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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
+44 1583 505123
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful seafood lunch, including oysters and lobster. Bread was yummy. Would highly recommend a visit here - and it's right beside the ferry terminal so possible to visit as a foot passenger.

1 Thank Aileen G
Preston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

My partner and I visited the Isle of Gigha purposely to eat at the Boathouse. I've heard great things from friends and family and we weren't disappointing. We arrived at the boathouse to be greeted by Phyl the manager, she was warm and welcoming. It took a while to choose what dishes to have as everything sounded delicious, but we... More 

1 Thank Dillon3388
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We berthed on the pontoon a few steps away, the Boathouse shares it's premises with the facilities for the moorings. The seafood, I was told, was excellent and I had the meat which was very fine. Even though we were late in the season, possibly out of season (only two boats with people aboard in a bay with 25 visitors... More 

2 Thank Hedley S
Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Visited this beautiful little restaurant with my fiancé and our two friends. Food was fantastic, service was brilliant. Tried oysters for the first time! On the first day we came, we had the seafood platter to share, i had the scallops and belly pork which was so good and my fiancé had the langoustines, they was so tasty and the... More 

2 Thank finno92
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We visited the boathouse last week as we have heard nothing but great things from friends and family. I arrived to be greeted by the owner and his wife who where so hospitable and informative about the island and the Boathouse itself! We sat down to an amazingly cozy atmosphere, myself and my partner ordered starters I had the langoustine... More 

3 Thank Louis S
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Visited on Sunday 2nd October with 2 friends.We all had burgers which were awesome and 2 pints of peroni which also was very tasty.Very excellent service and will be back next summer....

2 Thank Roddie B
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

A tiny restaurant on a tiny Island only accessible by ferry and worth the trip alone. All the fish is from the local waters and wonderfully fresh, beautifully cooked and presented. Friendly staff and a wonderful location on the Lochs edge made this a most memorable meal. We will return again next year.

1 Thank sandrj2
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Your mouth won't believe the delicacies presented to you at this small boat house converted to restaurant! The island has about 160 people and this is the star of the island. He features the bounty of the waters around the island, langostines, oysters, salmon and halibut but his preparations are beautiful, delicious and accompanying dishes are perfect matches. It is... More 

2 Thank zelda810
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This small restaurant manages to be special enough for a treat/celebration but also welcome you for tea and cake. Huge cake! Fish and seafood is obviously their speciality, and all our food was delicious.

1 Thank Alex M
Exeter, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

And fabulously fresh seafood. A chalk board lists these outside. Right on the waterfront there are seats outside but it might be a little breezy. Given the remoteness of the location the prices are very reasonable. Pleasant staff. Good local drinks available.

1 Thank Tiish

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $38
Seafood, European, British, Scottish, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, 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: +44 1583 505123
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?