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116 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
(519) 822-5692
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great for high tea, or ice cream and a walk along the river.

The Boathouse is a not so secret gem in Guelph. I have been here a few times, once for lunch and three times for ice cream. The tea room is deceptive, as it seems small, but can seat quite a few comfortably. The service is always friendly, and the decor is very pleasant. On our first trip to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The Boathouse is a not so secret gem in Guelph. I have been here a few times, once for lunch and three times for ice cream. The tea room is deceptive, as it seems small, but can seat quite a few comfortably. The service is always friendly, and the decor is very pleasant. On our first trip to the boathouse,... More 

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Guelph
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We used to stop there for ice cream as its top notch. Unfortunately they stopped carrying the one dairy free alternative for people with intolerances/allergies so we only pop in with friends who can eat it and they ALL say it's fabulous! Many little spots along the river to sit and lick away and there is also a wooden covered... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Take and walk in the park and drop by for ice cream and a canoe rental. Fun place to visit. Too many flavours, tough choice to make.

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Keizer
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A local lady kindly shared an afternoon of her time and after visiting the must-see McCrae House suggested going to The Boathouse for Tea. That was a great idea and when the meal arrived on its 3-tiered tray, we enjoyed our little sandwiches, scones and sweets on quaint mis-matched china donated by local patrons. The ambience. with the original eaves... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We will definitely go back and try more on their menu. Had quiche and it was very good. However the main reason we went was to have an authentic British scone with cream and jam (since it is a teahouse). But the scone was more like a muffin. Completely wrong texture.....That aside, it is a great location right off the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This place doesn't look that appealing from the outside but the food is excellent. They have a great selection of teas and portions are good. Baked goods are fresh and wonderful (I am sure there are no calories here)

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Guelph
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The location could not be better for an indulgent visit for ice cream. Cute little boathouse, right on the river, canoes slowly going by, geese and ducks and other nature mere feet away, and paths in all directions to walk off those delicious calories. Staff inside is friendly and helpful, however this place can get busy so best to keep... More 

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The Wife and I had a very nice Brunch. The feel is very much Tea Room with nice soup, sandwiches and salads. The front also host a very busy Ice Cream parlor on hot days. There is a lovely view of the river (at least usually, at the moment the river water level is exceptionally low because of public works... More 

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I have been here many times for their amazing and generous servings of ice cream. Although I find them slightly higher in price, the watermelon sorbet is definitely worth it with a beautiful walk around their property near the river or across the road at the park.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This was a really nice place for a quick snack, drink, or a light meal. Their staff was really nice, and it felt so cozy. Beautiful view of Speed River as well. I'd recommend taking a bike or walk around the river and stopping here for a bit. You can't miss it, it's pink.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: (519) 822-5692
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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