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The Waterfront Inn

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French, Fish & Chips, British, Brasserie
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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: 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

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  • 382
    Excellent
  • 166
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 16
    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
lovely meal

my son enjoyed his moules and we had a more special meal than a pub meal. lovely sea views and friendly staff. meals came quickly and were reasonably priced for the quality you received. a real gem by the seaside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Cath E
,
Forsbrook, 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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632 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Forsbrook, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

my son enjoyed his moules and we had a more special meal than a pub meal. lovely sea views and friendly staff. meals came quickly and were reasonably priced for the quality you received. a real gem by the seaside.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Visited the Waterfront Inn on 15 April. Great food at very reasonable prices. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming The whole restaurant has been beautifully redecorated since the new owners have taken over and there is a large variety of seating, both inside and outside. Enjoyed the lovely views of the beach and Shanklin Bay. The mussel dish... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

My friends and I visit the Waterfront on a regular basis and always have a lovely meal and really enjoy our evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited last night based on good reviews on here and were not disappointed. We tried the scotch egg to start. The yolk was still runny, the meat was delicious and the outer shell crisp and tasty but no signs of grease. We followed with the Seafood Platter for two. It was quite expensive but as it was my partner's... More 

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

My family recently visited the Waterfront Inn in Shanklin as the team and the staff are very friendly- we really enjoy the relaxed athmosphere there; so we were looking forward to having another taste of the ecxellent Crabcakes which we had had about 2 months ago. As it turned out, our second visit to the restaurant was a total disappointment... More 

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I ordered a meal in this place this evening and the food portions where so small it would not even touch the sides. I complained and the staff agreed with me that it was indeed smaller than usual and would change for a larger meal. I refused and asked for my money back. The owner then came out and told... More 

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Sandown, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The food was fabulous and soooooo much of it. The waiter was extremely friendly and courteous. Sitting outside on the terrace in the sunshine overlooking Shanklin Bay just added to the experience. We will def be back.

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Rugeley
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Shanklin is not best served by restaurants, especially at this time of year. Many are closed, and those that stay open are not helped by the drunken morons who infest the town at night. the food here was OK, but the batter on the fish and chips was mushier than the peas, and for a tenner I'd hope to get... More 

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Just had a lovely meal of homemade lasagne and a pint or two of dark fruit strongbow. Great service thank you great evening xx

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I booked a space for Saturday night for a group of about 25 about a month in advance, although set expectations we did not need to dine as a group. We were given a room to ourselves, which was perfect. Service was great for the first table to be seated, but this deteriorated somewhat as the numbers increased (although still... 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 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, Fish & Chips, British, Brasserie

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