My family & I went to Bowen Island for the day on a beautiful sunny October day (10/16/2010) and decided to go to this joint for lunch. We were the first customers of the day, which was a little surprising, as it was 11:50AM. Sat outside and ordered coffees to start. Coffees arrived 5 mins. later and were lukewarm and basically colored water. Called over the waitress to return them and she seemed surprised (?).
Waitressing 101: make sure the coffee is hot.
Ordered fish & chips and two clubhouse sandwiches. Substituted the fries for the soup of the day (cream of yam and $4 extra!), which was a mistake. The soup was delivered- surprise, surprise- barely lukewarm. Returned the soup to the waitress, who again seemed surprised (?).
Waitressing 101: make sure the soup is hot.
Warmed up soup delivered about 5 mins. later (customer next to us did the same) but it wasn't worth the wait. It was excessively thick and bland. Fish & chips were fine, but overpriced ($16 for cod!). Clubhouse sandwiches had dried-out onion and tomato slices.
All in all, a big disappointment and we'll never go back. Overpriced and barely edible food.
Two thumbs down.
In the past, I have had similar experiences as another reviewer of this restaurant. Slow service, long wait times for food and inconsistent and often poor food quality. Not so this month: Wait time was normal, service was excellent and the food was all around good. If this keeps up, it may be worth visiting more often.
The first time we knew of Doc's was last August 2006. There was a line-up and we decided to go elsewhere. We had to ask why there was a line since only half of the restaurant was full. They didn't have enough servers.
We were there again a few weeks ago. There were probably 6 tables occupied so we decided to go in. It took about 15 minutes before a server even came to take our orders. And then it took another 45-50 minutes for the food to arrive. It took so long that my daughter, with whom I am supposed to share my chicken tenders and fries with, fell asleep hungry. Aside from the chicken tenders, we ordered fish and ships. How complicated can that be? The fish was overcooked and tough. The fries weren't even hot.
I will never go back to Doc's and I wouldn't recommend it. I'd rather go to the hotdog stand outside.