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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 good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“fish and chips” (70 reviews)
“burger” (33 reviews)
“clam chowder” (11 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Starts off with a mini ferry ride to the restaurant, the kids will love. Then to the island for west coast fare. After which you can walk off the lunch exploring one of our small islands

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Katherine L
Reviewed 30 November 2018

I have been going to this pub once or twice a year since moving to the area five yrs ago. It has been a restaurant we take visitors to as it is a 'coastal' experience. Unfortunately, I find it has gone down hill in terms...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Gabeful
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

We grabbed the dinghy ride over & enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the deck while having our dinner & drinks. Highly recommend as a fun evening outing.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank stephoto
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Enjoyed the ride on the ferry and supper of halibut and chips was very good. We enjoyed their Thurs night game of Name that Tune. My husband was excellent at naming the Golden Oldies and Oldest Crap Tunes. Only suggestion is to be careful when...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 143nowell
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We like Dinghy Dock and have been a number of times. Our last visit in October with visitors was fine - food is decent although nothing to write home about, and the prices are ok, if a little on the high side. Service was excellent....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank davvos
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

We had time to kill one day during our vacation so we headed here for some cold drinks on a hot day. It was nice sitting outside and enjoying the scenery and wildlife.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank gaill998
Reviewed 5 November 2018

A must visit to the floating pub with great local beers on tap, a fantastic revamped menu cod burger can't be beat! Rent a kayak and work off a hearty lunch for a fantastic summer afternoon activity!

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Beth M
Reviewed 3 November 2018

Great experience at the Dinghy Dock Pub and Floating Restaurant. The only downside is that we were with our kids which precluded us from enjoying the sunset that was happening, as the better viewing area is only for 19+. If we would have been able...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank me2347
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

This is a great experience for tourists. Just don't expect quality food. Fabulous views, neat atmosphere almost make up for it. Paying for a ferry just to get there? Not much

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Osta1962
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Brought friends from out of town here after we all had an enjoyable walk around parts of Protection Island. First time coming here for all of us. Great pub! We shared a pitcher of blond local lager, nachos and fried brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank KathleenMcLean
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
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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