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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 425
    Excellent
  • 193
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 21
    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
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We went to The Waterfront Inn because we were told that it was "pet friendly". We are used to eating in various establishments with our friend but usually we are in the bar area but at The Waterfront Inn we enjoyed what I can only describe as the full restaurant experience while our little fella... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Lykewakewalker
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We went to The Waterfront Inn because we were told that it was "pet friendly". We are used to eating in various establishments with our friend but usually we are in the bar area but at The Waterfront Inn we enjoyed what I can only describe as the full restaurant experience while our little fella lay under the table watching... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We went with a huuuuuge group unannounced and they not only managed to squeeze us in but got our food out in a timely manner. The food is your standard pub grub, but it is nice enough. When I saw the prices I thought it was a little on the expensive side but when I saw the portion I understood.... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

It's nice now it's had a face lift , its in a great place if you want to eat and look at the sea, the food is good could do with a chicken salad on menu and the cheese board could do with good old cheeder as well as soft cheeses. We would recommend.

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Sandown, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Visited here by myself, after having a couple of fantastic lunches with friendly staff. I was very disappointed by the service and food which I received. The chips were very dry and overcooked and there was no apple puree with the pork belly - which was quite tasteless. They were extremely busy but did feel that being a single person... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stopped here because it was quite busy, that's a good sign in our books, and we weren't disappointed. The service was very good, the staff were busy serving and clearing tables, but we still received a warm welcome. The food was really fresh and good value for money. Would highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Excellent, freshly cooked food, perfect for lunch.Very family (and dog) friendly, good choice of children's menu. Would recommend.

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Suffolk
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Popped in for dinner when taking a short solo trip to the Isle of Wight. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Bought a pint and found a table and studied the menu. Food orders were then taken at the table by the numerous young waiting staff who placed the order by way of an ipad. The food arrived quickly and was... More 

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kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had a couple of great meals here while on holiday. Very reasonably priced food. Great singers there on some nights. We did wait quite a while on one evening for our food to be served but it wasn't a problem to us as we were on holiday.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Popped in for lunch on a whim with the family and we were blown away by the quality of this place. Great food with friendly service and the location was superb.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great food, cooked fresh, staff looked after me well, very happy with the service I received :))) lovely venue with beautiful views. Rooms are clean and serviced well. Live music at weekends and much fun had by all. Will definitely be going back regularly.

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Additional Information about The Waterfront Inn

Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 863023
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
Cuisine: French, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Bistro

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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, Romantic, Large groups, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?