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Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene
The Boathouse Restaurant is a casual restaurant that specializes in seafood and steaks, with amazing views of the inter-coastal waterways and spectacular sunsets. The deck is a more casual atmosphere with live music during the summer months, and great options including a more casual bar menu. The indoor seating areas include an air-conditioned dining room, as well as the porch, which is situated directly over the water and is a more quiet atmosphere than the deck. The 2nd floor dining room, open in season, features fantastic panoramic views and can accommodate larger groups.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ate here on September 16th around 6pm. Was told there was about a 30 minute wait but we were seated within 10 minutes. Sat outside next to the marina. Service was excellent! Waitress was very prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was great. The over...all price was not bad and I thought it was very well worth it. The food was excellent!! I would highly recommend!! And will come back if I’m in the area again.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

The place was busy but they did have seat ready for us when rest of the party show up and service was very good. The meals some of the party hades told me Flounder wasn't season and scallops where not season but rest of the...my party said food was goodMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was very good; a little pricey but we would definitely go back. The view of the marina was really nice!!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wait time was 20 minutes for “first available” seating. Ended up on the deck and it was lovely. I had crab cake and shrimp, husband had stuffed shrimp and son had shrimp and scallop scampi. All of our food was nicely presented and tasty. There...was a group salad with a nice balsamic dressing brought to the table. That, three beers, a coke and iced tea was just under $200. About what you’d expect at the shore. The wait staff was very friendly, and I’m guessing they were covering a bunch of tables too.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest, the food is good here! If you don't mind waiting outside for 45 minutes with high heat and high humidity to get an outside table to sit outside for your meal in same high heat and humidity, this is the place for...you. It was so crowded here that we thought this must be the greatest place to eat. If you don't mind paying $92 including tip for an average priced meal without cocktails for portion sizes 1/3 the size of what you would get in a diner, once again, this is the place for you.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In all my years spending time at the Shore, this was the first time I've been to the Boathouse. I was presently surprised that the wait to get in was not long, but we were there before the season really got started. Our server was...very young, but he was attentive and friendly. Good for him getting a job! The menu was unimaginative, your basic Jersey Shore seafood menu. I had some raw clams for an appetizer. They tasted fresh. My entree was the scallops. They were well cooked, not overdone, and tasty. Everyone in our group of 5 enjoyed their meals. This place is a bit pricey for what you get, but then most of these places are.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have been coming here for so many years. again, we had good food, great service & drinks again this time. the prices were very good, we were here three times this week. the food is just so good.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021

The wait time on a Monday night was 1/2 hour which is excepted at the Jersey Shore in August . We had a perfect view of the Marina . The place was packed which tells me the food must be good . Well the food...was awesome . The kids ate all their food ,if that says anything . For as packed as the place was ,our food came out quick. The waitress even came to table several times to refill drinks and make sure the meals were ok . Thanks for the great dinner .More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

Me and my friend came for dinner on Thursday evening for a nice dinner. It was a very good meal and the waitress was great her name was Diane S she was wounded full and the service was great. I will come back and make...it the place I will come to for a great meal.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021

It's been several years since my last visit. Tonight was my last ever. I am shocked at the prices, food quality and lack of choices. I'll address the choice topic first. The name "Boathouse" implies seafood. Sure there is seafood. The TYPICAL BORING entrees of,...flounder, shrimp, lobster and crap cakes, yawn! All prepared the same old way of broiled or fried....again boring! My word Dock Street Seafood market is less than a half mile away and has an awesome selection of variety. I'd rather pay a third of the price and get mahi mahi, grouper, swordfish, red snapper, halibut, sea bass and more. My wife and I ordered appetizers of Ahi Tuna, shrimp cocktail, and a caesar salad. For entree, she and I split the Chicken Bruschetta. As far as food quality, well the shrimp cocktail was only recognized as shrimp by shape only. The shrimp were as pale as I have ever seen, nearly completely white. There was no flavor, very very bland and I attribute these aspects to the shrimp being thawed and sitting in water way too long before they were served. The tuna was nicely presented, yet small thin slices with a bland balsamic drizzle. The romaine lettuce of the salad was cut in uncomfortably large pieces. I don't mind cutting it some, but not like that! The chicken was good in general and pretty in presentation. But the tomatoes were tasteless and really the dish had really no memorable flavor. I can do easily the same for a fraction of the price. Lastly, if you want beef...you better have a pork wallet!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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27 August 2017|
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Response from Dottie C | Reviewed this property |
Yes the outside patio is very casual. And very fun with music. I like the back outside dinning room still casual and beautiful view of bay
15 July 2017|
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Response from eddo2502 | Reviewed this property |
I called and asked and they stated that they do not take any reservations at all regardless of the size of the party.
23 June 2016|
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Response from yumpers | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we saw some families there and there is a kids menu ($8).
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Yes, Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout services.

Boathouse Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4