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Rumrunner Pub

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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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235 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 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 

1 Thank ScottieMcFrugal
Grand Junction, Colorado
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We chose a table and ended up with 2 large groups with numerous children that came in afterus. Not the restaurants fault that parents let their kids pour salt and sugar on the tables.... The food was good. Not the best we had during our stay, but not the worst either. My husband had the blackend halibut and loved it.... More 

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Montgomery, TX
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We were a large group wanting a good fish dinner after a long day of sightseeing. Runrunner staff took care of all our needs with great fish and good Local craft beer. We are ready to return.

Thank Sparkie1119
Regina, Canada
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Tried the Guinness pot pie and loved it! I've tried pot pies elsewhere that were pretty bland. This one was fantastic. I wish I could duplicate those wonderful flavours at home.

Thank Glo123456
British Columbia, Canada
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I wouldn't call it a pub but the patio is really nice in summer time. Could sit there for hours. The food was really good and the service was awesome. Def going there again

Thank mimi173

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?