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The Boathouse at Saugatuck
The Boathouse at Saugatuck

The Boathouse at Saugatuck Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathousect.com
  • Phone: (203) 227-3399
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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A word from The Boathouse at Saugatuck
An exciting new "farm to table" restaurant with romantic views of the Saugatuck River.

"Hiding in the Saugatuck Rowing Club, this Westport New American Farm to Table is the showcase for chef John Holzwarth's locavore cuisine."
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Diner Reviews
  • "This place was such a great find! Not only is the boathouse itself beautiful, but the food was delicious. We tried several salads, which were each seasonal and delicious. The short ribs with cheddar grits appetizer was a hit, and my vegetarian risotto was delicious and rich. The service was very friendly but on the slower side, which suited us- no need to rush away from the pretty view. However, I wouldn't go if you're in a rush."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything was fresh and good. Kale salad, lobster bisque, oysters were all wonderful. Bronzino was great. Will definitely go back. It's a lovely summer dining spot."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've never been there on the weekends but during the week you can eat really well prepared food, get very attentive service and actually not have to shout or strain to listen to your companion(s). The atmosphere is very pleasant, nicely decorated with a "rowing" theme yet elegant with table cloths and if I remember, candlelight. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This has been our second trip to The Boathouse. Once again every thing was lovely. Since the weather cooperated we sat outside with a lovely view of the river below us. My soft shell crabs were done to perfection as well as our guest's steak and my husband's ravioli . We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Ambience and food were both outstanding. We will return!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Dont take the 3 stars to mean it wasnt good. It was but it wasn't anything special, except for the view. We ate out on the deck and that definitely makes it worth going. The starter of smoked salmon on micro greens was very good. The couscous salad for a main was good but should have had more than 3 small shrimp for the price. They were very accommodating to make iced mochas for us which were not on the menu."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had Saturday dinner at The Boathouse and weren't expecting to be offered a table outside. It was a beautiful evening and we had dinner overlooking the Saugatuck River. The food was very good. We highly recommend it and will return often."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Dining during daylight hours shows this place off the best as it is on the river in Westport, CT that lead to the ocean, with fine views of water, rowing skulls, and wildlife. The menu is pricey with generous portions and could use inspiration to match the fine setting. Lobster Rolls were plump and well packed, but the menu could use a bit more options for selection. Good wine."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nothing remarkable about the food. Did not come close to living up to expectations."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We tried here on a whim. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable evening , a wonderful surprise ! The food was well prepared, fresh tasty and imaginative. There is a lovely view of the river and as a bonus that is quite rare these days, we were able to converse over dinner and not shout to be heard. We are definitely going to add The Boathouse to our frequent to dine list."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great food, great view...We loved it. The service was great, waitstaff was very friendly."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Came across this restaurant while looking at colleges in the area. What a nice surprise. Food was very good and the prices were reasonable. When we arrived and saw that it was located in a private club, we thought we might not be appropriately dressed, however, to our surprise it was casual. Nice dining room, and a god wine list as well. I had the fettucine with lobster which was tasty. The steaks were prepared nicely and the plates were clean before they were returned to the kitchen! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have driven by this great spot over 1000 times, but never stopped in for dinner. It happen to have an opening for 4 on a Saturday night, so we gave it a shot. That was a great move...The building is spectacular, the food wonderful, the service was attentive. All in all a wonderful evening with friends. I cant wait to go back and have a glass of wine looking aqt the river."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was simply amazing. I went with my girlfriend for valentines day and we loved it. The was perfect, the service was great! We will definitely be going back soon and recommending it to everyone we know! We have a new favorite spot!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "we really enjoyed the food, service and location. great time"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My family traditionally goes out on Christmas Eve. It's always a gamble because staff would usually rather be at home. The folks at the Boathouse welcomed us all warmly - 8 guests including a 3 and 6 year old. They did not have a children's menu but came out with a list of 8 kid-friendly items that the little ones could happily chose from. The adult options were great - and everything that was ordered was above and beyond. Gorgeous views...the snow started falling during the meal...and all had a good night."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Venison Ossobucco was delicious and my companion enjoyed the vegetarian Rissoto. Nice setting. Went on a Wednesday night and we were one of two couples there. Cannoli dessert was hard and stale."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The Boathouse is a lovely spot with a beautiful view of the river. It is definitely popular with a glamorous crowd. However, our table of four found the food to be fairly tasteless and under seasoned, especially the branzino. The waiter forgot to bring my coffee, and fellow diners' coffee grew cold in the time it took for the waiter to finally bring mine. Ricotta cheesecake was terrible. It tasted very commercial and had the texture of regular cheesecake. The person who ordered the chocolate lava cake was pleased, however. Verdict? Don't bother."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had dinner last Saturday night. The restaurant was full and ambiance lovely. The waiter offered to open a bottle so I could have a glass even though the wine I chose was not sold by the glass. However, after that the service slipped We waited quite a long time to even have our order taken and then probable didn't get served for at least an hour after we arrived. Went through two bread baskets! We waited again for a coffee and dessert order so we all decided to pass. The food was very good but the wait staff was overwhelmed."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "all was simply perfect. it is a 'must'go' for those who want to have a very special evening involving great food and service."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This restaurant has changed hands (again) and is now a treasure for Westport. It's in the home of the Saugatuck Rowing Club, and the decor and ambiance are appropriate -- not fancy, but classy, with high ceilings and well-spaced tables, so you don't have to put up with the typical Westport screaming decibel level. Service is attentive but not obtrusive. The food (and wine) selection is not extensive, but that gives the chef the chance to focus on each individual dish, made with the best fresh ingredients and real culinary artistry -- delicious! There's also a nice balcony for dining with a great view over the lovely river in warm weather."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "With all of the choices in Westport, the menu is a little bare. I cannot eat shellfish, and there were very few items to choose from. Goat cheese salad had too much lemon juice. Tenderloin special was not tender."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This is an Italian restaurant. This restaurant was described as farm to table, but there was nothing farm to table about it. Nothing tasted especially fresh and the spinach that came with my special salmon entree had turned, so there went my vegetable.The manager agreed it had turned and brought us dessert on the house. That too (ricotta cheesecake and gelato) was just so so and very sweet. Atmosphere is clubby, like a boat club, as expected, just food was disappointing. Also thought I was supposed to get 200 points from Open Table but only got 100 points."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "I have always wanted to try this restaurant and so glad that I finally did. Our in-laws were in town and leaving the next day. They wanted to treat us to dinner. Although it was mid-week and the restaurant was not busy at all, the food, ambiance and service was outstanding. We ate outside, overlooking the Saugatuck River and watched the sun set. A beautiful evening was had by all! I will definitely go back there and will highly recommend it. And, the pricing was not outrageous as some restaurants in this area can be."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "Setting; late summer, sundown along they Saugatuck river, second story balcony table for two overlooking gorgeous views of the river at high tide,marsh grasses swaying in the current all varieties of water fowl a stunning lady sitting across from me. Friendly young hostess introduces herself with wide eyes and huge smile. After a little chit chat we are totally left alone unhurried to sit back and talk quietly relaxing while enjoying cocktails the ambiance and each others company. Nothing pretentious or high brow going on here as the address may suggest. We where made to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we walked in the door. Oops running out of the allotted characters for this review.. great food, great people, great views."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "This dining experience was one of the best in recent memory. The food and service were excellent and being on the river all added up to a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "A very good restauarant with excellent view of the Saugatuck River. So nice when you can sit outside. Food was very good and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "I lived around the corner for 5 years and never knew this place was hidden away on top of the Saugatuck Rowing Club. The outdoor patio was cool & shady on the hottest day. Beautiful,tranquil views & delicious food. Give it a try!"
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "Service very attentive, Food only fair. Had a special tuna rare steak that was pretty tasteless. Costco tuna that I cook at home much better."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "We decided on this location as it was a mid way point to meet friends. What a find!!! Now we wish we lived closer. Though it's a bit confusing the first visit to even find the restaurant as it's on the 2nd floor in a rowing club and the sign is a bit small, it's well worth it!! The staff is very friendly and welcoming. We were offered a table on a lovely patio but it was very humid so we opted for inside with a lovely relaxing view. BUT the food is the reason to be there. We all agreed it was the best pasta we have ever had. In fact, everything was delicious. One of the nicest touches was having the chef come out and talk about the food and recipes etc. You could feel his passion! And finally don't miss the homemade lemoncello! Just GO!"
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "Food was excellent, as was the service. Beautiful setting, located right on the river. Not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The food was very good, as it has been on prior visits. The service is always at the mercy of the kitchen, in getting the food out. The meal was ruined by the loud obnoxious behavior of the 4 children at the adjoining table of 8 ( 4 adults, 4 kids ) at the back of the outdoor area. The parents allowed the kids, some of which were middle school age, to run back and forth in the dining area, to stand at the railing and to loudly yell at the ducks, and to generally take over the dining area without supervision. These parents obviously feel that outdoors means a playground ambience. The management did nothing to stop the running and yelling. The one older boy was a fat crew-cutted Pugsley. Perhaps they're rowing club members, not customers."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "The service was absolutely awful and the food was just fair."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Service was excellent, we had multiple staff members attending to us throughout the meal. As for the food, started out with oysters that were not very fresh so would avoid those in the future but the cheeses we selected were excellent. The lobster and crab fettuccine dish was fantastic. Ricotta cheesecake for dessert was just ok though. Took a while to seat us outdoors but gave us time to have a drink at the bar. We had a chat with the bartender who was very friendly and he even gave us complimentary glasses of Prosecco at the end of our meal since we had mentioned it was our 9th wedding anniversary dinner. It was fun to take a stroll afterwards by the dock slips on the river too. A memorable night at the Boathouse, will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "It was our first time dining at the Boathouse. We dined outside on a beautiful evening. Food was very good. Antonio was our server and he was great. We felt like we were in Positano Italy and not Westport. Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 6/4/2013
  • "It was a nice experience dining here. Food is great and the view is wonderful."
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "We brunched here after my son't graduation from Quinnipiac recently. It is very nice place, right on the water. Service was excellent and food was very good."
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "Only go when outdoor seating is available. Because it was cold, all doors were closed; noise level was very high. When sitting, one cannot see out the windows to the lovely river view. Bar is, literally, in the dining room in a small corner. One would be standing directly in front of people seated at dining tables. Room is small and claustrophobic. Our servers were competent and nice; very hard for them to be heard due to noise level. It was a Saturday night; every table was full. One co-ed WC on dining floor. Two downstairs, two flights down. Food approval was mixed; pasta dishes (2 orders) better than fish(2 orders.) Starter salads very nice. Cannolis very routine."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "The Boathouse is a charming little place with an exciting menu of modern Italian with a nice creative flare. Our appetizer course was spectacular. I had beautiful charcuterie and even better cheeses. But, my wife noted immediately that the bread wasn't really up to the quality expected of a place of that caliber. From appetizers we moved onto a pasta course of butternut squash ravioli. And, while in a flavorful sauce, the squash filling was bland and the ravioli lifeless. Given this is a favorite dish of ours, we were pleased to eat it but disappointed. And, when our main course came it was under-seasoned and my steak, though cooked perfectly to rare, was tough. Desert was mediocre except for the Parmesan gelato. That was a delight!"
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "First time at the Boat House but not the last. Wonderful river views. John our waiter was attentive but sutle. Food was perfect. Recommend that you give it a try."
    Dined on 4/30/2013