The Boathouse

4.4
95 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.

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
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
What 95 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndyP
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful fresh fish and chips in a lovely setting.
Wasn't the first visit and sure won't be the last.

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Qiqi
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Fresh seafood. Great for kids. Easy, delicious and relaxing meal.

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KB2021
Devon
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent friendly, efficient service. Definitely recommend a visit.

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DarylP
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a breakfast at The Boathouse. Excellent food and excellent service followed by a stroll around the Barbican and The Hoe. Perfect start to the day.

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PhilN
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Breakfast was excellent service excellent and very good value for money

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Adam
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at the boat house yesterday! They always do great food down there and the service is brilliant. This is the first time i've been for a Christmas dinner and it's one of the best i've had and the portion was very generous, i went in at lunch time and was still full in the evening :) in terms of covid security, they are very well organised. Very clean and tidy and everything is well space out, i wouldn't hesitate to go back for another meal, felt at ease the whole time i was there

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and the staff were friendly and welcoming as always, while making sure everyone stays safe.
We've been here many times and are always greeted like old friends.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was lovely, the food was great, especially the scallops.
It was a tad cold by the windows.
The service was excellent, even the chef asked how the food was when passing.

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RachelH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly made us feel very welcome

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Christopholes
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Quiet and well spaced out so very covid safe. Great food and service.

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service, lovely food.
Good location and has outside seating if the weather is .

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DAVIDP
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good varied choice of food. Really enjoyed the meal. Staff very friendly and helpful. Definitely come back again.

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Katie
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall our lunch at The Boathouse was nice. They didn’t have GF bread but did replace this with chips free of charge.
The tiger prawns lacked flavour. The mussels were lovely and the scallops were delicious.
For a casual lunch by the sea it was very nice. The manager provided excellent service.
It didn’t live up to expectations of a high end seafood restaurant however.

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PeterR
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great lunch at The Boathouse. What more do I need to say, other than thanks.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Most of the food wasn’t nice - overcooked.
Social distances not enforced - one way system not adhered to and customers walking around without masks.
Staff clocked off at 9pm and sat in the corner drinking and were buying drinks when we left at 10pm - We weren’t asked to leave and they didn’t close at 10pm so pretty sure this is illegal.
Chef took bins out a couple of times and then didn’t wash hands
Also stuck his hands down his trousers then continued to touch the bar when buying drinks.
Hopefully the hygiene standards are higher within the kitchen - doubtful, but we’d eaten by this point.
It’s a shame because it’s a great location and the restaurant it’s self is lovely.

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RobinG
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service, always a great place to eat with roomy restaurant and great views

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SallyF
Devon
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great shame not more customers as amazing view, spacious environment and very friendly and efficient staff, best fish batter ever had (thin and crispy).

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ZYoe
Devon
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The batter on the fish was very sickly and a little expensive but good portion sizes

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CatherineD
Devon
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful food everything was cooked perfectly great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, boathouse breakfast was super as always, and served hot, not like some other places I could mention. The prices were very reasonable. The service could've been better but generally everything was good.

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value for money really great service and an all round enjoyable lunch. Food was exceptional

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable safe surroundings. Excellent service and food.

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Michael
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and excellent service. You have the choice to sit outside or inside depending on the weather.

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A light and airy restaurant right on the harbourside. Fresh fish daily, nicely prepared and presented. The scallops were lovely. Good service and Covid-19 compliant. Would definitely visit again.

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal here, covid secure, friendly staff with excellent food. Staff were attentive and helpful, and provided excellent service. Steph looked after us for most of the night, thank you!

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PeterR
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff. Great view. What more could you possibly want?

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KarenOW
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great venue, food was ok. I had the seafood linguine as i'ts one of my favourite dishes but it was very wet and not that tasty, sadly. Staff seemed to be very happy in their work. Would probably try it again.

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DarrenH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very tasty. We talked about it for days after. There not many people and the atmosphere was a little dull but the staff were great. It’s a bit pricey but the food quality was amazing.

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AngelaB
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Lovely views , helpful friendly staff . Unfortunately quite a few dishes were unavailable thus limiting choice ,perhaps a busy Sunday.

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VikkiC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food,great service,beautiful location

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PeteB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited on 19th sept. Plenty of space between tables, which was perfect social distancing. Nice bright surroundings. Attentive staff, whilst not being in your face. Lovely food. Would definitely recommend, just wished the specials board had more choice.

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Harry
Devon
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service, not in your face but close enough to take order and deal with any queries. Also a sense of humour, which always helps.
Food very good quality / great value. Party of six with wide range of starters and mains - Everyone happy !
Restaurant was quiet (8.00pm Sunday) but in these times no great surprise

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MartynH
Lincolnshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for Breakfast and pre-booked although that's not always needed. The food was excellent and on the whoil the service was good also. There was a problem with our order but we were told of the mistake received an apology and a discount off the bill which was all very much appreciated.

The location is lovely and we would certainly go there again, perhaps try lunch or dinner next time

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DorsetAgaLady
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very helpful staff and good table service. Food was good and value for money. We would certainly go again.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The whole experience was just ok. No atmosphere and the food was "OK" I won't be rushing back in the evening. Ok for a bite to eat during the day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food fresh and tasty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed chilled experience with delicious food

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RogerC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Boathouse is a pleasant place on the Barbican with a varied menu.

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AndyP
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality fresh fish and chips as always washed down with a couple of cold beers overlooking Mount Batten.
Perfect

WJ
WendyJ
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such fantastic food with lovely views. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

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

The Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 95 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.