The Boathouse at Kits Beach

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Overlooking the hottest beach in Vancouver -- The Boathouse on Kits Beach is a legendary spot to hang out both summer and winter. Join us on our heated, covered deck for year round patio dining, or in the bar and restaurant for the best view of the waterfront and Kits Beach action.

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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 west coast decor and spectacular views, The Boathouse is a favorite for locals and tourists.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Boathouse at Kits Beach is an awesome restaurant. It brings our West Coast lifestyle to your dinner table. This time we had a visitor from Sendai Japan joining us who loved the location, the ambiance and of course, the service (Marita) and the food and wine.

J
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great location for my family and our guest, a senior, who loved the location and the care given to her and us, in general. Thanks Boathouse staff - and esp. to our server - whose name I have forgotten, but who was exceptional. Please look her up from our meal on Sunday night (table of 5 and one senior with a walker) and commend her for a job well done.

AJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was top notch! Seating was awkward as it felt we were having dinner with 2 other families. Food was excellent. Had the filet mignon and the potatoes were amazing. It was very loud but overall a great time.

AV
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Very noisy place, Friday night, maybe other days better. Food so so, nothing special, would not go back. Cafeteria quality

T
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

great location and great idea to give a reduced starter to Bard goers
Will come again next year and probably before

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's very nice view. The steak and the lobster deal is really good 👍🏻and it tastes great 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service was poor, generally inattentive. Dirty appetizer plates remained on the table until after our departure. Had to refill our own wine glasses and never got asked if we wanted dessert. Empty dinner plates only picked up when we finally decided to request the check so we could leave. Week night birthday celebration where the food was okay but where the staff made it not worthwhile.

TC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Salmon was over cooked and dry

EA
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great food.
Enjoyable dining experience

AM
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We are regulars but our request for an outside table was not acknowledged, even though we included our request in the open table notes section. We live in Kits and come all year round - not just in the good weather.

LR
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous sunset on a warm summer night on the patio overlooking Pacific Ocean and kitsilano beach with steak & lobster!

MF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely place. Great food and great sunsets each time I’ve been there.

L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated at the patio. Great seevice, very attentive waiter and excellent food. Looking forward already to our next visit!

M
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food and drinks are overpriced for what you get both in terms of quality and quantity - the location and view are the main reason to go there and why you pay more.

Service was fine and so was the food (although again, overpriced!) but the kitchen messed up our order, then took forever to send the right dish. The manager addressed this by giving us a generous discount on our bill, but when there’s four of you and it’s a special occasion, it’s not the bill that counts but the overall experience. In this case, it really fell short of expectations.

P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic view, delicious food, always reliable. Washrooms on a busy night can get very messy

JR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was attentive, kind, and pleasant. Everything came on time. I even got a special birthday cake slice. The view by the window is stunning! The ahi tuna was delicious and plentiful.

TD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter was very good. View was spectacular. Menu offerings were varied, but the menu card itself was bland (suggest add colour e.g. light green for the salad section, red for the meat and seafood section, etc.

m
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice view and amazing seafood chowder. Mocha ice cream pie is always my favorite too.

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I made reservations for a window seat and notified in advance there will be a stroller but was not provided. Hostess was very unhelpful and unwelcoming. When we arrived, we were ushered to the patio. I asked for a window seat and not patio. We were then left standing wondering what is going to happen when the waitress went off. I saw her later on standing and chatting with someone else. Then, some tables were rearranged for us at the last minute. It was still not a window seat and we had to awkwardly maneuver our stroller. I there was a table available two tables over but that was reserved already and the party was late. We were on time and our table wasn't ready. Why? Thankfully the waitress was delightful and made up for the awkward and frustrating beginning of our evening there.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing table with a wonderful view. The food was great and the server was efficient but unobtrusive

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

All items on my plate tasted the same and were cooked in sesame oil. Huge spiderwebs above all tables were disgusting and windows dirty. Service wS slow and would not recommend.

PK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning views and exceptional staff.

ML
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I had a mix feeling about the staffs there. The receptionist was blank face and appeared lethargic but the initial server as well as the late server were friendly. The food, in general, was ok. The best about this restaurant was the view overlooking English Bay.

r
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Nice place
Nice view
Friendly environment and waitress
Poor quality and quantity of food and drinks
Noisy place for communication
Trouble to find parking

DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our evening at The Boathouse in Kitsilano. The server was attentive but not too much so. We felt relaxed and enjoyed every part of our meal. The only thing that would have made it even a little more special would have been a complimentary dessert as we had let them know we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Overall, though, we would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Thanks so much.

JP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great food. I definitely recommend this restaurant

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly waiter. Tasty, fresh seafood: crab, oysters, tuna. Variety of appetizers.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

The location is amazing especially in the evening, we got seated on the patio. We had to go find a server, no one even acknowledged us after we were seated. We were early for our reservation and we told them we'd wait if it would be an issue - they had seated us anyway. Our server seemed very nice/pleasant but totally distracted, we weren't offered bread, we sat with empty plates both after our main and dessert. Other guests were offered blankets (different server), we were not. I advised her we were done (finishing drinks) and she left the plates and came back 5 minutes later again at which point I had to specifically ask for the bill. Calamari was good, pasta was great, huge portion - so was the Grilled Tuna. Hubby had the Mixed Grill, it was underwhelming and he ended up needing to eat half of mine. Desserts were HUGE (best part of the meal). Overall - our server didn't live up to our expectations, some of the food was better value than others and the location was the best part.

MC
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful lovely evening and would definitely come back. The food was fantastic and the ambiance was very enjoyable. The view of Kits beach is amazing. Would highly recommend.

XF
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

High value for med level of food. Great patio deck overseeing kits beach. $9+ for a draft beer!!

JP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The staff and service were excellent. Our server was friendly and very efficient. Our dinners were a disappointment. We ordered the maple salmon on a plank with roasted potatoes and vegetables. The salmon was good but the dinner was totally spoiled by the roast potatoes which looked and tasted liked day old potatoes which had been reheated. $34.00 was far too much to pay for a meal like this.

OT
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always get a good meal and a fun meal ..great service and great view!!

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location and view. The food was good and came quite quickly.

K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We have eaten at The Boathouse many times in the past. The ambience is great, right on the boardwalk at Kits Beach. Unfortunately, when there on Monday for dinner the service was very slow and the food was not impressive. We waited a very lengthy time to order drinks, then longer to order food. After we finally ordered the food came reasonably quickly, but the fish and chips were very overcooked, and the chicken sandwich was cold. We can not fairly recommend this to others for anything besides the ambience after our latest experience. Very disappointing and we will not likely be back.

ML
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Nice view, too bad about the food. This restaurant provides seriously mediocre food in a great location with views of the beach, and easy walking distance to Granville Island.

DP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had out of town visitors. What a way to show them Vancouver. View, food and service were all top notch!
Well done!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Never had this kind of unprofessional service and management

HS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food-Not great
Ambience/View-Nice
Service-Good
Would I come back? for the view-Yes, for the food-No.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

The view was beautiful but the food was lacking. Also we ordered drinks (after the server said we had to wait to order) and they arrived moments before dinner...for the price I would have expected more. I have several things but most disappointing was the salad. At $16 it was all lettuce and nothing special.

ES
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Gluten free options were great - chef was very accommodating

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