Boat House Waterfront Dining

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Nestled in the exquisite farming and seaside community of Tiverton, Rhode Island, the Boat House offers waterfront dining on the Sakonnet River. A contemporary and upscale twist on the quintessential seaside eatery, the menu is abundant with fresh, local seafood, meats and organic produce.
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KG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was awful! My husband and I were there for our anniversary dinner. In the past the boathouse has been a good place for ambience, drinks, and food. Unfortunately, this time it was a major let down. We ordered a grilled Salmon Caesar salad and a grilled Cod Caesar. Both salads came out looking wilted and the fish was over cooked and burnt. It was like yesterday leftovers. Fortunately, our server took them off our bill without us asking.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 3 days ago

Hello KellyG, First, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for the experience you had with us recently. There is absolutely no excuse for what you described and it is atypical for our culinary team to fall so short of our standard. I would very much like the opportunity to discuss your meal in greater detail at a convenient moment. Please feel free to contact me at the restaurant at any time. Warm Regards, Tobey Sanborn General Manager 401-624-6300

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant at a beautiful location
Did not enjoy my meal that much . Over seasoned ( spicy ) and the cod was bland /dry
Would come back and try something else

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 3 days ago

We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal. I'm sure, if we were made aware, we would have brought you something else to enjoy. We look forward to your next visit and hope to serve you a meal that will exceed expectations!

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LE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Connecting with friends

F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood dishes are outstanding and to my delight I discovered and drank a glass of oeil de perdrix.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 3 days ago

A delightful rosé for sure! Thank you for joining us.

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R
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

People at check in were great and very accommodating as we waited for our table. Sat at bar waiting. bartenders were great Food was terrific, came out in a reasonable amount of time and quality was top notch. The only negative to our entire experience was our server Margaret. Second time we’ve had her and will request we don’t have her again. She should really question if she’s in the right line of work. Unpleasant and condescending.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 5 days ago

Greetings Rhodyguy, We thank you for joining us and sharing your honest feedback. We will be sure to address your concerns with our management team. Hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Tobey Sanborn Boat House

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! That’s why we keep coming back here to dine. Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate, otherwise it would have been perfect

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you 1fishaholic. We are grateful for your continued loyalty.

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S
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice but expensive

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch was definitely not as good as several dinners we have had here recently. I asked for bread several times and got it just as I finished my meal. Better for dinner when perhaps A team is in kitchen.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 10, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear this. We never like to let hear we let our guests down and it sounds like we fell short on your visit. We hope you will visit again so we can deliver you the type of experience we have built our reputation on.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

So disappointed that you no longer bake your own rolls. I know it was many years ago, but working that into your prep cost again would be extremely beneficial. Even if you charged for the rolls in units of 4,8,12. Rolls baked to your standard on premises during fall months in New England to nosh on with your steamy soups or just to stave off low blood sugar. while waiting for your apps..lol would be amazing!

Lobster Fritters were a bit greasy to the touch. So was the bag they came in. The flavor was festive and delicious however please use more meat not claw tips. (We use those floppy tips for making seafood stock). All that being said I would order them again, not every time, but once in a while.

Caesar salad with the Chicken add on offered a robust flavor for a lite plate. The chicken was grilled and seasoned perfectly.
The Seasonal Salmon Lunch Special made a great presentation. The shmear of yellowish orange sauce across the plate offered no flavor enhancement... but that fell to the side of the road when the 1st bite was taken... delightful!

The entire staff was gracious, helpful and offered exceptional service from the bar to the table.

Delightful luncheon with a dear friend... next time I will have a cocktails, wine, oysters and dinner the full magilla!

PS... Please bring back the arugula and short rib appetizer!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thank you Linda. We are very happy to hear you had a delightful luncheon with your friend and that our team made a positive impression. We are very grateful for your feedback here as well and we will be sharing it with our culinary team. Hearing what our guests are saying is important to us and helps us be better at what we do, so thank you. We hope you come back soon for more.

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OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were early but they sat us right away on the outside patio, which is covered this time of year. Great view of sunset from our table. Our waitress was fun, friendly, attentive and knew the menu inside out. Food was delicious with portions just right for a hungry guy like me. We split two desserts among the 4 of us and that was perfect. As we've come to expect another great night out at the Boathouse.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for the review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.

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LF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Boathouse is one of my favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is wonderful, view is gorgeous, the service in the dining room is always excellent.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you LFandYB!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you!

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l
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. (?only thing missing was paella)

b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love The Boat House...our server was delightful, knowledgeable, friendly but not intrusive. We had a great seat and the view can’t be beat in this part of the state. We went the first day the new fall menu was being offered...so we missed a few of the old time favorites we had grown to enjoy. Our appetizers were great chowder, lobster fritters and crab cakes...the fritters were the best we ever had at The Boat House...always good but this time they seemed even more tender and tasty. We tried two of the new entrees....the Short Rib was dry and had no gravy or sauce...it sat atop creamed spinach which wasn’t as delicious as a mound of mashed potatoes or a creamy polenta...the spinach just didn’t seem to pair well with the meat..the potato cakes initially seemed too sweet and later caught what we thought was sage...it just didn’t seem like the whole dish worked well together...and a short rib with no sauce or gravy seems to be missing something...my friend had the baked stuffed lobster...traveling here fromTexas she was anxious to have an old time favorite...the lobster was a bit dry and the stuffing was dry as well and had an herb or spice that didn’t pair well for her...the scallops and shrimp were pleasing...we all know chefs like to add a their own twist but some things maybe shouldn’t be tweaked too much...the buttery ritz cracker stiffing laced with seafood can’t be beat...somethings just shouldn’t be messed with...Our dessert was divine...Hoping the new menu gets adjusted so when we return our revue will be the usual five stars we always give...This particular day isn’t going to stop us from returning...one never gives up on an old love!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 10, 2019

Dear bethb, Thank you for your passionate review. We sincerely appreciate your honest feedback regarding our new Fall menu and I will be sure to share all of your comments with our Executive chef and culinary team. We are disappointed to hear some parts of the meal did not exceed your expectations and we offer our apologies. This feedback is incredibly useful and very important to us. We hope you will see an improvement on your next visit. Sincerely, Tobey Sanborn Boat House

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great views, attentive staff. Highly recommended!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for the recommendation! We hope you will join us again soon.

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h
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everthing was excellent the only problem was I forgot to give my rewards card to my server, I was hoping you could add my points
. My card # is 28500 0040 15526 003527. My name is Robert Souza my server was Timothy we had a 5:30 reservation on Wed 10/03/2019 and my bill was $71.17 and I paid cash. If theres any thing you can do I would appreciate it. THANKS

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Great news! I've personally taken care or your request. Thank you so much for dining with us and for being a loyal member of our Fare Rewards program.

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C
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on every level. Can become a little loud but that would never deter me. Simply the BEST!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you Cookie418!

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PI
Tallahassee
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the beet dishes I’ve ever had (scallops) and wonderful blueberry lime Rickey!!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you PeggyI! Wonderful to hear you had a great experience with us and found some new favorites.

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VZ
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We frequent the Boat House at least once a month. We were very disappointed in the entrees. We ordered the scallops and the portion size was we’ll below the normal size plus some of the ingredients were mentioned on the menu were missing. We informed our waitress about our concern and she became non existent. She must have not told the Manager because she or he did come by our table. We are concerned that it is heading in the wrong direction. We have always enjoyed bringing friends and family but now we will hesitate to do because of not knowing how things will be. We will give it some time and return, just the two of us, and see if that had just been an off night or that this the new way.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 2, 2019

Dear VincentZ, Thanks for sharing your feedback. I am sorry to hear that we let you down on your most recent visit. We take pride in providing exceptional food to go along with our service, and never like to know we let a guest down. I would love to hear more about your visit and invite you to give me a call so I can offer my personal apologies. Your confidence in our restaurant is important to us and we'd love to restore your faith in us. Sincerely, Rebecca Campagna General Manager 401-624-6300

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful we had an amazing view of the sunset. It was our anniversary they treated us to a nice table with a great view. The food was delicious and a lovely presentation. I would recommend for any special occasion.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 2, 2019

Glad to hear you enjoyed celebrating your anniversary with us! And thank you for the recommendation.

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You get what you pay for and it's worth every penny! Try and save room for dessert!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 2, 2019

We agree! Thanks for joining us NicoleM.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for anytime dinning with wonderful views creating a very relaxing time.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thanks Richardrtampa!

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance- yummy food - busy place - tad noisy

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thanks BeckyL.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The setting, the view, that's all terrific. The food was very good, not great. A couple of things left me less than excited as this was my first visit there. First, we were offered a table "on the covered terrace". The fact that it was immediately next to the bar as well as a table of ten was not mentioned. It was very noisy. Yes, I and the rest of our party are no longer young and therefore find the noise level more objectionable than we would have many years ago. However, the lovely young lady at the reception podium should have, I believe, been conscious of those factors. Anyhow, we survived and I was having images of a nice baked two pound lobster like the one we get at Bay Point in Quincy --- also with a nice water setting. BUT, when I asked about it I found out the lobster was a 1 1/4 pounder I lost interest. I think they call them chicken lobsters, but whatever it is called I would call that size totally inadequate. Oh, and the very nice hot rolls didn't reach us until almost when our dinners came out. So, pluses and minuses, but I doubt that I would take the hours ride it was for us again.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 30, 2019

We are sorry to hear your visit did not leave a lasting impression. We are always happy to accommodate our guest's requests the best we can and would have gladly switched your table if we were made aware of your preference. Our baked stuffed lobster is one of our most popular dishes and we hope you will come back and join us again sometime soon to give it a try. Thank you dining with us and we appreciate your review.

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront setting. Staff very accommodating with seating. Waitress attentive and easy going personality.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thanks AnnetteP!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, food was delicious and the ambiance and view was the best part. Best margarita I've ever had! I can't wait to go back!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thanks AshleyM! We are happy to hear your enjoyed your experience and soaked up the gorgeous views. We look forward to your next visit with us!

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P
New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view food is good, drinks are weak

PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I generally do not complain about slow service but we visited the boat house 2 weeks ago for dinner and again this week for lunch. In both visits the time Between ordering and serving was 30-40 minutes. This for 2 sandwiches.

Restaurant was not full and this slow service was mentioned by the people around us.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 27, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear this PeterT. We always do our best to serve delicious food in a timely manner to all our guests. I'd love to hear more about your experience and apologize in person. At your convenience, please give me a call at 401-624-6300. Sincerely, Rebecca Campagna General Manager

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C
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average food with way too high prices!
And the cocktail was terrible!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 27, 2019

We are sad to hear you did not fully enjoy your experience at our restaurant. We hope you will give us another try so that we can elevate your opinion.

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With advance reservations, we were promptly seated at the time of arrival and my special request was accommodated. Our server, Corey was attentive and polite. The food, atmosphere, and service made for a memorable experience.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thanks for joining us BobW! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and thank you for the review. We look forward to your next visit.

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TL
New England
50 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Water view from just about every table. Beautiful area. Gluten free options.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for joining us!

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BB
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife had her worst meal ever for brunch. She got Eggs Benedict and the home fries were burnt, but they were soft and rubbery like they had been cooked the day before. The eggs were small, like they were shrunk and the overall appearance was very dark with no color, she suggests adding an orange slice for effect.
My veggie burger was very good.
We would have sent it back, but we were on the boat and had to make the tide, no time for a do-over.
We also would have explained this to a manager, but one never stopped by (a Manager always stops by at the Waterman Grille!).
Cean was our server and he was so upbeat and bubbling, his personality talked us into getting some cocktails to start the day off. The service was fantastic.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 27, 2019

We're so sorry to hear how disappointed your wife was with her meal. What you described is not typical for us. Our culinary team is devoted to executing exceptional food using the freshest ingredients. I'd love to hear more about your experience and apologize in person. At your convenience, please give me a call at 401-624-6300. Sincerely, Rebecca Campagna General Manager

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual... nice table.. servers... everything great

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks joeb! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, and beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the water! Amazing!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks for joining us! The water views are pretty spectacular, if we do say so ourselves. :)

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always, nice atmosphere, excellent service by Corey!!!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Was seated next to the kitchen and was very loud and noisy. Asked to be moved to a enw table and the hostess was gaciuos enough to find us a another table. Was celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary with our good friends. I ordered the Paella dish that was mussels, shrip, salmon clams pver a bed of rice. Was excited to try this dish the description sounded wonder ful. The dish came and the rice mixture was flavorful and had a good texture however the fish was cold and overcoooked, couldn’t eat it. The shaellfish were cold and dry. Only had a few bites of the dish couldn’t eat it. Told the waiter and he said he woukd not charge me for the beer that I had. Ery dissapointing the Boat House usually has good dished...but not tonight.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

We're so sorry to hear this. What you described is not typical for us and we are disappointed to hear elements of the dish were cold. Our culinary team is devoted to executing exceptional food. We never like to let our guests down, especially on such a milestone evening. We would love to hear more about your experience. At your convenience, please give Rebecca Campagna, our General Manager, a call at 401-624-6300.

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed dining at the Boat House. The food is always very good and service is always great! A special treat is dining in the warmer months. The windows are open and that really adds to the ambiance.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thanks ScottG. We couldn't agree with you more. We appreciate your loyalty and hope you will join us again soon. Still lots of nice weather left in the forecast for New England.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, atmosphere beautiful, my waiter was great!

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks april! We're thrilled you enjoyed dining with us. Hope to see you again soon.

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JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful sunset view from the dining room.
Excellent waiter Brian always attentive to our needs.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thanks for visiting us again JorgeMas! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the stellar view and had a great meal. We will be sure to share your comments with Brian.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!! Very enjoyable

Boat House Waterfront Dining
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you!

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