The Boathouse

4.3
208 Reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
The Boathouse is a waterfront, seafood café, bar and takeaway. We’re situated overlooking the Mayflower Steps and just a stone’s throw from Plymouth’s historic Barbican. Our speciality is local fish and shellfish, sustainably caught, by our own day boats, The Sidney Rose, The Barbican Rose and the Elin D. The Scallop Shack at The Boathouse serves fresh, South West, scallops, in a variety of mouthwatering ways. There’s also a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes and a little nipper’s menu, designed for younger salty sea dogs – all made with fresh, seasonal produce. The Boathouse is the perfect spot for cosy coffees and delicious dining from daytime through to evening. With our retractable roof for sunnier days you can dine with us, alfresco and enjoy wonderful, waterside views.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 208 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DesC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can not recommend the boathouse highly enough! Fantastic food, great service and value for money. Have eaten here 4 times in two weeks with various friends and family with all super impressed.

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StacieC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was seated straight away, waited 10 or so minutes to have our drinks orders taken. Food was average, pricey for "fish and chips". Girls were lovely and polite.
Just expected it to be so much better than it looked.

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant lunch, good atmosphere and great views out to the harbour side. Wonderful catch of the day, fresh mackerel lunch - you could believe you are in the Med on a good summers day in Plymouth!

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Danny
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, the setting and views were great and the service was exceptional.

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CLAIRT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and exceptional service. Enjoyed our visit and will be back

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Ahmed
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is very good taste fresh food And very good service Helpful and friendly staff

MB
MarkB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting great service and outstanding fresh sea food would highly recommend the fish pallet to share

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BobT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally doggy friendly, the staff were great. This is our go to Sunday morning breakfast spot, love it! Great food is a bonus :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super quality fish and scallops. Simply prepared , well cooked. No frills value for money. Will go again

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EllaD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great! My grandparents loved it. Amazing view good food and drinks! Couldn’t find drinks menu online.

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KellyH
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Love this place. My got to place for Mussels in Plymouth with very generous portions.

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Paul
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Unfortunate experience with our mains arriving at different times (30 mins apart). Wait staff all really good, just a shame about the food.

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Customer
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambience. Perfect spot on any day

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RoseH
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for breakfast service a tad slow but food was nice and all hot. Very loud music playing which was not to our taste but we could still talk above it.

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Jones
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely place lovely setting looking forward to coming back when the suns out to try an evening meal

PB
PaulandBernie
London
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely fresh seafood and great g&t options. Great for casual dinner. few desert options though we were asking late. Everyone enjoyed the dinner. Will be back.

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BudeBoi
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very expensive for very mediocre food.

The fish burger was dripping something out the bottom, the waitress acknowledged the issue, but didn't offer to resolve it. She said it was water. This meant the bread was sodden and the meal abandoned halfway through.

Battered fish & chips plus a fish burger and 2 drinks cost £42!

It's only the lovely staff that saved this from being a 1 star experience!

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JamesE
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good quality food, reasonably priced and in a lovely location with great views. Will be back!

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JohnO
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, very pleasant service, very good ambiance. Only negative, music was too loud and we were next to the loudspeaker. It was turned down a little.

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Tamsin
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our lunch at the boathouse was very enjoyable. The venue is lovely with views of the harbour. It was a hot sunny day and it was great with the roof open to be warm, but protected from wind. The service was efficient and friendly. I had the prawns with chilli and my husband had the fish and chips. Both were very good. We did not enjoy the loud music and were rather concerned that the plates on tables outside were not cleared away, so the seagulls were helping themselves to left overs. But overall, a good experience.

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sambo
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If it’s fresh fish you are after cooked well then this is the place to eat👍

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BeckyH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and friendly service from all staff. Quick service.

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Lunchtime we decided to have fish and chips ,bad choice the chips were frozen and the fish was mainly batter ,very poor and very expensive ,not what we expected ,we all ordered drinks soft drinks and beer ,my aunt who is in her 80s was given a pint of larger .We left and bought or coffee and cakes at Piermasters

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JessieH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional, scallops and scampi melt in your mouth and the fish batter was crispy, without over powering the fish. Only note for improvement, is possibly the chips, but that didn’t take away from the meal. We would return and recommend.

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LynneB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was poor, the food was okay. Slow service with food put onto the table for four guests, no cutlery, no napkins, no condiments, we had to ask for these which came in dribs and drabs meaning the food was not hot. Menu is fairly limited, no second drink service offered so we had to go to ask for this. By 9.30pm it appeared clean up was taking place and we should leave, no staff to be seen. The Maitre D’ was pleasant on arrival. Lovely setting but service severely let it down! Must do better.

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SamP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice meal, friendly waitress/waiter service, would definitely return

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ZintyW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We turned up at 4pm a full 2 hours early. This wasn't a problem to them and they were very accommodating. The starters were very fresh and came out quickly. I ordered steak as a main which was under cooked, my partner had fish and chips which was very nice freshly cooked. The waiter noticed I hadn't ate all my steak and offered a dessert on the house. All in all a lovely experience I would recommend this restaurant.

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nickiw
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely fresh fish. Good service too. Overall a great experience.

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Becks
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I love the boathouse for its location, atmosphere and decor. The service is always great. But the food really lets it down. You guys really need to do fresh chips not from frozen and everything is deep fried beyond belief . More fresh food on the menu and less cafe style would be fab. More salad options etc. Also kids menu isn’t great everything with chips but that is the same everywhere. A toddler menu of just mini fish finger sarnys would be great.
I do love the Boathouse though and will keep coming back in the hood the food improves!

MA
MARIE
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, apart for the squid was a bit rubberised. Service was great. Wine list not so great.

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LynnA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived late but wasn't a problem, had lovely sunny table, service was very friendly and the food was very nice. Will go again

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Julviv
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit had been highly recommended we will be returning.

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TheresaN
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service wonderful food.
Greeted well, staff well informed re: covid measures

DC
DebbieC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The Special on 24th June although very tasty was not very filling.
We ordered some bread to soak up the garlic butter which cost extra. Whilst we didn't begrudge the extra payment we felt that it should have been served with vegetables, chips or some sort of extra filling.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast experience

JB
JuneB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very helpful and went out of their way to accommodate us.

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jillo
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The evening meal menu is quite limited so it was a shame that an item wasn't available, but what we had was all very delicious

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RoseH
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The starter and main were great and I mean great but the desert was awful and we got it knocked off our bill (Eton mess with no fruit in) the fish is their forte

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OOSS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

We had a lovely evening at the boathouse, the gentleman who I believe was the manager (welsh accent) was amazing and so friendly. All the staff were lovely. Food was ok, not amazing just nice, but a little pricey for what it was and the sauces would be better in little pots, not sachets it’s cheapened it a bit and a few little things missing from our table, but overall a lovely evening. Would definitely go back for lunch or breakfast in the future.

TJ
TonyJ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Somewhat expensive for fish. Thought the food would be better for the price prawns were overcooked, staff were helpful.

FAQs

The Boathouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01752 600560.

The Boathouse is rated 4.3 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.