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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Cafe, Seafood, 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Non-fish eater delight

I don't eat fish. I hate fish. I hate the smell of fish. And then I found myself in a fabulous fish restaurant on a beautiful island on a gorgeous day...so I had a steak sandwich. Not just a steak sandwich but a steak sandwich like I've never had before. Soft tender steak in chunks, scattered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Gers26
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Kilmartin, United Kingdom
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  • Scenic view
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Kilmartin, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I don't eat fish. I hate fish. I hate the smell of fish. And then I found myself in a fabulous fish restaurant on a beautiful island on a gorgeous day...so I had a steak sandwich. Not just a steak sandwich but a steak sandwich like I've never had before. Soft tender steak in chunks, scattered with perfectly cooked onions... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We may have missed out but it seems that the Boat house is the only eatery on gigha Ate outside on a lovely day my wife had excellent steak sandwich I had prawn open Nice glass of beer - watched the ferry coming in

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

when each mouthful bursts with well-balanced,complex flavours and everything is straight off the local fishing-boat, the wine is equally superb and you can walk there along the white sand beaches by crystal clear sea...couldn't be bettered.

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Craignure
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a wonderful seafood restaurant - non fishy dishes also on menu - and my dinner was one of the most enjoyable I've ever had. This is serious cooking and Phil and her team know all about food. Very professional and a sheer delight. Thank you.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Superb fresh seafood and well-judged fish dishes are order of the day. I enjoyed a mountain of langoustines followed by monkfish with well-judged Indian spices and flavourful salad and veg. Husband slightly disappointed with his scallops, but compensated by helping me tackle the langoustines. Well-chosen wines available by the glass (rose proved an excellent accompaniment to my meal) and good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Waitor was attentive and polite. We had fresh lobster which we saw being taken into the kitchen. Desserts were astounding and well presented. The venue was amazing we ate outside with a view of the bar and across to Tayinloan. Could not fault the experience.

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Sunday lunch in heaven. Boy can this chef cook fish, without any doubt whatsoever this was one of the best meals that we've had in years. If you're within sailing distance book a table and enjoy fresh fish cooked in ways that will delight your taste buds. The quality and flavours here (in what is virtually the back-end of nowhere)... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What can I say - we visited the restaurant on Sunday as part of a special birthday celebration with family and it was absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing, beautifully presented and definitely had the 'wow' factor. The location is fabulous, a short walk from the ferry and with a little beach outside. The chef was very friendly (even telling... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

What a beautiful wee island Gigha is and we ate here before catching the ferry back to the mainland. If you like fresh fish you will love this place. In fact when we were there we saw a fisherman delivering today's catch to the chef. Gorgeous location looking out over the beach and bay and we sat outside for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I would highly recommend the Boathouse, the food is amazing (I had the langoustine which was incredible), fresh and very reasonable priced, all in a perfect setting. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, a real treat. I'm so glad that I visited and I'll be recommending this place to lots of people in the future.

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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, Scottish

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Restaurant Details

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, 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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