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The Waterfront Inn

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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene
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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    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 31
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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
Morning Coffee

A lovely view and coffee that wasn't too strong - accompanied by carrot cake that wasn't too sickly! I love that the doggies are welcomed too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
Nickipee
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

A lovely view and coffee that wasn't too strong - accompanied by carrot cake that wasn't too sickly! I love that the doggies are welcomed too.

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Thank Nickipee
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went in their for some dinner but after being greeted at the bar by a very unhappy woman with little social skills we had a quick drink and left. Customer service counts for a lot and there was very little there. They also left the front door open every time they went out, great in the summer, freezing at... More 

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1 Thank Becky474
Witney
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a grey drizzly day and we popped into the Waterfront for a light snack. We've visited 3 times before and you always get a good welcome from the staff. This time we just wanted a light snack so decided to each have the Sausage and Onion Panini - they were fantastic! Served with salad and tortilla chips and... More 

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Thank CatnapWitney
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for a walk along the seafront at Shanklin on Christmas morning. It was cold and windy and never stopped raining. After sheltering from the rain, we were glad to see the Waterfront "open for Business". We went in for a coffee and to dry off. The staff were charming, and the views marvellous

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Thank Colin G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks Sharon and her team for a lovely evening. You all helped make it a special night. All our guests thought the food was superb. Would recommend anyone to have a special occasion at this venue

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Thank Penny W
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy Fish and chips on the terrace, over looking the beach, what more could you possibly want? Perfect in the summer. Delicious food

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1 Thank Lesley G
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well the food and service at the Steamer next door began to slip so we took our custom to the Waterfront and have not regretted our decision. Very friendly new owners with good service. We have been back to the Steamer since which has also improved so good report all round.

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Thank Trevor H
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely Christmas lunch at the Waterfront. Was apprehensive about going out for Christmas day as have always eaten at home, however the Waterfront did not disappoint! Food was very yummy, atmosphere was great and staff were amazing! Sharon was especially attentive, making sure we had an enjoyable meal. Dog was also welcome which made it more like a... More 

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Thank Tiggerific88
Feltham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We first visited this restaurant in August 2015 as you can imagine it was very busy but food was good and even had live entertainment - We revisited The Waterfront on Monday evening for a meal and the food was good the selection not as varied as in the summer but was still good. The staff were very friendly and... More 

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Thank linda19552015
Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Had a wonderful Christmas Holiday at the Waterfront Inn. As usual we were made very welcome. We shared the Hotel with Rupert,s family who were all really lovely people. Our Christmas Day Dinner was absolutely gorgeous. The Christmas Pud was the best we have tasted in the whole of our life. The Staff and Friends we made were absolutely wonderful,... More 

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Thank Michael S

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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 - 29
  • Cuisine: British, French, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?