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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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Ranked #7 of 61 restaurants in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $34
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
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

A good atmosphere in the restaurant though a little too busy at times. The food was really tasty though I did have a Rump steak that had to be sent back to the kitchen due to not being able to chew it. A second visit to the restaurant was much better, the food was delicious!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We found this place on a very wet & windy day & had a bowl of the best stilton & broccoli I've had in a long time. Very welcoming, friendly staff- dog friendly too! Would love to stay here one day as they have rooms.

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Lovely evening views to sit here and enjoy a decent coffee after a meal . Haven't eaten here as it's a bit busy with passing trade but it's a nice spot once the sun has gone down and the sea front is fairly clear .

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Fantastic staff, all very friendly and polite, they are also really welcoming. Nice view of the sea from the bar area, whilst eating your meal. Good seating outside if weather is good. Meal was fine, only had a starter and fries, so can't comment on the rest but it all looked good and presented well. Prices were reasonable too.

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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

5 adults a toddler and a dog walk into a bar ... Well this isn't a joke but sometimes getting a decent meal for a decent price for all of us in a seaside resort can seem like one. The beach front in Shanklin has quite a few similar looking eateries which are all attached to various accommodation. So choosing... More

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

Thank so much for your positive review. In these really busy times it is wonderful to hear about positive experiences - it keeps us all going! The couple on guitars are Paul Ruck and Sunny Brown who play for us on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. They are superb. Thank you again. The Waterfront Team More

Epsom, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We came across the Waterfront Inn after a recommendation by our B&B - we ate there on the Thursday night and had burgers which we were both very impressed with, and the service was very quick. We went back the next day which was an extremely busy Friday night. David, one of the owners, took pity on us and allowed... More

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

Dear Sophie Thank you for your lovely review. We all really do work our 'socks off' here and it is great to hear from happy customers - too often we only see reviews when we fail, which is so upsetting to all of us. We hope to see you again when you are next back on the Island - it's... More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I ordered a steak which took forever to arrive, was over cooked and arrived without a steak knife yet they managed to take my order on an iPad. A bit pedantic? Maybe. The food was average, the staff ok, the price expensive for what is essentially pub food but the location very nice.

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

Dear Chris Thank you for your review. We are really sorry that your experience here was not great - I would like to respond to your points in turn:- No steak knife: our staff are trained to lay up cutlery and sauces appropriately but it seems that one of our young people neglected to do so on this occasion. Did... More

Dereham,norfolkUnited Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Found this place on the net. Booked and went off for a meal. Right on the esplanade at Shanklin. Doesn't look much but wonderful staff, food was superb, we had starters, main meal as well as dessert. My partner had the seafood platter. Only for those with large appetites...brilliant and I had a burger. Home made chips were lovely and... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant by our B&B and the menu looked good. However they seemed to lose our order and we waited ages. It was busy and perhaps that is why we were overlooked (and why we waited so long before complaining). The food when it did come was not very good, probably because it had been rushed. The... More

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

Dear Chris Thank you for your review. We are very concerned that you had such a long wait - although there can be a wait at very busy times, this should be communicated to you and your waiter should certainly keep an eye out for any problems with your order. We have had words with all the waiting staff (some... More

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Enjoyable experience . The menu was extensive, the food was well presented, well cooked, and very enjoyable. The staff actually looked as if they cared, and gave us a warm welcome. We will return!! and would recommend to others without hesitation Problem with this review?

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

Dear Stephen Thank you so much for your review. We are all so glad that you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to seeing you again soon, although please bear in mind how busy the next two months can be! All the best The Waterfront Team More

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