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“Afternoon treat”

The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant
Price range: US$8 - US$24
Cuisines: European, British, Turkish, Scottish
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Good for: Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Enjoy lunch, dinner or just a drink at The Boathouse Restaurant on the shores of Loch Ness. Open everyday all day 11am - 9pm. Outdoor seating.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Afternoon treat”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Had afternoon snack here after a lovely cruise. I had baileys latte and apple pie with cream. Quite expensive at £30 for 4 deserts and 3 drinks but it was delicious and location was wonderful. Enjoyed our visit.

Thank Phil41yellow
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Rome, Italy
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“cute place ok food grumpy service”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Disappointed. Called ahead to book, and first comment was "we close at 9", and I had asked for a table for 2 at 8:30. Got there 8:20. (Other table full of people came later still). Right away found water cold, unsmiling and even pulled a fast one when we asked for water gave us bottled water (and charged for it on the bill later). Nowhere else in Scotland have they done that without asking. Food was so-so, basic, nothing special. But basically a lovely day (elsewhere) was coloured badly by the very unpleasant service at this place. A great location, lovely views, basic food. BAD service attitude, period.

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank 56monkeys
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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573 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
“Fantastic location, the owners/management need to realise this!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We thought we had found a gem and by rights, it should be. It has to be one of the best locations, with outside seating right on a spit into the Loch and nice views from inside the restaurant. My party, including a disabled gentleman arrived about 3pm I think, with the intention of sitting outside. We were told there was no table service outside, no problem. I went in to order and it was clear there was a language barrier with the guy behind the bar who was a bit surly. I think the owners are probably Turkish (an excuse for the language barrier, not for being surly. Having ordered, I went back outside to find the wind had got up badly and clouds were looming so we moved to sit inside. Im even confused by what happened next, but as we asked for a table we were met with a distinct lack of communication and then told to sit at a table furthest away from the entrance - despite having a disabled gentleman in our midst. Then a man, who I assume is the manager or the owner, came over and told us we would have to hurry up as they had to lay the tables for dinner! Ok, so I assumed they would close the place and go home for a couple of hours? But no, they continued to serve for people outside. I just found this rather bizarre, how long does it take to set up a table with some cutlery and paper napkins. The food was ok, cafe style and we felt forced to "hurry up"! Very strange...this should be a goldmine if someone with the right attitude took it over!!

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank Gail T
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Canberra, Australia
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Great food and reasonably good service”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

These guys are in the prime location in Fort Augustus. We popped along to eat tea beside Loch Ness, and the environment was perfect. As we were ordering, another five groups came in without bookings (just like us), and the guy behind the bar barked at them that they would have to sit outside and there was no table service. Like us, they were all happy with this, but his manner was aggressive and off-putting. It was also confusing because although we ordered the food at the bar, they did actually bring it to the table outside, so there are probably better ways to communicate this. Were it not for this guy's manner, this would be a five star location!
At any rate, the environment and the food were absolutely perfect.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank trevar
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Carlow, Ireland
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105 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Excellent Views”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Situated on the tip of loch ness, the views from the outdoor seating area are unbeatable. The indoor dining area takes advantage of the location with large lakeside windows and provides shelter from summer insects. Food was well prepared and delicious. Limited selection of beers on tap, though they had several local bottled beers.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Emily M
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