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The Boat House, Bangor, NI, Bangor, Co Down

The Boat House, Bangor, NI

4.8
4.8
307 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
Welcome to the multi-award winning Boat House Dining, located beside the Eisenhower Pier in Bangor Marina, County Down. Our small but perfectly-formed intimate dining room is ready for you! Built in 1849 our Grade 1 listed restaurant was originally the lifeboat station and Harbourmasters' office and has been lovingly and sensitively refurbished.

Our kitchen, led by Head Chef John Hollywood, serves the best and freshest local produce in innovative and theatrical ways, combining with fantastic wine and beverage lists, all from quality local suppliers.

Please note that we serve only our tasting menu on Friday and Saturday evenings. A la carte available on Wednesday and Thursdays evenings and at lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Irish, British

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 12:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    028 9146 9253

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Hollywood

  • Private party facilities

    The Boat House is available to book exclusively for private events. Whether it is a Wedding Celebration or a Chatham House Rule Dinner.We can customise your experience t whatever suits you and David and John will sit down with you to go through decor, table layout service and, of course, your meal.

  • Neighborhood

    Bangor

  • Cross street

    Follow the road signs to Bangor Marina.

  • Parking details

    The Marina town centre car park is adjacent to the restaurant. Additionally, on street car parking is available beside the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Bangor train station is only 10 minutes away.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 307 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Innovative

  • Northern Ireland

    Healthy

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Ireland

    Romantic

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

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  1. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and wine. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, a really nice dining experience.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded 6 days agoMr M, thank you very much for your kind review. We shall make sure we have plenty of that Lebanese red you liked for your next visit

  2. HP

    HeidiP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely meal at The Boat House yesterday. The food was excellent with surprising ingredients which made it all so unexpectedly delicious. The service was excellent too and very attentive. It was a quiet night which served us well, and I personally was glad that there was a heater, as I hadn’t dressed for a somewhat cool atmosphere due to the nature of the building. Would recommend it heavily and will try to come back on our next visit.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded 6 days agoMrs P, thank you very much and thank you for introducing the rest of your party to our establishment. We shall see you again soon

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely brilliant 7 course tasting menu, no idea why they don’t have a Michelin Star already, this is an absolute gem of a venue, with wonderful and friendly staff welcoming us back and recalling small details about our last visit. The food was locally sourced, incredibly fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. Our absolute favourite ❤️

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded 6 days agoI reckon it is because I don't use their tyres but hey, reviews like this are all the validation we need

  4. BS

    BrianS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superlative and faultless... a truly memorable dining experience! We wanted to celebrate my brother and wife's upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, a special event for a special couple, in some style and our evening at The Boathouse exceeded our high expectations in achieving that. It was a cold, wet Wednesday evening but inside it was all warm and welcoming. The food was exceptional: from the a la carte we had mackerel and lamb as starters; hake and the fabulous Dexter beef fillet for main; Irish Cheese, chocolate pave and lemon parfait to finish. The portion sizes, the presentation, the balance of flavours, all impeccable. The wine list provided a very good choice and was also competitively priced (certainly compared to what we have in fine dining restaurants in Brighton). We were served by David who has the perfect balance of professional friendliness and attentiveness whilst providing helpful and interesting information of provenance on the food, wine and whiskey. Unfortunately I did not ask the name of his female colleague but she also served us very well indeed. John Hollywood, the chef, came to the table twice: the first was to explain the amuse-bouche which he had been working on for three weeks... a delicious mouthful of crab on a squid ink crisp with a kick of chilli heat; the second time was towards the end of the meal which gave us a chance to congratulate and thank him. This particular Wednesday evening will stay long in our memories. On our next trip back from England to stay with my brother we may not have a special event to celebrate but we will find a suitable reason to treat ourselves again at The Boathouse.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on November 19, 2022Mr S you are far too kind. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you are over

  5. RA

    RandA

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to impress. Really interesting dishes, accompanied with unusual wines (we had the tasting menu with wine pairings). In particular the wine descriptions were not only informative, but entertaining. Our whole party thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would recommend the restaurant without hesitation.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on November 19, 2022Thank you very much for your kind review, and yes we shall update the website

  6. ST

    StephenT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasting menu was again a fantastic experience. Wonderful food with superb matching wine selection. Excellent service as always. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on November 19, 2022Mr T, I am glad you enjoyed your birthday. I am glad Mrs T enjoyed your wine as much as yourself

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely top class. I don’t know whether these guys are actively chasing a Michelin star, but it feels like this place is on the cusp of getting one. It really is that good. Service is amazing, especially the wine knowledge and pairings - David the Maitre D is pretty much a sommelier himself, but a down to earth one. Makes a big difference. The originality in the food is really remarkable. Sea buckthorn purée anyone? Foraged from the local pier. Foods you literally don’t see anywhere else, presented as little works of art - all fun. Not cheap but hey they don’t pretend to be. Good value though. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on November 19, 2022Thank you very much, hopefully we shall see you again soon

  8. AP

    AliceP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent dinner trying the new autumn/winter menu. The food was brilliant with a lot of new ideas and flavours - really enjoyable. Brilliant service from manager David as usual and also some new(?) staff members who gave great descriptions of each dish. They were also more than happy to accommodate dietary requirements of one of the guests which was really appreciated.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on October 27, 2022Alice thank you very much for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed it. See you back again soon

  9. LM

    LorraineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding tasting menu, every course was exceptional and the wine pairing was perfect

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on October 27, 2022Lorraine thank you very much. Yours was the very first table with our new tasting menu so glad you enjoyed it

  10. S

    Scothen

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a lovely evening with my husband as a late birthday celebration. Staff and service wonderful as ever. Food was excellent but personally prefer salmon to trout and the lamb was a shade on the rare side for me but tasted good. The courgette dish was my favourite dish! I am not normally a fan as it is so bland but the spices were amazing and the was still a bite to the vegetable. We found a new white wine which was delicious and all in all had a lovely time.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on October 27, 2022Scot hen we are so glad you enjoyed it and we are partial ourselves to the Torrontes

  11. KE

    KarenE

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing tasting menu with innovative dishes, executed perfectly, that showcase the best of local produce. A paired wine option is also available this too is excellent.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on October 27, 2022Karen thank you very much

  12. DL

    DavidL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly exceptional dining experience with remarkable service and an excellent selection of wine .

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on October 27, 2022David great to have you back

  13. PE

    PETE

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic place to have wonderful food , served by a very knowledgable David. Food outstanding .

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you very much Peter, great to have you back after so long

  14. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great night and the waiters where very helpful and the food was fantastic

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you Anthony, we are glad you enjoyed your evening

  15. RL

    RachelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Perfect for a special occasion or when you want a little luxury.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 28, 2022Thanks very much Rachel, glad you had a great birthday

  16. C

    Christine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At The Boat House, Bangor, ethically and/or locally sourced ingredients are turned into creative, beautifully presented, but above all delicious food. The service was impeccable. Friendly and efficient. Great attention paid to the details of fine dining. Our party of four had a wonderful evening.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 28, 2022Christine glad you enjoyed it, next time you bring your boat to Bangor we shall see you again

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful tasting meal in a lovely intimate setting. Everything had such gorgeous flavours and paired so well together. Staff were very attentive and pleasant, (they moved our booking but more than made up for it). It is expensive but it is a tasting menu and it is obvious the food and wine used are of very high quality, also no more expensive than other tasting menus. Would strongly recommend to anyone!!
  18. GE

    GeorginaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food that exceeded expectations yet again. Thank you for a lovely evening.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we decided to come back after having our wedding reception here. The Boat House really is the best dining experience Bangor has to offer.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    8/31/22 - outstanding in every way

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 9, 2022Thank you very much for your review

  21. CF

    ClareF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to this restaurant last night, had an outstanding meal and a lovely overall experience. The food was delicious and the wine choices worked really well. All staff were very friendly, will definatley be back.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 1, 2022Clare thank you very much for your review, we look forward to you treating your dad to all the wines next time

  22. S

    Sara

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal with fantastic waiting staff. The wine pairing is highly recommended

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on September 1, 2022Sara thank you very much, now you've tried us hopefully we shall see you again soon

  23. CS

    ColinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. We had the tasting menu with wines and it was flawless.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on August 26, 2022Colin thank you very much, same time next year?

  24. JB

    JB11

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Having dined here before I was eager to experience it again. Unfortunately the menu was incredibly restrictive and ridiculously over priced. The restaurant was completely empty bar our table with only one other table dining towards the end of our meal. Due to the lack of other customers it felt uncomfortable to hold a conversation within earshot of lingerin

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on August 25, 2022As with all less than stellar reviews we have corresponded with the author privately in order to gain a greater understanding of how their experience could have been improved

  25. TH

    ThomasH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very knowledgeable about every single ingredient for every meal and the food was delicious! 😊

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on August 17, 2022Thank you Thomas, we are glad that your partner enjoyed her birthday with us

  26. A

    Annaroo2

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another first class meal in Boathouse . Exceptional

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 27, 2022Anna so glad you enjoyed your meal........ and wines

  27. MH

    MarkH

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Taster Menu. The Last one was amazing, this new one exceeded expectations and was out of this world. Chef really excelled himself and moved it up to a whole new level. Thank you to Chef who spoke to us, and I was able to compliment personally. Service was amazing as always. Staff know the menu and ingredients inside out and also the wine and cocktail list. Another super amazing experience. Is 6 stars an option!

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 27, 2022Mark it was a pleasure to have you back, maybe we will see you again with the other ladies in your life

  28. CM

    CiaranM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really couldnt fault the experience. Unreal service, and possibly the best meal I've ever had

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you very much Ciaran, good luck with the wedding you will have some amazing photos from that venue

  29. CA

    CamilaA

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far one of my favorite restaurants around Belfast’

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 7, 2022Camila thank you very much for your review

  30. PA

    PAULL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, lovely friendly staff, generous with wine measures and interesting and funny stories about wine. Courses 2 and 3 whilst delicious were too tiny which is why overall I give this 4 stars. We commend the chef for all his hard work, attention to detail and obvious passion for food - please give a little more on certain courses

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 6, 2022Ah Paul, guess we will just have to try a little harder next time for that elusive 5, hope to see you again soon

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff. Friendly and helpful. Wonderful food and attentive service.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 2, 2022thank you for your kind words

  32. RS

    RobertS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was very good but the service was so slow as a result it spoiled the whole evening. We were in the restaurant for 3 hours and 30 minutes which is excessive and it was at least 50 minutes before we had any food with long intervals between each course. I would be hesitant about returning.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 2, 2022As with any less than stellar review we respond privately as we find it is the way in which we get the most constructive feedback. We thank the reviewer for his feedback and positive engagement

  33. JL

    JamesL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had previously visited the boathouse for a lunch and were so impressed that we decided to return to try the evening tasting menu. We were looked after exceptionally well by David and his team. Nothing was rushed and everything about each dish was explained in detail. The wine parings were outstanding and actually work out as very good value for money. The food is definitely of Michelin standard and I absolutely expect such an award to be granted to the boathouse if this quality is maintained. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely return.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 2, 2022Thank you very much James we do have a lot of fun with our wine

  34. MS

    MichaelS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were contacted before arriving that day was a taster evening. I was concerned with the price, however after speaking to the chief, as a special ocasion we had a perfect evening myself, wife and daughter. We'll return again, maybe an evening without being taster menu only. Throughly enjoyable meal.

    The Boat House, Bangor, NIResponded on July 2, 2022Michael we are glad you enjoyed your evening as we know you were apprehensive about the tasting

  35. n

    n1er

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We arrived at 7.15pm . The main course arrives after 10pm. Tiny courses served over 3 hours. Dessert shortly before 11pm. An appalling and gruelling evening
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michelin quality food & service in a lovely old building on Bangor’s waterfront. I had a great time and will definitely dine at The Boat House again.
  37. S

    Stuart

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, so many amazing different tastes on the plate, hard to explain until you have tried it, a throughly amazing meal. Great services from David and his team also.
  38. CT

    ChrisT

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fine dining with fantastic hospitality, beautiful food and drink and at a reasonable price.
  39. CM

    ChloeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, atmosphere and the staff were simply delightful. We will be back.
  40. CA

    CatherineA

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely recommend the tasting menu and wine pairing. Amazing food and drinks with a great atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Boat House, Bangor, NI is rated 4.8 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Boat House, Bangor, NI

1A Seacliff Road, Bangor, Co Down BT20 5HA

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Follow the road signs to Bangor Marina.

  • Neighborhood

    Bangor

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 12:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Irish, British

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The Marina town centre car park is adjacent to the restaurant. Additionally, on street car parking is available beside the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Bangor train station is only 10 minutes away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Hollywood

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    028 9146 9253

  • Private party facilities

    The Boat House is available to book exclusively for private events. Whether it is a Wedding Celebration or a Chatham House Rule Dinner.We can customise your experience t whatever suits you and David and John will sit down with you to go through decor, table layout service and, of course, your meal.

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