The Boathouse Restaurant has been a seafood tradition in Vancouver for over thirty years now. Beginning in Coal Harbour in 1981, there are now seven Boathouse locations (English Bay, Kits, Horseshoe Bay, White Rock, New West, Port Moody, Richmond) around the Lower Mainland. What links all Boathouse Restaurants, in addition to their fresh seafood, is that they always have a view and are always on the waterfront. With heated and covered patios in most locations, patio dining can be enjoyed all year round.
We decided to visit the Richmond restaurant for my mother-in-law’s birthday last week. Situated on River Road, just minutes from YVR with a view of the river & marina, The Boathouse Restaurant is a Richmond landmark. Specializing in wild, local and sustainable seafood, its menu runs the gamut from chowders & salads to fresh oysters to grilled chicken penne to steak & lobster to beef burgers – even non-seafood lovers will find something they’ll enjoy.
We started with a couple Westcoast seafood chowders ($7.99), made with market fresh fish & shellfish. Ours were topped with three freshly steamed mussels and contained hearty pieces of salmon and halibut. The chowder was deliciously creamy.
We also ordered a couple dishes of Wild halibut & chips ($21.99) with two pieces dipped in beer batter and accompanied by sea-salted fries and a small side salad of mixed greens. The batter was nice and crispy and not too greasy at all.
I opted for the Grilled wild BC salmon burger ($17.99). In lieu of the wild greens, I chose the sea-salted fries which were great. The bun and burger toppings were fresh and the piece of salmon was very generous and had a good char.
Steve’s market fish plate ($23.99) consists of their chef’s daily fresh fish selection, fire-grilled then served over grilled fresh vegetables. On this day the seafood selection had prawn, scallop, and salmon chunk skewers over green beans and roasted red potatoes. My father-in-law really enjoyed this dish.
Mocha Ice Cream Pie ($7.99) with chocolate ganache sauce & maple flavoured almonds. This dessert was scrumptious and a very large slice. It consisted of a lovely layer of Oreo cookie crust at the bottom drizzled with chocolate sauce, splashes of berry coulis, and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
Overall, the food was tasty, portion sizes were generous, and service was excellent at this Boathouse location. Prices might seem a little steep, however, you have to keep in mind that they do use quality ingredients!