The place for ribs! Dino's Steakhouse and Pizza is a family restaurant offering tasty menu items from Greek to pizza and pasta.
This weekend, my sister and I made plans to go out for dinner. Our original plan was to eat at Rosa's Cucina in Port Moody and head home by 9pm to put her baby to bed. We arrived at Rosa's at 7:30pm and discovered a line-up outdoors. There was no way we could have waited so we decided to head down the road in search for another restaurant. We came across Dino's - the place for ribs and since my sister was actually craving ribs, we stopped there. The place was empty aside from one other table of loud kids.
We should have left after entering and smelling the aromas of east indian cooking instead of pizza/pasta scent. It was 8pm at this time and we were hungry. I couldn't make up my mind as nothing really looked appetizing. My sister ordered the special which was beef ribs and lasagna.
Let's start with mine: chicken fingers and fries. Chicken was obviously from frozen from box and my fries were re-fried so many times, that it was transparent (every single one) and the 'shine' from the oil never went away.
My sister's meal: beef ribs were ok but mostly fat, lasagna was soggy and mostly globs of cheese. Came with side of sauteed carrots that only tasted of garlic. Even her 1-yr old would not eat it.
For a $40 meal, I was not impressed.
My wife and I arrived at Dino's at 5:00 p.m. yesterday for dinner. We were the only ones in the restaurant, always a bad sign. A couple of other parties did arrive over the course of the next hour. The restaurant itself was dark and dingy, not at all warm and welcoming. After an appropriate time a waiter arrived to take our drink orders and give us menus. The selection on the menus was poor. At last, I ordered spaghetti and meatballs and my wife ordered pasta alla carbonara. We also ordered meat and shrimp skewers as appetizers.
Five minutes later the waiter returned to the table to unceremoniously state that they had no meatballs! Get this, an Italian restaurant at the beginning of the night's service having no meatballs!!! I reluctantly ordered lasagna instead.
The meat skewers arrived and the beef pieces as well as the pork pieces were totally devoid of seasoning. They were merely chunks of cooked meat. The shrimp was somewhat better in that it at least had some small degree of seasoning although the shrimp were tiny.
The mains arrived in due course and they both were tasteless. Again, there was NO seasoning. Very uninspired cooking indeed. My wife indicated that her carbonara dish was overcooked and the meat was borderline spoiled. This was the WORST lasagna I had ever eaten and the carbonara likewise.
How does a restaurant like this remain in business, now I ask you?
There is a good reason why Rosa's Italian Cucina in Port Moody always has a line out the door and down the street and why this joint was basically empty!
Needless to say, we will never return.
I had their 12 inch brick oven pizza with ham, pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms and olives. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I even had enough left for my lunch the next day. It cost $15.00.
My wife had the lobster ravioli, which was also not too bad. Went on a slow night, so the service had no excuses. The server was nice; however, she didnt ask if we wanted refills - not a big deal.
Overall, I would definitely go back.
I went to Dino's for lunch on Tue. There were already 2 dozens of groups when I arrived, being served by only one waiter. I later learned that other staff couldn't make it due to accident.
So the service was understandably slow, and he apologized. Fortunately, I had plenty of time and there was no other customers came in for one hour till I finish my lunch.
I ordered mushroom penne in cream sauce, and margherita pizza. Just came back from a trip in Italy last week, I'm happy and amazed to know it's possible to get decent Italian food in Port Moody. My penne was perfectly al dente, mushroom was very fresh. Mozzarella cheese on my margherita was authentic, very good texture to bite on.
They didn't have any lunch menu nor lunch special, so there's no price difference if you went for dinner. The meat dishes ($20-30) were unavailable for lunch. Pizzas and pastas were between $10 and $15, so it's very reasonable for dinner, but kind of expensive for lunch. Maybe that's why there was no other customers came in. I didn't find any other food on menu but Italian. My table got usual extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and nice foccacia as side.
For dessert, they have all Italian staples such tiramisu, gelati, etc. They of course have espresso machine.
From kinds of food they serve, they should evolve as an authentic Italian restaurant, but they have a few TVs showing sports...which gives sports bar kind of atomosphere...I don't know what direction they want to go.
I'm sure I'll be back....for dinner next time.
the place looks totally different! wow, very nice, the menu has changed too. i like the old big hearty meals better but nothing wrong with change. me and my husband will have to get used to the new look.