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“well worth a visit-- and a boat ride!!!”
Review of The Boathouse

The Boathouse
Ranked #22 of 408 Restaurants in Guelph
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 21, 2012

The very best thing about THE BOATHOUSE is that it really IS a boathouse. We were lucky enough to be able to snag a canoe for 3-- lightweight, easy to row, and such a gorgeous stretch of water and scenery. So make your reservations before you go and don't be disappointed. Now for the food: basically, the specialty here is dessert. Unfortunately my tea came almost an hour before I could wave down the waitress and get the scone and no, folks, that is NOT clotted cream but plain old whipped cream and ordinary jam. They can do better, though the scone was quite delicious. Nice quiche. Sandwiches are fairly ordinary. The service is a tad slow and disorganized but it was a busy lunch time and the place is certainly sweet and inviting. Ideal for a ladies' tea, for a child's birthday lunch or party, and we saw plenty of happy looking young couples. The average entree was about $9.00 for lunch, so it's not inexpensive but the food is home-made and there are lots of nice choices-- especially for dessert. They had a 4 fruit tart that day, carrot cake, and some gluten-free choices. My suggestion? Share one entree, order a few desserts and then head for the boats. Oh, and the maple tea is yummy! Served in eccentrically pretty teacups and teapots.

Thank Liz R
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Absolutely beautiful view of the Speed River, great menu - food was delicious.
Went on the advice of a friend who had thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Boathouse.
With once difference - The Service - They had a delightful server, who made their visit a delight.
We - however - had Miss Sullen - a rather inattentive, unpleasant, brunette waitress - who managed to - almost - spoil, what should have been a very nice lunch.

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Thank MyFroken
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This small daytime cafe/restaurant has a lovely location overlooking the river and serves a wide range of tasty light meals and snacks. The staff were attentive and friendly, especially the young Englishman who served our table. We spent a lazy couple of hours there very pleasantly over a sunny afternoon. Booking is advisable.

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Thank Alnis
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

I sought out the Boathouse as a venue for afternoon tea, during our recent visit to Guelph. This is a building with a lot of character set on the riverbank, with indoor and outdoor seating. Service was a little erratic during our visit, I thought we had been forgotten at one point, but the menu looks good and it could be a nice choice for lunch.
The afternoon tea itself was only average imo but I don't take prisoners when evaluating an afternoon tea. I have enjoyed some of the best available, so tend to be demanding in any assessment. The cream was the biggest problem, as it looked like white foam from a can, which can never be an acceptable substitute for clotted cream. If clotted cream is unavailable, (as I understand it is in most of Canada and the US), I would suggest offering a wider choice of freshly baked scones and homemade jams with good quality butter, rather than including a poor quality 'cream'.

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Thank Corb2000
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

No air conditioning, mismatched tables and chairs, fabulous location and view, all add up to a wonderful dining experience. Simple fare, prepared perfectly . (in the tiniest kitchen in town - how they manage to prep as much as they do in such a small space is miraculous!) Friendly service!

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Thank Nese
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