Open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m until 10 p.m
Sunday 11 a.m until 9 p.m
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
- Gluten Free Available
- Wine Shop
- Dogs Welcome
About Sugar Boat
Sugar Boat is a friendly, neighbourhood bistro, bar and wine shop located in the heart of Helensburgh. It’s central, easy to find and located close to car parks and public transport links.
On the menus you’ll find seasonal produce that they believe in, sourced from local suppliers whom they trust. We’re sure that you’ll find some old, familiar favourites listed, alongside dishes that may introduce you to vibrant, new tastes.
Stepping out from the stylish interior; which combines bare brick, brass finishes, wood-panelled walls and comfortable leather banquettes; they offer seating overlooking the square and an enclosed courtyard terrace which add an al fresco touch to proceedings; perfect places to make the most of sunny days and where large bowls of fresh water for four-pawed friends await; whilst anyone looking for a casual beer or a wee dram is more than welcome to pull up a stool at the bar, snack on a haggis Scotch egg or crunch some homemade pork crackling and enjoy your choice from their wide range of drinks. They’ve even got their own wine shop for you to explore and take your newly-discovered bottles home!
Will definitely be back again! Very impressed☺
Enjoyed a meal for 6 on Saturday night. Lovely setting and most enjoyed their meals. Just a couple hiccups. Firstly the whole roast chicken dish. Although tasty could really do with coming with some sort of side, potatos or veg for the price & if not, then staff should say it doesnt come with anything we recc. you get a side. Secondly the wine was poor. Firstly there wasnt enough pinot grigio left so we had to buy two different types. not the end of the world. However, the sauvignon blanc was pretty much undrinkable. I appeciate we chose the cheaper bottle, but still for £20 it should be drinkable or there should be a middle option - a house wine for example as £40+ for a bottle isnt always reasonable. Both are just teething issues, and aside from this we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal and look forward to attending again.
Fantastic meal, great service, smart restaurant with a west end feel, I hear they do gift vouchers online which is a bonus as now I know what to get friends of mine for their birthday!
Had another lovely visit this time with friends. Food excellent although only one disappointment was the sardines, just too many bones for me which I know is a silly thing to comment about but won't be ordering again .Staff were very attentive and accommodating. Look forward to visiting again. Sugarboat is a great new addition to the area.
Excellent food and 1st class service by really friendly staff. Will definitely be back next time in Helensburgh.
Fantastic night out. Great addition to Helensburgh.
Staff were not very attentive, managers were obviously there but just walking around not actually doing anything. Food was ok, drinks were warm. Had high expectations but won't be back
Great dining experience. Will be going back, fantastic food & drink.
The decor is beautiful, and the open style kitchen really creates the illusion of much more space in such a limited premises. The staff were polite and welcoming. I had the potato soup and the pan fried cod, both of which were beautiful, and my partner had the rabbit papperdelle followed by the pork belly. His starter was so filling he had trouble finishing the main, so no miniscule portions. The only issues I had with the service is that we were not offered a drink menu, and had to ask for one half way through the meal. The waiting staff could have been a little more attentive. Also, it would seem the the food storage/fridges etc is at the far end of the restaurant, meaning the kitchen staff have to walk out into the restaurant and back in order to collect any ingredients needed. I understand that the layout of the building may be the reason why, but you can see the look of mild annoyance on the chefs faces each time they have to make this trip. Not too bad when it's quiet, but I imagine it gets very frustrating for both staff and customers when the restaurant is packed. The tables were very close together, which again I understand is due to the size restrictions, and there was a photographer in taking photos of the food and I imagine this meant some tables needed to be moved out the way. Overall great experience, and the only reason I give such a detailed critique is because I think the Sugar Boat could be an amazing addition to the town.
Had a wonderful meal. Great to have this quality locally. Although as I said to the owner, it's just a pity we don't have anything of this quality in Balloch... Yet!!! But Hopefully in the future!. As for returning, we have booked this weekend with friends from Glasgow so look forward to showcasing to them.
Beautifully presented and fantastically tasty food.
Great first visit for a brand new restaurant. We were sat by the garden door which was very draughty as staff went in & out and we also had to get up and move to let people with buggies past so I think the table layouts may need tweaking. The lamb hotpot was spectacular. The pastry on the Paris Brest was slightly over done but it was nicely put together. Great menu and wine list, we'll definitely be back.
Beautiful restaurant, especially the bar area. Waitress was lovely - We did have to wait a while for food being brought out but were in no hurry and its obvious to see why the meals take longer when you see the presentation.
Visited on Monday evening as it was my birthday the staff were very friendly and helpful and the meal was lovely.I will be back again for sure.
Food, decor and atmosphere were excellent, and I look forward to a next visit. Service wasn't bad but I expect it will improve as staff gain more experience - slightly more attentive and a more relaxed and confident demeanour.
Food amazing - only slight criticism is staff couldn't explain dishes when asked for recommendations. But food alone we will be back
Food was excellent.
Unfortunately our experience was affected by teething problems. We waited 40 minutes for coffee which was warm so had to be drunk quickly before it went cold. We were told to wait 45 minutes before our brunch order could be taken as the suppliers had not yet delivered essential supplies. We were sat immediately in front of the open kitchen and could see a whole host of chefs unable to make up orders. Eventually the eggs arrived but my eggs royale came to the table cold and without smoked salmon as this had not yet arrived. We were advised about this and offered ham instead but I could see that the ham had arrived in a Tesco bag with one of the chefs who had been despatched. The front of house manager couldn't really cope with all the problems they were having, the waiting staff didn't know what to do as more customers kept arriving. The owner was trying his best to keep customers happy and to his credit when he heard of our experience did not charge fir the two eggs royale. It was a shame as the decor is great and the place promises to be one of Helensburghs finest eateries but I think I will wait a while until they iron out all the teething problems before I give it a second chance. I'm sure when I do that my ratings will improve but until then I have had to rate it on our experience yesterday.
Really enjoyed the brunch we had. Heard some people complaining about the time they were waiting. However we were in served brunch including delicious coffee and out again with the hour. Think some customers need to give this place a chance as I think it was only the second day of opening. Remember it's not a fast food joint. Waiting staff were excellent and owner took the time to go around the tables speaking to his customers. Will definately visit again hopefully sooner rather than later. Smashing to see it's also doggie friendly, don't have a dog so was nice to see this. 😻❤️👍🐶
We had two dishes from the brunch menu and a pot of tea between two. £15 for the two of us. The only feedback would be we didn't get a drinks menu when seated, though we knew what we wanted. Also we didn't have a spoon to stir our tea. Would certainly be back and look forward to trying the dinner menu next time. Staff we dealt with very friendly.
I appreciate that opening night will undoubtedly produce some flaws. It's a learning curve, I suppose. We booked a table online but on arrival, it appeared that we were not expected. First impressions were pretty good. A cool blend of modern and informality made us feel instantly at home. Lots of smiles around and a friendly greeting from the owner was reassuring. Our table for two was situated directly across from the open kitchen, but crammed against the wall and other tables, way too close for comfort. The fact that our table had to be split from another was another confirmation that we were not expected. Service was pleasant, if a little tentative. We ordered rabbit pappardelle and brandade. The brandade was very cold, which was a surprise. We had assumed that this would be a warm dish. Strangely, the bread which accompanied it was warm. My pappardelle was nicely presented but each mouthful produced bone after bone. Not the best of starts. I informed the waitress who had to refer to her manager about what to do. As I said, tentative. My dish was replaced after the manager spoke with me. However, he was unconvincing, and did not inspire confidence in his ability to deal with a real complaint. My replacement dish was much more enjoyable. Mains of chicken - oddly presented on a pan which had to be lifted onto my wife's plate. Why not simply serve it on the plate? Eating the chicken was an ordeal and looked like it had been mauled once she had finished. The beef was beautiful! Served with boulanger potatoes, roasted shallot but no sauce. Was this an oversight? Did we enjoy it? Yes, but with reservations. Some promising tastes but hit and miss from our experience. The disappointment with the pappardelle could have been smoothed over with taking the cost from our bill, or similar gesture to show that customer service was a top priority. Instead, I had to point out that the costs of sides on the menu were £2.95 and not the £3.00 that we were charged. A minor quibble but as a customer who enjoys good service and good quality food, it was a blot that could have been easily avoided. Overall, we enjoyed our experience but considered the cost to be a step too far.
Food tasty and well presented but portions were small and therefore expensive for what you got. Quite disappointed in the Fish Soup, although tasty only 3 small peices of fish.
Fantastic lunch and a great addition to Helensburgh. Will be back.