Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]
Not sure about the rave reviews from the last two posts. Those are very very glowing reports. My wife and I went there the other week as we just moved to the area. I agree with Scottshaft that the décor is in need of an upgrade but I like the space and windows (which unfortunately highlights the stains previously mentioned). That said it is a pub and not fine dining so you can expect a few marks here and there.
As for food, well I found it to be very substandard and not the haute cuisine described below. We had the Spanish dip and it was OK and different but the Canadian burger I had was atrocious. The meat (if you want to call it that) was like cardboard and super greasy and very pale grey in color. When mixed with the cheap mayonnaise it did not make an appetizing combo. Blue cheese salad dressing for my side salad was of poor quality too. My wife had a Caesar chicken wrap and said it was poor as well. I tried he fries and they were very greasy. Maybe the oil wasn’t hot enough.
I know it is a pub and not up for a Michelin Star but Eclipse has been left in the dark by other pubs I’ve been to in the area.
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Submitted Monday, March 12, 2007 - 8:45pm [Dine in]
I have been to River’s Reach quite a few times since it opened back 10 years ago or so. The pluses of the place are the ambiance and the food and beer. I have not been to many pubs that have Humus and Tzatziki as an appy or a decent chilli and the Fire Hall burger is a winner. The beer list is great too, Guinness, Kilkenny, Heineken. The décor has to be up there with the best in the GVRD. Nice wood work, stone fireplaces, great old photos of New West etc. It is always packed which is a good sign too.
That said, what is up with the servers? Most are grumpy and won’t give you the time of day. I’m not sure why they all look so unfriendly. It’s not just me either. Many people I have spoken with have mentioned the same thing. This is the service industry, being somewhat friendly is part of the job. It’s too bad because if they were to lob the odd “hi, how are you today” once in a while this pub would hit it out of the park in my opinion. May the owners don’t care as the place is packed all the time. Just my take.
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Food is great, ambiance is nice and the service is poor.
Submitted Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 8:18pm [Dine in]
Before we dined here a few weeks back I did some research and concur with the general feeling of the Pear Tree. Food is great, ambiance is nice and the service is poor.
I counted 14 tables and 4 servers. A good ratio. We were seated and it took a server about 10 minutes to come by our table to order our drinks. I thought that was a bit poor. My wife who doesn’t like wine or most alcoholic beverages for that matter ordered a Long Island and I ordered a scotch. The server didn’t think they made a Long Island (but never found out) and said I think we have Glenfiddich and maybe Chivars. I said you mean Chivas and I’ll have the Glenfiddich. Another server came to our table to drop off the slice each of bread. Then another server took our meal order. Then another server brought some more cutlery. We saw all four. Then the server who took our drink order brought our drinks after 10 minutes. I had also observed her dropping off cutlery etc. at other tables in the mean time. Our food was brought before I finished my scotch and the wine I had asked for with my appetizer was brought as I finished it.
I have to say that the food was great. I had the scallops with risotto which was excellent and the halibut also excellent. Too bad the service didn’t match the food. Many restaurants in the lower mainland have that combination.
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