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Boathouse Horseshoe Bay
Boathouse Horseshoe Bay

Boathouse Horseshoe Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca
  • Phone: (604) 921-8188
  • 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: Seafood, Steak
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent - location, quality of food, ambiance and service - thoroughly enjoyed by the four friends from North Vancouver, Surrey, Langley and Winnipeg. Relaxed atmosphere - all glad we had chosen this specific Boathouse (in Horseshoe Bay) for our Lunch."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went out to celebrate end of school year start of summer, and the evening was beautiful in horshoe bay. Menu was appetizing and varied. Lots of choices for my teens. Everyone enjoyed the meal, and the wait staff helped make it happen, by being there but not intrusive. Not inexpensive, but great for a summer night out"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Other than The Boathouse having no record of our on-line reservation (which I brought along as a printed copy) our evening was fabulous. We took visitors from Australia here to enjoy the Horseshoe Bay view and the West Coast dining menu. Our guests both ordered the crab & asparagus topped steak and were totally delighted with everything, including their request for a medium cooked steak. My husband ordered the seafood pasta dish which he said was outstanding. I had the cedar-plank salmon special which was perfectly cooked. The citrus salad &roasted veggies a very nice addition. Very good service; cheerful & attentive waiter. Manager was very courteous in sorting out the reservation situation."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "While the restaurant provided a good dinng expxerience, the shortage f parking presents a major problem."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wait staff should be reminded that it is rude to start to take away dishes if not everyone in the party has finished their meal. It makes the people who have not finished eating feel like they are being rushed. We had a party of eight and there were still 3 people with food on their plate and the waiter wanted to start clearing dishes until I told him to wait to clear the dishes once everyone had finished their meal."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had my 94 year old mother with me. They we're very willing to 'mix 'n match' the menu to accommodate her needs."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The location & view of the ferries & marina are just wonderful. The service has always been spotty , because of the rapid turn-over of staff, but being able to book on Open Table means you don't have to fight with trying to make a reservation by phone. The food is usually good although more chain-restaurant than the prices would suggest , the steaks were excellent , I was not impressed by the very small helping of mashed potato ( for the 6oz. filet steak that it was meant to accompany! ) We didn't have dessert because they have discontinued the bread pudding ! We continue to go back because of the view...."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We've been here before but our meal was a bit disappointing today (especially the hair in the omelette) and the service was a bit slow. The Manager was very apologetic and an adjustment was made to our bill. I think it was just an off day and we hope to return again in the future."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The best food in Vancouver and the nice place to eat"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Took my date here for her birthday. It was her first time and she was thrilled. We had a wonderful young lady take care of us . We had a wonderful dinner. Our stakes were perfection and she loved looking out the window at the water and mountains. This is as good as it gets. I will always go early to sit by a window. Thanks for a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We really enjoy the Horseshoe Bay Boathouse. The setting is great, overlooking the marina and ferry terminal and on to the North Shore mountains. Food was done to perfection, servers were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. And we live less than 10 minutes drive from here. Lucky us."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A repeat diner for this location, and yes I would definitely go back again. We moved off the North Shore recently, and even with the added distance in driving for us now, it's always worth it. Food is delicious, service is good, and the view is spectacular (when clear). Restaurant should do more to faciltate parking for customers. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience! Staff was amazing, every knowledgable about both beverages and food. We had an asortment of seafood. The view of Horseshoe Bay from the patio is spectacular! Overall a great place to dine! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went after my sons university graduation on the early bird menu. All 5 of us sat outside got our waters then when we requested the early bird menu we were told we couldn't have that deal outside we were moved inside which was fine but the place was very quiet and it wouldn't have killed them to leave us there!! The food was good value great view, we usually find it expensive and don't go very often even though we live in horseshoe bay,I wish they would do a horseshoe bay residents deal at certain times if they did we would go more often as we would just walk over because a lot of the time they are very quiet and some customers are better than none! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The Boathouse in Horseshoe Bay is an old family favorite where we can expect the food & service to be excellent, plus you have the view of the marina, ferry terminal and the Bay. We both selected the Mixed Seafood Grill, accompanied by an Italian Pinot Grigio. Excellent! Our server, Stephanie, was a delight! Very knowledgeable & attentive. We were celebrating my birthday & she made the occasion even more special."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "and great food, this restaurant location makes any and all occasions memorable - no matter the weather!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "our server Jennifer was great on the menu with details and great recommendation so that we can enjoy our time there."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "A week ago, six of us got together for a leisurely lunch at the Boathouse. Each of us found the food absolutely delicious, and the service was very good -- didn't feel rushed, very open to the special request of taking group photos, and splitting the bill six ways. We had a lovely round table, at the window, and although the place was very busy when we arrived, we were seated right away, and had exactly the right amount of attention through our meal."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "3 generations of us went here for my husband's birthday dinner last week. three of the four meals were lovely; unfortunately the birthday boy's scallops were over cooked and moreover, he found an unidentified object in his wasabi mashed potatoes. we mentioned it to the server, who offered to bring him a new bowl of potatoes (she was great). afterward the manager came over to apologise but he handed us a "free appetiser with the purchase of an entree" coupon!! no thank you!! we have to come back and spend more money to get a free appetiser!! he should have removed my husband's meal from our bill; they can afford to. like i said, the other 3 meals were delicious; but with service like that, there are many other places we'll go to eat."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have had brunch & lunch here on multiple occasions & we impressed with all aspects (food, service, etc.). For dinner, we felt a little let down. Service was a bit lacking, food was forgettable. We were looking for a "special night out" but it was average."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The Early Dinner Special was great -- very good selection and quality of food for a very reasonable price. Our Server Stephanie was the Best ever!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "After two back-to-back horrible experiences three years ago, I decided it was only fair to return and give The Boathouse another chance. We were seated in a covered patio area which was not only drafty but apparently out of the service range of the serving staff. It took 20 minutes after ordering to receive our drinks, and only after a reminder at 30 minutes was there any sense that we should ever receive our appetizer which was ordered at the same time as our tardy cocktails. My Ceasar salad was comprised of vintage lettuce and uninteresting dressing. The (allegedly) fresh salmon was overcooked and dry, but the citrus marmalade garnish was pleasant - perhaps I should have just ordered toast? Give this restaurant a pass and go elsewhere.. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Sadly for me there was little to choose from when it came time to book something for my Mom. I made this reservation and didn't know what the cost was (I couldn't find anything on their website) so after I made my reservation I was taken aback when I found out the cost per person was $40. My mother (and stepdad who decided to join us at the last minute - ouch!) both eat like birds. I asked if they had a seniors rate or if they could order off the menu. I was advised no. It took them awhile to clear away our plates and to top up our coffees. (We were there at 10:30 and it wasn't yet busy) The spread for Mother's Day was amazing. However it wasn't a great value at that high price. Sadly I won't be going back there again anytime soon. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family always goes to the boathouse for our family celebrations. We love the food, view and service! We always know we will get a great meal at a reasonable price. We particularly like the Horseshoe Bay restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Just had the Mother's Day buffet there. Food was excellent, especially seafood. Refill was fast. Our server was very friendly. Definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The boathouse horseshoe bay never fails to deliver on relaxed atmosphere, great service, and good food. Mother's Day brunch is somewhat of a tradition for my family, and the place we enjoy more and more is this specific boathouse. Food comes quickly a is great. I especially loved the sausage omelette this time. The location is great and even though it can be busy you don't feel rushed out the door. Thank you. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Felt very rushed. 4 people including wine and appetizers less than hour and a half for whole experience? "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A great menu and wonderful view made for a terrific lunch. Prompt service, food that was hot and tasty, and choices suitable for both the meat lover and semi-vegetarian in the group meant everyone was happy. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I've been here several times now and usually the service is amazing. This time, it was very substandard. It was like the server didn't even want our business. I felt like I was being ripped off when I was leaving a tip, but having worked in a restaurant, I always leave one for the kitchen. I likely will not go back for a while, bad experiences tend to stick for a while! The good, as usual, was delicious! And the view/atmosphere was great. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We had an excellent server and a wonderful meal. Menu is extensive. We had requested a window table and that was made available to us. As we were entertaining visitors from out of province is was great to have such a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I must begin by saying I like this place and eat here several times a year and have done so for the past quarter century. The menu was a bit limited and the meal was only OK. I ordered a $38 steak and it was not very flavourable and not as good as it should have been for that price. But we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and its usually been good, not super great but "good enough" however, we have been twice in the last month, once with other friends who made the reso and most recently on wednesday night with our daughter. Unfortunately, the cod tacos were not good. The ceased salad was very wet. I also noticed the table next to us also sent back a meal as well... We had to ask for a second glass of wine. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I haven't been to this restaurant in about 10 + years and it never disappoints. The view was most lovely and our waiter JEFF was outstanding. His personality was great and he was more than accommodating and helpful. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were greeted with smiles, the table was at the window, gorgeous view of mountains, sea and a lovely heron just in front of us. The food was perfect and the service first class. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely family (3 generaltions) brunch @ the Boathouse. The food, service, ambience etc is wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We love the Boathouse, our neighbourhood restaurant in Horseshoe Bay. This time our brunch meal was a bit below standard. quite bland and tasteless. Service was great, as usual."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was the best place for our small, romantic 40th anniversary. The staff made our celebration very memorable and they all went out of their way to make it so very special."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We recently had a small family gathering here as two of our members had walked onto the ferry from nanaimo. It was a lovely spot to meet. We spent about 2.5 hours over brunch and did not feel rushed at all. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The only drawback here is the parking. One couple had to park three blocks away and walk over. We were lucky and managed a spot in the restaurant lot, which is very small."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We were regular customers until January when we felt unappreciated by an awful visit to this restaurant, but last Saturday we decided to give it another try and we were gladly surprised by the warm welcoming, the friendliness and efficiency of the staf and the quality of the meal. We will be back to this place soon."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Recall the Boathouse Horseshoe Bay as great food and view, these memories were quashed by a poor parking, fair service, and a med rare ordered steak that was very rare, reheated and still rare leaving blood on the plate and tough to boot at $29. No problem with the seafood all was good. Parking is also an issue, lot is way too small for an establishment with this reputation and price range. Gentlemen had to fetch the car and come back to pick up their wives after dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014