Where to Eat in Prince Rupert: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 17, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Situated off the shores of continental British Columbia on secluded Kaien Island, Prince Rupert is steeped in the history of the Pacific Northwest. The area is the heart of Tsimshian Nation and is home also to other First Nations, including Haida, Gitksan and Nisga'a people. Visitors can learn more about the land's original inhabitants at the First Nations Carving Shed or by taking a guided tour of Prince Rupert's impressive Totem Pole collection, featuring both Tsimshian and Haida works.
Things to do in Prince Rupert

1. Dolly's Fish Market

7 Cow Bay Rd, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A4, Canada Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$243 +1 250-624-6090
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 422 reviews

Dolly's Fish Market

Menu Big Chunks of Local Fish in our own batter, with homemade fries, Caesar Salad, cranapple coleslaw or green salad. Fresh lemon and tartar sauce. Halibut - 1 pc. - $14.95 2pc. - $20.95 Ling Cod 1 pc. - $9.95 2pc. - $12.95 Fantailed Shrimp with Fries & Seafood Sauce. - $16.95 Seafood Combo Plate - Halibut (1), Shrimp (4), Scallops (6), Smoked salmon, tartar sauce, and seafood sauce. - $26.95 Seafood Pasta– Halibut, Shrimp and Scallops in our homemade Alfredo Sauce and noodles. Served with Caesar Salad and Garlic Toast $24.95 Rupert Warf Pasta - $24.95 Smoked Salmon Pasta - $17.95 Veggie Pasta - $14.95 Stuffed Halibut Cordon Bleu - $31.95 A gluten free option. Halibut fillet stuffed with juicy local shrimp, crab meat, havarti herb cheese and herb butter. Dolly's Bouillabaisse - $34.95 Steamed Mussels - $14.95 Steamed Clams - $14.95 Baked Sockeye Salmon Fillet - $17.95 Herb Crusted Red Snapper Fillet - $13.95 Sauteed Beurre Blanc of Sole - $13.95 Dungeness Crab Cake - Served with Caesar Salad and Fries - $17.95 Deep Fried Oyster Platter - $18.95 Garlic Chili Lime Prawns -$17.95 Breaded Scallop Platter - $16.95 Kids Menu - $5.95 Grill Cheese Chicken fingers Halibut nuggets Hamburger Dolly’s Classic Caesar Salad Crisp romaine tossed with freshly grated parmesan cheese, homemade garlic parmesan croutons with our Caesar dressing & garlic toast. Small - $8.95 Large - $10.95 Add: Shrimp - $10.00 Smoked Sockeye Salmon - $5.50 Chicken - $5.50 Fresh Crab - $8.50 Hot Blackened Halibut - $9.00 Dolly's House Seafood Salad -$23.95 Fresh shrimp, crab and smoked salmon on Greens. Panini Sandwiches With tomato, cucumber & cheese, served with homemade crisp fries. Shrimp - $15.95 Smoked Salmon - $14.95 Fresh Crab - $14.95 Vegetarian - $9.95 Shrimp & Dungeness Crab - $15.95 Burgers with homemade fries Halibut - $15.95 Chicken - $12.95 Blackened add - $1.50 Oyster - $13.95 Halibut Elite Burger– stuffed with fresh shrimp, crab, provolone cheese and herb butter. - $17.95 Dolly's Homemade hamburger-$10.95 Add: Cheese-$.50 Bacon-$1.00 Sauteed Mushrooms-$1.00 Oscar it up (shrimp,crab,hollindaise sauce and melted havarti cheese)-$6.00 Dolly’s Famous Chowders Served with our own fresh baked biscuit. Ask your server for today’s selection. Cream or Tomato Base Large 16oz. - $10.95 Small - $8.95 Appetizers Fries– Large - $4.95 Small - $ 3.95 Sweet Potato Fries - $5.00 Halibut nuggets- $7.95 Sizzling Garlic Shrimp - $13.00 Calamari - $9.95 Halibut Nuggets - $7.95 Smoked salmon sampler - $12.95 Garlic Chili Lime Prawns - $9.95 Smoked Salmon Sampler - $12.95 Shrimp Cocktail - $13.00 Cup of Chowder - $4.95 Extra Piece of Halibut - $6.30 Extra Piece of Cod - $4.00 Sandwiches Served with crisp homemade fries. Shrimp on a whole wheat Kaiser - $12.95 Cold Smoked Salmon Kaiser w/ cream cheese & onion. - $10.95 Dungeness Crab Kaiser - $12.95 Substitute chowder instead of fries - $4.95 Substitute Caesar instead of fries. - $3.50 Sweet Potato Fries - $3.00 Dolly’s gift Certificates make an ideal present any time of the year for friends or deserving acquaintances. Simply ask your server.

Reviewed By John S - Vancouver, Canada

We waited for 30 minutes after ordering to receive overcooked halibut and a bouillabaisse with prawns that were hard enough to use in a handgun; and barely large enough to use as cocktail shrimp. It escapes me how a restaurant that's so close to an amazing source of seafood could be so bad. Based on what was served I concluded that Dolly buys the cheapest, low quality ingredients available.
Our server was new, didn't know anything - not her fault that the establishment doesn't train their staff. We arrived as the place was clearing out - waited a full 30 minutes for food as we watched others that arrived well after us receive their orders.
For a place that has spend almost zero dollars on decor (it's bordering on dumpy) $35 for a bad bouillabaisse is outrageous.
I don't understand the great reviews on here -- our experience was the polar opposite. I overheard a guy at the next table ask his mate how he liked his meal, the answer ...a resounding "not bad ". I wish ours' was that good.

2. Charley's Lounge

222 1st Ave W | Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A8, Canada Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Canadian, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 250-624-6771
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

Charley's Lounge

Reviewed By welshman1955 - Lethbridge, Canada

The lounge has heavy wood accents like an english pub and a great outlook on the harbour with an outside patio. There are beer specials every day with some good draught choices. Food was a little slow coming but we were there to chat so not really a problem unless you were in a hurry. Seafood soup is highly recommended. Very flavourful and lots of seafood. Some of the appetizers were also really excellent (the scallop stirrup was very good). Main courses were also well cooked and presented.

3. Cow Bay Cafe

205 Cow Bay Rd, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A2, Canada Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$181 +1 250-627-1212
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 289 reviews

Cow Bay Cafe

Casual Italian & westcoast seafood in a cozy neighbourhood cafe located on the waterfront in Cow Bay. Featuring fresh and local seafood. Traditional Italian pizzas, pastas and antipasto. Home made desserts and bread. Award winning Italian and BC wines with local craft beers. Eat In / Take Away Gluten free & kid friendly

Reviewed By Carra2013

We found this quaint little seaside restaurant by accident while out for a walk while on a one day stopover in PR on our way to Haida Gwaii. It looked so picturesque and inviting, we just had to give it a try. The lunch special was seafood chowder, homemade bread, and salad. The salad was average, the bread was yummy, but the chowder was OUTSTANDING!!! We are from Vancouver, and are boaters, so we have had many chowders over the years; a number have been delicious, but NONE this memorable! LOTS of different seafood in a broth that wasn't thick with fillers. Lovely taste, perfectly seasoned. The meal was so good, we made Reservations to return for supper, and we were not disappointed. My husband had the lamb, and I had the scallops. Both were done perfectly, but the very best part of the meal was the smoked salmon appetizer! The service was perfect: great pacing, personable and helpful. The total experience matched (and exceeded) many of the best restaurants in Vancouver, and the prices were more than fair for the quality. It's just too bad it's so far away!

4. Cowpuccino's Coffee House

25 Cow Bay Rd, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A4, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 250-627-1395
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 270 reviews

Cowpuccino's Coffee House

Reviewed By ericandtrudy - East Helena, Montana

We absolutely LOVED Copuccino's Coffee House!! We stopped in for iced coffee's and lunch, and were delighted!! We each had homemade soup with a delicious roll, and heavenly Iced Cappucinos!! We loved the quirky decor' and the servers were Darling....... come early and be prepared to wait, this place has standing room only during peak hours!!

5. Bob's on the Rocks

299 George Hills Way, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Canadian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 250-624-2627
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Bob's on the Rocks

Reviewed By go4adrive - Hinton, Canada

The staff was excellent in describing the different fish options! We met a couple of really amazing locals here who gave us some ideas of things to see. Food was fresh and AMAZING! Sitting on the outside picnic tables we had a great view of the marina and harbour. Was pretty cool to see the boats and ships!

6. Breakers Pub

117 George Hills Way, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A3, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, Pub, Canadian, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 250-624-5990
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Breakers Pub

Reviewed By radarinoz - Newcastle, Australia

Every time I visit Prince Rupert, I seem to gravitate to Breakers Pub. The food is always nice, staff friendly and prices reasonable. The halibut and chips was very yummy, recommend that one.

7. Waterfront Restaurant @ Crest Hotel

222 1st Ave W, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A8, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 250-624-6771
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 310 reviews

Waterfront Restaurant @ Crest Hotel

Reviewed By Mgreany - Juneau, Alaska

We spent the last night of our 5,300 mile road-trip home to Alaska, at the Crest Hotel,(see our review) and had breakfast the next morning at the Waterfront restaurant in the hotel. Great breakfast, lots of choices. Calm, quiet atmosphere with gorgeous waterfront views. Knowledgeable, friendly Waitstaff made our visit a pleasant beginning to our last day before catching the Marine HIghway, ferry.
We had a nice breakfast, a lovely view and good start to our water journey home.

8. Lee & Ann Restaurant

636 3rd Ave W, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1M2, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner +1 250-627-1924
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Lee & Ann Restaurant

Reviewed By Alex T - Vancouver, Canada

As has been stated, this place has zero atmosphere. Smells musty and very dull looking, but the pho is awesome!! I guess if you need to focus on something important in a restaurant the food IS probably the best one, but still a little atmosphere would be nice...

9. Opa Sushi

34 Cow Bay Rd, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1A5, Canada Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$612 +1 250-627-4560
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Opa Sushi

Opa Sushi is located in the heart of Cow Bay, located in one of the last remaining fishing net-lofts on the westcoast. We feature traditional Japanese sushi influenced by Northwest coast flavours. We are passionate about sourcing fresh, wild and local seafood and pair our fare with BC wines, craft beers and Japanese sakes. Open daily.

Reviewed By Don S - Smithers, Canada

We have been going to Opa Sushi many times while staying at the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club Its close by and the food never disappointing Atmosphere is great and the views to match

10. Naomi’s Grill

500 2nd Ave W Suite 216, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 3T6, Canada Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Canadian, Delicatessen Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 250-624-9180
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Naomi’s Grill

Reviewed By PookyCake - Victoria, Canada

I've had the pleasure of dining at Naomi's Grill a few times now and each time I've left completely satisfied. As others have said, the portions are large, so be sure to bring your appetite! Everything is prepared fresh -- those of us who are inquisitive can view the food being prepared in the kitchen area, which is well within view.
So, yes, the food is fresh -- outstanding, even. But I want to comment on something else important: Each time I've visited, the owner has always been present -- greeting customers as they come in and, after orders have been placed, coming around to each table to ensure everything is to your liking. This, to me makes Naomi's stand out in Rupert's saturated restaurant scene. When an owner takes the time to visit tables and check on the quality of what is being produced, you know they care, both about the food and the customer experience. It's a great way to build rapport with those who visit your establishment because you feel welcomed and this, along with amazing food, makes people come back again and again -- something that is so important in a town where it seems like businesses struggle to survive. It's definitely played a role in having me come back.
As for the dining experience: The food is, in a word, outstanding! The very first time I visited Naomi's I had a cheeseburger and added a wiener; totally reminded me of my childhood where I'd always have what was called a "combo burger" (basically, a cheeseburger with a wiener). And the fries. . .I usually don't eat/finish my fries, but I do here: they have a wonderful seasoning on them and are always cooked perfectly -- crispy, never soggy. And their fish and chips are some of the best in PR, which is saying something! Lastly, the pies. Mmmm!! For me, the blueberry pie is the standout as it is made with fresh (not canned) blueberries. Perfect way to top off a lunch or dinner!
In short, Naomi's Grill very much reminds one of home and that is a good thing!
FOOD: 5/5
SERVICE: 5/5
VALUE: 5/5
RECOMMENDATION: Absolutely!

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