The Boathouse at Saugatuck Rowing Club

4.2
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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 228 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For old people. Nobody else was there, small with nobody else under 65.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting with great food.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, Service, ambience and view are all reasons to go to the Boathouse.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner the night before thanksgiving and it was amazing. Our server, Kevin, was attentive, kind, and wonderful. Loved the whole experience!!

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F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was happy to get a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night when we were going to an 8:00 show at the Westport Country Playhouse and was surprised that it wasn't that busy when we arrived at 6:30. More people came before we left, but perhaps because this restaurant and the building it is in appeared to be very new, it has not caught on yet. Or maybe because it is now cold and you can't eat outside, which I'm sure is fantastic because it is located right on the Saugatuck River. Anyway, the seafood was outstanding (crab cakes were a little bland), the service was excellent and the view was lovely overlooking the river, even now when it gets dark at 5:00. And the prices were reasonable.

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CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

First experience here. Once private, now open to public for dining. Went for a birthday dinner. Beautiful interior with great view of river. Menu looked good. Service was friendly and prompt. Biggest disappointment was the food quality. All 5 had starter soup, which was excellent. However, the entrees were disappointing. Even the ‘special’. For the price was v disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were excellent. Surpassed expectations.

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WG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The fish was very good. My hamburger was unimpressive.

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g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food but a little skimpy on the grilled octopus and shrimp

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and a great lunch!

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BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went there for lunch and had a good sized table right at the window looking out at the Saugatuck River and all of the birds that were swimming and feeding there. There were only a few people inside so it was very quiet. We got the three course meal from the special restaurant week menu. The soup and the salad were excellent as was the salmon and the pasta main courses. We shared the two desserts, both the chocolate tart and the strudel and they were each top notch. The waiter was good although a bit over busy because of the number of people sitting outdoors on a lovely day. We look forward to going back again soon.

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TR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We enjoy the Boat House for afternoon dining. Food for lunch is very good. The opposite is for dinner. Limited menu, very poor quality steak and service mediocre. It is still a great place for an afternoon.

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JT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, but thought the decor could be much better given the waterfront setting.
Thought we might be able to sit outside.

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I
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a lovely spot with a great view of the Saugatuck River. The food is solid, the wine list works and the cocktails are good. We like this spot.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Porch has great vista but captures too much noise.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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p
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Lunch menu is not particularly appealing and the salad was wilted. The view when sitting outside was the best thing about the restaurant. Overall a disappointing experience.

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f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster rolls delicious and great value. View of Saugatuck river with paddleboarders was spectacular

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was awful, don’t have teenagers as your main wait staff on a Sat night!

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

loved outdoor setting, lovely view.
very nice service...all very civilized!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. The food was outstanding. We shared oysters, salad, special of the day was scallops. Desert was good too. CremeBrule and chocolate sundae.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food served in a lovely setting overlooking the river.

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TR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming little venue. Enjoyable waterfront viewing.

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CR
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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w
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Excellent restaurant! I would go again!

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

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

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EL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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LA
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed celebrating my 43rd weeding anniversary there!

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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

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G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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L
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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FF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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