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“Great service, average food, high prices”

The Boathouse Wine & Grill
Ranked #22 of 149 Restaurants in Kata Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $70
Cuisines: French, Seafood, European, Asian, Thai
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great service, average food, high prices”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Boathouse tries to provide an upmarket experience but is let down by its location. Although it's right on the beach, there are many other 'local' restaurants nearby which can get busy and noisy. Our evening was further disturbed time and again by fireworks being set off on the beach, making conversation impossible, not to mention the shock when the first one went off!
Service was impeccable - the staff were attentive but not looking over your shoulder every minute.
The food was OK, nothing special. The only thing worth mentioning is that this is a Thai/French restaurant, so portions are laughably small. My rib-eye steak was only 200 grams, but was well cooked. My gratin potatoes weren't very nice at all - the potato was under-cooked and hard, and it had a runny milky sauce instead of the creamy consistency you'd expect. The only other thing I discovered on my plate was a couple of asparagus and carrots - and that was it for over 1,300 Baht++!
It was worth a try, but we're not likely to go back nor recommend it to others. There are many, many better restaurants with equally good service and lovely views elsewhere in Phuket.

  • Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Fab upmarket restaurant on Kata beach”
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

We wandered in late off Kata beach for dinner and had a wonderful evening. The location is sensational, the food fabulous and the service impeccable.

It's upmarket so a bit pricey by Phuket standards but worth it for a proper night out!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“One of my favourites in Phuket”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

This restaurant is set right on the beach and offers an amazing view of the sun set. Perfect for a romantic meal for two! The food is really good and the menu offers a wide range of choice. I went for a crab soufflé to start and it was one of the best things I ate all holiday. I would recommend that anyone visiting Phuket should make their way down to Kata to visit this place. While it is not the cheapest meal you will ever eat I genuinely felt like I got value for money.

  • Visited January 2013
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Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have been invited here by a friend and was impressed by the cuisine. I had a lamb chop, a delicious experience. Wine list is excellent, we have settled for a Cabernet Sauvignon - a good choice. Eating atmosphere was pleasant, the friendly girls on service duty attentively, smart & well educated. I can recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very good, but a little pricey”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had a lovely dinner here. The food was very nice - the lobster 3 ways was tasty, but not the best lobster I've had. Great wine list, though expect to pay Thai prices (which are about 2-3 times more than the equivalent bottle in Melbourne restaurants). That said, it was nice to be able to choose a few nice glasses of wine!

The atmosphere is definitely aimed at the fine dining experience, so great for a romantic dinner for couples. View of the water whilst eating was great - make sure you book in advance and secure a seat on the terrace overlooking the water. Service was impeccable - staff were very attentive, but always polite.

Overall, definitely worth eating at this venue, but expect to spend around 4,000-5,000 bht (or approx $150AUD)for 2 people on a starter, main and a couple of glasses of wine.

  • Visited January 2013
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