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Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Seafood,
8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
+1 250-753-2373
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“fish and chips” (63 reviews)
“burger” (32 reviews)
“clam chowder” (10 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a great pub for the boating crowd, they can pull right up and enjoy a pub meal For those travelling by transfer, during peak times expect the boat to fill up, so you may have an hour wait to get across. We tried...More

Thank Colleen T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We Kayaked over & got in for lunch before the crowd - inc. the little ferry. We sat at high top, overlook dntn. Nanaimo - beautiful day! My husband & I had halibut burger & step-son had salmon burger - 1 had fries, other two...More

Thank S_Leach
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not sure if this place is worth the journey... It is a novelty to hop a ferry for sure, but it is typical pub food. Anyone under 19 must sit in a separate area... ☹️ This is our 5th night travelling the island and this...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband's clams were awesome, big and perfectly cooked. My halibut was disgustingly, drippingly greasy and overcooked to the point it was chewy and tough. Fries were lackluster, bland coleslaw.

Thank Flatlander_in_BC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the short ferry ride and the unique setting. Great place to watch the boats and float planes go by. Had fish and chips and they were excellent. Service was quick and friendly. Will come back

Thank Ray H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a fun place! We spent a wonderful couple of hours enjoying the sunshine overlooking the water while our friendly server kept us “hydrated “. The ferry ride over elevated it to adventure status .

Thank LSMCalgary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ferry trip to a proper pub set on an island and the food was great. Fish and chips to be recommended

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service from a happy team. Take the ferry and have a wander round the island to work up an appetite. Huge portions, good value tasty dishes. Looking forward to growing back again

Thank gordonl463
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a little island. The boat ride over in little boat is interesting. Just a fun experience. Decor interesting. ( floating restaurant). Food good, not special but good. Our waitress, Kimmy H, provided lively conversation and fast service. ( not very busy that day).

Thank Jzjsolo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went over for dinner today, being a Saturday at the start of summer they where very busy, which is understandable. I ordered fish and chips that arrived cold, another dish had cold fries. The waitress agreed to replace the fries and that took 20...More

1  Thank Nict212
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-2373
The Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant has been an attraction in Nanaimo, British Columbia since 1989. The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make us a popular destination year round. We are the only registered floating pub in Canada making your experience a unique one. We’re moored off beautiful Protection Island originally known as Douglas Island. The ramp that connects the pub to the island allows visitors to walk the rock beaches, visit the parks or view the heron rookery, making it feel like you’re on vacation. Whether you arrive by ferry, kayak or private boat it’s our goal to make your trip to The Dinghy Dock Pub and Protection Island a memorable one! The Dinghy Dock Pub was originally designed to function as a marina. This included a store with bait shop and showers. In 1989 patrons would order and pay for drinks at the bar and do the same for food through a hole in the kitchen wall! Over the years the Dinghy Dock Pub has expanded three times. The expansions included patios, a family area and enlargement of the kitchen. The original docks surrounding the pub were lower to the water to accommodate the dinghies of yachts anchored in the harbour. Presently our docks range in size and fit vessels as small as kayaks and as large as a 50′ sail or power boat. Along with the docks, we’ve evolved to become a full service pub and restaurant where minors can dine as well. The Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant are entirely floating, creating an amazing experience once aboard. Our menus show case delicious seafood, a twist on classic pub fare and local beers from Vancouver Island. Stunning views of the coast are featured from every seat in the house whether you’re inside or out. The fishing hole on the restaurant patio has great views of the Nanaimo Harbour and Vancouver island. Kids and their parents can try to make the big catch at our fishing hole while enjoying the sights and sounds of sea planes, boats and nature. Protection Island is situated between the beautiful Newcastle and Gabriola Islands. The population of Protection Island is 350 and measures a mile and a half long by a mile wide. The island is a relaxing walk before or after visiting the Dinghy Dock Pub. As you walk the island you’ll notice only a handful of cars and an abundance of golf carts. Most residents use golf carts for transportation and to haul groceries from the ferry or their private boat. Interesting areas of exploration are the community garden, beaches or parks and local museum. Next time you visit The Dinghy Dock Pub leave yourself extra time to check out this little island across the Nanaimo Harbour!
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