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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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Have visited many times and the fish quality has gone down hill. I was also overcharged as I ordered the "house" red wine and I just read that this is a scam they frequently use on tourists. Well, I am a local, and I will not be going back ! Too bad, as we did enjoy it here while it lasted.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great table, view, server and food!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Cool spot very basic food

T
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience. We had a last minute reservation for a table of 8 and we got a warm welcome, great service (thanks Rob) and they easily accommodated our GF and DF friend. We will be back!!!

PM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great oysters! Mediocre ahi tuna.

L
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

I was disappointed in the food tonight, I’ve been there in the past and it was so much better. Location is still great. Basically that was the only good thing.

s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was ok- but not worth the price. The view is the best part of this location.

L
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

This place has so much potential. The service is good enough but the food is below expectations. The calamari dish is awful. The halibut dish was over cooked. Fixed the quality of the food and would recommend this restaurant.

DE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely window seat, great service by Lois, and really enjoyed our lunch. Great place to bring tourists as it really shows how pretty our coast is.

p
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Maybe. My husband ordered the Blackened Chicken Burger, but he did not want the bun. He got a plate with fries, salad and a piece of chicken breast which was a little pathetic, so thin and did not even look like blackened chicken. Little disappointing.

T
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The service and atmosphere was very good as usual. Its too bad the food does not live up to that. My fish and chips were soggy.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Service was good and on point , got us in early and seated which was nice. Moderately pricey but comes with a great view of the ocean.

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place, perfect service, perfect food!!There is nothing to complain about it.

EC
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating Valentine's Day. The restaurant was quieter than usual, the view of the beach was beautiful and we were seated at a great location.
Servers were very pleasant and food arrived in good time.

GG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at The Boathouse. We had a lovely waitress. She was from Ireland and made our visit even more enjoyable.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was wonderful experience that was worth for it

DO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Very nice location but dissatisfied with our meals. Salmon was blah. Stuffed pasta was okay but nothing spectacular. We did enjoy the crab cakes, they were pretty good. Probably won’t go back. Felt like we way over paid for our meals.

m
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We love going to the Boathouse in Kits because it has one of the best views in the city.
However, we had a number of appetizers and have to say the cesear salad was a huge disappointment. honestly, I think the prep for that was 30 seconds.
We waited for the server, and waited, and waited, and then just gave up even thinking of having dessert or a coffee because we were under a tight time frame to get to the NHL hockey game.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a Landry’s Select member we got to enjoy our birthday reward and took advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a dinner date night without crossing the border. It was easy to book on Open Table and we were treated well from the moment we arrived.

MS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location and views and friendly staff! Moderate value for the price. Beer and Alcohol overpriced.

E
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was so great. It was a slower night, which was nice for us to stay long and enjoy. She had great recommendations and was very friendly.

k
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Came on a Friday evening during Dine Out 2020. Place was quiet. Maybe the heavy rains rain had something to do with it. Couldn’t see any view in the downpour! Food was good, except they brought me a sirloin when I had upgraded to the lamb shank. But they were very quick to correct it and overall I was happy with the food, service and the value.

HM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food. Like the ambience at the Kitsilano boathouse even in the rain

RB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Neither my host nor I are likely to ever return to this restaurant.

The host was a foghorn and, by the time he got to our table, we had heard his 2-3 minute long loyalty program membership pitch twice already, from the neighbouring tables. We were treated like a captive audience, and then the loyalty membership pitch began for us - we weren't asked if we wanted hear it, he just launched into it. He was far too loud and all about himself (an aspiring actor, he said. Too much projection, we said). My friend and I were trying to catch up with each other, yet the waiter continually interrupted. "If the referee is doing his job, you should never know he's on the ice."

That said, The Boathouse is seeming positioned near the top of dining experiences, or should be, and yet the cheesy "get 10% off" pitch just undermined all of that. My host recovered the 10% by reducing the tip to a lower value, mostly because when paying, his options for a tip were 15%, 18%, and other so he had to work to express his dissatisfaction by going down the 'other' path.

And here is the killer, TASTE is SUBJECTIVE. I really don't care what the host's personal favourite is, or what they recommend. It's MY taste I'm trying to satisfy, yet never did the host ask what I liked, except when I declared to place my order.

For context, my host and I have each traveled extensively on business for decades. We are both accustomed to eating at finer restaurants, and also know when to draw a line. Not again.

VN
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Daniella was our server and she was very attentive to my mother and I. We went for the Vancouver Dineout deal and she treated us very well. She noticed my mom was taking a bit longer on her appetizer and asked if she could put her main under the heat lamp. A gesture we have never come to experience in other restaurants. My mother enjoyed their bread which Daniella told us is made in-house. When asked if we could take home the leftover loaf-she went the extra mile to not only pack it but gave us fresh of the oven loaves (4) of the bread. Restaurant bread is not something we appreciate other than what is most of the time used for-a filler while we wait for the main meal. Not in this case, the bread was good enough for us to ask. She really enjoyed it the next morning and she did not give us any attitude which is also appreciated. Like the location and ambiance. For the first time-diner, please be aware the parking is not right next door to the main building so don't be put off by it. Parked at the parking lot of the beach, pay for the parking and short walk to the restaurant.

MK
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very noisy in main part of restaurant so we sat in bar area which was quiet. However we either roasted under heater or froze when it was turned off. Otherwise great evening.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Lacklustre service (didn’t ask how our food was, if we needed anything, etc) Waited long for food. Food was unseasoned or over seasoned.

F
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Entree brought out prematurely. Quality of food good.

LL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

It wasn’t the best day to be there, and the glass window we sat next to the glass was dirty. So it just doesn’t seem comfy and clean.

F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We order a eggs Benedict on crab cake. I was so disappointed the crab cake was filled mostly with breadcrumbs, we paid the most I have ever paid for a bent and so dissapointing, the salad was without any dressing and it was my partners birthday, it was not acknowledged at all. The waiter was kind. The meal was very mediocre. With such a view you can do so much better

RS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a dark, cold and stormy night. We sat by the window and were lightly warmed by space heaters, treated to a rainy view of the habour night, with ship lights outlining their form. The food was fabulous and bountiful; seafood, pasta, desserts. The price was right too. With a generous tip, only $120 for two people. It was a pleasant dining experience.

S
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Difficult for a handicap person as there is no parking on site. Service was slow despite not being less than half full on a Monday evening. Steak was a bit tough, even though the server recommended & said it would be fine to have it well done as I don’t like pink inside

MT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server was phenomenal! I wish I could remember his name. They really worked as a team and took care of us though it was very busy. They were accommodating with substitutions even though it was a dine out. The lighting and noise level was perfect and the view is definitely one to write home about. Will go again

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal, excellent service, incredible restaurant.

LR
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great ocean views but the food is average but very pricey. My husband ordered a steak and added a lobster tail at "market price." Market price turned out to be $45 for 2 small tails. Ouch! Service was fine.

a
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a delicious brunch - particularly the smoked salmon egg dish, we had a sunny winter day with few venturing out due to the weather. Best service & atmosphere with roaring fire
Great job, we treated our friends & they had never been before & were very impressed

VT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The seasoning on my steak was too salty. It tasted like I was getting intermittent chunks of rock salt with random bites. My dinner date is a big fan of salt and she, too, found her steak to be too salty.
The vegetables were not stellar... the carrots were barely cooked and the brussel sprouts were over-roasted. Hard carrots & brussel sprouts of any sort are NOT something I expected (nor ate more than a bite of) at a restaurant the calibre of the Boathouse.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

It’s a nice place to get family and friends to be together. Plenty of space with beautiful beach view. Maybe because of the season, only a few people were there for dinner when we were there. The service was good and the waitress even gave us a special treat for my sister’s birthday; however, the food was not good as what we expected.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overpriced for the quality of food you get. The presentation looked cheap.

m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The boat house has a lovely location but we waited for over 30 minutes for our food sadly and drinks took a good 10 minutes. Nice staff but I think the kitchen must get busy.

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