On The Fisherman’s Boot Cafe and the Maritime Festival. Yarrrrr.

I was born in the interior.  There’s no ocean salt in my blood, nor tales of the sea in my bones.  There is, however, a deep appreciation and love for maritime history, which it probably why I’m so enamoured with the Steveston shoreline.  At one time, the town’s existence depended solely upon the water on which it rests, and even today it’s home to a very active fishing industry.  If you want to get into the heart of it, and I mean right inside, go to The Fisherman’s Boot Cafe.  

Where will you find it?  In a shipyard, of course, east of Steveston village and west of London Farm.  Even though it all looks a little off-limits, anyone can wander in and seek out the cafe for breakfast or lunch – I’m proof!

The place is rather rough and tumble, and I imagine looks a lot like it did when it opened several decades ago.  Who are its customers?  Honest-to-goodness fishermen, and fisherwomen.  Fisher persons.  Fishers.  Am I politically correct yet?  Those who fish.  I believe I am covered.

During the week, they serve breakfast until 11am, and all day on Saturdays.  Their classic is the Fisherman’s Breakfast, which includes 3 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 sausages, hash browns, toast, and coffee FOR SIX DOLLARS, including tax.  I was too late for breakfast so I opted for the clubhouse sandwich on sourdough, with fries.  Also only six bucks.

It was enormous and tasty, and brought to me by the no-nonsense but friendly proprietor.  She was happy to let me know I could take a book from their free lending library anytime, and like a good mother, worried that I didn’t finish everything on my plate.  So try to eat it all.

While I sat enjoying my clubhouse (3 pieces of toasted bread, ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and mayo), I eavesdropped on the conversations nearby.  Unsurprisingly, they were all about fishing.

“You still crabbing?”

“He hooked it real good.”

“The sockeyes are bigger than the springs, they’re saying.”

“What’s your count?”

And so went the endless talk of the day’s catch.  I enjoyed being in this unpretentious place, but be warned, it’s not for everyone.  Steer clear if you’re looking for fine-dining, or are uncomfortable with the f-bomb being dropped as frequently as nets into the nearby water.  But if you’ve got an adventurous spirit and are up for an inexpensive, filling meal in the heart of fishing culture, then anchors away, ahoy matey, and the rest of it.

I went to The Fisherman’s Boot in honour of the upcoming Maritime Festival in Steveston, which runs this August 10th-12th.  They were beginning to setup yesterday at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, and I wandered around with my camera.

It’s a very photogenic place, with its weathered grey buildings,

huge old boathouses sitting directly over the marsh,

and of course, its BOATS.  This wooden beauty was a rum runner during prohibition.  Cooooool.

I had the opportunity to board a tall ship called The Kaisei, but I’m going to write about that in another post so I can dedicate more time to it.

The festival will have live entertainment, food, and plenty of interesting maritime stories and activities.  Rumour has it there’ll also be mini donuts, so if you weren’t convinced before…..

The sea may not be in my blood, but it’s sure in Steveston’s, and whether you can make it for the festival or not, Britannia is a great place to visit anytime.  And if you’ve got a rod and are curious as to what’s biting, head to The Fisherman’s Boot and ask a fellow diner!

The Fisherman’s Boot Cafe

12740 Trites Road, Richmond BC


Cash only

A few vegetarian options


Britannia Heritage Shipyard

5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond BC


The 9th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

August 10th – 12th, 2012


  1. Tracy J

    We’ve taken our kids there after a bike ride on the dyke. Rustic but very good value. Loving your posts Lindsay!

  2. Dave Davis

    I’ve dined there a few times when I was living in the area, and I found the food good. However, there was one time when I ordered Penny’s Manhattan style clam chowder soup. After eating it I pointed out to her that it was a great tasting vegetable soup, but I did not find one clam in it. Jokingly she told me she had the clam on a string and pulled it out at the last minute. Funny yes, but selling a vegetable soup as clam chowder is not funny.

    • KHD

      Loved your story about the clam on a string. I can think of a few other restaurants that must have employed that same technique, and not just with clams!

  3. Robert

    Please note it’s closed Sunday. We found that out last Sunday the hard way.

  4. MSG

    Their “Truffle infused Lobster Mousse” is to die for. LOL.
    Lindsay I’m not sure where this blog is going.
    But I admire your guts to go where no food critics have gone before.
    Keep it up!

  5. lee walters

    Thanks, I live about a block away and although I wander around the boat yard every once in a while I have never thought there was an actual restaurant there!

  6. 3rdRock

    I’m pretty sure that one of the signs on the wire gate imparts the message “unauthorized personnel keep out” or something to that effect. That’s why I did not venture beyond that point. 🙁

    Might as well keep this place a secret for the pleasure of a few. 😛

  7. Erick

    If you like The Boot you will love The Northern Cafe & Grill located upstairs of Northern Building Supplies. (Near and under the North end of the Night street bridge) Breakfast is $4.75 with the best fresh cut hash browns. Pick up a 2×4 or two while you eat!

  8. Robert

    We enjoyed huge bacon, eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns and toast breakfasts for only $6 each – including the coffee and tax! Although the only washrooms are across the street, the bonus is they are equipped with showers.

  9. Tiana

    Such a great Steveston secret. Love the “style” of this place, and the ladies are classic.

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