Boathouse Horseshoe Bay
Boathouse Horseshoe Bay

Boathouse Horseshoe Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/
  • Phone: 6049218188x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:30pm
    Friday 11:00am-10:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm
    Sunday 10:00am-9:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • 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: Bay Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Boathouse Horseshoe Bay
We are situated right on the edge of the water in beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Our view is very west coast and compliments our menu well. We are proud to present an extensive selection of great recipes, wines, and unique cocktails to provide you with an amazing west coast dining experience. Join us in our relaxed, casual atmosphere - come as you are.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Boathouse Horseshoe Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (103)special occasion (61)great for outdoor dining (48)great for lunch (47)good for groups (45)neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (42)romantic (33)fit for foodies (28)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (13)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • foodies2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just discovered this gem. Great location and good food. We will be back in the summer evenings to enjoy the patio and the view and in the meantime it is a good place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    RikoSuave
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    For reasons not clearly explained, the waiter apologized on three occasions for the lengthy wait time. One explanation what that the order is placed but the kitchen was simply not getting the order completed. . The bread came 20 mins after the the appetizer. My wife had Halibut and she claimed that it was overcooked. The waiter was very nice and professional though.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favourite place to eat
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As always, the meal was very good, the service was excellent and the location outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had an exceptional server who made the dining experience very pleasant. She was attentive and very professional. Food was tasty and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for familly get togethers
    IslandDiner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We needed a table for 7 people and the Boathouse was able to accommodate us on short notice. The noise level was quiet so that you could hear a conversation without shouting. The food was very good. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our group of 4 women in their 70's enjoyed the ambiance and the sunshine during our luncheon. Our server was patient, attentive and cheerful. The food was good but not outstanding in my opinion. Three of us who had tea received cold to lukewarm tea when it arrived, but the server immediately replaced it for us. Your location was good as two of us had to arrive by ferry to join the two from the mainland.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    Partyof9
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were really disappointed with the food. For the price, we were expecting something with a bit more flavor. 3 of us had the seafood grill, the salmon tasted as if it was previously frozen, and the stuffed prawns were so small it was comical (also no flavor). The service was good, and the view beautiful. We agreed as a group that we definitely would not recommend the Boathouse to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very happy ! Good food service and we love the view .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kielortVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    all in all an average visit. I would not recommend this restaurant, as we find better places in West Vancouver
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 47th wed.ding anniversary and we had a wonderful time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday early dinner
    jltastefood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating when with my request about a dessert that was diabetic friendly. Even though it was my birthday I wanted my Mom to be able to enjoy a nice dessert. Other than a few issues the our time in the restaurant was very enjoyable. a. A large party was at its last few members chatting, and their two kids where running around making a lot of noise. b. the crab cakes in my Eggs Benny I found a bit too crunchy and fell apart too easily and not enough sauce on the eggs, it's part of the dish and was skimped on. The service and food otherwise was definitely worth sharing with others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My meal & the service
    Emmylouise
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The meal I ordered was the Northern Seafood Pasta & it was great, however it was a bit spicy which I didn't totally love. I would have expected more seafood in it but there was such small chunks of salmon, one scallop & a few clams here & there. The service wasn't outstanding as I thought my waitress would have been more friendly. Our hostess was friendly & there was a man who brought my boyfriend & myself our food, he was very thoughtful & friendly. Other than that, my dinning experience was great & I loved the scenery & restaurant itself.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    Cat12
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good Seafood - We ordered Scallops in pepper sauce with the Wasabi mashed potatoes and the Ahi Tuna, both meals were good. Enjoyed the Horseshoe Bay and mountain views. Service was good. Added Bonus was free parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Manager Jake was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Jake Arabiana, the store manager, delivered excellent customer service. He was humble and proactively sought my feedback and comments on the food and service. Will definitely visit restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have known better
    westerngardener
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There's so much wrong with this 'restaurant' I don't know where to begin. 1. Given the lunch menu instead of the dinner one. Lunch menu had 2 choices in their steak options/dinner menu has 9. 2. Our first server who thought she was doing us a favor by serving us. Later, she was replaced with someone else who knew about customer service and was a tremendous improvement. 3. Appetizers: Coconut Shrimp (the best thing we ate all evening) and the Boathouse Signature Calamari which was fried to a crisp. 4. Dinner: Miso crusted wild halibut: dry and tasteless. Wild maple salmon: raw--sushi style. 5: Dessert: New York Cheesecake with seasonal berries. The seasonal berries were more like jam and a pasty mess. Will I return . . . never, ever.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • formerguest
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Disappointed ! been there for yers both private nd corporate ....slipping year over year... there is competition nd standards out there ...???ever heard of Cactus Club etc...?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous Location
    SaloVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good food and service, beautiful location! If you dream about dinner or brunch surrounded by typical gorgeous British Columbia scenary, there is no better choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sugr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had a fabulous anniversary lunch with friends yesterday, food delicious and the view as always, outstanding. Wondered why we don't visit more often. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality has dropped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A beautiful place to dine with a spectacular setting overlooking water. Unfortunately the quality of the food was poor which was a surprise as we have enjoyed many lovely meals here before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fading......
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went back because it was a nice evening and we watched a seal on the dock.....the food is still simply mediocre. The service ( Patrick ) was excellent . The seafood linguine not hot enough and slushy .....cant someone barbecue those prawns so that they are not rubbery ? No lobster ravioli, no bread pudding .......those were dishes that you did well ! You need a kitchen make-over but at least you have the view of the dock.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightfully Delectable
    Code
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my Wife's birthday this year because of its beautiful location. Being annual regulars to the Boat House in other locations across the lower mainland I knew the food was going to be up to snuff, but it is the location that really makes this restaurant shine. If you want good food with a fantastic setting look no further.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the right place, in the right place
    wayne
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Located at the confluence of Island, Sunshine Coast ferries and a major Vancouver freeway, this restaurant is the go-to location for family and friends to reconnect over consistently good food. The scenery is unbeatable, with marina and ferry activity in the fore ground and the snow capped peaks of the Squamish/Whistler mountains as a backdrop. Staff and management have been consistently attentive and responsive to special requests and inquiries. Excellent value overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great experience and great food! There is something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service and view!
    Momgoose
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A perfect place to celebrate a birthday and to bring our out of town guest. Thank you for the great food ad service. The view is amazing too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    LarryandLiz
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The Boathouse at Horseshoe Bay has a great view, good food and friendly knowledgeable staff. A relaxing break close to home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic
    munchy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A very scenic view. Service was a little on the slow side, food was good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeafoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Halibut and Chips were good except for the Chips. You shouldnt take the words "chips" literally by using the dried out ends of potatoes. As usual, the view was glorious and service fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is an outstanding Boathouse in Horseshoe Bay. Terrific setting, great service and quality food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a morsel left...
    pickyeaters
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We arrived near the end of Appy hour and tried 3 of the dishes - all delicious - especially the halibut with miso. Our meals, cocoanut cod and the curry bowls were just as good and generous portions as well. We share 2 desserts between 4 to finish off. Our corner of the deck was lovely, overlooking the arbutus grove on the little islet and watching the herons put on a show. A great place to have a casual meal or celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paying for the Ambience
    Wansharp
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We normally go to Boathouse in New Westminster, so we are familiar with their menu. However, we found, although our server was polite & courteous, the eye for detail lacked including the menu. Our coffees arrived, mine was obviously spilled, but instead of using a new cup or wiping if off the sides, still given as is. Food was not hot, poached eggs were overdone. Although I'm not one to complain to the server, I have had better experiences elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement ....
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant cannot continue to rely on the scenic view.....the food here has steadily gotten worse over the past six months .I feel very sorry for the servers ( doesn't that say it all ! ) when the food is so mediocre. Some dishes are still good ( the steaks are usually reliable ) but we've had a series of rubbery prawns and the seafood linguine is really not good. The desserts are few, unimaginative ( cranberry apple crisp microwaved into a puddle ) and Im not sure what has gone wrong ?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grea experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I have been to the Boathouse numerous times. Admittedly, we have had a few misses, but overall it is a great place, especially for that special eveing. In this case, it was our 19th anniversary, so the staff was kind enough to get a window table ready. Half the attraction of the Boathouse at Horshoe Bay is the view. Our waiter Mike was absolutely perfect. Not too much in our face, but seemingly always there when needed. He was willing (not all waiters are) to tell my wife 'not my favorite' when she asked, and what he recommended was perfect for her. Our meals came too early after appies, quickly returned, but other than that, everything went very well. Mike even brought us a small piece of cake with a sparkler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Requests in reservation not done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had requested a window table and stated that it was my mothers 80th birthday when I made the reservation through opentable. Didn't get a window seat and no acknowledgement of her bday. Food was good but quite frankly overpriced. Just disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    Mamabear
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love the location and meet friends there often. Good food and great view. Love the Seafood Chowder and the Spicy Shrimp appies.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good location
    DoubleBooking
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the lunch with the food, staff and view. Parking is a problem as it is in short supply You should be aware that our reservation proved to be double booked. Although it was suggested that one party had already booked (on the internet) they could not find it when the second person asked to check on it. There was space for us but could be a problem in busier times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Usually come to the Boathouse for special occasions and when we have guests. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our server was excellent, attentive and we really liked her...she remembered us from 6 months ago. My miso scallops were divine and my husband enjoyed his king crab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not up to expectations
    Longgone2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had eaten there once before and found this time the food was presented cold, and obviously prepared in advance. We ordered similar dishes to those on our first visit and they were nowhere near as flavourful or tasty. Will not be returning in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Skye
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have gone to the boathouse for decades for special family dinners, but this time around we left with a bad taste in our mouth. Slow and poor service, and not up to the usual standards. Food was over cooked, but cold. And is it me or are the portions tinier each time, and the prices getting higher. I think it's time for a new family favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful dinner by the sea
    jeffandlara
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed an early dinner on a Saturday evening sitting at a table by the window looking out onto picturesque Horseshoe Bay. Looking forward to going back soon. Food was delicious and drinks were very enjoyable. Parked right in front of restaurant in a free 2 hour spot that was perfect timing for our dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.