Coronado Boathouse 1887
1701 Strand Way
Coronado Boathouse 1887 is a waterfront restaurant on Coronado Island in San Diego, California. Located across from the Hotel Del Coronado, and just a short water taxi ride from Downtown San Diego, the Coronado Boathouse is a gourmet steak and seafood restaurant.
The Coronado Boathouse, built in 1887, actually predates The Hotel Del Coronado by a year. Thought to have been an exercise in building practice for what started out as a largely unskilled crew, the Boathouse was completed in 1887, before construction on the hotel commenced. Designed by the Reid brother architects - the same men who designed the hotel - the Boathouse became a diminutive Del and a visual masterpiece in its own right.
The Boathouse continued to serve the hotel - and the community of Coronado - until 1967, when the building was leased to the Chart House restaurant chain (at which time the Boathouse was moved closer to shore and renovated). Today, the Boathouse houses a new, locally-owned restaurant, Boathouse 1887.
Recognized as a Coronado historical landmark in 1973, the Boathouse, like The Del, attracts artists from far and wide, and is said to be one of the "most painted buildings in Southern California."
Today, the Boathouse retains its original waterfront allure, as well as the hotel's engaging architecture, testimony to its enduring relationship with The Del and to the heritage both buildings share.
Local tip: Make sure to go upstairs and explore...if you get to the very top, the view is amazing.
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