Boathouse English Bay
Boathouse English Bay

Boathouse English Bay

  • 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 WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Boathouse English Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (75)special occasion (49)good for groups (30)neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (24)romantic (24)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (17)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (11)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Down hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Though I have never lived in Vancouver, the Boathouse on English Bay has long been one of my favourite restaurants. I have been going there on business since 1980. This last experience was very disappointing. "Signature" calamari were tiny and tasteless. Scallops were also small. My guests meal was similarly uninspiring. Oddly, I recall the restaurant was always packed with people, but this time the restaurant was almost empty. I wonder how many other people feel the same way. I shall not go back.
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  • good time for early dinner in winter season.
    Teddy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We could see the sunset in the English bay from the restaurant. That was beautiful. Oyster was full of smell of ocean and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunny day dining with an absolutely beautiful view
    ChatAndNibble
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The usual Boathouse menu, so no surprises, which is good. Our food was well prepared. A large group showed up unannounced so the service may have been a little slower than usual. This didn't bother us as we wanted to take our time to relax, chat, eat and enjoy the stunning view of English Bay. The waitress was a very nice young woman who was attentive but then just left us alone until we were ready to leave. Will certainly go back when we have the opportunity.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sunset.
    YanYan
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Just that the steak Medallion was a bit too charred and missing seasoning. Food wasn't the greatest. Or maybe stick with bar food instead.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster fest
    anonymousA
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I went for a nice dinner and happened to be there during LobsterFest. Very tasty!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    MarathonRunner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Server was friendly but did not come by regularly to refill water and see how we are doing. Took a long time between courses and food wasn't served by the server but rather people who looked like kitchen staff. Mentioned several times it was my girlfriends birthday but nobody sang happy birthday to her. Don't know why you can't reserve window or patio tables. Isn't that the point of making reservations? People who reserved 15 minutes after us but arrived first got the window seat that I requested. I would reccomend The Keg instead of this place. Food is similar but better prepared, bigger portions, and at a better price with way way better service!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Returned again
    HungryEatsVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Yes, back again and this time tried the seafood salad. A great, light meal, just wish I could keep my hands of the fresh, warm bread and herb butter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lacking service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Was here for their early dining menu which offers soup/salad with entree. Ordered crab cakes and tuna tacos for appetizers. The server came by to ask if we wanted bread, we said yes but it never got to our table. Both my partner and I went for their salad which took a while to come and literally right after that our entrees arrived! So my partner's salmon and my mussels were sitting there cooling down while we tried to stuff the salad down. They didn't bring an extra bowl for me to toss my shells so I had to use my salad bowl for that. Restaurant was practically empty with only 3 other tables to serve.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Got a window seat which was nice. Waitress came and took our order, then disappeared until food is ready. I had to asked her if we can get some bread, and she asked me back, you want some bread? Sure, I will get you some. I thought they will usually give you a basket of bread before your meal comes? The restaurant was only half full, so she shouldn't have forgotten. Other than that, Food is ok.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average food and service
    Rockhopper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The restaurant was recommended by our hotel staff and it was close to the hotel. We were given a table by the window which was nice. The service was slow and the food was average. There was a waiter who was singing and trying to involve the entire restaurant in his energetic performance. He also had some sort of contest for a soft drink between children at separate tables causing the kids to scream at each other with excitement. We were there for a quiet seafood dinner. In addition there were three birthdays with the usual singing. It appeared more like an average family restaurant which is best avoided if you are looking for a quiet place to have a good meal.
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  • As expected
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Been many times, it is a English Bay treasure. Comfortable, warm, just a great place to have in the hood!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've been to the Boathouse before and booked way in advance as we were coming from Calgary. They seated us in an awkward spot away from other diners and the view,as if we were not even part of the main dining room. We asked to be moved and they did, but still did not give us a window seat (despite having reservations). The food is expensive and not worth the price. I ordered the grilled halibut and although it was fine, it was a small piece of fish, it needed more seasoning (and I don't normal add salt to anything!), the mango chutney was bland and the asparagus did not taste fresh and all of this for ~$32?! Total disappointment and likely won't return. Outdated and food could be much improved for the price.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    Swingy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I went to the Boathouse to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Service was excellent,....food was very good,....view is great, even though it was raining,.....and they comped the dessert for our special occasion. Very nice touch,.....and shows that they think about the customer. It impressed both of us. Our server was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Would recommend for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • soo soo good!
    rlcsrg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had the Coconut Lime Cod with Quinoa and Asparagus, my husband had Crab&Lobster Ravioli. It was SO GOOD! The service was excellent and our server checked in just enough times that we were happy and not annoyed. I wish I had saved room for the Espressos Creme Brule! It looked amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Fest was worth it
    HungryEatsVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    An exceptionally well spoken young lady was our server and she was well informed about the dishes and went the extra mile to answer our rather unusual questions directly with the chef. There were three of us and we ordered Blackened Steel-head, Miso pan-fried fish and salmon stuffed with lobster! All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome server!
    mytreat
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our server was amazing so much so my husband left her a 25% gratuity. Unfortunately he found his peppercorn steak tough and grisily however our other 3 meals were excellent. It was our daughter's birthday and even though we only did a quiet little toast once we received our drinks our server must have overheard that exchange and at the end of the meal brought her a piece of cake with sparkler courtesy of the Boathouse which was very considerate. We would highly recommend your establishment mostly because of the service we received. Thank-you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same issues as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I used to dine at the boathouse in English Bay somewhat frequently so when I had friends in from out of town I thoughht it would be perfect for brunch. We arrived as a table of 6 in the dining room. There was one other table of 4 ladies up there and that was it. After chit chatting and laughing with friends we all ordered. 4 lobster Benny, a shrimp I'm,et and he salmon hash. We waited about 20 minutes for our meal with only one other table in the restaurant. After about 15 minutes, I noticed hey were starting to plate our food. I wish it were later as the grilled cheese stayed on expo for over 5 minutes. By the time it reached us it was long gone. Our server was sweet as ever, but not very attentive. refills were requested 3 times
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The tide was out...
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Open table reviews for The Boathouse have tended to vary, but we decided to go ahead and give the place a try. Unfortunately, we must have caught them on an "off" night. The service was inconsistent and on the whole disappointing. It varied from too chatty/intrusive to disappearing and inaccessible. The food? Meh. Overpriced for certain. We had the crab stuffed shrimp and a veggie pasta dish. Not a lot of flavour/flavour profiles. Just not that interesting and tasty in the end. They also pushed some sort of frequent dining card really hard --- with the manager ready to come over and set up our account. Yuk on that. We will give them another try one of these days - but not anytime soon.
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  • DELICIOUS!
    StowellFan
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The blackened steelhead was one of the BEST preparations like this that I have had! It was wonderful. Also recommend ensuring one gets the mashed potatoes. YUM!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eddy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We would recommend boathouse it was friendly,service was excellent and the food was amazing. Salmon on cedar plate love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    Disenchanted
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My wife and I attended for dinner @ 7:00 p.m. The greetings at the front was enthusiastic and welcoming. The lower floor was almost deserted and we had a selection of tables. The waiter was presentable and friendly. The only complaint we had was the size of our meals. For $30.00 + per meal I expected a reasonable size portion. But it was miniscule and because of that, we will eat at the Cactus Club next time we are in your area.Overall, we were not impressed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View
    GeoffH
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    A place like the Boathouse, you go for the view, and if the food is good, that's a bonus. Started out with the tuna tataki, properly cooked and seasoned. Cocktails were very good. For dinner, I had the halibut and chips. The halibut was nicely cooked, not over or under cooked. My dinner companion had fish stew, and she enjoyed it. The fish and shellfish were fresh, properly cooked, and flavourful. Overall, a good evening, and worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where did the wond come from?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Got seated in the dining-patio area and felt a cold draft coming in between the tall glass panels. We moved first inside in the dining room, to realize that there was a draft coming from the ceiling as well, like air conditioning. So we moved to the outside patio as it was warmer outside than inside. I mentioned this to service at the end and was explained that there is no AC in this restaurant. I don't live in Vancouver anymore, so it doesn't really matter. But since you asked, this will be a reason for me not to recommend this BoatHouse - which has the most fabulous view of English Bay. We freeze in there on a bright sunny day, at 21 degrees outside. On the other hand, food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Surprisingly good
    GottaEatOut
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went because it was close by, and friends were staying in the Bay. Oh, and An Open Table special. What we got was very good food (crunchy coconut shrimp, yum!). But the part that made it for us was the engaging service. My favorite BH location is still Horseshoe Bay (same good food with better view - so romantic), but it is worth going to this location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, however...
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went here with my wife for a rare occasion of dining out before a concert. Perfectly prepared seafood for both of us (mixed seafood grill for me and the seafood chop salad for her), house wine (Tyee Gewurztraminer for me) was delicious, very friendly hostess. However, we were seated upstairs where the air conditioner had given up in the morning and it was stifling! We were not asked if we would prefer any other seating (there is a downstairs bar where the air was working, or an outside deck) - perhaps they had no other seats available. I was quite ticked about it until I realized that our poor waitress was beaded up with sweat - she was the one with the hard work. Would have been nice to have some forewarning or other choices offered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View to die for!
    Llannie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Without saying, considering we sat upstairs next to a window across the street from English Bay - the view was nothing short of spectacular when the sun went down! The service was cheerful and friendly right from hostess through to busboy. Our server was particularly helpful, happy and accommodating! We were very pleasantly surprised that all our dishes were superb! Kudos to the kitchen! The food was delicious and just the correct proportions and attractively plated. To be honest, we had not expected the food to be that great but all of us dining were more than happy with our orders. We shared the seafood platter for starters between the 4 of us and it was very tasty and sufficient and had us drooling for our entrees. Excellent seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service.
    RobthebruceVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Completely horrible service. Will never go back again.
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    scenic view
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  • VoltarrVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Halibut and chips! It's not too often you find fish and chips with Halibut. It's normally Cod. Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • It's about the VIEW...
    MissVVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    …because it sure ain't about the food! Wow. I hadn't been there in years (because I find their food substandard), but a friend wanted to go there so we went. Yup. The food was still terrible, but the view was fantastic. Our server was also great. Our fries were soggy, wet, and limp (you know that boney-white colour) - it looked like it took a bath in tepid oil.
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  • No A/C
    Steno
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were sweating the whole time we were there Kinda spoiled our time there and added extra salt to our plates Scallops disappointing/steaks good/mussels good/salmon yummy Wonderful location though Lovely waitress
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view!
    good4you
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The view from the deck is great! I enjoyed my B-day lunch here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • aceter
    aceterVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We arrived on time and were seated promptly. The waiter was initially attentive and served us well through the appetizers. The seafood platter was very good and all our guests enjoyed it. We ordered some wine with the mains and had to wait some time to get it. The waiter seemed to disappear for a while. We were then told the wine was not available and reordered the wine. After another long wait and after we had received our entrees, the wine did finally arrive.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was OK. I had the scallops which were small and over cooked. My husband had the Halibut which was nice. The calamari appetizer were a disappointment. Hardly any rings but a lot of end pieces. Overall Ok nothing what we expected.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • low chairs
    lowchairs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I felt slightly low in my chair which I don't like
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachside Beauty
    StowellFan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was the perfect place for a weekend brunch. With nice weather, sitting out on the deck, the smoked salmon hash and caesars made us feel like we had a bit of a vacation - though much more affordable. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood and cocktail list
    reider04
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The seafood was incredible, fresh and perfectly cooked. The cocktail's and wine list provide a great pairing to excellent food. Along with the beautiful view this place is a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Paul
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Met friends at this scenic location and enjoyed the food. Not overly busy which was good for chatting around the table and being heard. Service was friendly.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to go.
    GoodEating
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A bit pricey for the amount of food. I took my granddaughter for a treat. She ordered from the children's menu. I felt her meal was more substantial than mine! Service was great. We enjoyed the view.
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    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant is far too noisy, you cannot converse with your table mates. The waiter forgot to bring the soup, so we waited for 20 minutes before the, by then luke warm soup arrived, followed immediately by the main course. I will not return, there are better alternatives in the neighborhood.
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  • Great seafood restaurant
    Trainman
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visit this restaurant at least once a month. We thoroughly enjoy our experience every time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.