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Boathouse English Bay
Boathouse English Bay

Boathouse English Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca
  • Email: bheb@ldry.com
  • Phone: (604) 669-2225
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Brent Fisher
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Denman
  • Parking: Valet
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed our evening. It was great to be able to make reservations online!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went for dinner with friends to the Boathouse English Bay in the evening. The food was really good - we selected it for good seafood. Ability to watch the sunset was one of the highlights of the evening."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Boat House on Denman has always been my favorite place. Great location, great service, great view and excellent seafood."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our server was outstanding, there were some distractions around the restaurant. The food was amazing."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Scenic View of English Bay Outstanding view, great food, service was not rushed. We enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Location and views are great. Food not so much. We have been to this location many times before (as well as other locations) and this was the first time we were disappointed. I ordered the New York strip steak because I have had it before at another location and it was outstanding. Not this time however. First off, it came to me cold, not even warm...it also seemed to be fried, not grilled. Yuck!. Don't get the crab cakes appetizer. We ordered it and were alarmed about the amount of filler and lack of crab, not worth it. There were only three or four tables in use in the dining room and they put us all together. Service was proportionally slow. Note that there is no elevator or lift and a lot of stairs. I was on crutches."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at the Boathouse. We both ordered one Caesar Salad, and split it. One is more than enough for 2 people. The Fish was Halibut with lots of beer batter around the white fish filets. Not too much just enough batter to make it crunchy. If you re looking for tarter sauce, you get a basil tarter. It was bitter and sharp tasting. Then we asked for cocktail sauce and it was hot, but not horseradish hot, tabasco hot. So we just ended up just using the ketchup. The fries were good, fresh potato cut and fried skin on. The waiter was asked to bring malt vinegar, but did not bring any. We did not see him again until it was time to pay the bill. The Boathouse is now owned by an American chain Landreys' disappointing."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at The Boathouse. On arrival, there was no one to greet us. We waited over 5 mins. for someone to show up and take us to our table. We then waited 25 mins. before a server came to our table (and only because we had to ask if anyone was serving this table). The server was very apologetic and explained that there were issues in the kitchen that evening (not our problem). From then on, our server did his best to make up for the poor service. The bottle of wine that we ordered was wonderful, the mussels were excellent, however, the fish & chips were just okay and the salmon was very dry. Overall, not a good dining experience. Would not recommend it nor would we return. In all fairness, the view is fantastic."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Definite west-end vibe. Only downside was it took FOREVER for our appies, then the meal showed up just as we put our forks down! Timing could be better"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Reservations for 10am Saturday Brunch, doors still locked until 10 mins past 10am. Our waitress didn't show up to our table until 10:30am. Specific requests, such as hollandaise sauce on the side were noted, but ignored. When the kids "bacon & eggs" (for $9.99) showed up without bacon, the server ARGUED with me, saying that the kitchen told her it didn't come with bacon. I told her to review the menu, and 'bring out the bacon'. Nice view, tasty food, but definitely NOT worth the price, especially considering the service was less then acceptable. We promised our two Ontario guests a beautiful brunch, and were embarrassed to have such an unwelcoming & argumentative experience. Not the West Coast way, I assured them."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were in Vancouver for a Convention and had a night to ourselves so I used Open Table to book a restaurant for dinner on Thursday night at the Boat House on English Bay in Vancouver. We had a table at the windows facing English Bay and had an exceptional view. The service was excellent and meal fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend both Open Table for the ease with which we were able to make our reservation, and the Boat House at English Bay for a sensational dining experience."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Food was good but the waiters explanation and recommendation didn't help - regarding the cut of the meat it was wrong even. Service was just minimum friendly (not warm and motivated) and not very attentive: no water refill during the whole time. Nice place at the window during sunset, but that's all the visit was good for. We've tried several restaurants during our two-week-visit in Canada, but this one doesn't make it into our Top-Ten."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food Good environment Pricey Slow service Tables too close (especially in the middle)."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The quality of my eggs benedict was fine, but the serving including the potatoes and fruit was limited. Honestly, the White Spot plate which I had eaten not long before contained about twice as much food. What will Americans, who are proverbially used to large portions, think ? I guess you will get their feedback from them. It's not really my business."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great location near the beach and easy to get to. Valet parking was available and at a reasonable rate. Service was good and the server had a great attitude and checked on us as often. Food quality was fair. I had crab and lobster pasta. The lobster was on special so I expected to taste a bit more of it, but really only tasted the crab. My SO had Risotto which was lukewarm so OK but not great."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The service provided by the server was worse than expected, and even though she repeated our order to us when taking our order, there was a mistake when the food came out. Since we didn't want further delay to our food, we were going to accept the 'wrong' entree. Manager Derek made things right by giving us the wrong entree for free so that we could eat and bringing out the 'right' entree when it was ready, and if we were too full, could pack it to go."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the wait staff. Our servers were professional, friendly, and more than helpful with the wine selection. Their knowledge of the menu was helpful when we needed some help making a selection. It is Lobster Fest and there are so many selections. Something for everyone. This is not our first time at this spot and it won't be our last. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Casual is the name of the game."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "A beautiful seaside experience for our "fancy night out" in Vancouver. Stunning views of English Bay from our window-side table. Superb service and excellent, creative seafood dishes. A perfect spot for a romantic, quiet dinner for two and if the weather is nice, a great neighbourhood for a before or after-dinner stroll by the beach. Thank you for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My partner and I went out for lobster fest on Saturday. The food was excellent but unfortunately the heat went out after we had ordered. The restaurant got colder and colder as the evening went on. The staff were apologetic and gave us a free appetizer for our trouble. Although it turned out to be an expensive, cold night out, I would recommend the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We visited the Boathouse Restaurant and really enjoyed our evening. My daughter had the tuna tacos and the crab dip and was not disappointed. I tried the miso coated halibut which was listed as one of the Boathouse's favourites. The fish was very flavourful and my only criticism would be that they could have provided a little more sauce on the halibut. Our waiter was very attentive and the food arrived in a timely manner. An overall enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "initially booked for Valentine's day as they were advertising their lobsterfest, but then later told 2 days before resos that there weren't offering the regular menu, but a set menu w different price levells. ended up being a great selection of combos of steak/ prime rib and seafood! very tasty and also great selection of appys. waitress made a lovely wine recommendation! place was busy w many couples dining for the evening, but it want too noisy. outstanding view of English bay!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Beautiful sunset over English Bay. The service was spot on; we asked to have the courses spread out so we could just kick back and enjoy the ambiance and view and our server timed the drinks, appetizers, main and desserts perfectly. We started with Lobster Bisque which was creamy, rich and delicious! For the main we had stuffed lobster, cooked to perfection. I ordered extra veggies instead of a starch and got a good variety which also were delicious. The creme brûlée that I had for dessert was very tasty and done beautifully. We ordered Blueberry Tea for an after dinner drink and it was served just how I like it with the tea on the side. The evening exceeded our expectations; I recommend the Boathouse for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came here for birthday dinner for 2, mentioned it at time of reservation. Upon arrival, the greeter wished us a happy birthday and so did our waiter when he came to our table. Ordered drinks, asked for my Caesar to be very light on the spice. It was perfect, and the waiter checked on us all throughout the meal. When he saw me trying to take a photo of the waterfront at sunset, he immediately came over and offered to take a photo of us together while the light was good. The lobster risotto wasn't that great - the vegetables were cut all different sizes and very chunky, plus the risotto was still slightly crunchy...but we got mud pie with a sparkler in it!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food and view of the beach. Only negative was we were seated at our table for over 10 mins before the waiter showed up."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for a late dinner; ambiance quite nice; dim and noise level very low. Electric candles. Was seated in a small corner on the 2nd floor, right next to the exit. Very cramped. Hard to wave down our waitress. App: tuna tacos, the shell was crispy and crunchy, sauce nice and sweet, but the tuna tasted refrigerated. Rice was cold and ROCK HARD. Tasted like day-old rice that's been sitting in the fridge all day. Lobster mac n cheese was creamy/cheesy; generous lobster portions in the macaroni itself but the tail was tiny. Lobster risotto. Rice hard and undercooked. The dish very bland, even when I loaded it with seafood seasoning. Arugula didn't match with the risotto, bitter taste was distracting &took away fr/the creaminess."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for valentine dinner with my son!wanted to go there for lobster festival!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Well....as my husband said "it would be better if it didn't feel uncomfortable being there". It was his 50th birthday and it was near-well ruined by an over-talkative and pushy waiter who would have rather talked about his acting career and pushed food we didn't want. Our table of 7 was gob-smacked at his frequent interruptions and monologues about his 'work'. I even saw him giving the same spiel to two other tables - at the same time!! The food was mediocre and, on a friday night, the place was near empty - that should have told me something. Not going back anytime soon. Sorry."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "the place was great! next to the beach and the food was amazing! so tasty. the best dine out experience. friendly service with free smiles :)."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This was our 3rd time doing the Dine out Vancouver. The service and food was great. We found the value was fantastic. We look forward to next years Dine out Vacouver. We would say if you want to go for a nice dinner and a great view to go to The Boathouse. The only down point is that when busy, it is very noisy."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went with a group of friends for Dine Out Vancouver. Found the Boathouse to be a very great spot that has definitely improved over the years to become a more upscale restaurant"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I felt the ambiance could have been better if the music was a little quieter. Other than that I enjoyed dining here."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I went to the boathouse last week and had dinner. The food was good but when a server came to me and my friend and started to take orders, we smelled cigarette from him. We were pretty sure he just finished smoking and came to us to take an order. We felt so bad.."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great view if you get a window seat but run of the mill food"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Considering the place was less than half full, we expected our meals to come out on time but we all thought that the entrees took a really long time to come out in between meals."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I have been going to this upstairs restaurant for 25-30 years under the name ENGLISH BAY CAFE & THE BOATHOUSE (note the pnt. below *) There was a "Dine Out Vancouver" Promo & I took the Package. My meal was flavourable & enjoyable, however it was a little heavy on the sodium. Unlike many other Vancouver restaurants it was quiet enough to easily converse. Our waiter was professional & friendly but should have been faster on the uptake to take the Credit Card payment. *Approx. 25 years ago when it was the E.B.C., on the main, steep stairway my feet came out from under me & I bounced down to the bottom ON MY BACK with fortunately, no injury. Today THERE ARE STILL NO anti-slip guards on these steps, so be carefull. The back stairs DO have them."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our appy Mac & Cheese with crab and lobster was out of the world. My husband's crab and lobster meal was perfect, but my salmon was over cooked and dry. We had a beautiful view of the ocean and our waitress was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We did the Dine Out Vancouver on Friday evening. The meal was so so. Steaks arrived undercooked and were returned. Staff apologetic. Steaks arrived back a bit better but definately not top quality meat. Tough and chewy and watery. The view and the sunset were what saved the evening."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We loved all of the choices on the menu, it was tough to decide. Excellent menu of traditional and unique items. Happy to see all of the lobster dishes. Beautiful view and ambiance. Our only complaints: the service from the front door staff was uninviting and unprofessional, our server was lovely but the slow service was ridiculous, as it wasn't even busy. We got our appies before our friend got a glass of wine. It took the server 5 minutes before she checked on our main courses. Then it took forever to get our desserts and our bill. We wanted to leave a better tip, but because of the very slow service, we didn't. We see a lot of potential in this restaurant, but the service needs to improve."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We got seated relatively quickly. Service from the start was very good but it took a considerable amount of time for our waiter to take our orders. Once the orders were in, the bread continued to flow to the table and the water was topped up on a regular basis. Before our orders came out we were told that they had run out of mashed potatoes. How does a restaurant run out of mashed potatoes? The food was good to very good. The view was decent even though we weren't seated by the window. Overall the restaurant is a good pick for a nice meal with a view, or to bring a date. We arrived around 8:15 but didn't end up leaving till 11:40pm. We didn't feel rushed by the staff and they continued to top up drinks during the entire time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at The Boathouse English Bay and have never been disappointed with the service or food. We like to come for special occasions and for the "fests." Our recent visit was for our anniversary. The server, a trainee, asked if we were there for a special occasion. She and her trainer were friendly and spent a bit of time chatting with us about that and whether we'd been there before. We were still given a lot of privacy, as befitting the occasion."
    Dined on 1/22/2014