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The Boathouse at Saugatuck

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521 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5703
+1 203-227-3399
11:30 - 00:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 12:00
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Westport, Connecticut
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Boathouse restaurant has a uniquely elegant river view, a classy, classic nautical club architecture, interior and cozy wooded atmosphere for any day or night, coupled with superb service and excellent food. Catering/Event Manager Nancy Burke, often there for dinner, provides the warmest, most attentive service and staff. It's our favorite place to be able to hear yourself speak with... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
Level Contributor
56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Cozy, very well appointed attractive and comfortable dining room. Friendly hostess, guessing also owner, & we had a competent server. House Special margarita, prefer mine up, was well done. Watercress salad top notch. Friend had hot pepper app, sampled and was excellent presentation and tasty. Lobster roll very good if unremarkable. My wife enjoyed her salmon entree, had some reservations... More 

Thank wgardellajr
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 September 2016

I've eaten here of and on for years. They are constantly getting new chefs, but have never, ever really hit it off. My rule of thumb, like many, is based on the quality of the bread. If the bread placed on the table is poor quality, so will be the dinner. This place gave us a pitiful, poorly made rosemary... More 

Thank Jeffrey M
New Haven, Connecticut
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92 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Sitting outside on the deck provides a lovely setting on the river and nice dining experience. Decent cocktails and food is good, not exceptional. Excellent service, ease of parking, lovely decor, pricey.

Thank Carencaren
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

This place is located in a rowing club facility and you need to walk upstairs to the restaurant, but it's worth the climb.

Thank monikad685
Level Contributor
62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We've dined here many times and the service and food were always good. This past visit lived up to our food expectations but the service was off. For a restaurant that was only moderately busy for a Saturday night service was very slow. Ten to fifteen minute wait for our appetizers and a good fifteen minutes or longer for the... More 

Thank tomm_ossining
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Although the indoor portion of the restaurant appears nice the outside has a fantastic view of the river. The food was good, as was the service and they made a decent Manhattan. The food highlight of the meal was the dressing on the Kale salad. Plenty of parking as well. Enjoyed our experience there and will go back, especially when... More 

Thank sj1234567
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Lovely setting, slow night for the restaurant. Help seemed adequate for number of dinners but service was awful. 15 minutes after our group of four was seated we still hadn't gotten menus or seen a waiter. When waiter arrived he was full of misinformation about items on the menu. Took about 45 minutes for main courses which were room temp.... More 

Thank Pmh6465
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Awful service and awful hostess. Reservations at 7 called at 6.30 for outside seating (not guaranteed) to confirm - no problem. Arrived at 7 and told 30 minute wait for outside and decided to wait for outside seating. 7:30 no communication from hostess. 8:00 no communication and asked for hostess no answer, no prognosis. 8:30 still no hostess eye contact... More 

1 Thank Peter C
Darien, Connecticut
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2015

This restaurant, on the second floor of the sculling boathouse and overlooking the Saugatuck River, has lovely views. Food is good with a nice selection of appetizers but competes with many other good restaurants in Westport. Service is attentive.

Thank Charles S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$100
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
17:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 521 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-5703
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-227-3399

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