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“Fabulous food with excellent sea view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Waterfront Inn

The Waterfront Inn
19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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Ranked #6 of 64 Restaurants in Shanklin
Price range: $6 - $31
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.
Hong Kong, China
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“Fabulous food with excellent sea view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Tasty food with picturesque view at the seaside, and excellent service provided.

We ordered one 2-courses set (soup & haddock with smashed potato), mussels cooked in white wine, veggie and 2 glasses of red wine which only costed us GBP34.05.

I will definitely try the food again if I visit Isle Of Wight.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Go early if you want to get a meal!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Here for a two night break, on our first afternoon we stopped at the waterfront and had a drink & sandwich which was excellent so decided we would try a meal or so we thought!!
Arrived at approx 8.15 ordered drinks an asked if we could have a table & order a meal only to be told the kitchen was closed!! What kind of restaurant serves from 6pm until 8.15pm ?
We sat outside to finish our drinks and noticed a table outside we're being served with meals and a table inside in the window were ordering their meals, it appears either your face needs to fit or you probably need to be a local to get a meal here.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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london
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Dog in bar”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Went here on the first evening of our holiday, lovely evening and food untill 5 people came in with a dog with a squeeky toy, which went on and on, obviously not a care from the owners to keep the dog or toy quiet. Also heard shouting/bad language from kitchen and one waiter was asking everyone if they watched Emmerdale. We would have stayed for dessert and coffee but made a quick exit as soon as we could.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sompting, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing Evening with a Beautiful Setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We have just just taken a short break at Shanklin & found The Waterfront Inn on a Beautiful October Evening. The Staff were so Friendly we had the Crab Cake Starter.Followed by the Crab & Prawn Salad & Ice Cream. Coffee. One of the Best Meals & Setting weve Have Enjoyed & Thanks to SHARON for waiting on us she was so nice. .

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Exceptional Meal and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Visiting Shanklin on the 17th October, we needed dinner before our trip back home. The Waterfront Inn was open from 5 pm for Evening Meals and this suited us well. It was a quiet period so we had no problem getting a table. The Service we received was exceptional and each choice of food, from starters to desserts were extremely good. This is only the second time I've visited the Waterfront Inn, but it certainly is now on my list of places to revisit. The views over the sea are really nice too. Well done to Staff and Chef!

  • Visited October 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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