The Upper Deck Cafe – a floating restaurant in Secret Cove


You can’t get any closer to dining on the water at the Upper Deck Cafe because you are actually floating on it. This seasonal restaurant, open from May to September is located in Secret Cove Marina in Halfmoon Bay and just a short 25-minute drive from Coracle Cove. It was recently reviewed in Flare Magazine’s “Five most romantic little getaways in the world.”

We’d been out boating that day with my son and his family and were able to tie up right beside the restaurant. While they offer a limited menu with a fresh sheet for daily specials, there were plenty of tantalizing choices that kept us concentrated for several minutes toying with our selections.

My wife is a self-admitted scallop junky and while initially torn in her menu decision, ultimately succumbed and ordered the sambuca-orange scallops with wild rice and barley.

My daughter-in-law ordered the chipotle seafood pasta to share with her young daughter and there were more than enough prawns to share with the rest of the table.

My son is a thirty-something male carnivore and his deliberation was focused more upon the turf-based side of the menu. He ordered the rib-eye roast cooked on the “closer side of rare.” It came covering almost the entire plate, served with yam puree and sage infused mashed potatoes.

Like father, like son I was also drawn to the same side of the menu. On the recommendation of our affable server, I chose the coffee-crusted tenderloin. It was tender, with a bit of spicy heat and the coffee crust and balsamic reduction a lovely compliment.

The food was marvellous, the service efficient and friendly, and the bill quite reasonable – $85/couple including a generous pouring of wine for each, plus tip. In addition to this fine dining experience we were entertained by boats of all sizes passing by our outside table on the upper deck. Dessert wasn’t necessary, but the colourful sunset was wonderful finish.

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About Coracle Cove

The Sunshine Coast is on Vancouver’s doorstep, and while it’s only 40 minutes away, it's one of BC’s best kept secrets. In Everything Sunshine Coast we’ll unlock the secrets and share our best insider tips to help you get the most out of your next getaway to the Sunshine Coast. Jack & Sheila Pope escaped to the Sunshine Coast over 35 years ago. They own Coracle Cove, a bed & breakfast and vacation rental business, and enjoy sharing the beauty of the Sunshine Coast with visitors from around the world.
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