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“Brunch on the Bay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boathouse 19

Boathouse 19
9001 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA
253-565-1919
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Ranked #89 of 668 Restaurants in Tacoma
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Carlsbad, California, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Brunch on the Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great view and good food. Seafood chowder excellent. Good service. Most food a B~. Kind of out of the way. Might me hard to find. Cute boat decor.

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English first
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111 reviews 111 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“3 strikes and out”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

This was my wife and my third trip to Boathouse 19. With a lack of any real decent sit down restaurant in UP, I have wanted this place to succeed so bad. But no matter where you are, to succeed, you need to be good. Boathouse has the bones to be a great restaurant, but lacks character, ambiance, fastidious service and most of all, good food. There's hints of these things... but no actual delivery.

Character and ambiance. Is it a restaurant...a pub...a bar and grill...a sports bar... who knows? What I do know is it's loud, stark and plain.

Service. Ordinary. Two degrees over a greasy spoon...A degree above a Denny's...a couple degrees below an Outback... and a thousand degrees from true customer service you get at places like Pacific grill, JW, Brix, or El Gaucho's.

Food. Blah. I had a homemade chicken noodle soup that was bested by Campbell. My wife started with the chowder which was slightly salty and overly thickened, but still the taste highlight of the evening. For entre wife selected a beet salad which strained for flavor. I've had incredible beet salads (see Pacific Grill) that begged you to return. Boathouse beet salad was flavorless and totally unmemorable. I chose the fish and chips (they just call it a fish fry. Why???) and wished right away I had gone to Steamers down at Titlow Beach. The fish was mushy; the batter way too thick and overpowering; the cole slaw a useless, overly sweet addition; and the chips overly spiced. After all the disappointments, we opted to not get desert.

Again, it was our third time back over two years...always hoping for better results. We've been disappointed every time. To avoid being accused of being insane by constantly repeating failures, we won't be going back again. That ticks me off since the area could really use a decent restaurant.


Visited February 2013
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Seattle
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48 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“One of the best local restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Food here is very good. I am especially fond of the philly cheesesteak and the fries. Outside during a beautiful day is very pleasant but you need to get there early for lunch. Prices are very reasonable. Happy hour has some good values. A little noisy inside but not unpleasant. Good selection of beers. Great service.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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University Place, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great service, delicious unusual spin on usual food, beautiful views.
We liked that you can take out to brewery next door!
Good for families as well

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Location. Food needs to improve.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Best food thing is happy hour beers and the calamari. Great prices at happy hour. Now if they could only improve the food. Too much deep fried average tasting bar food. This place has so much potential to be a great restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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