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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (43 reviews)
“salad” (45 reviews)
“pork belly” (17 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had roast pork with lots fresh veg .service very good ,but lots of children there today so very noisy The music is usually good but not today as we did not know anything he played .

Thank Marcia W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a poor meal. Complained to waiter who abused us. Took the abuse complaint to owner who laughed in my face. Have visited numerous times before. Never again. Disgusted

Thank jaguarjohn57
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our table was really sticky, had to ask for it to be cleaned and even then it was still sticky. Food took ages to arrive and was average when it did. Would not go back.

1  Thank Michael A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed in Shanklin during the IoW festival and visited the Waterfront a few times for a couple of drinks while sitting outside and enjoying the music, sun and beach view. We also ate a couple of times, fish and chips and Caesar salad were...More

Thank Jo O
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Service good considering hottest day of the year! Had the seafood sharing platter-wow! Lovely to sit and eat with the view of the sea-felt like being abroad not in the UK. Went back later for another drink!

Thank Laura O
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not normally one to write reviews but we visited the WaterFront Inn for breakfast specifically because of the gluten free options they have on the menu. After ordering the GF English breakfast, we were told it was all GF expect for the toast, sausages, hash...More

1  Thank YabbaWokkee
Reviewed 5 days ago

Good choice of menu and our meals were very good. Nice wine and a relaxing atmosphere. This restaurant is dog friendly too.

Thank 672Susan_H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed my meal. The whole sea bass with a salad and new potatoes. But the wife's battered squid was more like chicken. And the plump red haired waitress who served us came to work or at least out table without her manners. So we...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parents stayed at this hotel, me & my son came along for dinner. Struggled with the idea of a "plain burger" however the food was 👍🏻. Competitively priced for the area. Will probably visit again

Thank Adamdcfc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely setting on the esplanade, we were surprised to find that we managed to find a table on a busy Saturday night. The staff were really enthusiastic and friendly, but very chaotic environment did not help their lack of customer service skills, we had...More

1  Thank julie q
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
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, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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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