The Boathouse

4.4
121 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 121 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we arrived we felt very welcomed. The staff were very friendly and service was very professional.

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LUcyC
Devon
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing kind and helpful service, lovely food and great space, thank you. x Not least the multiple attempts to tempt the dog to treats but he's a fuss pot- however was able to manage a scallop!

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RuthC
Devon
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything really good - only downside music (although type much to my liking - was far too loud )
Food great quality - lemon sole ,perfectly cooked .
Attentive waiting staff .
Clean & spacing fine during these Covid times !!

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EdwardH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service

Would highly recommend the linguine and fish and chips

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SmilesH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the boathouse breakfast which was very good. Staff were lovely and attentive only very minor negative and that me being picky is the coffee could have been a bit hotter.

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MichelleP
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Ordered the Seafood Platter, tasted great, but not worth £45, only just fed 2 people. Service in the main was good except for the food server who seamed to have a terrible memory.

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SallyC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service. Polite and friendly. Good food and wonderful view.

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mum was very nervous about dining out, having not been out for some time. She visibly relaxed within minutes of sitting at the table due to the attentive service and the seamless COVID-safe systems. She thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon. Fab food and service, as always.

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ChrisB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Despite cold/wet and covid restrictions...outside eating was good fun..service good humoured and excellent
Cold temperature made it difficult to keep food hot, but quality was good

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MaureenS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly service from walking in the door to leaving. Food was very nice and timing of service was perfect for for us. Would go back!

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Blueeyedsmiler
Devon
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

My colleagues and I were really looking forward to eating at The Boathouse, however on the day we were all a little surprised that 1. it was quite a chilly day and would have been better if the roof part had been on 2. expensive prices for what you received 3. very disappointed no crab available 4. would have been nice to have a coffee but machine was broken. The service was quite slow, but the waitress was very friendly and helpful.

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Taylor
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Boathouse is lovely. Location wise it’s beautiful and the restaurant itself is great. My first visit was 10/10, the service and food was fab, however, this time fell a little short. While ordering, I asked for the burger but was told they didn’t have any which I thought was a little odd considering it was only 4:45pm- the time in which our reservation was booked for. Of course this meant I had to choose something else- where I was rushed along to do so. We were told this was because of pressure from the kitchen. I then noticed that they stopped taking orders for food at 5pm which may explain why I wasn’t able to get a burger (time consuming?) as well as being rushed. Luckily what I did end up having was gorgeous, but I would suggest that maybe times as close to 5pm as ours was are not made available for food bookings to avoid this happening again.

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BenP
Devon
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend. The platter is definitely a struggle for one person

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JaneH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely environment for our first outing post lockdown. Excellent service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to dining in a seafood restaurants and Boathouse have impressively fresh seafood. We so enjoyed our meal on Friday so we have to back for lunch on Sunday again. Mussels so fresh and big, pasta so tasty, super fresh calamari and whitebait . Stuff so friendly and professional. We will back for sure again and again .

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FelicityM
Devon
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food with a beautiful view!

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JillF
Devon
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch on Friday. I had been thinking of the Mussels since last Lockdown and they didn't disappoint. Everything was great, the staff, the food and the weather.
Thank you for normality.

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LindaK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Never been to the Boathouse before. Excellent venue for exterior dining in the current circumstances.
Service wasn't great, however they were busy, but just an acknowledgement we were waiting would have been nice.
Waitress announced the amount of our bill as she came to the table which I found a bit rude.
Food was good, but expensive for what it was.. £25.00 a head for basic fish and chips and a mediocre dessert with soft drinks (2 plus one tap water).
Wouldn't rush back.

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GaryW
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual excellent service . Covid management great

JF
JaneF
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch, thoroughly enjoyed it, will definitely be back

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ElaineLK
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out after lock down, food was delicious, fresh and came out quickly, our waitress was fab and view on the water lovely experience

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PeterR
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back in the Boathouse. Great food, great staf and a great view over the water. An excellent place for lunch.

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BonBon
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot fault this place for adhering to Covid restrictions...fantastic effort

Food was very lovely as was the wine

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t thank the staff enough for an amazing meal for my friends birthday. Food and service excellent, we can’t wait to come back again. Thank you Boathouse :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we’ve visited The Boathouse this week and every occasion has been wonderful. We have visited this restaurant since it’s earliest beginnings in one of the boat-sheds and have loved it from day one. Superb food cooked and served by a fabulous team in a beautiful setting.

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NicolaS
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous location on seafront. Lovely seafood. Fast service.

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AndyP
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
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 on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KB2021
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

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

The Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 121 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.