted to try for very many years and this was our first taste. We both had them for starters (there were various ways you could...have them). Then I had halibut, one of my very favourite fish, and it was delicious. Husband had equally delicious sea bass. Restaurant was very busy but service was good and staff were efficient and charming. We went back another day for morning coffee and cake - very good. They also serve breakfast. We'd love to go back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

Food was mediocre to poor Quality certainly does not match the inflated prices charged Essentially the quality of a chippy meal and not a particularly good one Service slow

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Overbooked, horrendously busy,no room between tables and extremely noisy because of hen parties. This was 6 o’clock on a Saturday evening. Food overpriced,especially starter and main,fish pie,had little sauce and was as dry as unbuttered bread. Reported dry fish pie 3 times but no one...was interested. They just wanted our money and our table.Made us feel very unwelcome.Won’t be back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

Four of us here for a family meal. Two of us had the haddock/leek crepe, very tasty however the accompanying sauce was rather “thin” but very tasty, we asked for bread so as not to leave so much of it. Chowder was imo also a...bit “thin” but again was very tasty and was certainly enjoyed. Bread was lovely, as was my glass of Rose. The other three just had water. Three of us had fish and chips, all three enjoyed this. I had the hake with fragrant (Thai inspired) risotto, I really enjoyed this, the flavours in the risotto blended together very well. Two of us shared a knickerbocker glory (not my first choice from the sundae’s list), it’s been years since I’ve had one and we both enjoyed it. The service was good, surroundings are nice, but there was a couple of bits of food from previous diners on the floor under our table/my chair, something I do get a bit irked at. Women’s toilet was very clean, that’s something I truly appreciate. The menu prices on here should be up-dated as they have risen quite a bit. Overall, I would definitely happily return any time. It was my first visit, the other three had all eaten here at least once previously and are also happy to return any time.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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clgale
26 July 2018|
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Response from 970margaretv | Reviewed this property |
Thought it was too and unsure why. Friend was local and been before so wasn’t worry. Menu varied and extensive using local produce
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Response from Sultan Y | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Apologies for the late reply. I think they do, and they also have a lunchtime menu, snacks etc.
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The Old Boatyard is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
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