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Permanently Closed - Boathouse Horseshoe Bay

3.9
1092 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion (1342)
  • Neighborhood Gem (858)

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(604) 921-8188
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brent Fisher
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Private party facilities
The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant has been specializing in fresh seafood from the Wes tcoast of British Columbia and around the world since 1981. With stunning outdoor patios, fabulous west coast decor and spectacular views, The Boathouse is a favorite for locals and tourists.
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Private party contact
Group Sales: (866) 943-9636
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bay Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2016

A Great Restaurant & Staff - so sorry to hear that it is closing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 30, 2016

This wAs a special night because the historic horseshoe bay location is now closed. Very sad. Great food and the waitress was amazing.

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vipFiorenza (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2016

This was the last day of this location, very sad that it was closing. with friends living in Nanaimo and I living in West Vancouver, it was the perfect place to meet, close to the ferry and home. The food was great, better than at all the other places in Horseshoe Bay, the view was unparalleled. So now where are we going? even with m y husband we came here on our own, and with guests, it was our favourite place. Driving to the other locations, all far away or across the busy bridge ... not worth the drive.
The manager came to talk to us, the waiters were fantastic, I only hope that it will reopen soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2016

The end of an era in Horseshoe Bay! Maybe it will be resurrected down the road - sure hope so!!

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JCDC (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Closing for good tomorrow and in wind down mode. Not all menu items available, wine shelves empty (though wine available for purchase). Very good service but depressing that this great restaurant is closing. So many great meals and memories!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

One thing that was very annoying was that I made a very early reservation and there were lots of window seats available when we arrived but they seated us away from the window. When I asked if we could be moved to a window side table, the response was "no, those are for our special customers." I said, "even though I reserved a table and we are not here during a busy time?" To which the rather snarky response was "no, you are not part of our special elite club..." Actually, they have no idea if I am part of that club or not, since they never asked!
Was very insulted and irritated by this response.
So, beware, Open Table guests--you are NOT special!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Horseshoe Bay location is our favourite, waterfront and the cozy fireplace. We went there also because it's closing for good next week. Kind of wanted to go for one last time.
My coconut pacific cod tasted consistent but size of fish is way smaller than when I was there a month ago. My daughter enjoyed her crab cakes a lot, so did my son who ordered the cod and chips until he saw a tangled worm on his last bite. We didn't want to complain as it was literally the last bite and thought it's no point since they are closing in a week.
I ordered a ginger cider and came missing all the trimmings, apparently the bar tender didn't know it came with fresh ginger, bitters and lemon juice. I did ask about the rest of the ingredients and was returned with lemon juice and bitters but not sure about the fresh ginger. My son's pacific Caesar is very water down and wasn't sure if he got a virgin Caesar instead. My children felt it wasn't worth sending that second drink back so I didn't.
Overall a little disappointed for lunch for three that costs $113, but I still left 15% tip because the server was great.

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Philipstrong (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Great so sorry to see it close .I was one of the workers who built this place . Food top of line service the same .

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

Typical Boathouse dinner. Waiter was helpful (a bit overly at times). I would like to have the option of changing my meal a bit if I want. But it seems to be quite the ordeal to do that. The steak was not great. It's not a good cut of steak and I found it kind of tasteless. The stuffed lobster tail was awesome and I would have like to have had a 2nd one without a steak, but it was too complicated.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2016

Our family love this beautiful restaurant & are so very upset that they are closing for good on Nov 30th!!! There is no other location as beautiful & because of high end complexes that are going to be built, & the West Vancouver Council voted for it! Feel so bad for the great staff there, and all the people who will not be able to enjoy such a lovely, unique, experience!

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Dezzy (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

My fiance and I had a wonderful dinner. We heard that the Horseshoe Bay location was set to close at the end of November 2016 so we decided to check it out. We are so glad that we did. The staff were friendly and inviting. We were extremely lucky to be served by the very lovely STEPHANIE!! She was nothing short of the perfect waitress!!

We had a reservation for 6 pm and arrived about 7 minutes early. The hostesses were quick to remind us that happy hour was still available and we were seated quickly to have the opportunity to take advantage of the great appy/drink deals! We did not feel rushed to make a decision despite coming close to the 6 pm cut-off-time.

We had 2 appies, drinks, entrees, 2 desserts and coffee. Everything came out quickly and fresh. The food was delicious and the service was top notch! it's a shame that this location is closing down. The view is spectacular...even in the evening!

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dsr1691 (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2016

Nice views on a bright day. It was lovely to sit by the window and look out. I wondered whether the music was for the patrons (mostly seniors) or the staff. I am sure those dining would not have chosen the Pop music. That music would be better for a bar scene.
Enjoyed our lunch anyway.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Excellent in every way
It is a tragedy it is closing

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vipSalo (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

There is a new huge condo being built next to this outstanding restaurant, so this is the last month it will be operating, if you want to have an excellent dinner, friendly service in an outstanding location this month is sadly your last chance.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

A more attentive server would have made the dinner service complete. I.E. Replenish water, coffee, tea... Proper cutlery for meal service etc.

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Grapevine (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

The cod was "fishy" when we had the fish and chips. Very average food quality for the price, but the atmosphere and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

We were not impressed because we were under the impression because we had Keg gift cards, and when we booked the reservation, I called up the reservation under 'Keg Boathouse' and then when we went to pay and submit the gift cards they were declined because the waitress told us, along with the manager in a telephone conversation the next day, that they are not officially a Keg. Why are they listed under the Keg locations when you key in to google? I have submitted a separate email to Mike Brisbois, General Manager at his recommendation to pursue your marketing division to address this.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Fabulous food , perfect ambiance Looking forward to future visits

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

Sad to see an old friend closing...
The boathouse has been around for 35 years or so in horseshoe bay. It is one of the greatest locations to dine in the world. The food is very good to great and the value is not bad. The service is generally only fair. With the view, it really doesn't matter.
I have learned that the restaurant might be back in a couple of years when the condo project is done.
Let's hope!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

The restaurant is closing in a few weeks and clearly the staff has given up (who wouldn't when they know they will be out on the street without a job by Christmas?!). It's a good restaurant but I recommend you try one of the other locations

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DavidD (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

Wonderful location and very nice décor. Service was excellent. The food was not particularly special and pricing was at the upper end for what was served.

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vipSalo (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

This is a good seafood restaurant but what sets it apart and makes it special is the gorgeous location and view of horseshoe bay, so I would certainly recommend a table next to a window.

Service was corteous and fast, food except for the mediocre dessert w also very good,

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Loved your staff. Warm and friendly. Environment wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Sat by a window looking out at the Marina and the coming and goings of the ferries The day was sunny and bright and the waitress was delightful The food was well presented and served very hot. The wine was nice but by the glass too expensive. My husband and I will visit again if the occasion arises and we are in Horseshoe Bay

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Holden (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

The restaurant was nice. The waitress apologized for being late with fresh bread, then she never brought any bread. The bread would have been nice but we never brought it up as our food arrived.
Would have rated higher if we had fresh bread.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Table was not ready, dinner took over one and one half hours to be served, the salmon did not seem fresh, and the mud pie was not very good.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

We were visiting with friends but informed the host at the door that one of the couples was celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary and was told that it would be acknowledged. But it was not and I found that very disappointing

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smile4life (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2016

Love the location, and a wonderful restaurant. The meal was very good and the service was outstanding. Great place for us to reconnect with a friend visiting from Calgary, enroute to Whistler.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

We were very disappointed in the following as we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary: drinks after ordering had to request as not brought to table / sea food platter disappointing not related to menu description / brought two dessert menus one out of date. Main dessert item Crème Brulee not available! / over charged for items and after waiting some period of time had to locate waiter and request bill. Strongly suggest you review reasons for attending this location. What about the view!
Again very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

This used to be one of my favourite Vancouver restaurant chains. The new American chain owners have ruined it as this was a second try I have given it since the ownership change and it was worse than the previous. I ordered 3 things that were not available (and it was only 7:30pm on a Friday) before being able to get a starter and entree that was available. The other 3 of us had at least 1 thing as a first choice that was not available. The salmon was overcooked to the point of dry and chewy. This is Vancouver and the cooks couldn't even do salmon properly!!

I can go on and on about this occasion and the previous one but its not worth it. I have eaten at the Boathouse at least 100 times in my life for business and social occasions. I have brought well over 500 guests to your restaurants but never again. This is a sad day for me as the Horsehoe Bay Boathouse in particular has been the site of many special personal memories!!

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