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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."
Westport, CT 06880
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
"Saugy Thursday" Happy Hour offers entertainment on the patio during the summer months.
Catering events are available. Please reach out directly to discuss your event.
Private lot and street parking.
Walking distance from the Westport Train Station.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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