The Boatman

4.4
1031 reviews
£25 and under
British
We can’t take advance bookings for tables on our Terrace as these tables are open to the elements. However, we can make a note (please specify in the "guest request") on your reservation that you would prefer to be seated outside and, weather permitting, we will do our utmost to accommodate you on the day.

The Boatman, is Windsor’s only pub on the river at the foot of Windsor Castle overlooking Eton Bridge. Serving freshly cooked food all day everyday from midday to 9pm at night, in the cosy bar, restaurant or in the stunning riverside all-weather conservatory, there is a fine selection of wine, ales, cocktails to choose from.

The bar area and terrace is dog friendly, we cannot accept any pets in the conservatory or restaurant.

The restaurant can seat up to 80 covers and the conservatory with it’s retractable roof can also provide dining for up to 80 people. Perfect for both private and corporate events; parties, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, and family get-together.
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Justwantedmydinner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Arrived at 4.30pm for a Sunday dinner reservation. Didn't receive dinner till 6.15pm.

Apparently our service ticket got lost! Considering the restaurant was 3/4 empty the waiting team didn't seem to notice that our meal had gone for a Burton. Our wine glasses were empty after an hour and the diners that come after us, ate and left before any member of staff came to ask us was there a problem?
My wife pleasantly asked where our meal was and moments later an embarrased member of staff offered us a free drink whilst our meals were being cooked for us. I declined as a free drink was not going to remedy, our by now, very empty stomachs. When the meal finally arrived it tasted like the potatoes had been left under a hot lamp for several hours, the vegetables were sloshy like they had been boiled to an inch of their existance and the meat was stringy and tough. To say we were disappointed was an understatement. We only visited the restaurant through a recommendation and was really looking forward to a dining experience we had been promised. I informed a team member that I was not expecting to be charged for the meals provided due to the lateness and the quality of food. Needless to say when the bill arrived I was shocked to see I had been charged pretty much the full price. As not to create a further scene we paid and left swiftly. Mistakes happen and recommendations can turn out not to be exactly what you was hoping for. Lessons have been learned and sadly we will not eat at this establishment again. Would I recommend, it sadly no.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location, superb food and good atmosphere.

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ChristineS
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was outstanding, however there is room for improvement on the interior and ambient, it currently doesn’t do the amazing food any justice.

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Natalie
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, very pretty being right next to the river! I would have liked more vegetarian options but what I had was delicious (pesto linguine).

NC
NicolaC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely fairy lights greeted us as we entered the restaurant.. Lovely surroundings, great food and super service. It was a very enjoyable night out.

CP
ChrisP
London
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice menu and very nice food, my wife especially enjoyed her duck and mango salad and would highly recommend this. Servers were young but very good; welcoming, friendly and efficient. This was our first visit to Windsor and the Boatman was selected on the menu but we’ll definitely return on our next trip to the town so enjoyable was the overall experience. Only minor issue is that we were adjacent to the door in the outside seating area and the floor was a little too bouncy so that anyone who came in or out set our table bouncing; a little irritating and one hopes this could be fixed.

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BOrXXX
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

food was very poor for the money. classic tourist trap.

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inzain9
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, epecially the lamb shoulder with mash potato

AF
AnnaF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant evening with a good choice of food and drink.

EG
ElliottG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food including some life changing prawns, just a great restaurant with wonderful views of the river.

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BarbaraF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, Great food, fantastic staff. Will definitely return

JD
JohnD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice setting, food was good. The ambience was excellent. The service could have done with being a bit more personable.... Overall a good experience and would go back. . Nice touch to offer 35% off for our next visit within a few days.....

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TobyS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautifully located river view restaurant with excellent food and very friendly service.

SJ
SJP2021
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had a nice roast dinner here. I felt like veggie sausages were a bit of a cop-out for a veggie option, there are a million other ways to make a veggie roast SO much nicer that shop bought sausages... the quality of the meat roasts was excellent.
Staff were really lovely. Atmosphere was ok, lots of screaming kids, probably should have asked to site outside.

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JanW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely and tender beef, brilliant Yorkshires. Cabbage tasted strange and whole dish too peppery. Still a lovely lunch out though.

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Yowser
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sorry but this was poor . Food not good. Ordered a chicken Burger. Burger came on a Brioche bun with nothing else. Very average for the price.

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MikeH
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at the Boatman. Food was excellent, especially the lamb shoulder. Service was very good, made better by having a table overlooking the river. Highly recommended.

DC
DonnaC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Windsor for a couple of nights. We parked near the Boatman and was recommended the food by a local outside. Boy was he right! The food is outstanding and mouthwatering. I had the pork fillet on mash with green beans & my partner had lamb shoulder on mash with green beans too. I can honestly say it’s one of the best meals I have ever had away on holiday. The staff are really friendly and can’t do enough for you. We also had a drink in the bar the night before. It was a Thursday night so a little bit quiet but the young staff behind the bar made us feel very welcome and acknowledged us the next night, which was a nice touch. Thank you for our lovely couple of nights, we will definitely return.

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NikkiS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great evening.

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EmmaS
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting, and great service. The food was delicious and portions generous. Really good wine list. Would definitely recommend

PN
PaulN
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely chicken pate, grilled goat cheese salad and best sticky toffee pudding. So good we dined here twice on our holiday!

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MargaretG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We went with friends for my husbands birthday and had a lovely table in the conservatory. As it was a lovely sunny day the windows were open with great views of the river. It’s best to book as several groups queueing before us were turned away yet despite letting them know we were there and our table was waiting for us we still had to wait until they’d dealt with all the unbooked people meaning we were late to sit down. As you are only allocated a 2hr sitting this was a bit annoying. The staff were surly and unhappy that we took our time deciding what to eat. It was definitely service with a glower not a smile! The food itself was lovely & tasty just a shame the staff attitude spoiled it.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Beautiful setting
good waiting staff
food is meant to be top end, we had lunch which was average - vegan burger not that nice but I will return
right by the river and felt a treat
I would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed our meal here. The location and scenery are terrific! The food was pretty good. I did find my dish to be overly salty. I’m not shy with salt and typically enjoy salty food, but it was a bit too much for me. I unfortunately found the staff to not be overly friendly. I was a little disappointed in that. They were also a bit too quick to clear the plates. I almost felt in a rush to finish. My 7 year old daughter requested her plate back after the waiter had prematurely taken it from her. Wasn’t as relaxing of a meal as I would have hoped.

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ElizabethM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We were moved to indoors due to a private venue and were told our table would still have river views, but it didn't. We were seated by the back bar which was being used by the staff to prep for the private venue so the ambiance was limited.
Staff were friendly.
Food was nice.

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Foody
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My only complaint was the gravy on the roast dinner was too salty
And we had a particularly noisy woman on the next table but that is not a fault of yours
But the staff were helpful and very friendly would recommend in a heart beat
We have used you for a birthday for 20 in the past and would again

MH
MoHB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely location right next to the River Thames and next door to a very large car park. Service was good and efficient. The waiting staff were friendly and helpful. Food was delicious except the portions were very big which was slightly off putting to start off with. Nobody likes to waste food, and there was some doubt amongst some of us whether we would be able to clear the plate! However the meal was very good and I would certainly return.

LK
LorraineK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed, great service, superb food, very clean, everyone so friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. The staff even went out of their way to put music on for us as our ‘event’ had been cancelled so we were dressed up with nowhere to go.

Great food. Lovely view too.

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Anne9837
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chosen for its location on the Thames to have a late lunch early dinner prior to theatre. The menu would seem to have someone for everyone at reasonable prices. As it was so early not many clients but the view was lovely. Food served in a timely manner and by pleasant staff. Wine not unreasonably priced. Highly recommended

LM
LM888
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went around lunchtime on a Thursday and the food and service was spot on. Not too busy at the time but the food was absolutely delicious!

Worth the money but for some may be a bit more on the pricey side. The location the river helps add to the atmosphere as well for an enjoyable lunch!

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Janety
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we were visitors to Windsor we were so lucky to have found such a superb venue for lunch. We would definitely recommend theBoatman to any future visitors to Windsor. Thank you all so much.

TN
TanyaN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi we have been for Sunday Lunch which was delicious and now have been for dinner which again was delicious. Both meals were very generous and we will certainly be returning.

MC
MarkC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, food was amazing, the staff were excellent in their service and they were very helpful and friendly.

NL
NotLocalDifficultEater
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time any of us had been to this restaurant. We all had a great time and great meal. I had looked at the menus online before we went, and the staff were very accommodating to us all. 2 of us are already booked to go back in a few weeks time, and thanks to the very pleasant experience on Monday, we are not hesitating about going back.

SB
SteveB
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Granddaughter for lunch, we both had steaks which were perfectly cooked. It’s also such a great setting by the river.

AD
AshleyD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate twice there this weekend. A great location by the river. Menu is slightly limited but what we ate we thoroughly enjoyed

AM
AngelaM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings. Perfect location, on the river. Great service, attentive staff. Would highly recommend

GG
GazGrill
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fish (sea bass) was outstanding. Mt friends liked their food as wekl. Thank you.

MH
MadelineH
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, fabulous food and fabulous service, thank you!

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The Boatman is rated 4.4 stars by 1031 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.