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The Waterfront Inn

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French, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Bistro
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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 437
    Excellent
  • 207
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 24
    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
My daughters burthday

Ate here while on holiday in the island, my daughters 10th birthday. Staff were great, food was great and they were really accommodating by moving smokers away on the terrace as we have a young family. Menu was big and covered all things, they are proud of their food and remove items if the quality... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Chris H
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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English first
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Ate here while on holiday in the island, my daughters 10th birthday. Staff were great, food was great and they were really accommodating by moving smokers away on the terrace as we have a young family. Menu was big and covered all things, they are proud of their food and remove items if the quality is not of a high... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We didn't book we just turned up and there was 7 of us they squeezed us in the place is great the location on the front is brilliant the management and staff are fantastic. The food was excellent and quality brilliant the price was good apart from the mixed grill which although was fantastic was slightly too expensive I think.... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

it was a great place to have a drink with friends while watching the sea and listening to music. There was a young man singing and playing a guitar one night, it was lovely.

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Somerset, England
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on a Sunday evening, Sat outside looking out over Sandown Bay. Gluten free vegetarian meals accommodated by letting us go through a separate folder showing all available options which made a change from the usual jacket potato! All food came out quickly and tasted lovely, could completely see why they are busy whenever we've walked past. The mussels... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the Waterfront. As the name suggests, it is right near the sea on the Esplanade at Shanklin. The food was delicious: We had the bread board which had olives, oil and roasted garlic. Along with: Soup of the day; Sea Bass; Caesar salad; and a few drinks. Total bill came to £51 which was really good value... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

After a rickety ride to Shanklin on the train and a peaceful stroll through the Chine, we were ready for a bite to eat. We're very much sandwich people when it comes to lunchtime, so tend to seek out eateries that offer a little more choice than your bog standard ham & cheese brigade. And the Waterfront Inn stood out... More 

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had an evening meal here and the food was lovely and plentiful. Nice atmosphere with free live music. Situated right on the sea front.

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Norwich, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We visited on a busy night but got seated right away, had the most amazing surf and turf, steak and lobster both cooked to perfection. Eton Mess was incredible ! Only negative - blue cheese sauce was cream with no blue cheese, we sent this back and came back ok but with a long face and no apology from our... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We found this place just by wondering along shanklin seafront on our first day of our trip and had a coffee but absolutely loved it! The food is wonderful and excellent portions , you get your monies worth here. The staff are also lovely and friendly and are constantly cleaning the tables and tidying up which cannot be faulted. The... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We ate here twice as sitting outside and eating was really enticing. However didn't realise that there was a smoking and non smoking side so we had to move. Had to wait a while for the food, but it was busy. Food was good.

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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, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?