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Boathouse Restaurant, The

1305 Arbutus
Vancouver, BC V6J5N2
Tel: (604) 738-5487 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano


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Good Treat
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I have gone to Kitsilano Beach countless times, and have passed this place so many times, but have never been. Today, my out of town cousin and I decided to go to the beach for a walk, and he was telling me that he wanted to eat seafood earlier, so when we passed by this place HE suggested it to me and I thought "Why not, it does look good, let's at least look at the menu"

Upon entering it was really nice and clean.....the view is great (not incredible, but close to it) anyhow we were seated. My cousin knew right away after looking at the menu what he wanted to eat, but I was having a hard time deciding, and the waiter was accommodating and let me take my time.

After taking a while, I had decided to order the 3 piece cod fish and chips and he had a salmon with vegetables. for Appetizer we ordered the Calamari platter for 2, and we both had a Coke to drink.

After awhile, our Calamari appetizer comes.....they brought some sort of chili sauce and a white creamy yougurt thing (I didn't ask what it was.....it could had been presented as tzatziki, but being Greek and all, I could tell it wasn't real Tzatziki, but it was good anyways....and the chili sauce was fabulous) and I can HONESTLY say however, that this is the BEST OR SECOND best Calamari that I have ever eaten. It honestly blew me away considering that I have eaten calamari at numerous Greek restaurant and this is even better....very tenderful and flavourful.....honestly, was the chef a natural Greek and just had a touch of bad luck with the tzatziki? I really was impressed....My cousin even said "Now this is Calamari"

after about 5 minutes of finishing the Calamari, our lunch arrives. The Fish was really fanatasic.....don't know what the white sauce they bring it called, but that was really good. I really was impressed with my fish and chips. I wasn't to happy with the portion of my fries, but being with company, I didn't complain.....but I am sure if I did, they would accommodate and bring a little more...anyways it was all good.

My cousin said his salmon portion was too small, but taste wise he was very happy.

Our bill with everything came to $70.00. This is certainly a place that I will visit a little more often. Good food, decently priced. Will return.....Thanks to my cousin who introduced this place to me who lives in America.

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Good view, ok food
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 26, 2011 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

The location here is fantastic, watching the sunset with full view of kits beach and English Bay is awesome. Definitely a spectacular place to bring a date. Went here last night for drinks and ended up ordering food, first off there were 3 different menus and it was hard to sort out which food was available, we found out the "appy hour" menu is from 3-6 and after 9, the football menu is only during football games, and then there's a bar menu and a regular menu which you can order off of all the time. Geesh! Also false advertising is a pet peeve of mine, one of the menus advertised the Boathouse as the "home of the buck a shuck oyster" but they actually cost 1.29 and then only during appy hour. Overall, the prices are a bit higher than a typical upscale pub, but I think worth it because of the great location. Unfortunately, the food was not great, my fish and chips was a huge portion but I think the oil used to fry was not hot enough because the fish was soggy and not crisp, sort of ruining the whole thing. The dipping sauces for the yam fries and the tartar sauce were not to my liking either. The specials and "appy hour" seem to be a very good value though, might come back and give those a shot.

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Canned tomatoes and rancid potatoes with a view!!
By TeddyMasood of Texas (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 8:27am [Dine in]

Visiting Vancouver and decided to dine at the Boathouse restaurant, how can you go wrong picking such a busy place at such a gorgeous location.
I ordered the fishbowl (I recall reading on the menu "fish of the day, potato").
The fish was a small piece of salmon, well cooked, but the grub underneath was a bit of a nightmare.
Imagine this....green beans and asparagus - undercooked, as in almost raw covered by heated cubed tomatoes from a can and three wedges of potato which tasted bad as in old/rancid/sour. All I could imagine was eating a little piece of fish with left overs (from other people's plates????) in canned tomato sauce.

The glass of Oysterbay Sauvignon tasted allright but cost me almost the same as a bottle at home.

On the way home, my friend who ordered fish and chips, described his dish as a nicely battered old, tough helibut with bearnaise sauce that is not up to snuff. Perhaps it was a punishment for ordering the cheaper dishes from the menu but reading other reviews I understand quality - or lack thereof - is accross the board.

So much for not checking the reviews in advance or me not wanting to make a fuss and complain on the spot. I hope this helps them improve. If not, next time I will be enjoying the view from a treetrunk on the beach and bring my own picnic.

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Groups wait 2 hrs for food
By shandent of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 8:05am [Dine in]

Our group of 20 booked for 7:30pm, ordered by 8pm and our food came out at 10pm! When I complained that 2 hrs was a long time for a meal, the waitress was argumentative and said it was only 45 minutes. Then got out to the "pay restaurant parking lot" to see parking tickets being placed on everyones car. So the additional 15% they automatically charge for group "service" actually gives you the benefit of a 2 hr wait, rude and argumentative service and a parking ticket.

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great location and service, but the food is so-so
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Just had lunch at the new boathouse (formerly the Watermark). Simliar ambience, but found the food (crabcakes and seafood melt) to be just ok. Complimentary ice cream pie a nice touch, but also not very inspired; the Keg's is better. Service was very attentive and the fireplace adds a warm touch on a rainy day.

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Best location, Worst service
By ichiraku of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 21, 2010 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

Believe me when I say that the food and the atmosphere is a plus. Unfortunately, the service is not.

My party and I ( a group of 8 ) had dinner here on a busy Saturday night. We ordered 8 entrees and 2 apps.
Apps came 30 minutes later, no sign of entrees.
Another 30 minutes elapsed. no sign of entrees.
So we informed the manager and asked what the hold up was.

She runs to check. Comes back to the table and informs us that it is their company policy that all apps come before entrees. Her apology? A spiel on how she will get all servers to now ask customers whether or not they want their apps to come out before their entrees. Very unprofessional and irrelevant.

Food comes out, two of which have errors. The server gave no apology, and did not request to fix the problem.

Regardless of the fact that apps come out before entrees, this leaves no excuse for 1.5hr long wait for food. Along with a server that gave attitude all night long and water that was left unfilled.

I really do hope that they clean up their act. For it is such a shame that this beautiful restaurant, is serviced by a such poor staff.

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Great service. Good food.
By 5ive0 of Pt. Gray (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Went with a group of 10 and had fantastic service, very attentive and efficient staff. They were happy to take the reservation. Appies were timed just right, and main course was brought all together. Out of the 10, nine enjoyed their meals, although tasty, I would hold back from rating the food as 5 stars, just didn't stand out enough. However, desert was excellent, and that was enough to give it 4 stars.

Overall very good experience.

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Fantastic fit for the finest realestate in vancouver
By hannahawilson of Vancouver (Fairview) (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

I was somewhat depressed after I heard that Watermark had been bought out.. but I'm actually really impressed and delighted having gone to eat at the new Boathouse last night.

The food was absolutely stellar - I had the smoked black cod. Unbelievable fish and covered in the most decadent, buttery-lemony sauce I have ever had. My boyfriend had peppercorn NY steak - delicious, rich sauce and perfectly cooked! We were in heaven! The ambiance, like the old Watermark, is bustling and a mix between fancy/sophisticated and lively lounge. Our server was very patient and charming handling our zillion questions about the food, wine, etc. Honestly though, I would go there for the view and sunset alone, nevermind the amazing food. Perfect all around date spot for a special occassion!

It was an almost perfect evening... but there were a couple of slip ups that I have to mention (unacceptable when I'm dropping $120 for two!). First, they ran out of worcestershire and the waitress served me my caesar *anyways*! I had to send it back because it tasted like pure tomato juice.. watered down, no heat, and barely any alcohol. Secondly, my black cod was undercooked. I have ordered sablefish many times and know how it ought to be cooked. Again, if I'm paying $30 for a plate, my fish better bloody well be cooked perfectly. Thirdly, the dessert (brownie) was really underwhelming. Not warm, not melty... I could make a better one myself.

Absolutley recommend this restaurant, but skip dessert and indulge in a few oysters instead!

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Nicest dinner in a month
By aforrest36 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

The food and service were excellent. Upon entering, I was surprised at how casual the restaurant appeared. There were many after work people in the lounge and the atmosphere was a lot more casual than I expected.

The heated patio, on a rainy evening, was quite comfortable.

My one complaint is that even with a reservation, I was seated at a non-window seat. At 6:30, the restaurant was only about a third full. I suspect that many eating did not have a reservation. Should you not honor a reservation by saving the prime tables?

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