Kingfishers offers a menu of West Coast pub cuisine, BC craft beer and VQA wine along with an incredible patio and view on the bank of the Fraser River.
My family attended the Mother's Day Brunch at Kingfisher's, which had seatings at 11 am and 1 pm. I had been here twice previously; they have a very nicely designed facility and the deck is great for sunny-day enjoyment. Menu is pricey, but food has been good. However the brunch on this particular day was not well organized. It took over 40 minutes to shuffle through the line-up for food. I'm guessing the bottle neck was caused by the time it takes to make crepes or omelettes towards the end, but perhaps these could have been moved elsewhere to make for an easier traffic flow. By time we got to where the seafood was it had been thoroughly picked over. Food was okay (soups were really good), the rest nothing fantastic. Their website advertises an $18 brunch fee which is high enough, but for Mother's Day it was $20. I'm not sure what extra food may have been presented, but at $20 it was WAY over priced - especially when you consider the lousy wait in line you have to endure just to get one go at the buffet line. People were trying to juggle as much as they could on one plate so as not to suffer that twice, especially when you only had a two-hour dining window.
The Deck on a sunny day is a fantastic place for lunch, however the food is bland, and the service is not bad. I find the inside of the resturant to be extremely noisy, and I'm used to going to pubs for lunches, business and otherwise. If they could break up the inside so you don't feel like your in a large open barn, that would help immensely! Parking is a very dicey affair, you don't want to park anything bigger than a car or small SUV. I'm sure that won't be a problem after the ferry closes and the road can be utilized.
The resturant needs a good cook/chef with some new ideas, the food needs upgrading!
Knowing the long history behind the old chip shop, we decided to go for a beer & a burger. We were just expecting a meal similar to what we have had at the old place, not too fancy. We were sat in a cafeteria style seating arrangement with strangers right beside us, practically at the same table, very uncomfortable for conversation, my wife pointed out that the decor she had seen at liquidation world. Our server was very abrupt, definately not a conversationist.....our burgers were not bad, fries were cold.....didn't feel like we got value for our money. But the beer was great. We may return if we are just looking for a quick beer........probably sitting up at the bar for some privacy. Beautiful spot..........shame about the rest. Hopefully this place can dial it in someday and do the view justice.
We've been here about six times now. The selection is varied enough that you can keep going back and experience something new each time. Though not really a beer drinker, they have some really cool selections of unique beer.
This is NOT simply a step up from the old fish and chip place. This is a classy restaurant. The owners have gone way beyond what this area is ready for and are leaders in trying to bring a new level of class to the Albion waterfront.
We were there for New Year's Eve dinner at the 8:00 p.m. seating and the dinner was fantastic. The service was awesome. The fit everyone in, including some who didn't pre-purchase their tickets. The chef plated the food in a very upscale, classy fashion.
The live music is always great.
I met a friend of mine at Kingfishers at the suggestion of a coworker and boy was I satisfied!
We started with chicken tenders which were piping hot and really quite tasty. For dinner, I ordered the meatloaf (scrum-diddly-umptious), and he had the quesadilla and we were both impressed with the taste, presentation, and speed at which our entrées were served.
The waitress was cheerful, on the ball, and really quite personable which was a nice treat. The restaurant was packed, and the entertainment played catchy tunes for us to bob our heads to.
It's a good thing that Kingfishers isn't closer to home or I'd be broke from going there so often! But definitely worth the trek for an early evening (great river-viewing time) dinner or drinks!
This is a pub in a great location, and we really thought it would be a great place to eat. The first couple of times - just so-so. OK if sitting on the patio, inside is just dreadful. Last time we were there we had lunch, which was awful, cold french fries and undercooked fish. On telling the (very loud) server, she seemed astounded that we would complain, I asked her to just let the kitchen know, and I didn't want anything else. The response came back (very loudly) that the cook said it wasn't possible for the fish to be undercooked, but here's a card for half off your next meal here. No thanks! We are not likely to go there again, It's not exactly cheap either.
When the owners had the concession stand at the ferry terminal, the french fries there were the best anywhere and service was cheap and cheerful.
The interior of the pub looks like it's already in need of some repairs and updating, and it's only been open a few months. I think they rushed into opening it and definitely should have hired better cooks.
The Kingfisher is a nice spot and great to have an outdoor patio on the water! Our first time there though we were not imprssed at all with the appe's. They were so overcooked and the batter was terrible, should've returned them. The main courses were better, according to our friends.
Service was a little slow, probably new staff still gettin the hang of things??? But they also closed at 11:15, turned the lights on and didn't tell us they we're doing so, as in last call or even a mention of it! Not too impressed with that!
Nice deck. Boring inside, too much echoing and quiet. Asked the server how the salmon sandwich was, She replied, "It's terrible, Just kidding It's great!! so I ordered it. Salmon was undercooked, and the fries were cold. My companion had the pesto quesadilla, which he enjoyed, good wine list, and the wine is reasonably priced.