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rileymSouth SurreySince March 27, 200818 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
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Clover Ridge Pizza5989 168th Street, Suite 2, Surrey
Forget pizza hut
Submitted Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 5:07pm [Take-out]

This is still take-out pizza, so don't be expecting to be transported back to Naples or your favorite spots in NYC or Chicago. But when you compare it to the big delivery chains, or even some of the established local mom 'n' pop places in Cloverdale, you'll find that it's not only better but it's also cheaper.

I used to be a fan of Golphi's on 176th but going in there to pick up pizza is depressing, and their quality has fallen off of late. Clover Ridge, on the other hand, delivers a really consistently good pizza.

These guys are busy, so on a game night you might have to wait a few extra minutes for your pizza to come up, but the guy who runs the place is super friendly and I'm happy to give him my business.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Little loud, little salty, but....
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with my wife last weekend, saturday night. Booked with opentable and as usual got a great table, on the window looking down on Alberni.

Maybe because of that, or maybe because of the shrieking girls at a large table around back, it was loud. Not quite "lean in and yell at your date" loud, but you had to make an effort if you want to have a conversation. The music was great, and it wasn't too loud so I couldn't blame it on that.

I found the food to be about on par with what you're getting at other Glowbal restaurants, which is to say quite good. I also thought the service was very professional, and personable. We were very well taken care of.

I had read reviews here prior to dining and was prepared to find things salty. I salt most things when I'm cooking at home and don't really have an issue with it, but I did find the risotto here over-salted. I couldn't even finish it, which was a shame because it was otherwise prepared perfectly. I had no such issues with the appetizers or the sablefish entree my wife had.

The silver lining here is that it left room for the doughnuts, which came out PIPING hot and were delicious.

One final note, they have an Enomatic machine here that they load up with some decent wines. This lets you have a glass of something you'd normally never see available by the glass, like Sassicaia or Mission Hill's Quatrain. The glass might cost 1/2 of what a whole bottle would cost at the liquor store, but if you feel like treating yourself...

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Score!
Submitted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 5:21pm [Take-out]

I was driving up Main, and was hungry. Maybe fancied a Torta at that donut place on Knight, and turned up Kingsway. I see "Budgies Burritos" and stopped in... about 5 minutes later I'm walking out the door with a 10" burrito wrapped in foil. This is not really a hang out and dine in kind of joint but that being said if I had time I would gladly have eaten in just to see who else came through the door. Interesting neighborhood.

Yes, it's vegetarian. Yes it's $7 for a 10". If you're looking for a hot gooey filling, this is not it. It is however delicious, and fast, and straightforward. They are very friendly, even after I tried walking in the door that opens off the kitchen instead of the actual front door of the restaurant. I had a great lunch and will be back next time I'm driving that main/kingsway corridor.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Is this the same restaurant you guys ate at?
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I guess context is everything. Maybe if I was here with my wife for a Sunday brunch I'd have come away happier. But we were there as part of a large party on a Thursday night, before a Whitecaps game. I was hoping to find the "authentic diner" experience... Service was solid - our waitress was clearly overmatched by our large table and had a hard time keeping the orders straight, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. The ambiance was just fine - as others have said, you're in an aging but remarkably clean and well-kept room.

The problem was the food. Maybe I had starry-eyed expectations going in, but what arrived at our table wasn't family restaurant, it was dollar store. Those spongy oval shaped, frozen burger patties. Wet, shredded lettuce that had sat so long on the bun, it was turned to sticky mush. The menu said the omelettes were "three egg" but they were awfully thin. The milkshakes are average and aren't mixed with real fruit. These are all things that even a basic, honest restaurant shouldn't be cutting corners on.

I'm going to stop there because this is clearly a family run business with a lot of devoted fans, and in a lot of respects they're doing a great job. Just don't go in there like I did, hoping for handmade burgers and perfect milkshakes.

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New Bohemian, The3162 West Broadway, Vancouver
Can't wait to come back
Submitted Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

I knew nothing about this place prior to booking a reservation with opentable; I hardly ever get out to Kits, and dinehere won't bring up reviews if you search on "the new bohemian" so we went based on the menu (and drinks list) alone.

First the bad - it was a touch loud, so if you're going to go for dinner expect to have to lean forward and talk loudly. Or enjoy the conversations at the tables next to you (it's cozy). Also our table was wobbly.

Everything else was fantastic - service was great, the food came out promptly and was well executed, and the room had a great energy. And everything was a solid value. I will 100% be back... can't wait.

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Boston Pizza6486 176th Street, Unit #600, Surrey
Dependable. And indispensable.
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 11:06am [Dine in]

As a father of 2 sons, aged 2 and 4, a dependable BP less than 10 minutes' drive from home is a huge bonus. The food is never going to impress you, but then again it's almost impossible to screw up as long as it gets to your table hot. I could care less if the servers can't make wine pairing recommendations, as long as they show up every 10 minutes to see if we need more drinks or napkins, and bring the bill when I ask for it.

Because this locations meet or exceeds expectations on that criteria pretty reliably (I've been there about half a dozen times since it opened), this is my #1 option for taking the kids out for an easy dinner. The service can be a wild card, because the servers are generally inexperienced and don't stick around for long, but they do seem to try hard, and see above re: expectations.

Big bonus points for serving Stella and Rickards White on tap. That's what really puts it over the top vs White Spot / Red Robin!

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Nice little gem!
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Locals will know this as the old "Gills 'n' Grapes" restaurant, which had a funny location down at the foot of 152nd (Johnston) and an equally strange identity problem.

No more - it's now a designer steakhouse (+ lounge) run by the same group who opened Pearl down on the beach a couple years ago. And if you liked Pearl, but wish the menu skewed a little more red-meat, then you're going to be happy here. It's a great looking room, the service is outstanding, and while the menu and wine list are a touch limited it is inventive and won't break the bank even if you do order starters/sides/drinks/desserts. Which is exactly as it should be given the size of the restaurant.

The food is solid, but won't blow your mind the way a bone-in rib or filet at Gotham will. But then again, why should it? You're not driving into Vancouver, paying the valet to park your car, and then driving 40 minutes back home again. Plus you're going to get out of there with a tab about half the size.

There might be 4 or 5 places like this in Vancouver at this point but if you live out here, why bother? Which is not to say I'm giving it a pass just because it's convenient - the concept and execution are really top notch, and we had a great time there last night. I'll certainly be back again soon, and often!

PS: Not affiliated with the restaurant in any way; just a happy customer!

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Hy's Steakhouse4308 Main St., Whistler
Bit of a disappointment
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Ate here with my wife on Nov. 8th. The house was full, although the overflow section around the corner in front of the kitchen was still closed.

The intent here was to have a premium dining experience in what I thought was one of the better restaurants in Whistler (not counting Araxi etc which were booked out for Cornucopia). Our waiter was outstanding, I will say that, exactly what you'd expect at a high end steakhouse. Unfortunately the service and the food were not up to expectations at all.

Our entrees were somewhat late to the table, and I'm guessing it was because they had sat under the heat lamps at the pass for maybe 10 minutes. The mashed potatoes had a definite "skin" on them, and my wife's NY strip had gone from medium rare to medium, and that that "old steak" look to it.

The side of asparagus was also disappointing - it was prepared fine but the quality of the veg was pretty bad. Ends were all mushy or had gone to seed... no different than what you would find at Safeway right now, which is unacceptable at a restaurant like this (and at prices like that).

Drinks are VERY expensive, by the way. $11 cocktails should have more to them than an ounce of Jack Daniels, some lime cordial, and 7-UP.

Bottom line is that I could have saved myself about $80 on the night, and had a better experience overall, eating at Earl's or the Keg.

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Fantastic
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I spent last weekend in Whistler for Cornucopia, and based on the reviews here, chose Elements for breakfast our first morning. I refuse to eat at a hotel restaurant if at all possible, on principle.

It took about 10 minutes to get a table (no reservations, first come first served) and the staff don't make much of an effort to take names etc. Which is understandable given that they have better things to do, ie serve customers already seated and flip tables as quickly as possible. They do a VERY good job of that, btw, and are very friendly.

The food was unbelievably good! I had the french toast stuffed with pecans, bananas, and caramel (OMG) and it lived up to high expectations. Wife had the standard eggs benedict and proclaimed it to be the best she's ever had. Both breakfasts were big enough to stuff you full and rang in at 10-12 dollars each. And they included a shot of fruit smoothie - nice touch! Fresh squeezed OJ is available @ $6 for large, which is outrageous until you see them pressing oranges behind the bar to make it for you. It is (almost) worth $6 a glass by the way.

We came back the next morning for breakfast and if I lived in Whistler I don't see how I could avoid eating here at least once a week. I can't imagine there being a better breakfast available at any price!

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Crave1362 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Best burger in vancouver.. yeah I said it.
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Some of what previous reviewers have said is true, but I think I've eaten here twice in the last month and had much-better-than-3-stars dinners both times.

Yes, service is a touch inconsistent. Definitely friendly but maybe a little inexperienced? But don't let that scare you - we're not talking Swiss Chalet levels of inexperienced here.

I wish I could say I've sampled more of the menu but I'm afraid I can't stop myself from ordering the poutine and the burger. The fries are outstanding, the shortrib poutine is a revelation (easily as good as Feenie's was, and the cheese is not missed here), and the burger, as said in the review title, is the best I've ever had in vancouver. Yes, Earl's and Cactus Club are good, and Vera's and Fatburger certainly have their place, but there is a new standard in town. Organic beef, on ciabatta, with real bacon and real aged cheddar. It is FANTASTIC.

Drink list is a touch disappointing, I'll say that - relative to the menu, it comes up short. I was hoping for some solid cocktails and a deeper wine list... the server did say they were working on it so we'll see how that goes.

By the way if you live on the North Shore and fancy grabbing dinner before the hockey game, this is it. For me, anyway!

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White Spot1681 152nd street, Surrey
I'm done, it's over
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Remember when White Spot was a sure thing? You'd take out of town guests, and it was almost a treat to have dinner there. I'm not even talking about the olden days, I'm talking about like 6-7 years ago.

My wife went to lunch at this location with one of her friends (+ 2 kids each). They've been eating lunch here for easily 15 years, and would probably have kept going for another 15 but for this experience. I'm not going to do a play-by-play but suffice to say that they were seated in a section that had no server assigned to it, were ignored for over 20 minutes, complained to the manager, were treated horrendously by the server who finally came to the table, and were then blown off by the manager when they complained again after the meal. There is a zero percent chance that they'll ever go back there, and that's saying a lot since they probably eat there combined 20 times a year.

I know that's all anecdotal, and I haven't said one word about the quality of the food (though I know from vast experience with this location to be 2-star), but take note - the quality of staff at all levels in this entire franchise has gone way way south in the last 5 years. If you haven't been in awhile, don't be tempted to return.

I'll make two exceptions - Langley/Willowbrook and North Van/Lonsdale. The food's no better there but at least they remember how to serve the customer.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Great spot for a rainy North Van evening
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Came here with a party of 9 (including 2 toddlers) on the advice of a friend. With very slight reservations I was very very happy with how it went. Beware - they don't take reservations, and they won't hold a table under any circumstances.

What I liked:
-the room looks and feels great. Very warm, very cozy, not too loud, and very unique (IMO)
-the menu made my mouth water immediately. Everything on it just seemed to "hit the spot"
-drinks list was outstanding - they serve 2 types of mead!?! - but don't expect 40+ bottles on the menu. I do recommend the Burgoo Brew.
-they do fondue, and they do it well. On the specials sheet was a stout+cheddar and it was delicious
-staff was very friendly, very efficient

Not so much:
-Food was a little uneven in terms of concept vs execution. I had a corn+chicken chowder that was a little heavy on the lime. Other diners had butter chicken and the lamb tagine and nobody really raved about it. No complaints, per se, but I don't think the kitchen met expectations established by the menu or the appies.
-they only have 1 highchair, and see above about no-reservations policy. If you're bringing kids, better have a solid Plan B!

Bottom line, I will 100% be back, and soon. A place like this is a bit of a rarity in north van, or in the suburbs in general, and I really enjoyed it.

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Vault, The5764 176 Street, Surrey
I can't believe this is in Cloverdale
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

When you live in Surrey or Langley, your choices when it comes to eating somewhere unique that serves great food are limited. You can drive into town and choose from dozens of restaurants, or you can go down to the beach in White Rock choose from two or three that won't disappoint. Outside of that you've got Big Ridge Brewing, and.... that's pretty much it. It's pretty sad, really.

The Vault is managed by the owners of Washington Avenue Grill in White Rock and if you're familiar with the WAG then you'll recognize a lot of what's on the menu here. You'll also recognize the quality of the food and service, which is a good thing.

My point after all this is that you and your wife/husband can get out for a great dinner without the hassle of driving/parking in town or down at the beach. It's not perfect, and it might not be the best dining experience you have all year, BUT IT'S IN CLOVERDALE, and if you live in the area then you'll be as thrilled as I am that it's here.

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Yeah, it's a gastro-pub
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

I was looking for someplace in town that had a nice patio, but wasn't at street level and was on the casual side of casual fine dining. Kingston is basically a pub but it fit the bill. The split-level patio (see pics on their site) is actually fantastic - it's up off the street, and technically it's a courtyard. The water feature serves to dull the road noise and other conversations around you, which is a really nice bonus.

The food was another bonus, I expected "decent" but got "outstanding". The onion rings were perfect, and so was everything else we ordered. Possibly the best fries I've had in a long time, albeit a little salty.

The beer on tap is branded "Kingston" but it's really Granville Island. If there was one thing that disappointed, it would be the draught selection. The average pub anywhere in the city has more/better stuff on tap.

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White Spot2205 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Gotta stick up for this location
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I don't think 2 stars avg rating is representative so I'll add my 2 cents. I've probably eaten at this location 30 times in the last 3 years, as my wife's maternity clinic is down lonsdale and she loves her some white spot for lunch.

The good:
-Some of the staff, particularly one or two of the waitresses, are fantastic. Cheery, fun, efficient, just great all around.
-They renovated this restaurant about 4-5 months ago to bring it in line with the new White Spot look. Prior to that it was the old White Spot look, which was probably 15 years old.

The not good:
-Quality of food coming out of the kitchen is hit and miss, mostly miss. Burgers are often over-done and they don't clean the grill, so you end up with the charred bits left over from the previous 10 burgers they cooked. And don't even bother ordering something other than a burger because they're incapable of cooking anything else on the menu. This is typical of White Spot chain-wide these days, however.

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Cactus Club Cafe15079 32nd Ave, Surrey
It's a Cactus Club
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

So what you see is what you get:

Staff up to the usual standards for the franchise?
Decor is as you'd expect?
Place is slammed on Friday and Saturday nights?
Loud?

What actually surprises me about this particular location is that in the 4-5 times I've been since it opened, what comes out of the kitchen is well above average for the chain (and competition). The service can be a bit hit and miss (they don't hire based on experience, per se, if you catch my drift) but overall it's certainly good enough.

For those of us in the bridge and tunnel crowd this is a welcome addition to the area and I bet it puts a big hurt on some of the restaurants down on the beach, not to mention the Milestone's around the corner.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Exactly what I was after
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I took my wife to Saltlik for a night out on 5/30. I got exactly what I was after - top tier Earls or Cactus Club experience. If that's your expectation, you won't be disappointed.

What I liked:
-room looked great. We sat on the glass on the 3rd level, looking down at the floor. It was a little quieter up there, nice for conversation.
-service was very good, as other reviewers have said it's like graduates from Earls work here. To me, that's a plus (see above re expectations)
-the menu is good, and on the night we were there our dishes were outstanding. The menu on the website (as of 6/2) is no longer accurate by the way, but the salmon with lemongrass aoli I had was really, really well done. And as a bonus, it had that "fresh out of the kitchen" taste still. So credit to the server, too.
-Lynchburg lemonade went down real nice, and a nice feature drink as opposed to the tired mojito variations usually found on these menus.

Not so much:
-the 3rd floor, if it's not full, is a little desolate. You almost feel like you were seated up there to get you out of the way.
-wine list, as stated by others, was a disappointment.
-parking on Alberni is a b*tch. There's an underground lot on the other side of Kobe but it's $4/hr.

Bottom line for me is we'll definitely eat there again, not so much as a destination but as a solid option for pre-game or pre-show dinner.

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Caffe de Medici1025 Robson St, 109, Vancouver
Not what I expected
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

I took my wife here for dinner last Friday night based on the reviews here and elsewhere. The room was maybe 1/2 full when we arrived @ 7:30. The first thing I noticed was that there were families seated at half the tables, kids playing Nintendo, wearing hoodies, etc. Is this normal?

At any rate, I thought the menu looked outstanding and the wine list was thoughtful and well-priced. Our server was either inexperienced or inept, and it showed throughout the evening - he forgot what wine we ordered, didn't bring the correct flatware for our entrees, left us to look at our wine glasses for 30 mins after the plates had been cleared. YMMV on the service front.

My spinach salad was very good, as was the grilled tuna on white bean ragu. My wife's beef tenderloin was overcooked, and the chanterelle sauce was horrible (sorry) - tasted of raw flour.

Although there was a lot to like I probably wouldn't go back - too many other options in the city, ie Cioppino's or Villa del Lupo.

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