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The Waterfront Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Scottish
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16 East Princes Street, Rothesay PA20 9DL, Scotland
+44 1700 505166
17:30 - 21:00
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This bistro offers very good food at reasonable prices, as well as a very friendly atmosphere. I had the fried haddock (which was probably the least interesting dish on the menu!) and it was excellent - it was a v large piece of fish, and the quality was superb - cooked to prefection. Many thanks!

Thank 982jim
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This restaurant was such a find. The meal was imaginative, well-cooked, and came with vegetables (instead of as an extra). Prosecco by the glass, too, and a good wine list!

Thank RomesickSarah
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

There are not many eateries in Rothesay so this was a good find. No nonsense cooking and generous portions. As its name suggests it overlooks the harbour. The proprietors are friendly folk and we enjoyed our evening.

Thank dollydaydream377
Singapore, Singapore
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent food but service is very slow. Maybe it was busy ? 😕😕😕 Nice location. Extensive menu. Great homemade desserts. Just get it out quicker...... If you are patient it is well worth the wait. Enjoy....

Thank Jay-Amafayat
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Great food and great service. We went about 5 minutes before closing as we'd arrived on a later ferry. The woman was lovely and welcomed us despite the late hour

Thank LMF007
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Fantastic place to eat good food, varied menu, good wine, great service, friendly warm and inviting. Been three times now, it would be a pleasure to go again.

Thank Sue W
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner on a hot Saturday night and the first thing the lady who I think is the owner did was bring us a big jug of iced water nice touch.we both had starters which were good and then we both had salmon. It was cooked to perfection and the best I've ever had in any restaurant.we... More 

Thank sunworshipper012
Richmond, United Kingdom
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818 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

We had dinner at the Waterfront and enjoyed it. The portions, however, were enormous and we could not finish our meals The restaurant overlooks the sea and is near the ferry terminal. Service was prompt and the menu simple but attractive. My wife had a good vegetable Lasagne and I had a gigantic piece of pork with cheese and mushrooms.... More 

Thank SergeLourie
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Lovely dinner here on a Friday night. Friendly, helpful and every one (party of seven) enjoyed their meal. Reasonably priced and the desserts are worth making some room for.

1 Thank loveboats
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Food exceptional, no nonsense service if you are hungry go here to fuel up on coffee and home made so fresh patisseries order main and dream of desert. Unfortunately their is no small tiny crying smelly noisy people under 5 . Hehehe, truly a place to work through the menus on a holiday.

Thank barry c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 East Princes Street, Rothesay PA20 9DL, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Isle of Bute  >  Rothesay
  • Phone Number: +44 1700 505166
******This freehold business is for sale due to ill health***** At The Waterfront, we are owner-operators who cook the majority of food ourselves, to order, using quality fresh ingredients wherever possible. We have a small dining area which can get very busy during summer evenings. We are licensed & accept UK chip & pin credit & debit cards. We look forward to welcoming you.

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