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About The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club

An exciting new "farm to table" restaurant with romantic views of the Saugatuck River. Also offering "Saugy Thursday" patio Happy Hour on the river during the summer from 5-7pm every Thursday, only.



"Hiding in the Saugatuck Rowing Club, this Westport New American Farm to Table is the showcase for chef Paul Scoran's locavore cuisine."

521 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT 06880
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday – Friday for Lunch 11:30-3:00pm
Open Tuesday - Saturday for Dinner served 5-9pm

On & Off-Site Catering

Cross Street:
2nd floor

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 227-3399

Website:
http://boathouseatsaugatuck.com/

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

Catering:
Catering events are available. Please reach out directly to discuss your event.

Parking Details:
Private lot and street parking.

Public Transit:
Walking distance from the Westport Train Station.

Executive Chef:
Nancy Burke

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Several special events are hosted at the restaurant during the year. Again, please reach out directly to discuss your specific special event.

The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Waterfront (8)
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Special Occasion (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Always pleasant atmosphere, and very good food for a good value.

Tags: Scenic View, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Country Club room. Nice atmosphere. Country Club food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time there and really enjoyed the experience. Nice atmosphere, very good service and the meal was excellent. We will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Special fish was fantastic. A little lame that they were out of the vodka for one of the cocktails on their list.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Setting is nice, right on the Saugatuck. There is an outdoor area and indoor area; the outdoor section looked nice but was busier so we sat inside for the quiet. It was actually a little too quiet, as it had a deserted feeling. There was a bar with a TV and two people at the bar, but most of the tables were empty (very unusual in Westport on a Saturday night - but now I see why..). The chopped salads were not special but fine and quite large. I had risotto made with squash, apples, sage and parmesan which was okay although the spicing was somewhat odd. A salmon with mango glaze was also a slightly odd taste combination but good, and baked chicken was judged good if a bit dull. One person had pappardelle with vegetables which had absolutely no taste (I tried it - not even salt!). He sent it back to be fixed if possible, but apparently the chef just added some garlic which didn't help much so in the end it went uneaten. They offered a replacement dish but my friend just ate some of everyone else's entrees and passed on the offer. The maitre d' and waiter were apologetic and to compensate made our desserts and coffees free, a nice gesture but the desserts were not that good either. I had a chocolate lava cake that looked like someone had sat on it (I saw others go by and they looked normal) and the "lava" was more like pudding, so maybe we got the dregs because they were free. They said there was a new chef that night but why would they put an unskilled person on Saturday night if that were the case? Or any night, really... In any case, as mentioned above, very disappointing. Limited wine selection too. I had wondered about the restaurant as it's been around for awhile and I had never been there, but no more wondering and I will not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food portions are incredibly small for the price. and the taste fair. Good, but nothing special especially for the cost. I had a pasta and my friend had risotto, 2 glasses of wine, sorbet and coffee and it was $100.00 . The size of the pasta and rissotto are equal to most restaurant appetizer portions.

It just isn't worth the money. It should taste incredible, but it was average.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

What the heck?? I made my reservation. All seemed good until i went there and was told that a private party was going on and i couldn't eat much there, despite my rez. Huh??

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Boathouse was a welcome find - from the great nautical decor and porch seating to the delicious fare and cocktails. The staff was also knowledgable and friendly. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We often forget about this restaurant above the rowing club. I don't know why because every time we go and bring guests they rave about the location ( we sat outside on the porch overlooking the river on a beautiful night ) and the food. Selections are always seasonal and very well prepared. Service is a little slow but we didn't mind since we were catching up with old friends and appreciated the ability to converse. Must go more often and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Decided to go for after work dinner.
Overlooking river very pleasant and dinner matched. Muse evening good view good location

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was wonderful as usual. It was a warm Fall evening so we sat outside and it was delightful. Service could have been more attentive but it was fine. A very nice experience.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

It was a gorgeous day and a pleasure to eat outside at the Boathouse but the food ( lobster rolls) was below average. Our waiter, although friendly and attentive, had the whole deck to administer to so it was slow going. There are too many other restaurants within walking distance with far better food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Beautiful early Fall warm evening so the outside deck overlooking the river was heavenly. Outside tables are first come first served so we had a drink at the bar while we waited for an outside table to open. We were told 20 minutes and that is just how long it took. Delightful bartender (even though he is an Alabama fan. :-)). Setting is beautiful. Service was a little lacking. Orders were mixed up among the 4 of us a few times. Check was delivered to our table but was never picked up. We had to get up and walk to the hostess podium to actually pay. No one ever came back to our table. Service is usually fine, this was just an off evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very slow service. Kitchen problem. Great views from the terrace. Food satisfactory.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Not a hot spot for young and fabulous, but a beautiful place for a nice dinner with friends or family. Quiet, so you can have a conversation, but not so quiet you feel like anyone is listening. Great good, great drinks, and a spectacular view out to the river. Would definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have had occasion to visit The Boathouse for lunch but not for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of interesting choices on the menu, but the quality of the food and by the excellent service provided by our waiter. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

great views. food was good. service could have been better considering there wasnt a lot of people there they should have been more attentive. would recommend to a friend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food was delicious, fresh, creative, well prepared. The staff was very kind and accommodating.

The service was a little slow , it was the middle of the afternoon and there were not too many patrons at the restaurant. they could use ceiling fans outside

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Healthy
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Pricey but good food and a great view of the Saugatuck River

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner with a lovely view.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

My wife and I visited the Saugatuck Boat House for Friday lunch before going to Compo Beach. We live 25 miles away and it worth CT roadway traffic on a July Friday. We sat outside overlooking the Saugatuck Rive and a rack of sculls ..and their oarsmen. We both had lobster rolls served warm and buttery. My wife started with a seasonal salad and I with fresh oysters. The food was delicious and the waitstaff and proprietors all delightful. Great sunny summer outdoor balcony. The dining room is very attractive and teems with nautical decor. A.Morse

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Hostess was lovely and very friendly but the wait staff was inattentive, slow and behaved more like well meaning bus boys than professional waiters. The lobster rolls ( we ordered 3) were all strangely prepared as a warm entree and my experience and therefore expectation was that they would be prepared in the traditional cold lobster salad method. I would have appreciated it if the menu indicated they would be served warm. In addition, I thought the portion of lobster per roll was meager. Fries, crab cakes, omelette and salads were all good.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Beautiful location right on the Saugutuck River. The balcony area is great except for a very load live band in the rowing club. Service lacking polish but a very friendly waiter. Good menus choices and an enjoyable meal except for noise level from the band and the service lacking. Best view
In Westport.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was good, but it took well over an hour to get our entrees. Not sure of what the problem was, but we were told 1 1/2 hours after we were seated that our food would be out soon :(

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

My wife and I took my daughter for her birthday lunch. She's 24 so it wasn't clowns and balloons. It was a casual but delicious lunch. Service was great, food was fresh and phenomenal. They even brought her a cake and sang happy birthday to her. : )

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I had been to The Boathouse for lunch recntly and decided to try it with friends for dinner. Hands down the ambiance is terrific and so is the view. Lunch is better value for money with many of the same items on the dinner menu. An omelet with salad and fries was very good however at dinner the lobster bisque was not piping hot and lacked flavor. The lobster roll was very stingy and the bun very was soggy and my fries were not hot. The smallest serving of coleslaw came with. Others at the table ordered a pasta dish and again the accompanying fish topping was very sparse. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch over dinner and you really do feel like you are on a ship, fabulous surrounds.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Beautiful view and really nice inside. Service slow. Food - Ok - nothing creative or super delicious, but not bad either. Risotto tasty but overly salty, pasta not salty at all. Burrata not creamy. Small drink list. Good for views but would not recommend to a foodie.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Excellent views at sunset. Very good service. I will come back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Organic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was excellent - the chef didn't try to be too fancy, and simply delivered good, classic dishes prepared well and cooked impeccably. The desserts were also excellent. We took my wife for Mother's Day and the staff was very conscientious about dealing with my children's nut allergies. Everyone had an excellent time and enjoyed an outstanding meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 13, 2017

All 4 of us liked our meal. The atmosphere is nice even if you sit inside. Nice views of the saugatauck river. Very good service . Will return for the summer deck !

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Hard to beat the location and views of the rowing marina. Outdoor seating is great, ambiance great, menu inviting. Disappointed a bit with soft shell crab appetizer. The body of the ss crab itself was tiny less than 2 inches across and the grilled romaine lettuce it seemed a little rushed in the preparation.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

The perfect spot for a quiet, delicious meal when you want to be able to hear the people sitting at your table. Food was plentiful and delicious. Best spot for outdoor dining. Views are incredible. We will definitely frequent often when in town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The setting, the ambiance, the people, and the food, were all outstanding. One of the friendliest and most accommodating places I have ever been. Great food. Nice view.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Delightful location with excellent food in an environment where you can actually have a conversation. No needcto strain to hear your dinner partners.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Very good food in a traditional boat house setting. Staff was friendly and accommodating. I had the softshell crab, which was a bit overdone. The waiter made a great recommendation of having the sauce on the side, which worked out perfectly since I don't like the crab to be overpowered by the sauce. My husband had the seafood risotto, which was delicious!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was delicious and creative. We all ordered fish - branzino and salmon. The cocktails all have a nautical/rowing theme and the wine list is nice. We decided to sit on the patio as it was still light out and wanted to enjoy the view.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was fine, not great... The salad came out like it had been sitting in the refrigerator, fresh, but cold. I wanted to love everything.... It was a lovely setting for good conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

had our 22 anniversary there, no one knew, was romantic, great food ,great drinks, waitress was super, there when we needed her but not bugging us, knew when to approach, food wonderful, not too much to over fill you but enough to satisfy, super atmosphere, not to loud, could hear each other, but could not hear other people's conversations. I give them a A+ which I would never do. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Susan Montuori R.Ph.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The food was INCREDIBLE. Short on staff the night we went so it took a while to get our dessert and check. About a half hour or more. Overall it was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food; great service, all in a beautiful setting on the Saugatuck River. As you would expect from a restaurant in a rowing club, the decor is nautical, but it is done in an elegant, upscale style befitting its location in Westport. The quiet ambience and unhurried service was perfect for catching up with friends we hadn't seen in quite a while. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were just right; big enough but not overwhelming. In short, a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Looking forward to going back. Can't wait to dine outside on the balcony when the weather warms up.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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