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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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Ranked #6 of 63 Restaurants in Shanklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $33
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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Leeds
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A very busy restaurant, and on our first night we were turned away, but later in the week they managed to squeeze us in outside - a bit chilly but the food was lovely. A little less umming would have been nice - I get that they were busy and that's a good thing, but it can make you feel... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to chill out good choice of drinks watched the world go by and a superb sea view with pleasant staff

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Chessington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We ate here 2/8/2014 when staying in Shanklin for the weekend. We booked the morning before our meal and got lots of ummms & ahhhhs about whether they could fit us in that evening - this kind of erked me. In the end we agreed to eat earlier at 6pm in order to avoid the 7pm rush. We received a... More

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We chose the restaurant from views of previous Trip Advisor recommendations and were very happy to dine on those recommendations. The meal was lovely with sensible portions and the owner ( I am am assuming she was ) , made us and the boys feel very welcome in the restaurant. There were some lovely little extras that made the service... More

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Rustington, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It never costs anything to be polite, care about your customers and provide good service. It brings people back when you know the establishment cares and it is one of the recipes for expanding your turnover year on year. Why in heavens name more restaurants do not follow this edit is quite beyond me. Idiots if they make people queue... More

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

Dear Lee Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your lovely, positive review. All the staff here, young and not-so-young, work hard at customer service and it is so motivating for them to receive good feedback. We all do get tired at this busy time of year but will always try to go the extra mile for the... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

When I am in Shanklin, I always eat at this restaurant. Cannot rate this highly enough, the food, presentation, value and staff are all second to none. My favourite place to eat on the Island.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We spent our 2nd wedding anniversary August 2014 here. What a wonderful place to stay! The staff were warm and welcoming without being intrusive and the food was fantastic! There is nothing quite like falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves lapping on the beach. I noticed a sign in the bar area which says "arrive... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

visited last week with family and friends and had a wonderful meal. we sat on the terrace where we could enjoy the seaview. The service was friendly and efficient and we felt that the waitress went to a lot of trouble to ensure our visit (birthday meal) was a happy event. The food was enjoyed by all and would definitely... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On arrival to the Isle of Wight we discovered the Waterfront Inn for our evening meal. The waitress was very cheerful and helpful and we really enjoyed our food and service that night, so the children decided they would like to come back again. Unfortunately on our return, despite having booked a table, we waited almost an hour for our... More

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your first meal with us and that you found Alex, our head waitress, to be helpful and cheerful - qualities that are certainly important in the hospitality business. We are, of course, not so glad that your second visit was not to your liking and we apologise that things... More

London
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We tend to have lunch and drinks here to start of our annual IOW holiday. Good food, location and on this occasion, good music too. Nice place.

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