Nestled in the heart of Maple Ridge, we are glad to offer a astounding menu, with equally matched service and a great room
I bought the Groupon for this place so we decided to go and try this place out. The location of the restaurant was a little strange and quite hard to find because there is no stopping in front of the restaurant and you kind of have to circle around to back to get to the parking lot. It was also situated in between several auto repair shops. It's definitely an easy place to overlook if you're just driving around looking for a place to eat.
As soon as we walked in, it was like going into a whole different world! Loved the decor, it was modern and chic, very spacious and comfortable with the high ceiling and well-spaced seatings. We were greeted by Rob (the owner) as soon as we walked into the restaurant and we were shown to our seats promptly. However, we had to wait a while before someone finally brought us the menus.
I ordered the scallops to start and the steelhead trout with truffle lobster risotto, and my husband decided to order the beef tenderloin with blue cheese. While we were waiting for our meals to arrive, Rob brought us an amuse bouche, it was a simple asparagus puree with some lobster meat on top of a slice of tomato, served with a sweet reduction. It was light and refreshing. I was quite impressed with my scallop starter. The presentation was very nice and the scallops were cooked to perfection (perhaps a slight more sear and colour would take the flavour to new height). It went very well with the shrimp crust and pea puree.
Our entrees were excellent also. The beef tenderloin was cooked to absolutely perfection, and the blue cheese sauce was delicious. My entree was very good also. My fish was cooked just right, it was very moist and seasoned just right. However, I found the veggies (baby carrots and asparagus) to be slightly undercooked and a little difficult to cut into, and the bits of lobster meat in my risotto to be slightly overdone.
The service was good, but we found it a little excessive at times, especially when Rob would come and would ask how's our food, then 2 other servers would come after and would ask the same question. They were all very friendly, but perhaps more communication amongst the staff might correct that issue.
The only downside was that they sold out of their chocolate mousse when we came around to ordering our dessert, and it was only 7:30pm!! That kind of left my sweet tooth aching...but all in all, the food was great, the experience was excellent. Would definitely come back again to try out the other items on their menu.
We really enjoyed the food and service at this place. It is so nice to know that quality and class CAN be outside of Vancouver proper, and the place certainly does wonders for the dining scene in Maple Ridge. With a booming population of transplanted-Vancouverites with extra money to spend (now that they have that nice big house with property for a fraction of the cost) I hope to see more places like this. I had the trout special and it was solid, very tasty, and I have to say MUCH BETTER than any of those crap places downtown. The chef even sent out a complementary tasting plate as an appy, which I thought was a lovely touch. Certainly worth checking this place out if you live in the vicinity or you feel like a drive out the the Ridge.
This was my second time back after proposing there earlier this year and I decided to bring my mom and dad as well as my aunt and uncle to their schnitzel night. They had their regular menu but also several choices for schnitzel, all for $12.99. I had a three course entree starting with duck salad, then schnitzel holstein and blueberry bread pudding for dessert.
The duck salad was duck breast slices with a glazed orange sauce, with arugula, roma tomatoes and asparagus. Very tasty and a light starter considering the main course and the duck was excellent.
The schnitzel holstein was basically a very large portion of schnitzel with egg and capers on top. All the schnitzel dishes came on a bed of roasted potatoes and red cabbage (loved the cabbage!) as well as their specific toppings. The schnitzel portion was quite large and very tasty, the best I've tried. Everything worked quite well together.
I thought I was full after all that schnitzel - until the dessert menu came around. I chose the blueberry bread pudding which came with fresh blueberries on top of the bread pudding and ice cream. It was a very good alternative to a sweet/sugary dessert and finished off the meal perfectly.
All in all, the meals themselves were very good and considering the special on the schnitzel was reasonably priced. It would have been very hard for him to top my previous meal there (pulled out all the stops for that one, had duck confit also with duck breast which was one of the top 5 meals I've ever had) but did an excellent job.
The service was also very good, attentive without once interrupting us and informative on any questions we had about the menu. The atmosphere is very nice, upscale with varying light and dark browns as well as reds, and the decorations and seating were well done and comfortable. Depending on where you sit, the background noise can be just right or a little louder, although the music was always the perfect level.
I'd highly recommend Lava Dining and Lounge, either for one of their affordable special nights (schnitzel on Tuesdays and prime rib for $21.99 on Fridays) or to go off the regular menu for some high-end cuisine.
My husband and I went to Lava Lounge when it first opened and to be honest we were not very impressed. Everything was ala carte, not presented very well and simply put not very good value for your money. However, I really liked the idea that this was a local establishment and they tried to use local ingredients so I thought I would give them a while to "get it right" and try them again. Well, last night we did and we were not disappointed! I had the lamb shanks and my husband had the Pork shortloin both were very good, seasoned to perfection. The lamb shank was a huge portion. We shared the lava cake for dessert it was delish and worth the wait, served with a scoop of ice cream and raspberry sauce...a must try. Candles and cloth napkins warm up the table and adds to the ambience, good job guys! We will be back AND we will recommend to friends!
Our first experience at the Lava in Maple Ridge was wonderful. The service was excellent, timely and pleasant. We were made to feel welcome and that we truly were guests. The food was absolutely delicious! Although too full to try dessert, next time we will leave room for it, and there will be a next time.
The presentation of the food was like a picture from a Gourment magazine. It was hot and so fresh you could taste the freshness. For a starter we shared a Breuschetta - we have never tasted anything so delicious previously even though we have had Breuschetta many times in different restaurants. This was fresh, original and the taste of everything blended so well it made you crave for more of the wonderful flavours.
We ordered red house wine to accompany our meal and it was perfect. I had the pork entree and my partner had the lamb shank. We would highly recommend either of these dishes.
The attention we received throughout was just right and not intrusive at all. The manager went from table to table making sure all of their guests were satisfied and enjoying their meals. We will definitely recommend The Lava to our friends.
D & G Kell
After numerous bad reviews, then hearing it was under new management, the wife and I decided to try it out. At first, we felt a little under dressed as we were not expecting to walk into a place such as this, but the manager promptly made us feel at home. After settling down, and talking with the manager, listening to his honest recommendations, we were confronted with some of the most gloriously presented and delicious food we have ever tasted in the lower mainland. The service was beyond belief yet unobtrusive, The manager was very honest, friendly, and exceedingly attentive. The ambience was serene and quiet, with nice partitions between every two tables. Although it may not be permitted in this post, we did talk with other customers about their dishes (As at the table next to us, two ladies had ordered our other options) and were not surprised to hear they thought the same as we did about this fantastic dining experience. Expensive, yes, worth it, definitely! Wine was recommended by the manager, and was without any doubt, a perfect fit for our meal. The glow of the experience has lasted into the next day, and I cannot wait to return at the promise of a Goulash from the manager! Kudos to the staff, the manager, and the chef for such an outstanding dining experience in Maple Ridge!
I don't write allot of reviews but the Lava Lounge is exceptional, The onion soup is the best we have ever had,
the service was great. We went there for dinner and had to go back for the lunch too.
The server recommended the Kettle valley red wine and it a perfect choice.
For lunch we had the steel head fish and chips and it was the best I have ever had.
For dessert try the deep fried ice cream.
Oh and the butler blue cheese steak was perfect too.
We just had a most wonderful night out at the Lava Dining and Lounge with Chris and Robert and all their wonderful staff.
Their first ever Turducken Dinner served with all the trimmings family style. And that lead to a wonderful sharing of stories, new friendships, lots of laughter, trying new wines, jokes, and stories.
Oh did I saw the food was great?! And it was.
Thank you for daring to be different and try something new...looking forward to the Goose in November.
Give it a try folks you will be very happy!!!
We decided to try Lava after being told about the 45 minute wait at The Keg (we were craving a steak dinner). I live in Vancouver and eat out frequently and cannot remember the last time I had such a delicious meal and truly exceptional dining experience. We were greeted by an incredibly friendly waiter/manager who set up a table by the window for us. We were brought and "amuse bouche" of mushroom tart which we happily inhaled. We started with the bruschetta and fish cakes and it was followed by a chorus of "yum, that was delicious!" We each had a steak-my date had the ribeye and I had the tenderloin. Both were cooked to perfection for our preferences. The meals were substantial and full of flavour. We shared the sticky toffee pudding for dessert and it was the perfect way to end the meal. The bill may well have been the biggest surprise of all. For our appies, meals, dessert, and two drinks each, we paid a little over $100. Most chain restaurants are a similar price, but would pale in comparison. For this city girl, the drive to Maple Ridge is worth the trip!!!
Have not written a review for sometime but Lava gets my vote. This restaurant gets better and better. Have been dropping in for dinner at the Lava now and then since July of last year. Have tried other restaurants in Maple Ridge for dinner in the past but my husband and I keep coming back to the Lava. It is the best in Maple Ridge. We have just found out that the Chef, Chris and the Manager, Robert have taken over this restaurant. The food and service has improved immensely and is most impressive. We now visit Lava every Sat night.......a most relaxing enjoyable evening with light music playing in the background. I have tried just about every starter and entree on the menu. Each one is most tantilizing and mouth watering. Presentation is supberb and always a surprise. Both Chris and Robert as well as their staff always make our evening special. You are never made to feel like you are just a another customer coming in the door to have a meal. There is a special quality about this restaurant and its owners that makes Lava a great dining experience from the time to enter this restaurant establishment until the time you leave. You feel like you have just had dinner with friends. I have also just recently started visiting Lava for Lunch . Again, a great lunch, super service and fast.... if you are on the run. Thanks Lava, look forward to another great lunch or dinner soon. George and Sue McMillan
I have been a resident of Maple Ridge for quite some time and never have had the opportunity to dine at Lava Dining and Lounge.
My daughters brought me to Lava Dining and Lounge for an early Mother’s Day dinner. We walked into the restaurant and the décor was very welcoming. It was soft colors, hardwood floors and it felt like home. The server introduced himself, took our drink order and brought us bread. They have what’s called an “amuse”, which is a little treat from the chef and changes daily. We were lucky enough to get the parsnip chips, which were amazing. They had a light crunch and did not fill me up before my meal. I started my meal with a salad covered in blue cheese chunks complimenting the almonds and the rest of the flavors throughout the greens. I am not a blue cheese fan, but I found this combination was delicious! The presentation of this salad was like nothing I had ever seen before. It almost looked like the whole head of lettuce was stacked up on top of each other! It was very impressive. For dinner, I had the “Pork Duo,” which consisted of two cuts of pork, which were done to perfection. This again was amazing! The flavor of the pork just melted in my mouth, it came with scalloped potatoes and fancy carrots. The portions did not seem very large when the server brought us our dinner but it was all hidden in the presentation. We decided to share a dessert and the waiter recommended we share the bread pudding as it was a larger portion, it was the most amazing bread pudding I have ever tasted! I will never forget the way it tasted. There were whole hazelnuts and an apricot sauce that just made it all melt in your mouth. This was a very comforting and relaxing dinner as we spent two and a half hours in the restaurant! We had two people maintaining our table who were just wonderful. I don’t think they once tried to talk to us while our mouths were full, which is a great pet peeve of mine. They knew exactly what we needed when we needed it and were very friendly.
Of course I have to thank my daughters for taking us to such a nice restaurant and I also have to thank the staff that made me comfortable enough to be there for that amount of time. What a great evening!
Oh, thank the Lord. After being quality deprived for months of living in Maple Ridge I have finally found a place to meet my foodie needs.
Robert Klaus is doing it properly: quality food, beautiful AND practical presentation, polished atmosphere, competent efficient service, considered wine selection, clean stocked restrooms (ladies), reasonable prices.
Lava Dining and Lounge, while a bit deceiving from the outside, is the best dining experience you will have in Maple Ridge. Apparently it has been around the block with styles, management, and consistency in the last few years, but it is officially time to give this place another try - without prejudice.
After a detailed patient conversation about the wine list - complete with the tastings of my choice, I was brought a succulent crab cake appetizer (complimentary) with three kinds of ocean-wise white fish and salmon. Mild, smooth, delicious.
Of course I ordered the prime rib with roasted beet/carrot/asparagus, mashed potatoes, and yorkshire pudding, being that is was Sunday night. Medium well means medium well - a perfect balance of pink and done. Succulent. Bold, but not overwhelming flavours.
Robert topped up my wine once when I implied that while I would like more but wouldn't indulge in another glass.
Oh, and the salad! Greens: layered butter lettuce sprinkled with blue cheese, roasted almonds, and green apple throughout. Tossed in a light vinaigrette and a balsamic reduction on the plate. Perfect size. Quality ingredients.
What a relief.
"Every drink is special here. If you don't like it, I'll drink it." No drink specials, but top quality selection.
If you are lucky you might be able to sample "the home brew" - a chocolate port fortified with cognac. Usually offered as a special thank you since it is a specially liqueur locally brewed in very limited quantities.
I saw a cheese plate go by and wished I still had room.
This place under new professional management has an eye on the future. They are staying the course while Maple Ridge forgets the past and begins to accept Lava as the new fine dining location in town.
(No cappuccino machine yet, but the drip coffee is fine)
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Lava and we are really impressed. I found the prices to be quite reasonable for the quality. We shared the best bruschetta I have ever had, (no joke). I had the fettuccini and my husband had the New York striploin. I would recommend both these dishes. My husband is very picky with his steak and Chris,the chef, was spot on with this. We tried a few of the deserts which were amazing. Creme brulee, cheesecake, orange sorbet with rose petals...lovely.
Dining area and washrooms were clean and comfortable. It was just the right setting for an intimate evening. Service is fabulous. Drinks were served promptly. Rob, the manager is charming and hospitable as were the rest of the staff. We loved that the chef came out to meet us. I think we've finally found "our restaurant".
This is our second night this week at this fabulous restaurant. I can't say enough about the food and service. This time we ordered the greens for a salad which is always our favourite. Fresh butter lettuce, almonds, poached apples and blue cheese made with a very light dressing make this a salad something to crave all week until the next time. Chris, being the creative chef he is, had a special tonight of pork with the crackling skin still clinging to the succulent, tender meat. This is what my husband ordered and I had the duck. It was spiced and cooked to perfection and left me feeling very sated and full. We were too full to order dessert but have had the experience other times. What a treat that is! This is truly a gourmet's delight and rivals any restaurant in town or in the lower mainland. Robert is charming and attends to all with expertise and friendliness and the rest of the staff is trained to follow his example. We can not say enough about this place!
We decided thirty minutes before we that we would have dinner here. The last time we ate here was when the old menu was still being used. A quick call to find out how full Lava was was greeted with Robert on the phone saying while busy the 30 minutes would be great so a table would be available. We were coming from Langley and the new bridge sure makes it easy now to visit Maple Ridge.
We arrived and were greeted promptly at the front door and seated right away.
While the restaurant was much more crowded than the last time we were here, it is a sign of how much things have changed for the better.
Robert greeted us as if we had been long time customers yet this was only my second time here.
Our drink needs were met promptly.
We soon ordered our meal, and I ordered the Strip loin with mushrooms and the Romaine to start. My other half ordered the Tenderloin and scallops and Greens to start.
The salads arrived a short time later and I have seen many versions of Romaine or Caesar Salad but this was unique. Never have I seen a grilled lemon served with a salad before.
The Strip loin was cooked as I had requested and topped 5 kinds of mushrooms.
Both orders went down very well and we found that there wasn't too much food to make you feel uncomfortable that you ate to much.
It is nice to see that Lava Lounge has been granted Ocean Wise status and using fresh ingredients where they can.
The Lava Lounge continues to improve and is looking like it is becoming a hit in Maple Ridge. We had a great time here and will soon be back. It appears a little more planning may be in order soon as to how popular this place is becoming
Met friends for dinner last Saturday and were thrilled to find a great dining room in Maple Ridge. Beautiful menu, everyone enjoyed their orders, service was attentive and the decor very warm and comfortable. I will recommend this restaurant to all of my friends-Maple Ridge has finally got an upscale restaurant!!
We have been dining at Lave for 3+ years and have tried almost everything on the menu (all though in changes seasonally for fresh ingredients) My favourite is the blue cheese tenderloin, it is always cooked to perfection with all the fixins. My husbands favourite is any of their lamb dishes and the Friday night special which is a huge piece of prime rib with yorkshire and potatoes. We have yet to be disappointed with any of the food. I often frequent Lava for lunch to catch up with owner Robert and have Chris's delicious Prime rib sandwich and fries.
Service at Lava is always phenomenal, you get a very personal experience with Robert and he always has great wine and food recommendations. My friends are always very impressed when I bring them to dine at Lava as Robert will always treat us like family. We have always had exceptional food and service.
To top it all off the prices are reasonable, 21.99 for a prime rib with fixins is a great deal! My favourite lunch time Prime Rib sandwich is under $15!
Even if you don't live in the area I suggest you give Lava a try, you will not be disappointed. Even if you are looking to go for a family outing and have kids, Robert has always been welcomed our 2 month old daughter and 16 month old nephew.
My wife is originally from Maple Ridge so every time we were out there to visit friends and family, we would try to find a restaurant that we could enjoy. This was a fruitless venture for a while until we first went to Lava (after it changed ownership and stopped being a steakhouse).
The first time we went in, we had an unbelievable time. The service and the food were both top-notch. The prices were very reasonable, especially for wine. It had all the elements I look for when heading downtown for a meal, with none of the outrageous prices and pretentiousness that typically follow.
It was so good, in fact, that my wife and I returned less than a week later. Robert remembered our names and welcomed us back with open arms and it was then that we knew we had found our spot. From then on, birthdays, Mothers Days, and general causes for celebrations have been held there on a consistent basis. The consistency of their quality and service have made it difficult to imagine going anywhere else. We will often make the drive from Burnaby to Maple Ridge specifically for Lava. We've brought a number of friends out from Vancouver and the Tri-Cities to try it, and they've all left impressed.
If you live in or near Maple Ridge, you have no excuse. If you don't, it's worth the drive. Enjoy!
Maple Ridge isn't what comes to mind when I think of fine dining, but because Langley is even worse, my party of eight ventured over the GE Bridge for dinner recently.
What's with the front door? Do they get broken into every night? Off putting as a start, but we press on. Our table is ready as expected and the dining room for a Thursday is more full than I would have expected. Some of our party hadn't arrived yet and perhaps they were going to wait for all to arrive before attending to us, but how about a glass of water and a wine list? Even after everyone had arrived we practically had to beg the water girl (there were 3, yes count them, three water 'girls') to take a drink order. Clearly that was above her pay scale and quickly rounded up our server. Once we had his attention it was clear he was knowledgeable, but the service was clunky and sporadic. We'd gone through two bottles of wine and were hoping to order a third but our meals arrived. Once our third bottle was ordered, it was plunked on the table UNOPENED! I literally sat watching my food get cold until the server came back. I think I'll keep a corkscrew in my purse from now on! Most restaurants push the alcohol and in this case, it would have been welcome. Some at our table opted for the prix fixe menu, which was good value and a nice selection. I think everyone enjoyed the meal, the food was the best part of the restaurant. Not to be petty, but the place could use some painting, there are chips and scrapes everywhere. And others have raved about the washrooms - we ALL found it creepy that there is some photographer advertising his work in there, complete with a full frontal of some pregnant woman. WEIRD! Not sure we'll go back, not sure the toll was worth it. Too bad, I really wanted to like it.