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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” (65 reviews)
“burger” (32 reviews)
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Closes in 25 min
11:30 - 21:30 Hours
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 1 week ago 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

Thank KathleenMcLean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decent pub style food, typical pub atmosphere. Deck is great in the summer. They have dedicated gluten free fryer so you can have fish and chips if you are gluten free. Fun place to be when there's entertainment. It's fun because it's an adventure taking...More

Thank Donna Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. Such a unique experience. You take a boat to this restaurant and float in the harbor having snacks and drinks! What could be better! Great for families too!

Thank Syreetam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little floating gem of a restaurant/pub is such a quaint little venue Kids are allowed but only in one section. This place is accessible by boat only and a little ferry takes you there from the downtown Nanaimo harbour. Food was excellent. I highly...More

Thank Nadine V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sorry, we were a group of five. $50.00 to take the ferry for dinner. What a waste. Several menu items were not available. Our server recommended us NOT to have several other menu items and what we did order was of very poor quality. I...More

Thank Deb E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boat ride to the pub is okay unless the small ferry is full and you have to wait for the next one. There is also a cost of $9 to take the ferry, so yes, you have to pay to go to the restaurant....More

Thank Lex D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This local pub with its very distinct approach to arriving,is in itself a unique experience ans serves a good variety of menue

Thank davidmT6715BE
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The food/entertainment at the dock has always been good. I do find that the menu is overpriced. It’s pub fare and should be priced as such, not high end fine dinning prices. The mood is great, arrive early for show nights to get a goid...More

Thank cyhin30
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Take a trip to the island, little boat will take you across the water to the Dinghy Dock Pub. We enjoyed our time and the food was great. Our waitress Kim, was wonderful and she knows the menu. She was very attentive to our needs,...More

Thank Deb F
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Took family from Calgary to have dinner.....the worst fish & chips ever, the fish was burnt, the fries were cold, the coleslaw was bland and even the long island iced tea tasted very bland!! Really sad that you pay for the ferry to go eat...More

1  Thank Vicki T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, View
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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