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Boathouse English Bay
Boathouse English Bay

Boathouse English Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I chose The Boathouse at Spanish Banks because I wanted my guests from overseas to have a full experience of the good things Vancouver has to offer. I often go to the Boathouse in New Westminster, and The Boathouse brunches are a constant in our list of places to celebrate special occasions--but the food in this particular occasion was underwhelming--dry potatoes, next to no sauce in the bennies, and things missing from our order. Despite the mix up in our order the server was very friendly and attentive, and tried his best to fix the shortcomings. But the quality of the food could not be helped. I would probably return to this Boathouse, since the service was good and the view is beautiful, but I would be hesitant to go for a meal."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Classic dinning with a west coast flare. Overlooking majestic English Bay at the foot of Davie Street and Denman. Traditional white table cloth dinning room and a great outdoor second level patio with a west facing view for afternoon sun and lovely sunsets. The food is outstanding and may make you forget the view once your meal arrives. House made deserts and full bar just tops it off."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The air conditioning was not working when we were there so it was uncomfortably hot. The food and service was very good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Sorry, my english very poor. We visited 12 year ago Boathouse English Bay. Same nice people and Great foods. Thank you, Boathouse English Bay."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Sat in the covered outside section for a late evening meal. Food and service were great. Seared Tuna was delicious with Tiger Prawns as an appy. Was a little noisy outside though with a drumming band playing on the water front for half our meal."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Unremarkable! I had chowder to start, it was lukewarm. She had the Sweet Chili chicken appetizer: very good, Sadly the (first) best part of both our meals. I had Seafood Pasta: I was 'Okay'. She had Asiago chicken: it was 'okay'. We had coffee and shared cheesecake to finish. The second best part of our meal."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good but not great, I ordered the steak and lobster tail. Although the lobster was delicious, the steak I had left me wanting more. The flavor was there but it was quite tough and disappointing. The broccolini I had with it was barely cooked. So much so that when I tried to cut into it, it flew off my plate. For the amount of money the entree was, I was expecting a whole lot more."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The seafood here is great. I usually eat vegetarian but at the Boathouse I spoil myself with some fibs and feel good knowing it was caught following the guidelines of the Ocean Wise program"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Lots of different choices on the menu. There is something for everyone. An absolutely gorgeous location that shows off one of the best views in Vancouver!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We found non food debris in 2 dishes. Our waitress did not know how to react. While at the end both chef and manager came out and comp'd our main courses, shows they have too many inexperienced staff both in the front and the back. I think for the prices they charge, that is not acceptable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant is definitely kid-friendly.....to the point of noisey kids from the table next to us running around and disturbing other patrons. Obviously, the staff don't seem to believe that others do not want to hear screaming kids. Ambience? Was fine AFTER they left. As far as the food, my wife's shrimp dinner was excellent. Regarding mine.....the chef (I presume there was a chef involved) had problems coordinating the garlic mashed potatoes, greens and steak all being served at the same temperature. The mashed potatoes were warm as was the sirloin. The greens seemed fresh out of the fridge. On the second attempt.....same result. Would we come again? Yes, as we have had other experiences that were pleasant.....fortunately."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was fine, but the service was the problem. I went during the week and for brunch. We were the only ones there and our server kept disappearing. I needed ketchup at one point and I even to the kitchen to ask for it. The chef even asked "where is your server?""
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The waitress didn't attention to our table...first we asked for sauce, she didn't bring it. Then she took all the cutlery, didn't replace them. We ordered steak, there's no steak knife. Our main course came while we still having our appetizer. Back experience for return customer."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We chose to go here to celebrate the landing of a new job. The service was exceptional and our server was very attentive, especially towards my 9-year-old son who is a finicky eater. The food was OK and perhaps even a bit over-priced, but was partially compensated for by the gorgeous view of English Bay. The grilled halibut I ordered was overdone and a bit on the dry side, but the apple/cranberry crumble for dessert was fantastic. I have eaten at several different Boathouse locations before, including this one in the past, but in this one instance the food seemed a bit below my Boathouse expectations. This would not discourage me from going to the Boathouse again as I have never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was able to partake of their early dining special from 3-6 pm. What a fine bargain. The restaurant was quiet, the staffing superb, the food was wonderful. It reminded me of why I used to go there for special occasions. I'll be back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Visiting Vancouver from Western Australia and looking forward to sampling Halibut for the second time during our visit. Unfortunately it was a little over cooked, however the potatoes it came with were under cooked. The waiter was very efficient and polite. The restaurant view was perfect, but a little bit noisy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was really good, but had to wait more than 50 minutes for our food."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Unfortunately, the restaurant is one that I have previously visited so, maybe it was just a bad night. Food arrived cool, took over 25 minutes between ordering and serving and in between, wait staff were often difficult to reach. Will only return for the view. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "had the Mussels, very good, but too expensive and should not an Entree, left me wanting to order something more. overall very pleasant, out of town guests loved it, thanks"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We made the reservation for our Anniversary dinner. Although they phoned to confirm the reservation they neglected to tell us that at 6:30 pm on a Monday you can not locate the reservation so the pub is the only seat in the house to be had. Unfortunately, we gave it a chance; the food was subpar and un- imaginative. We went elsewhere for patio seating, a snack and the rescue of our evening. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Good selection of food, tastey and flavourful with a view that is unbelievable. A definite place to go if seafood is what your craving. Prices were a little high but overall it was a pleasurable experience. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband's favorite restaurant so we were celebrating his birthday but not anymore except for the view. The service was not up to Boathouse standard. The food was good when we got the meal that we had ordered and then it looked like they had taken part from the other dish that was wrong and put it with the new steak and prawns. Then we ended up with another table's bill not ours. I paid in cash and the waiter asked how much money I wanted back. I said at that point just bring me the change. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Amazing view of English bay from upstairs patio. Appy hour deals were great while soaking in the sun on the patio!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "very nice experience the early dining menu was excellent. we both had a very enjoyable time. i would like to know how long the early dining menu will be in effect. there are other dishes on the menu we would like to try. thank you, Jean Wells"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Ordered the miso halibut and the peppered cod ended up with miso cod and peppered halibut... In both instances it was the wrong way to cook the fish. Hopefully only a one off occurrence. View was spectacular."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were there May 27, 2014. Fairly quick and competent service (our server was a sweetie, actually) but she missed part of our order (a salad) possibly because of the noise and banter. But there was pretty slow delivery after that. Too slow, in my view. And when my sturgeon arrived it was lukewarm and fishy. I know, I know: what do you expect? It's a FISH. But there's a big difference between 'fish' and 'fishy'. It was fishy. I think maybe it'd been around awhile. So: the service was ok, but the kitchen needs attention"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We have been to this Boathouse location on a few occasions, and as always- the food was delicious and service was excellent. I ordered the Seafood Pasta, which was topped with a skewer of prawns and a large scallop. The pasta was done in a tomato cream sauce, with market fish (steelhead) and spinach to accompany it. I really enjoyed my dinner, however I did wish I has a few more prawns and scallops (there was only 3) The sun was really bright, and it was a gorgeous sunset..but like any waterfront restaurant- it was blindingly reflecting off the water until it finally set. Our dinner guests came up from California for the weekend, and were very impressed with the food, ambiance and will be back again to dine here another time. Bravo!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The boathouse accommodated our need to book and settle the bill in advance so our important guests could focus on their excellent food and service. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I took a friend out for a Birthday treat, and he wanted to go to the Boathouse as he said it is one of his favorite places for great food service and of course the view. The wait person "Eric" was very attentive, polite and friendly. The food delivery young man said "welcome back" >It's nice to be remembered...The only drawback was when it got very busy....the noise level was bad...now that was probably due to the large table groups...but hey we did enjoy, and will always go back......ek"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I love this place for a lot of reasond good food, nice atmosphere, and lovely staff"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Ordered quite a few dishes (seven to be exact) and really enjoyed all of them with the exception of the fish with veggies & quinoa, just found it a little bland. Despite that, everything else was incredible. The service, food, ambiance & view... loved it all. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was okay. Received different plates then what was mentioned on the menu. The waiter was spaced out and hung over from the night before. Our first and probably last time to the boathouse. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great location to take an out of town guest to. Good looking menus. Unfortunately food was cold and without excitement. Very good service. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Our server did a great job. Our food was exactly as we had expected. the chefs did a great job. The restaurant feels a bit tired and neglected. the view of course is spectacular, world class. Great location!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming to English Bay Boathouse for years. We always know we can expect great food and great service and Sat was no exception. Fish options are always fresh and delicious as well as great cocktails. We will definitely recommend for our friends and family to go to your restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were impressed by the wait staff team. After being seated promptly at a decent table with a filtered view of the water, Craig, our waiter, arrived to take our wine order. While awaiting its arrival, another waiter noticed us trying to admire the sunset view. He came over and asked if we would like the window table he was just clearing. Serendipity! We had asked upon arrival, but weren't in luck at that time. We very much enjoyed the calamari appy, and the mixed seafood grill was great. The salmon was nicely cooked (Last time we were here, my wife had a piece that was cooked a bit too long."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "So surprised this place was so quiet. We were the only group in there on a Friday beautiful afternoon so very surprised it wasn't busy at all. The food was well portioned and tasty plus the service was very good. It was hard to find parking at this location and paying valet wasn't really worth it so that might be a detriment to this place."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was heavenly ! Tried lobster for the first time and it was a great first experience... The calamari was the best I've ever had! The waiter was super friendly however seemed a little rushed and forgot to bring us some things. But otherwise it was great, beautiful scene, beautiful restaurant. Would definitely go there again !! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We haven't been to the Boathouse at English Bay in the longest while so it was opportune to go there to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The food was good as expected particular the blackened steelhead which was flavourful and had a mild spicy kick. We were luck to be seated at the last available window seat so we enjoyed the evening sunset but it was not as spectacular as the sunset on our wedding day. The ambiance is a bit energetic for a quite romantic dinner but the location, scenery and sunset were a good counter balance. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Lunch was great. The only complaint was the slow service."
    Dined on 5/4/2014