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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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Ranked #7 of 62 Restaurants in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $32
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: French, British, Brasserie, Fish & Chips
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features local steaks and seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely fixed-price meal or just a long cool cocktail in our bar or outside on our sun terrace - all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. We offer live music most weekends and also during the week in the summer season.
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English first
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lovely beach front location, super menu, friendly and helpful staff, good food. Whole family happy. Highly recommended.

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Exmouth
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Loved the atmosphere, the staff and the food!! Ate there three evenings out of 5, which really says it all!

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Rochester, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

You definitely will not go hungry if you eat here, we normally have a three course meal when we go out but after the starter and main we couldn't even manage a desert! The food was fresh and the quality was fantastic. Have been twice now and would return again, great food, atmosphere and value for money.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We stayed 7 nights in Shanklin. We came here on our first night. We did not come back. The only restaurant we went back to again was in Ventnor on nights 6 and 7! Nothing was quite in the 'send it back' class but requests for things like salad dressing fell on deaf ears. It could have been good but... More

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waterfrontinniow, Owner at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. On behalf of all the staff at The Waterfront Inn, I am very sorry that you did not have a good time here. I am puzzled by your comments, though, and your headline of "couldn't care". Catherine and I, together with our managers, care passionately about customer service and quality of food and we all... More

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Visited twice while on holiday recently , first time for a drink . While we sat there we noticed all the food orders being served around us and they looked and smelt wonderful . We went back a few days later and enjoyed a really nice meal sat under the canopy watching the day go by . Booking is better... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The best value for money sea front pub/restaurant in shanklin. We booked a table which is advised as it was very busy but the staff were so kind and helpful while we waited. There was excellent entertainment and the food bill was surprisingly cheap at the end of the night. Large portions and very good quality food.

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Rhondda, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We received a good welcome, good entertainment and food. The quality of drinks was also good and reasonably priced.

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London
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119 reviews 119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This has a lovely position on the Esplanade overlooking the sea and we sat outside on the terrace. I liked that they had a smoking and non smoking side and our dog was also welcome. We had the mussels - large portion and very fresh - and the equally tasty homemade beef burger. The fixed price lunch menu for £9.95... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I thought l had left a review of this place, but obviously not! I did not want to miss the opportunity to do so - we have paid quite a number of visits to this place as it's so good, welcoming, relaxing, lovely situation, great staff who are really helpful, food reliably good, and some lovely ales too! Highly recommended!

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Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I'm staying in Shanklin for a while because I have just moved to the island, so I've been going to quite a few restaurants and eateries over the past week and a half. I was excited to dine here, because I'd read the previous reviews and appreciate good food and service. When I called to book a lovely gentleman arranged... More

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waterfrontinniow, Owner at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed and candid review. We are all extremely sorry that your experience here was not up to standard. We are continuing investigations but I wanted to apologise immediately for such shoddy service. I can only assure you that your treatment is far from the norm here and I would encourage you to return and give us... More

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