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“Overnight in Port Rowan”

The Boat House Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 14 Restaurants in Port Rowan
Cuisines: Bar, Canadian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: (519) 586-9316
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“Overnight in Port Rowan”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had over-eaten at lunch and were looking for a small casual dinner, and found just the place at The Boat House. It's your typical local pub, not fancy at all, in fact ultra-casual, and right in the harbour where I'm sure lots of boaters pop in for eats. I had the fish & chips, which were great and quite tasty; my partner had the pull-pork sandwich which hit the spot. Nothing fancy, but still good food at a fair price.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
“Better than Expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Located on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Rowan, The Boathouse Restaurant is probably best described as a nice seafood pub. You will not find lobster, oysters, or crab on the menu, but you will find local catch like bass, perch, and walleye. I had the stir fry with shrimp. My wife had the halibut. Both meals were good with larger than expected portions at very reasonable prices. The service was awesome. The facility is extremely well kept with its fishing/boathouse theme and features free WiFi and a nice patio. But be careful if you eat on the patio as it suffers from flies and a weak WiFi signal. We truly enjoyed our dining experience at The Boathouse Restaurant and will definitely return if in the area again.

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“Terrible service, cold food after very long wait, wrong food, no water”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

After a great day at Long Point, we stopped here. Too bad. A hungry 6 year old waited over an hour for his cold chicken fingers and fries. Even he said the food was not good. Wife received the wrong order, but we never saw our server again until the bill, so she just ate it. My wife's water never came, nor did a refill on the ice tea. What poor quality food. Having it served cold after a hour wait for it just added to the disappointment.And the place is not cheap. Guess you pay for the convenience of stopping in the only place in town. We certainly won't be back.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Joshua T
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“Cook step up to the plate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Waterfront restaurant should be packed with customers but sadly its not
why? Frozen mushy fries
place is located In fresh vegetables/fish heaven
but no made in Norfolk dishes
too bad as with fresher food place would be a destination restaurant
$15for a burger n fries no slaw is a tad pricey
but at least the bun is toasted
Don't eat chicken wings

  • Visited June 2014
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a great little restaurant with a sailing ship interior design and decor. It is at the dock at Port Rowan tucked away at the bottom of the hill. Drop in by vehicle or boat (lots of docking available) and enjoy great food and service by the friendly staff. Their wings and burgers are my favorites, but find your own by stopping in. My wife and I stop in once a week over the boating season and several times over the winter months.

  • Visited July 2014
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