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Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill

23840 River Road
Maple Ridge, BC V2W1B7
Tel: (604) 463-0094
Neighbourhood: Albion Flats
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest, Pub
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, View
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 11PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 1AM, Sun: 11AM - 11PM
  • 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.

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A fantastic addition to the area
By Greenland of Pitt Meadows (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I have lived in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area for almost 30 years and am so pleased at the arrival of Kingfishers to the area. We were in much need of a higher-end (though not super fancy) dining venue. The greatest strength of the restaurant is the service. I have been to Kingfishers around 10 times and every time the staff have been friendly, approachable, and responsive, but not overbearing (I hate it when wait staff are too present during my meals). The owners of the restaurant have been really thoughtful about the whole dining experience, creating a great open dining space with comfortable furniture, flexibility in the seating (that can accommodate families, singles dropping in for a quick beer on the way home from work, and romantic couples), and designing a building that really takes advantage of the beautiful view of the river and Mount Baker. There is varied menu with lots of healthy choices (rare in the pub world). The fish and chips are fantastic! Kingfishers is a restaurant with great value: good food, great view, and a wonderful local feel that is a pleasant change from the sterile and cookie-cutter environments of all the chain restaurants.

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We keep going back
By jenfrp of maple ridge (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

I am so surprised at that there are bad reviews about the food at the Kingfisher. My husband and I have been probably 7 times and have really enjoyed the food every time. I really feel the owners try to keep things new and fresh and take pride in the menu. I can't say I have ever had the best service ever, but nothing I would complain about. The tables are pretty close together and if you sit at a table with one of the vents in the floor...brrr... I think the Kingfisher will get better with time. Starting a restaurant is not easy and I really commend the husband/wife team and think they have done a great job. Like I said - I have been very happy with my meal every time and so has my husband. I love to cook, love trying new food and I would very much recommend the Kingfisher.

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Chef wanted
By valeriehalla of mission, bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 10:24am [Dine in]

They should definately invest in a chef. The food was really disappointing and not good value. I had salmon that looked and tasted like a reheated frozen square. Tasty beer but expensive. The pub's noisy but the view's great. There was live music when we were there but why o why can't these people play accoustically? Why does it have to be so loud? Perhaps I'm getting old. Anyway my expectations are were sadly not met.
You go once to check it out but I wouldn't go back to eat.
However the view's neat, nice windows and deck - although the mosquitoes in the summer are a problem if you sit on the deck.

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A lovely spot
By greenmeadows of Pitt Meadows (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Kingfishers bar and grill opened in early April this year. We’ve been there a few times for lunch. I love their salmon sandwich and the grilled chicken salad is great too. Sitting out on the deck enjoying the sun and watching boats I felt like I was on vacation.

Recently we had dinner there for the first time. What drawn us there was the live music. It was a Wednesday night and the place was full when we arrived at 7:30. A musician was already in place and he sang our songs from Eagles to Van Morrision ! Live music with a great meal is my kind of relaxation.

What actually prompted me to write is their consistency in food and service. I had a very tasty baby pork ribs and our friends’ seafood risotto were great! Wine and drinks are very reasonably priced.
We love the ambience as it is casual and yet charming. I also appreciate the architecture of the building.
Kingfishers Bar & Grill brightens up the Fraser River!

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Huge Potential
By CYBARR of Maple Ridge (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

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!

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Low expectations----still disapointed
By lucasaArnold of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great night out
By Cowboy-Joe of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

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.

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It could be so much better
By hockeynut of Maple (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

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.

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Food & Service need improvement
By tralyn of maple ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

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!

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Nice Deck......
By pro-luncher of pittmeadows (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

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.

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