The Boathouse is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in British Columbia, with locations in pretty much every city in Metro Vancouver near a body of water. I’ve only been to the White Rock location… about 5 times. Yup, I’m allergic to seafood, so I usually get a steak.
On my last visit, a friends parents visited so we went for a nice dinner at the Boathouse, and then for a walk on the pier. I ordered the 13 oz NY steak with the garlic shallot butter. The others all ordered the same Crab fest 3-course dinner, . They all chose different wines though. We were given a nice basket of sour dough bread with a pesto butter.
My steak was decent. Not the best I’ve ever had, but not the worst. The 13 oz steak came with mashed potatoes, a butt load of green beans, and a bit of roasted red pepper. After taking my first bite, the first thing I thought was wow it had a nice crust. It was seared nicely with a very crispy and peppery top. The steak itself was decent, though a bit tougher than it looked like it should be. There were some pieces that weren’t trimmed off my steak that was very tough to chew. The shallot butter sauce added just a little bit of extra flavour. Not too overwhelming, and not nearly as good as the butter sauce that came with the best steak ever (that steak was perfection). The green beans were bright and crisp, and the red pepper was slightly sweet and tender.
With the Crab Fest dinner for $34.99 you had your choice of :
- Whiskey Crab Soup, Caesar Salad, or Green Salad
- Chicken, Steak, or Salmon topped with Crab & Shrimp, or Crab Ravioli
- Creme Brulee or you choice of wine (5 choices)
You save almost $8 per person by choosing this (believe me, I know how much we saved). The Whiskey Crab Soup was really good. It was a creamy soup that had some croutons on top, and the crab was on the bottom of the bowl. With each scoop they just grabbed a bit of the crab meat. It had the perfect amount of saltiness. The 3 of them each got the salmon topped with Crab & Shrimp. The salmon could have been moister. The salmon was served on a bed of risotto. Overall the meal was good, and the soup was the their favourite part.
On a side note though, it took them forever to give us the bill, and to grab our credit card. To make things worse, they overcharged me for each of the Crab Fest dinners. Each item was charged separately, and not as a “deal”. Instead of $34.99, each meal cost $42.48 ($8.99 + $24.99 + $8.50). Stupidly, I didn’t check this until the day after. I had to call in to the restaurant, and fortunately the manager adjusted it for me without having to go there in person. I also contacted them via email about it, and they kept mentioning something about needing a coupon to get the deal. If it’s advertised on their site, and at the restaurant for $34.99 why would I need a coupon? Am I missing something?
The Boathouse Restaurant
14935 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC