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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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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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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hi we visited on Saturday with friends who stay on the island. I would rate this as one of my top 5 meals ever. There was nothing that I didnt like the tast of. I had crispy pork belly with scallops followed by assinette of Prawns, finished off by pecan pie with grape ice cream. The presentation, smell and taste... More 

Thank coupesters
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It took something quite special to log back into Trip Advisor to make a review and this was it. (All my food reviews are on Yelp!). I had wanted to visit Gigha to eat the famous halibut there since I moved to Glasgow. The experience and meal at The Boathouse exceeded every expectation I had. The warmth of the welcome,... More 

1 Thank Hoverovers
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WE visited Gigha earlier this week, especially to have lunch at the Boathouse which we had dined in around six years ago. The reviews which we had read inspired us to revisit the restaurant. It was very disappointing on a number of counts. Firstly the chef is trying to put far too many flavours onto the plate. I wanted plain... More 

Thank Highlander52
Lanark, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here on second day of visit. the menu is amazing offering all sorts of sea food. the staff were lovely and we also managed a drink as it is licenced

Thank Wilma P
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this Cafe Bar in a group of 8 after a long day's cycling. We booked in advance, since it can get very busy, and we were glad we did. The food was outstanding and the service delightful. One of the party left a small part of the meal, and the waitress asked whether it was OK. When she... More 

2 Thank Bernard K
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our third visit to The Boathouse and it keeps getting better. Outstanding food from a huge and varied menu. While it is definitely 'fine dining' the portions are great, no fancy nibbles here. Absolutely recommended! While it does not have card payments it does have electronic payment options which are just as convenient.

2 Thank psbbank
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simple surroundings with wonderful variety of dishes of local food cooked to perfection, very pleasant, friendly and helpful staff.

2 Thank dabar_h
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best seafoodmeal I ever had. Amazing is the word. The setting is also amazing and you think you are in Caribia not in Scotland.

2 Thank Birgitta H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated off the new jetty in Ardminish Bay Gigha right beside a pure white sandy beach, could the food match the setting. The boathouse is small and intimate, with many seafood options. I had crayfish cocktail for starter which came as a diy kit with petite silver buckets of the various ingredients, and u decant them as you please into... More 

2 Thank rspd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If I was only reviewing the food then this would be five star because although quite pricey the food is excellent. However the service leaves a lot to be desired. Arriving off the 10.30 ferry with other tourists the Boathouse is the obvious stop for coffee but on ordering you get told "come back later , I've got a lot... 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, European, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?