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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Scenic Location for Afternoon Tea

Our Guelph friends took us to this delightful cafe for Afternoon Tea on a cold and rainy Autumn day. We were warmed by the cosy atmosphere and hot tea. My husband had hot chocolate, which he said was one of the best he's ever had. He's a hot chocolate connoisseur! The five of us indulged in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Big Sky, Montana
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Big Sky, Montana
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Guelph friends took us to this delightful cafe for Afternoon Tea on a cold and rainy Autumn day. We were warmed by the cosy atmosphere and hot tea. My husband had hot chocolate, which he said was one of the best he's ever had. He's a hot chocolate connoisseur! The five of us indulged in traditional scones, jam and... More 

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Thank 70flame70
toronto
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

On a cold and rainy day I found my way to a wonderful oasis of a bygone era. Arrived at the Boathouse in Guelph with some family who live in Guelph. Was a great place to take refuge for the cold and rain. Upon entering the restaurent it felt warm and welcoming with antique furinture and paintings of the area... More 

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Thank susan p
Guelph, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We tried this restaurant for the first time last Sunday and were very pleasantly surprised at the delicious, reasonably-priced food served in a charming, homey atmosphere. Loved sitting under some locally-produced oil paintings and looking out the window onto the river. Great, fast service. Scrumptious food in ample quantities. We'll definitely return!

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Thank joan072015
Guelph, Canada
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103 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This place has great history. We really like going for afternoon tea, with the varied bone china tea cups. The scones are really good. You can have sandwiches and other foods as well. At the front they have ice cream. In the summer it is lined up pretty good. You can also rent canoes to go on the river right... More 

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Thank Rolfe1954
Ottawa, Canada
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93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

a surprise party for an old friend turned into a memorable night at the boathouse. Catered food and personal bar with a little kateoke made for a great night out with many friends and family members from far and wide. Perfect location for about 40 or so.

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Thank Dave C
Largs, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Popped into the boathouse for tea and scones. Lovely little place on the river. Sitting outside on a lovely day added to the visit. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The cost was not over priced. Will recommend to family.

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Thank Pat1ricia
Guelph, Canada
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Waiting in line which was out the door, couldn't miss the spiders, spider webs and bugs covering the exterior, When inside, the selection was limited, Not enough fruity options. Not everyone likes chocolate. And wow, pricey, if it was delicious I would have felt I got a bang for my buck.

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Thank VisitorWendy
Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Thank BoreoSpeedwagon
Guelph
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank SpringfieldGal
Guelph, Canada
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: (519) 822-5692

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?