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The Boatyard Grill

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At The Boatyard Grill you can enjoy delicous locally sourced steak and seafood while looking out over the breathtaking waterfront view. All of our food comes in fresh everyday, you won't find a better dining experience in the town. We are happy to host large groups and private events. If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family gathering, cocktail party, class reunion or a casual BBQ or Clambake, look no further! We will make your special event a waterfront event to remember! Our experienced management team will make planning your event virtually effortless. We have a variety of party offerings that can meet every budget and catering need. Choose from our Waterfront Parties,
US$10 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Bar, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 22 October 2021

They do not take reservations You can call ahead and we did they said 6 30 We still waited 45 minutes. Service was good’ Food was good

Date of visit: October 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

By your own words you gave our business a so-so rating. Please email me what it would take to get a five star rating in terms of what we are not doing so we can continue to improve.

Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

We went to dinner at the Boatyard Grill the first night. Most places don’t take reservations, but you can call and give them a time. It doesn’t guarantee you the time as we found out. The lines and people waiting were unbelievable. We were debating...to leave but waited the time out. The restaurant was nice, decorated well and had the holiday spirit of Halloween. The server was personable and friendly. The staff was on top of everything. Great service and the food came out in a timely fashion considering how busy they were. The food was delicious. I had filet mignon, broccoli and red roasted potatoes. My husband had salmon, rice and broccoli. The food was fabulous, prepared perfectly and so flavorful. Loved everything about this restaurant. The staff, service, atmosphere and food were all fantastic! We had a great time. Bill & Stacey W.More

Date of visit: October 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 12 October 2021 via mobile

Our visit to the Finger Lakes area was enhanced with our dinner at the Boatyard. Dined on the patio which was closed due to the rain. But it was as outside as we could get. Had a wonderful bourbon smash, crispy calamari with fantastic sauces,...grilled salmon, and a Maker’s Mark sirloin. All choices were outstanding and delicious. Bethany was our very helpful server. Perfect setting if we only had nice weather. We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 12 September 2021

My boyfriend and I had dinner here last night. I had the best fish tacos I've ever tasted which our wonderful server recommended. My boyfriend had the seafood fra diavolo and it did not disappoint. This restaurant is at a beautiful location by the water....I would definitely return if I come back to the Finger Lakes region again.More

Date of visit: September 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2021

Thank you for visiting with us. It is always pleasing when our customers elect to write a review so our future customers can see what we are all about… thank you. We appreciate your comments about our pricing, service and products.

Reviewed 19 August 2021 via mobile

The Boatyard grill is in fantastic surroundings, but the menu and the quality of the food are disappointing. Not enough attention to detail, poorly executed dishes and very little choice. Felt like a fast food restaurant unfortunately.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021

We (family of 4) ate here on a very busy Wednesday evening during our Thousand Islands/Ithaca/Watkins Glen vacation. We did not call ahead, and did have a long wait, but every restaurant is experiencing staffing shortages these days and they were doing their best to...manage the amount of people they had coming in with the number of servers they had available on an evening where people just seemed to be lingering at their tables longer than expected. The employees at the host/hostess stand were constantly being approached by customers (some patient, some disgruntled), and they were consistently professional and polite. That being said…when we did get seated, service was VERY fast and efficient. Our appetizers and meals were all excellent…salmon, stuffed shrimp, a burger, and a seafood/pasta meal (I forget the name!), plus dessert (chocolate cake for 2, shared)…all VERY good! We would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

Great restaurant with lovely view of the lake. We ate outside in a covered tent with the sides up. Appreciated the ability to look at the menu on our phones. We felt safe because of the COVID restrictions in place. Food was delicious. This was...the best meal we’ve had on our vacation.More

Date of visit: August 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2021

Every review like yours helps us get the word out that we represent great value and caring service. Thank you

Reviewed 24 July 2021

We have a place in Aurora NY and this is one of our favorite restaurants! Always have great service and food. Yes its true, if you call ahead you will probably wait about 30 mins.....this place HOPS! If you don't make those" call a head"...reservations plan to wait an hour and that starts before 5:30 PM. And if the hostess claims 30 mins I would approach the desk at that time to get an update. Maybe the hostess should let you know when you call what the procedure is so you can be prepared.....We love the calamari for appetizer. Their alcoholic beverages are perfect, "rich" pours which we and everyone else appreciates. We miss the Seafood Tower and hope it will return soon. Generous portions and always cooked to perfection. One of the few restaurants to serve fresh artisan bread with garlic butter. Our server Marissa, along with every server in the past have been friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: July 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

Thak you for visiting. It's always nice to learn that we have exceeded expectations. We never lose sight that our guests have a range of options available when seeking out a business to meet their needs. Therefore, your praise today means more than ever.

Reviewed 16 July 2021 via mobile

Good ambiance, definitely call ahead as it gets busy. Food was delicious and prices were reasonable. Definitely recommend grabbing a drink and sitting by the water.More

Date of visit: July 2021
BoatYardGrill, General Manager at The Boatyard Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2021

What a wonderful way it was for us to start the day reading your review about what we offer the public and the manner in which we serve, our greatest asset, our clientele. Please revisit us and introduce yourself so that we may thank you...More

Reviewed 11 July 2021

We did the call ahead service for 7:00. We arrived at 7 and were told it would be a half hour wait. At 8:00, I approached the hostess who said that people were just not getting up from their tables. At that same moment, a...gentleman came up and notified the hostess that his table hadn't had anyone take his order in half an hour... this was the true reason my table wasn't ready in over an hour. The hostess also let me know that she decided to seat a large table before the tables for two that were already on the list. I emailed the manager hoping I would get some sort of apology, it has been many days, no response at all. I usually do not write bad reviews as I feel terrible for small business going through pandemic circumstances, but this was really poor. We waited until 8:15, had to leave as other restaurants would soon close. I just wish the hostess would've been trained to take care of the customers, this was very poor service... we will not be back. This was prime time for restaurant dining, we lost our evening out at a nice restaurant due to the lack of courtesy of this staff. Just be honest, let your customers know that the wait is over an hour so that we can go elsewhere or stay and know it will be a while. Very poor, please fix this for others. For those of us who don't go out much, this is a terrible experience.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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27 July 2019|
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Response from dad2girls | Reviewed this property |
They will not take reservations, but I believe you can do call ahead seating. The wait isn't horrible, and to pass the time they have a very nice bar and plenty of beautiful scenery to pass the time.
23 September 2018|
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Response from Joellmk | Reviewed this property |
They do not have reservations but it is worth calling ahead to get on the preferred seating list, which will cut your wait time in half.
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27 August 2018|
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Yes, The Boatyard Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Boatyard Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5