Beatniks Bistro serves fresh, made from scratch dishes that incorporate local & seasonal ingredients.
My husband and I headed out to try eighteen27 in Fort Langley only to find it closed on New Years Day. On a whim we headed across the street to Beatniks Bistro and were very pleasantly surprised. Everything on the menu sounded so amazing. I wanted to try everything and told our server, Megan, we couldn't decide what to order. I'm so glad we let Megan order for us. Her suggestions for appetizer, entrees, and dessert were phenomenal! First we had the smoked tuna carpaccio which was delicious, then the heavenly butternut squash stuffed ravioli and succulent seared scallops with bacon lentil ramoulade and cauliflower puree, and finished with the most amazing cranberry bread pudding for dessert. It was so great we wanted to go back the next day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'm still craving the ravioli! Best dinner out we've had in a long time.
I was amazed how busy this place was both on the deck and inside the restaurant. They had all kinds of well dressed servers offering great service. The menu is not vast but I had no problems choosing a great lunch. Nice quiet background music and the cleanest washrooms I have seen for ages. THe staff were so polite and made us feel very welcome.
No surprises here ! Consistency in the food is always of a high standard. Wait staff extremely attentive even on a busy Sunday morning.Had the breakfast steak,ordered rare to med rare .came med ,but no problem with the flavours.Coffee was constantly topped up.Everyone else mentioned how good their meals were.Try it you will like it.
We didn't want to labour on Labour Day. Decided to go for a drive so my son could practice driving on his L license. Ended up in Ft. Langley. Haven't been there for a year or so, since the ferry stopped running. Was surprised to so many people but what was more surprising is that some of the restaurants were not open on a beautiful sunny holiday Monday.
The hot and sunny weather heightened our cravings for refreshments and nourishment. We noticed a restaurant, Beatniks, with a big line up so decided to see if we could get in quicker at another establishment. No luck however due to all the restaurants were busy and the food on the menus seemed to be just standard fare. Eventually decided to go and put our name in on the waitlist at Beatniks. Turned out tobe a great choice. During our 20 min or so wait I had a chance to study the menu and to watch what was coming out on the plates from the kitchen. Visual presentations on the plates were captivating and pleasing to the eye. Decided that we probably made the right choice.
Hostess with the mostess seated us at a great table on the patio. Couldn't ask for anything better.
She handled the large crowd with ease.
Started with the usual beer on tap and an order of Poutine and one order of Crab Cakes.
Poutine was excellent. One of the best I've tasted. The wine ingredient made the gravy rich and flavourful.
All poutines should be made this way.
Crab Cakes were good but I believe they coul have used a little more seasoning.
For mains we had the Artisian Salad, The Beatnik Wrap and a burger.
The presentation of the salad was very pleasing to one's eye. The varied ingredients made the salad taste just right. To my knowledge I haven't had figs in a salad before.
The Wrap was tasty and not too big. The mango chutney did the trick in the tast dept.
Can't comment on the burger due to my son ate it before I could critque it.
An all in all good experience. Cost with tip about $112.
I really love the ambiance of Fort Langley, and I've been to Beatniks a few times now so I was excited for the food and quality that I've come to expect so far. The only issue I've ever had there is the occasional flub when it comes to service. We came on a quiet evening, and were sat immediately. However, our server didn't come over to take a drink order for just under 10 minutes. I used to work in the service industry, I know how it works. Sometimes you can't get right away if you're busy, but she flat out ignored us and went to other tables around us before she got to us after 10 minutes! We ordered drinks, and that took quite awhile too. Not really on par with the lack of tables there were. By that time, we were ready to order. She never asked about how our food was and seemed like she had better things to do. She seems a little past her prime...and didn't appear to be able to handle what looked like 5 or 6 tables. I've been served by the owner before, a really pleasant lady, and she's great, but this other waitress does not seem to enjoy her job and it shows. Our food was good, could have been a little more flavourful, but other then the service being poor, it was an alright experience. I'll try it again, and hopefully have a different server next time...
We ate here recently and will likely return again. The Roasted Pear Salad was amazing. A nice combination of flavours in every bite. The French Onion Soup was also quite good. The Beef Carpaccio was lacking, however. It was was too bland. It needs some livening up with either a balsamic reduction or a mustard of some kind or even capers. Just didn't do it for me. My partner ordered the Beatniks Breakfast and was quite content with everything. He thought the eggs were nicely done and the bacon was perfect...not burnt and just the right crispiness. All in all, this is a great place. The service was outstanding. The patio is fantastic for people watching. The only negative to sitting outside is that people smoke on the sidewalk in front of the patio and there's no escaping the second-hand smoke under their tent. One customer even lit up right on the patio in the grassy area adjacent to it which was right beside where we were seated and nothing was done about it. My assumption is that they don't have the same rules as in the City with regard to smoking?? Not sure but if you're sensitive to second hand smoke, you may want to consider sitting inside...which is very nice as well. If you're in Fort Langley puttering around, it's a nice place to have a rest and a tasty bite to re-charge your batteries.
Had lunch here and overall it was very good. The resteraunt was busy and inside it is fairly open so it can get a bit loud. Ordered quiche and it was very tasty. The service was quick and overall was good. I would go back as there were several good menu options at reasonable prices.
I venture into Fort Langley quite often, and when I do I almost always make time to eat here. The location is great, and they have an amazing front patio, perfect for people watching! The food and service are always top notch, and it has always been that way for me and trust me,I have been there alot! They have alot of diverse dishes to offer, but might I recommend the Sole Almondine, its my personal favourite. I love this place, and recommend everyone go at least once. Especially now that the weather is getting warmer and with summer right around the corner, it will be the place to be in Fort Langely by far! Don't miss out!
I recently moved from Kitsilano to Fort Langley and have since made it my goal to try each of the restaurants in town. Beatniks Bistro is by far my favorite spot. The food is absolutely incredible - last week I had their featured pan seared fresh Halibut with a home made mango salsa - and let me tell you, it's a wonderful treat to be able to eat healthy and delicious food when dining out. I can tell that the chefs at Beatniks take pride in their work and to me, that is the mark of an up and coming restaurant. Look out Fort Langley!
As for the service and the ambiance, I have nothing but positive feedback. Our server, Stefani, was not only attentive and efficient, but she genuinely seemed to care about getting to know us by talking to us all about our recent move and her favorite things about the area. And to me, it is the incredible food and the engaging service that sets Beatniks apart from the other local restaurants.
Of course I could try to find areas for improvement, but that is a reality in any business. All I would say is that Beatniks is a "must try." They have something for everyone - affordable lunches, friendly service, a quaint family story, cocktails, wine, espresso, hand crafted desserts. And for me, the fresh food and service has made my transition into Fort Langley much smoother and I'm definitely looking forward to their patio season.
I want to love it here, I really do. I love to support non-chain locally owned restaurants and I think the atmosphere is great, I like how the tables are well spaced (rare these days), there are flowers on the tables, good music playing and they make an effort to create a casual but classy ambience.
However the food and service is so hit and miss. It can range from the good (the burger and the french toast) to the mediocre (the flattest 3 egg omelette I've ever eaten). The fries are sometimes lovely and crunchy, sometimes soggy. On my past visit, I had a mixture of both good and bad fries on my plate!
Service is variable too - sometimes we've felt so looked after, with the waitress attending to us promptly and efficiently, making us feel glad to be there. Other times, like this Sunday at noon, we waited over an hour for our food to arrive after ordering, with only the briefest of acknowledgement from the waitress ("it won't be much longer", and then we waited a further 25 minutes). Last fall we ordered our breakfast waffles and some of them came with whipped cream, some didn't. It is listed as part of the meal, we shouldn't have to make special requests for it and then be made to feel like we're ordering off menu.
However, we keep going back every so often in the hope we get one of the 'good' days. It is a nice place to take guests from out of town, just because it isn't a chain. So we can just hope that they get a bit more reliable in their food and service. I have scored them '3' because sometimes it is a 2 and sometimes a 4. This is a hard place to read . . .
I've been to Beatniks several times, and it's always been an OKAY experience. The prices are fairly high, and compared to some other places in Fort Langley, I expected the quality of food to be much better. The last time I went, I had a ravioli, which ran me a pretty penny. It was not fresh pasta. It was a suppliers frozen ravioli, in an overpowering sauce. It tasted okay, but not what I expected.Each time, the food has been okay, but I'm still waiting for that menu item that's going to blow me away!
Came back here again, and was happy to see some new items on the menu.
All I can say is you MUST try their short rib. So savory!
We got caught up talking with a table next to us who had also ordered it,
and they said they come once a week from Abbotsford just for it.
Some new photos have been hung (ones of the family owners) which is a nice
I don't remember if I've raved about it before either, but their chai tea is also delicious.
I know it's only february but open up your patio please!
I went here a few times in 2011 and the food was really good.
The calamari used to be a good sized portion. The caesar salad used to not contain overpowering vinegar.
The Gino's Linguini used to have salmon lox served on top of it as a garnish.
But now? That's all history.
Now, you get a tiny portion of calamari, hardly worth the $10 price tag you're slapped with.
The caesar salad tastes like they EMPTIED a 2 litre bottle of white vinegar into the dressing and about 25 lemons.
Gino's Linguini has fish bones in it -not a pleasent find at all! And it's a small portion, which is really sad.
The waitress - wait, is she a server even? - seemed like she didn't want to be there at all, and was almost angry about serving us.
When the meal was over and I handed her a $100 dollar bill (the cost of the meal was $42.58) she said "so we're good now?" and tried to withold my $50 plus dollars change. Excuse me? Did you think I was going to tip you $50 bucks for nothing!!?
Then she said "oh, you want your change?". I said coldly, "Damn right, I do." grabbed my $50 and beat it the hell out of there.
I will never go back to what I have deemed Beaten. Crappy food. Even crappier service.
McDonald's has better food and service, and many of the employees at McD's are high school aged.
After the last review I read this is a justified post! My and my husband had the EXACT same experience - 1 hour wait, stone cold food. Was not going to write about it, as I know how critical reviews can be towards restaurants, but I worked as a GM for quite a few years - could tell the waitresses were trying their best to accomadate, running around like crazy, and when I asked to speak to the GM, our (clearly frustrated) waitress mentioned "they don't really have a manager". Haha, what a joke! How can you run a business like this?
The shocking thing is me and my husband came in September and had an amazing experience. It really was a 180. Our server, a blonde girl name Chantel, was friendly and professional. The chef, Jeffy, gave us some samples of the upcoming features on the menu, and mentioned how everythign was sourced locally and made in house. For all the earls and cactus's out there this felt fresh.
So now it seems there is no chef and no manager there. How very sad to see such potential be flushed downt he toilet! Best of luck in the future.
I am confused as to why there are a few negative or mediocre reviews for this resturaunt. I absolutely LOVE Beatniks and thing it is adorable. I've been on a number of occasions (probably around 7), and I've never been disapointed. I really enjoy their yam fries, and their quiche is to DIE for. My absolute favorite would have to be their halibut; it always is fresh and their sauce is incredible.
My husband made reservations for Beatniks on Valentines Day (yes, I realize this is a little delayed); and it was one of the most romantic evenings I've had. The resturaunt took the time to print our names on the table we were seated at. They had a lovely three course meal that they adjusted to meet our needs. The services are always very sweet (and tres chic). I'd suggest a bit of a broader wine selection, but other than that, I have no complaints. I will keep coming back to Beatniks again and again; I love that they chose local, fresh ingredients.