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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank Alex M
Exeter, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Tiish
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent good quality food and friendly service. The area is stunning here's a couple of pictures within 30 seconds from the restaurant

2 Thank filipfolop
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quite simply the best steak I've tasted in a long time. 10oz ribeye - worth every penny of the £24; it was cooked to perfection and had a delicious taste. Friendly staff, a real gem hiding here on this beautiful island.

2 Thank rider2713
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got ferry over to Giha to have lunch at The Boathouse. What a beautiful setting. Food was brilliant, service good. Was a lovely place to go for a meal. Would highly recommend if in the area and the trip on the ferry makes it even better.

1 Thank marcollee
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place, where do I start!! Food excellent , well presented , well cooked Staff, absolutely fantastic friendly, attentive and very polite. Atmosphere , brilliant great location fantastic scenery. Price, yes slightly expensive but the standard out ways the cost. Best sea food meal I have had ever, yes that good. It's well worth the trip over to... More 

2 Thank sirmark1956
Yorkshire, England
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister booked lunch for 7 of us a few days ahead for last Sunday. The weather was like the south of England and when we arrived we expected to have been allocated a table inside..but no! We were given a lovely table outside (reserved for us) with a superb view of the sea plus the nearby little beach, about... More 

2 Thank photopeople
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called in on Tuesday lunchtime and sat out in the sun with our dog, having previously reserved a table. The langoustine starter was amazing. So many beautiful fresh langoustines. We all had different starters and main courses, all fish and everything was amazing. My sons had the fish curry which smelt so good. Rounded off with creme brulees and... More 

1 Thank jantimp2
Islay, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived with friends/family at lunch time as we came over on our boats from our home on Islay as soon as we stepped of boat there was The Boathouse.The selection of food was fantastic too much to choose beautiful fresh fish there was something for every age as youngest was 7 and food was delicious .sitting outside in the... More 

2 Thank islaylocal
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visited here summer of 2015 and due to go back this year, fish restaurant so menu predominantly fish, varied choice of recipes devised by chef cooked fresh and presented stylishly. Everything about the meals were fresh fresh fresh and the desserts are to dye for. We ate here four nights on the run and were not disappointed. looking forward... More 

2 Thank 1ToniB

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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?