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Boathouse Restaurant, The

14935 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC V4B1C3
Tel: (604) 536-7320 Reserve Online

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Excellent Valentines' Experience For A Celiac
By saralynnmusic of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I went here with my husband and another couple for a Valentine's dinner. This is one of the busiest nights for most restaurants and The Boathouse was no exception. Because I am Celiac I had called in advance to get a reservation (got the last table) and to ensure there would be something wheat and gluten-free on their menu I could have. When I arrived the evening of, I realized that someone had actually made a note for the hostess on our reservation. When the server came to our table she automatically put my mind at ease regarding which dishes were gluten free and letting me know that the kitchen was aware and would ensure there was no cross contamination in the preparation of my meal. It was obvious they were familiar with Celiac Disease and I was in good hands. They made three special concessions to accommodate me regarding menu choices including a gluten free sorbet dessert which was not even on their special Valentines menu that evening. I was over the moon. I had the steak and lobster with rice and salad. The lobster melted in my mouth and the steak was done perfectly - medium rare, just the way I like it. Everything was fresh. Everyone else also enjoyed their meals and we'll definitely be going back again. Way to go Whiterock Boathouse! You guys ROCK.

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Disappointing Experience
By BOTH of Whiterock (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 10:54am [Dine in]

The Restaurant looked good, ambiance somewhat ok. I made a reservation for the evening two weeks in advance and was given a window table in the corner next to the entrance, The table was very small with inadequate room for appetizers, wine and a glass of water.

The service was quick & friendly, Main dish arrived prior to appetizer being finished. Felt rushed.

The food was average, overcooked, nothing to rave about.

The food is over-valued and did not meet expectations. The overall experience was a disappointment.

In all likelihood, we will not dine at this restaurant again.

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uncomfortable patio chairs
By wildfire of surrey,bc (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 12:14am [Dine in]

We had lunch here on the rooftop. Great view overlooking the beach and ocean. Service was very good. Menu was limited.
I had to request a special order of shrimp salad since it wasn't on the menu. The salad was excellent, but the prices were a little high.
But those cheap plastic chairs were very uncomfortable, which gave me a sore back after sitting there too long with little support.
You would think a classy restaurant like the boathouse could at least afford more comfortable chairs for their dinning customers.

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Mother's Day Let-down
By FoodCritic4theMasses of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

We were looking forward to a nice Mother's Day seafood buffet meal and we thought it would be a great idea to go down to Marine Drive and soak up the atmosphere of the beach and have a relaxing time. But we were sorely disappointed and here's why : the buffet was supposed to start at 9:30, our reservations were for 9:45, and at that time the buffet was not ready!
The buffet tables were not set up with serving utensils, half of the hot food item trays weer empty, the cold salads were just set a table, not on ice. Better use of ice would have been to have it for the salads instead of the sculpture! There were no condiments, ie: seafood sauce, butter, seafood cutlery, etc. The roast beef was a whole new experience - we've never been served the way they did and we're not even sure it was roast beef. It was more like a thick flank steak. The carving station guy GRABBED THE MEAT with his FINGERS (no gloves on) , while carving with the other hand. A one inch thick SLAB of meat was placed on my plate - and it was so long that it hung over the edge of the plate ! So the cut was definitely wrong. The meat was very tough and there was no gravy and no horse radish. My sister got the top piece of the meat that had all the spices on it, so her meat was extremely salty, dry and tough as well.
There were no side plates for our breaqd, no fanciness about the place - some tables had table cloths, some didn't. For the price we're paying, we expect a nicer decor and better over-all ambience. For desserts, they had still frozen chessecake, the cookies and squares were from Costco - nothing was home made (or at least better than Costco quality), which is tacky when the patron is paying $35 each plus $3.50 for a coffee!!
The servers were great at filling our coffees and waters, but very slow at removing our dirty plates. The bathrooms were dirty - the sink and the overall appearance of it.
To sum up, for the Boathouse, we were expecting the TITANIC, but we got the S.S. Minnow.

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Food Great Poor Service
By eatstoomuch of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Title describes it all.
We had the calimari starter, salmon grill and fish and chips. The food was pretty good. It was not oily, it was seasoned properly and the fish was cooked properly. We have no complaints about the food itself HOWEVER the service was amazingly poor.

Walked in and seated immediately. Menus arrived within minutes. So far so good. Waited 20 minutes before someone took our drink order, another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Another 30 minutes before we got our food.

Interestingly, the table of 2 behind us left before ordering, (they were waiting 15 minutes before they left) and the table of 8 next to us left after 20 minutes of waiting)

It was also amazingly dirty. The "clean" table we were seated at was covered with sugar / salt. The main walkway is covered with bits of food. Wife's water glass was crusted.

Would we go back? Not for the price we paid. There is better value for money. Service is an integeral part of the dining out experience and it was truly lacking today.

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Terrible Waste
By moniquey of Abbotsford (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I had made reservations over 2 weeks in advance for my boyfriend's birthday. I had requested a table by the window or a booth, something romantic and somewhat secluded...
When we arrived we were given the smallest possible table, directly outside the kitchen (a table normally given to someone that had walked in off the streets last minute for dinner). It was so small that we could not hold hands, and barely see each other over the appetizers on the table (which there was not enough room for), and the kitchen was so loud that conversation was strained.
The portions were small considering the price (to be expected), but there was no real taste to it (no marinade or peppering, etc), and my steak was overcooked. We did get a small piece of cake for free, but even that wasn't terribly delicious.
We were dressed up (better than half of the people there) because of the occasion, so I cannot understand why we had been treated as if we had no money. It was embarrasing, and I will never ever go back.
P.s. My bill ran over $150 for two people.

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Great when you want and have the time
By brigga of port moody (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Of all the 6 times we have made the trip out to White Rock, specifically to eat at the Boathouse, we have never been disappointed. We were fortunate to have a table with great views each time and this made the experience more memorable. The service was good and the food was consistently great. I have no complaints with this restaurant. Each time we visited we planned for a leisurely lengthy evening of food and drink and this location serves our needs.

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Fresh Seafood
By Sapphire of Surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

The Boathouse is the best seafood place you can go in Vancouver. The only aspect that dictates seafood is its freshness and that's what Boathouse can give. I personally like seafood with as little marinating and cooking as possible.
The service was wonderful, but the food is kind of pricy. Something that you'll enjoy once in a while.
Love their raw oysters.

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Great food , service and view
By birdman of South Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

We went for an anniversary dinner on Saturday night and it was crab fest time (yummy) We were a table of 6 adults and we were seated at the resevation time when we arrived. The service was extremely attentive with the drink order done expediciously. We were a bit slow pondering the marvelous menu but never rushed by the staff even though it was a packed house. The steaks were tender and done just right in every case, a sirlion non the less that rivelled a filet. The crab and lobster were fantastic, fresh, flavourful and generous. The lobster was removed from the shell cooked and replaced in the shell saving the usual tug-of-war. The crab soup was awesome as usual. The complimentary desert for the anniversary couple was a nice touch and a pleasanrt surprise. Managements inquiry as to our satisfaction was also appreciated. The desert was wonderful! This place works hard to make happy customers that are sure to return. Yes, there is good food in White Rock!

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The food was amazing!
By LannaMDY of Walnut Grove (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 9:47am [Dine in]

My company held our annual Christmas work party at the Boathouse, and although there were a few mishaps the night went really well. At first, when our group of approximately 15 arrived, we were told that an error had occurred with our booking time, and that another party was still at our table. So they were running a little behind - but big deal! We were compensated for the slightly unreasonable wait with appetizers, and the younger people in our group (myself included) opted for a walk along Marine Drive while we waited. Fantastic location, by the way, and easy to find too. So we finally got to our table, and after that the service was really good - drinks came right away, our server was great about checking if we needed refills, and the wait times were pretty short for appetizers, entrees and dessert. And ... Oh my gosh, my friends and I still have dreams about their fantastic Kung Pao chicken! No one really had room for dessert (which was incredible - I'd recommend the mocha icecream pie) but we tried it out anyways and no one was disappointed. Overall we has a fantastic work party dinner at the Boathouse and plan to return for our summer party. Thanks for the awesome experience (and, honestly - if you like spicy stuff, try the Kung Pao chicken - it's like a party in your mouth!)

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Below expectation
By LowTEC of White Rock (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

When you think of seafood, "boathouse" always pop up in most people 's mind. Went in Boathouse white rock for a quick lunch bite, looked at the menu and I thought the price reflects the quality of food, NOT THE CASE! Waited at the door for awhile to get noticed when there was only one table present. Ordered the calamari and it came 20 minutes later, gosh was it crappy. A seafood restaurant couldn't cook a simple calamari really caught me by surprise. Didn't bother to return the dish caz I didn't want to wait for another 20 minutes. Probably not going back to try again

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Boathouse redeemed itself
By hannerz of Cloverdale (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 9:30am [Dine in]

We came here for Dine Out on a Sunday night. The restaurant was packed. Despite having a reservation, we were seated after an hour of waiting.

While waiting, we're brought bellinis. The host was very pleasant, and very apologetic. The manager offered us free appetizers, sweet chili chicken and calamari. The manager came back apologizing for the wait.

I ordered lobster bisque, steak & crab stuffed jumbo prawns and cheesecake. They're all very good. The stuffed jumbo prawns were the best I've had in a long time. My boyfriend the halibut dinner. It was made to perfection.

The server was very attentive. It was just hard to call her attention since it was a very busy Sunday night.

Food was great, but be prepared to wait an hour or so if it's really busy.

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Perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday evening
By rachel83 of North Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Dropped into White Rock on the way back from Victoria with the boyfriend and his parents. We walked along the boardwalk and pier for a bit and then decided to stop for dinner at the Boathouse as we saw the roof top patio from the road.

We were seated prompted on the patio and our server came to take our drink orders right away. Our server was polite, friendly and professional. Drinks came quickly and we placed our orders. Our appies arrived soon after but two spinach dips were brought by. We sent one away and our server came right over and apologized explaining that he accidentally punched in 2 spinach dips instead of a dip and calamari. No problem for us as the calamari came soon after but it was nice of him to own up to his mistake.

Entrees arrived and all the seafood was cooked perfectly! Fish was flakey and moist, scallops and prawns still tender. Portions were large and we didn't have any room for dessert. We will definitely be back on another sunny day!

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Another Bad Restaurant in a Great Location
By JWilcott of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

Is it a rule that all the restaurants along this strip are terrible?
This is a big corporate restaurant and it was terrible. It isnt even mediocre, like most corporate restaurants. My steak was stupidly tough and gristly. Tasted cheap and old. The caesar salad was more dressing than lettuce. And calamari was just blander than bland, it tasted like flour and oil.
My friend had a prawn entree that was serverd luke warm, and rubbery.
Any attempt to get our waiters attempt to complain were to no avail. He showed up about the same moment we decided to give up.
Yeah its a waterfront spot, but so what? Its just not worth crappy food and service.

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Surprised but happy
By vanbc52 of Surrey, B C (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I've been to this establishment a few years back and wasn't overly impressed, felt that for the price there were far better restaurants on the strip. We bit the bullet and went for dine out with another couple and we were very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the whole meal was, which included quality and quantity. It was a great evening, good service and the only complaint was the soup wasn't as hot as my friend would have liked it, which was quickly rectified. I would definitely return for next years dine out.

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First time in
By end user of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

Mr and the wife decided to get some seafood and headed to White Rock Boathouse on Fri night. Got there and was 1/3 full. The hostess was friendly and so was the staff but the waitresses need to get those fake big smiles off their faces.

Ordered food and the appetizer (Deep Fired Oysters) came fast and were pretty good. The main meals were quite slow and the wife's stake/scallops portion was quite small. The stake tasted ok but the scallops were not seared enough. I got the Northwest Pasta which was also good but lacking in seafood but portion was a
good size

The place looked clean compared to the other reviewers experiences but for me the lighting was too dark.

Now even though the food was not bad it wasn't worth the price and I've had better from East Side Mario's (Langley before it closed) for much cheaper.

Before the tip it came out to $100 for three dishes and three drinks and I'd say I got a better deal at the River Rock all you can eat for $70 for two people with drinks.

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Had a great time!
By Gayle matheson of Surrey-Cloverdale (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Three of us went out on Friday the 13th for dinner to celebrate a birthday and take in the scenery. Made a reservation for 6:00 (inside) but managed to get a spot on the roof deck around about the same time. The waitress (S-Celine) was very friendly and was there whenever we needed her. She made us feel comfortable and did not try to rush us at all. Nice smile and good sense of humour.
The food - halibut fish & chips, sweet Thai chili chicken and Yam fries were excellent. the beers and drinks were cold and yummy and the Monte Cristo coffee finished it off nicely. Good experience. Would not think twice about going again!! Keep up the good work!

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I am writing because........
By sunsetsam of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I am writing because, I have read a number of reviews now, and I have come to the conclusion that people come "here" to this site to complain! I am new to White Rock BC and in the past couple of weeks, I have very much enjoyed the steak and lobster dish at the Boathouse. Dined alone both times, service was pleasant and respectful! I am not sure where people derive their expectations from? ~ in fact, mine were exceeded both times, as the lobster absolutely melts in your mouth. Maybe, some of the critics should loosen up ~ to do so, I'd suggest a nice wine pairing for your steak, the Sumac Black Sage Merlot is a stunning wine at $9.99/glass! ~ try it ~ chill out ~ enjoy your meal ~ and live life!

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New Favorite Restaurant
By MOONSTRUCK63 of Blaine, Washington (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

My husband and I dined at the Boathouse for the first time a few weeks ago, and were favorably impressed with the fine food, service, and ambience offered by this restaurant. I highly recommend the Pepper Seared Rare Ahi Tuna, but all the food on the menu looks and smells wonderful

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Relaxing
By mangovibes of Cloverdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

My husband & I came for the first time here for dinner. We sat up on the deck, the view was great. Our food was very good & hot. The waiter did well to substitute food item when asked. I was relaxed & felt very comfortable there. Great food, great service & great music.

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