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The Waterfront Inn

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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Southam, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrive Tuesday afternoon with two collie dogs. Sam the staff member who greeted us was very helpful and friendly and ensured us a sea view - second to none as the hotel is right on the beach. Rooms clean and tidy but very basic and in need of modernisation. Stair carpet needs replacing ASAP as it doesn`t give a good... More 

Thank Dwupton
Ashford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived and ordered 3 lunches the cod and chips was very good we also ordered a fish pie and unfortunately it was cold in the middle but they straight away cooked another and it was piping hot very reasonable price for 3 meals and drinks excellent service very attentive waitresses

Thank Christopher E
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly atmosphere excellent food and staff were really helpful , we all agreed we would be happy to return . The entertainment was constant even with a group playing whilst eating a fabulous Sunday lunch . Thank you to all the staff for a lovely break .

Thank Billy S
Rome, Italy
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place, great people fabulous views and food - couldn't fault this place . Views are great whatever the weather and nothing too much trouble.

Thank Treezi
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was looking for a place to have breakfast and I found this lovely place. The staff was so friendly and they served me a filling breakfast. I really enjoyed having my breakfast with the sea view.

Thank Ekin E
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here on Saturday night and had a really good meal and enjoyed some superb music by That's Life! We were wonderfully looked after by Sharon who really took time to make sure the food was excellent enjoyed with a quality bottle of red wine. A great night out and really would recommend the Waterfront.

Thank reviewer131
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant over looking the beach, we had fish and chips and it was wonderful! We will definitely be returning when we come back to the isle of wight.

Thank paige B
Harrow, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely restaurant in a stunning situation literally on the seafront. Very comfortable tables with lovely sea views. Staff lovely. Food absolutely delicious and I believe some of the best on the island. Monday night pizza and pasta evening excellent value with buy one meal get another free (That is pizza/pasta menu). Very worth visit

Thank AJChes53
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my two kids just wanted a snack . Ordered 3 different sandwiches for a fiver each. Tuna mayonnaise was tasty with loads of salad. Nice nachos and extra salad. BLT was FULL. Lovely bacon. Home cut Ham with tomato and mustard may have been the best sandwich I've ever had. Add to that a small portion of excellent... More 

Thank Duds_8
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a family lunch. Food was nice, service was not good at all. Waited ages for main meal to arrive and took just as long to clear the plates. Staff were not wiping any tables as people left. We would of stayed for desert and coffee, but lost the will to live. When I want to pay the bill,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863023
We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features succulent steaks and local seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely cocktail in our bar or outside on our sun terrace - all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown Bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. We offer live music every weekend.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?