The Boathouse

4.4
173 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 173 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JuneB
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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jillo
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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TonyJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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NickyH
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was friendly and efficient. Food was tasty and, when I raised an issue it was dealt with Tommy entire satisfaction.

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StefanieF
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George and Fergus gave outstanding service and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend and will be back! Thank you The Boathouse 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked ahead of our visit this time as getting a table last minute is usually a no go. So glad we did we had an amazing meal the mussels and scallops were everything we had hoped. Staff we very friendly. Wine and food not over priced. I rate it one our top picks for seafood in Plymouth. If u are worried about covid dont tables are spaced out and masks worn by staff and customers when leaving your table. Dont hesitate book today to avoid disappointment.

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ArletteS
Bath
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

V nice experience will go back there for sure

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KarenN
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and service was spot on. Its a beautiful location and highly recommend

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LynnB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very efficient and attentive, even water for the dog, all covid aware, made you feel safe

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JeffW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for a breakfast. I had eggs royale, my wife eggs benedict and daughter the pancakes with maple syrup. All very nicely presented and good. Cappuccino was good. Would be nice to have had a menu with cold drinks included but that is the only gripe. Service was excellent with the waitress extremely hard working.

Even being sat inside felt like outside with views of the Barbican / harbour and ferries coming in and out. We will return for lunch soon.

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PeterR
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable, a good place for lunch on a hot summer's day.

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EricaT
Bath
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tables nicely spaced out, service good, calamari, scallops, surf and turf, mackerel pate all very good.

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William
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Goid spacing between tables. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous friendly service, lovely setting opposite the sea. Food was exceptional, enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will definitely be visiting again.

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SaraidP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Great atmosphere although the music was a little loud. Great experience and very friendly staff! 100% would recommend

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stevieboy
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

was disappointed with the fish and chips as felt there was more batter ( which was good batter ) than fish.

the other meals were very good

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EllisP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a great night, great service, and lovely views. We had an issue with one dish, but the management dealt with the issue promptly, professionally and effectively. Which meant we had a fantastic night. I'd recommend the Boathouse for a great night out.

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massive portions, attentive team, beautiful setting. Very nice indeed

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GlennB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good time here following a harbour cruise. Service was really good. Very friendly. Great menu and quality of food was high. Would definitely recommend.

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NicolaJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Definitely be back beautiful food such good value for money

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MeganB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unforunately waited an hour for two lots of eggs benedict and Then waited another 20 minutes to pay for our food Paid £4 for a watered down apple juice. The food was fine but nothing to write home about. Also what we assumed was the manager was walking round with his mask around his chin during the whole visit Probably wouldn't return 😢

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

I booked a table for my fiancé birthday stating in the notes we wanted a window seat that didn’t happen then I also stated that I really wanted a fuss made for her as she’s an NHS worked who’s been on the front line battling Covid since March last year so I needed lunch to be special but it wasn’t the food was good but I felt the service was poor it seemed anything we asked for was to much effort we ordered a pint of coke and it was 1/2 when it arrived but we were charged for a pint when I questioned it they seemed put out and that I should pay full price all in all other then the food I was left hugely disappointed and quite honestly upset that my fiancé didn’t have the experience she deserves

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KirstyF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been for a really long time after we had a shocking experience before but we gave it another go and omg it was amazing the staff were brilliant really friendly. We got greeted at the door by really have a chap who showed us to the table. Then the young girl came to take our drink order and food. Food came out within reasonable time. The kids loved the food so did we. Over all it was lush and we will be back

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Joan
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a sunny and warm day which added to the ambience. Didn't have to wait long for the food to come out. It was very well presented and tasted good. The young lady who served us was very efficient.

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MaureenV
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good service excellent fresh food and value for money

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nurse1658
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service and staff , we will be returning

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Ilze
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely scallops, reasonably cheap Amstel on draught

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

There was a few things unavailable on the menu, one of which was our first meal choice, seafood linguine and also second choice catch of the day was unavailable - this was a little disappointing. Also no bread was available with the mussels.

However that said, the scallops, steak and mussels that we did have were amazing, had so much flavour and very generous portions.

The customer service levels were very high too and the waitress was very attentive and helpful. The cocktails also highly recommended! Would definitely return here.

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Tamsin
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited the Boathouse for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised. The venue is beautiful with views of the harbour. The open roof allowed the sun to stream in, but protected us from the wind. The food was tasty and well cooked. The waitress was efficient, helpful and cheerful. A very enjoyable experience.

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tonyH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, friendly staff, and delicious food. Highly recommended

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The boat house was an awful experience for my family. The food arrived at different times, with my youngest daughter left waiting an hour for her meal. My husband’s veggie burger was returned as the price tag of £15 for what was delivered was just unacceptable. The icing on the cake was the manager who at the end of the meal argued with us rather than accepting responsibility and apologising. Avoid at all cost.

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Dizzy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Arrived early but welcomed by staff. Order took a long time to arrive even though we queried that customers who arrived after us received their orders before us. 2 mistakes in order which were corrected when noted to staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here many times for breakfast & is always good we went on a bank holiday this time around & it was a gorgeous day . Food was great took longer than normal to arrive but this was probably due to it being a busy bank holiday & first one in a long time since lockdown so was expected . Beautiful setting one of our favs .

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EoinB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, the only downside was the volume of the music, at times it was like trying to have breakfast in a nightclub at 10:00 on a Sunday morning. That aside I definitely recommend a visit!

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MariaA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, very enjoyable and service was great

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EmmaL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and customer service. Would highly recommend to friends and family .

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TraceyR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly atmosphere & nice food. Was nice with a bit of music in the background too & got a table booked again for today 😃

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JanetK
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Service was slow we as in there at 10 am left at 1145 just for breakfast . Bacon and as very crispy and the cutlery was bought after the meal no Brn sauce due to delivery .

FAQs

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

The Boathouse is rated 4.4 stars by 173 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.