Superb line-caught Trout, Pork Belly with Scallops, the best Seafood Chowder anywhere... This is my second review of the Boathouse and I find no reason to award less than 5 stars in any relevant category. To be honest I'd give it 6 if I could. Rudi and his entire team (special mention to Evan, a superb waiter) know exactly how to provide an amazing meal at a reasonable price with industry-leading standards of service. I don't know why there aren't queues down the street for the Boathouse any evening it's open! People of Galway, whether you're as far away as Clifden or Ballinasloe, make your way to Oranmore, as any journey would be worth it. We're blessed to live on the doorstep of this absolute gem but would gladly drive for hours to enjoy another meal here.
I should declare a small bias, as having favourably reviewed the last time, Rudi ensured our party of four adults had a chilled glass of crisp and fruity Prosecco waiting for us when we arrived - a much appreciated touch of class. I'm not touting for more favours upon our next visit by reviewing again, I simply had to do what I could to give this Restaurant its due. If you like Chowder but are frequently disappointed by the gluey offerings you've received in many places, the Boathouse will not just restore your faith in this dish, it'll put it right back up near the top of your all-time favourite things to order. I'd have eaten three bowls, indeed all courses served were top class and thoroughly enjoyed by the four of us.
Will be back again and again as frequently as our eating-out budget allows!
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