Bistro at the Boathouse

4.4
885 reviews
£41 and over
British
Bistro at The Boathouse is a small, family-run Bistro with Shaun and Gemma Dickens leading the wonderful team.

​Our casual, understated environment allows you to enjoy our food however you wish; be it a quick bite on the run, a special occasion, a leisurely lunch or a coffee and croissant, we are here to make sure you enjoy everything we have to offer.
Making the most of our beautiful riverside setting, Shaun and Gemma produce food they love in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere – food to be enjoyed with family and friends alike.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
What 885 People Are Saying
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AimeeW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a clear menu
Slow service
Staff not very friendly
Heaters or blankets could have been offered to customers like most places are doing due to the weather

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Anthea
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was really quite poor and uninviting, and the food was overpriced for what it was.

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Larisa
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely spot in the sun with good food. The staff was good and we were well taken care of.

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AnnieB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was lovely to be out again and so wanted this to be a great evening
The waitress was friendly but one of two plates of food was almost inedible ( it was only fish and chips for goodness sake )and the other was much better but very average
Not cheap either
I do feel they need to up their game in the kitchen and wish them well

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joeb
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Wasn’t quite the dining experience we expected quite mediocre one main meal the festive turkey burger was burnt and very poor served with cold fries hence won’t be going back.

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JulieH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great value, service was excellent and the food was great. Location on the Thames is hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always at the boathouse!

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DebbieM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing venue, excellent customer service, and good quality food

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vipMegan88
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Service and Evening had by all- food was lovely

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ALISONR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I have eaten at this restaurant before and have to say the food is excellent. However, on this visit I originally asked for a table at 1.00 pm but was only offered 12.00 pm or 1.30 but sadly we were the only diners there until about 1.45, so was unable to understand why I couldn’t have had a later booking. Maybe current restrictions were to blame!!!

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AndrewD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again another fantastic evening at the Boathouse.
Such a special restaurant

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MarkR
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb environment and great food

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vipGary
London
26 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service Tables nicely spaced out Excellent food

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ChristineA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to go out as a family group to celebrate our son getting a new job. The Bistro was perfect with great food and such a lovely setting. The staff were attentive and very good at noticing when we needed more water and had finished a course. In these difficult times, and with such changes in all our going out habits, we thought that the restaurant dealt brilliantly and we very much enjoyed it. We will be returning.....many thanks

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JohnH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting and unpretentious food. Ambiance and service were fine.

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Charlotte
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Pleasant enough, one very good main course, and one very average main course. Starters rather large, one tasty, one not. Service and ambience mediocre. At this price point, would have expected better

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SDog
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delicious lunch with friendly service-looking forward to dining here again when we're allowed to!

JA
JoyceA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and food didn’t like the loud music

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GemmaB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous birthday lunch. Shaun and his family team went above and beyond to make sure we had a lovely afternoon and were as attentive as we needed them to be. I watched other tables being served and the balance was exceptional, along with the food and ambience. A really lovely experience and a gem of a restaurant in Henley with a fabulous outside terrace overlooking the river where we enjoyed pre and post dinner drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous evening lovely welcome and truly excellent honest food cooked to perfection.

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AndrewD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a lovely dining experience I almost don’t want to share. From the moment we walked in the staff we fantastic, the food divine.
I will be returning many times
Thank you for making such a special occasion unforgettable

GC
GrahamC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to go. The quality of the food, the ambience and view over the river makes it a must-go to place if you are in Henley. Shaun and Gemma are great hosts and will make your experience a great one! Go for breakfast at the weekend - it's just amazing.

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IanC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Food and service consistently good. In our view the best place to eat in Henley.

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Foreignfan
Devon
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since switching their restaurant to the Bistro format Shaun and Gemma Dickens have gone from strength to strength. In these strange and difficult times they have kept the restaurant running with its usual efficiency and to its usual high standards whilst taking all the precautions necessary to make their customers feel safe.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic evening at the Boathouse. Food was out of this world and the service was brilliant, attentive but not overly so. Food was well priced but truly outstanding across all 4 diners. Lovely evening, cant wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal.

DB
DavidB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boathouse is a lovely place to relax with friends and enjoy excellent food. The staff are very friendly and the ambiance is delightful.

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LesleyM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have enjoyed going to the boathouse excellent food twice for Dinner four times for breakfast , that describes how much I have like going there

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Emma
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Breakfast here is a real treat, we were seated at a round table by the window overlooking the river . the quality of the coffee and cooked breakfast was excellent. One slight surprise was the vegan sausages which did not look like sausages or taste very nice.
Good COVID control and socially distanced.

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PeterP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was generally OK. They had Heineken alcohol free beer which is great because it's the tastiest alcohol free one we think. The chips were really nice. A little bit overpriced for what it was, we thought. The ribs starter was the most delicious thing we ordered.

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EdwardH
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, buzzing atmosphere,
Covid safe environment attentive friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and friendly service.

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vipleslie
London
207 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking after visiting Hughenden and we both really enjoyed our meal at this attractive and clean bistro overlooking the river at Henley, a short walk away from the bridge. The waitress was totally welcoming, charming and efficiency event though sadly I had to say no to the delicious chips and onion rings that accompanied my choice of meal (due to diet reasons). Would make a special trip one day to return here very well prepared food and wide menu choice to cater for all tastes

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IanD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had Sunday lunch at the boat house. Food, wine and the staff were amazing. We will definitely visit again. Thank you.

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Bridgey
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday lunch here last week and I can’t recommend it enough. Their Sunday roasts are as good as I have had anywhere and really good value on top!
Shawn Dickins at the boathouse, their previous restaurant on this site was always our favourite place to eat outside of London and I would be lying if I said we were not totally gutted when they changed to a bistro, I now have to admit I am just as happy with this new set up and menu.
Finally, This evening we had a takeaway pie(served with mash, kale , red cabbage and to die for gravy) from here and once again we were not disappointed , it was fab and tasted as good at home as if it had been served at the table.
Thoroughly recommend both eat in and their takeaways!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience and excellent food and service as we have come to expect at The Bistro
Having had two courses by 9.40 we ran out of time given the 10 pm curfew.
Two in our party shared a Tiramisu which was watery and was sent back. The bill was adjusted immediately.
It felt rushed at the end so we feel we should have gone for a earlier booking to really enjoy the experience.
I would also a bit disappointed that the restaurant did not acknowledge the evening was a 30th wedding anniversary celebration.

Thanks for another great night.

TG
TimG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was alright - not special. Good atmosphere. The wine list started at £30: you were invited to pay £50 or £100 for something good. Two brandies cost us £24. Since we are not Lamborgini owners, this restaurant is not for us.

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Naomi
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came for a birthday lunch. Had a lovely table by the window overlooking the river.
Unfortunately our food choices weren’t available (this was made up for by a lovely gesture) and some things were a little oily like the onion rings and the base of the Yorkshire puddings.
Otherwise the food was really good, steak and chicken cooked to perfection and all the starters were amazing.
We didn’t try the desserts because we had cake after at home, but the complimentary birthday pudding with candle was delicious (we all tried a bit!)
Overall a really good experience, a reasonable price for good quality ingredients, and will definitely be back again soon

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Cracker
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service from the patron and her team out front - including sound wine advice and lots of tolerance with our attempts at humour... Vlad and his wife (sorry, I did not get your name...) deserve medals for putting up with us...

Starters and desserts were very good - we were a bit disappointed there was no beef and the roast pork was a tiny bit dry, but the crackling and the rest of the garnish made up for it.

We’ll be back....

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snowy
London
23 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Sunday lunch was disappointing. Went for Roast beef but not on the menu... main courses were cold and had to be sent back. When it arrived the Roast Pork was as tough and dry as an old boot! Crumble dessert had no crunchy crumble! Staff were nice but a shame about the food.

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 885 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.