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The Waterfront Inn

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French, British, Brasserie, Fish & Chips
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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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Today
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Scenic view
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 605 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 366
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
Weekend break

My partner and I stayed at the waterfront inn shanklin last weekend The staff are always pleasant and the new owners made us feel most welcome well done rupert and billy the waterfront inn is dog friendly our to dogs Barbie and rocky made friends with the resident dog badger great dog love the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
trevor h
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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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605 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My partner and I stayed at the waterfront inn shanklin last weekend The staff are always pleasant and the new owners made us feel most welcome well done rupert and billy the waterfront inn is dog friendly our to dogs Barbie and rocky made friends with the resident dog badger great dog love the Dicky bow. Food excellent relaxed atmosphere... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Called in here on the from a walk along the beach making our way home toback to the Albury B & B to find music and locals food etc , great cocktails and the staff were great , well worth calling to for a drink or food . OMG land Lord is hot as well xxxxx

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newcastle upon tyne
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Good choice of lager and beers. Lovely location with friendly staff. A very warm and welcome stay. Would recommend it to everyone.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Must be the unlucky ones!!! on entering Restaurant was met by a polite very eager waiter!! who informed my wife and i that there would be a delay of 15/20 minutes for food, we accepted that and ordered our meals from a selective menu, plus our drinks, then more drinks,this was in between apologys from the Waiter and then Management... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had a lovely evening and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The restaurant sits right on the beach and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The food was lovely and superb value. I would most definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had a delicious 2 courses for £12.95 each. Very friendly service. Clean bright restaurant with sea views

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

A very pleasant location overlooking the beach and the Bay. Good quality and good value food, with a traditional menu, this is not for you if you equate 'good' with 'arty farty.' Now has new owners but same staff. Hopefully the standards will be maintained.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I emailed this place to book a table, which was later confirmed by them ringing me. I'd taken the effort to do this in advance due to a busy day in an unfamiliar town, and chosen The Waterfront on the basis of the tripadvisor reviews. When I turned up with my family at first the staff said they had no... More 

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

Dear Ben, Please accept our apologies for the mix up upon your arrival. Unfortunately this was my error in taking your number down incorrectly. I did make every effort to locate you in the phone book (and on Facebook) around five days before your visit to inform you that we had a funeral on that evening and that we were... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I usually eat here once or twice a month, so far I have not had a bad meal. The price of a standard main meal is between £8 and £12, the portion sizes and quality of the food is great. The staff are very good and they take your order on a tablet, meaning food comes out at a reasonable... More 

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

Thank you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Rupert and Billy More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Looking at other reviews that have been submitted this week, I am in a minority of one, so feel free to completely disregard my contribution. We drove for an hour, trying to find this iconic place, and finally managed a handbrake turn on the promenade to position our doors at the foot of the steps the to Waterfront Inn. It... More 

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

Thank you for your review Arthurlonius, we have all had a good ol' chuckle at your thoughts. Just to clarify, although food is served in the bar area, this is not the restaurant and we do not allow any "rovers" in the dining room what so ever. We are a dog friendly place and we intend to keep it this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863023

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
  • Cuisine: French, British, Brasserie, Fish & Chips

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Dining on a budget

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?