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The Waterfront Inn

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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Oslo, Norway
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284 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are here twice during our stay. Once for dinner, once for breakfast. I had the best meal for dinner out of us all, as I had the crab and prawn salad, and it was really tasty. Out breakfasts were also good, although they managed not to write down my daughter's meal. This was quickly sorted, though. The location really... More 

Thank Traductora
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many times and always had great service and food. Unfortunately today was very disappointing indeed. 6 off us met there for lunch on my recommendation. Firstly it was really cold in there. No heating on. We ordered drinks the hot drinks came but the glass of wine did not, we had to ask for it after... More 

1 Thank Kerry C
East Cowes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely setting, interesting menu, good beer, clean and tidy, but the staff need to get their act together. Three of us came for lunch and two of the six choices we selected were wrong so we had to eat in stages rather than enjoy our meal together!

2 Thank Newcavalier
United Kingdom
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155 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This bar/restaurant has the ideal location situated on the beautiful seafront at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. A varied menu with lots of variety. The food is well presented and delicious. Dogs are also welcome which is an added bonus that is if you own a dog.

Thank Miss J
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice serene location, amazing Seaview, good food, good music...spent a perfect rainy evening over there. Ideal place for a quality time with loved ones.

Thank 270arnabd
Shanklin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect location with stunning views out to sea, looking over Hope Beach in Shanklin. Dog & child friendly. I am lucky enough to have a leisurely coffee every morning with fellow dog walkers. I have also eaten in the restaurant on numerous occasions. My most recent meal (and the reason that prompted this review) was exceptional, the chief made the... More 

Thank CarterattheAlbury
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here with our 2 children 6 & 10. We had a comfortable family room with sea vews which is always an added bonus. The room had everything we needed for our stay. We ate breakfast and dinner on both days, the fish pie was delicious as were the Thai mussels. The children's menu is great and there were... More 

Thank Dawn M
Nelson, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Called with friends for a drink and cream tea went to the bar to order was told to sit down someone would take our order ,15 mins later had to ask again ,we got a sorry for the delay, ok ,order taken 15 mins later tea arrives no scones 10 mins later sconces arrive by then tea is cold again... More 

1 Thank everon2013
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Myself and a friend went here for dinner this evening, and I must say it didn't disappoint again. The standard of food and service was as good as ever. The staff were wonderful, more than accommodating and polite and friendly. The beer battered cod was exceptional, plentiful and yummy. My friend had the Cajun cod, that was out of this... More 

Thank seagullview
Exeter, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We were staying at the Pink Beach Guest House and the Waterfront has to be the best visit for music and food. We turned up for something to eat at around 8.30pm and they served the best steak and Kidney pie ever!...really homemade and presented beautifully along with a fantastic halloumi and red pepper salad! The place was buzzing and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?