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★☆☆☆☆

“First and Last Visit!”

Written on: 19/06/2011

The Bistro food was overpriced pub fare in a casual atmosphere billed as if it is some fancy restaurant. The owner makes NO apologies for his bad food nor bad service. We went for a family birthday. I would NEVER eat here again or recommend it to anyone. The view of the bridge is nice but since you can get the aame view elsewhere that is exactly what we will do!… Read Full Review

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“I was stunned by how disappointing I found the...”

Written on: 06/04/2011

I was stunned by how disappointing I found the Boathouse in Queensferry this week. I have never had such a bad customer experience in my life. The waitress was rude and exceptionally unhelpful and the food was very average and not worth the inflated prices. I suggested we left soon after ordering to which the response was 'fine, but you'll have to pay first'. I have noticed from other customer reviews that I am not the only one to have this experience. I strongly recommend that potential… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Walked out of Boathouse Restaurant in Queensferry even...”

Written on: 27/03/2011

Walked out of Boathouse Restaurant in Queensferry even before seated. Went weekday lunch. After carrying down baby in buggy down all those steps then bumping buggy up steps to door made our own way inside and stood waiting to be seated. No-one else there apart from manager in corner doing paperwork. Plenty tables and space to accommodate us with small baby in buggy. Waitress asked if we wanted a table then pointed to the worst table - beside bar against radiator and TOLD us to put the buggy… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“We took my mother to this restaurant for her 70th...”

Written on: 23/03/2011

We took my mother to this restaurant for her 70th birthday with about 25 friends and it was a wonderful experience from start to finish. The staff were extremely attentive from the start, knowledgable regarding the menu and dealt with all requests calmly and promptly. The food was cooked to perfection and there was not a criticism from any of our party. The views are stunning and the location is perfect for a relaxed family outing or intimate get together. Thoroughly recommended!!!… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“We have visited the Boathouse on a number of...”

Written on: 17/02/2011

We have visited the Boathouse on a number of occasions. We find the staff dour and not very attentive. This restuarant has one of the best views in South Queensferry but the practice of not allowing two people to take up a four seater table by the window, albeit when tables are free and not booked and the place is not busy seems ridiculous and has sadly put us off returning. This has happened to us twice in the last month and we wonder if it is the owner's policy or just the duty manager's… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“I had a very disappointing meal at the restaurant...”

Written on: 27/05/2010

I had a very disappointing meal at the restaurant earlier this week.
My starter of fishcake (yes, one fishcake) with tartar sauce, a huge piece of lemon and a huge lettuce leaf rolled up, tasted burnt and was unpleasant. My main course, after being told that my first choice of swordfish was not available some time after ordering it, was a joke. It is nothing more than a starter on a big plate. 6 small scallops, 3 small potatoes, 1 carrot, 1 small peice of courgette in a light batter and some… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Had a lovely meal at The Boathouse, food excellent,...”

Written on: 13/09/2009

Had a lovely meal at The Boathouse, food excellent, views great was a lovely day. Our only dissapointment was the unfriendly staff who seemed to take a dislike to us as soon as we walked in.We had to ask twice for coffee. They were very "dour" We said this would definately stop us going back which is a real shame as the rest of the day was great!!… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Good service, excellent location. The staff are friendly.”

Written on: 30/04/2008

Good service, excellent location. The staff are friendly… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Excellent food and prices. The service was very...”

Written on: 09/03/2008

Excellent food and prices. The service was very friendly and first class. This was our first visit and will be going back… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“We skipped starter to enjoy mains and a sweet. Both...”

Written on: 12/12/2007 by f00dy (1 review written)

We skipped starter to enjoy mains and a sweet. Both ordered steak, one rare, one medium rare and both were cooked to perfection. Large steaks too. Pepper sauce very tasty and nice touch that it was served in separate small jug rather than just poured over to drown the steaks. Vegetables interestingly different. Nice South African Red wine served at perfect temperature. After the plates were cleared that's when the problem started. Waitress suggested 10mins break before sweet which we… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“You can not book the bistro at The Boathouse in South...”

Written on: 03/09/2007 by georgiep1 (1 review written)

You can not book the bistro at The Boathouse in South Queensferry, which is advantageous to everyone. Great views and a good atmosphere. Suits all ages… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Money well spent, and to the guy that had fish and...”

Written on: 10/07/2007 by lordshadowman (1 review written)

Money well spent, and to the guy that had fish and chips , if you want to eat fish and chips go to the chippy, if you want to eat the best sea food the boat house is the place… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Ordered the tapas for 2 as a starter, which had a...”

Written on: 13/05/2007 by tam30 (1 review written)

Ordered the tapas for 2 as a starter, which had a medley of very different tastes on the plate. Thankfully, we have broad minds when it comes to food, and a very varied appetite for different origins of foods, as it was a mixture of pitta bread, pate, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, squid, smoked salmon and Parma ham. It was OK, although not great. Completely different to the restaurant. We then ordered Haddock in beer batter and home made chips. Well, this was an incredibly disappointing. I… Read Full Review

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Edinburgh Diner's Response to tam30's Review

Written on: 09/07/2007

I totally disagree with tam's "review".
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<br/>The Boathouse is an excellent restaurant which makes fantastic use of local available produce. The fish is always fresh and cooked to perfection. Its a 9/10 for me. Tam should go back to his day job - which I can guarantee does not involve either the use of his taste buds nor intellect.

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397191_Dougiedave's Response to tam30's Review

Written on: 01/09/2008

I disagree with this review because I have eaten the fish and chips in the Bistro many times and it is nothing short of magnificent.

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★★★★☆

“The Boathouse is a restaurant with a good view over...”

Written on: 10/10/2006 by markuk (6 reviews written)

The Boathouse is a restaurant with a good view over the River Forth and Bridges, with a nice little bistro atmosphere. You'll have to book at least a week in advance as it is in demand - always a good sign.

The food is not over-complicated but cooked perfectly. An excellent, rich seafood bisque for starters. My scallops were obviously fresh and cooked perfectly with a very light, uncomplicated dressing. My wife's monkfish was also simply prepared and cooked well. The usual side dish of… Read Full Review

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