The Boat House

4.8
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Welcome to the multi-award winning Boat House Dining, located just 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 sensitively and lovingly refurbished. Our kitchen serves the best and freshest local produce in innovative and theatrical ways, combining with fantastic wine and beverage lists, all from quality local suppliers.
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JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend's 80th birthday and we had a wonderful time.
The food was incredible and Johnathan was particularly attentive.
Sarah (the birthday girl) said she felt very special and we are planning our next visit.
Thank you to everyone at The Boathouse.

PG
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having been to the Boat House a little while ago, I was looking forward to a return visit.
It did not disappoint. We were made to feel very welcome, in conjunction with the food, and attentive service, made it a memorable evening.

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class! Food and service where outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem, serving fantastic food with a modern take. Presentation is itself a feast and the service completes a gourmet experience

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening, food was stunning and service attentive.

TR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience and meal. Kudos to Jonathon and crew

MM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best meal I have ever had. Ox and six by nico can learn a thing or two.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect venue when you want to treat yourself and/or someone special.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal. Service was outstanding as was the food. Very enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend. We did the ala carte menu but looking forward to coming back to try the taster menu.

HM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unexpected amazing dining joy! The food was that kind of taste sensation that is most definitely worth paying a little bit extra for, the dining experience overall though was fantastic value as the kitchen sent us out lots of lovely complimentary tasters that were so delicate and delicious they made the whole experience that extra bit special. The service was just right too, very attentive and helpful and perfectly relaxed despite the serious top level cheffing going on behind the scenes. I can’t wait to go back!

AB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Great menu and choice of wine. Really good service, lovely evening.

DJ
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

lovely setting, great service, food not worth the money. The food was nice but nowhere near £30 a course nice.
very overpriced and left feeling hungry. Mark ups on wine is ridiculous, bottles of wine that normally cost £14 being charged at £40 per bottle to make them seem special.
Daylight robbery.

OT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+++++. Fine dining at it's best. Top class. Perfect for a date night if you want to impress.

D
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service,
Would highly recommend!!

EH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and excellent service, however the portions were a bit on the small side which made it quite expensive.

MK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was very entertaining especially the people at the next table I did that a bottle of wine can cause such a big deal the staff held it well and I like they brought fresh food after the couple had their row out side . Well done to all the staff. And we loved the lovely extra between courses . Most of all thank u for my birthday surprise natalie ur writing in icing was wonderful. Thanks to all we be back again.

OT
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very friendly welcome and a very enjoyable dining experience

CM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening in the boat house. From great food to amazing service. Johnny, the waiter, made the evening amazing and remembered me and my girlfriend from a visit 2 years previous. Would 100% recommend to anyone else looking for a fine dining experience.

GD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at The Boat House during a visit to relatives in Bangor. Superb, focused menu with excellent wines. A most friendly welcome followed by knowledgeable information and presentation of our two courses. The food was just as good as the menu and we chose an excellent Santenay. We will visit again and highly recommend this restaurant. It's 'sister' restaurant, The Salty Dog, is also very good!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First visit since Boat House changed ownership. From online menu descriptions hoped style of cuisine had moved on from outdated ‘nouvelle cuisine’ of former owners. Disappointed. Looked forward to fresh local ingredients served in modern light fashion.
Service was friendly and efficient and ambiance was good. Restaurant not full on a Saturday night!

SC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu - excellent choice of dishes. Service was discrete- staff were friendly and well informed about the food and wine. Throughly recommend this restaurant.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, venue, food and wine. staff very attentive and informative.

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This intimate downstairs restaurant has. Many super tables. This space is very well used so we had plenty of room in a descrete table by the window. The staff gave a good welcome and the head of house was very hospitable and knew both the food and wine menus very well.

We chose the a la carte menu. The food was delicious but the helpings were small. The wines were excellent and the cheese board of local produce was superb.

On my return I will go for the tasting menu.

VG
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night with superb food and excellent wine pairings from Johnny. First time of experiencing a tasting menu for our son Paul’s partner, and she loved it.
A great success, thank you to all the Boathouse Dining team.

SC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Group of 5 at lunch - Jonathan was truly excellent, spending time talking through every course and the wine flight. His depth of knowledge across the menu and wine list coupled with his passion for the subject matter was outstanding and made for a memorable experience. The Boat House's wine list contains some really interesting options and their policy of pricing fairly is refreshing - making many different wines that would be priced normally at much higher prices accessible. Every course of the tasting menu was a delight and all within our party would be happy to return!!

The Boat House
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you very much, Simon. It was a pleasure looking after you and Steve, Mark, Adrian & Kevin. The craic sure was mighty!! Hope to welcome you back to The Boat House next time you berth in Bangor marina. Happy sailing! j

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JU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Anniversary dinner staff and food were superb

ND
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent. Brilliant food and brilliant conversation with very informed sommelier and waiting staff.
Will return. Again, and again. And again ...

c
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb! Would highly recommend this little gem. We were so Impressed I actually asked have they been awarded a m.star for food, which surprisingly they haven't! From the testing starter, right through to out tea and petite fours, we were treated to incredible food and service which surprise tasting courses between our ordered food.

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five course tasting menu with paired wines is excellent. A few surprises too. Lovely, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Cannot recommend it too highly.

LG
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were exemplary. Intend to book again.

IH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu - dishes beautifully presented. Attentive service with meal well paced. Will be back.

MC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table to celebrate my husband's birthday. All dishes were delicious. I chose from the tsble d"hote menu which is excellent value. My husband chose from the a la carte menu. The cheese board and chutneys were excellent - the best cheese board I have had for a long time! Timing between serving the courses was perfect. Service was excellent. We will be booking a table again.

RW
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the quality of the food was fantastic. I had 3 courses and none of them were disappointing. I particularly enjoyed the beef fillet with morel mushrooms which was absolutely delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Attention to detail and knowledgable staff make this our go to for special occasions.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. After our pre dinner cocktails we went for the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings and we were not disappointed the food and wine pairings were fantastic. Lovely ambience, Good knowledgeable, informative and attentive staff /service without being intrusive coupled with some of the tastiest food we've tried for some time. I think it's fair to say we will definitely be back.

MM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Excellent except for the recommended wine which turned out to cost £12.50 a glass (just Sauvignon Blanc). Have never paid anything approaching this for a glass of wine anywhere in the world!

AM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best dining experiences I’ve had. I’ve eaten in all the NI restaurants that Cathal Duncan has chefed in and can say he’s absolutely at the top of his game here. All the other staff we encountered were wonderful too. Ambience was perfect, wine pairings were sensational and the gin menu was exemplary! Can’t recommend this place enough.

BP
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by an enthusiastic knowledgeable team. Menu was very interesting, food was great and the wine pairings really worth it.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff , attention to detail, top quality food & presentation.

TR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class food in a lovely setting. If you enjoy high end dining, at a very reasonable price, then this is the place for you. The only other place I’ve been that would compare is mcneans.