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The Boathouse

4.2
4.2
350 Reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
The Boathouse is a waterfront, seafood café, bar and takeaway. We’re situated overlooking the Mayflower Steps and just a stone’s throw from Plymouth’s historic Barbican. Our speciality is local fish and shellfish, sustainably caught, by our own day boats, The Sidney Rose, The Barbican Rose and the Elin D. The Scallop Shack at The Boathouse serves fresh, South West, scallops, in a variety of mouthwatering ways. There’s also a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes and a little nipper’s menu, designed for younger salty sea dogs – all made with fresh, seasonal produce. The Boathouse is the perfect spot for cosy coffees and delicious dining from daytime through to evening. With our retractable roof for sunnier days you can dine with us, alfresco and enjoy wonderful, waterside views.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, British, Fish

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 09:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–22:00 Sun 09:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01752 600560

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

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What 350 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Child Friendly

  • Devon

    Hot Spot

  • Devon

    Outdoor Eating

  • Devon

    Scenic View

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  1. JR

    JudyR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food disappointing for all 4 of us. Shell on prawns not liked, menu didn’t specify Cauliflower wings were over cooked, soft and not completely heated through Batter on fish was chewy Steak in sandwich was good, but too much bread with it and it was a little dry
  2. EW

    EveW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to the venue and I would definitely visit again. Food was excellent and location superb.
  3. RC

    RuthC

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely setting, friendly and helpful staff, and yummy food. Will be back👍
  4. CS

    CharlieS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Incredibly poor value for money , my 12 year old had fish and chips which looked and tasted very good, However my wife had the langoustine scampi, very poor presentation and looked like it was straight out of a bag. I know what I am talking about here ,I was a fisherman for 20 years . 5 of them trawling for Langoustine. My brother and I shared the seafood platter. Very poor presentation, £50 for this. We also had scallops for starter. They were described cooked with apple and black pudding, we asked the waitress where the apple was. She was told by the chef (cook) they used apple concentrate🤷🏻‍♂️. £112 . I will never be back. Keep clear.
  5. M

    Matt

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service very attentive, steak was slightly overcooked and chips were soggy but good quality food overall
  6. l

    lynnef

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Good value. Friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
  7. JH

    JasonH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent meal with great service. Would definitely recommend
  8. MC

    MorganC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly welcome, told the specials, quick and attentive service!
  9. 5

    545454

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Brilliant place to have lunch and catch up - they got food order wrong but immediately resolved without any quibble - top marks for service and great food
  10. O

    Onholiday

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The nicest battered fish I ve eaten for a long time....fresh fish with light , non greasy batter.
  11. CF

    CarlyF

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We weren’t as impressed with the food this time. The adult fish & chips were quite a small portion. My child’s fish fingers were really dry. Adult & child meal had the same amount of chips (small). A lot of my mussels were a bit gross inside so lots didn’t get eaten. Don’t think we’ll be returning again in a hurry. Feel like we’ve wasted a lot of money.
  12. U

    User

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, really lovely staff. Staff were very friendly and helpful
  13. EB

    EoinB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, location and food! Would highly recommend!
  14. l

    lynnef

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Good service. Very enjoyable experience
  15. E

    Ellenh

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Very nice evening. Would definitely go back. Food was amazing
  16. KG

    KateG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service and good food all in a dog friendly environment. Perfect. 😊
  17. R

    Ritsaert

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The Boathouse is in a nice location and the food is very good. The only reservation is the level of noise of the ‘background’ music. That could have been a bit less.
  18. L

    Louise

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch in the sun for a birthday, great service, food was delicious.
  19. C

    Cornishmaidens

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good value, nice outdoor seating, lunch made all the more enjoyable as Pacey our waiter was really efficient, just the right amount of friendliness . Will definitely return.
  20. JS

    JaneS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a bit quiet but staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast menu was small but sufficient. Food was absolutely delicious. Two had the full breakfast, one the vegan, on little nipper and one eggs florentine. All were served at once, all hot, all freshly good and all great! Would thoroughly recommend. Thank you
  21. AL

    AnitaL

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food just needed to wait for more than 30 mins after order to have food arrived…
  22. v

    vickyl

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service by friendly, attentive staff. Recommend
  23. CC

    ChrisC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food! Very reasonable price. The service was exceptional. George really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great time. Thankyou
  24. TP

    TomP

    Essex

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    A very slow service where the staff we’re constantly ignoring us. I tried to get the staffs attention but they just walked past without acknowledging us. The food took ages to come out and then paying the bill took forever. However the food was absolutely delicious!
  25. M

    catherineM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    I visit the Boathouse regularly and normally it's really good so I was disappointed on this occasion. It was busy and there were some large tables which led to an hour wait. They weren't serving sandwiches but nobody told us that until we tried to order them. Our server did come over and apologise for the wait and gave us 10% off which was nice of her but that amounted to £5.60 which is poor for an hour wait which was not managed very well at all. An offer for a round of free drinks whilst we were waiting and an apology from the manager would of been much better received. The food was ok when we got it but not worth the wait or the money. Very disappointed.
  26. J

    Joanne

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only criticism I could add is the coffee could be hotter. Other than that little point, we always enjoy the Boathouse.
  27. WH

    WendyH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a good pre theatre meal, lovely friendly staff, attentive
  28. PR

    PeterR

    Hampshire

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ever, excellent. Thanks......................!
  29. CR

    CharlieR

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing. The staff were brilliant, but they did lose our order resulting in a long delay. But it was so worth the wait. Looking forward to going back again
  30. CM

    ChristopherM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were very disappointed with our experience. The quality of the food was very poor indeed - some of which was very oily and not at all warm. I appreciate that serving a table of 7 people can be quite challenging; however, we would have expected all 7 main courses to come to the table at around the same time. We only received one main course and then after asking where the other 6 main courses were we were advised that these had not been prepared - apparently a mistake made by the person who was serving us. We received a complementary round of drinks - which took an age to arrive at the table and when they did finally arrive there was two drinks that the waiter forgot to serve. When the other main courses arrived some of them were cold - as if they had been left waiting in the kitchen to be served.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food. Super friendly staff. Lovely location.
  32. KW

    KevinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Just changing over breweries so waitress so a little disappointed after asking for drinks that boathouse didn’t have . On menu they did not have all what was on there . But overall was good
  33. W

    Westy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the attention from all the waiting staff was second to none. Thank you
  34. F

    Fene

    Devon

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We have eaten here every time we visit Plymouth and the food is usually amazing, however we had the fish platter at a vodt of £45 and have to say we were very under welmed , the calamari was cold and chewy we were told the portions were equivalent to the starter size if this is correct I am surprised as they are mostly £9 and we had two sardines as a portion not to mention the tiniest portion of coleslaw, I was told it was enough for 3 but tbh I wish we had ordered 3 main courses qs the cost would have been the same and we would have had a larger amount of food, just glad I ordered a bowl of chips as well. Was excited to visit after the revamp but a bit disappointed with this visit.
  35. JA

    JohA

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super food and service from a lovely team where you can sit and watch the sea, with the world passing you by. Definitely worth a visit.
  36. s

    sicxpence

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Having not been back to Plymouth in 10 years or so, the battered fish I had was easily the best of the last decade. The hake that my partner had was also exceptional.
  37. AE

    AllyE

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and very friendly staff. Would highly recommend foe breakfast and lunch.
  38. S

    Sammyjo15

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & fab breakfast enjoyed by all the family.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful setting right by the waterside. Great food and friendly staff. Socially distanced tables, whilst great for the more vulnerable, do mean the atmosphere is a little subdued.
  40. SG

    SimonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, value and beautiful food thankyou

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Boathouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01752 600560.

The Boathouse is rated 4.2 stars by 350 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

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Boathouse

2-5 Commercial Wharf Madeira Road Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NX

Additional information

  • Area

    Plymouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 09:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–22:00 Sun 09:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, British, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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