Buoy and Oyster

44 High Street, Margate, United Kingdom, CT91DS
Restaurant info
Opening Information

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Sunday
Lunch 12-3pm
Tapas 3-5.30pm
Dinner 5.30-9pm

Click & Collect
12-9pm (10pm Saturdays)

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • 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.

COVID -19 - Restaurant Re-opening
​We are pleased to say that we are now opening our booking system from Saturday 4th July. We can not wait to welcome you all back again soon & will be working hard to ensure that we are able to reopen as soon as the Gvt gives the restaurant industry the go ahead. All reservations made now will be confirmed before we have reopened & will be subject to change depending on updated Gvt legislation.

​Our commitment to customer health & safety
We have currently opened the booking system for tables to be 2m apart as a preemptive measure, we will be following the Gvt guidelines to ensure the highest levels of hygiene & customer safety is adhered to and are fully flexible to adapt our business in order to protect our valued customers & team.

Restaurant menu
Our restaurant menu will be released 1 week prior to our reopening, expect
plenty of local produce, seafood all cooked by our expert team to our retained
2 AA Rosette standard - & of course the beloved Buoy bowl!

​Our restaurant menu will be available to enjoy in the dining room, seafood bar & sea view terrace
Lunch 12-3pm
Dinner 5,30-9pm

​Entrance
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.

Flexible timings
We ask our valued customers to please be flexible in their dining times, due to reduced covers we will not be able to have sufficient tables at popular times ie 1.30pm & 7.30pm - Please work with us to enjoy the Buoy and Oyster
experience at different times throughout the day than what you may usually/ previously have chosen to eat out!

Afternoon Tapas menu
We are really excited to be launching a unique tapas menu which can be enjoyed every day 7 days a week. Guests can choose from a selection of hot & cold plates & select 5 tasty seaside specials for just £25, this is perfect for those who wish to enjoy a dining out experience & sea views at a quieter time of the day

​Our popular lighter lunch options such as fish & chips and mussels with be available alongside our seafood tapas menu 3-5.30pm & can be enjoyed on the terrace, seafood bar & restaurant

​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

​Home Dining options
We understand that this is a confusing & challenging time for many of our valued customers and that many of you will still be at home shielding during the uncertain future. Our full restaurant menu will be available to enjoy at home with advanced ordering: simply email or call us to order your food & pay over the phone, arranging your preferred day/time for a contact free collection from our 17 Marine Drive "Buoy Bike" (watch this space!!)

Delivery
At this stage we will not be launching a delivery service, however will be fully flexible & understanding to our customer's needs & so with advance notice for special occasions etc will do our best to make it happen working with you on an individual basis. Please email Nadine or Simon directly with any unique delivery requests if you are having to shield & are unable to travel to our click & collect point due to health issues.

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

Cuisine: Seafood, British, Small Plates
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Friendliest restaurant in town. With COVID-19 measures in place we felt very safe and stress-free particularly the temperature checks.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

We had a fantastic time, food and service was first class. So happy that you're back, this was the first restaurant that we wanted to go to after lockdown. Well worth the trip.

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Visited On Monday, 06 July 2020

Amazing food Good PPE covering

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Visited On Monday, 06 July 2020

Lovely attentive staff - who all dealt with the 'new normal' very well - great food (the tuna was superb) and thanks very much for the outside table.

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Visited On Monday, 06 July 2020

Amazing food and friendly staff. Beautiful views from the terrace. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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Visited On Monday, 06 July 2020

Very attentive, great food. Would come again.

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Visited On Monday, 16 March 2020

Being a chef and lecturer in cooking I found the food excellent, well presented, full of flavour, value for money, service was very friendly and attentive, with humour thrown in, made for a great evening, I will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Menu wad great- I had the special which was delicious! Our server wad so helpful, obviously knew the menu inside out and was deft at recommending local options from the drinks menu. All staff were professi9nal and really on the ball. When I arrived they had a cancellation so had upgraded me to a table in the restaurant with a sea view. - amazing!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

We came here for a family meal for my birthday. The food was delicious and there was a great choice of wine. As the birthday girl, I was given a glass of prosecco and a birthday card which was a really nice touche. However, our waitress was incredibly miserable, threw and slid glasses across the table, never once smiled or ask how the meal was. Such a shame as everything else was perfect.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

compliments for all the staff and for the fresh shellfish food , you are one of my favorite fish restaurant.....and i come everytime from London.

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Visited On Monday, 24 February 2020

I really enjoyed the whole experience at the buoy and oyster. The menu had a great variety and we had a few small plates done tapas style. Relaxed atmosphere but professional staff who kept their eye out for when more drinks were needed. The restaurant is done out really nicely. Definitely going back

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Food and service were faultless. The beautiful sunset was just an additional bonus on a fantastic dining experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

By far my Favorite restaurant in Margate. We booked for a Sunday Lunch and we had THE Most Amazing roast dinner . HUGE yorkie puds, perfectly cooked meat, goose fat roast pots, delicious cauliflower cheese and veggies. Food was spot on! Exceptional service as always, bearing in mind how busy the restaurant was. Well Done Buoy & Oyster team.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Great food and professional, friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Excellent service and food

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

We enjoyed a delicious early lunch with delightful staff & gorgeous view! Faultless experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Absolutely fantastic . Food, staff and everything. Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Fantastic service and lovely staff!

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Really good food and friendly, helpful service. Our only comment relates to the music, which was a bit loud and intrusive.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

first time after being recommended, enjoyed it, food & wine was nice, I would certainly return

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

I love this restaurant. I’ve actually been here three times this week ! It really is my favourite place to eat . Best fish restaurant I’ve been to anywhere .

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 March 2020

We never disappointed with what's on offer, as it's one of our favourite restaurants we do go quite often. It's so nice to see the local produce being used, as this gives quality food in season. The waitress was fantastic and even recommended a dessert that we would not have tried, the brie and figures and min bread was delicious.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Great seafood platter for two on my wife’s birthday in February. Staff greeted us with a happy Birthday and a complementary glass of champagne for her. Great lunch and sea view. Will definitely return soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

I had lunch with a friend, we were both celebrating our birthdays. This was my first time here, & I will be back! Our food was delicious. I loved the decor & atmosphere. The staff were smiling, & friendly, service was calm & prompt. The beach view was perfect. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

All doing a great job- even on busy Sunday lunchtime. Very welcoming to all ages.

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