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The Boathouse Restaurant

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The Boathouse Steephill Cove, Ventnor PO38 1UG, England
+44 1983 852747
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fresh seafood” (9 reviews)
“lobster” (27 reviews)
“prawns” (19 reviews)
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Seafood, British
££ - £££
The Boathouse Steephill Cove, Ventnor PO38 1UG, England
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Very good meals served by friendly staff, very efficient. We had a huge Sunday lunch that was served hot and quickly. Will go again if in the area. Highly recommended .

Thank Edward F
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Its the end of the season and Autumn is coming so maybe we shouldn't have been surprised by the wind and rainy skies. But that didn't dampen our spirits. Very attentive staff had laid up our table for 9 and away we went. Simple menu....More

Thank Simon D
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Steephill Cove is really quaint and beautiful. The view from the restaurant terrace is its main selling point. The food is perfectly good but I would say not special - good lobster or prepared crab can be had all over the island and aren't exactly...More

Thank Buddman
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The location of this restaurant is truly a must set in the cliff face on a private beach The seafood is the freshest caught that morning and served at lunch time with a glass of something cold and crisp I can recommend a visit we...More

Thank 343Trish
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Young children are not allowed in the main restaurant so we booked the enclosed boathouse area under the outside eating area for 8 people which was perfect, no worries about the young children disturbing other guests and perfect if it's raining or windy!! Good attentive...More

Thank Linnie B
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We visited for a birthday treat a hidden gem of a restaurant perfect location and ambience. We had amazing shellfish and deserts No children's menu but very helpful to sort something out for them.

Thank emomonk
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We were travelling to The Isle of Wight for Our holiday and some friends mentioned this remote, lovely restaurant that served exquisite sea food. As it only has 8 tables we booked immediately. The only access is by walking along the coast path from Ventnor...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 7 August 2017

had an amazing meal here. not run of the mill. staff excellent, building clean with panoramic, sliding windows, great views.

Thank angie J
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I was lucky to reserve a table a couple of weeks prior to our holiday. The response via email was prompt and friendly. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary with our two children. We were seated in the lovely little hut downstairs which...More

Thank 8outoftencats
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We had lunch here last week, a beautiful sunny day, post a clifftop walk. A very special spot! We sat in the little downstairs hut, which would fit 8 people, with a lovely view out to the sea. The staff were charming, hard working and...More

Thank Jane J
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Joy A
17 June 2017|
Response from Covesteephill | Property representative |
Yes we do 8oz IoW fillet steak with peppercorn sauce new potatoes and salad 😀
Tony A
17 June 2015|
Response from 543jrr | Reviewed this property |
, dogs are welcome - we took our two when we visited recently.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$16 - US$57
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
12:05 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Boathouse Steephill Cove, Ventnor PO38 1UG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ventnor
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 852747
Where on the Isle of Wight can you lunch on the freshest seafood (Lobster & Crab) caught daily and served on a deck with stunning sea views? The Boathouse which opened its doors in 1999 in the hideaway of Steephill Cove is the perfect place for a romantic lunch for two or to bring friends to sample the very freshest shellfish. This stunning location could be anywhere in the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean when you are sitting on the deck with a glass of chilled wine and eating crab and lobster landed that very morning by the Cove's own fishermen Mark and Jimmy Wheeler . They fish daily but you'd need to be an early bird to see them landing their catch just meters away from where you are sitting. The restaurant is very popular with local residents and holidaymakers alike and as we have little advertising, this popularity has come mainly from word of mouth and we are renowned for our fresh crab and lobster served with crisp salad and fresh crusty bread - exquisite in its simplicity. We are only open at lunch time and have just 30 covers so booking is advised. If you are staying at one of our holiday properties, The Crow's Nest, The Boathouse or The Lighthouse then you can have lunch or a seafood supper delivered to your door giving you the ultimate in relaxation and fabulous food - just lay the table and open the wine. The restaurant is open from the end of May bank holiday to the end of the second week in September.
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