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. Although the restaurant is situated by the seaside, it projects itself as a high-end casual dining eatery. The new layout, with its dominating travertine bar and The Boathouse logo as its focal point, projects an aura of class and attention to detail. The music is tasteful and low level, and the lighting is adjustable, all of which combine to give a surprising intimacy to this place.
The menu here is varied and covers all the classic favourites like steak and game dishes, a range of homemade fresh pasta options, Mediterranean and seafood dishes, locally caught fresh fish and the popular signature dishes of trio di calamari and mixed shellfish marinara. The menu is presented in both terse and verbose formats, making it easy to see accompanying drink options and also to identify the many vegetarian, vegan, lactose/gluten/nut-free options. Food is attractively plated.