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“Great spot ... with nice view across the water” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boathouse Kitsilano

Boathouse Kitsilano
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Ranked #364 of 3,537 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $30 - $49
Cuisines: Canadian, Pacific Rim, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Kitsilano
Cross street: Cornwall & Arbutus
Transit: The Boathouse at Kits Beach is located off Cornwall which is directly on a major bus route #22 MacDonald.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great spot ... with nice view across the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Enjoyed an early evening dinner here, at a table right by the window, with a view across English Bay, ranging from Kitsilano Beach around to snowy hills to the north. Great spot. Food was good too -- three kinds of salmon, some delicious tiger shrimps, and the best creme brûlée (with hints of lime and ginger). The only disappointment was some local wines ... not quite as good as from California.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Prince George, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food, service and amazing sunset views across English Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is one of our Vancouver favorites in terms of the combination of the food, the service, and the drop dead amazing views across English Bay (particularly at sunset).

We find now with two little toddlers that this restaurant really works well since it is very family friendly, and there the beach right below (Kits beach) and great new playground right beside the restaurant.

With regards to the food, we often order the halibut (when it's in season) as they are very good at cooking halibut properly (i.e. not overcooked/dry). It's also a great place for brunch (with the eggs benedict being my favorite brunch dish).

At our last visit the service was excellent from the beginning of our meal through to the end (always attentive), and we've always had good experience with regards to the service.

The only downside of this restaurant is that it has become very popular, so it's difficult to just drop in and get a table (unless you arrive before 5pm for dinner). If the weather is looking nice, phone them to make a reservation, and prepare to enjoy the sunset with a nice bottle of wine and some great food.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Mississauga, Canada
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lively/lovely and kid-friendly too”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

After a pleasant baptism ceremony, family headed to the Boathouse. Parking close by was great and a lovely view of the beach from the establishment. Service was friend and food was very good (orange juice tasted different), but overall great food and great service. Clean environment and kid friendly too. May be a bit pricey but it's pretty much pricey in all beach access restaurants. I'd go again when I'm visiting Vancouver and would recommend it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Supper”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

View of the bay and water is incredible
we got to see a beautiful sunset while dining. The fish dishes are great had cod and halibut. Service was excellent

Visited May 2013
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Bowmanville, Canada
1 review
“Food was OK but the Environment was unbearable”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

My family of 8 had dinner at The Boathouse restaurant last week. The food was fine but the environment was unbearable. The sun streaked into the windows and if you were facing the windows could not see and it was incredibly hot to the point were it was uncomfortable. A few of the family ate and went outside to get some air right after dinner before coffee and the settlement of the bill. I could not wait to finish dinner and get outside for some cool air.

I find it incredible that the Boathouse doesn't have some sort of sunscreen type blinds on the windows or air conditioning that would make dinner enjoyable. I doubt we will eat at the Boathouse in future.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Joe V
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