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About 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.

1305 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Northwest, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs - 11am-9:30pm;
Fri - 11am-10:30pm;
Sat - 10am-10:30pm;
Sun - 10am-10pm;
Sat/Sunday Brunch - 10am-2pm

Cross Street:
Cornwall & Arbutus

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 738-5487

Website:
http://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/

Public Transit:
The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.

Executive Chef:
Brent Fisher

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Boathouse at Kits Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (54)
Scenic View (52)
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Casual (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
People Watching (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Groups (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fun (14)
Romantic (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Disabled Access (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Healthy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Great location on Kits Beach. Attractive west coast decor, pleasant service, lots of menu options, especially seafood. A good choice for brunch, lunch, drinks or dinner with a view. Ask for a window table when reserving. No guarantee, but usually works out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Time

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a lovely late lunch last Saturday with great food, ambience and service. Since it was a friends get together we lingered for quite awhile and our waiter was very patient . Will definitely return. Making a reservation was so easy with Open Table.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was still "good"but not great,I feel it has slipped down a notch or two.My 12oz NY steak was a little tough and flavourless and the crab dip appy was mediocre.My wife really enjoyed the stuffed prawns but I have had better experiences at this particular restaurant.Maybe it was just an off night,but I was underwhelmed this time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It wasn’t a busy day. But the food came out slow. And waiter was always no where to be found. We were going to order dessert, but because it were taking too long we just decided to leave.no happy birthday wishes at all!

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The fish for 3 was excellent. The steak wasnt the best cut. Very chewy. Also, very cold. The 4 of us were all in agreement how cold it was.

The server was excellent and the ambiance is great.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

food value and quality do not justify the price. this restaurant chain has slowly gone downhill over the past 3 years.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Beautiful location, delicious food, friendly staff, we enjoyed !

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ahi tuna was excellent.
Cold ribs - had to return..
Go for the seafood and steak and forget the ribs.
Staff was friendly and attentive!
View - best one in VANCOUVER!

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Birthday celebration.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We always enjoy dining at The Boathouse. Also, great location.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Healthy, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DONT FIX IT My elderly mother (repeat customer) ordered the crab cake benny. Well suprise surprise, the format has changed. Long story short, my vote is to go back to the original format. Two small crab cakes with a poached egg on top------BETTER.
On a happy note I (her son) ordered a shrimp & crab omelet----delicious & perfectly prepared; not too dry & not too wet.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great view, delicious food, friendly servers. Yum!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was great. The view was beautiful. Reservations where simple to make online. But the service as not good. The server didn't want to "interrupt" our conversation so it took him forever to come over and take our order. And as soon as there was the slightest indication that we hadn't decided on which wine to order he left and then we had to call him back after waiting too long again to take our order. He didn't remove our dirty appetizer plates. He poured the first glass of wine but didn't come back when our glasses were nearly empty. He never asked us how the food was. Once we were finished our dinner he literally threw the dessert menus on the table in front of each of us and walked away with out a word. He didn't come back to take our dessert order, we had to call him over again. And then when he came with our cappuccinos he just put them on the corner of the table and walked away. I've been to the English Bay location and received superb service. This was disappointing to say the least.

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

view of sunset over english bay again a highlight. food was just right for the occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I always love to go to the Boathouse restaurant, especially one in Kits because the location is absolutely beautiful and food is good. I found the staff always kind.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I have been to the Boathouse many times, but was extremely disappointed this visit. The noise level was like a rock concert. Could not have a conversation. The service was dreadful. Kept getting the excuse “We’re busy”. Tables with large groups were getting all the attention. My guest was from Iowa and wanted to experience the ambience of the Boathouse. It was awful. It was more like a noisy pub or sports bar, with bad service. I won’t go back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always love here! Nice view &a nice service, thank you!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

stunningly gorgeous view of the sunset somewhat undone by Dungeness crab salad that still had the shell on and a seven ounce steak that had shrunk to the size of a golf ball. the seafood curry and the salmon fillet were, on the other hand, outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

One of the best views in our city. Perfect sunset for my wife's bday and date night without our little one!

Could have brought the little one but was a nice break!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Otherwise pleasant dinner was somewhat marred by a nearby large 50th birthday party group

Tags: Scenic View, Quick Bite, People Watching
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Overall everything was great! Our server Nitin was terrific. The level of service, food and overall dining experience was great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was my second trip to the Boathouse Kitsilano in two months. Our party included a regular patron of other Boathouse locations. Both experiences were disappointingly similar with minor variation in detail.

On the plus side, the view is amazing and the staff are friendly in the most part which almost make up for the inattentive service and mediocre food.

The mixed seafood grill was OK but uninspired - a small salmon filet and a skewer with two large prawns and one small scallop. Unfortunately both orders of the grill arrived tepid at best. One of our party ordered mussels which he rated very tasty. A final plate of planked salmon was judged to be good by the recipient.
The brownie desert was very good and a highlight, however the crème brûlé was disappointing (little carmellized sugar topping, mediocre custard).

Although the restaurant was only half full with lots of staff on duty. Our server was inattentive for much of the meal (no offer of ground pepper for instance) and preferred to chat with the other staff.

If you go, savour the view to the max. The rest of your experience may not be up to the same standard.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food is spectacular but the drinks were bad. I think the bar staff were not very well trained on this particular occasion, that said, we were given new ones and our waiter was very accommodating.
I've eaten here many times and the fish is always beautifully cooked. View is pretty special too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was great, however the service was slow.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

good food and ambience with a great view of the water.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The view was lovely, though it was a hot day so quite unbearable at our window seat. The food was overpriced and no one at our table really enjoyed the food. We thought the bread tasted freezer burnt. Service was decent but our waiter looked like he'd been in a fight with a bandaged hand and black mark under his eye. Overall a disappointing experience.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Fantastic view, attentive wait staff, and the food was really good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Absolutely superb! Dinner was awesome. Service was great and the view obviously is amazing!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Easily the best visit to the boat house I've had. My girlfriend and I went there for our anniversary before bard on the beach. The food and the service was amazing. Boathouse has taken it up a notch. Great job

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great service, server was very pleasant and did not intrude on our conversation. The food was good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 5, 2017

So totally slow. Server was nice but no one seemed in a rush. We got our own water. No apologies

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Brunch with my son

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The location and view are exceptional and you'd expect the food and service to lag behind. They did not. A great place do a nice lunch before Bard on the Beach.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good but not sensational, our food took way too long to come, we got the wrong meal but our server tried his best despite it all.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

A bit pricey but overall it was an enjoyable evening and the food was good

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We enjoyed a very nice birthday dinner at The Boathouse. It is a lively crowd, but not too loud. The food was excellent - lots of salmon choices. Our nine-year old was very happy with her meal as well. The service was outstanding and we appreciated the extra attention given to us by our server.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The view of the beach, bay and mountains is exceptional, and the service was very good. The food is average. It becomes quite noisy - it may be better for conversation if you can get a patio table.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

As always, consistently fantastic food, great wine list, good happy hour (throughout restaurant, not only bar), one of the best value for dollar in the city, service friendly and well-meaning but seem to be rotating work visa students with little training (though very open to suggestions and requests, e.g. to remove 1st course dishes) breathtaking view (bring all your outvof town visitors here!), a 'glad to live in Vancouver' kind of place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food and great service. They even treated my 6 year old like a king.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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