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Dinghy Dock Marine Pub & Bstr

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
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8 Pirates Lane, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6R1, Canada
+1 250-753-2373
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Nanaimo, Canada
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been to the Dinghy dock on numerous occasions and never been disappointed. Unique spot with decent food. Just remember that you have to take a small walk on "ferry" so it take a little extra time and costs a few extra dollars.

Thank Bruce S
Kingston, Canada
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seems that The Dingy Dock is a bit of an institution in Nanaimo. Situated on a small island off Nanaimo, part of the experience is getting over there on the boat. Once you get there the atmosphere at the pub is wonderful. Staff have always been helpful and friendly. Food is great and the waterfront view back over to Nanaimo... More 

Thank Dave K
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came for the experience and was pleasantly surprised. Food was good. Quick and filling. Service very good.

Thank Natalie M
Nanaimo, Canada
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203 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a pub on a dock, as its name says, serving typical pub food like fish and chips and burgers It's fun to take the ferry from Nanaimo Harbour (which leaves and returns every half hour throughout the day), take a walk around Protection Island, then call in at the pub for lunch or just a drink. Nice patio... More 

Thank 29carfrae
Ladysmith, Canada
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We had our family from the prairies visiting so we took the little ferry to the Dingy Dock, a short scenic sail. We ate inside the pub but the windows were open & we all enjoyed the fish & chip special. A nice adult place to go for a relaxing meal. Our family wants to return to the Dingy Dock... More 

Thank threadz
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This restaurant is definitely one of a kind. It is one of the very few floating pubs in North America. The food is excellent, you can sit at a table right on the water, and the evening view of the lights on the water and of Nanaimo right across the water are superb. Dduring the day you can often see... More 

Thank Larke N
Vancouver, Canada
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125 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

You take a little ferry ($9 return) to this pub on Protection Island (closed Mon Tues Wed in Winter) and enjoy a craft beer and great food, right on the water.

Thank moonfroth
Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

They serve your typical pub fare but what our guests always enjoy is the ferry ride over and back; as well as sitting on the water enjoying the scenery, yachts, sailboats and kayaks go by as we eat. It's a different experience for the landlocked who visit.

Thank TravelBug797
Kelowna, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Have been to this place for many many years and although it has changed hands, it is still an awesome place to go. This pub sits right on the water on the edge of Protection Island. It is a short small ferry trip over to this little island which in itself is fun and inexpensive. (Pay only one way). The... More 

Thank SandLaj
Toronto, Canada
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126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

You get to the floating-barge restaurant via a water taxi - it's a fun ride to a fascinating and charming restaurant. The food is satisfactory (not nearly as memorable as the location), and you meal might be interrupted by the regular games being played (e.g., "Guess the Tune").

Thank Charles C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?