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The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“mussels” (44 reviews)
“salad” (46 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 3 days ago

Very friendly, clean, good service. Very nice place to sit and eat or drink outside overlooking beach.

Thank JuneHearn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here several times between 8th and 15th July 2017. Food was always good, not overpriced, staff were friendly and the drinks were good too. Great position on the Esplanade.

Thank Bedfordsims
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate and drank here a couple of times whilst staying in Shanklin . Great views brilliant food wonderful staff but could use few more at busy times as they were rushed off their feet but always had a smile . Well done all concerned...More

Thank 831drew
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a 'Water Afront' Service atrocious. Tables not cleared etc. toilets smelly.No one seemed to be managing or monitoring staff.We wanted to eat but... tills not working ....so guess what? -they stop serving food at lunchtime because they could not connect with the kitchen! Pen...More

1  Thank 504JohnM1955
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whenever I have been on the Island I always head to The Waterfront inn as the service has always been excellent and the food of a high standard. New menu and I must say that I found the meat in my sandwich 'chewy' so much...More

1  Thank Josie001
Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually did not eat here, we only had drinks, but my parents did eat. They said the food was just ok. I did see meals coming out while we were there having a drink and everything did look very good. Even though we did...More

Thank Forever9810
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been in Shanklin for a week and opted for this place despite some negative reviews. It turned out to be fine and while the staff were a bit stretched on a Sunday night, they coped well as we had a 3-year-old in tow....More

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy good, home cooked style food then this is the place for you. I had liver and bacon which was delicious. We decided against starters as we saw the portion sizes that were being delivered to other tables. All of our meals came...More

Thank StickandFit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are on a gluten free stay away they have nothing available for the was a direct quote from the manager himself. And the food for normal people is disgusting too.

1  Thank Matthew F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was on a day trip to the Isle of Wight went in with my wife hoping to have a nice fish meal what a great time had Whitebait for starters and Scampi and chips for mains amazing the fish was so fresh we could taste...More

Thank gino478
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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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