Saturday, January 28, 2023


By Joe Ditler

One of Coronado’s oldest restaurants, the historic Boathouse 1887, will begin serving lunch May 28. Lunch will be served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30-2:30.

“I get asked constantly why we don’t serve lunch,” said Marty Jensen, owner of the Coronado Boathouse. “We’re in a beautiful historic building, right on the water, and we appreciate that people just seem to want more opportunity to come down and enjoy the Boathouse experience.”

Famous for it’s seafood and steak, the Coronado Boathouse features a vast array of dining options to satisfy the most discerning palate.

Their new luncheon menu offers items such as fish & chips, orange basil salmon, coconut crunchy shrimp, Alaskan macadamia halibut, the Boathouse Crab Stack and lobster bisque.

A full selection of salads is available that includes the traditional Caesar with anchovies. The Boathouse burger and calamari sandwich are also on the menu.

“I predict the Boathouse Crab Stack will be a big hit with our guests,” said Jensen. The crab stack is a full helping of Dungeness crab meat served on layers of mango, kiwi, red onions, avocado, cucumber and daikon sprouts, served with ginger-lime dressing and roasted peanuts.

The lunch desserts provide new twists on traditional favorites. Jensen has taken the popular Mud Pie and created a Mud Pie Malt, a blended taste treat of Orea cookie, coffee ice cream, Hershey’s chocolate, whipped cream and diced almonds, with an optional shot of Kahlua.

Long one of Coronado’s most scenic restaurants, the Boathouse offers fine dining on two levels with unparalleled panoramic views. Diners enjoy the non-stop action of sailboats on Glorietta Bay, the Hotel del Coronado and the Coronado Golf Course, not to mention the incredible sunsets this time of year.

“Our renovation has provided us with the opportunity to provide two separate restaurants and full bar areas,” said Jensen. “We now offer more than just dinner and drinks, and have expanded our services to include live music and lunch in addition to private functions, corporate events and weddings.”

The Coronado Boathouse also presents musical evenings every Thursday night in the upstairs lounge. They have had a variety of musicians performing jazz, blues, acoustic, rock ‘n’ roll and pop. Their acts range from local group Mid-Life Crisis to international jazz stars Bob Magnusson and Peter Sprague.

Although there are plenty of free parking spaces at the Coronado Boathouse, management encourages walking or riding your bike to enjoy things like the artwork adjacent to the Boathouse, called “Imagine Tent City.” This extremely visual Todd Stands sculpture captures directionally specific views of Coronado a century ago.

For more information on the Coronado Boathouse 1887 or to make dining reservations call (619) 435-0155 or visit

The historic Boathouse 1887 is now serving lunch Friday-Sunday.
The menu is as exciting as the locale. Photo by Joe Ditler.

The popular jumbo shrimp cocktail and Alaskan macadamia
halibut are featured on the new luncheon menu at the Boathouse 1887.

Joe Ditler
Joe Ditler
Joe Ditler is a professional writer, publicist and Coronado historian. Formerly a writer with the Los Angeles Times, he has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout North America and Europe. He also owns Part-Time PR (a subsidiary of Schooner or Later Promotions), specializing in helping Coronado businesses reach larger audiences with well-placed public relations throughout the greater San Diego County. He writes obituaries and living-obituaries under the cover "Coronado Storyteller." To find out more, write or call [email protected], or (619) 742-1034.