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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Cafe, Seafood, British, Scottish
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Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
01583505123
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the...
Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food at THE BEST location!

Excellent food, friendly staff, wonderful location. An ambitious menu that does not disappoint. The use of local and further flung seafood is to be commended. Scallops and pork belly as a starter was great. A huge pot of langoustine tails in garlic butter! They even manage to make a simple burger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Dave S
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United Kingdom
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  • Scenic view
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Excellent food, friendly staff, wonderful location. An ambitious menu that does not disappoint. The use of local and further flung seafood is to be commended. Scallops and pork belly as a starter was great. A huge pot of langoustine tails in garlic butter! They even manage to make a simple burger into something special. Even the chips were outstanding. Homemade... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Came here off a sailing boat. The building was a tearoom the last time I was here. Is now an excellent watering hole and fish restaurant. Had a superb meal with five of us. Efficient friendly service. Definately worth a visit!

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Stranraer
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a lovely setting especially when you have a chance of an Al fresco aperitif. Nice friendly informal atmosphere. Good wine list. Langoustines to start were a large and great value delicious beginning. Battered fish reported as outstanding and my halibut would have been a credit to a Michelin star emporium. Presentation and gustatory experience outstanding. No room for... More 

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great food, great location, that's all you need to know basically 😁👍 well worth a visit to Gigha (incase you somehow needed an excuse), keep up the good work guys.

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Glasgow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I visited Isle of Gigha for three days in July. We were lucky to have had our dinner at The Boathouse on our first day as the restaurant was closed on the following two nights. Both food and service were excellent! My wife had smoked fish plate followed by lamb, and I had scallops follows by venison.... More 

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Largs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Another great meal enjoyed here this week. A big menu, with lots of fish, all cooked and presented as you were in a high end restaurant. Casual atmosphere. Can't speak more highly of the food. When all tables are full, there isn't much space between them, can get chatting to other eaters easily. We had our dog under the table.do... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It shouldn't work but it does, in season.... a lovely specialist restaurant on a small remote island, with few inhabitants. Fresh local fish, highly competent cooking and friendly service by local girls makes it possible and feasible. The high turnover of visiting yacht crews and day visitors from the Mull of Kintyre sustain the trade. In good weather tables outside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

On first impressions you wonder what can be conjured up in this restaurant. Completely unassuming and low key. The food, on the other hand, was absolutely fantastic! The chef sent out a courtesy taster of Cullen Skink, wow! A starter or mussels which would have served as a main, scallops beautifully presented and even better to eat. Red snapper and,... More 

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Campbeltown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Went to Gigha for a family day out and choose to eat at the boat house as recommended by a local . The lunch and the location were BRILLIANT , even the weather was lovely , we managed a paddle in between courses . Has the best sea food menu within 100 miles . The younge waitress was very busy... More 

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cupar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

If you are thinking of a reason to visit Gigha here is the answer -surely one of the best fish restaurants in the West of Scotland.If weather permits you can sit outside and watch the activity on the small beach and the vessels which have moored for the night.Whilst we were staying in a B&B we noticed many of the... More 

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Additional Information about The Boathouse Cafe Bar

Address: Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
Phone Number: 01583505123
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Gigha
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 38
Cuisine: Cafe, Seafood, British, Scottish

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Gigha
  • Phone Number: 01583505123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 38
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Seafood, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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