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cnewwestNew WestminsterSince December 2, 200728 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Friendly Service, Good food, Great Experience.
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

After watching a sporting event, my wife and I were looking for a place to have late night snack. On the way to Yaletown, we got full on nailed by a wall of water from a car hitting a puddle. Because we were busy yakking, a huge amount of water ended up in both of our mouths. A couple of 20somethings across the street were trying to stifle their laughs. I would probably laugh too, as we were both drenched from head to toe, while wandering around an expensive part of the city. I imagine locals know the puddle. First world problem.

We showed up at Rodney’s looking gross and mucky…. almost like an umbrella on the floor of a bus. The hostess had trouble finding us a spot, but a server intervened and seated us. After hearing our first world suffering, he got us some drinks and menu’s.

The appies were great, especially the smoked salmon and indian candy, and the oysters were as advertised. The server comped some our bill because “he felt guilty about splashing someone with a puddle years ago”. That is kick but friendly service that will have us coming back. Anyone can shuck and serve oysters and drinks – the food speaks for itself. However, when the service is great, the food tastes better.

While looking at some of the other reviews, service seems to have been inconsistent. Maybe we caught this waiter on a good day, but I don’t think so.

We left soaking wet and uncomfortable, but at least we were satisfied with the service and food at Rodney’s.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Been here three times, and this review is a mix of the three experiences.
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

Our first visit here, the food and service was solid. Great service and fresh food - busy location. Second visit, a decent experience, but we started to feel that the restaurant is becoming a successful based on reputation and the marketing of Costco gift cards.

On our last visit, we did not intend to go to Coast, but we were walking by and asked about the oyster special. One of the managers said that they would still honour it even though it ended minutes earlier, and gave us a coupon for the special. He spoke to the server who sort of sneered at it, and then server proceeded to make things awkward throughout the rest of the evening. We have had this waiter before, and were a little surprised by the cold reception. The managers and hosts continued to be friendly, but the server seemed disconnected to them and to us. My wife ordered a wine pairing meal, and each time, the plates came well before the wine. She had slowly finished one of her plates well before the wine arrived. The server also intentionally did not honour the food special the manager offered. We didn’t complain, because we did not want to make things even more awkward. Food is decent enough, but there is a lot of decent food out there. First world problems? Yes, we know, but we are paying big bucks and tipping generously.

We’re going to give the place a pass for a little while as we did not feel we got good value for our dining dollar.

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Oyster Seafood & Rawbar475 Howe Street, #502, Vancouver
Small place, small plates, good specials….
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 11:53am [Dine in]

This tiny restaurant creates an intimate dining experience where you almost feel part of a private function. If you do not have reservations, be prepared to go somewhere else as it fills quickly, and if you do have reservations, please honour them so that you do not deprive someone else the opportunity to dine there. There is not a TV behind the bar, which may be a pleasant surprise for some.

Food plates are small, yet creative. A bit on the pricey side, but the food specials and oyster happy hours can make the experience a reasonable value. The Dungeness crab special on a Saturday night was a decent surprise. Service is adequate, and the servers do appear to appreciate the food. They can be on the slow side when there are several orders of oysters to shuck.

We will return!

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Drinks and Appies... and a place to sit.
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

People seem to like this place. It is good place to come in and “sit” if you prefer more of a pub atmosphere rather than Earl’s or Catus club, and want to avoid the Yaletown or Granville scene.

First off, the staff is great. For this particular evening, our server was attentive and fun… but not too fun… just good enough to know that you are being taken care of. Bartenders and kitchen staff seem to be in a good mood.

The first bit of beer we had was flat, but the company I was with was willing to ignore the “off” carbonation. After the second helping, we changed brands. Beer costs a lot, it better be good!

The food was a real let down. It looks like the kitchen staff is working with “standards” that ensure that the food could only be consistently average. Everything appeared formulatic, and I could have had a similar dining experience at a suburban pub somewhere in Alberta. The pizza was presented well, but did not have a memorable flavor. Our dining companions did not finish their Caesar salad or the hotwings. Nothing wrong with the food – just really bland, and expensive. It works out to over a dollar per wing! Not a super value, and nothing exciting to try. Give this menu a workover, and challenge your kitchen staff.

The ambiance depends on which room you are in. We were in a large room near the kitchen. It looked like a decor battle between a faux Irish Pub and an Italian chain restaurant with a Boston Pizza feel. Bleah. Sit near the entrance if you can. During the evening, the Canucks were on, but the volume was at a reasonable level so the game could be enjoyed along with conversation for those not into the game. Everyone was satisfied with this arrangement.

The service was good, and we were comfortable. We will be back.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
What sets this place apart from the many others?
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

The sushi here is better than average. I have had a lot better, but also a lot worse. For example, they don't try get away with serving pre-made cold dynamite rolls as some other places do. If I wanted those, I would have stopped by Costco on the way home and picked up a sushi package.

As for the quality of the fish, it is generally fresh (as it should be!). I think that at times they served sockeye in their rolls, but I am not 100% sure, and I suspect that most of the time it is the same farmed junk that most sushi restaurants serve. You can't always easily tell by the color and fat content. I will need to ask the next time I order. However, I know that they used to offer wild sockeye sashimi here. Anyway, diners are now faced with ethical questions when eating ANY type of salmon now.

The teriyaki and noodle dishes are fine, and will satisfy those who do not have a taste for sushi. The ambiance is just "ok" when eating in. The restaurant is usually busy with couples, and the wait staff is generally satisfactory. There is reasonable pricing here.

I have given this place 5 stars for their delivery service. We have ordered several times from this restaurant, and they have yet to foul up our order. Only twice has the length of time with delivery been unreasonable and exceeded 45 minutes. Delivery is courteous and correct. Two people can get food delivery from here a good price.

Thumbs up to this place for being a neighborhood restaurant that provides value.

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Roxy Burger910 Granville Street, Vancouver
It's a burger place!
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 10:59am [Dine in]

It's a burger place in the middle of the "action" if you are in the middle of your 20s. Fair food and a fair price for a "sit down and hang out for a bit" meal.

I give it good marks for ambiance because of the location. If your group is delayed or having trouble deciding where to go, you still feel that you are out downtown on the Granville strip. Mind you there are always people that would rather just pick up a hotdog, and spend their evening waiting in line to get into some overrated club. I am not missing those days! But back to Roxy Burger...

During the day, it is a lazy, mellow place, to people watch. There seems to be a lot of regulars and people in the service industry stopping by. The only issue with this place during the day, is that you will probably need a nap after eating here.

However, if I want a burger and beer downtown, Roxy Burger will fit the bill a lot better than some of the pubs.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Burneurope
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have been meaning to try this place for some time, and we figured Valentine's Day without reservations would be the perfect night. We got seated near a door, but we were satisfied seeing that it was short notice.

Right away we noticed that everyone was speaking Serbian (I think). For a while, it seemed that my wife and I were the only ones speaking English in this packed restaurant. The customers and restaurant staff seemed to know each other, and there appears to be a lot of "regulars".

Right away, we felt that the prices were reasonable, and that money would be no object here. Food and drinks came out quickly, but we were not served water.

I had the raznjici (a shishkebab type of thing) and my wife had a mushroom schnitzel dish. While I enjoyed my dish, I generally thought the flavour was on the mild side. I enjoyed a sample of my wife's dish, and she was very satisfied. Being Valentine's Day, she wanted to try the sausage, but she had to save that for the next visit. The portions were large for the price, and this was very pleasing. The Greek salads that came with the dinners were fresh and flavorful.

The live music (in Serbian) was ok, not too loud, and fitted the ambiance. The service was efficient, but I generally would have to get the wait staff's attention if we wanted anything. However, they were very busy, and they still managed to be polite and quick.

We will return because this place provides excellent value and something a little different.

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Boston Pizza20090 91A Avenue, Building D, Langley
Spending time with friends or going home...
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

I only come here when the company that keep demands convenience. I try to offer alternatives, but sadly this place has good hours, and easy to find locations... much like gas stations.

The food is just ok. I really only eat the pepperoni pizza here. The alfredo pizza is horrid to look at, and from what my friends say, even worse to eat. Generally though, the food is rather bland. The prices are bloated for what you get, even though they have "specials".

Speaking of bloated, the beer they have on tap is limited to the big brewery that they have a contract with. Overpriced too.

Service is OK, friendly enough...

Come here to watch a game? No way.... go to Jimy Mac's Pub instead.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Good Value
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Went here in a large group, complete with young children. We all left satisfied.

This place adds to the street scene in downtown New Westminster. Aldo's has a cozy family feel to it, and you are welcomed as you come in. The food is simple, and appears to be fresh.

All of us started with salads. They were on the "safe" side, and generally delivered as described. A good portion with fresh and simple ingredients. I don't know how some places screw up salad, but some really do. You can win friends with salad. The bread and butter was sort of Safewayish though.

Various pasta dishes were all acceptable, and satisfying. Not the best we have had, but none of us were feeling that we could have done better with some fancy brands of sauce and pasta bought at Costco or Urban Fare. The owner came and asked us how things were, which was a nice touch. Server was reasonably attentive.

Good value for the money, but we forgot to bring our Entertainment Coupon. If we did, the evening would have been an incredible value.

I have been here before, and will return.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Yeah! Ok!
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I had a lot to eat here, and I really don’t remember the names of the dishes that I was eating and sharing. With the exception of the karaage, I enjoyed everything. And the karaage looked good, it may be a matter of personal preference. The gyozas were tasty though; not oily, overdone, or overwhelmed by their fillings.

Good cheerful service and reasonable value.

Yeah!

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Like a “factory”, I suppose…
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

The only reason I seem to go here, is that every once and a while, I am with a large group downtown. Service is their strength, and the key to their longevity.

The food…. it has not changed in years, and unfortunately, it has never really been “comfort food” for anyone over 12… well maybe for a few still weaning themselves off of Chef Boyardee. Mind you, Chef Boyardee provides more flavor - and Boiardi was a real person! I strongly suspect that the OSF is not a real factory. Who wants to eat at a factory anyway?

Hit and miss with the salad and bread… pasta and sauce is bland, so bland that you foolishly are tempted to pepper and parmesan your meal to at least give it some artistic quality.

Not particularly that great of a deal cost wise for large groups when you consider the quality, but it is simple and those whose palates will not tolerate Japanese, Chinese, or Greek, will find something “safe” on the menu for them to order. Those crunched for time can rely on good, quick, service.

Will I be back? Sadly, yes, and unfortunately I will be eating.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
Circular piece of fabric with a hole cut away for head
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Ok, we cannot take Pancho's for more than what it is. It is an inexpensive eating option downtown.

When we arrived it was moderately busy, and my friend and I quickly stole a desired, but unreserved table. Glad we did, because five minutes later, the line up was out the door and we had hungry masses watching us eating our food for the remainder of the time. Close the door people - are you in or out?!

Took a bit of time get our beer and the did not have draught, but the simple and salty nachos were brought out quickly. The simple salsa had a kick to it, which was a welcome change from the bland stuff that is usually served to please the "it's too spicey" crowd who would be better off traveling with packets of Taco Bell salsa.

Entrees were brought out quickly. TexMex style fajitas and burritos, but lived up to expectations. The meat used was ok, but not wonderful, and more shells had to be asked for.

Service was with a smile, and the friendliness made up for any shortcomings. The staff genuinely appeared to enjoy serving their customers - even the ones patiently waiting for seats.

Good value. I will probably return with my wife who enjoys TexMex food.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips2800 Murray St, Port Moody
Siren of the Beach
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Looked good, tasted ok, didn't sit well.

My wife and I ate here.... and we both were sick the next day. I will spare the details, but I am sure it was the Pajo's. Tasted worse the second time through.

I am not sure how the line-up worked, as it was a little chaotic. But I suppose it is a fish and chips stand. Birds attacking added to the fun.

Will we be back?

Of course.... "fish and chips" are the sirens of this beach.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Fair Place, Fair Price
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 10:44am [Dine in]

My wife and I have visited this place a few times over the years. She seems to remember the food being "better" than what I remembered it to be.

However, since we had an Entertainment Coupon I did not mind saving a few bucks for a "fine dining" experience. Yeah, I can be kinda cheap.

My wife had a chicken dish, and I had a prawns, sablefish, and salmon dish. Everything was overdone and the chicken was dry. Nothing burnt, just overdone. Great presentation though.

Service was ok, but took a bit to bring our drinks and take orders. Friendly enough.

The view is interesting and enjoyable. It would be better at sunset, because I night, all you can really see is the port. Still, you cannot beat a water view. In the early evening, this view would be top-notch.

Will we be back? Maybe... the coupon makes this place a decent and fair value.

But until then, we have other places to try first.

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
Pretty Good!
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 11:39am [Dine in]

It is always more difficult to review a place after it has been raved about as outside influences are surprisingly powerful - just like their ad in the back of the local rag.

Went out for a birthday dinner with a group of 6. The food suited all palates.... those who wanted something adventurous to those just wanting gut-rot Western style Chinese food. The almond chicken was a treat (not gut-rot!).

Only complaints were that some dishes were way to salty, and that they did not have draft beer to wash the salt away.

Good value for the dollar. We left feeling full, but not overstuffed and greasy.

I am glad to have this restaurant in my neighborhood.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza...
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Great Family Place

Good pizza, and good for family fun.

A good deal when you go to the restaurant, but a little pricey for delivery.

The owners of this location let you know that this place is kid friendly, but they are also willing to accommodate adult sports teams out for their fill of pizza n' beer. Seats are a bit uncomfortable, but I suppose it is a pizza parlor.

We will continue to return to this location. Maybe I am biased, but I really enjoy their pizza.

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Me-N-Ed'S Pizza Parlor1121 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
Great Family Place
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Good pizza, and good for family fun.

A good deal when you go to the restaurant, but a little pricey for delivery.

The owners of this location let you know that this place is kid friendly, but they are also willing to accommodate adult sports teams out for their fill of pizza n' beer. Seats are a bit uncomfortable, but I suppose it is a pizza parlor.

We will continue to return to this location. Maybe I am biased, but I really enjoy their pizza.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Location, Location, Location
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Top notch location and welcoming interior, but a little pricey for average food. Good beer and and OK wine list. Even though we were seated in a lousy location (when other seat were available), we still felt that we were part of the enjoyable scenery.

I would not go here for the food, but if I was entertaining out of town guests, I would bring them here instead of a similarly priced place such as the Keg. The ambiance is worth it. I used to live in the area, and love to be reminded of my time there.

Service was decent and we were generally satisfied.

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Many other places to try....
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

After hearing about this place for years, and observing line ups, I wanted to give this a place a try.

Came in after the dinner rush, and found the tables to be kind of grungy. Not a huge deal, but noted.

Food was OK. Reasonably priced, but a little more greasy, sugary, and saltier than expected.

Staff started to clean up, wash up, and stack chairs when our food arrived. Hey - if you don't want to serve later customers, then don't.

Lots of other places to try before I come back.

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Gillnetter Pub, The1864 Argue St, Port Coquitlam
Hard to Argue with Scenic Location
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

On the river facing the mountains? Truly awesome view - much better than many of its competitors located beside industrial parking lots. Neat building that does fill up quickly.

Food is average... not memorable for right or wrong reasons. Beer selection is average. Mixed crowd.

It is not really a party place, but that is ok.... on a sunny afternoon, you can really make yourself comfortable here.

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