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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (22)
Waterfront (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Casual (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (10)
Happy Hour (9)
People Watching (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great Beer (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

La atención estuvo excelente, el lugar tiene una vista al mar y a las montañas increíble. La comida esta muy buena y precio calidad esta bien

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

I like the ambiance the food was really great and affordable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Restaurant is beautiful- right on kits beach with quite a nice view. We were here for an anniversary and the food was quite mediocre for the high price tag. We had steak and crab stuffed prawns which were good but not great. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It's a pleasant dining experience. The glass of Jackson Triggs and the base ball cut sirloin steak were a good match. The Crème Blulee was a good finish of our dinner. The waiter did just proper of serving, and no pressure throughout. We will come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a solid choice, the view on a sunny day is killer!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Unfortunately the food was not what it should be for the premium cost of NYE. Strip Steak was tough and sides were cold.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for the New Year's dinner.They have a set menu.We ordered grilled Salmon ...the fish was cold and was not what we were expecting for the price tag...the plate presentation was not pleasing. The fish was very dry...we did not have too many options.
The server was good and very polite.
Will never recommend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE brunch, good service and food. Brunch menu could be bigger.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Perfect place on quiet day during the holiday season to catch up with friend.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

i booked this restaurant in advance for my wife's birthday and mentioned in special request notes that it was for her birthday and i would like something like a cake and candles to celebrate and they seem to not have noticed anything and didnt mention anything but they noticed our reservation on the computer with my name. I ordered the coconut cod and didnt like it and ordered the chicken burger same as my wife which tasted better but it was my first and last time to boathouse restaurant. the price is too high for the quality. i spend the same at some other restaurant and get way better food quality satisfaction and service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was a last minute dinner choice for a group of 13 and this Boathouse was able to accommodate. The venue is quite big and atmosphere was lively but not too loud. The food was great and the staff were very attentive. All in all a very memorable experience. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Waitress was excellent. We were not hurried and she let us take our time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were at the Boathouse at Christmas Eve. I ate a very tasty grilled salmon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This visit was a little disappointing because the food were just ok. The service was a little bit off. The heater was on and off all the time. We were cold. The drink tasted funny. The bread and the dessert was prob the only good part. The server did not tell us about the split plate charge, we don't really need to have that plate split. Hope there's an improvement in the near future.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas Eve brunch with family here. We appreciated that we could enjoy the regular menu despite the special holiday. The view, as always was amazing and our server was particularly friendly and helpful, even creating a special meal for our daughter. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Really disappointed experience. The server was very slow to take our order. While waiting a long time for the food, I noticed that other tables had bread so I asked another server if each table was suppose to have bread. She said yes. When our server came by to bring us our food, I asked him how come we didn't get any bread? He offered to give us bread then but our food came. No point anymore. Ordered full rack of Seafood Chowder, Baby Back Ribs and Sablefish. Chowder was fine but the Baby Back Ribs were too dry. Also the Sablefish was overcooked and not moist and soft. Only ate half the Baby Back Ribs because it was so terrible. Dry like jerky. When getting the bill, it took a long time too so we just got up and walk to the cashier and asked for the bill. It is the first time for me to do this. Overall experience was terrible.

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I would say overall the experience was average. It was our wedding anniversary and we were up for a special meal. It did not turn out that way. Our hors d’oeuvres were delivered quickly and tasted fine, my chowder soup tasted right on. My main dish the seafood mix grill was good but my wife’s order she sent back when we were finally able to get the waiter. She ordered the tuna and the sauce was overpowering. It was replaced with the sablefish and she said it was so much better. The management dealt well with the problem and The restaurant did not charge us for her meal which was appreciated. I had the Creme brûlée for desert and it was delicious. She had the coffee ice cream style desert but commented on how much better mine was.
Overall the experience was good , not just what we had hoped to experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a lovely location on the beach so the view is beautiful. The service is prompt and friendly and the food is delicious. The only problem when it is busy is that the noise level is quite high.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I appreciate the attention our waitress gave to our table.
Our Christmas party was a success
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Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The view from our table window was spectacular if you love ocean views. Our server was friendly, encouraging but not effusive. Three friends, some wine and a seafood appy platter that was perfect for a light lunch, Not my first visit, nor my last.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was undercooked (battered deep fried
Fish) and/or had no flavour ie. Calamari, crab stuffed shrimp Substitutions were forgotten.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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.

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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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