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About Boathouse English Bay
The Boathouse is a casual fine dining restaurant with a beautiful view of English Bay from every table. With three different types of experiences, from a fun filled patio, to a cozy pub, to the top floor romantic dining room, there's a room for every occasion.
Seafood, Regional American (Northwest)
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm ; Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm Friday- Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Sunday 5:00pm-9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant has been specializing in fresh seafood from the West Coast of British Columbia and around the world since 1981. With stunning outdoor patios, fabulous decor and spectacular views, The Boathouse is a favorite for locals and tourists for lunch, dinner, and brunch.
Boathouse English Bay Ratings and Reviews
A lovely restaurant to chat on a Monday evening. The crab legs had some over done parts but the portion sizes are generous.
Where to start! Had an 8:30 reservation...we arrived on time to a vacant reception area and at first thought the restaurant may be closed....a host? arrived and then promptly left without a welcome! She arrived back and said "follow me" which we did...my mom is elderly and had a hard time climbing the very long set of stairs to the restaurant. Had we known the layout we would definitely not chosen it for this reason alone. Ambience is non existent...very old and out dated. View is spectacular but so would have been the Cactus Club across the street! The service was ok at best however we could have overlooked that and the ambience had the food been great but it was not! We had out of town guests from Ethiopia and thought a nice meal of our awesome BC seafood would be fitting. So disappointing!!!!! My husband had steak and lobster, the lobster was absolutely over cooked and dry, two of us had the lobster grill which had salmon, shrimp skewer (called prawns) and a stuffed lobster tail....well...the lobster tail stuffing was horrible...it tasted like cream cheese and who knows what blah yuk...the salmon was very fishy (I come from a fishing family and know good salmon!) the shrimp skewer was ok tasted like some steamed shrimp but ok and the wild rice pilaf soooo salty nobody ate it.... my mom had the Miso crusted halibut and only ate a few bites so we packed it up to take home. I tasted it at home and it was also so salty that it was inedible. My mom has dementia so didn't speak up but I felt badly that we hadn't sent her meal back! Also have to mention when we decided to have the "make it a meal option" when we ordered our meal we had to advise up front which dessert option we would like....one guest changed her mind but it was already preordered...not sure if that's standard protocol but not a fan...seemed like a fast food joint! Long and short we will never go back! Restaurant was not busy and I can see why. Truly felt we got the dregs!! Very poor!
Boathouse always a great experience. The English Bay location is beautiful with amazing views of the bay. The food is top notch and our server was attentive and professional.
Food not as great as I remember. Dessert (creme brule) very disappointing. Service fine.
Food was great, staff very friendly, no complain at all. We came for a bday dinner and really enjoyed it. It was raining and dark outside so can't say much about the view. desert was delicious to.
Great birthday cake
The coconut prawns are Amazing’
Spectacular ambience, even without a window seat. A little noisy early on but less so later in the evening. Nice to see Sangria on the menu. The appetizer and desert for an extra $10 was fabulous and a great idea for couples who like to share. We were celebrating an occasion and did not feel rushed. A neighbourhood gem for sure.
Food was good Although $60 for Steak and lobster was on the high end.
Martini was a real short pour. I know - Laws. Yada Yada Yada
Went for a birthday lunch. One person in our party was celebrating a milestone birthday and we mentioned it on the reservation. We also mentioned that we wanted the Thanksgiving menu and nowhere on the Boathouse website did it say that the Thanksgiving menu was only at dinner time. Even with a "happy birthday" balloon in hand (and the mention in the reservation) the hostess made no effort to say "happy birthday". Our server originally didn't wish a happy birthday, but when reminded he did make things right by bringing a complimentary piece of cake with a candle on it. At least the view was spectacular and the cajun cod tacos were delicious. The burger was not bad but not spectacular either. Overall a bit disappointing. Attention to the reservation details and more accurate mention of when the Thanksgiving menu was available would have made the experience more enjoyable.
Great location, excellent view. Very busy when we arrived so slow pace of service was ok. The food and wine were excellent. The only downside was the noise of other diners.
We were lucky to be given a table by the window upstairs. That's the plus side. It is what it is a pub really and the food reflects that. The waiters/waitress aprons are atrociously dirty at the start of the evening service (6pm).
Great food and the service was excellent. My husband had special requests because of this health. They took great care!
Great views and the food matched the ambiance wonderfully
Seafood chowder was good but not hot. A salmon filet was over cooked slightly. Mussels very good. Shrimp bunwitch was also good but not very shrimpy.
Not busy and just a beautiful day in October on the beach. Service was excellent .
We enjoyed our supper. Excellent service very efficient and nice.
One of the waiters has an incredible voice, singing Happy Birthday to two different groups, in Italian. Beautiful.
Food was great - Fish & Chips, and the Shrimp & Chicken Curry.
Waterfront view, great spot for a date.
Will be back again
We loved the Boathouse!! It was the best meal - by far - that we had in Vancouver. Highly recommend!
Food was decent. Service was inattentive and uncoordinated. Waiters were more worried about setting up empty tables than taking care of tables with customers. Ordered a bottle of wine that never made it to the table because the bartender couldn't find it. It may have been a bad night, but it was a bad experience.
The food was amazing at The Boathouse. We got the mussels, coconut shrimp and crab dip. I was extremely happy with all of our food. The server great and didn't rush us at all. She definitely read the group correctly. I would go back here again.
We were all from out-of-town. We found the view, the food and the wine list were very good. The service by Leslie was excellent. A great place in Vancouver by English Bay.
Food was great - steak and grilled prawns with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. The portion was deceptively small, but ultimately very filling. Great peppercorn sauce on the steak, nicely cooked to my liking and the mashed potatoes were very rich. On the downside, I found the place very noisy, which overshadowed the entire experience. We had a 6:45 reservation and left shortly after finishing our meals, since I REALLY dislike having to yell and strain to be heard. I could hardly hear my one friend across the table. I would have been happy to hang out longer otherwise, but the noise was too much for me.
The only disappointment was the penne rustica.....it was very bland. If it wasn't for the prawns that I ordered with it I would have sent it back.
Menu sounded inviting but we were disappointed with all the dishes we ordered. Poor presentation and over cooked.
Food is very tasty and well prepared. Nice variety of BC wines to choose from. We were seated near a noisy table but our server was able to move us to a quitter part of the restaurant. I will plan to return.
The service was a bit slow to start. The place was busy and I'm glad we had made reservations for the dining room.
The steak I had with the peppercorn sauce was Excellent. Far better than any steak I've had at the Keg.
Excellent service. Our waiter was really great. Your staff gave me a table overlooking the water as I'd asked for. My nephew was visiting from out of town and it was his birthday so I wanted the window table. Also our waiter brought a dessert with a candle for a birthday surprise. I was very impressed. Thank you. Robina
It was a good meal but definitely not the best I've ever had. The waiter was nice but it felt very high pressure with his reccomendations for every course. Then to listen to him do a similar song and dance at each adjacent table was distracting and redundant. And-this place tries to get you to sign up for a $25 VIP card at the end of your meal. Felt more like being at a commission furniture store. Food was good but I've had better tasting seafood at the keg!
Great service. Robert our server makes you feel welcome and is very attentive
Lovely meal at the Boathouse, with very attentive and informative service. The fish was fresh and the cocktails refreshing.
Would go back again. Great view, great service, great food.
A staple of the Vancouver waterfront. Never disappointed with the food, service or view. I have never felt rushed and guests coming to Vancouver enjoy the quality of the local dishes.
It was not very busy yet things took awhile. We found the food average at best, bland is a good word. Nothing really stood out, other than the view.
Watress were very friendly, beautiful view and meal were great, get the starter apps
Love the venue, views and food. Not so popular as a formal dining experience its become more of a family spot. We had no problem with a late registration as interior never ckose to full on a Sat. Deck though was full - sunny day. Special was great, service and food good. They push their $25.00 Landry rest grp club - a USA chain.
We picked this restaurant because we had people coming from overseas and we wanted to be able to book a water view. We had 8 people and kids can't really wait to be seated. It met our expectations that way, service and food was good. But it is extremely overpriced and in need of refurbishment.
Not enough staff lead to slower service. Waitress was good, just had too many tables. Great view, food was good.
Dinner was spectacular as usual and the service perfect .
Our waitress was very friendly and very nice . Thank you
It was a very nice evening, excellent food, nice service staff. If I wozld come to Vancouver again, I would join in
it was great! our waiter was very nice and gave us a free cake for our anniversary! although the food is quite pricey it was still overall a wonderful experience
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