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Sugar Boat, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire

Sugar Boat

4.4
4.4
307 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
Welcome to Sugar Boat - a relaxed & informal neighbourhood bistro in the heart of the town on Colquhoun Square, a stones throw from the sea front. We are open daily from 10am (11am on Sunday's) through until late. We serve everything from a simple breakfast menu with cracking bacon sarnies or avocado & egg on toast, a fixed price lunch menu at £13.50/£16.50 for 2 or 3 courses & an a la carte menu available at both lunch & dinner. Cakes and scones & savoury snacks are available all day. We have a Wine Shop for off sales from our extensive list of over 75 wines - everything from £8.50 per bottle upwards. Enjoy a tip top cocktail from our bar made with premium sprits & our home made purees, cordials and juices or enjoy a pint of a locally brewed beer or a bottle of Scottish craft ale from around the country. Choose to sit on the square (there are heaters and awnings for when the wind blows & the rain falls....and it does or in our rear courtyard (again partially covered & heated).

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    01436 647522

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Oliver Nodwell

  • Neighborhood

    Helensburgh

  • Cross street

    Colquhoun Street

  • Parking details

    A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

  • Public transit

    Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 307 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. MM

    MrsM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A favourite spot and dependable. Thanks for a lovely lunch.
  2. AM

    AMKG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The mushroom Ragu with crisp polenta slices was delicious. The whole party enjoyed their meals.
  3. BL

    BryceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    this was the first time we had eaten at the Sugar Boat. I love going out for breakfast and it was quite unique to find a breakfast menu that did not have the usual list of breakfast items i.e. full breakfast etc. The menu was interesting, the food delicious and would most definitely go back and also recommend the Sugar Boat to all and sundry.
  4. AE

    AlexisE

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal at the Sugarboat. Scallops and Mussels to start, Cassoulet and Cod to follow all absolutely delicious. Treacle tart and tiramisu were fab. Despite being very busy after the Christmas lights were switched on, service was excellent. A very enjoyable meal.
  5. JM

    JoanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dinned at Sugar Boat several times now and when we received a voucher for Christmas last year for Sugar Boat we knew that we would not be disappointed and was looking forward to visiting again. On arrival we were greeted with a smile from the waiting staff and taken to our table which was right opposite the open kitchen which was wonderful as we could see all the wonderful food being cooked. Our waitress took our drink order very quickly and efficiently and then explained the specials etc which I went for the pasta and my husband went for the fish cake, when they arrived they tasted delicious. The mains arrived in a nice space of time of about 15 minutes which gave us chance to order more drinks. The mains arrived which I had the pan fried duck, and my husband had the steak frites and they were both cooked to perfection. We also had a side of the truffle and Parmesan fries which were divine and would highly recommend. We were enjoying the experience so much we thought it would be rude to not have a dessert which were also delicious. We both cannot recommend Sugar Boat enough as you always receive a warm welcome with lovely friendly and efficient staff and we will definitely be returning in the future. If you do get the chance to visit give it a try as you will not be disappointed.
  6. LQ

    LizzieQ

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We go here a lot and it’s really lovely but most of the food was really salty on this particular occasion. Think the chef was a little heavy handed with the salt on the fries, the chicken ragu the venison pie, the duck and pork cassoulet and the cod which was already wrapped in salty ham, sadly! I totally get that seasoning can be a matter of taste but the whole table felt it was too much. We’ll be back as usually everything is perfection. Deserts were amazing too.
  7. HF

    HamishF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The place was very quiet for the Monday night steak night. The waiter was pretty useless in terms of customer service. He didn’t really seem. To know what the deal was. The house wine tasted a bit odd to us but he didn’t really have any answer for that other than paying for a more expensive bottle. But telling us we would still need to pay for the house wine even if we didn’t drink it! Needless to say we made do.
  8. GG

    GeorgeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant brunch on a drench Sunday, excellent service and very flavoursome. Enjoyed it very much, so I’ll be back!
  9. MC

    MCFA

    Perthshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Slow service. Table wasn’t ready. Took a while to order drinks. Food was nice but can’t really go wrong with steak and chips
  10. O

    Oysterlover7

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Many items on the menu not available. Ingredients for some cocktails also not available. Lengthy wait times for each course. Food was average. Bistro was very cold. Won’t be back.
  11. J

    John

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited for my partners 28th* birthday, having pre-communicated with the restaurant. They did a great job and provided candles in her dessert. (* not really)
  12. KL

    KevinL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of a place quirky open plan bar area, leads through to a comfortable dining area, great menu well executed.
  13. EM

    ElizabethM

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and cocktails and a lovely afternoon
  14. LK

    LauraK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Booked a table for 1pm, on arrival the server showed us to a table beside the doors at the back, the restaurant was cold so I asked if we could move to a table out of the draft, there were many empty tables, this request didn’t seem to please our server whose attitude towards us changed in an instant, we were then left waiting for 25 minutes for our order to be taken before walking out, I explained to the server that we had waited for 25 mins and couldn’t wait any longer to which she simply smiled. We walked a short distance to the Riverhill (highly recommended) with no booking and were warmly welcomed, we had the most wonderful food with fabulous customer service. A lesson learned, offering a great menu with a great wine selection means absolutely nothing if you don’t get the service right.
  15. HP

    HannahP

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant, excellent food and great service It was great!
  16. PJ

    PJP100

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Helensburgh is very lucky to have a cafe/restaurant like Sugarboat. It caters to a range of tastes but the food is always good and you're not always looking at the same menu choices.
  17. MC

    MrsC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch of kedgeree and Mexican eggs with a good sauvignon blanc and a perfect Bloody Mary at the Sugar Boat setting us up for our afternoon at the cinema.
  18. w

    whatsitcalled

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great vegetarian options. Standard of cooking consistently high. Friendly waiting staff and front of house. Thank you.
  19. SS

    SarahS

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Fish pie was very salty and I couldn't finish it. It was £18.50 and was literally a small dish of fish pie, more pie than fish and a small amount of tenderstem broccoli. I never feel I can complain, especially when it's busy and we're rammed in like sardines so no privacy. Wasted a gift voucher :(
  20. SS

    SarahS

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Roast dinner was lovely, beef was perfectly cooked. Kids menu limited and price charged was higher than on the printed menu. Additiinally, it wasn't at all obvious the the hot chocolate drink counted as part of the 2 courses for £6.50. Please make the main menu clearer as to what you get with each course. Ordered a cake style desert but it didn't mention a sugar syrup, neither did the waitress when I asked what it contained. As a diabetic, the cake was a treat but the syrup meant I had to swap with a family member.
  21. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Imaginative, innovative menu with great wine pairings. We’d had a couple of meals a few months ago which weren’t so great, but tonight was top notch!
  22. RG

    ReenieG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Service was slow and very disorganised. One couple left having waited too long for their order. A table that arrived after us was served before us. We had to ask for our drinks twice before they arrived. I had fish and chips but the batter was very greasy and the chips had been sitting for a while. My friend asked for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce had been poured over the scrambled eggs! Disappointing, had meant to book our Christmas night for 12 folk but was put off doing that.
  23. JI

    JIllC

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, really knowledgeable and attentive staff member (Dean) and a great wine recommendation added up to a great night. Restaurant was nicely quiet (Wednesday evening) but made to feel more than welcome. Can’t rate highly enough. If I lived closer, I’d be in all the time. I’m
  24. PL

    PatriciaL

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was a bit slow in that it took over two hours to have lunch! Food was very good.
  25. K

    Kathy123

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was quite slow but with a smile. Staff were very busy. Food was average but pleasant, cocktails were fab.
  26. S

    Stephen

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food and wine. A bit too noisy - no need for music (loud-ish) when the place is absolutely packed. Service a bit slow- seemed understaffed front of house.
  27. MW

    MarkW

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Mains great, however cheese board rather overpriced for amount of cheese and range
  28. FF

    FredaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent menu. The food was delicious and well presented. Very attentive staff even when we were the only ones left in the restaurant on a Sunday night. Perhaps the ambience could be improved by different table lighting. It was very dull.
  29. SN

    SuzanneN

    Inverness

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was appallingly slow. Our waiter ( English boy ) had absolutely no urgency and just floundered about. Was very quiet yet every table around us needed cleared. Only cleared one starter of ours ( leaving lots of prawn shells and plates ) and brought the mains out. Forgot my wine. Have been before and loved it but this time I was embarrassed to have brought my mum and her partner through from Glasgow for this. The boy who served outside was lovely however, and sorted out table early, so thanks to him.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch. Absolutely delicious
  31. Q

    Qqqqqqqqqq

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    I love Sugarboat but the food was very slow to come out. Waited 1 hour and 20 minutes before the food arrived. Although I wasn’t in a hurry it’s just too long to wait
  32. n

    norriet

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food was good but we waited over 1 hour for our main course.Very noisy music made it difficult to converse.We had pre booked for lunch ,but no table was reserved but manager most helpful and fitted us in.
  33. A

    Anton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice lunch. Food was fantastic, service quick, friendly and professional. Would definitely visit again.
  34. KC

    KevinC

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Always look forward to a visit to the sugarboat but find the service extremely slow. I understand its early morning but we were waiting nearly 40mins for breakfast.
  35. EH

    ElizabethH

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and nice environment. Great to watch the chefs in action. Staff were lovely. City style dinning without the high prices! Would definitely recommend 👍
  36. P

    Poppy

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The trout was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious. The only downside was that the restaurant was quite noisy and it became more and more difficult to talk.
  37. SW

    SueW

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Early dining so initially quiet. Lovely waiter, polite, attentive and clearly happy to advise. I had Fish Pie and was told there could be a 30 min wait....not a problem for us. Our food was all served together and was delicious., well worth the wait 😊
  38. C

    Chris

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Lovely food, although it wasn’t as described on the menu or by the waiter. Unfortunately the service was bizarre to the point I wasn’t sure if we were welcome at all. It’s never great to start an evening being told how busy it was, how over worked the staff are, how dead it is now, that there are no specials but everything else is available. I can sympathise but none of this needs to be said, and if there is a change to what the menu describes please just say.
  39. J

    Jane

    Argyll

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is best in Helensburgh, absolutely delicious. Great service.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service from super friendly and helpful Sam, thank you. Gorgeous pasta and Cullen skink starters. Mixed main courses - delicious chicken but average steak. The chilli cheesecake desert had way too much chilli which was a shame as it would have been good had it been more subtle.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Sugar Boat is rated 4.4 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Sugar Boat

30 Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire G84 8AQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colquhoun Street

  • Neighborhood

    Helensburgh

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

  • Public transit

    Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Oliver Nodwell

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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