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Rumrunner Pub

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Fish & Chips, Seafood, Pub
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9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-656-5643
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Since 1990, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has served delicious seafood...
Since 1990, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has served delicious seafood and West Coast cuisine in a spectacular setting along the Sidney waterfront at picturesque Port Sidney Marina. Patrons enjoy a warm ambience, great food, and unforgettable views of the ocean, Gulf & San Juan Islands and Mount Baker. The cozy restaurant and bar both boast warm feature fireplaces, and in warmer weather the two outdoor patios allow diners the opportunity to enjoy sunshine and sea breezes. "Staff are friendly and cheerful,and we have a great kitchen staff," "Our pub menu is first class." At the full-service bar, customers can choose from a large selection of beverages - there's local and import beer in the bottle and on tap, as well as a wide selection of wines. Owner Bill Singer worked for 14 years in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's venerable Snug before opening the Rumrunner in 1990. Since then, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has become a favoured spot for locals, a regular stop for visiting boaters, and a great find for visitors to Sidney.
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Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
always fun

food can be really tasty,yet at other times blaw,,service also very up & down,never bad but not good,owner needs to spend little more time on food preparers,,as well as get some better patio furniture,current plastic junk not up to standard for his establishment,,has been there many years but is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2013
redline41
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Sidney, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portland
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We arrived for an early dinner.....we were one of just two tables inside that were occupied. The outside patio was fairly full. We ordered drinks and our meal from a friendly waitress. In hindsight, we got the drinks rather swiftly, a mere 15 minutes later. When she came over to ask if we'd like a refill on our drinks, I... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

I went here most recently on August 24 with my son after leaving another restaurant very close by with appalling service. We sat down and were warmly greeted by our waitress. She brought us their full menu and lunch menu for the day. Both had a great selection for any palate. We ordered a couple of local beers and read... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Have been here many times and have never had a major problem. Visited for dinner and was met by an enthusiastic and competent hostess. Our server and her assistants were really on the ball. The restaurant was very busy but she was most professional. Good food, menu and presentation. Good harbor views and great to see the dogs out for... More 

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North Vancouver
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Visited for lunch. Servers were friendly, polite and efficient as they could be... I suspect something is wrong in the kitchen. Long wait for anything ... Ie. 45 min. And we had only ordered fish and chips...halibut. Fish didn't taste fresh and was overdone. Won't return.

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Sidney, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

food can be really tasty,yet at other times blaw,,service also very up & down,never bad but not good,owner needs to spend little more time on food preparers,,as well as get some better patio furniture,current plastic junk not up to standard for his establishment,,has been there many years but is slipping........

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This was our second trip to the area and stopping for lunch at the Rumrunner was a must. Although it has been 4 years since our last visit, we were not disappointed. The halibut and chips is the best we've had...ever! It has a thin and crispy batter with moist and tender fish inside. Although we didn't have it this... More 

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Okotoks, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We enjoyed our dinner at the Rumrunner. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable. We had our 18 month old son with us and two waitresses were quite nice with him and any needs he may have (including bringing extra napkins without asking - thumbs UP!) The food was great and the service was great. It was nice to have a... More 

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Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Enjoyed the sunshine and people watching on the waterfront patio. This place is divided into two halves, one part restaurant and one part pub. Both have great waterfront views and ocean front patios. Food and menu is above average pub fare. Beer was cold and service was excellent even when the place filled up with patrons. Great place to rest... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Once again we visited our favorite restaurant on Vancouver Island. This time we took a friend and she fell in love with the place. Our food was impeccably prepared and the servings were more than ample. Our server was friendly and very helpful. We prefer dining in the bar area whether inside or outside - depending on the weather. It... More 

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

the only good thing is the view. the sliders...frozen preformed and not even on a bun, (sliced baguette)mcdonalds burger is 5 star in comparison. service was soso and bugs flying among the table and windows. will NEVER go back or recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Sidney
  • Phone Number: +1 250-656-5643

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 25
  • Cuisine: Fish & Chips, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic

Description

Since 1990, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has served delicious seafood and West Coast cuisine in a spectacular setting along the Sidney waterfront at picturesque Port Sidney Marina. Patrons enjoy a warm ambience, great food, and unforgettable views of the ocean, Gulf & San Juan Islands and Mount Baker. The cozy restaurant and bar both boast warm feature fireplaces, and in warmer weather the two outdoor patios allow diners the opportunity to enjoy sunshine and sea breezes. "Staff are friendly and cheerful,and we have a great kitchen staff," "Our pub menu is first class." At the full-service bar, customers can choose from a large selection of beverages - there's local and import beer in the bottle and on tap, as well as a wide selection of wines. Owner Bill Singer worked for 14 years in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's venerable Snug before opening the Rumrunner in 1990. Since then, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has become a favoured spot for locals, a regular stop for visiting boaters, and a great find for visitors to Sidney.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?