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RetiredGuyWalnut GroveSince September 30, 200918 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
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Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
Red Robin6141 200th St., Langley
Nothing memorable
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

We attended the Langley Red Robin with a party of eleven on a Saturday noon time. It has been a very long time since I have eaten there. Now I remember why. I will not review everyone's meal selection but relate my experience. I initially ordered a pasta dish stating I do not like al dente pasta and asked if they would overcook it for me. The waitress told me that could not be done as all pasta comes to the restaurant already cooked. Huh? I then ordered a prime rib beef dip. Very disappointing. It looked and tasted like prepackaged, precooked, and pre portioned packages that were simply reheated. The dip came in a very small bowl and the fries were not that good at all. I doubt if there was a half of a potato worth of wedges upright in a bowl. My wife ordered the grilled ham and cheese saying it tasted greasy and must have been passed over the grill from a great height. Credit where credit is due and our wait staff were on top of things although I am wrestling with the idea of precooked pasta being used. I won't blame them for the food quality or portions. I walked by the entrance doors two or three times, chasing my grandson trying to teach him that it is not OK to run around in a restaurant. I observed large crowds of people waiting in the lobby and on the outdoor entrance patio, yet there were a lot of empty tables and booths. The whole concept made me think it was a place to graze, get in-get out and food was secondary to them. One last thought. I understand that noisy restaurants are the current trend and they lived up to that. Hard to have a conversation with anyone not sitting right next to you. I guess it will be a long time before I go back again.

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Dot's Cafe20567 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Old fahioned cafe
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

Dot's reminds me of forgotten neighborhood cafes. That is good in this case. Menu items are inexpensive which is of course different than cheap. A nice family run business, where all staff are friendly. It is a bright, clean place where people genuinely seem to enjoy the selection. We often stop in for breakfast and once in awhile for lunch. Better than a lot of the chain joints that abound these days. If you are looking for trendy though, don't go. It can be hard to find a seat sometimes.

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Townhall Public House19640 64th Ave, #101, Langley
Reservation policy
Submitted Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 6:01am [Dine in]

Having recently found a sister pub to this location and being impressed, we tried to have dinner at the Langley location. Granted it was Friday afternoon at 4:45 PM when we stopped there so I understood it would be busy. Just the two of us. Greeted as we walked in looking for table. My comment is with the reservation policy. The only open tables all had reservation signs on them. Really? In a pub? We had sat down and then saw that the table was reserved, as were several tables around us. In my opinion, you can't be comfortable at a table with such a sign as you are worried about being able to eat and be ready to leave before the people who reserved the table arrive. If they arrive early, am I expected to vacate the table immediately? At the end of the day, this is a pub that we chose to leave because of the reservation policy. We went to another place with open tables and spent our money there. Being that it is a pub with what I assume to be decent food, I can't say I am a fan of being able to reserve a table. I will gladly go back to the sister establishment but doubt I will go back to the Langley location now.

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Duke of Dublin33720 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Now closed
Submitted Monday, October 21, 2013 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Closed due to alleged license and customer control problems. Now part of the Townhall Public house group. Stopped by last Sunday and found the service, food, atmosphere to be pretty good. Smart staff, caring manager, and knowledgeable staff. Food prices were fair. The neighbourhood seems to be much better than my last visit two years ago. Very crowded and we found one of only two empty tables. That's a good sign. We were told they have been open for only three weeks.

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Kalma Family Restaurant20555 56 Avenue, #9, Langley
Time to pull the plug
Submitted Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 8:34am [Dine in]

We have been eating here for many years and through several owners. It used to be a good old fashioned restaurant with decent food, service and prices. Now it it just a restaurant with poor food. Never had a problem with any of the wait staff but a lot of the old timers are gone now.

We stopped in last Saturday while running errands. First appearances count and many, many specials are taped to the windows to attract customers. It is off putting. Service is so slow it is painful. Oddly, the place is often busy.

The coffee is awful, utensils cheap, a menu that offers far too many items. We were informed that a week day special is now available on weekends. We chose to have breakfast. My hash browns were so dry and overcooked I could have used them as sandpaper, cold too. Bacon was the same.

I was checking others plates and commented that the stove seems to have two settings. Off and burned. It was not all bad. The toast was OK.

It seems to be worse on each visit so the time has come for me to pull the plug on this place. It's too bad considering what it used to be.

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Rustica's Ristorante9339 Main Street, Chilliwack
A good recommendation
Submitted Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:39am [Dine in]

Family members asked us to meet them here for dinner. Located in the "downtown" part of Chilliwack there is lots of free parking for evening meals. The decor is modern and clean, with the obligatory red and white checkered tablecloths and subdued lighting. Italian music plays softly in the background, permitting ease of conversation at tables. A good sign is that the washrooms are spotless.

The menu is of course Italian and a decent number of items are on offer. I had the veal and mushroom sauce and was very pleased with the presentation and more importantly the flavors. The chocolate mousse was very good as well. Wine was ordered from a sufficient menu. Side dish portions were just right and prepared wonderfully.

There were four in our party, two of which dine there frequently. At the end of the day, no one had any complaints and all vowed to return at some point. They appear to do a brisk business in the take away department too.

The wait staff were attentive without being bothersome and know their business. Both had pleasant personalities that made us feel welcome. The folks of Chilliwack are indeed fortunate to have this restaurant. I believe it would be a good place for a romantic dinner.

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Ricky's8720 204th Street, Langley
Eerie
Submitted Monday, April 22, 2013 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

I last reviewed this restaurant in 2009 and it was not a kind review then either.

First appearance revealed empty newspaper boxes, patio railings that looked ready to fall over and a general feeling that the place had gone bankrupt and closed.

We arrived at 5:45 PM to find only one car in the parking lot, Not a good sign. It looked like it was closed but on trying the door it was indeed open for business. There was only one couple seated. The staff are all friendly enough but...After being seated I asked the hostess/greeter a simple question regarding the menu. She became quite flustered and stammered that I could ask the waitress.

I ordered ribs and pasta, specifying three times that I wanted pesto sauce. When my order arrived the sauce looked and tasted like alfredo sauce. I asked what the difference was in their restaurant between alfredo and pesto sauce. I was informed that they use a mixture of alfredo and pesto. Huh? The pork ribs were more pink than I prefer.

My wife ordered the turkey dinner. I asked her about it. It looked like stove top dressing mix, the veg were overcooked, and instant potatoes. I could have gone to the local grocery store and bought packaged dinner items that would have been as good. I expect a bit more from a restaurant for a fifty dollar cost.

Considering that they are on the same plot of land as a hotel who do not have a restaurant I expected they would be much busier. By the time we left, not one other customer came through the doors. Apparently they all know something that I don't.

No reason to go back for another four years I suppose.

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Wendel's Cafe & Bookstore9233 Glover Road, #103, Langley
Disappointed this time
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

While baby sitting a few days ago, we took our three year old Grand Daughter to Wendel's so we could all have lunch. I like Wendel's. Always have. But what a disappointment that day. I understand that a huge population explosion has happened all around the Fort. I get it that is was the first nice day in a long time so it was just getting busy as we arrived. This combination book store/restaurant is a tiny place and generally has pretty good food value. But really people - learn how to line up to order your food and/or meals. Standing between the cash point and the coffee condiment table waiting for your order or to place your order is just plain dumb. Move aside for goodness sakes or get in line with everyone else. To all the young ladies, if you don't want people stepping on your purse - don't leave in on the floor on the walk way. Anyway, when my meal arrived I was helping the little one with her drink and sandwich while I was nibbling at my brunch. The fried potatoes were really tasty for the first couple of bites. Within a few seconds they cooled and went so hard and tasteless I left them on the plate. How can you do that to fried potatoes? Of course I will go back and try to sit outside where it is more civil. Perhaps the answer is to fore go something to eat and simply have a coffee and enjoy the parade. I also understand that customer ignorance is not the fault of any restaurant but customers not to understand they are not the only ones being served in a busy environment.

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Galini Greek Kouzina & Grill19475 Fraser Hwy, #101, Surrey
Good Greek
Submitted Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

We attended here last week with a party of three. A friend invited us as she has been raving about how good it is. I can't argue with that. We had not been there for so long that it was a steak house the last time we attended. It is huge, inside, well decorated in a low key classy style. Our waitress was excellent and so of course was the service. I very much enjoyed the food. Proper rice instead of the minute rice gloop so many serve these days. Wonderful lamb chops, and a really nice Greek salad to start. I was surprised that there were not more diners there as this restaurant is doing it right. Will certainly return.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good evening good food
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

My wife and I again dined here ((July 1, 2011) and were very happy with the overall experience as we have been in the past. Being a long weekend it, like many other entertainment and dining venues, was not overly busy. We were shown to a booth immediately, and the waiter was very prompt. Our orders were received in a timely manner and our waiter was excellent. Now the test. The food. Very good. Tasteful, good sized portions. We enjoyed being able to talk without overzealous staff or noisy diners. This is a brief review as we found everything to our liking. I rate it several levels above the nearby Olive Garden, which in my opinion is over rated.
In fact, I was so pleased I asked for the manager so I could personally say thank you for our experience. Try it.

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Andreas Restaurant20227 56 Avenue, Langley
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Last night a neighbour invited us to Andrea's for dinner. Unbeknown to me, they are running a month long steak special for their birthday. Steak, potato (or rice), mushrooms, garlic bread, and choice of soup or salad. Cost less than ten dollars. They also of course have a multi page menu. The parking lot was jammed and I now know why. We timed it so that a number of tables were being cleared upon our arrival so our wait was less than ten minutes. Very friendly staff too. It was one of the best steaks I have had in years. A real bonus is that you get your steak cooked the way you ordered it! Reminded me of the Keg when it first started in North Vancouver. It was so busy we were asked if we wanted to eat in the overflow area where large parties are usually held. It is not the best decorated room I have ever been in but I was there to eat, not critique the decoration. It was like a big old fashioned party. Great fun and wonderful food. Our friend explained that the original owners had sold the place and it had gone through some rocky times. Apparently the original owners are back and I recommend going there for Greek, Italian, pizza, steak, etc. Job well done. Thank you!

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Ahhhhhh
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

We attended as group of five for brunch today. I was most impressed with the great attitude of all the staff. They were to a person, kind, attentive and witty without being obtrusive. Service was quick and there were no mistakes over which diner ordered which dish. Food, menu, and location are but a part of a good experience and they have it all. My wife and I have dined here several times over the years and it was great fun to invite our now adult son and another couple. Unintended as it was we even had entertainment from the old "dame" in the corner clucking over our appearance. The two couples in our group rolled in on motorcycles and it was great fun to watch her "tutt-tutt" throughout brunch. My dear, your nails were as fake as your attitude. Each of those bikes probably cost more than your car. We were all well mannered which is more than we can say for your floor show. Everyone else there was having a good time. Come join us next time because we will go back!

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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Are we talking about the same restaurant
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 5:54am [Dine in]

I have been going to Tom & Jerry's for several years. Usually for business lunches. Went again for lunch yesterday. They have done some redecorating and the menu is priced so that nothing costs more than $10. I have never had a problem there. Our waitress was great and has a good sense of humour. My wife and I both ordered from the breakfast menu and we don't have any complaints about it. If fact, there was so much on my plate that I ended up taking some of it home. It is not a chain restaurant but a family owned business. After reading some of the reviews here, I can't believe a lot of what has been said. It is quick and more than adequate. I will vote with my wallet and continue going there. Granted it is not a Michelin rated place but a solid restaurant not pretending to be something that it isn't. By the way, it was very busy when we were there and judging by the interaction between staff and customers, there are a lot of repeat diners going there.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Would not eat there again
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:29am [Dine in]

During last weekend's Gastown Motorcycle Show my son and I chose this restaurant. We were seated quickly enough but it was all mediocre from there on. I ordered a dish that I had not tried before. Apparently our server is a world traveler who corrected my pronunciation of the dish in a rather churlish manner. Geez - sorry for trying. The cheese sauce on my gnocchi was awful. It reminded of of Cheez Whiz heated and poured over my dish. the inclusion of six or seven baby sized shrimp was laughable. The owner or manager, I am don't know who he was, stood at the front door scowling for most of our stay. We were both dressed decently and are not "bikers." Besides, if it wasn't for the bike crowd, the place would have been dead. All in all I was not impressed in anyway. If it such a hassle to be open for lunch service on a Sunday, they why do they bother? I should have stopped at the hot dog cart down the street.

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Cactus Club Cafe101 Schoolhouse Street, #110, Coquitlam
I'm still hungry
Submitted Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 7:21am [Dine in]

My wife and I stopped here on Friday evening. Excellent staff, very good food, teeny tiny portions. For the prices they charge, there should be larger portions. Reminds me of the orphan child, "Please sir. More?" I won't be back simply because I was still hungry when we left the premises.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar20020 Willowbrook Drive, #300, Langley
What Happened
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:47am [Dine in]

We ate here on Saturday night as we had tried them shortly after they opened and we liked it. What has happened since then?

My wife's french fries appeared to be baked and lacked any taste what so ever. I was asked if I wanted "the works" on my baked potato. Apparently that does not include butter. I was served two small onion rings with my steak. When did onions become so expensive that rings are doled out like they are made of gold? Credit where credit is due and my steak was pretty good. For almost $30 though, I expected more of my choice.

I asked if they had ice cream sundaes as they were not on the dessert menu. When it arrived I was flabbergasted. One teeny scoop of ice cream and no more than a teaspoon of chocolate sauce. My wife's fruit crumble was so badly burned on top that she had to remove the crumble. She said that she could not tell what kind of fruit was inside, once again because of it lacking any taste. She left most of it before we left.

The coffee was so cold I asked for fresh cups. The service was next to non-existent. I am not in a hurry to go back if this is the new attitude being expressed.

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Old Surrey Restaurant, The13483 72nd Ave, Surrey
Would go back in a heart beat
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

We were a party of fourteen this Sunday evening. First time at the Old Surrey. Wonderful experience with great food and better service. Common consensus was that all would return. Very good value on the tasting menu and many kudos for the "regular" menu. The staff was on top of everything. Our group ranged from newly-weds to seniors.

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 8:48am [Dine in]

Based upon personal experience and reviews on the Dine Here site, I was not enthusiastic about attending a re-union dinner here last night. What a great surprise it turned out to be. There were fourteen people in our party and I did not hear one complaint about our dinner. My wife ordered a dinner salad which she said was quite good. I ordered a steak that came cooked the way I ordered it. Two large men sitting next to me ordered the all you can eat rib plates and were more than satisfied with taste, presentation, and amount served. My wife and I were the first to leave and I thought it would be a hassle to pay for our portion of the bill. I was wrong again. The waitress was back in a few minutes with the correct items listed and we were able to easily pay our portion. No fuss, no muss. It was amusing to watch all the car guys and motorcycle riders in our group obsess over a pick up truck in the rafters that forms part of the decor. The acid test? Would I recommend Montana's to friends? Based on our latest experience, yes I would.

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