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Rumrunner Pub

€€ - €€€
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Seafood
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9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-656-5643
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ate here in the summer on their patio for dinner a couple years ago, and it was full. The kitchen was slammed and buckled under pressure. I ordered a Cioppino. It was missing shrimp and mussels, unlike the order from the table next to mine, despite clearly being mentioned on the menu. I asked our server, what's up with... More 

Thank GordenRamsey
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed excellent service, provided by Jenni. The view was beautiful and the food delicious on a cold and windy day in Sidney. Great little pub!

Thank Sheila M
Ryton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, this place must be doing something right as it was very busy at lunchtime. Our party pitched up without a booking and were assured we'd get the next table. Fine, we'll wait, it's to be expected. However, having to wait near the washrooms (and other guests trying to get past), our kids getting restless, hungry bellies and after frequent... More 

Thank mjconway2016
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in at the Rum Runner to kill a bit of time before a flight out of YYJ and had a beer and couple of appetizers. We were seated in the restaurant side which had a lot of really nice natural light and a decent atmosphere. The yam fries were really yummy and spinach and artichoke dip was one... More 

Thank Chris W
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We stopped here for a meal after a stroll along the water front at Sydney. The location is great and the menu looked good, but the actual food was a little disappointing. Certainly not the worst pub food we have ever had (many in the U.K. are much worse) but by Canadian standards a bit below par.

1 Thank Beeper53
Sidney, Canada
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106 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

90 minute + wait for patio service, no apologies, no discount, food cold and poor. This place has lost it completely, no manager to talk to, waiters running around with no idea what's going on. Stay away until they get new management.

2 Thank louise B
White Rock, Canada
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237 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Don't bother making the trek to experience their happy hour. No food or wine specials. Beer deals are limited and martinis are a whooping .25 cents off. A shame - a decent pub but lots of other pub choices in Sidney for happy hour. We had one drink and left.

Thank Hosta_La_Vista
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

After a long walk along the ocean, a friend and I stopped here for an early dinner. We ordered the cheese board. The cheese was terrific - a nice variety of locally sourced cheeses. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't enough bread - and they charged extra for another piece. We both had local beer. It was, quite... More 

Thank Bonny B
Grand Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The Rumrunner was a good spot for dinner. An adjoining sports bar offered pub food. Service was good and surroundings pleasant.

Thank FMGeorge
Victoria, Canada
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I’ve never reviewed a restaurant twice before but after another feast at this seaside pub-style restaurant, I feel morally obligated to share my experience again. Entrusted with the pleasurable task of entertaining two visitors from England, a visit to Sidney-by-the-Sea was obviously on the list. It’s been a particularly wet October but on Tuesday, to everyone’s delight, the sun broke... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9881 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Sidney
  • Phone Number: +1 250-656-5643
Since 1990, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has served delicious seafood and West Coast cuisine in a spectacular setting along the Sidney waterfront at picturesque Port Sidney Marina. Patrons enjoy a warm ambience, great food, and unforgettable views of the ocean, Gulf & San Juan Islands and Mount Baker.

The cozy restaurant and bar both boast warm feature fireplaces, and in warmer weather the two outdoor patios allow diners the opportunity to enjoy sunshine and sea breezes. "Staff are friendly and cheerful,and we have a great kitchen staff," "Our pub menu is first class." At the full-service bar, customers can choose from a large selection of beverages - there's local and import beer in the bottle and on tap, as well as a wide selection of wines.

Owner Bill Singer worked for 14 years in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's venerable Snug before opening the Rumrunner in 1990. Since then, the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant has become a favoured spot for locals, a regular stop for visiting boaters, and a great find for visitors to Sidney.

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