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Boathouse English Bay

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1575 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Regional American (Northwest)
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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
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Phone number
(604) 669-2225
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Brent Fisher
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Denman
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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What 1575 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
Ambience
3.7
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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Second time here and would recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I am a fan of The Boathouse in other locations but found this visit a little underwhelming. We ate in the lower level and maybe the experience might have been better upstairs. The decor is tired and it seemed understaffed when we visited.
It needs some TLC. The location is great though.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

47 TJ Wedding Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great view with great waiter..........................................Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fabulous foods & service!! Will certainly come back!!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Meal and service was excellent. The bathrooms were disgusting

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent sea food- the location is across from the sea and a beautiful location to watch the sunset. The fresh bread was warm, the fish was very tasty- one of the best we experienced in Vancouver.

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I will start with the pros of our dining experience (because there were few): we asked for a table with a view when we made our reservation, and we were given one with a stunning glimpse of the beach and ocean at sunset; the complimentary bread was freshly baked (though reasonably delayed because of this).

The cons were numerable: our server was awkward; the seafood in 3/4 seafood dishes (crab linguine, crab and lobster ravioli, and salmon) was not fresh - they all smelled noticeably of ammonia - while the non-seafood dishes were generic and, therefore, overpriced.

This was my first experience with the Boathouse brand, which at first glance came across as just another of many The Keg clones, and I can tell you it does not deserve that comparison - there is nothing quality about it other than its choices in real estate.

My final complaint was involving a strange bill that took nearly ten minutes to create: we asked our server to split payment between gift cards and one credit card, and he returned with numerous bills asking use to sign for each while withholding the one with the total. When we asked for the receipt, which he had crumpled up into a ball, he then explained that his manager had used the gift certificate to discount portions of each menu item and that was why it took so long to generate! We were left too baffled to make a fuss, but the sketchiness surrounding the multiple receipts (when we asked for it all to be together), the crumpling and withholding of the actual receipt with the total on it, and the confusing way of separating the bill between two payment methods was enough for us to just accept the experience as a loss, and be gladly on our way.

My recommendation - go to another restaurant and take a walk on the beach (before or after) instead.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The waitress was a little impatient with us, maybe because we are seniors? She left the food waiting in the kitchen so by the time it got to our table it was lukewarm.

Food quality good.

Maybe too noisy for seniors in the evening.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very good dessert

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The tuna was a bit over cooked.

Appetizers are delicious

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The view was beautiful, the service was good and the food was reasonably good but very pricey. We had just eaten at Le Crocodile the night before with white tablecloths, exceptional service and exceptional food and the prices were the same. So we felt the value at the Boathouse was not as good.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food and service great. Very thankful to be able to move tables to the other end of the restaurant as there was a family with young very noisy screaming children at the next table and I know it would have ruined our meal. Don’t expect that at a high end restaurant where we are paying good prices for our food and wine to celebrate a birthday. . Seemed like MacDonalds. .

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was a special occasion: my wife and I were getting together to celebrate my wife's birthday as well as the birthday of her childhood friend. We lucked into a spectacular sunset view over English Bay. As for the restaurant experience, we received exceptional service. Our server was knowledgable about the menu choices. She also guided us to the special deal for a three-course meal. The cost is an extra $10 over the cost of the entree. The food and the wine were outstanding. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. She also acknowledged the two birthdays without calling attention to our table. The meal was not cheap but I feel we received very good value for our money. I don't mind paying extra to get a great experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Finding parking in the neighbourhood is an issue. The restaurant offers a valet service to overcome this problem.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were disappointed the restaurant was not busy. Food service location all excellent. Perhaps some updated renovations and furnishings will attract more customers.
Valet service wonderful!!!
Try the Boathouse again!

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

This was our first time to this location and we were very disappointed with the service. We were given a gift card for my husband's birthday so we decided to use it for this special occasion. Unfortunately, the one server working that night forgot about our dessert, didn't refill our waters, and wasn't anywhere in sight when we were done our meal. My husband had to go find him and request some service. There were only two other tables besides us in the restaurant at that time. We won't be returning to this location.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Tasty food and agreeable staff. Enjoyable experience

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Boathouse English Bay with friends in mid February on a weekday. The restaurant was practically empty at that time. The food and service were excellent. The view is spectacular.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

2 tables by the window were open and we asked if we could be moved. But our request was denied. They were open for a very long time probably just before we got our main meals. We didn’t like the place we were sitting. As there was everyone moving around our table. I don’t understand why they couldn’t move us. Food was good but then not being able to fulfill my request to move tables that were open half of the time I was there didn’t make sense to me. My girlfriend and I return there every year for Valentine’s Day, not sure if we will be returning the next year or during any occasion for that matter. Oh and the prime rib that I ordered, was one very fat piece of meat. I barely got any actual meat there. That’s where I was also very disappointed

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, great selection of wines and good value for your bucks

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal, relaxed setting, and lovely view.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Doughy dish&chips, boiled like finish on $45 tenderloin & not exactly a looked after experience.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was great. This resturant is expensive and could be not! It has a beatifull view to the ocean.
Overally, my wife, son and I had a great night!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall it was good. Only downside was one of our steaks was cooked "blue" when we ordered both medium rare. Restaurant was also out of creme brulee dessert which we were looking forward to.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall our experience was pretty good, food, atmosphere etc.. We started off at the bar for happy hour while waiting for our reservation. The service was spectacular, food and drinks were great.
When we went upstairs for dinner our server suggested the $40 dine out menu, when he came back to take our order and we ordered from the $30 menu he looked genuinely disappointed. After that point we felt very rushed by our server it was obvious we didn't spend enough money so he wanted the turn over.. he even went ahead and brought us our bill and asked if we needed the machine while I was still eating without asking if we'd like anything else. This was extremely disappointing as we were planning to have a few after dinner drinks there but felt pretty unwelcome after that, so we chose to go somewhere else.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

we went on a dine out night and were very pleasantly surprised. The service and food were excellent. My ahi and my partner's halibut were especially good, fresh and perfectly cooked. The table for two rather cramped and with the low ceilings we had to raise our voices for any conversation, but overall, we were happy to have come

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I got the $40 three course meal for Dine Out Vancouver. My first course was crab whiskey soup, and it came out cold. Lukewarm in the middle but cold on the outside. Had to send it back. My second course I got the steak and added prawns for another $10. The steak was good, but my prawns were undercooked and almost mushy. I was highly unimpressed for a meal I paid basically $50+ for. I won’t be returning :(

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great birthday dinner. Really great seafood!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Very nice location, close to the beach and Stanley Park. Very nice view. The price is reasonable. Food is average.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a fantastic dinning experience with boathouse. Excellent food especially the lobster tail, so awesome that it almost melt in your mouth.

We will definitely be back and will recommend this restaurant to our family and friends.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We tried the dine out Vancouver Menu. The Appies and the Desserts were ok. When it got to the main course the food was not presentable. The Lobster and crab ravioli was swimming in the sauce. We had to dig through all the sauce to find the ravioli. We also ordered the Salmon stuffed with crabs. Salmon was overcooked. The side veggies which were i think supposed to be grilled were raw. I eat out a lot and I know good food. Unfortunately that night I was there...i didn't see good food.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Overpriced for a meal that had no flavour. We used to really enjoy the Boathouse, but it seems the quality of food has dropped while the prices have continued to go up. Service was great though, even though we had a large group and needed to add extra seats at the last minute.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The Pacific cod was great. I would recommend the creme brulee.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Great location with a nice view of water and mountains. Food is nice enough and service was great. It gets busy on fine days but was pretty empty for Wednesday lunch on a rainy day.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Came for Happy Hour in the lounge on a cold, rainy day. The fire was roaring, which gave great comfort to our cold bones. Craig was a phenomenal server; made us feel at home, gave us super personalized service, & made us feel special!!!! Was a fantastic experience & I would recommend Boathouse English Bay to anyone - especially if Craig is involved!!!!

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Service was good, food was ok. Expected to be served bread before dinner like most other Boathouse restaurants and others, but we were not given the opportunity. Was not one of our memorable anniversary dinners - that was our 52nd!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The value of the meal for New Year's eve was over rated. The same meal ordinarily would have cost $55.00 per person. Very slow service, steak was not cooked properly. Have been a patron of the Boathouse for many years but this was not the best experience. I will give it a go one more time. I am assuming that this was a one off experience.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambience.
Would highly recommend to anyone

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was terrible and food way to over salted. Very disappointing!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Got the best table over looking water

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