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“Spectacular location and atmosphere ”

The Boathouse Restaurant
Ranked #24 of 69 Restaurants in Ventnor
Price range: US$15 - US$53
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In two minds whether to add a review as would like to keep this Isle of Wight secret just that! But the owners deserve the review.

We visited on a perfect Bank Holiday Sunday having arrived in Ventnor by boat - having to walk to the restaurant along the impossibly scenic coastal path is half the fun. Once there our table was idyllic with stunning views across the sea and delightful menu with a varied and high quality selection could with friendly and attentive service. Could not recommend it highly enough!

Options for non fish eaters but if course the seafood is the star of the show.

The owners will remind you in the day but it is cash or cheques only - there is no mobile signal and no road access so the ability truly to escape is the point!

We will be back

Thank C0pelama
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a fabulous sharing platter for two at the Boathouse. The service was excellent, fabulous location and the food was so fresh it was unbelievable. Great experience and can't wait to go back.

Thank H K
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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
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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. High quality produce and super wine list. Our team of senior chaps (and a few younger upstarts) enjoyed a very relaxed and enjoyable 4 hours before we had to climb back to above sea level. Lovely lunch. Lovely company. Wonderful service.

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Thank Simon D
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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 a test of culinary skill. So, yes it's fine, but it's fresh boiled shellfish at the end if the day. Great to go but don't worry so much if you can't secure a reservation. Service was fine and friendly.

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