The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club

4.3
207 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Open Tuesday – Friday for Lunch 11:30-3:00pm
Open Tuesday - Saturday for Dinner served 5-9pm

On & Off-Site Catering
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Phone number
(203) 227-3399
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nancy Burke
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Catering
Catering events are available. Please reach out directly to discuss your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd floor
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Parking details
Private lot and street parking.
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Public transit
Walking distance from the Westport Train Station.
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Entertainment
"Saugy Thursday" Happy Hour offers entertainment on the patio during the summer months.
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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.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 207 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Very attractive, good service, but food was at best fair. Many places in Westport have better food, which is why I would choose them.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

excellent food served in a lovely setting overlooking the river.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Charming little venue. Enjoyable waterfront viewing.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

For me, the ambiance was a highlight! You can sit on the deck right by the water.....we did! The food was very good and we had a great waiter!
Too bad they only serve dinner on Saturday night! Think it would be a really good place for
their daily lunch! Will go back!
Had never heard of this place, but found on Open Table website! THANK YOU!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Boathouse. The meal was superb and our waiter Paul was terrific.

Looking forward to a special occasion to return.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

A nice overall dining experience. Reasonably priced. Very good house margarita, et al

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Overall an excellent lunch. On the Saugatuck River at the rowing club. Efficient servers, well prepared food. Would return.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Birthday
Excellent restaurant! I would go again!

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The lobster bisque was very good and had actual chunks of lobster meat. The crab cakes were light and delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We really like this restaurant particularly in nice weather when you can sit outside over looking the river. It has a small menu but I have never had anything less than an outstanding meal. Noise level is very low which is hard to find and greatly appreciated.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Wonderful outdoor deck seating we chose amid boats and scullers on the Saugatuck River made for a scenic and peaceful dining experience

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The view trumps all, nestled on the beautiful Saugatuck River! The cocktails were fine as was the hamburger. My lobster roll was magnificent, brimming with lobster, warm and succulent. Service was a tad slow and the outdoor porch quickly filled up. I would recommend this for a meal that is pleasant and nice.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

WE enjoyed our lunch looking out at the beautiful view. The service was great and food delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Enjoyed celebrating my 43rd weeding anniversary there!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We got married at the Boat House four years ago. This was to celebrate 25 years together and four years married. It is a very romantic venue with very good food.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Just really bad service all the way around / had high hopes but the service experience was terrible.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We had an excellent experience. Enjoyed the food, scenery and service.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The view of Saugatuck River was lovely. The the service was great and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Service from Antonio was also top notch

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Six of us joined together for dinner on Saturday night. Everything was fine...view of the river, quality of the drinks and food, service. Our greatest disappointment was that we had requested via Open Table seating on the outside patio, but it was occupied by a large party so that no one from the general public had access to it. The management never informed us that our request for patio seating would be denied. Had we known, we would have gone elsewhere for outdoor dining on that beautiful summer-like night.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was too hot to sit outside, but the view of the river from the inside was perfect. The signage out front is a little confusing. The restaurant is actually on the 2nd floor in the Rowing Club House. It's a small space, though, so a reservation is recommended.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had dinner here early on a Friday evening, and the atmosphere could not have been better. Looking out on the Saugatuck River as rowers were going about their business. The boats were fun to watch, and the light sounds of the student rowers talking below added a lot of positive energy. Wait staff were very nice and accommodating, and they made suggestions when we had questions. A very friendly place! We will definitely head there again.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was a lovely setting for a family to celebrate a 90th birthday.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was quite good, good variety of offerings. Much nicer in the spring and summer. Feels more like a sports club in the winter. Doesn't have the ambiance it has when you can dine on the terrace.

The service was particularly bad. Plate left on the table for far too long. Not attention to additional drink orders or anything else.

The server and manager were nice but inattentive.

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1.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We think the original operator of the restaurant is no longer there as we have previously dined here and NEVER before have been so disappointed. From wait staff (slow and very busy chatting amongst themselves), the drinks (ordered an expresso martini - worst I have EVER had!), food (words cannot even start to explain how bland and tasteless everything was.. they even managed to overcook a salmon that was meant to be medium-rare!), ambiance (they put our table so close to other tables that people (both guests AND staff) were constantly bumping into our table (with no apologies!).. WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER go here again!!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Nice yacht club setting! Funny how the waiter did not know recommended drinks from the restaurant web-site. Relaxed, not rushed at all. six of us dining 3 loved what they ordered, and 3 were disappointed. The very best was the Scottish Salmon(Really great) and the worst were the Lobster Roll, very dry. Still I would go again

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Always excellent food.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

A quite place with a nice view and one of the few places open at 2pm, but the burger and fries I had were incredibly mediocre. Lava cake was decent.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Quiet atmosphere. Pleasant surroundings.Lobster roll was best I have had in a long time

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Country Club room. Nice atmosphere. Country Club food

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4.0Dined on November 4, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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??

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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