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Bistro at the Boathouse

4.4
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831 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
Bistro at the Boathouse brings together fresh, modern food, an unparalleled riverside setting, and an insistence on the very highest standards of service.The team at The Boathouse have worked under the tutelage of some of the worlds finest chefs, in many of the worlds greatest restaurants. This knowledge and experience is interwoven with their youthful vibrancy, a determination to bring a creative and modern collection of ideas and flavors to the table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 831 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service would definitely return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, great food and good service. Would highly recommend.

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VivE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to the Boat House and although I had seen the high ratings received I was of an open mind.
It was a lunch time and so daylight and because of Covid well spaced tables which naturally reduced the ambience.
However I found the service efficient but not overbearing, the choice was good and the size of portions was reasonable. The presentation was excellent and the taste and condition of the food was excellent too.
I would happily return

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AmyC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and in a lovely setting by the river

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The starter was really good the main was average and the staff were really good.

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LisaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely lunch at the bistro. The food and service were outstanding. Thank you, we’ll be back again very soon.

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EmmaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely setting on the river. Excellent service, great food

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DianeL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere, terrific service and great food.

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TonyH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing with a nice welcome! Food was excellent.

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JacquiS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Good value for money. Lovely central location overlooking river. Great service. Covid save environment.

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GraceS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and a wonderful breakfast - would definitely return!

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NatalieC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, excellent service, prime location, fab evening. Thank you

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CduSautoy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice location by the river, top class food, friendly accommodating staff - best meal we had in Henley

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JaneM
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service excellent food in a lovely location, left feeling very happy thank you 😊

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RichardC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, very good service and a nice atmosphere (a little quiet) considering these strange times. The team is doing a great job here, and it seems the change to a bistro was a very good one.

I'll be going back, and would definitely recommend Bistro at the Boathouse.

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DuncanB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’d recommend this place to you if you are looking for tasty, fresh food and great service set in a beautiful location right on the banks of the Thames. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back next time we are in Henley.

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A121
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I don’t often write reviews and when I do it’s when we are truly impressed with a restaurant, however this is a bit different. After almost 6 months of self isolating, my partner and I decided to have special brunch date here upon recommendation from a close friend.
We arrived via the decking area of the restaurant where a waitress was waiting in the doorway. She did not come over to us instead remained there and waited for us to approach. We explained we had a reservation but requested outside seating, this was not a problem and we found a table in the shade.
Once we sat down, we waited a good 10 minutes before a menu was brought to us. We waited a further 10 minutes and then had to wave the waitress over to order. I saw on the sign there was iced coffee available and being a hot day requested one, only to be told that was just available in August, but the sign was still up. So, being both celiac and lactose intolerant, I asked if I could have a coffee with lactose free milk or any other non dairy variety. They said no they were out of that . I very nearly offered to walk to the corner shop that was down the road, but instead went for a herbal tea. My partner was served an English breakfast tea which was half filled with hot water, so he asked for a top up so it actually filled the cup he had been given. We shrugged this off and ordered breakfast. I was told that the breakfast bap was amazing- so went for this with gluten free bread and my partner had the house full English. When it arrived it looked amazing and we dove in. Disappointingly, the egg was over cooked, the bacon was awfully dry and grisly , the sausage tasted like a cheap Wall’s one and the gluten free bread was so stale it required a great deal of water to wash it down with... I left it in the end. My partner’s was better, but again sausages just tasted cheap and fatty with a measly portion of beans. Needless to say... we left feeling a little miffed about our restaurant choice.

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LesleyM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The breakfast was excellent , the service very good , and booked to return

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DonnaL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening! Excellent food and great wine!

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GeorgieH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was lovely, atmosphere was relaxed and the food was perfect

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GabriellaC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleased! Very nice atmosphere lovely river times view , good menu. We will be back!

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Katherine
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal, dessert menu was a bit disappointing but service was great and staff were very attentive.

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GARYM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food good pricing would have liked to seen chef in seeing his customers

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PaulL
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good lunch - good location overlooking the river. Engaging staff, nice loos, good food

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JudyM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday lunchtime, fantastic food in very CoVid safe surroundings. It’s In a perfect spot after a short boat trip right on the quayside. Very friendly helpful hosts and good value for excellent quality food. Very reasonable lunch menu (we did one menu, one a la carte) Thoroughly recommend!

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HeidiD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant . Great food great service will definitely go back again

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fiona
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and lovely service . I will go again when I'm in Henley

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WillyE
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch the staff and food are excellent
Recommended

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DebbieW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food (huge burger, delicious ham hock and beetroot salad) served with a smile. Nice atmosphere. Looking forward to it next visit.

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TOCer
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We went for an early midweek dinner (6pm) with the kids to celebrate our anniversary. The food was outstanding - simple dishes done exceptionally well. The wine was lovely. What was lacking somehow was atmosphere. We were early and the place did fill up, but I think a mix of the covers album playing and the 'hush hush' attitude of the serving team meant that it felt a little damp. A shame, because the food is so good, with a little more energy, the place could be brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived everything was superb. Friendly greeting, well-organised sanitation and social-distancing and a lovely situation. A great range of dishes on the menu and attentive but not intrusive waiting staff. The food was incredible - I had the salmon starter and it was delicious with a beautifully soft, smooth texture. I can not recommend the whole experience highly enough and we will certainly be going back.

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RosalynM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food best meal
We ha shad for a long time will certainly eat there again

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect good food good food as always

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FudgeB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food,. Wonderful evening.
Definitely go back.

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food, slightly limited menu but still very good. They have managed to get a really nice atmosphere despite the COVID restrictions. Almost felt like pre-COVID dining (but still in a COVID safe way)

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food with really relaxed and comfortable service and in a very pleasantly atmosphere

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brendap
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit for special occasion. Definitely recommend. Can"t wait to return. Lovely staff very accomodating.

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RichardH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening - relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff and good food all accompanied by a very decent wine list.

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WelshInvasion
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really excellent food.
Very pleased with all aspects of our visit.

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DarenM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very helpful staff, excellent food and an overall a lovely experience.

FAQs

Bistro at the Boathouse offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01491 577937.

Bistro at the Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 831 OpenTable diners.

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