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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“mussels” (43 reviews)
“pork belly” (17 reviews)
“club sandwich” (13 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

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 2 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 2 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 4 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was recommended but not sure why. Yes there was music but in area surrounded by smokers. Table was filthy and when cleaned 30% still dirty. took ages to place order and when I went to pay I stood around for ten minutes and...More

1  Thank Animalmagic100
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant serves excellent food and good wine. The staff are very attentive and efficient. Lots of parking and the restaurant prices are very competitive.

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So me and my girlfriend arrived and hung around by the door waiting for some instructions or to be seated but know one came to us. So after asking the lady at the bar we were told to sit down and some one would be...More

1  Thank robrowlinson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Christmas Dinner! First time ever eating out for our Christmas Dinner with part of the family Not the same as eating with the whole family but nevertheless and enjoyable experience

Thank Mike C
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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, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, 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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