I've been going to MG since it was the the Belaire Bay Cafe, which is a long time ago. This place has been around forever, and it is worth the trouble of making your way through the industrial complex behind the Lynnwood Hotel.
I usually get the scallop bacon wrap (which is awesome) followed by the fajitas or the prime rib. They also do excellent burgers (try the mega mushroom) and decent fish & chips. The ambiance inside the dining room is somewhat crappy, but the patio is very nice, and has heat and a partial roof to extend the outdoor dining season.
The biggest complaint I have had since my first visit is the service. It has always been painfully slow, and this is because the owner under-staffs to save money. Servers don't stay long, and I don't blame them.
Despite the shortcomings, it is a good place to go for some patio dining if you have the time to linger. There are huge lineups on nice evenings, so plan ahead.
Went for lunch today. It's a bit tricky of a location to find,but once you are there,the view is awesome.
A nice patio overlooking the marina,and with no fishy ocean smell.
Now for the bad.
The food is just not up to par for this setting.
the large spinach salad was way too small for what you pay for,and was wilted.I had fish and chips,friend had the Yacht club sandwich. The weird part is,they both come with fries and coleslaw. But,she got a small bowl size,and i got basically what was a capful. I dont understand why you would get different sized sides,but whatever.
The sandwich was ok,but the fish and chips were average.It tasted like hotdogs.You get a tiny side of ketchup and a small amount of (bottled) tartar sauce.
I would think they would try a little harder with a nice view and setting like this..but i guess not.
And for the amount of servers on hand,service was lack lustre.
I finally tried this place, wasn't busy for a Thursday night with my friend and ordered Teriyaki chicken wings & 2 burgers.
We had half order of wings, very juicy, I only wish they brought us additional napkins. Our mushroom burgers with cheese, I had a side salad and my friend had fries.
We both loved our burgers, very juicy, great tasting, lots of flavour and we both couldn't finish it. If you have an appetite, there burgers are filling and worth each bite. I like the salad, great presentation, and I did taste my friends fries, and they were good.
I did notice a large patio, and I bet their busy when the weather is nice, and the actual place didn't look that big inside. Clean & tidy bathrooms and service was okay.
If you want to enjoy a meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, check it out, great view of the water.
Will be back to try something else.
Lunch time visit and it was really busy with staff from local businesses. Ordered the Beef Dip and when it came, there was residue/liquid on the plate just like when you mircowave meat. The bun was not a french baguette but more like a toasted hogie. Meat tasted a bit funny, perhaps due to the mirowave. Salad was just OK. My friend had the burger and didn't finish 3/4's of it as it was overdone and very hard. The french fries were dark and hard. Seemed like they either double fried it or overcooked it.
Service was very good, fast but the value was not there for poor food. Ambiance is very nice. Would not go back.
Such an interesting setting for a resteraunt. Disappointing that the room and the food have not been updated in dog's years. Tucked away under the north end of the Second Narrows bridge, the Marina Grill has the benefit of a unique location on North Van's waterfront. Its nestled above a marina, a stones throw from the water's edge with a fine patio view of the massive structure of the bridge as a backdrop.
My neice Kayla, my mom, sis and I popped in for a late b-fast/early lunch on a fine winter day recently. We were seated quickly in the large dining room that was fairly bustling with customers. The decor is dated and the lighting is poor. Despite the spectacular backdrop, no effort has been made to open up sightlines to take advantage of the fact. However, the resteraunt does have a very large patio that is a real gem come summer. From there you can take in the marina, the inlet and the bridge while sipping a cold one. Service was slow, very casual but friendly. The menu matches the decor in its lack of inspiration, offering up tired stand-bys that were ho-hum 25 years ago. I had a bbq chicken burger with side salad. Decent burger...BUT...do not dare give me stale boxed crutons on my salad! Is it too much hassle to make them in-house?? A little melted butter, some olive oil, minced garlic, a dash of oregano and some salt and pepper...toast 6 or 7 minutes...Anyway, uninspired but passable. Mom's cheese omelette was huge and seemingly fine. Kayla's fish and chips got the thumbs up and sis' shrimp sandwich looked much like the shrimp sandwich you ordered back in 1977. So, while the food is boring, its done well enough I suppose. Still, with such a great location the Marin Grill could be a Vancouver institution. A reno and a radical menu update would make this place even more of a gold mine than it already is. Hell, it could potentially make up for the loss of the Cannery across the water in the right hands.
To sum up: Go in the summer and enjoy the great patio with a cold one and absorb your unique perspective of Burrard Inlet. Go ahead and eat. The food is insipid but not offensive.
We find ourselves at the Marina Grill about 4-5 times a year and having been going there for years and have been disappointed only once but they were quick to fix it. The problem at that time was the eggs in my egg benedict were almost raw - I love runny eggs but not near raw to the point they were still cold. But I told the server and it was replaced very quickly and lots of apologies.
We usually stick with the seafood and pasta dishes and always leave very full and happy. There was one time we were a little early for dinner time, their dinner I believe starts at 5pm and we arrived 4:20ish and they have not problem accommodating us for the dinner specials.
I especially enjoy sitting by the window looking at the all the sailboats moored below.
This place is located right under the ( Iron Workers Memorial Bridge ) '' 2nd Narrows Bridge '' . The food is good, been there many times. This place is great for small or large parties, and the decor inside is large and comfortable, with a few nice TV screens, fire places, and lots of space. In summer the dock is right outside the door. The staff is good, and also great service, I had no problems, how ever the '' Marina Grill '' maybe a little hard to find at first, but worth it.
I've been here a few times - once for lunch, another time for dinner and then again tonight to celebrate a friend's birthday. In the day, this place is wonderful because of the great view of the marina and all the boats. At night time the view is very romantic as you get the Iron Workers' Memorial Bridge all lit up for you and the silhouettes of the boats floating in the marina. We always ask for the window when we come to eat at this place as it's the best place to have your dinner because of the view.
We started with some appies - mushroom caps, nachos and potato skins. However, we had to send the nachos back to the kitchen so that the cheese could get a big more gooey. It wasn't melted enough for our liking. The mushroom caps and potato skins were finished almost as soon as they hit the table. They were yummy ...
For dinner we had prime rib and the "big-ass" steak. Can you believe it? They actually say that on the menu: "big-ass" steak. Too funny. Of course, when the steak came, it really was a big-ass steak! Big enough to bring the left over bone for our big-ass dog waiting at home. Although we ordered the steak medium rare, it came out pretty much well done. But the steak was good nonetheless. I ordered my prime rib medium rare with lots of fat on it and it came out EXACTLY how I ordered it.
Three appies, three mains and 2 rounds of drinks cost $115 with tax and tip.
Went here for Sunday brunch, expecting it to be crazy-busy. Thankfully we got a table sooner than the 10 minute wait we were quoted. While it was packed and loud outside, the inside (where we ate) was practically empty.
Brunch was blueberry pancakes, hash browns, eggs, and multigrain toast. The pancakes were perfect! Hot, fluffy, cooked to order - heaven on a plate. Hash browns were just ok... some seasoning would have made them much better. Eggs were good and the toast was dowright delicious. How often does that happen?
The coffee was solid and the tea was ok. I was disappointed with the small amount of hot water provided (about a cup) but the waitress came by to refill it three times. Now that's good service! It took a while for the food to come out but that's understandable... it's a busy place! The food was certainly worth the wait.
With ample parking and good service, we will definitely return.
I've eaten at Marina Grill on many occasions and have always found the food and service to be very good. I had their Yacht Clubhouse yesterday....shrimp and crab on sourdough. It has to be one of the best seafood clubhouses in the lower mainland....huge and tasty. I've often had their hot scallop salad which is great and their halibut and chips are wonderful too. My friend always orders the papaya salad and raves about it. They've remodelled their lounge area and added a fireplace which was cozy on a wet, grey afternoon. Of course their outside deck it great in the summer.
They have many beers on tap...can't remember their wine list. Now they just need to spiff up their main dining room...it's time!
The Marina Grill is a North Vancouver fixture, situated just beneath the Ironworker's Memorial Bridge. The out-of-the-way location tends to mean that "outsiders" never really find it, but the regular clientele ensures that that matters little.
The food is excellent - brunches are inexpensive and the selection is large, the main menu's are diverse as well - a fairly comprehensive "surf and turf" menu, with fresh seafood daily. I have never had to send anything back, and I am indeed someone who is willing to do that if I do not receive what I ordered.
The ambience really does make the place - the inside is very maritime, with pictures of sailing ships, marine green paint, and olden-times wooden chairs and tables. The view from the windows is fantastic, and the outside balcony is expansive and almost always full on a summer evening.
The only downside is the service - servers are friendly and helpful, but service is very slow - expect to wait longer than one would expect for a meal, but not so long that you'll want to get up and leave! It is worth the wait however, and the prices make said wait even more worthy.
A friend and I have met for Sunday Brunch at the Marina Grill for a number of years, it would give us the opportunity to chat over coffee, and get caught up on things. We had always been satisfied with the food and service..that is until a few weeks ago.
When I first arrived, there was a small group waiting. When I politely asked the waitress if she would like my name, as done in the past- she briskly replied "We don't take reservations". ( ?? So, with a group of people waiting, it makes it easy for someone else to go ahead of everyone else, because there isn't any order!).
When it was time to be seated, I asked if we could be seated at an empty table by the window. The waitress answered "It's being held." (?? It's being held..yet they don't take reservations??) We were then seated at a table close to the entrance. When a different waitress came to the table, I asked if we could be moved to a table in the corner. She agreed, and then I noticed the other waitress question her why she moved us. I also noticed the other waitress seat a couple at the table by the window that we had just requested. So, I mentioned to her that in the past, if a table was empty, you could be seated at that particular table. Now, we were told there "are no reservations, yet the table is being held- which doesn't make sense. The waitress' answer for that was, "We do it differently now, so we can balance out the sections" (This is the only time I've been in a restaurant that didn't take reservations, that you can't sit at an empty table)
My friend and I have always had a few cups of coffee prior to ordering. This time was different, out of the blue the manager shows up and says "I have to take your order now." I asked why the rush- there were empty tables in the restaurant. She said she wanted to make sure 'we weren't just ordering coffee".She then added if we were only just planning to have coffee, we should have it at a table in the lounge, otherwise if were ordering food, she would be coming back in a few minutes to take the order.
I assured her we had fully intended on ordering a meal, and would be placing that order in a few minutes. ( I don't recall seeing a sign at the table or on the wall saying there is a half hour time limit to place your order,otherwise you can't sit at a table with a drink chatting) Again, there were plenty of empty tables there!
After we placed our orders, and the meals arrived- my friends poached egg had a green fleck on it. When she brought it to the managers' attention, she nonchalantly said "Oh, it's probably a piece of parsley." (There was nothing else on her plate with parsley on, which made us wonder where it came from- and what it could be)
She took the plate away, and when she brought back a new one she said "I guess this isn't the restaurant for you."
Excuse me?! (Is something important being missed here?! It's customers that are their bread and butter, that patronize their establishment, and that keep them in business.) We were absolutely shocked hearing "This isn't the restaurant for you", after we had being going there for years! What an ignorant and rude comment!
After the meal, we asked the manager who we could complain to above her, and she answered "Write to the Squamish nation, they own the land." No apology given for her appalling attitude. We each left behind a note, mentioning the waitress was nice, however because of the managers behavior- there would be no gratuity.
After many years of dining at this restaurant, and bringing out of town guests a number of times, I will NEVER return due to this experience, and I hope no one else has one like it. I would not recommend it to anyone In fact, in my 56 years, I have never had treatment like this. I've had many jobs in the service sector, and learned the customer is number one. You have to be careful how you talk to someone, as you never know who they might be, or connections they may have.
There are a number of restaurants on the North Shore that offer good service- so you don't have to spend your hard earned cash, settling for far below satisfactory service at the Marina Grill!
We hadn't been to the Marina Grill since December, so we were eager to get back to the place we knew to be great for Sunday brinch. But ohhhh were we disapointed!
First, I have a very young baby so I requested a table with a booth for the carseat. The place was empty inside and there was a booth right in front of us. The waitress told us no, that we couldn't sit there because it was reserved for larger groups. We were four...and like a said the place was EMPTY!! The waitress asked us if we would like a highchair for our sleeping 3 month old. I politely asked again and was told yes but it would take 10 mins to wipe down the table for us. 10 mins? Anyway, we waited patiently and the table was ready very quickly.
Next, we placed our order with a waitress who seemed to be working with the menu for the first time. I asked for the smoked salmon eggs benny (an old fav). It came out quicky and looked good except for one thing...she had gone ahead an ordered the half order for me. When I asked about this she said, "oh, I guess I just assumed that's what you wanted!" I'm not overweight and found this comment extreely rude! She brought out the other half which was cold and obviously quickly slapped together. The waiteress never asked us if we wanted coffee, more water and rarely came back to our table. It took her so long to bring the debit machine that we had to ask another server.
All in all, we felt unwelcome and a bother. For a place that serves mediocre food in a plave with poor decor...sevice is everything! And in this case the service was a big let down.
Hadn't been to the Marina Grill in years. To my surprise it has improved tremendously. They finally painted the inside and removed the ugly carpet for something a lot nicer.
They are kid friendly now and when I asked the waitress she told me they are under new ownership.
Boy oh boy did the new owners ever do a nice job of the place. We use to come for the patio, now we are coming all the time because it is a nice place to eat.
Food was good, portions were plentiful and staff very friendly. Lots of high chairs and booster seats. Plus to my surprise they had crayons and colouring paper for my kids.
Hats off to the new owners. The change is great!
Our family went for brunch and although the place is hard to find we were glad we persisted. Breakfast was delicious with something for everyone. No kids menu for breakfast, however, the server assured us there was a kids menu with sandwiches pastas, no kids menu for eggs. There was one item on the menu for one egg and toast for around five bucks.
Coffee was delicious.
Dined here on tues evening with a senior , 3 adults and two children. The place was very quiet, only about half full and we were given a table in a back room which was ok. However it was made very clear that children were not welcome as the evening progressed. The children are well behaved but as we were in a back room by ourselves we allowed them more freedom than we might in other circumstances.
Near the end of our meal (only the senior was still eating) the manager came in and actually told us to leave in a very belligerent and threatening manner . The children were frightened, the senior very upset and we will not come here again.
I've eaten here many times and will return again. The food is very good, reminds me of places I've been in California by the ocean. Very good seafood and in the summer, the patio is the place to be. It's so nice to look out at the marina and boats. It's unfortunate that the location is in an area of warehouses which takes away a bit from the ambiance of the area. Now, here's the deal, you have to get there early or you will have to wait an incredible amount of time to be seated and for your food. The service has not always been prompt and often I have had to chase down my server. That part is annoying.
My husband and son and I have been going there ever since we moved to North Van 4 yrs ago. Good value for your money. Have had steaks, crab etc. Like the seafood club. Have had the alaskan king crab legs a few times and enjoyed that. We have ate breakfast, lunch and dinner there. The patio is great to sit on in the summer and look at the boats in the marina. Read some of the reviews about service and never had a real problem with it. Some times we have even had outstanding service. My sister and others have tried the chinese food at lunch and it was so so. Other than that the other food is good and not over priced. Huge sundaes that are cheap. We often share one for the 3 of us. The lounge was updated and hopefully they will update the dining room soon.
This is one of those really graet neighbourhood finds that is well hidden and does require finding. The food is varied, and everything we have tried is very acceptable. They do seem to be able to produce seafood dishes that are tasty; ribs that are succulent and the service is always very smooth with a yound wait staff that seems to enjoy being at work.l Wine list is quite OK and the prices are some of the best in the Metro Vancouver area.
We go here reasonably often and have never been disappointed - or amazed. I like the ambience and the servers are typically young and diligent. The food is simple but well presented. We choose this place when we want to dine simply without spending too much.