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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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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Fabulous location looking out to sea and watching the ships go by We went for a couple of family meals and whilst the menu isn't massive there was plenty of choice for everyone. The staff were all very welcoming and attentive and the atmosphere was lovely. The food was lovely, can recommend the sharing platters and the pork belly, the... More 

Thank marchers
Penkridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We ate here twice in April whilst holidaying on The isle of wight. We chose the restaurant as it was dog friendly and it most certainly was. The maitre d welcomed us and the dogs although we hadnt booked. The menu was adequate and we had 2 courses, service was excellent, food was delicious and a nice choice of pulled... More 

Thank willyswanderings
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Gosh, where to start?! In all fairness, before I review I do think that we were extremely unlucky, but we had one disaster after another! We were a party of 4 adults, a 3 year old and a 15 month old, had booked for 7 to ensure tea wasn't too late for the kids, celebrating a big birthday & the... More 

Thank Tidyh
Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I found this restaurant on the internet with good reviews. I had an excellent sirloin steak, cooked as requested, and my companions had fish pie which they said was delicious. Due to a busy couple of days there were no desserts available from the menu but they still managed to provide good alternative choices.

Thank ianjI7910EO
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with family, 6 of us were seated straight away. Staff were lovely but communication to the kitchen, bar is obviously poor. We ordered our drinks, 4 arrived then we had to ask for the other 2 which hadn't turned up. We ordered our meals, one was a starter which we asked for as a main meal all to be... More 

Thank Maria H
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here to eat as it looked very inviting. Told at the bar that it was table service and that someone would be with me shortly. Waited ten minutes and nothing happened. Asked another two waitresses for menus and nothing. One of them even walked past me with a menu from another table. The serving staff seemed very stressed and... More 

1 Thank Simon J
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Popped in here Friday Night of the bank holiday weekend. Although it was busy, luckily we got a table outside. There was live music, a singer Zoe Jayne and she was incredible. The food was your typical pub food but tasty. Alcohol was a good price! The staff were friendly and efficient.

Thank Gemma K
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went there on Easter Sunday ,place was heaving but the staff were excellent.l had the roast dinner very good it was too .the music also was 5star

Thank John T
Worthing, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited on a busy Easter Sunday and really enjoyed the live entertainment Excellent food and drink - staff were efficient and polite and we will definitely be returning

Thank Carol F
lincoln, uk
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to work hard to be this bad - really hard. long wait for food, and when it arrives it's bad, impressively so. Prawn and crab Linguini ...... it was the sloppiest, nastiest thing I have ever seen. The linguini had been chopped into tiny pieces. I asked the waitress what it was and she replied "it looks like... 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
USD 5 - USD 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids
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?