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Sugar Boat, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire

Sugar Boat

4.5
4.5
234 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
Welcome to Sugar Boat - a relaxed & informal neighbourhood bistro in the heart of the town on Colquhoun Square, a stones throw from the sea front. We are open daily from 10am (11am on Sunday's) through until late. We serve everything from a simple breakfast menu with cracking bacon sarnies or avocado & egg on toast, a fixed price lunch menu at £13.50/£16.50 for 2 or 3 courses & an a la carte menu available at both lunch & dinner. Cakes and scones & savoury snacks are available all day. We have a Wine Shop for off sales from our extensive list of over 75 wines - everything from £8.50 per bottle upwards. Enjoy a tip top cocktail from our bar made with premium sprits & our home made purees, cordials and juices or enjoy a pint of a locally brewed beer or a bottle of Scottish craft ale from around the country. Choose to sit on the square (there are heaters and awnings for when the wind blows & the rain falls....and it does or in our rear courtyard (again partially covered & heated).

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2 people

23:00


Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 09:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    01436 647522

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Oliver Nodwell

  • Area

    Helensburgh

  • Cross Street

    Colquhoun Street

  • Parking Details

    A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

  • Public Transit

    Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PN

    PaulineN

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely bistro tucked away in the square at Helensburgh, good value for money, friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. We have eaten here several times and will continue to do so.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Husband’s birthday
  3. GD

    GordonD

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great multi functional dining and great brekkie options.
  4. KW

    KennyW

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and staff. Well worth a visit.
  5. JH

    JennyH

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very busy bistro and deservedly so. Oysters were on Specials - 6 for 9.95 - brilliant value. All the food was superb except the Eton Mess which had very little of the promised fruit in it. Manager spotted this without us mentioning it and immediately offered to take it off bill. Excellent service- tables for 2 are small and close together. We asked to sit at a different table and were accommodated. Not cheap but for the quality of food I would say it's good value.
  6. C

    Chris25

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food, service and atmosphere. Will and his team have it just perfect!!!
  7. DM

    DonnaM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just sublime!
  8. TS

    TomS

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We have dined in the The SB on each of our last 4 visits to Loch Lomond. We like the interesting menu and general dining experience. This latest visit was also very good and enjoyed by all 8 adults (although one person told me their Burger was a bit on the tough side - wish I’d known at the time). Good service, pleasant staff, the restaurant wasn’t overly busy but I’m sure they would have been just as pleasant etc had the place had more clients.
  9. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had heard a lot of good things from friends about Sugar Boat so I decided to take my wife there for her birthday. The food and service were of a very high standard. The only disappointment was that my wife had to settle for two starters as the two things she wanted on the main menu weren't available. The steak I had was delicious and the desserts were the best of all! It was very reasonably priced and we would definitely go back.
  10. MT

    MaritaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very welcoming. Our waitress explained everything and brought our drinks promptly . One of our party ordered the fish pie and our waitress let us know that it would take a bit longer to prepare. We were fine with that and the dishes came out at the same time.
  11. J

    Jp30

    Glasgow

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Lengthy wait for anything. Staff are so lovely but just don’t feel attended to.
  12. K

    Kate

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our lunch! The service was exceptional. There were a couple of points to feedback on but it seems to happen in every restaurant we go to. The high chairs were dirty, which I understand is difficult to manage as children are ridiculously messy. And the chips for the children were heavily salted which is apparently really bad for them when they’re young. I’d recommend not salting anything on the kids menu. Although I appreciate it’s probably not the most appropriate restaurant for kids but we love the food! Roast was amazing, crème brûlée was delicious.
  13. B

    Barney

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food served. Waiter service was good, friendly & relaxed. Overall experience of our meal was very good 👍
  14. DD

    DavidD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food & service. We had a wonderful evening.
  15. JM

    JohnM

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Too busy! Staff were under pressure and several items on menu sold out. Wine late in arriving as they tried to chill it! I think on a busy holiday night they were under pressure and this showed. Normally very good but was disappointing this time.
  16. AB

    AlanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good place, great service,owner present , would highly recommend.
  17. SM

    StewartM

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a little gem, The food was superb and plentiful and the wine complimented the meal. I must give special praise to the young waitress she was very helpful and polite very effecient . I most certainly will go back and would recommend to anyone
  18. LB

    LouiseB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable evening at the Sugar Boat. Staff polite, friendly and professional and happy to accommodate my dietary needs (celiac and dairy intolerant). A firm favourite.
  19. MR

    MoyraR

    Dumfries and Galloway

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and great staff Great place to enjoy a meal with Family
  20. JC

    JimC

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best place in Helensburgh and probably the wider locality. Excellent food at reasonable prices
  21. JD

    JordanD

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff where really friendly and approachable! And the food was amazing! Can’t recommend this place enough!
  22. K

    Katie

    Glasgow

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A busy Monday night, great ambiance. Enjoyed the steak special.
  23. AP

    AnneP

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The Sunday roast was mouthwatering, and I had the best rhubarb crumble I think I've ever had.
  24. LH

    LindaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent Sunday roast beef, friendly staff. Would recommend
  25. d

    dogwalker

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    an excellent meal in all respects. Very busy night at the Sugar Boat but the delivery of service was first class. Thanks for a great evening
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food our friends were very impressed
  27. MR

    MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and knowledgeable staff and well cooked and presented food
  28. a

    andrewc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Took a table on a Sunday afternoon for a family birthday celebration with three generations and four young families of under four-year olds. The service was excellent, waiters very good-humoured and knowledgable about the regular menu and the specials. I'm afraid we were the source of most of the moderate noise level, but the restaurant, though busy, is well laid out so I didn't have to worry we were disrupting others' dining experience. This is an excellent venue and I'd recommend it unhesitatingly to anyone looking for relaxed (but really good quality) dining.
  29. CS

    ClareS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food, prices not extortionate for the quality. Great service and atmosphere. Only complaint was that our table was so close to the two adjoining tables that we felt as if we were eating with the diners sitting at them! Overall a very enjoyable evening.
  30. RH

    RichardH

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Have had a fantastic weekend brunch here previously. Went mid-week for lunch, and opted for fish and chips. Chips were good, fish tasty, but batter was overdone, too crispy and overpowered the fish. Both of us had the same thoughts. The bistro section was pretty busy and they might need one or two more servers as it took a long time to catch anyone's eye. Can highly recommend their weekend brunch experience, but will have to think about giving other times a second chance.
  31. RB

    RichardB

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed pur meal here last night. Very good food, friendly and efficient service and great venue. Highly recommended if you are put in Helensburgh
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived early but they were able to seat us and we asked for a different table which they accommodated. Food was lovely as always
  33. JP

    JonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super lunch, lovely service, probably my 3rd or 4th visit. Highly recommended.
  34. S

    Saskia2014

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. I had brunch fave of avocado and poached eggs but decided to have the broccoli and Stilton soup first great choice. Hubby had chicken liver pate followed by Scottish salmon. 2 very happy customers 😊❤️
  35. SK

    SamuelK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    My wife and I have visited Sugar Boat several times the last twice for their wonderful Roast Beef lunch they have on a Sunday so we looked forward to our visit last Sunday Although we enjoyed our Roast Beef lunch it was not as good as the last twice we have been their
  36. B

    Bsting

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Very noisy, kegs being rolled about too. It was a busy Saturday so service was poorer, asked several times for spoons for yoghurt. We had a table booked and we were at first ignore at the door. Lovely food, just an unfortunate busy Saturday!
  37. S

    Sophia

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The menu is really quite fancy and it is technically very well executed, but never fussy or overpriced. The service likewise is unpretentious and friendly.
  38. AH

    AlistairH

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all round experience and would thoroughly recommend
  39. c

    celine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Good but more seafood will be great . The waitress was Kind
  40. RC

    RobertC

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good welcome in, attentive service then absolutely lovely meal. Slight down points limited vegetarian option and proximity/location of storeroom necessitating staff to be back and forward. Otherwise absolutely great night.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Sugar Boat is rated 4.5 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

23:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Sugar Boat

30 Colquhoun Square Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire G84 8AQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Colquhoun Street

  • Area

    Helensburgh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 09:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

  • Public Transit

    Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Oliver Nodwell

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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