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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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British, Scottish, Cafe, Seafood
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Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a mix up with the booking - fully understandable as we were phoning from on board the boat out at sea with very little signal! - we arrived on Gigha to find that they had thought we were coming the day before (the Friday) and were fully booked for the Saturday night. Gutted! They went out of their way... More 

Thank gwd1976
Glasgow, Scotland
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a superb evening meal of local produce including scallops, halibut, haddock. Good atmosphere. Pleasant staff.Superb value for money. A real treat and the highlight of our visit to Gigha. Also went for drink following lunchtime, and enjoyed the lively informality outside on a sunny day with adjacent nice beach.

Thank Hillcrest_8
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding food and service. Normally I would dock a star for any place where credit cards, or debit cards at least are not accepted. However, this place did accept paypal and bank transfer. The food was amazing. Our first trip to Gigha and we cannot wait to come back. The Boathouse cafe had a large part to play in this.... More 

Thank rbshields
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have tried this all over even in Culen. But man (Gordon) is the king of this fantastic dish. IT`S A MUST TRY!!!

Thank ratcatcher10
Kilmaurs, Scotland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, if you like seafood then this place is a "must" Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for, fresh local seafood cooked to perfection with home made bread and a great selection of wines to compliment the dishes. Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank Neil M
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at lunchtime and were lucky enough to see blue skies so we sat outside. The chalk board outside had an array of seafood specials. We had a 'Gigha slate' to start which comprised of delicious halibut goujons, quail egg, Gigha bread and various chutneys, also an oyster. Then we both had the seafood curry and sticky rice. Seafood curry... More 

1 Thank HR13LY
Scotland, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit for a few years, has apparently changed hands in that time. But so good, we returned again within a few days. Fish and seafood is their main thing and boy do they have an extensive menu. The Gigha halibut and the scallops were delicious. But for value for money the langoustines are surely one of the best meals... More 

Thank WinnaDing
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little restaurant on the sea shore. White sandy beach across the lane for the kids to play on while you wait for food. Lovely atmosphere with really warm service from a capable team. Great food and wonderful wine list. Whole lobster was £32.... We had fish curry which had a Malaysian feel which was pretty good, if a little... More 

Thank Kate S
Tipperary, Ireland
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who'd have thought you'd ever find such excellent cuisine on this tiny island? The tiny restaurant serves international class meals with a fishy flavour. All is caught, cooked or somehow created on the island and served at an affordable price. I was tempted by the fish and chips but settled for a wonderful sea bass.

2 Thank Paul H
England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good menu with basics plus daily specials based mostly around local fish/seafood. All meals were well cooked and presented. The soda bread was fab. None of us had the seafood/fish but the meals arriving around us looked good. In peak season booking when you arrive on the island, or ahead of time, is a good idea. The food is freshly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $38
British, Scottish, Cafe, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Gigha
  • Phone Number: 01583505123
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?