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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 good41%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (59 reviews)
“clam chowder” (10 reviews)
“burger” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
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1 - 10 of 488 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

As an ex commercial fisherman i know when i'm looking at or eating Halibut and this is the second time its happened, its a real shame they try this so often because the food (cod) is well presented and cooked to perfection i suppose most...More

Thank wendy s
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback! I'm sorry that you've felt disappointed. At this time of year Pub traffic is much slower than usual, we are only open from Thursday to Sunday and are closed Monday through Wednesday. Last winter we opted not to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a gorgeous fall evening and while the food was delicious, the sunset was the main attraction! Who doesn't love the quaint ambiance of a "floating restaurant / pub?

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We sat down and the waitress gave us a menu. She came back about 10 minutes later and took our drink order. After we received our drinks she asked us if we were ready to order. To make a long story short, it seemed that...More

1  Thank Dave W
Reviewed 28 October 2017

The Dinghy Dock Pub is one of the most fun places to go in Nanaimo. You have to take a little ferry to get to it and while going to the pub you get a mini tour of the harbour. On a nice day it...More

Thank Fueldiva52
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Great place to have lunch and sip a few beers and watch the world go by. Food is average but the view.....

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 27 October 2017

This place has outstanding halibut fish & chips. Their "chips" aka french fries were fried to perfection. Bryanna our server was so friendly and made our lunch so enjoyable. Local beers are good and cold.

Thank cheryl_jon
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Good pub food, great location on the water and very friendly service. They also offer a vegan choice for those who subscribe to this lifestyle.

Thank J T
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Waterfront dining on Gabriola, acessible bh boat. Great range of food, well.priced, unique environment. Worth making the round trip from Nanaimo to Newcastle Island to the pub by pickle boat.

Thank scicdb3
Reviewed 2 October 2017

we came for a wedding celebration...this was an amazing experience..after our boat ride to the pub we were all seated outside and loved the meal and atmosphere...so much fun!

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 30 September 2017

I was really hoping to have this be an amazing experience. I've been here 3 times and have eaten in top ranked restaurants in the world to little dives that had amazing food. Nanaimo in general only has about 3 or 4 really good places...More

Thank Scuba s
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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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