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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $38
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, Café
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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93% Recommend
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English first
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75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We'd been looking forward to our meal here but as we walked up to the restaurant it had a sign outside saying "Closed due to staffing issues". We had booked (and the restaurant knew where we were staying) but no-one thought to let us know about the closure in advance. This is very poor.

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great seafood and service . Unfortunately our dinner reservation had to be cancelled trough no fault of the restaurant.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and myself had lunch here and what a fabulous place it is. The Chef reserved an outside table for us and we had a beautiful starter each, a fabulous main course and a gorgeous dessert to finish. The location is second to non and the staff professional, attentive and friendly. The price of the meal was excellent for... More

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Glasgow, Scotland
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Took short day trip to this lovely Island with friends from Australia. Thought we would stop off for some coffee and cake when we arrived in early afternoon. As it was very warm outside and there was sunshades we asked to sit inside. Presumably this did not go down well as from then on we were effectively ignored. Others arriving... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

After a long walk to the twin beach and back in totally tropical heat we flopped into our shaded seats for a cold beer, a coffee and 2 toffee fudge cheesecakes which were the most incredible, tasty cakes EVER! If we could have fitted the entire cake into our plane we'd have bought it!! The Boathouse has a beautiful location... More

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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Now the third time I have been here since it has been under this ownership, and I have yet to be disappointed. It gets better and better. Relaxed dining either outside overlooking the bay or inside if the weather is less perfect. Caters for everyone - light lunches including things like boiled eggs and soldiers for our little friends, cakes... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stunning location, excellent service, wonderful food. Serves up seafood in imaginative ways (sometimes, perhaps, risking the subtlety of some flavours - eg scallops - but a gem nonetheless). Definitely suggest reserving - was full the night we were here. Also had delicious coffee and hot chocolate and home made cake for elevenses. Perfect views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Boathouse was our choice of venue for a family gathering of 35- and they did us proud! The chef, kitchen staff & 2 lovely ladies waiting on did an amazing job on what must have been a very busy night.Loved all the fresh seafood. We return to Gigha every 2 years & can't wait for our next visit to... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We only stopped for a cup of tea, but were very impressed by the menu. Next time we go, we'll make sure we've not had a full english breakfst beforehand. (The chef was out on the jetty as we were leaving, checking his lobster pots!) I think it's highly likely that the seafood is very fresh indeed.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate at the Boathouse for the (3) nights we were on the beautiful island of Gigha,every night the meals were excellent and of a very good quality,my wife one night had the Meringue for dessert and it had to be the biggest we have ever been served.Would have no hesitation in returning there if we are lucky enough to... More

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