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Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant

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8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
+1 250-753-2373
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11:30 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great music and nautical ambiance. Wonderful service - Lara and Brianne were excellent servers. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

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Thank Amy F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hoping Place in the summer with tourists taking the Protection Connection Ferry or boaters staying at Newcastle Marine Park. We visited recently in quieter winter months. Food is standard pub fare with everything okay but not special. More about the uniqueness of the locale. Summer definitely better as you can enjoy the outside seating . They also have better quality... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your ever in Nanaimo harbour on your way north to Desolation Sound and Refuge Cove. A great place to check out is The Dinghy Dock Pub. There's a ferry that goes over to Protection Island every hour. The greatest little pub, and the only floating pub I know of. The service is as great as the food. Check it... More 

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Parksville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Nanaimo harbor is beautiful and it is a fun experience to treat guests with a visit to the Dingy Dock Pub. Either by your own boat or by the water taxi, the view from the pub is amazing, the food is good and the staff accommodating. All the guests we have taken have really enjoyed the experience. In the... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorites. The view is amazing, especially in the summer or in the winter evenings. The food isn't gourmet but it is ok. The atmosphere is next to none. Come for live music nights for an amazing personal experience that you won't soon forget. Drive your boat up or take the foot ferry. Come early in the summer... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the coolest island things to do. The ten minute boat ride across the Nanaimo Harbour is beautiful and the pub, moored off Protection island is as funky as it gets. The only registered floating pub in Canada with a great view of Nanaimo, especially pretty at night. We were there for Acoustic Night, presenting 4 young... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the walk to the water shuttle & ride ...to the fantastic water views and nautical theme with friendly staff ... this was a setting for a perfect late lunch. Everything was set to be amazing, however the food was just a bit off the mark. Perhaps it was the let down after a busy lunch service ... there were... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, eat outside in good weather. Wonderful view of Nanaimo, good service and fresh fish, of course. You can work up an appetite by going for a "stroll" on the island!

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Thank LadyDi201052
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your experience with us! You are so right, a great way to work up an appetite before a meal at the Pub is by strolling around Protection Island and taking in the sights and sounds of this secluded paradise. We are so grateful for our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lucky enough to get tickets to the chris Cornell tribute concert they held! Great spot for a show! Roast beef diner was delicious.

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Thank Blair R
DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm glad you made it for that wonderful show-what a performance! Our Roast Beef Dinner has been quite popular this winter, happy to hear it was up to standard. Looking forward to your next visit! More 

Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The night we went they had a tribute to Chris Cornell..We bought tickets in advance and took the 5:10 Ferry. Had a fun evening listening to good music and eating awesome food from the restaurant! The Server's were great and so was the decor of the restaurant with a great evening view of Nanaimo! Would love to go back again... More 

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DinghyDockMgmt, Manager at Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm so happy that you were able to make it over for that show- what an incredible lineup of artists! It's so nice to receive feedback from our valued customers-we are very proud of our kitchen staff and serving team and I'm glad to hear that your food and service was up to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 20:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
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

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