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“Mixed emotions”
Review of Boathouse

Boathouse
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Ranked #147 of 989 Restaurants in Naples
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Old Naples
Germany
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Mixed emotions”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Sunday we had lunch with friends at the Boathouse. The service was good and we got our drinks quite fast. I ordered six baked Oysters as starter and Sesame crusted Tuna as main course.
My wife had no starter and ordered seafood sautee with pasta and garlic sauce. Our friends had no starter and ordered for their main course one seafood sautee with parmesan cream sauce and a mixed seafood platter. We ordered a large carafe of the house Chardonnay for the meal.
The baked Oysters had been prepared very well and had a good taste.
The house wine is good quality and the price is fair.
So far, so good.
However, the main course gave mixed results.
My Tuna was perfectly cooked and everything on my plate was nicely arranged. The fish was fresh and all tasted very good.
The mixed seafood platter of our friend was giving him a good portion of snow crab clusters and a lot of other different fried fish. Everything tasted good and he could not finish the huge platter.
But then, the disappointment happened for our ladies.
By surprise, the fish which was coming with their two seafood sauteed platters had a strange taste like old fish has. I can not understand how this could happen in this restaurant. The place is quite crowded and they cook and sell a lot of fish everyday. Additional, it is not a cheap place and I expect that the management takes care to serve only fresh fish. Keeping and using old fish for meals which use a lot of spicy sauces is not a good idea. Even the strongest sauce will not override the fishy taste. This is saving cost at the wrong place.
Our total check was about 190$ for four persons. For such value we simply expect fresh fish.
I hope that somebody from the management is reading in this forum and gives a clear message to the kitchen team. There are some other nasty customer comments in this forum which confirm that something has to improve. We will not make another visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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Naples, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Bar and Views!!!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

I went to the Boathouse for sunday "brunch" on 3-3-13. I know they dont serve the traditional Eggs Benni exc, But I was there for the Bloody Mary's which are Excellent. Had scallops wrapped in bacon and it was cooked perfectly. I cant wait to go back!! Great place to relax and bring friends. Staff is friendly and upbeat. Cant beat the view of Naples Bay.

Visited March 2013
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Thank TheNaplesCritic
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun place”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Great happy hour and good food in addition. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the locals! Although we did not sit in the restaurant, the view of Naples Bay is lovely!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Ann C
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Naples, Florida
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a waste of a beautiful location”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Can't put in words what a horrible dining experience we experienced. Made reservations and still had to wait over 30 minutes. Crammed into a corner that was supposed to be water view. Server was too busy to do her job and seemed very disinterested in explaining the entrees and once food was plopped down, never returned until it was time to "present" us with the bill. Food was less that average for the price charged. NEVER will return!

  • Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Allen brothers steaks served. Sides were great, a good value for th cost and scenic views as its right on the water.

Visited February 2013
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