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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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$$$
British, Cafe, Seafood, Scottish
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Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
01583505123
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view
Description: Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the...
Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
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  • 3
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Michelin Star on its way??

After a wonderful few days in Islay we decided to explore Gigha on our way back to Lancashire and have a meal at The Boathouse. I'd heard lots of good things about the restaurant before arriving and when we arrived I loved that the first thing I noticed was a sign on the door indicating how many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Rosie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a wonderful few days in Islay we decided to explore Gigha on our way back to Lancashire and have a meal at The Boathouse. I'd heard lots of good things about the restaurant before arriving and when we arrived I loved that the first thing I noticed was a sign on the door indicating how many lobster were left... More 

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Thank Rosie G
Glasgow
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I believe this cosy little restaurant has the most extensive fish and shellfish menu of any restaurant I have visited worldwide. The owner was delightful and most welcoming. The chef knew a thing or two about how to cook fish. I had a bad cough when I visited but it is better nowThe Owner insistedI let her know when this... More 

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1 Thank BaronKelvin
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We were on a sailing trip and moored the boat in the bay. It was only a short ride in the tender to shore and the Boathouse was very welcoming to a group of damp yachtsmen. If you are in the area, get the ferry across, if you're staying on Gigha you've no excuse not to visit here. You will... More 

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Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The is a beautiful island and The Boathouse served one of the best meals I have had anywhere. They serve delicious seafood cooked to perfection as well as lighter bite open sandwiches and fantastic coffee and home baking. Worth the 20 minute ferry journey just to eat here.

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1 Thank mick21
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

On the positive side, the restaurant building and location on the white sandy beach is amazing. The waiters and waitresses were all very pleasant and the quality of the fish was great. However the swearing from the kitchen was clearly audible on the patio - I just feel sorry for the staff mainly. There were hardly any customers, so it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Took a group of artists for a days painting on this magical island. Despite a hearty breakfast, by the time we'd made the mid-morning ferry trip we were a bit peckish. Decided to stop here for coffee and cake - fantastic massive portions of homemade carrot cake and whisky cake. Great coffee too. Spent a wonderful day sketching and didn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

We started with mussels which were perfect.my main course was a full lobster very reasonably priced and very good. My wife's main (prawns) was selected from a board called "fresh in". They were not fresh prawns but frozen prawns. Not good at all. We were under time pressure for the ferry and although offered a replacement later,we had no time.... More 

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2 Thank Mike T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

On a recent work trip to Gigha I dropped in here for food. I'm not a huge seafood fan but like fish and chips. I got this from the menu. It was brilliant. The fish was fresh,the batter was light, the chips were hand - cut and the mushy peas,coleslaw and tartar sauce finished it off perfectly. I like my... More 

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1 Thank GourockDad
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We tripped over The Boathouse while sailing in the area and would return to Gigha simply to enjoy another meal at this surprisingly good low key restaurant. Good food, well prepared and enthusiastic service.

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1 Thank nickdodger
Campbeltown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We have never tasted such fantastic seafood anywhere else in Scotland. It was beautifully cooked and presented. Unfortunately it was a rather cool day and we were not able to eat outdoors but this did not spoil our enjoyment of our meal. We will certainly be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Gigha
  • Phone Number: 01583505123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 38
  • Cuisine: British, Cafe, Seafood, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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