Monday - Sunday
All day dining 12-9pm
Click & Collect
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
- Gluten Free Available
- Awesome View
About Buoy and Oyster
Buoy and Oyster is a family run restaurant overlooking the beach in Margate, Kent. First opening in November 2015 and newly refurbished for 2019, husband and wife duo Simon and Nadine and their team have been gaining a reputation for providing customers with great quality food and service in a relaxed and stylish seaside setting.
Located in both the garden of England and on the British coastline, our talented chefs have access to a fantastic supply of local fresh ingredients which is showcased in our seasonally changing menus. Guests can enjoy their meal with uninterpreted sea views & the famous Margate sunsets whilst being well looked after by our professional & welcoming team.
We have retained 2 AA Rosettes in 2019 & 2020 and were winners of "Kent restaurant of the year" in the Taste of Kent Awards 2018 & top 3 finalists in 2020. We take pride in serving local produce, wines & beers.
Please note that to the need to reduce customer contact & interaction we will only be using our high street entrance at 44 High Street. The Marine Drive entrance will be closed off to members of the public & will only be used for our Click & Collect food collection point.
Al Fresco Dining
We have a fantastic outside seating area which overlooks the beach & those famous Turner sunsets! We are pleased to announce that we will now be serving food outside all day every day & have opened the terrace area up for online reservations. Our outside terrace is a special & memorable dining experience however, there is a small catch! Please note that due to the reduced number of covers we will not be able to hold you a table inside in case the weather changes. If you reserve an outside table in advance we will have everything crossed for you that the weather is good but of course this is out of our control & we can not guarantee that this will be the case. Please decide whether or not you still wish to sit outside on the morning of your reservation & contact us if you have changed your mind, so that we can try to find you an inside table, or can cancel your booking. We do have umbrellas for each table but these will not be sufficient in very windy, rainy or extremely hot conditions. If you have booked a table outside & we are unable to serve food outside due to poor weather - your reservation will not be able to be upheld. Please bare this "weather risk" in mind when making a reservation on the terrace.
Click & Collect
At the end of June we will be launching a click & collect service for our "Beach Buoys" menu
Expect to see popular seafood classics such as lobster sub rolls, loaded fries & fish finger sandwiches which can be ordered & paid for easily online using our restaurant ordering app. This will be 100% contact free, you will select the date & time of your order & chose your menu items, safely paying in advance when checking out at home. Then when your food is ready head to our "Buoy Bike" food collection point at 17 Marine Drive where you can either park & open your boot or collect takeaway boxes at a safe distance from our FOH team member. Please follow our social media pages for our full "Beach Buoys" menu & for opening details
No shows & Cancellations
No shows are a major issue for independent restaurants, even more so since COVID-19 & the fact that we are having to make extensive changes to our business capacity - at this stage we do not wish to introduce a deposit scheme however if your plans change and you no longer need your table please just let us know! It is so simple just to pick up the phone & cancel your booking, please just do this if you no longer need your reservation. Due to no shows being an ongoing issue please also let us know if you are running late due to a late taxi etc, we will call every late table as soon as they do not arrive however we will only hold your table for 15 minutes after your booking time if we have not heard from you or we can not contact you. We ask you to please work with us in reducing/ removing the damaging affects of no shows to our family run restaurant & appreciate your understanding & co-operation on this.
We are family friendly with a "little sailors" menu & are fully wheelchair accessible from our high street entrance
Unfortunately we do not allow dogs in the restaurant , seafood bar or terrace
My friend and I had an absolutely gorgeous meal yesterday. We both had the Buoy bowl and it was delicious! The service was also excellent, with all staff members being friendly, helpful and catering to our needs. I will definitely be back soon and will also be recommending you to others! Thanks for a great experience.
The service was great, our waitress was really attentive and lovely to deal with. The local Canterbury wine I tried was delicious and so great to see local businesses being supported! Our only gripe would be that the Monkfish on the Katsu curry was quite overcooked and super chewy/dry.
Great food, amazing wine, beautiful atmosphere and friendly staff. Would highly recommend!
Great experience as always
The food was amazing and service attentful in difficult circumstances (only external dining was possible because of Covid and the weather was not very kind).
Fabulous meal and great seeing B&O back again.
Great food great service as ever in in the dreaded Lockdown Well done See you again soon Thanks David
Exceptional dining experience
We absolutely love this place - food and service always fantastic. Highly recommended
We had a lovely lunch at Buoy & Oyster, the food was exceptional and the staff had a smile on their faces the whole time. It was a little windy but with the marquee they have erected it was the perfect spot. Can't wait to come back to Margate and eat here again.
Lovely despite the wind!
Service was great from the minute you walk in you're greeted warmly, place looks also really good, we sat outside was really windy but terrace has a protection which makes it ok to eat outside, my only complain was that we ordered 2 1/2 oysters and some weren't chucked properly, whoever opened them cut through the meat and they still served it thinking we wouldn't notice, I though that was a shady move, very disappointed. But apart from that was ok.
Best seafood I’ve had in England!
Very tasty food, great menu washed down with British wines. Wound definitely come again!
Excellent food and service with a relaxing atmosphere.
We had to have an early sitting as all the other slots had gone. We counted it as a late lunch and it couldn’t of been better. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and attentive and the setting was perfect. We had a lovely afternoon and would definitely return.
Maybe a couple of heaters on terrace would have helped ambience a little as did get a bit chilly but other than that everything lovely as always! Food & service all perfect!
Best seafood restaurant around always excited to book our next meal
Outstanding food, great staff with one some of the best customer service in Kent. Well recommended.
Lovely meal and outside terrace.
outside terrace experience was amazing - professional staff and great seafood
Very happy with our meal. We were made to feel very welcome indeed. Food was excellent as was the service.