It was a blazing hot Sunday in Steveston last weekend packed with people and we all had a hunger for fish and chips. All of the restaurants by the water seemed to be either full or running out of fish and chips, at least according to a stressed looking girl at one place we stopped by. Forget about Pajo's, the line-up there was estimated at about 35 minutes just to place an order.
We weren't to be denied our fish and chips and decided to head deeper into town. We spotted The Buck an Ear from afar and after reading over the menu decided this was the place we would try, plus they had a number of spots on their patio.
Our drink order was taken almost immediately and menus presented. My two dining partners didn't look over the menu long as they knew it was fish and chips they wanted. I , on the other hand decided to go for the halibut burger, priced very reasonably, I thought.
The wait wasn't long. What arrived as fish and chips was something Captain Highliner would stick up his nose at. Two fair sized pieces of fish that looked like they were previously frozen. One of my dining partners let me sample this disaster. Not your typical fish and chips and not in a good way. Moist, flaky, flavourful, those words do not describe this fish. More like dry, dry and tasteless and oh yeah, did I mention dry? Just pathetic. The chef should be embarrassed. Thank god for fresh lemon and a ton of vinegar.
My halibut burger consisted of two small bits of fish served on what seemed like a near stale bun. The chips tasted like they were frozen at one point and as well on the dry side. The gravy tasted like it's put together by adding water to a powder fresh from a box purchased at the grocery store.
One thing they do well here and really should stick to is beer. A great selection served cold in a real pint glass.
I have never attended this place but I have been there. Love the authentic fish and chips and staff. I have not found them to be anything but cordial. Maybe it's an English thing - I'm English so I get it. I don't however go to Chinese places and complain and say there's a problem because I'm not Chinese and don't get it.
I also have written a lot more than one review. Great place.
I read the reviews of Nick's Spaghetti House, but decided to go anyway. It's a neighbourhood institution. It's been around for over 50 years. If I go with low expectations, it will be better than expected. Right?
The decor hasn't changed in over 50 years. Cheesy Italian paintings, low stucco ceilings, red and white checked table cloths. They started us with day old white bread and prepackaged pats of butter. The red wine was drinkable at $12 a half-bottle. I'll give them that.
Our server was funny, perhaps because she knew she was serving crap, worse than home-made Italian food, and she knew we knew. We were all in on the joke. Ha ha.
We ordered a salad for 2-4 people. When we asked what kind of salad it was, our waitress said, "Tomato and lettuce." What kind of dressing? "Italian." Duh. I will give our server credit for being honest. Iceberg lettuce, slices of tomato, a few strands of shredded carrot, and some green onion. Oh yeah, with Italian dressing. We went through an entire vial of parmesan cheese trying to add flavour.
I ordered spaghetti and meatballs. You can't go wrong with that at a spaghetti restaurant, right? My two friends ordered spaghetti with veal cutlets, and ravioli with meatballs. The pasta was decent, if slightly overcooked. But then I like my pasta al dente. Maybe I'm biased. The meatballs were huge. Great if you like big balls... The sauce was okay but no better than Prego. The veal cutlets were pan-fried way past done.
I wouldn't have minded so much if our bill hadn't come to $80 for 3 people. ($90 with tip.) I was very disappointed, even though I had read reviews. Anywhere else on the Drive has better quality food.
Seriously, the reviews are true. It's not even worth it for the kitchy decor. Save yourself and your wallet the heartbreak. Make your own spaghetti and skip this restaurant.
We recently attended The Diner on the recommendation of a friend. Upon our arrival we were not impressed upon it's tacky ambience but decided to remain and enjoy a lunch.
They advertised fish & chips (2 piece cod) $12.95. We were interested in a light lunch, so wanted to share the fish & chips, when ordering we were told that ordering 2 half orders would as cheap if not cheaper that the full order, we took her recommendation and ordered the 2 half orders.
The fish was undercooked and the batter was raw (suspect the fish was frozen) on both our orders. We weren't going to complain, just pay and not return. The bill was almost $18.00 and when I questioned the female owner she was snarly about it, she didn't like it when I told her she said it would be as cheap or cheaper than a full order - her words!. She went into the kitchen to confer with her husband and came back with a bill for over $15.00 and snapped is this better!? Still it was more than advertised. Because of her snotty attitude I wasn't letting this one go. Her husband came out this time and to make a long story short .....he barked all you want is a free meal!! Get out! In the end we paid what was advertised. Still a mistake to pay.
I came here for dinner on a weeknight. My friend and I ordered the BBQ duck dish and a oxtail soup to share. The oxtail and small side dishes were ok, as what you'd expect. The duck dish however was a major disappointment. First of all, it was mostly fat, I could barely see the meat, plus it was served in a hot plate which was full of the fat drippings! Also, I found a plastic wrap inside of that plate. It was about 6 inches long. I told the waitress, she just looked very sorry and apologized.
If they were really sorry, couldn't they have offered a discount of some sort, or not charge for the dish? It I had eaten the plastic wrap I could have choked! Plus imagine what could have melted into the dish from the plastic, bleehhhh! Hazard to my health! Plus this place is quite pricey for what you get/don't get.
After reading all the good reviews, I had expected at least a decent meal. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
Only thing I can say is that the food was really salty and dry.
can't waste any more time on this place !!
The previous greek (spiros) restaurant/owner was way better!!
nuff said .. dined there when they first opened and gave them a second
chance last week.. not a busy place at all.. see all the hints Pallas ???
My boyfriend and I had a great experience. Seating is first come first served and we'd heard that lineups on the weekend can be huge so we tried our luck on a weekday and it wasn't too bad.
I was impressed by the choice of latte flavors, the Lavender Vanilla combination was delicious.
My boyfriend had the Tagine and I had the La Sante, both great choices.
The service was friendly and both food and drinks arrived in good time.
We'll be back for sure.
I was in this industry wayyyyy back in the late 70's and early 80's as a very young waiter in a mega popular locale. I made around $80 - $100 a night back then as i had a serious work ethic and loads of common sense. I was at this location the other night with a friend doing a little biz and we had the standard appies and beer. when my second beer arrived, I picked up the stemmed glass and proceeded to take my first sip when suddenly, the bottom of the glass "fell off" and beer split all over me! I was freakin soaked and my paper work was damaged as well. The waitress was very cool and apologetic ( what else could she do? ). The manager came over and apologized and frankly speaking, I saw the humor in it and enjoyed the balanced of the evening .... wet undies and all.
the food? its Earls...like CC and Joeys et all..... specializing in mediocrity and eye candy rather than food.
Now the sad part. My friend picked up the tab and the only thing the manager did was take a single beer off the price. I told him if it was me, I wouldn't pay a f _ _ _ _ _ g nickel of the bill. but hes a nice guy and paid up.
Now here's the common sense part. if I was the manager, Id have picked up the bill AND bought another round of drinks for the table and made sure the customer went home with wet undies AND a smile on his face. Then the review/recommendation/ of this place would have been completely different, and even if I dont really like the food, id be back to socialize and a have a few. Instead, they lost a loyal customer (my friend) and gained a critic who's going to tell a few people, and they'll tell a few people...... etc etc.
A little goes a long way in the highly competitive restaurant industry, and those that dont realize this soon have a "for lease" sign instead of a menu on their windows..
I've been coming to this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant for years - I don't mean any disrespect by calling it a hole-in-the-wall - I love this place. It's small, not much for decor, but all they do is make great chicken shawarmas. As in my other reviews, decor doesn't really matter to me as long as the food is good, and it certainly is here.
The guys are usually friendly and service is good. Often times it's just one guy working, so if it's busy, you may need to wait a few minutes. No big deal.
I always get the chicken shawarma, it's about $7; not cheap, but not overly pricey either. It's fair, especially considering the amount of chicken they put in that thing. The flavour is great, and they make it how you want it. I always get humus on it. they don;t skimp, and you get a lot of food, very filling. Delicious!
I've been coming here for about 8 years now. One of these days I'll try the other menu items, but for now, I definitely recommend the chicken shawarma - it's very tasty and filling. Minimal decor, but good place, good food, decent value.
Agreed with many of the reviews above.
Service was okay coz we are the only table there at 6:30pm on a weekday. We ordered the deluxe combo for just under $28 and it came with just salmon and tuna sashimi and for the sushi..salmon, tuna, egg for a "deluxe" combo? the sashimi was not cut right.. it's chewy. We also ordered a chicken yakisoba and even my 2 year old son would not eat it. We have to go home and make dinner for him.
We ordered a 7 piece deep fried oyster but just 5 came. So the dinner cost us around $48 and we have 5 sushi and 2 pieces of sashimi left. This is the first Japanese restaurant that we have left over sashimi/sushi. I felt so bad for asking my husband to try this restaurant instead of White spot coz last time I went there at lunch time, it was full and the takeout order takes 20 mins so I didn't order due to my 1/2 hr lunch time.
So...I won't suggest this restaurant for anyone who looks for good Japanese food.
I had a wedding here in the Summer and it was my most memorable moment thanks to Beach House!
This place is a hidden gem and only works best for small weddings. I had around 50 guests attending the 2nd floor of the restaurant plus the outdoor balcony. Incredible view of the ocean!
We chose the buffet dinner and I've been to a lot of weddings. Beach House is different because every item was DELICIOUS! The first bite took me away and I was shocked how generous they were to provide me such quality food. We had salads, fish (fresh and tasty), beef (which tasted like filet mignon) and chicken (which was surprisingly moist!). I was SO happy because I LOVE food!
Service was great! There was always someone available to refill water and wine. I was able to get my concerns dealt with immediately. Everything went by so smoothly!
I would do it all over again!
Perfect little place to grab lunch, breakfast, or just a snack. I'm a big fan of the soups and salads which like most of the menu are super fresh and healthy.
Piknik is a chilled out place to relax and read in with free wireless for your phone/laptop/tablet. It's also nice to be supporting a locally owned and operated business.
Honestly, you can't complain much, the food is great and plenty, the service is really quick especially when you come early in the morning or after 7ish when the restaurant is near empty. A bit better than the typical Chinese restaurant you would go to anywhere. Reliable service, quick servers, good food.
Came in for playoff game last week and it was packed. Surprisingly good food for pub fare -we had Nachos which were massive and cheesy. You can add chicken which we did and it was really tasty. I was with my mom who was just getting out of the hospital with a broken foot and the hostess was really helpful (held the door) and got us a seat in the back booths were it was (albeit only a little) quieter for me and my mom. We were both happy- she had a comfy quiet seat and I still had surround sound and great tvs to watch the game on. We are both hockey fans, but didnt want to be with the rowdy beer chuggers- so this was perfect for us and close. We ordered entrees with hesitation- as my mom was saying- yorkshire pudding at a bar? But the whole roast beef dinner was really delicious-with gravy and mashed potatoes- and only $12.95- think it was some kind of special because it was a huge portion for such a great price. We could have shared it after having nachos too- but we took some home instead. Server was friendly and helpful. Will be back when I'm in the neighborhood again.
Love this little gem in Pitt Meadows. The Chef knows his stuff and really goes the extra mile with details. Halibut to perfection everytime isn't easy but this Chef does it! I could go on and on listing the menu and how great its all done but anything you choose will be done as well as the finest high priced places in Yale Town.
The prices are not cheap but they are cheaper than most at this level of food. Really worth the trip but call ahead first to make reservations.
Its a nice small & dark but not to dark, decorated nice and warm. Never loud and it has a nice casual class about it.
The british waitress is exelent and just pray you get her at your table because your other option (the owner) will turn you off this great little place.
The head waiter/owner is an ass. He has very poor people skills and almost looks down his nose at customers. If you just show up with out a resevation he can be snotty as hell about it. They have a fantastic british girl waiting tables and she gets it but the owner doesn't.
They need a good host/manager up front and keep the owner in the office counting cash or something because he will be the one that kills this place.
I don't think the owner knows he's a bad waiter or is trying to be a donkey but he just doesnt have any skills in the hospitality department. I hope he gets off the floor and hides out of the public eye before the Chef leaves because of the owner pissing off the customers.
You guys, Megabite is so awesome. Their pizzas are the thickest, meatiest, most delicious and the prices don't make me sweat. They always have some good deals happening, and I've taken good advantage of their Hockey Meal Deal. It's only $30 for 2 XL pizzas and two 2L drinks! The biggest problem is often just choosing which 2 pizzas I want to order (though I've almost tried them all now!) And of course they deliver, which any good hockey fan glued to the couch come playoff time will appreciate.
So I can order a Mega Philly Steak and a Carnivore, sit back, and have it delivered to my door fresh and in a timely manner, which is exactly what happened on Sunday and I predict will happen again today. Megabite has never let me down. I can't really say the same for the Canucks lately... but at least the pizza will be good. It's fortunate I'm a secret Bruins fan on the side (shh).
So the cashier had difficulty with my order...one fires, one poutine to go. As the line built up as he tried to get the order correct, he asked me if it was ok if he took the others first. I said 'fine', and went to wait for my order and my change. About 10 minutes later, I get a nickel back instead of the $10.05 I should have. The cashier said, no I gave him a $10, I know I gave him a $20. I figure writing this up and posting it is worth ten dollars to me, so here it is. Obviously, I won't be back.
NOTE: (This review pertains to the new satellite location at 1962 Kingsway that opened recently and not the original restaurant. Yelp does not currently have an entry for the new location).
Don't go there. Worst service ever. Did not even have a chance to taste the food because the waitress was extremely rude and unprofessional. 1) Was waiting for a table, which was somehow given to another party, so we had to wait another five minutes for another. No apology or explanation given. 2) When ordering food, the waitress was unhelpful and very impolite. At one point she walked off abruptly while my sister was talking to her (in mid sentence!). Came back and took our order. When I asked for the combo meal with a drink, she did not let me know what types of drinks were available. 3) Asked to speak with the manager/owner. No one came. Spoke with an older gentleman who told us it was because it was so busy that day (it was a Sunday). Did not apologize or offer to speak to the waitress. 4) So we cancelled the order and left, but on our way out I told the waitress that she was very rude. She blurted out "Sorry!" without meaning it at all. So I told her that she should apologize to my sister. She replied "I say sorry to everyone" (her EXACT words) and walked off again. 5) Told the people working there that we were never coming back and that I will tell everyone that I know not to go there, to which they replied, "Ok, go and do that".
I happen to live about 7 blocks from this satellite location at Kingsway and Victoria, so this is considered a neighbourhood restaurant to me. If they want to continue doing business there, I suggest that they hire better staff and revamp their attitude towards their customers.
A friend and I went in for a couple of drinks and a snack. The server took our drink orders, then we waited. A while later she came by and said "those drinks will be right up". Shortly after that, the bartender brought the drinks - two bottles, no coaster, no glass, no ice. We finished the drinks, but the server had disappeared, so I went to the bar to order. The bartender was deep in a personal conversation with a different server. I waited. No recognition. I went back to the table, then the bartender scuttles over - "what can I get you?" I said just the bill. He went back to the bar. No bill. Finally I went to the bar, waited, got the bill, paid and left. I never saw our original server again, and I'm sorry, but I just don't have the time or patience to accommodate the personal lives of bar employees when I go out for a drink and a bite. I never got the opportunity to order a bite.
We waited over an hour for our food to be delivered, the order that was finally delivered was wrong, he left without giving us the complete order, when confronted we were told it was our fault and that the rest of the order would not be delivered to us even though we were charged for it already. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER especially coming from the owner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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