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“Fool me Once, shame on you; Fool me twice...”
Review of The Boathouse

The Boathouse
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Ranked #15 of 261 Restaurants in New Westminster
Price range: $26 - $34
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Begbie St.
Transit: New West Skytrain Station.
Vancouver
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fool me Once, shame on you; Fool me twice...”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We thought we'd try it again a year after our last average experience. What a mistake! Garlic mashed potatoes and Caesar salad were tasteless (no garlic - no flavour). Prime Rib had little to no flavour and i was told I could only order an eight or twelve ounce cut (contrary to the menu). Waitress told us the new computer system was responsible; manager told us later that we could ask for any size. Crab soup was ok. Paid $72 including tip. Glass of Sandhill Cab-Merlot was the only good part of an otherwise forgetable experience.

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
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155 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Vastly overrated and over priced”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Boathouse is a mid-scale place, trying to act (and price) itself at the high end. The location in New West is a pain to get to, with pay parking. The restaurant has been there for many years and it shows the age, at least on the outside, the interior is usually warm and cozy, the lounge is a better atmosphere than the dining area - the back patio is only an option when it's warm and this past summer, it was in poor condition, not very clean.

The food is tasty, but the value isn't what it used to be, the prices seem quite high. The best time to go is when they have their crabfest/shrimpfest/lobsterfest promotions, where 3 course meals can be had at reasonable rates. At regular prices, you are better off at a higher end seafood restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
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Prince George, Canada
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great food, good service”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were at the Boathouse at the beginning of September, and had a table in the sunshine on the patio. The service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. All of us were pleased with our orders, they were prepared perfectly, presented beautifully and served promptly. We shared a desert and that was wonderful too! I would definitely go back to this Boathouse.

  • Visited September 2012
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Burnaby, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Food with a View”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

The restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood and had a good selection. I find a window seat overlooking the Fraser River somehow quite relaxing which adds to an already delightful meal. I have eaten there a number of times and have always found the service staff to be friendly and very efficient.

  • Visited October 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Just like the other one.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Save your money and eat somewhere that has better service, food is fine, but I suspect the management is something not to be desired. Disappointed twice, and will never try again.

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