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The Boathouse at Kits Beach, Vancouver, BC

The Boathouse at Kits Beach

4.1
4.1
3693 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
As an Ocean Wise partner, The Boathouse Restaurant is committed to serving only the finest seafood caught sustainably from British Columbia waters. Combined with ingredients from local farms and an extensive selection of B.C. VQA wines, The Boathouse offers a taste of fresh, local, honest food—all with a great view on the side. Whether grabbing brunch with friends, sharing a pot of steamed mussels on date night, or celebrating a milestone over perfectly grilled certified Angus sirloin, you’ll see why The Boathouse is like no other dining experience on the B.C. Coast.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 738-5487
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Elevate your next event by hosting it in one of our private or semi-private dining spaces. Featuring amazing waterfront views and plenty of seating. Our sales and event planners will work with you to customize an exceptional event featuring chef-driven cuisine that you choose. For more details, visit www.boathouserestaurants.ca/private-events/
  • Private party contact
    Group Sales: (877) 578-7932
  • Neighborhood
    Kitsilano
  • Cross street
    Cornwall & Arbutus
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 3,693 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for scenic views

  • Vancouver

    Great for scenic views

  • Vancouver

    Seafood

3,693 Reviews
  1. JenniferG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Had reservation for 12:45; no sever came to our table to even offer us water until 1:25; decided to order drinks and food at same time due to delay; drinks came at 1:45 but food did not come until 2:20; server did not give reasons for delays nor apologize at any point; location is outstanding but dining experience was not - we will not be back

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  2. JanMcQ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the corner table in the indoor patio with the best view in the world! The food was delicious, and the service was exceptional! We meet and eat there regularly!

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  3. PamelaT

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a chaotic lunch. We waited almost an hour for our food. The server was awkward and forgot us for most of the time we were there. My glass was dirty on a drink. It took over 30 min to get a replacement and it was really terrible. We have been here before and it was great. Today, service, food and overall experience were not good.

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  4. DarinY

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    In short, an expensive but pedestrian meal for a special family birthday. The seafood was uninspired and fell well short of my memories from past times at this restaurant. Our server was lovely but run ragged over far too many tables - I think we waited 25 minutes before we had our drinks.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The valentines dinner is good. portion is right. price is reasonable for the value. service is good but could be improved. Me and my wife did enjoy the evening and will surely visit again.

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  6. davidh

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Parking is not great, very difficult to find the entrance with poor lighting Food is poor for the price. Not worth.

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  7. SharonL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I find the value we had for valentines day was not worth 80.00 unless they included the drinks than maybe... Also would love the window seats that has a view... not to sure I be back to the boathouse or not past experience we had was way better...

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  8. SeanH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere and views were great but the food was fairly disappointing for $80 a plate for Valentines Day The cauliflower salad was a letdown, seafood platter was just okay. The mashed potatoes with the steak and lobster was great, same with the ahi tuna tacos. However the taste wasn't quite there for most of the dishes and the plating really was not visually appealing

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  9. TonyB

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Valentine's Day: It's a tough challenge for a kitchen to manage a large number of set menus at peak times, but my seafood mixed grill had obviously been warming for some time as the fish was pretty dry. I would have preferred a smaller main course but of higher quality for the price

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  10. Michael

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine's Day dinner at the Boathouse was excellent. Fixed menu with great choices. The Lobster Ravioli was exceptional. One of our favorite places for a special night.

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  11. Dave

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Meal fantastic Service- above and beyond....absolutely stellar!

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  12. Mias

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The best thing I can say is our service was wonderful. the server was attentive, and did everything she could to accommodate us. The food wasn't bad by any means, but the phrase aggressively medicor comes to mind. For the prices paid I just expected a little more with regards to the portions. The $150 seafood tower meant to serve four looked like it could maybe feed two of us. Again the food wasn't bad, but not worth what I paid to eat it. great view

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  13. brendaH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was plentiful and delicious. The view is unbeatable. The space is comfortable by the window with cushions and heaters. Service was slow, both taking the order and bringing the food

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  14. Wayne

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Location, Good Food, Friendly Staff, Great Managers ( Dave and Doug)

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  15. lisar

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A few misses with regards to service - no coffee spoon, no creme brulee spoon, no knife for my main course. However, amazing service from the point of attitude and attention! Cheesecake was not great - too cakey - but the rest of the food was good.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We felt like we were being forced to get the bill and leave.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my first time coming here and we chose the dine out menu! it was such a great value, everything was delicious. sangria was so tasty and refreshing! i got the ceviche, steak and lobster, and raspberry cheesecake. i even got a candle with my dessert to celebrate my belated birthday! one of my new favourite spots, thank you boathouse!!! <3

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  18. Narwhal

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Dine out menu was very pricey, compared to other high-end resto, i.e. Diva at the Mets. Food was okay but not awesome (I had seafood pasta and broccolini, and my husband had the chicken and prawn curry bowl and salad). The pasta was overcooked and the broccolini was super tough. We were initially placed in one of the tables on the covered balcony - super noisy - so we asked for a more inner table (lots available). The menu has changed since last year - fewer options, which would be okay if the quality and taste are top notch. Unfortunately, for the price point, the dishes have become very expensive (lowered value) so we'll not likely return any time soon.

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  19. KittyG

    Seattle

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice restaurant with views over the water. Extensive menu includes non-seafood choices. Staff are prompt, friendly and efficient. The two of us dined during the Dine Out Vancouver promotion and the 3 course menu offers great value - the meals were delicious and very filling (we had the desserts to go). Will definitely return the next time in Vancouver. Would recommend.

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  20. SteveK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    3 steaks not cooked properly Slow waiter service Recommend for summer only

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  21. SaldyFMS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant and Enjoyable atmosphere. Our server was kind.

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  22. MariaJ

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our car received a parking violation ticket. The meter was out of order. We reported it to the gentlemen at the counter and he was going to report it to the parking company. It would help a lot if there was a solution to this problem since I am handicapped and have difficulty to get around. The card was visible. We love your restaurant but this is a recurring problem. Would that be possible to assign one or two handicap parking in the service area behind the restaurant?

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  23. Gilbert

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service here was so slow. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all, tons of empty tables. We had a reservation at 6:45 and didn’t get the check until almost 9:00. The food was good but the wait was ridiculous.

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  24. Chonger

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit at Boathouse and I think it will be one of my neighbourhood favourites. It's a lovely venue to dine at especially for a special occasion. Our service experience was delightful. Our server was friendly and professional and knew what we needed before we even asked! We were impressed with our entrees (fish and chips, szechuam salmon and shrimp). The dessert (raspberry cheesecake) was huge and we were glad to be able to share it. My calarmari appetizer was unfortunately disappointing. It was mostly garnish and I was barely able to pick up any substantial pieces of calamari; I will be skipping this dish next time. Overall we had a nice dinner and will gladly return.

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  25. KateM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sourdough bread and butter tasteless. Main dish was seafood pasta, prawns overcooked. Overall dish not very tasty. Entirely overpriced. Staff very nice but clearly not very well trained.

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  26. Elmo

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Parking to the restaurant, the road is almost completely dark. Never improve for many years already.

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  27. Beckster

    Vancouver

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for brunch and had an omelette. It was dry and rubbery, and tasted like a microwaved omelette that gets served on an airplane :-( The server didn't check on us to see how we were enjoying the meal. The restaurant also ran out of jam, so they brought nothing for the toast except peanut peanut :-( It was unfortunate, as the view is great. The Manager discounted our meal, but it didn't compensate us for the indigestion.

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  28. Loulou

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, all 3 of us really enjoyed it! Thank you to all the staff that worked through Christmas so the rest of us didn’t have to cook!

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  29. TamaraFP

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    1) The corner table was nice & big & the space accommodated my walker, but it was VERY dark. I had to use my phone flashlight to look at the black menu and to even look at my food to know what I was eating. Might I suggest some small rechargeable or battery operated table lights for those dark corners. 2) I didn't feel the service of our main server was as attentive as I would expect for this caliber of restaurant, considering what we paid. There were several times as we were eating that he just walked right by or stood with his back to us w/out turning around to ask us how we were doing, how the food was tasting. 3) The coconut shrimp was VERY tasty, as was most of the food. Cheesecake was nice and creamy. ALMOST as good as mine. ;) 4) My steak was undercooked for my taste - more rare than med. rare. It was hard to cut, even with a steak knife. But by the time the server came by to ask, I'd eaten at least half of it. So when I mentioned it, when he FINALLY asked how everything was, I didn't want to send it back, which he offered. The last thing was the of the (UN)accessible women's bathroom stall which was locked from the inside. Another patron crawled underneath (on her own volition) to unlock it. That toilet is SOOO LOW to the ground, that if someone needed to transfer to it from a wheelchair, they would fall and you would have a lawsuit on your hands. Even for someone like me who uses a walker, it's VERY LOW. That needs attention ASAP. Also, a lock that doesn't lock by itself if the door is shut forcefully, which is what I think happened. I sat in there for at least 5 min. because I thought someone was in that stall. If it hadn't been for that patron crawling on the floor to get underneath the wall separating the stalls, I would have sat there another 5-10 min. before someone finally came. I was not impressed. All in all it was a mediocre experience, especially for what we paid - which was not advertised on your website when we made the reservation.

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  30. DanevaD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Christmas dinner / my father very much enjoyed

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  31. Anon

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster bisque was excellent. Steak was a bit gristly. Service was excellent.

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  32. GeneralTso

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    For what they are charging ($80 pp holiday prix fix menu), the food is incredibly pedestrian and unrefined. Although I have to give them credit - somehow the kitchen lost our main course orders (after not very good appetizers), and they comped the half-bottle of wine and a coffee. Definitely not a fine dining experience.

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  33. CourtneyJ

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time on Christmas Eve! The menu was awesome but we got shrimp instead of lobster which was kind of weird. It was still good though!

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  34. Daisy

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Christmas Eve experience- fantastic service and food.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food wasn’t great; I couldn’t eat my entire meal. My kids and I were sick afterwards. The place /building is impossible to find at night.

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  36. DominiqueF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was slow despite restaurant not being busy. The washrooms were dirty.

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  37. ClarkeW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a nice restaurant. The service is good. I found the food mediocre given how much you pay.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and incredible view with good food and friendly service.

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  39. Elmo

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, food is also good. Just don't like the parking at night, so dark with no light.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I’ve been to the boathouse kits many times but this time was a little disappointed. We were seated near an open doorway and there was a cold draft so we asked to be moved to another table as many were available . We get seated near another open doorway . We decided not to ask a third time . Our dinner was good but was not offered bread with our meal which in past came before our meal. Lastly, when I reserved our table I was asked if it was for a special occasion and yes it was my wife’s birthday. No comp drink or a desert which we received last few times for my birthday. A little disappointed. Overall good food and table service .

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Boathouse at Kits Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 738-5487.

The Boathouse at Kits Beach is rated 4.1 stars by 3693 OpenTable diners.

The Boathouse at Kits Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Boathouse at Kits Beach

1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cornwall & Arbutus
  • Neighborhood
    Kitsilano
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 738-5487
  • Private party facilities
    Elevate your next event by hosting it in one of our private or semi-private dining spaces. Featuring amazing waterfront views and plenty of seating. Our sales and event planners will work with you to customize an exceptional event featuring chef-driven cuisine that you choose. For more details, visit www.boathouserestaurants.ca/private-events/
  • Private party contact
    Group Sales: (877) 578-7932
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