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Port Moody Restaurant Reviews
Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
the best chinese food in the area
By mel c of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2013 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

been going to this restaurant for years . although it is in need of an update , it does not matter as the restaurant is always busy and the food is outstanding .. always fresh and the flavor is really good .the food comes out quickly ! the egg rolls are the best that i have ever eaten ! servers are very efficient

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Horrible Service
By somereviewer of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

We went to this place around 6pm on a Saturday and it was packed.

The dishes were pretty mediocre for the price. They were small, not very well prepared and dished out poorly because of the dinner rush. Looking past this, the incident of the night that left my family and I very unhappy was when we were given the wrong dish. The server insisted that it was what we ordered, and pretty much pushed us to keep the wrong dish. The thing is, all 8 people at my table were positive we ordered the pork dish, because it was a last minute substitution (as the kitchen had run out of what we wanted originally). What was also frustrating was that the server wanted to blame us for the incorrect dish. Her actions to resolve the issue were executed poorly, to say the least. We ended up keeping the wrong dish, and my brother was very ticked off through the entire meal. We failed to receive satisfactory service until the very end of our dinner - the server realized her tips were on the line!

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Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille221 Ioco Road, #100, Port Moody
Good but needs more Greek for me
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

We had never been to Rodos before but we were visiting family in the Port and they are regulars at Rodos and wanted us to come for dinner at their favorite Greek restaurant. Except for an unfortunate incident in my 20's with a bottle of Retsina, I've always been a big fan of Greek food so we were up for it.

The owner of the restaurant, Michael I believe, greeted us at the door with a big handshake and welcome, calling our friends by their names and moving at light speed to prepare a table for us. Waitresses swooped in and never left us waiting for anything. It didn't appear we were getting any special treatment; they were equally attentive to the other tables of diners. So high marks for service.

The restaurant is cosy with blue tablecloth covered tables adorned with white plates and tea candles, and a scattering of mediterranean items around the room for decor. Fairly standard restaurant decor and background music with only a hint of Grecian inspiration. I'll admit I'm a sucker for the blue and white ceramic tiles that seem so Hellenic in other Greek restaurants.

We started with a bread basket and an olive oil/balsamic dip and a tsaziki yogurt dip.The bread and pita were excellent with the dips and we quickly devoured everything on the table. Chicken souvlaki, roast lamb, and veggie spanikopeta were on our orders. Total bill for two of us came to $48.

Overall, the food was well cooked and presented. My only gripe was the scarcity of Greek seasonings which seems to be a trend in many restaurants catering to a mixed population

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Fuji Sushi3017 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Expected More
By mugenman of Coquitlam, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

Back in our dating days, my wife and I frequented the former Fuji Sushi location along North Road, that has recently been displaced due to the Evergreen line. We have a lot of fond memories of that place and recall it being very busy with a long line of take-out customers most nights. One of the nicest thing about that restaurant was that it was run by authentic japanese that adhered to very traditional values.

We were surprised and excited to see Fuji Sushi re-open in Port Moody and soon thereafter went to try it out. The decor was an a big improvement over the former chinese restaurant that was there, although the seats/booths appeared to be the same, and were in need of repair/replacement. I am hoping that they are still in the process of overhauling the restaurant. The food, while comparatively cheap relative to nearby sushi restaurants, was not presented very well, being similar to a Sushitown or other, 'bare-bones' type establishment. The food was 'blah' - not good, not bad. We expected more given our joint recollection of Fuji sushi and hope its just the 'growing pains' of the new restaurant.

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Golphis Steak & Lobster2409 St. Johns St, Port Moody
awesome steak
By ilikefood6 of Port Coquitlam bc (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I went to Golphis on my birthday with my friends. It was a great experience, we all ordered steak because I heard it was rated best steak in all of the tri-cities. I was very happy with the meal and it was the best steak I have ever eaten. All of my friends had a great time and were satisfied with everything. The renovations are stunning and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Back of house needs an overhaul
By Red Herring of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2013 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Shame about this one, it has lots of potential but unfailingly drops the ball with mediocre food, smallish portions, spotty preparation and quality control, and very high prices that are unjustified by the product. Huge markups on drinks make consoling yourself about your bad dining choice a very costly proposition.

Service staff are unfailingly good based on my experiences here for lunches and dinners. The location is lovely, the layout and architecture work well, but let's be honest, that's not why you select a restaurant, it's all about the food.

As with other Boathouse restaurants in the city, Richmond, White Rock, and New West (been to them all in the past year) they seem to position themselves with a misguided sense of importance. Having deposited something like $1000 into their till over the past 12 months, my dinner last night at the Port Moody Boathouse has solidified my opinion that I probably won't be back, there are many places with better ambiance, much better food, and much lower markups on the drinks.

File this one under "Missed Opportunity".

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge101 Morrissey Road, #7, Port Moody
If it was just about the food...
By rabid_one of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

....then the place would rate very well, unfortunately too many problems to recommend this place.
We had a reservation, but our table wasn't ready when we arrived, in spite of the restaurant not being full.
We sat in the lounge and the waitress dropped food menus on our table and walked away. We told her we were waiting for our table in the dining room and she gave us a drink menu but no wine menu. When we asked for one she said they were all being used... but the place wasn't full, or even close?? My wife wanted a glass of bc red beyond the house wine and the waitress said they didn't have such a thing. When we did finally get a wine menu later there were at least 3 other local reds by the glass. Apparently this waitress must have been new?
Once we were seated I ordered a glass of wine to drink with my meal once I finished my beer. The waitress brought a carafe but no glass, explaining that they were out of clean glasses and she would bring one when they were ready? I ordered the Prime rib, but our waitress didn't know they were out. We both ordered steak, my wife's off the combo menu, mine a different cut from the a la carte menu. When we got the steaks, they were exactly the way you want them, except they cooked mine medium and my wife's medium rare, which was the opposite of the way we ordered them.
In all fairness the food was quite good, the sides were tasty the green beans tasted great, the steak was good, but far to many glitches for a place that aspires to be a step up from the run of the mill. My wife opined that this would be okay for a place that had recently opened, but they have been here for a couple of years, really how long do you need to work out the bugs?
2 steaks, 2 salads 2 a la carte sides, 2 glasses of wine and one beer, total: $140 before tip. I expect far more for that amount.

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Golphis Steak & Lobster2409 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Best steak and pizza ever
By alwayshungry24 of Port Coquitlam bc (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Dined in on a busy Friday night with 6 other people. Ordered lots of food i had a steak which was very tasty and all my friends were completely satisfied with the service. Restaurant looks outstanding from the inside. We enjoyed our dining in experience and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Food is so delicious. 5 star experience.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
birthday dinner
By fanfare of port coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I went here for my birthday on a Friday night. The line up wasn't too bad so we waited. We finally got in and were seated against the back wall in the corner.

We received out drink order quickly and the waitress came and took our food order fairly quickly. We had bread to start which was just ok... and then after a fair wait, our meal came.

We didnt' see the waitress again until it was time to pay the bill. I even tried to call her over but was unsuccessful.

I had the spaghetti and meatsauce. It was so bland. I was really dissapointed. I've been here a few times before and I really enjoyed it.

After this last experience I won't be in any hurry to return. I think it's really gone downhill since I was here last time.

Terrible service and bland food.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
I could have eaten somewhere amazing for what we ended up paying.
By redhairedgrrrl of East Vancouver, BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

The Boathouse has such potential to be good- Access to great ingredients, a huge gorgeous kitchen, attentive staff. You know, all the things that can make an eatery great.

But.

And it's a HUGE but.

It was a large party for a birthday celebration. We were seated off to the side in a "private" area. Sadly, it was right next to the windows, and right under the speakers- freezing and superloud. The music was kinda clubby, mixed with power ballads from the '90's. Not the greatest, but not the worst. And not really conducive to conversation.

Service was fine- Our server seemed busy, as her section was spread far and wide. She was great checking for refills and ensuring wine was topped up.

The food, however, was terrible. The only redeeming item we had was the calamari- Nice and piping hot, not rubbery at all, with flavourful dips and light breading. The maple planked salmon entree was overcooked and weirdly sweet- not maple-sweet, more artificially sweet, and the wild rice was bland- no seasoning at all. The market fish duo was incinerated- the salmon dry and crumbly, the steelhead so-so. The potatoes were undercooked, almost crunchy, and the veg mushy and overcooked.

We could have requested new plates, but by the time they arrived, we were far too hungry to wait much longer. Lesson learned- we'll never be back to any eatery in this franchise.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge101 Morrissey Road, #7, Port Moody
It is not expensive
By Hank of maple RIdge BC Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

After spending over $150 at a well known steakhouse recently, I was recomended by a soccer buddy to give Onyx a go. Why he said it was expensive I have no idea. 1 appy, 2 complete entree's, 1 desset and a bottle of wine for just under $100 all in!!! Great steaks and an even better wine selection. We hope to return soon.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
overpriced mediocre food and service, I do not recommend
By HSW1 of SURREY (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

We went here for an early dinner on a saturday evening. They were not fully booked. Still service was slow and inattentive. Long wait between the appetizer and the main course. I ordered the stuffed wild salmon. The salmon i received was the smallest driest salmon i have ever eaten in a restaurant. For a seafood restaurant, they should be embarrassed to serve this. I have had better salmon at the white spot!. dinner included the tiny piece of salmon a couple of stalks of broccolini and a scoop of mashed potatoes $26.99. My hubby had the miso halibut which was at least moist but with a couple of pieces of broocolini and a bit of rice overpriced at $32.99. Waitress checks on us when we are almost finished, " how are the first few bites?"-a little late to be asking that. Have to ask for a coffee refill it is not offfered and that takes another 5-10 minutes. Cant understand how this restaurant stays in business, food and service is so mediocre, and overpriced. UNIMPRESSED and would NOT recommend it!

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Go to Charlie's!!!
By greenlight of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

We have been here many times as a couple and with family and friends. Everytime we have had outstanding meals. Everyone we have taken there has returned on their own. The portions are very plentiful and flavourful. This is real authentic HOMEMADE Mexican food! The owner, Charlie, is the main waiter and his wife is the cook. Charlie can be a bit hard to understand with his thick Mexican accent and can come across as a little eccentric but he is very kind. Don't expect a 5 star ambiance but you can expect a nice comfortable, quiet place to enjoy a quality meal. Go to Charlie's!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Worst pre-Christmas dinner experience for a 30-year experienced restaurant!
By andresbuy of Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 1:35am [Dine in]

First of all, we didn't see the $30 Holiday Group menu until we asked the server, she asked me if I booked early and if I was "offered" the special. Well, when I saw this promotion, I booked via OpenTable on Oct 3, well before the expiry date of end of Oct. Then she has to inquire it with the manager, that part was fine.

Service was below par, server was particular too lazy to walk around the table to place the utensils or plates of food, everything were handed over across from me and I had to "receive" the items myself and I wonder where is the service coming from with that 15% gratuity? The tips wasn't even worth 5% in my honest opinion.

When it comes to dessert time, Créme bruleé is supposed to be creamy like pudding! But the one we have is just like a over cooked pound cake! While leaving the restaurant, we had to wait for our party to use the restroom, the sign at the reception clearly says all guests in your party will also receive a Gift Certificate for 2 Brunch Mimosas to use in the new year, and we weren't given during the check. When I asked the reception, she had to search for our reservations I made thinking I was here to lie for a coupon for 2 Brunch Mimosas? Even thou we were given these coupons in the end but a very unpleasant for the pre-Christmas dinner.

After getting home, the friend who dined with us had taken a photo of the menu, then I just noticed the coffee or tea was included; we were NOT offered or asked what we would like during the order of our food in the beginning.

Thank you for giving a very unpleasant experience!!!

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Charlie's2517 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Fast, Friendly and Delicious
By Nom Nom Nom of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2012 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

I was hesitant to try this place after seeing some of the reviews. The place is pretty small but very cute. Our appy was out within minutes and our meal followed shortly, even though the place was packed! Our server was really nice and the owner (I'm guessing?) came back many times to see how things were and joke around. I'm very glad to have tried this place and so happy to not have to drive to Vancouver for some delicious Mexican!

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Nicolelina's Cafe2838 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Top Drawer
By DaveW of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

As a local who would rather spend my $ locally I very much regularly enjoy Nicolelina's Cafe. The proprietors are warm, courtious, friendly and provide GOOD grub! This place is by far the best small to medium food joint in the 'hood! A mixture of local and exotic menu items and good coffee makes this the place to stop on your way to work or on your way home.

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Golphis Steak & Lobster2409 St. Johns St, Port Moody
2 hour wait for cold pizza
By Beetlejuice of Coquitlam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:24pm [Delivery]

the name says it all... when we placed the call initially, we asked how long. She said under an hour. So, after an hour and 45 mins, I gave them a call. He said it left 2 minutes ago. When I said again that it has been almost 2 hours and that the lady told us it would be an hour he basically just blamed it on her. When the pizza arrived, it was cold and not great. probably tasted better than it was since we were so hungry.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge101 Morrissey Road, #7, Port Moody
Third and maybe our last visit
By Tri-city Dinners of Port Coquitlam bc (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

We have attended two company Christmas Parties at the Coquitlam location, with one visit of our own in-between. Our first visit was favorable, hence our return visit on a normal Saturday night some months later.

Briefly, at our second visit the restaurant was extremely busy and the only table available was in the bar. The first problem was that a significant number of dinner items on the menu were "sold out" and no longer available. Having placed our order, it took over close to 2 hours to get any bread and 3 hours to get our dinner. In between, service was not existent.

We again attended for a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8, 2012 with an early start The restaurant was for the most party not busy at all when we arrived, and never completely fill to capacity, though was certainly busier later on.

We were seated up stairs. While the restaurant itself is nice, the up stairs becomes very warm, and in general very noisy.

We were a large group with up to three servers attending to our needs, plus a young lad that filled water glasses. We were choosing dinner from a set menu. Initially they were very good with drink service, but as the restaurant below became busier, our service slowed.

It looking at the wine list, we noticed that more than half of the wines had a red dot over the price. The waitress explained that the restaurant buys the "end of the bin" as a result only gets a limited supply of the various wines. The red dots meant the wines was not available. We would rate the wine list as having quite a poor selection.

It was close to an hour and half before they took our dinner order, and then a total of two and half hours plus, before dinner started to arrive. Not all meals came up at once, and at our table there was a problem with one meal that was not plated properly for someone that was lactose intolerant, (this was corrected but took about 5 to 10 minutes). I had a soup starter, but had to ask for a spoon as there were none on the table.

The food in general was good and we have no problems with the kitchen.

The pre-ordered desert was slow to arrive after dinner, a good 30 to 45 minutes after people had finished their dinners. Desert was served without anyone having cutlery which again, had to be requested. Coffee was never offered, had to be requested, and arrived after most had finished desert.

It appeared about half of our servers had no experience at all and were supervised by one or two that maybe had some limited experience. The servers did respond quickly when requested, and did appear to be trying their best, but the restaurant definitely needs much more experience servers and better front of the house management.

For the price, this restaurant comes no where close to the Key, Boathouse, Earls etc. It has great potential, but there has to be a dramatic improvement in its service to get us back, not to mention the others at our table. The consensus from our group, was that the Christmas Party needs to be booked somewhere else.

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St. James's Well248 Newport Drive, Port Moody
"Our" Pub
By LadyQ of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Husband and I are relatively new to Port Moody and we like to have "our" pub so the search began. This place is great! The full time servers are fantastic. I think they have part time servers on Sundays because that's the only time we aren't given impecable service - still decent but not amazing.
We like to stop here on the way home from the office and we are always seated right away and our servers offer more drinks before we've gotten to the bottoms of our glasses. The service is great!
Husband and I are both impressed that we can actually get proper black and tans here as well as black and golds and crown floats. These are basically layered beers and they're hard to find!
The food is almost always excellent. I'm not crazy about the lamb sliders but that's because I don't like lamb lol. Their nachos are amazing as is the Steak and Guiness pie and the turkey brie sandwich.
They do have a few TV sets here but they aren't obtrusive so you can watch a game without being bombarded by it.

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Saint St Grill2514 St. Johns St, Port Moody
A Favourite!
By LadyQ of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

My husband and I tried this place on a whim. We had just moved to the area and were out for a walk and decided to have dinner here.
Wow. I LOVE this place! The atmosphere is quirky and elegant. Basically it reminds me of what I think the attic in an art gallery would be like. There's so much to look at and it's pure awesome. The service is outstanding. We are usually served by the same woman each time and she is fantastic. She and the other servers know the menu very well and make coming here that much more enjoyable.
The food is excellent. My husband likes to try new things every time we come here and I like to stick with my favourites. We've enjoyed everything from the crab cakes to the steaks to the deserts.
This isn't really the place for someone who doesn't like slightly quirky; it's a place with personality. It's not a stuffy establishment with a muted grand piano in the corner and whispering servers nor is it a loud trendy place like Joey's or Cactus Club. It's a place that's romantic, whimiscal and pure magic. Definitely keep it in mind for a special night out!

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