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al4511CoquitlamSince June 20, 20102 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Falconetti's1812 Commercial St., Vancouver
Poor (hostile!) service and disappointing music venue
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

A group of four of us went to Falconetti's for the first time to watch our friends' band play. We arrived an hour and a half prior to the band's start time on stage, so we decided to sit for our dinner on the upstairs patio, which was a nice spot to take in the sunny evening and the view. There were only a few occupied tables upstairs, but the server took close to 15 minutes to come to our table. She spent most of the time we were there somewhat obliviously leaning against the bar conversing with the bartender who wasn't doing much either since there were few customers. Our drinks were slow to arrive, despite having a dedicated bar and bartender on the patio, and it was over an hour before our dinner was served. The food wasn't very good (salad served onto a hot plate so it was wilted and warm, lamb chops were overcooked and leathery, sausage had weird tendony bits) but we were really just there for the music. Since we were there for the music, and since Falconetti's describes itself as "one of Vancouver's premier Live Music Venues", we were surprised that when the band did take the stage the patio kept playing the same pop-hip-hop music over the speakers, sort of 70% overpowering the live music, but making for a horrible mixture of competing sounds. Since our food arrived JUST as the band took the stage, we asked the server if it would be possible to have the recorded music turned off so we could hear the live music since the band were our friends. She went and turned it off....for about three minutes and then turned the recorded music back on much louder than previously. When this happened we begrudgingly scarfed down a minute or so worth of our dinners and I went up to the bar and requested our bill. When the server brought the bill, my husband asked why the recorded music had been turned back on, to which the server replied "well, nobody liked the music". This seemed like a dumb thing to say since we had identified ourselves as friends of the band, but also the only other people on the patio were two couples, one to either side of us, and neither of them had commented on the band or the other music. Perhaps reading our displeased expressions, she the then said "I mean, well, people don't really like to listen to the band up here". I then said that if our food and drink had not taken so long we would be happily seated downstairs already. We settled our bill, leaving a minimal gratuity. We found a table downstairs to watch the band, and a few minutes later the bartender from the patio came to our table and yelled at my husband, saying "I don't appreciate you coming here and f**king chewing out my waitress". It was shocking and bizarre and in now way an appropriate response to our comments to our server which were delivered in a normal, non-yelling, non-cursing fashion. Nevertheless we stayed and watched the rest of the band's set and the next band's set, and were also disappointed in the acoustics of the room. We have listened to our friends play at various venues and the sound at Falconetti's was just poor. The second band didn't sound any better. Overall, we couldn't have been more surprised and disappointed by our night at Falconetti's.

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Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille221 Ioco Road, #100, Port Moody
A favourite place to go to for years...
Submitted Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

My family has been going to Rodos for lunches and dinners since it opened. Before that we frequented the Lighthouse in Port Coquitlam, which was Michael, the owner's, previous restaurant. We have also gone to Rodos several times for our company's annual staff lunch. The food is always great and the portions typical of Greek...usually too big to finish. Michael is always attentive and definitely sincere about his guests' experiences. Sometimes the serving and kitchen staff/service is more efficient than other times but this can be a challenge in smaller, family run restaurants. More importantly the atmosphere is warm and authentic, and our experiences have always been good ones. I came to this site today to look up Rodos' number to call and make a reservation for 9 of us for my Grandmothers' birthday.

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