The Foggy Dew Irish Pub in Coquitlam opened in the Tri Cities Area in 1999. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and 20 ounce pints from our True Irish Taps. Frequent visitor program with your fifth lunch free. On Fridays and Saturdays enjoy live entertainment: a great mix of Top 40 hits, great classics and original music.
The Other Half's daughter works nearby, and she said the food was pretty good here. Having taken something to her workplace, we were looking for lunch in the area.
Another one of the "olde Irish-type" pubs, but fairly well done. Lots of smaller areas, nooks and crannies. Comfortable seating, prompt and friendly service.
The OH ordered lamb burger, I went with the test-piece steak sandwich. It came with fries AND caesar salad AND a few onion rings... and it came perfectly cooked to my request for "rare". We were there early in the lunch hour and got our drinks and food very quickly. It was getting pretty busy by the time we left.
So, the food was pub food, but very good pub food. Service was great, value was average. I was going to give the ambiance a 3, but in retrospect, it was pretty nice.
I'm just going to review the bar section, since I just went on a weekend after it changes over to a club.
For the bar, the staff is both talented and friendly. The bouncers are typical stonefaced, passive-aggressive dudes with huge arms and scowls on their faces, but the bar staff make up for it. They're never to busy to grab you an ice water if you need it, and will entertain making complicated drinks. I'm not too sure what was going on at one point, but they lit a drink on FIRE! Wow!
The value is a mixed bag; drinks are on par with most pubs and clubs, with domestics at about 5-6 and shots going upwards.
The place itself is rustic, but it's always crowded with funloving people that make it a blast to go to. Think 19-25 year-olds, all dressed casual.
If you DO go for the food, they do continue to serve fairly late, and expect food like burgers and fries. In the burger you'll get something resembling White Spot or Fatburger fare, and the fries are decent.
I've been to the foggy dew quite a few times, mainly for birthdays and good ol' rowdiness. Recently, I had my 20th birthday there and nearing the end of the night my clutch popped open on the dance floor and everything came flying out (except my new camera thank god, but including my cell phone). I couldn't find my black phone ANYWHERE on the dance floor, and was sitting in the corner skulking when a bouncer asked me what was wrong. I told him about how I lost my phone (I didn't care about my lip gloss etc) and couldn't find it anywhere. We left without it and my dad recieved a call the next morning from the same bouncer I talked to from my cell. It was in pieces all over the floor apparently (it was scuffed up, and the memory card was missing) and the bouncer actually drove closer to me to give me back my phone without asking for anything in return. I highly recommend this place for 20-30 somethings if your looking for a rowdy good time with a large variety of people and super nice staff.
The only Irish things about it are Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, (along with the usual suspects from Molsens and Labbatts) a bunch of signage and the name. The food is pretty basic pub fare, reasonably well done. I particularly like the Lamb Burger, which is one of the few "unusual" things on the menu. Service is dependable and friendly, and the ambiance is ok.
In order to keep their doors open, pubs and restaurants need to be outstanding, exceptional, and make you feel like you are the best customer they have.
Unfortunately, the foggy dew does not make you feel like that at all.
The employees could care less if you are just passing thru town, or a 3 year regular.
The waitresses dont want to know your name, and really, just drink your beer and get out.
Unless of course, you are a chick and the bartender likes you, or you are a friend or boyfriend
of one of the waitresses, then you are treated like royalty!
I have watched a friend of one waitresses walk in, at the same time as another customer, and the waitresses and bartender are all smiles with the friend and pour him a beer right away.
The other guy sits down, and 10 minutes later he still hasnt even been greeted or order taken or anything.
It just seems like popular high school kids run the place, and unless you are in their what they consider, "cool", group of friends, dont expect good service.
Well, guess what?
That type of attitude doesnt work in these tough, spendthrift times.
And with the tougher drunk driving laws, and people going to pubs less and less, and the good ol HST taxing us even more, I dont see the foggy dew lasting too much longer, unless the owner(s) pull a rabbit out of the hat and create a new, customer is always first, attitude among the "cool and popular" waitresses and bartenders!
I don't see that happening though.
Ahhh really, what do I care.....
If they close I will just go to the John B. up the road.
Waitress brought us some stale nachos and dip that could only be described as resembling stale dog vomit mixed with cheese, and we figured it was complementary (which isn't unreasonable given how it looked). We ate it anyways, only to found out that it didn't belong to us 30 minutes after it was brought to us. The waitress then came over, blaming us for their mistake, and made a big scene about it. Apparently them confusing the orders of different groups, and taking half and hour to figure it out is a mistake on our part. She didn't even give us a chance to explain the situation, or offer to pay for it. Instead she just gave us a guilt trip, and ignored us for the rest of the night.
Burger was soggy, drinks were poorly made, "spinach dog vomit dip" was bland, waitress was rude. Sad to see the Foggy Dew go from good to awful.
I called in advanced twice to reserve a table and VIP list until 10pm for 15 ladies for a bachelorette party. When we arrived at 8:45 pm the bouncer gave us (the wedding party and 3 other girls) such a difficult time. He said we were already over our numbers and the bride is going to have to choose only 5 more people to allow in. The bride was so upset by this and told him there was no way she could choose over friends. I suggested to the bouncer if she picked 5, could the others wait in the VIP line. He said no way, they have to go to the end of the regular line (which was about 50 people at this time). His rudeness was very uncalled for. So only the bridal party was allowed in and when I walked the place wasnt even busy! We found only 5 others in our party (which means we were NOT over our numbers). Plus when asked were our table was (that I reserved and confirmed on two occasions) the bartender told us that we didnt have a table reserved.
We have been to this Foggy Dew on several other occasions and can usually shrug off the usual rudeness of the bouncers but on this special occasion, receiving such discourteous and disorganized service really put a damper on our evening.
The Foggy Dew is an excellent place to have a really good burger. All their burgers are delicious and for this price extremely good value. I love the lamb, chicken and salmon ones. Haven't tried much of their other food although I am by far no burger-only eater. But when I crave for burger I go to the Foggy. The service is o.k. and the ambiance is nice. I return regularly.
Live fairly close by so it only makes sense to go here on nights that I don't feel like going all the way to downtown. It's always busy and usually, there's a line up outside on Friday and Saturday nights. The bouncers can be jerks sometimes but oh well, so are most bouncers. The service isn't great but it must be hard in a place like that, so whatever service you do get I think is good. Mostly, the crowd is my age (20ish) or slightly older. However, on my last visit, some drunk 30-something 5th grade elementary teacher came up and started chatting up me and my friends. That sort of ruined the night. The live music is mediocre. There's a very tiny dance floor, but the main draw to this place is the booze. I didn't even realize they had food until the 3rd time I went there.
We have been coming to this place for a while and have had good service but the one night we come when its dead we get treated like were to late and the staff wants nobody in the place!We live in Port Moody and theres nothing there thats open late so we decided to go here. Once we got there on a Wed's night they say there closed, The time now is 12:00am, before we left we checked on the net and it said they closed at 1:30am. So at this point I'm pissed because I have to pay for a cab to get there which isn't a big deal but when you have to turn around because the staff is been so ignorant it sucks!!! If your hours are posted go by them.
|1.||803 West King Street (3338.9 km)|