Located on the west side of the River Market at Westminster Quay, the Paddlewheeler features a live band Friday & Saturday nights as well as music bingo on Wednesday nights and a menu of quality pub classics.
One of the best places to eat when it's nice and warm as you get a great view of the river. The patio is quite large so it can accomodate a lot of tables. As for the food, tried the seafood salad and it was just ok as there should be a bit more seafood and more types of dressing rather than your normal boring choices. Service was quick and efficient. Great place for a bite to eat and a few drinks on a sunny day.
Went here with a friend for a lunch and from the get go I knew I should have just turned around and walked out. The server were pushy and rude when they wanted to get by you. We seated ourselves and ordered our lunch after a few minutes. I ordered the 6oz steak sandwich along with soup and my buddy ordered the beef dip. The food arrived 10 minutes later which was good as we were starving. The steak was over cooked a bit and came on one slice of toast. The soup of the day was thick like beef chilli and was satisfactory. The steak sandwich for $11.95 was definitely not worth it. The piece of steak was of such poor quality that it was very chewy and bland. You had to add salt and A-1 sauce to swallow it. My friend said the beef dip was ok. The bun and fries were good but the shaved beef was too of poor quality. When we finished we asked for our bill to be separate. She came back with one bill with both of our orders. I repeated myself saying that we wanted separate bills. The old looking brunette seemed annoyed and storm off and said that she will take care of it. Wanting to get out asap, we went up to the till to pay. She then showed up really annoyed and rude. We finally had our bills separated and paid. The service was very poor and the attitude from this server was enough that I will never come back again.
They have a nice patio over-looking the water.
Was there during their "appy hour" and was looking forward to some good pub food. DO NOT order the calamari. It was soggy and greasy - yuk! The crab dip was okay but it was served with a bunch of broken chips. The chicken fingers tasted like they were re-fried a few times and the fries were sad. The chicken wings were acceptable. The server did her job but it was obvious she didn't want to be there. Will not return.
First time to visit this place in years. The patio as described is very nice, covered and uncovered deck, heated on one side. Great view, clean patio with minimal birds. For a sunny weekend day the patio was very understaffed, the waitress was curt and did not have the time to be attentive. I had a BLT, and I am not sure how you make a bad BLT, but they did. Crumbs of bacon with a funky tomato. Friend had a beef dip, it was lukewarm. It seemed to me that it was almost like the pub gets the business anyway so there is no need to try. Limited wine list. Aside from the view I wouldn't go with high expectations on much else.
I recently had lunch at the Paddlewheeler. previously, my only experience with the place was with its night time incarnation as a seedy cougar den. Maybe I have to reevaluate. I went with a group of 8 and we were all pleased with the service and food. I had a Reuben and 2 pints for about $15.00, all was done to a T and the service wasfast and friendly. Will try try the place for dinner soon.
We went to the Paddlewheeler Pub for a cool beverage and a bite during the weekend. It was fabulous...we enjoyed the torpedo prawns and chicken souvlaki, which was enough for both of us!! It was excellent...the service was friendly and fast. The Bellinis were top notch!!! Definitely a great way to end off the summer. Definitely be back!
We have stayed at the Inn at the Quay several times over the past few years, and during those stays, have always had a lunch, dinner, or two at the Paddlewheeler. We have found the food quality & preparation, and overall service at this place to be very inconsistent. When it's good, we have always enjoyed the offerings and our dining experiences there. But at other times, and I must say, a little too often, everything (food and service) just seems to be lacking, and there's an attitude of "who cares" about it.
Some competition could/might help!!
My girlfriend and I didn't enjoy our visit to this pub very much. First, the live music was far too loud and not all that great, the non-smoking area we were sitting in was quite smoky from the door to the patio being repeatedly opened. Second, the food was ok (at least the cheese on the burger was real), but did not justify the unpleasant ambiance (the caesar salad dressing was probably home-made, but tasted a little Kraft-ish all the same). Third, the service wasn't all that great, possibly due to the fact that the music was so loud and sub-par that the server couldn't concentrate on anything. I ended up ordering mediocre beer because she said it was the only kind on special, when it turned out that everything else (including the one I actually wanted) was actually the same price. The bathrooms, to top it off, were more disgusting than the average pub. To be sure, music taste is subjective, the waitress was probably having a bad night, and pub bathrooms have never been my favourite hang-out, but I'll never be back to this place.
I like the Paddlewheeler for location, food, service, beer prices and patio. It's just too bad more hip-cats don't hang out here because the atmosphere can be so lame. I guess that's something for management to think about. Anyway, if you are gonna try something here, I recommend the Salmon Salad with Wasabi dressing. One of my girlfriends called it "an anomalie," but I think most of the food is pretty good. This salad, however, I have to say is phenomenal.
If you want some really decent pub food, this is a good place to go.
Servers are always friendly, but if you go there on a sunny day when the patio is open, be forwarned that service is going to be extremely slow... there have been a few times where I have waited over an hour before my food actually arrived. The server should have told me it was going to be a long wait when I put the order in, but they didn't. I couldn't get mad at the servers as it was obvious that they were overwhelmed and busting their butts off to server everyone. The problem is that on days where the patio is being used, management should be hiring additional servers and cooking staff to handle the additional volume. It seems to be regular problem here. I still go there, but if I'm on a schedule to be somewhere else afterwords, I'll go somewhere else where I know I'll be served quickly.
Recently a small group of us went out for a Prime Rib special at a local pub. Upon arrival it was a Canucks game day and the place was packed with no where to sit. Luckily, I remembered the Paddlewheeler Pub at the Quay also has a Prime Rib Special on Friday so off we went.
We all agreed the meal was an outstanding value for 13 dollars. The portion of Prime Rib was very acceptable and the beef was succulent and tender. Garlic mashed potatoes complimented our meal along with fresh string beans. Everything was great and for pub fare and it was a nice experience. The beans were a bit greasy covered in something that did not do them justice but it was not terrible. All in all one of the best value/quality meals I have had in sometime.
I sometimes attend the Pub on Saturday afternoons as well. The Pub is generally well kept although can be a little under staffed at times lately. The servers have a hard time to keep up and clients have to wait too long to wet their whistle.
If it's Friday and your looking for a decent Prime Rib dinner, pub style then the Paddlewheeler has it waiting for you.
The other day I had lunch here with a couple of friends. It was one of the few days we have seen sun this summer so we were able to sit on the lovely patio. My friends ordered beer and I asked for ice water with lime and a pitcher of water for the table. Our drinks arrived several minutes later and there was lemon instead of lime with my water. I requested lime again and the server said, "Of course and I'll be right back with your pitcher." About five minutes later she returned with a small piece of lime IN HER FINGERS not on a little plate. Who knows what she had touched during the wait time! By this time I had finished my glass of water and she again said she'd get the pitcher right away. It arrived several minutes later.
I ordered the chicken avacado club sandwich on marbled rye with salad. (Why do people who shy away from unhealthy fries have to pay more to substitute salad?) My friends ordered the salmon burger/salad and Greek wrap/fries. The food was excellent! Absolutely delicious!
Two of us ate only half our food and the server asked us if we wanted to take it with us and walked away without taking our plates. When she returned she brought containers and bags for US to pack up our own lunches! What's with that?!
At this point our plates and glasses were empty and we kept waiting for her to bring our bills. Finally I asked for our billS and awhile later she returned with one bill. When she observed us figuring out the bill she asked if it was okay all on one and I said I'd requested billS. Several minutes after that, we got our separate bills.
It was wonderful to be with friends and be able to eat delicious food outside on the patio but the poor service certainly detracted from the occasion. I will eat here again but I will not sit in this server's area.
I personally lived on the Quay, and the best part of my week was talking a walk along the boardwalk, and going and having a nice steak and a pitcher of beer. The waitresses are very friendly, and the food is excellent. It isnt a club or a fancy place, but if your just a regular joe, its deffinatly a nice place. They also usually have some good tunes playing, nice oldie rock. pool table and all that usual bar stuff. great food excellent service, nice padio.
This is a great little pub with an excellent view of the fraser and a great atmosphere. Had a live band last night that was pretty good, but sadly the service is quite slow (albeit friendly) and the food is just ok. The yam fries are quite good, and the prices are cheap, but that just doesn't make up for the fact that the quality just isn't there.
Great place to go and hang out to have a beer, but not a great dinner pub.
4 of us went on a saturday we were all dissapointed with the overcooked food which took 45 min to get and 1 persons order was a totally different thing than she had ordered. when we complained, the waiterss told us thats how the food is, and she walked away. we were not sure if she was going to do anything and waited 10 min before calling her over, she continued to make excuses, was argumentitive and offered to remove 20% off the bill so we were expected to pay for inedible food that only one of us ate. We asked for the manager and got more excuses from her as well.when we protested we were told we were being rude by another waitress, we were being assertive not rude... after waiting 15 more minutes we were told we could go, I guess we were persistant in saying we were not going to pay for food we did not eat no matter how many excuses were thrown at us. never the less we left hungary and shocked by the unprofessional conduct of the staff, I suggest just have a beer and enjoy the flooding river if you are hungary go next door to the boat house .
There's certainly a plus to sitting on their patio in the summer, watching the Fraser roll by. Unfortunately, their food is mediocre to poor, quite possibly because the menu is overlong for a pub. The service is spotty and frequently inattentive, theres a vaguely unclean underlying aroma to the place, and the taps are just average. Come for the view and a quick drink, but pass on the food.
Solid spot. Beer is always there to water with. Wine is available 750 ml or by glass. Pub grub is above average. People there do carry themselves a little better than normal.
Plenty of people have written about this pub, so my quick tip:
Yes, there is sometimes a sparse clienete but it gets busy later. But, good place, and my buds keep me from being thirsty :)
My wife and me have visited Paddlewheeler a fair few times even though there are many nice restaurants in the area. It is cheap here though and not far for us. The pub is a good one for the setting, food quality is OK and the service is fast etc and it's the most expensive and they know us by now so not a bad place over all.
The ambiance is nice... great view of the river.
Food: It's a pub. Food is a second-thought to the beer.
I've tried a few things there and they are ok. Spent some time there during the hockey playoffs and although the place was packed, the service then was fine.
Under normal circumstances... the servers show up as they would in any pub.
Price: As reasonable as one could expect. Average.
Would I go back? Sure. It's... ok.
I love to visit this pub whenever I'm down on the boardwalk.
The food is really good; very classic pub food. They have a really large patio which is now smoke free so it's nice to sit out their and watch the tugboats go by on the river.
The staff is always nice but sometimes they can get rather busy but I think they try their best.