The Boathouse at Kits Beach
The Boathouse at Kits Beach

The Boathouse at Kits Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/
  • Phone: 6047385487x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Northwest
  • 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
The Boathouse at Kits Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (170)special occasion (63)great for lunch (62)great for outdoor dining (60)good for groups (53)neighborhood gem (53)great for brunch (52)romantic (41)kid-friendly (30)fit for foodies (27)hot spot (16)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Food and service mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed a window table and witnessed a stunning sunset, thankfully, because food was average, service was slow, and empty cocktail glasses were never removed the entire meal - even when glasses of wine were ordered (which we had to request, long after cocktails were finished, there was never an offer). When I asked the server to recommend a "big, smooth red wine" she replied: "all our wines by the glass are 6 ozs.". Oh boy. 3 of 4 meals arrived just lukewarm, although accompanying vegetables cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely place to have lunch. The view was great. We should have planned for 11:30 or noon. We arrived at 11 when it opened. We were the only diners for the first half hour. The vibe is better when you are not the only diners. It was starting to fill out when we ere leaving at noon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great lunch on my birthday, very friendly waiter. We were seated at a nice table and they were quick to accomodate with infant seats for my twins. The food is good but a bit pricey I find.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    dinnertime101
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our server was not very good. She did not quality check our appy or main meals, did not offer another drink when taking our dinner order or clearing plates. She was too busy standing over by the kitchen chatting with 2 other servers to pay any attention to us I usually have the king crab dinner when we go. This time is was as if they put the crab on the grill. It tasted burnt and was almost as if they buttered the outside of the shell making it super greasy to get into. I have never had such a bad King Crab dinner. I would have brought it to our servers attention but getting her attention was a lost cause. When you spend $175 on dinner for 2 I expect decent service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refuting reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was apprehensive about my first visit in 2014 as the website reviews seemed to be quite damning. But, as I told our waitress, I was most satisfied and couldn't understand all the negativity (she did then suggest: "You should write a review"...so here you are).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service, and style.
    DiningPaleo
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The boathouses view is nothing short of breathtaking. Overlooking Vancouver's english bay, my father and i enjoyed a wonderful meal cooked perfectly and priced right. We have special dietary needs and the waitress as well as the kitchen staff were more than willing to accomodate; they were happy to. With a great selection of seafood, steaks, and wines, there is something for everybody to be found at The Boathouse. This one was an easy 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with a view
    localGuy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If you're looking for a great selection of seafood and steaks, and choice of indoor or outdoor beach sunset view, the Boathouse Kits Beach is THE place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maggie
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great location especially on a beautiful day. As we were attending Barb on the Beach is was a nice walk along the footpath. I have food allergies and although my choice was very limited the server was most helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but pricey
    giarcyerac
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It's a great restaurant for a special occasion, but for the views and ambiance as opposed to the food. The food is well prepared and it's good, but it's not good value proportionate to the high price point. The service was adequate, but only passable. For the price you pay you'd expect decent service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fantastic location, good service, decent ambiance, reliable (but not exciting) food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the good news and the bad news
    bashie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The good news is that the restaurant has an amazing view of the sunset . The bad news is the restaurant has an amazing view of the sunset. The sun blares intensely into your face not allowing you to sit back and relax; there are no window shades to help deflect the blazing sun. Many at our table were so uncomfortable that we asked to be moved and even after the move one side of the table could not see across to their friends as the sun was directly shining in their eyes. The restaurant works hard to provide a wonderful dining experience . They need to pay attention to this annoying fact with some creative problem solving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Review
    kev77
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a lovely meal and the food was very good and most enjoyable, my one criticism was that the food could have been hotter. Overall a wonderful experience and a favourite destination for dinner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While the food and service were excellent, the sun beating down on us even on the 2nd row of tables was NOT a pleasant experience. Both of us were extremely uncomfortable,wine became warm as there was no place for it out of the sun and we didn't even consider staying for dessert. We requested a table in the shade vs the sun. If I return at that time of day I would request a table at the back or dine elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent location and food
    SJP314
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Met family for lunch here when they flew into Vancouver for a visit. We loved the view and the food was really good. The hard part was finding parking!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at the Beach
    Pangiesvino
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    When the Boathouse opened it was a big disappointment at the Watermark closed, which was really excellent food-wise. Because I live within a block and the views are great, from time-to-time I have eaten at the Boathouse for convenience. I feel it has improved in its standard of food quite a lot from those early days, but still could do with some improvements to bring the standard of the food to the level which compliments the amazing view ... it certainly isn't gourmet and discerning diners might still be a little disappointed! I think the menu is too large! The staff are generally very friendly and helpful, sometimes could be a little more attentive. I will continue at this point to visit the Boathouse looking for a higher standard.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have never had such a bad meal. We ordered Margaritas; they were almost undrinkable because they were so bitter. We then had a hot crab dip which was OK. I had cod and chips. The fish was OK the chips were cold and soggy. My wife had a salmon burger which was almost raw and cold. We were told that they always served it "medium rare" but this was not "medium rare" but rare. The only bright spot was thayt the waitress was excellent; cheerful and attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad experience
    dinerdinester
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    food was a long wait and was horrible. does not look like the picture at all. pan seared scallop = horrible. booked the restauarnt on a fireworks night thinking we can view the fireworks but the view is completely blocked by a big tree. it was stupid. drinks are not that great had belini peach but it was watery.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great celebratory dinner.
    boathouse1fan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I always love the location of the Boathouse in Kits. It is a walkable distance from where we live and we consider ourselves regular clients of this lovely restaurant. Food is delicious and sufficiently portioned. We look forward to our next visit to the Boathouse. My kids were celebrating a survival to a rough week and it was the best dining place that all of us enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view....needs new management
    VisitingfromBham
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outside deck in nice weather is a superb view. The fluorescent light shining from the attached lifeguard tower at dusk spoiled the ambiance. Waitstaff were very friendly, but totally untrained and confused. Servers walking from table to table asked if the food, now cold, belonged to them. Some cases they put food down at the wrong table, then picked it up and served it to another table. Several groups came, sat, and finally left without even ordering. The PIC in the red checkered shirt, seemed afraid to actually stop and to ask @ their experience. Our food was average: cold halibut & undercooked wild rice. Had to request bread. I finally had to chase down my waiter, 10 minutes after I gave him my credit card, so I could check out and leave.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Calamari could had been better. Very busy place and noisy. Gorgeous view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Derek young
    Derekoldman
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great view, Top Quality food but the service was poor, booked table not ready
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazin view...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    loved the drinks... :} really i don't really have anything else to say... this is kinda silly... the drink were yummm...almost at 50?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful spot for brunch
    otto
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular Seafood!
    Havovie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cold fish anyone?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a fan.
    Liss
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food with Great View
    Tonyenvoyage
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bard Night
    abstewart99
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great spot. Great food, the servers were very friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Citygirl
    lovedining
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful scenery but average food
    Kat321
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Richard
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a party of 6, our food was good, our server Brian was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vancouver
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful venue
    Hellinc
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was delicious, the service attentive without being disruptive, and the cost was as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic view. Not client focussed
    LoMYsVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Typical big box type restaurant. Kind of cheesy wait staff. Food ok - typical of this type of chain restaurant. Nothing special - and considering the view? The food should be special too. Would only return if I have a coupon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 40th wedding anniversary
    Geezers
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunny Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining in my 'hood
    hoody
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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.
  • Kits Boathouse was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate