We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Waterfront Inn

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,005 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,001: English reviews
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As the title said, this pub serves standard pub good nothing special but perfectly ok. My gammon came out burnt but they changed it with no hassle. There is a dog that roams the pub which is fine as long as you don't have kids that are scared of dogs. Good location and friendly staff.

Thank Tamara T
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you get good weather, as we did. Lovely spot, great views and very good food. Book a table, gets busy

1 Thank idmdjs
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined here when the restaurant was extremely busy, but were warned about the wait, kept informed, and our food arrived at the projected time. We'd definitely eat here again.

Thank Yunalesca_2
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited yesterday, initially just for a drink but stayed for dinner too. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The view amazing. Great selection on both the adult and kids menus. I can recommend the scotch egg. Delicious!

Thank Heidi B
Dereham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic view of the sea from our table but sadly the meal did not meet expectations. Chicken on a bed of sun dried tomatoes and spinach with sauteed potatoes. . What we actually got was a chicken wing with bone, with 2 pieces of tomato and 2 boiled potatoes. The delivered meal simply did not match the menu. Sadly there... More 

Thank SharronJ2014
Ampthill, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a couple of lunchtime drinks here last week, and really did not want to leave.Ideal position right on the sea front and not over priced.If you like beer try the Fuggle....awesome

Thank Robert B
Poole, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a family meal, great selection on the children's menu. Adult menu was extensive and couldn't fault it. I had the seafood risotto which was just enough with great flavour. Very reasonably priced for a premier location. Well decorated and well maintained. Very clean facilities. The weather was warm and could have been anywhere in the world. Would definitely... More 

Thank kdb28
Northampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the waterfront today for lunch before we drove home. The location is lovely, with great seaviews and we got a lovely table under a umbrella (it was needed today). The food was delicious, in fact the best we have had during our holiday on the iow. Prices were very reasonable for seafront restaurant too. It was a very... More 

Thank lydia G
Kent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate here on two occasions during our recent stay in Shanklin. The service can be a bit haphazard but the food is fantastic. To sit on the terrace in the evening with a beautiful view of the moon over the sea and a glass of cold white wine cannot be beaten!

Thank kkrush2016
Sandown, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Would not go again as wanted to sit outside ,but no umbrellas to sit under. Food quite good .though had to wait at bar a long time to get served .such a pity as prime position ,waitress could have looked a bit more helpful

Thank Marcia W

Travelers who viewed The Waterfront Inn also viewed

Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Been to The Waterfront Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $21
Bar, Seafood, British, Gluten Free, Pub
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863023
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 succulent steaks and local seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely 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 every weekend.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Waterfront Inn and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Waterfront Inn staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?