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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Fantastic lunch
1. Fantastic lunch
"A fine, sea front location, with plenty of parking and easy access"
Jerome O
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2. Excellent food and wine.
2. Excellent food and wine.
"If you're in the area give it a try you won't be disappointed"
Graham W
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3. Brilliant. Again.
3. Brilliant. Again.
"Four people, three courses each and not a morsel left on any plate"
316blue
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About
Beachfront Restaurant Seafood and Angus Steaks Local produce Recommended by Visit Scotland Recommended in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eatlist
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice summer day and this looked like a nice place for a coffee and cake. Well the situation was good but that was about it. Our order was taken quickly enough but it took an age to arrive. The coffee had very...little flavour - it could have been made from a half teaspoonful of instant granules. The lemon meringue muffin and Fisher and Donaldson fudge donut were fine but they were bought in and require no effort. They also arrived and were consumed long before the coffee appeared. The lady at the table next to us was kept waiting even longer than us and when she asked where her order was, the waitress said "it was just coming" which of course it wasn't. No apologies were given and the woman who took payment was very abrupt. I appreciate they may be short staffed but there is no excuse for the attitude. And we expect coffee to taste like coffee.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here on the 10th September. Whilst the food and service were very good we felt that due to Covid 19 there were far too many people in the restaurant and tables were quite close together as well. The feeling was that income...over safey was the case. A bit of a shame as this should be and is obviously a popular eatery.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had really hoped to enjoy this restaurant but was very let down with the food. To start with we ordered the bread with 3 dips and found that one of the dips was actually cold butter (a bit odd). The scallop dish was borderline inedible,...scallops not cooked right and with a very strange green like jelly in the middle which was unpleasant.. Mains very average. Staff did there best but could do better on wearing masks. Prices pretty high and standards exceptionally low, a real shame.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had called in a couple of nights earlier to double-check our booking as it was made some time ago and it was confirmed. We shared a starter of Calamari, hubby had fish pie and I had monkfish, which came with asparagus, olive tapenade and...roasted figs - OMG it was delicious, we also shared a pudding of raspberry bread and butter pudding as well as sharing a bottle of red Chilean Merlot. Couldn't move afterwards but what a lovely meal! Wine not overpriced either - staff lovely, we had a bit of a chat after we had paid the bill with one of the main waiters who had served us, a lovely guy who had served in the Military, his attention and service were first class.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read the mixed reviews, we were unsure if the poor feedback was a result of just bad night in these occasions. However, we also did not enjoy our visit and here’s why. At least 2 staff had their masks on their chin and didn’t...uphold any COVID safety measures with other divers wandering around with no masks on. So that was just the start of setting the scene. Our server was pleasant enough when we were seated so can’t really comment at that point. Then the food - oh dear. We’ve just spent a week eating at other seafood restaurants in Scotland and The Old Boatyard needs to pull its weight in the kitchen. The Lobster Bisque was nothing short of bizarre and tasted nothing like shellfish. In short, it was horrible. We mentioned this to the young girl who took it away and muttered something about feeding it back to the chef. The main courses arrived and one of the dishes was incorrect. We didn’t have time to wait for a replacement so just went with the flow. The Halibut was tiny and overcooked - not sure how fresh it was since there was no succulence that this fish normally has. Thoroughly dissatisfied, we politely told the server that things had been less than great and we expected to see this reflected on the bill. After a clear gesture of hesitation and slight unwillingness, I asked him to speak to the manager. In fairness, the manager did adjust the bill and personally came to our table but there was no front of house apology nor sincerity and we left feeling unhappy and quite irritated. We won’t be back and there are plenty of other great places to choose from.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service was fantastic, disappointing to see evening diners dressed so casually. Dress code didn’t match the high level of dining .

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here, not for the first time to celebrate my sister in laws 60th birthday... There were 25 of us so had booked ahead and were asked to order before the day. Fair enough.. Everyone had done this except my elderly in laws.. Usually when...they visit here my mum in law will order fish and chips and her granddaughter the kids pizza and they swap as a full portion of any of the dishes is too much, but on Saturday the fish and chips had already been ordered before the visit.. My mum in law asked if she could have a kids pizza... No came the reply you have to be under 12.. Can we order it and pay adult prices... No came the reply.. There's no pizzas on the full menu...grrrrrr so it was decided she would have soup... Soup came and there was no bread.. Asked for bread... Yea but you'll have to pay for it came the reply... Happy to pay but not happy to be spoken to like that...there was various other issues of attitude and service but considering our bill came to over £500 I think a lady in her 80's could have been served exactly what she wanted.. DISGUSTINGMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in, in the hope that a table would be free. Made most welcome and a table garnered! Great menu choice. I had Moules, my sister had Sea Bass. Spectacular! Great value too.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021

Ordered gnocchi with beetroot and walnut salad. Was so salty I was unable to eat it. No staff came to table to ask if our meals were ok until clearing plates. I mentioned to her then. Not a penny was taken off the bill. Very...disappointedMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 12 August 2021

In May I requested to book a table in August when we would be on holiday. I had to contact them for confirmation which they did. We turned up to find it’s closed on a Tuesday. I phoned the next day and spoke to a...manager “we decided to close on Tuesdays. Sorry about that”. He couldn’t have cared less. When I asked why I hadn’t been contacted and the booking rearranged he said I must’ve “slipped through the net”. I told him this was unacceptably poor customer service, our time had been wasted and I’d be leaving a negative review - again ‘whatever’ attitude from him. So, here it is. Shocking attitude and customer service.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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clgale
26 July 2018|
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Response from 970margaretv | Reviewed this property |
Thought it was too and unsure why. Friend was local and been before so wasn’t worry. Menu varied and extensive using local produce
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Pat A
5 July 2017|
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Response from Sultan Y | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Apologies for the late reply. I think they do, and they also have a lunchtime menu, snacks etc.
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The Old Boatyard is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4