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The Waterfront Inn

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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
10:00 am - 11:00 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food ok nothing great. Staff not that friendly. Had a voucher for free wine if you spent £30 but still added to bill.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food good service, good location - on the sea front in Shanklin. Good outside eating area. I also had a crab sandwich lunch there with my husband one day - that was excellent too!

Thank jinnybrit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit was on a great sunny day so we sat outside opposite the sea, what a view while we were eating our meals. A large choice was on offer of food and drinks serve by friendly staff. We were welcomed at the entrance and shown to a table even though we had not booked, great service. The food we... More 

Thank pointermanuk
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had two meals in a week on the island, food was amazing, service excellent, although very busy, no delays, and food still hot! Would recommend it to anyone visiting!

Thank Herefordcow
Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited the Waterfront one Thursday night, and it was quite popular with a lot of people coming in. We were served quickly and the staff were very friendly. The food though when it came was based on quantity rather than quality. I enjoyed my gammon egg and chips but ended up leaving a large portion as there was just... More 

Thank SteveAndLynneX
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in here for a few drinks at lunchtime. What a view, we sat on the terrace outside on a beautiful September day. The waiter came to take our drinks order very quickly. It is a very popular place with locals and tourist. Well worth a visit!!!

Thank 274pippa6
Shanklin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came with partner for lunch an drinks, pleasant staff an very nice seafront dining. Ordered a sharing platter also reasonable prices, only issue I have is that the baked Camembert was not baked infact I'd say it was just out of the fridge when asked if they could take it back an bake it, it came back within a minute... More 

Thank foxyemma
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good choice for Pub Grub. Service was very good and the food was to a good standard. Nice sitting out area overlooking the beach.

Thank Ken P
Bath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent meal, very good value & friendly staff, shame that I had mussels on my main meal but thankfully sorted out quickly and efficiently

Thank sarah662016
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent cup of coffee. Piping hot and even brought a jug of piping hot milk for the americano. Lovely sitting on the verandah by the clock tower looking out to sea.

Thank JohnBarbara2016

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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
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
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?