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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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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went for a Valentines dinner as I looked at quite a few menus on line at other venues and decided that this was sounding good. We had the set menu and were very pleased. It was bustling and a lovely atmosphere. Attentive staff and the food was very tasty. Excellent value. We will be pleased to recommend others.

Thank helenalderclark
Shanklin, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Set menu was average, but staff did not bend over backwards when asked for a different pudding other than on the set menu, (which would not have been difficult), as would have preferred something else. Very noisy in dining area. One person, who may have worked there, talked in a shout throughout our visit, very annoying. The noise came into... More 

Thank _christineart7
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled across it while driving along the esplanade Just had a couple of sandwiches but really good sandwiches !!!! Will be back tomorrow for lunch Friendly staff good food not expensive lively location Worth a visit

Thank Alan M
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well..Its a Saturday Evening and I'm in Shanklin, its very cold and damp so what am I going to do? The only thing that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would do, I'm heading back to The Waterfront for Dinner..!! The warm welcome and friendly atmosphere is the best remedy for a miserable February evening, we were quickly seated and... More 

Thank Terence W
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped in Saturday lunchtime just for hot drinks and desserts. Slow service, but the brownies were good and the apple crumble tasty. The dog was welcome inside too.

Thank debbie f
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was excellent, accommodation was great and the staff were so obliging and made our guests really welcome. We all had an amazing time and many of our guests from the Mainland will come again. Great job to all the staff.

Thank angelarobinson2011
Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

relaxed family location overlooking the beach! friendly staff will make you welcome whether you are dining or just pop in for a drink. Dogs welcomed

Thank Adam F
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

i cannot praise this place enough. Sam the Manager is exceptional made us feel very well. food superb especially the pate and scampi. very dog friendly. special mention for pickle our waitress who was amazing and will be such a loss when she leaves. live music was good. will defo be back!

Thank lucymac04
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Waterfront by default as everywhere else we tried was closed. The chef was about to pack up but very kindly agreed to keep the kitchen open. So glad he did - the fish pie was delicious and packed full of fish. My husband had the pork belly which was also very nice. Very pleased with our unexpected find!

Thank Tracey P
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for four nights with breakfast included,ate in the restaurant on 3 evenings Extremely friendly helpful staff. Sharon the manager always on hand to cater for any needs very friendly and professional. Rooms kept spotless bedding faultless. Although our room was a bit on the small side but perfectly adequate (will be requesting a larger one next time!) Food excellent,... More 

Thank David H

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, 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, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?