Ask a Maltese person where they go to eat when visiting their sister isle, and they’re likely to mention The Boathouse. The restaurant has an enviable outdoor waterfront position in Gozo’s Xlendi Bay, but its popularity endures due to slick and friendly service from a well-trained team of long-serving staff. Catering for a large number of covers; tables are well spaced, the music is tasteful and low level, and the lighting is adjustable, all of which combine to give a surprising intimacy to this semi-open space. With alterable weather screening, ceiling fans and standing heaters, The Boathouse is able to provide a comfortable year round space for both lunch and evening dining.
The menu here is large and covers all the classic favourites like steak or ribs, a range of homemade fresh pasta options, Mediterranean and seafood dishes, locally-caught fresh fish and the popular house dish of trio di calamari. An additional menu of salads and lighter dishes add tempting options for a lazy sea view lunch. The menu is presented in both terse and verbose formats, making it easy to see accompanying drinks options and also to identify the many vegetarian, vegan, lactose/gluten/nut-free options. Portion sizes are generous, and very attractively plated, and include some fun touches of personality such as the “Oops! I dropped the Lemon Tart” dessert.