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The Boathouse at Kits Beach
The Boathouse at Kits Beach

The Boathouse at Kits Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca
  • Phone: (604) 738-5487
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs - 11am-9:30pm;
    Fri - 11am-10:30pm;
    Sat - 10am-10:30pm;
    Sun - 10am-10pm;
    Sat/Sunday Brunch - 10am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Brent Fisher
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cornwall & Arbutus
  • Public Transit: The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Boathouse at Kits Beach
Overlooking the hottest beach in Vancouver -- The Boathouse on Kits Beach is a legendary spot to hang out both summer and winter. Join us on our heated, covered deck for year round patio dining, or in the bar and restaurant for the best view of the waterfront and Kits Beach action.

The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant has been specializing in fresh seafood from the Westcoast of British Columbia and around the world since 1981. Our team of chefs prepare each dish with a focus on fresh flavours and feature premium ingredients including seasonally selected fresh fish and seafood, premium oysters and Certified Angus steaks.

With a commitment to serving wild & sustainable seafood, the Boathouse selects only Oceanwise fish. With stunning outdoor patios, fabulous westcoast decor and spectacular views, Boathouse is a favourite for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and has become known as one of the best places in Vancouver and on the Westcoast for waterfront dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Great view, Top Quality food but the service was poor, booked table not ready"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We started with the firecracker shrimp appetizer (really good!), and had cedar baked salmon, cod and halibut for main courses. All our meals were perfectly cooked and delicious. The brownie was also exceptional. This is a terrific place for brunch. The view is outstanding and it's a lot of fun to watch everyone walking/jogging/cycling along the beach. A real treat!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food at the boathouse is always delicious. We especially liked the fresh bread and garlic butter! Delicious! All the meals were also delicious! A little pricey, but totally worth it! We were celebrating a special occasion and they were very acomodating and let us bring our own cake, provided plates, napkins, forks etc. The drinks were delicious! Especially the WHITE long island! and I got to keep the cup after! The service was very good and attentive when our waiter was around, but a couple of times it was a bit hard to flag someone down. I was very impressed with the food overall. The Chilie chicken appetizer was REALLLY good!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "After a quick start and some great appetizers, we then waited 40 minutes for the main course, only to have two of the five dishes served with grilled fish that had cooled off enough to be cold, and scallops that were overcooked. Pretty disappointing, given the reputation. Surprising was how noisy the restaurant was as well, made worse by loud pumping music for "ambience"."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had family in town and thought what better than a meal at kits beach. It was not what we had in mind however. The restaurant is really noisy and the waiter screwed up our order twice, forgetting my drink and then our toddlers entire meal. When we finally got our waiters attention he said the kids meal would be ready in 2mins. It wasn't. By the time the food showed up 20 mins later we had all finished our meal and he had devoured daddy's fries, not ideal. We were not offered a comp or anything. Also the place is raging hot in summer, there are no blinds and the glass balcony doesn't allow for a breeze which makes the whole place really uncomfortable. If you do go don't sit on the patio, but that kinda defeats the whole point in going."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Popular spot with great view of Kits beach. A bit noisy like so many restaurants these days. Very good fresh seafood. Service was a bit slow. Good place to bring visitors."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This is a usual favourite of mine so we took my mother in law who was visiting form out of town there for her birthday. It was OK but not up to the usual excellent service. The food was good but not outstanding."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When we go to the Kits Boathouse we're looking for a casual meal, beautiful views and usually get friendly service. On this last visit everything lived up to our past experiences except our waiter whose service could be best described as indifferent. Next time we'll go to Cactus Club."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good size fish bones were found in salmon burger patty. Was completely inedible and had to be sent back to kitchen. Pretty pricey for mediocre food and service, essentially paying for the beautiful beach view."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a party of 6, our food was good, our server Brian was excellent!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Scallop special with risotto didn't disappoint, but the cod main with quinoa salad, was supposedly a fan favourite, but was very bland. I'm sure very healthy, but very plain with no flavour."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service attentive without being disruptive, and the cost was as expected."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Assisted by beautiful weather our little celebration at The Boathouse was a delight. Service was efficient and the food was well prepared and presented. All in all it was a very good experience. The only negative point was that we were unsure of parking arrangements and when we did find a spot in a general lot, it was rather expensive for a short time. Consequently the end of our meal was rushed."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had been there 3 times before & did not enjoy my meal. Out with friends from the neighborhood who didn't want to drive anywhere. This time the whole evening was perfect. Food fabulous and service excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Such a special location, beautiful sea side restaurant. so close to a five star all around. Food is sometimes inconsistent in quality and presentation, but overall always a good experience. If something is not quite right they fix it right away. The service is usually spot on and the management do seem to check each table."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "celebrated sons 23rd birthday- service was very attentive and friendly, food was nicely prepared and presented, server went to extra troubles to deal with our birthday cake...the view was gorgeous, a little sunny- until it set ( bring sunglasses). Overall a great evening"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were quite disappointed in the service. They were training a new server so we thought we'd get great attention but as evening went on service dropped. Had to ask several times for ordered drinks and wine. Appetizer plated were left on table til after dinner served and had to ask for them too be removed. Disappointing."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The view is just awesome! the food was good even though my street tacos were a bit too spicy for my taste. The salmon burger that my friend had was massive and looked delicious. The service was fast and friendly. Good place if you like sea food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The beautiful view would have earned an outstanding ambience except that the very high noise level and rather crowded seating made it difficult to carry on a conversation. That would not be good as a romantic setting either. Rather expensive to be kid friendly."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very energetic and quite noisy. Attentive servers. Food was well presented and tasty. Some of the vegetables were quite very firm"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The manager made sure my balloons were at the table as promised. The server was very delightful although the wait for drinks was often longer than I would consider acceptable. Food was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went for brunch with a friend and we both had the Chicken and Apple Sausage Omelette. It was good but came out cold. Same with the potatoes. Considering we were there at 10:30 and it wasn't that busy I was disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 1pm, we did not get our meal until 2pm even though there were very few diners left in the restaurant. Service was very slow, we had to ask to be served initial drinks. If this had been a business lunch with time restraints it would not have worked. You need to work on hiring efficient and customer focused staff."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Boathouse is my favorite place when it comes to seafood. The firecracker shrimps and the Blackened steelhead are unforgettable memories on my tastebuds. Totally worth going there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food is very good at this restaurant with a good assortment of fresh sea food and steaks. Relaxed atmosphere with amazing views!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have to say we were very disappointed. The hostess was friendly but wasnt able to direct us to our table - just said go ahead and look around. The floor beneath out table was filthy, the washroom stall was out of tissue and the carpeting was dirty and had very visible pulls with loose threading. Dinners were good but average - have eaten better for even better value. If this had been our first time there we all agreed we wouldn't be back. Not sure if we will give it another try - there are so many other comparable alternatives in the area and or near by."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The Boathouse at Kits has one of the world's great views, and quite a few tables on the enclosed balcony that are just great on a clear day. The food is very good, not pretentious, but very tasty. The ambience is also very good. The service is normally good, although they seem to have a lot of turnover and the staff sometimes seem inexperienced. I like the wine list a lot. It is not particularly long, but they do a great of job of selecting goods wines that are available by the glass."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Overall the food was very good. I ordered salmon, my husband ordered the seafood mix and my daughter ordered the salmon dinner off the children's menu. Unfortunately my husband's salmon and my daughter's salmon was very dry. Mine was fine. They did end up bringing my husband another piece of salmon which was much better. I am assuming that because it was father's day and it being extremely busy - it was an "off" day for them......but then again, there shouldn't be any excuse for a bad meal. Lovely location for a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was expecting a little bit more from a Kitsilano Restaurant, especially the Boathouse. I wasn't overly impressed though. The food was average, the portions were disappointingly small considering what was being charged. The quality of the seafood was good, don't get me wrong. But when your charging $35 for a plate, there should be more food on there than what a 5yr old could eat. Our server was excellent, he was very prompt, and adept at keeping drinks full, etc. (His name was Ryan). So I will say that the service was very good. All in all, I probably will not return to this particular location."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Server was slow and uninformed as to menu selections. Forgot to bring children's sundaes that were included with the meal. Had the Eggs Benny - eggs were overcooked."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The view is fantastic. The New lunch menu and food was very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The restaurant seems to be going through some tough times. I've been coming here since it was called watermark. At the beginning it was a top notch place, but it seems that since it was bought over by the Boat House things have started to come down from where they were. The restaurant itself is in need of some repairs, the food quality has come down but the prices have gone up. The service is not bad, but I would expect better for that price. I'm sure that if they were in charge of the view, they would have broken that too!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "waiter got 3 of 4 orders wrong. write down the orders!!!! noise level is LOUD, not energetic."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The meals (blackened cod, salmon) were tasty but very small portions. It's not a special if you don't get the same meal for a lesser price. Also $9.25 is too much for a Granville Island Pale Ale. Also although it's nice to have the sun there should be some blinds available to shield your eyes, most restaurants have that."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I need to call the waitress at the entrance to take our orders, took at least 20 minutes. It's not busy that night, but I think they forgot us since we were in the lounge. Food was ok."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The place is naturally noisy and conversations can be difficult. The service was intermittent and a dish was missed and brought finally after we were all done. My fish was sadly overcooked - why a $26 piece of wild sockeye must end up all dried up in a seafood joint is disappointing. They have the view but they've forgotten the food and service. And to lower the shades a bit when the sun literally cooks you by the window. Perhaps that's why my fish was dehydrated... Go for the view."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The view is fabulous and the food is great. Too many items on the menu where not available. Not just one item but a few. That was disappointing since we were not a late reservation, we dined early and would expect the menu to be complete. Noise level - it was too loud to have a comfortable conversation. Been here many times and I would say the food was probably better this time than it has been in the past."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I came here for the first time with a relative from New York. I knew that the view would be wonderful, as this location of the Boathouse sits on Kitsilano Beach and it was a sunny (though windy) day. However, given the great location, I expected that it would be hectic and noisy. It wasn't! We arrived early at 11:45 and had a choice of tables against the window. We loved our lunch of grilled salmon on potatoes. The waitress was attentive, the view spectacular, and even as the place filled up it was still quiet enough for a conversation. We had a great tie"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "They seems a little overwhelmed. It was HOT as the deck was closed due to reno's and I don't think the A/C was working as it should. I'm sure these will be rectified the next time we make out to the Boathouse. Otherwise, servers were GREAT, food was good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had dined for a special occasion and were not disappointed, great food, service and views!!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014