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The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club, Westport, CT

The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club

4.6
4.6
600 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

The Boathouse at Saugatuck is an exciting American seafood restaurant with panoramic views of the Saugatuck River. House in the Saugatuck Rowing Club, this Westport restaurant is situated on the second floor (elevator accessible) with indoor as well as limited outdoor dining on our covered deck and first floor water front terrace when weather permits.

If you are not able to book on OpenTable, please call us at 203-227-3399 and depending upon availability, we may be able to accommodate you. We are limiting bookings to 90 minutes. If you are more than 15 minutes late your reservation is at risk. Please take travel time into account in order to be on time.

We will make every attempt to honor reservation requests for our upstairs deck. However, due to limited seating outdoors, high demand and the ever changing weather, we cannot guarantee seating on the deck.

Requesting "Outdoor Seating" on your OpenTable reservation does not guarantee a table is available at the time you request.

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Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 227-3399

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Milanese

  • Catering

    Catering events are available. Please reach out directly to discuss your event. boathouse@saugatuckrowing.com

  • Private party facilities

    We host numerous special events on a weekly basis, including; baby showers, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, memorial services, bar/ bat mitzvahs and weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Burke: (203) 227-3399

  • Neighborhood

    Westport

  • Cross street

    2nd floor

  • Parking details

    Private lot and street parking.

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from the Westport Train Station.

  • Entertainment

    "Saugy Thursday" Happy Hour offers entertainment on the patio during the summer months.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Outdoor Dining

  • Connecticut

    Scenic View

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  1. GM

    GrahamM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    The restaurant management team did their office work at the bar right next to our table. Lots of paperwork, discussions, etc. while having cocktails. They should have done this elsewhere, sight unseen, and it was almost as if it was a staff meeting going on at times. Otherwise, the food and the wait staff were quite good.

  2. A

    Ally

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Our experience at the Saugatuck Boathouse was truly a disappointment. The menu is boring, neither seasonal nor innovative. The service was so slow that we had to flag down three different people to get our order placed. The only salad options are an iceberg wedge or a Caesar, which was so heavily dressed I could barely touch it. The wines listed were 3x their value, with most wines at or in the 100 dollar range. I ordered the scallops in a Thai curry, which was thin, and there were zero vegetables on my plate. For what they charged, this was a poor value. Gone is the fresh and seasonal menu that existed before Covid--and so is the formerly delicious food.

  3. P

    Penny

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just lovely for my birthday lunch. Such a nice setting.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Outside seating not available. Their “outside” was an enclosed room’.

  5. AM

    AnneMarieG

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    It was a lovely spot and the food was good.

  6. p

    peter

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    On a beautiful evening there's no place better: overlooking the river, watching the rowing teams practice, looking at nice homes. The menu is nicely diverse and the food was tasty. Service very very good, too.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Easter Brunch

  8. LM

    LaurieM

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a fabulous lunch at The Boathouse yesterday. My son & his fiancé are looking at wedding venues so we decided tho go for lunch to test the food...... All I can say is everything from appetizers to dessert was outstanding!! Such a lovely atmosphere and outstanding food and staff!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, excellent service and amazing views. We had a wonderful lunch!

  10. RJ

    RogerJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very impressive facility with great view of the Saugatuck River from every table. First class menu and very attentive staff. Located in a private club. We were treated like members! Very pleasant experience.

  11. X

    Xrdmen

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I were hoping for a different experience so we decided to drive one hr just for a nice meal and evening dinner. It was worth every effort and every penny. Special mention to Will who took such great care, it was like being home w friends without the trouble of cooking etc. The food was excellent. We ordered the salmon and the seafood risotto both excellent choices. Finished with flourless chocolate cake and the espresso kept coming! Had to make it back home… will be back soon.

  12. I

    Ivera

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Small intimate place on pretty setting. Staff is terrific, food was great. Somewhat limited menu.

  13. W

    Wayne

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The door to the gym was open and about 10’ from the open entrance to the restaurant. The wine I ordered was out of stock. The starter I ordered was not available. What we ordered was good. The real problem was the service. There were several people handling our table. They were either asking “how is everything?” or “ are you finished yet?” They would grab your plate as soon as you put your fork down, even while others at the table were still eating. There was no excuse, except lack of training and lack of management oversight, since the restaurant was empty except for us. We will not return to this restaurant until the next management change.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service!

  15. FS

    FrederickS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We really enjoy coming here. Good food and ambiance plus that gorgeous view.

  16. AT

    ArielleT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to celebrate a birthday! Delicious blood orange margartitas and good food. Waitstaff was lovely, not rushed, very attentive without being smothering.

  17. J

    Jimmy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and staff. Very pleasant dining experience

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great drinks and awesome service.

  19. JC

    JeffC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter, Will was extremely attentive and provided excellent service. All the staff was very friendly and made for a wonderful experience. We will be back.

  20. CB

    ChristinaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is beautiful, the food delicious, and the service was polite and excellent.

  21. WW

    WilliamW

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very good food and location on the River. Easy place to meet guests and out-of-towners as 95 is near. First class yacht decor and amenities.

  22. JM

    JimM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Creative menu; outstanding riverfront setting; attentive and helpful wait-staff

  23. K

    Kiki

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience! Terrific view of the Saugatuck River. Would definitely go there again!

  24. SR

    SarathiR

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Will and the team took wonderful care of us. Great food, ambience and service

  25. AP

    AlexandraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service was amazing. Restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays.

  26. C

    Claci

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We appreciated the attention from the manager and the busboy, but our waiter was negligent.

  27. W

    Westport13

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The food was ok

  29. ST

    STEPHANIEK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere

  30. AK

    AytangaK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely charming restaurant with friendly service. We will be back

  31. BP

    BarbaraP

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best view in town! Delicious, perfectly prepared food and wonderful ambiance.

  32. NY

    NYCGayFoodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Pretty place. Service could be slow at times. Food was overpriced for what it was.

  33. CB

    ChrisB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Needed to book a great restaurant last minute and hadn't been familiar with the boathouse before. I think I heard they got a new chef right before Covid. Not sure if they only recently got this good or always were but definitely a top notch restaurant for the area.

  34. CR

    CarolynR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and ambiance was wonderful. Thanks to the special Restaurant Week menu, the price was very moderate. Looking forward to returning.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Very nice a little noisy

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    food excellent ambience lovely and service outstanding- a lovely first experience

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    I really want to support local restaurants- the food has been rather mediocre. The staff needs better training. The bread has a $3 charge which is rather ridiculous for just an ok bread. The salmon came on a bed of vegetables and a greasy over fried potato pancake. We appreciate the atmosphere and water view but the food has to go up a couple of notches

  38. PR

    PandR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Attended The Boathouse as part of Westport's restaurant week for a prix fixe dinner. When my friend requested some bread before we placed the order, the waiter told us that would be additional and that regular pricing would apply. I told him that would be OK. He did not make it clear that it was more than the $3 for bread that was tacked on nor did he suggest that we might want to change our order to the regular menu.

    The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing ClubResponded on October 24, 2021

    Thank you for the great suggestion, we will make this happen! We hope to see you soon!

  39. c

    colinh

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great experience. The setting is amazing and staff/management could not be nicer. Food was delicious. Will absolutely return

  40. m

    morpheus

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    somewhat overpriced for the setting and the quality of the food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 227-3399.

The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club is rated 4.6 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club

521 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd floor

  • Neighborhood

    Westport

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot and street parking.

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from the Westport Train Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Milanese

  • Entertainment

    "Saugy Thursday" Happy Hour offers entertainment on the patio during the summer months.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 227-3399

  • Catering

    Catering events are available. Please reach out directly to discuss your event. boathouse@saugatuckrowing.com

  • Private party facilities

    We host numerous special events on a weekly basis, including; baby showers, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, memorial services, bar/ bat mitzvahs and weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Burke: (203) 227-3399

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