I had to post this after reading the other reviews....
I think this restaurant is great value. We had a dinner party of six and our hosts didn't miss a beat. We started with oysters with freshly shaved horsh radish followed by an excellent selection of appetizers. I chose the steak tartar with a quail egg while others had the flaming prawns and fois grois - not one complaint. I taste tested the fois grois - mmm.
The mains were excellent...I had a perfectly seared tuna dish while I opined jealously over my neighbors venison.
Regarding the wine list - outstanding. If you want a $150 bottle of wine, they have it. However, for $60 to $80 I would recommend chosing from their Australian GSM selection.
Regarding the service, the sommelier was very friendly explaining each new bottle we experimented with (we had a white & 2 different reds). Furthermore, he was very polite and non condescending when I asked for all bottles to be in the $50 to $60 range.
At the end of the evening the proprietor (Nicholas) visited our table & ensured we were satiated by providing us each with a glass of blue zambuca - nice touch! He's also done a great job with the ambiance bringing fine dining to White Rock. After chatting with him for 10 minutes or so, I got the impression that this guy was really making a go of it - I was genuinely impressed.
All in all a nice establishment with friendly service that's NOT down town (which is nice every now and then). I do intend to return with my wife during the summer so we can enjoy a pleasant walk on the beach after our dinner.