High Boat is a 42 seat diner serving quality diner fare for breakfast and lunch. Open from 7:30am Monday to Saturday and accepts cash only.
When I heard the ex-chef of Hart House had his own diner, I decided to check it out. This place used to be the local hangout for the marina crowd, but now it also attracts locals from the nearby condos (including me).
I had the deluxe mushroom cheese burger with onion rings, and my wife had the eggs benny. The burger was juicy and had lots of toppings. The bun was also good. The rings were not greasy and were well made. The eggs benedict was better, with a nice hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of paprika and chives. The ham was also tasty, as were the home fries, which also had some chive action. The coffee was better than average, but the tea was the usual metal pot with a bag in it.
Service is a bit hard to judge. You have to order from the front counter and they bring the food when it is ready. The servers are very friendly, and will greet you by name if they know you. Ambience could be better, since the grill fumes will soak your clothes, but this is a dockside diner...
A good place to grab a bite, but more like hot cooking than haut cuisine.
Tip: Park outside the marina and walk in, otherwise it is 2 bucks an hour and then only if you can find a spot.
High Boat Cafe Marina , been there many times . Breakfast menu is great, Lunch menu is great. Food is tasty and fresh. Small place , but that's ok. The inside is dawned with old photos, and cool items of times gone by, plus big tables with big numbers strewn across the old table tops. Check it out, I will be back again.
Considering the amount of waterfront, North Van doesn't offer many dining choices with a good view of the ocean. I expected this modest little spot would be an interesting luncheon stop but it disappointed. Sure, the prices aren't high but the food could be much better with more attention to quality ingredients.
Grilled cheese sandwiches with slices of processed cheese on Wonderbread. What would be the difference if they used artisan bread and real cheese, with texture and taste? And, how about serving fresh ground beef in the burgers instead of those frozen grey disks of meat product?
The restaurant offered a special lunch plate and other diners offered compliments for it. We tried brandied fish bisque that sounded more delicious than it tasted. Self-serve coffee from a thermos had sat too long and turned bitter and lukewarm.
OK, so lunch cost less than $10 a head. But, it could be much better without costing a lot more.
went there for brunch on the weekend - had the special. great food!
super cheap too. It's a greasy spoon look with a fine dining cook (didn't mean to make that rhyme)
serve yourself coffee - other breakfast nooks have the same thing so that wasn't a big deal. better than having a waitress ask to refill it just because you've had 2 sips, upsetting the delicate balance of milk/sugar to coffee that one needs to achieve...