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The Boat House, Bangor, NI, Bangor, Co Down

The Boat House, Bangor, NI

4.8
4.8
276 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
Welcome to the multi-award winning Boat House Dining, located beside the Eisenhower Pier in Bangor Marina, County Down. Our small but perfectly-formed intimate dining room is ready for you! Built in 1849 our Grade 1 listed restaurant was originally the lifeboat station and Harbourmasters' office and has been lovingly and sensitively refurbished.

Our kitchen, led by Head Chef John Hollywood, serves the best and freshest local produce in innovative and theatrical ways, combining with fantastic wine and beverage lists, all from quality local suppliers.

Please note that we serve only our tasting menu on Friday and Saturday evenings. A la carte available on Wednesday and Thursdays evenings and at lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Irish, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    028 9146 9253

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    John Hollywood

  • Private party facilities

    The Boat House is available to book exclusively for private events. Whether it is a Wedding Celebration or a Chatham House Rule Dinner.We can customise your experience t whatever suits you and Jonny and John will sit down with you to go through decor, table layout service and, of course, your meal.

  • Area

    Bangor

  • Cross Street

    Follow the road signs to Bangor Marina.

  • Parking Details

    The Marina town centre car park is adjacent to the restaurant. Additionally, on street car parking is available beside the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Bangor train station is only 10 minutes away.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambience

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Ireland

    Healthy

  • Northern Ireland

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  • Northern Ireland

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff. Friendly and helpful. Wonderful food and attentive service.
  2. RS

    RobertS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was very good but the service was so slow as a result it spoiled the whole evening. We were in the restaurant for 3 hours and 30 minutes which is excessive and it was at least 50 minutes before we had any food with long intervals between each course. I would be hesitant about returning.
  3. JL

    JamesL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had previously visited the boathouse for a lunch and were so impressed that we decided to return to try the evening tasting menu. We were looked after exceptionally well by David and his team. Nothing was rushed and everything about each dish was explained in detail. The wine parings were outstanding and actually work out as very good value for money. The food is definitely of Michelin standard and I absolutely expect such an award to be granted to the boathouse if this quality is maintained. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return.
  4. MS

    MichaelS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were contacted before arriving that day was a taster evening. I was concerned with the price, however after speaking to the chief, as a special ocasion we had a perfect evening myself, wife and daughter. We'll return again, maybe an evening without being taster menu only. Throughly enjoyable meal.
  5. n

    n1er

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We arrived at 7.15pm . The main course arrives after 10pm. Tiny courses served over 3 hours. Dessert shortly before 11pm. An appalling and gruelling evening
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelin quality food & service in a lovely old building on Bangor’s waterfront. I had a great time and will definitely dine at The Boat House again.
  7. S

    Stuart

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, so many amazing different tastes on the plate, hard to explain until you have tried it, a throughly amazing meal. Great services from David and his team also.
  8. CT

    ChrisT

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fine dining with fantastic hospitality, beautiful food and drink and at a reasonable price.
  9. CM

    ChloeM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, atmosphere and the staff were simply delightful. We will be back.
  10. CA

    CatherineA

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely recommend the tasting menu and wine pairing. Amazing food and drinks with a great atmosphere.
  11. SS

    SaraS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. Staff were so friendly. Food was delicious, so much so I ate 2 desserts. Looking forward to going back
  12. RE

    RickyE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another fantastic meal at The Boathouse. Service is always welcoming and informative. The food is superb. Every course is special from the breads at the start to the petit fours at the end and everything in between. Faultless again.
  13. P

    Pete

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was lovely and the wine pairings worked really well. David was very welcoming and knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.
  14. a

    adamg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu. Very varied all courses excellent. Next time I would have the wine pairing. The Argentinian Torrantes was excellent . Well worth trying

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on 2 June 2022I agree , the Torrontes is a personal favourite of mine. It was great to have you back in and hope to see you next time the winds take you our way. David

  15. HP

    HughP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and good, professional staff made the service feel unique.
  16. RG

    RyanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been a few years since we've treated ourselves to a meal in this establishment. Still serving top class meals with excellent service and extremely knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend for a different kind of dining experience than most other places provide. Definately a venue for special occasions rather than a regular meal out but won't fail to be thoroughly impressed with you evening
  17. AB

    AlisonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service a memorable birthday celebration. I would highly recommend.
  18. DM

    DavidM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great evening, with a superb tasting menu. Thank you Boathouse team.
  19. P

    Poppy

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time to dine at the restaurant. Everything was lovely as before, with a high standard, including the food, service and the ambience. We ordered 6 courses tasting menus, with ling, asparagus and lamb inside etc. The ingredients were fresh and the meat was quite tender. The presentation was artistic. With a single course coming to the table, the introduction comes with it as well. If I have to nitpick the dishes, probably too much tartar sauce thing or butter included. But that is just my persoanl preference. We really appreciate that Jonathan was pretty attentive, and eventually printed out our menu, in the memory of my husband's birthday. Another poetic and artistic night. 🌙
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  21. RS

    RyanS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Wine selection is top notch.
  22. AC

    AliCree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent meal. Attentive service. Many thanks indeed.
  23. r

    rodneym

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again another great experience, food combinations simply outstanding
  24. T

    lyndseyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here a few times, excellent staff and food was amazing, we will return in a few months! I had the vegetarian tasting menu and it was delicious, the wine parings were perfect, a real treat!
  25. CM

    CaraM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Underwhelmed by the food for the price. Found the restaurant quite dated
  26. MH

    MarkH

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 Stars. Totally exceeded my expectations. Food was amazing. Service was the best I have ever had and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It was my first time and I will definitely be back. Ideal location, attention to detail, totally customer orientated and 100% Covid compliant.
  27. JH

    JayneH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a really good experience, service was excellent, David was very friendly and informative about the menu, and helped me with my wine choice.
  28. a

    adgla

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wifies birthday and what an evening… greeting/table/service super … seriously can’t fault the flavour balance, range and adventurous flavours … wifey had wine accompanied with each dish which worked a treat … thank you Team Boat House
  29. MB

    MichaelB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Tasting Menu from Chef John, lots of new flavour combinations to excite the palate. Great service from David. Well done to the whole Boat House team. Look forward to a return visit
  30. MG

    MGR628

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and attentive, knowledgeable service. Historic surroundings. Lovely.
  31. OM

    OwenM

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and atmosphere. The food was superb, just not a lot of choice from a la carte menu. Won’t stop me from visiting again though!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SENSATIONAL as always!!!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, nothing to fault. My new favourite restaurant! Can't wait to go back some time.
  34. LM

    LouisM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection. Better than Muddlers and OX. Perfectly balanced 7 course meal . I imagine that soon you won't be able to get a table here. The service staff set the standard for what unobtrusive great service is all about. The timing of each course was perfect. No rush and no long waits and NO we need the table now sir. Could not be a more pleasant night out.
  35. PS

    PennyS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first experience! The 6 course taster menu was divine….. every wee bite melted in your mouth. The service was excellent, Jonathan was very attentive….. that guy knows his wines! Highly recommend this unique little spot in our Bangor town & we will definitely be back. Penny
  36. DG

    DavinaG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Lovely restaurant for special occasions. Excellent service, delicious food and wine.
  37. S

    Star604

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard so many positive things about this restaurant and it has been on our ‘to do’ list for quite a while. Finally made it and was with the wait. Food is presented as a work of art and was delicious. Could not fault it in any way. Well worth the wait and look forward to a return visit soon.
  38. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, fantastic food and excellent wine pairings- couldn’t have asked for more!
  39. P

    Paulab

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Surprising combinations, plated up beautifully, accompanied by the best selection of wines. Service was friendly but discreet. Lovely surprise to receive our individual menu to remember a special evening. A true hidden treasure
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, superb wines and friendly service. Thank you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Boat House, Bangor, NI is rated 4.8 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Boat House, Bangor, NI

1A Seacliff Road Bangor, Co Down BT20 5HA

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Follow the road signs to Bangor Marina.

  • Area

    Bangor

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Irish, British

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    The Marina town centre car park is adjacent to the restaurant. Additionally, on street car parking is available beside the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Bangor train station is only 10 minutes away.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    John Hollywood

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    028 9146 9253

  • Private party facilities

    The Boat House is available to book exclusively for private events. Whether it is a Wedding Celebration or a Chatham House Rule Dinner.We can customise your experience t whatever suits you and Jonny and John will sit down with you to go through decor, table layout service and, of course, your meal.

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