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“WOW - Well worth the money” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Houseboat Grill

The Houseboat Grill
Southern Cross Blvd, Montego Bay, Jamaica
876-979-8845
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Ranked #3 of 97 Restaurants in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Wilmington, Delaware
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“WOW - Well worth the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We heard about the Houseboat Grill from my parents who travel to Jamaica often. We decided since it was close to our hotel we would make a reseration and we are so glad we did! It's one of the coolest restaurants we have been too. when you arrive you take a small raft over to the Houseboat where you are greated by the host/hostess. We were seated on the top deck per our request when making the reservation. I highly recommend getting the Garlic Caesar Salad, Chili Garlic Croutons. It was wonderful! They change their menu daily, but we had and amazing dinner that evening. We also had a few glasses of wine and bottled water! Also... most important... they will ask you if you are intersted in the Warm Mini Molten Chocolate Cake
w/ Chantilly Cream.. SAY YES!!! It takes a little while to make which is why they ask you before they server you the meal. I had read reviews about this dessert and it truly was delicious!
For transportation, we asked our total staff for a taxi, we also neg. a price for round tip and didn't pay till we arrived back at the hotel! Becuase our driver was so good, we gave him a nice tip! Make sure you neg. your price before leaving the hotel.

What made our dinner even nicer, was there was a table next to us of an American couple who was having a dinner party and invited all their Jamaican family to join them. These are people they have met at hotels' they stayed out over the years and wanted to treat them to dinner. The Jamicans came dressed up and it was so nice to hear their American host/hostess ask about their families, jobs, etc. as though they have never lost touch.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Unbelievable place, a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

This is a locals favorite. Meet friends there for drinks and apps. Service was good and the food was outstanding. The view from the top deck at night is unbelievable, the mountains, the lagoon, the lights, just beautiful.

Visited September 2013
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

This small boat has been converted into a restaurant. Initial impression when parking on the road verg where not great however upon walking down the short rough path to the waters edge through the twinkling lights we were welcomed by a very friendly staff member who guided us onto a small raft which was then pulled across (only a few metres) to the delightful quaint boat. It has a small bar and several dining tables. Food was very good albeit a little pricy however it was worth it for the overall experience. Views across the harbour at night were fabulous. I would definitely recommend this place in Montego Bay and suggest you make a reservation beforehand to avoid disappointment.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Overpriced, nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you have a reservation even if the place is empty otherwise they will keep you waiting and waiting. The food is very average, not worth the money

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“No local food....just typical American stuff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

No local food, serving traditional American fare. Don't come here if you want local food. What they DO serve, however, is delicious.

Visited August 2013
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