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The Waterfront Inn

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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a wonderful Christmas lunch with my sister and friends at the excellent Waterfront Inn. The bar and restaurant had a great atmosphere, really buzzing. The 3 course meal was excellent, the best Christmas dinner that I have had away from home. The staff were amazing, although they were busy the service was first class and there were lots... More 

Thank CarterattheAlbury
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely decor,quite and nice atmosphere.bad points. We walked in at 8pm and asked if they where serving food. The bar man said I think so. There was one other family eatting. We sat down and ordered our drinks. We ordered our food which took 45 min. We had lasagne,nothing special not worth £12. Half way though meal I had to... More 

Thank basecoat
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are coming to the end of a lovely stay at The Waterfront. The staff have been fantastic, the room very clean and comfortable, and the 3 meals we've had absolutely delicious. Thank you Sharon and the team for a wonderful time. We will definitely be back and will be bringing more of our family with us next time👌🐶😀

Thank Mandy W
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location with views of the beach, very reasonably priced & some lovely art on the walls. The food was really good, the mussels both style are amazing. Service was a little below par but may have been an off day.

Thank Chris T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited my cousin in Ventnor and she took me to Shanklin for the afternoon. We decided to have some lunch and had a look around. We only wanted something light so this place was the most reasonable priced and had lots of choice considering the location. Was served very quickly even though it was quite busy and I must say... More 

Thank tinywillo
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in the Isle of Wight and my family visited for a couple of days. Yesterday (Thursday), we decided to have lunch at about 2.00 pm. There were five of us. We ordered as soon as we arrived and after waiting an hour, enquired when we would be served. People had come in after us and had finished their... More 

Thank Hattiesgranny
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We're regulars here but maybe not for much longer, poor service long queues. Orders taken for coffee and after chasing them up 45 mins later were told they'd run out of milk. No explanations, poor communications, we we're one of four couples who got refunds and left. Needs improving or I feel it'll be another pub that may cease to... More 

Thank Annie S
Sandown, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been visiting the Waterfront Inn regularly for meals or morning coffee since moving to the island three years ago. We went for lunch today as it is my birthday. The place was packed but there were hardly any staff. I ordered Camembert as a starter but after ten minutes someone came out from the kitchen to say that... More 

Thank Sue S
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84 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a walk from Sandown to Shanklin and found this little gem. Lovely views and nice decor. There were out door sofas with rugs to sit on and enjoy the sea views.

Thank Darby2105
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit, and the best fillet steak I've ever had, also had calimari to start, perfect, brilliant service from the staff..

Thank al s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$19
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863023
We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features succulent steaks and local seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely cocktail in our bar or outside on our sun terrace - all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown Bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. We offer live music every weekend.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?