Located right on the Bayview pier in Steveston, the Blue Canoe offers an unparalleled view of the river. The newly renovated space has a 92-seat upscale-casual style restaurant & lounge as well as a seasonal 100-seat patio space.
Went during the week and sat by the waterside, a great view of the river. Started with the chicken drummettes. Nice and crispy with a bit of soy and ginger flavour. Shared some mussels which were very good and lots of garlic. Then had the sable fish and shellfish pasta. Very good fish and lots of mussels and clams. A bit too much roasted garlic for me but overall a great dish. Lots of bottled beers to choose from. Service was very good with the value to be just OK. Love to come back during the summer and have dinner on the deck.
Went to the Blue Canoe last night for a early Boxing Day meal and was not disappointed in the least. My dining partners and I arrived shortly after five and were quickly greeted by a very cheery fellow who took us to our table.
Shortly thereafter our server arrived and explained to us in detail the specials for the night. Very impressive and he didn't leave out a thing. One of my dining partners and myself went to share the two piece halibut fish and chips plus an order of the curry mussels. The other dining partner ordered the sable fish.
After a short wait our meals arrived. The halibut fish and chips was a very generous portion and the thing I liked most about it was the fact that it was very light on the batter. Nothing worse than an over battered piece of fish that you tend to get at many restaurants. Here they cook it just right. The fish was generous and very tasty. The fish came with a nice helping of their homemade fries which were not greasy but delicious.
The mussels were again a very generous portion but the curry flavour really didn't come through at all, so was disappointed somewhat with the mussels.
The sable fish looked big and delicious which it was as reported to us by our other dining partner.
Our server was a very friendly guy and there when we needed him. Great service, keep in mind it was early and we were about the only table in the place but still they made us feel welcome and were prompt and courteous.
I recommend this dining spot. If you like your fish, this place is a must visit.
A friend and I had lunch at the Blue Canoe in mid-June. Great location, the wait staff were great, but the food left much to be desired. So much so that my friend, who had the beef sliders, ended up with food poisoning. The salmon on my salad was unde rcooked, but passable. A call to management to inform them of the food poisoning was received indifferently. Not good enough, in my opinion. Definitely not going back, view or no view.
Service is kind of spotty I must admit, sometimes good and sometimes bad. This time around it was good though. My boyfriend and I came in for lunch, I was kind of skeptical because last time when I came with a group of friends (we were seven) we were largely ignored by our waiter and when our food came, it was cold and the poutine tasted soggy.
I guess Blue Canoe was having a good day because we were served almost instantly. We choose a seat at the patio and the waiter we got was prompt and really helpful. The food this time around was so-so though, except for the tuna ceviche. I loved that it was gluten-free. My boyfriend found his paella to be lacking.
Wouldn't recommend this place for a date or if you are looking for a quiet dinner though. There are TV screens everywhere and people come in for a game.
Food: I ordered a seafood spinach salad. It was a really nice meal but it was really small and not filling. There were a few pieces of salmon, some mussles and clams. I would have liked more greens too, to be honest! But overall it was a good salad.
Service: Very nice service! The hostess gave us water right away, which was really nice because it was a hot day. And our server was super friendly and approachable.
Value: My salad came to about $20, so it was really expensive for a salad but I expected to pay a bit here. So if you're tight on money, definitely wouldn't come here. But if you want to splurge a little on some good seafood, this is a good place to try!
Ambiance. My friend and I sat on the patio with a beautiful view. It's great!
After months of anticipation and delays, a couple friends and I decided to try out this new replacement for Jakes on the Pier and we all agreed that it was a huge let-down. After waiting over 25mins for appetizers/entrees, a friend who joined us for dinner and received his meal before the rest of us because the kitchen "slipped up". The calamari was so bland and plain it tasted like fried oil, and the burgers resembled processed McDonald patties. Ridiculously over-priced menu for the quality served. Will not be returning.
I have eaten at the Blue Canoe a couple of times, and each time I liked my meal enough I guess, but it sure didn't wow me. The menu seemed boring and uninspired and needed more selection. The meals were small, though cooked well with appealing presentation, but the dishes were priced fairly high. I expected more from a place with so much going for it. On a positive note, the service was excellent, with friendly hosts and servers and the restaurant and view were great.
Went for dinner with the girlfriend here, just after Boxing Day.
The appies were excellent - a chowder for her (nice pieces of bacon in the chowder - yummm), and the Seared Ginger Ahi Tuna for me - nicely done, and great flavour.
For the mains, she had the special - A One pan Salmon - which was really nice, and the Deep Water Prawns and Lemon Chilli Linguini for me, which needed a little more bite on the chilli for me - but still ok.
The service was very good, attentive, but not overbearing.
I like the setting, and this would be a great spot in the spring or summer.
Over all, a nice place.
I visited the blue canoe for the first time last night and was extremely impressed. The food was amazing. I had a steak and my husband tried their short ribs. The flavours were incredible in both dishes. Our server was friendly and made us feel very welcome. The view of the water was probably the best in Richmond. Can't wait for the warmer weather so we can come back and try the patio.
A group of friends and I finally had the opportunity to get together and try Blue Canoe. Without going into the details of what we ate etc... the food was incredibly disappointing, both tasteless and meager portions, terrible value for money. The service staff, while attractive to look at, are grossly inexperienced and incapable of handling a seemingly busy section.
Hopefully, given the great location and what could be, a great menu, these guys can pull up their socks and make it into something fabulous.
I have been to the Blue Canoe twice and will return. Both experiences were positive. The first time was with a group of girlfriends for lunch on a Friday. We had a reservation, luckily, and were seated right away at a gorgeous booth inside. I love the ambiance and decor - it is so much more contemporary than other Steveston restaurants and I hope more start to look and feel like this.
All the girls ordered something different and everyone enjoyed their meals. We started off with some appetizers - calamari was great and different that I am used to(not as greasy). The corn bread was very good as well. I had the avocado and crab sandwich, which was delicious (albeit a bit small looking but I was quite satisfied at the end). Others ordered yummy entree salads and someone got a hamburger which was just okay. Service was good.
The second trip was with my husband. We stopped in for lunch on a Saturday. Got the calamari again, and the crab sandwich because I liked it so much last time. Hubby had the halibut and chips. He enjoyed it but thought it was a bit too expensive for what you received and for being on a lunch menu.
Only negatives I noticed both times were that the kitchen was a bit slow and that the 45 min to 1hr wait for a table seemed unnecessary (many were open but they must have been understaffed). I think that both of these problems can be fixed with a bit more experience.
Overall, good experience and will return!
The patio is incrediblle, but sadly the food and service are in serious trouble. I had the Seared Tuna (most expensive entree on the menu) and I received 3 tiny strips of tuna pan seared in Pam with a few sprinkes of chopped parsley ontop of a gigantic bed of lettuce. It was brutal! Crab cakes arrived completely soggy in the middle - like they weren't cooked at all. Nacho chips are from Costco and salsa is from a jar. The 4 fresh oysters I ate last night made me seriously ill when I got home as they weren't overly fresh and very milky/fishy tasting. Our bill was over $131 - we left hungry and very disappointed.
Am somewhat of a fan of the Blue Canoe, having patronized this restaurant at least three or four times since last Fall. Of those, only the last visit was disappointing. On that occasion, our party of three was seated at a table clearly meant for two – partly our fault for coming on a busy night without reservations, although we would’ve waited fifteen minutes for a bigger table – and my otherwise beautiful tuna steak came out almost fully cooked through. Meh. Undeterred, I decided to give it another try this past weekend. After a long day of hiking, a relaxing al fresco meal at the Steveston Pier seemed like just the thing.
We arrived late afternoon, a little ahead of the dinner crowd, to find the patio already crammed with patrons. Luckily, there were still a few tables open and we were able to take our seats right away. Our server (friendly guy, didn’t give his name) came over promptly to take our drink orders and get the ball rolling.
After some indecision, the girlfriend decided to go with the mussels, clams and fries, in a Thai broth. She definitely wasn’t short-changed in the shellfish department. When the bowl came, I was impressed by the sheer volume piled into it. The broth was nice, too – subtly sweet and not overpowering. Girlfriend’s only complaint was that there was a bit too much grit and broken shell hidden in the broth. A little can be expected, but I recall seeing her pick sand off her tongue more than a few times.
Wanting something lighter, and despite our server’s warning that some people don’t like the tarragon used in it, I ordered the crab and avocado sandwich. I happen to like tarragon, and was actually a little disappointed I couldn’t detect it. Neither could the girlfriend. Nevertheless, I thought the sandwich was very good. As with the girlfriend’s dish, there was no shortage of seafood given. About the only change I’d suggest (aside from an extra sprinkling of tarragon) would be to replace the bun with a nice grilled sourdough. That’d knock it out of the park, I think.
Ambiance wise, it’s hard to beat the Blue Canoe’s patio on a warm summer evening. The breeze, the sunset and the fishing boats bobbing a short distance away can make for a magical experience – along with the food, of course. Service was good, as well. We actually got a chuckle out of it, actually, as we must’ve had three different people come by our table asking if they could clear our plates. And as for price, well, it is Steveston, so there’s a small premium to be paid.
Overall though, considering the quality of the food, the casual-cool ambiance, and decent service, the Blue Canoe’s worth the little extra.
After several visits to the Blue Canoe in Steveston (Richmond), it is my new favourite restaurant on the waterfront. The dinner menu has had several creative and tasty additions on the seasonal sheet, the service is invariably friendly, the ambience is cozy and welcoming, and there is a beautiful view as a big bonus. On the regular menu among the dishes I would recommend are the plump mussels with chorizo, served with bread and wonderful fries. The steak with lobster butter and thyme potatoes is one of the very best I have ever had. Salads are delicious too, in particular the chicken, apricot and brie selection, as well as the Canoe salad. Some bread would be a welcome addition to some dishes, such as the main course salads. On the seasonal sheet the sage gnocchi were fabulous, served with a skewer of scallops adn vegetables. There are many other very creative choices, including lamb, pork and a variety of seafood dishes, all prepared with imagination. Among the made on the premises desserts the ganache is a true stand-out; plenty to share. Some of the cocktails are unique creations and there is an ample wine list. Heated seating is available outside and there is a cozy fireplace inside. A great addition to the waterfront!
Went here for lunch with the mother in law on a monday. Waited at front to be sat on the patio. We actually had to go in to be sat, which we didnt know, until we saw a group of ladies behind us being sat.
It was a nice sunny day, so great day to be on the patio. We were sat by a gentlemen. (at first we were not impressed that we didnt get any acknowledgement at the front, only a few glares)
He came by to get drinks for us. He said they make the best margaritas. My mother in law said 'double'. I had a ginger guava orange drink (sadly cant remember the name. ) It is my favorite summer cocktail!
We ordered the rustic flatbread and soy drummettes and a side of fries. Ive also had the lobster macaroni here before. Very yummy.
Great ambiance, great view, great food! In the end we found out that our server was the General Manager Colin. He welcomed us back and we definately will be back!!
We were at the Blue Canoe last night for a friends birthday. We made the trek from North Burnaby in a torrential downpour, got lost as the restaurant didn't appear to have a sign out front. I had to walk along the boardwalk to find it. Once inside I noticed they had martinis on for $5 so when the server asked me what I would like to drink I asked her what kind of gin they were putting in the martinis. She said it was Bombay so I ordered one which I enjoyed. For dinner I had the salmon sliders and ceasar salad. The sliders were disappointing as the salmon was strands of salmon with strands of beets on them. I would have preferred a piece of salmon rather than strands and I didn't enjoy the beets on it at all. The sliders were about $14 for three which would have been okay if they were phenomenal but they weren't. The salad was good. After dinner I ordered a coffee with a Frangelico on the side and bought my friend a Monte Cristo. The real disappointment was the bill. We paid it and left and then wondered why it was so much higher than we thought. It turns out that I was charged $8 for each martini when they were advertised for $5. I was also charged $3.75 for a cup of coffee and about $6 for the Frangelico which means the coffee and liquor came to $9.75 when my friend's Monte Cristo was only $7. If they are going to charge $3.75 for coffee the server should have suggested that I order a special coffee rather than a liquor on the side. I will not return as I didn't enjoy my meal and felt ripped off on the drinks.
It was a beautiful, sunny day at Steveston when my boyfriend and I decided to have lunch at one of the restaurants. I used to come here a lot in the past with my family, and vaguely remember that we had good experiences here with the food. I thought that it would be nice to have a try again.
We got a table out on the patio and were given menus. Waitress came by and asked if we were ready to order, but we needed a couple more minutes. She never came back. We were not even asked for any drinks. I'm a server too, and the first thing you need to do is get the drinks out! So after being ignored, yes- ignored for about 20 minutes (I kid you not, the bf tried to call a different waitress who was cleaning a table near us, and I am pretttyyyy sure she heard, but she shuffled away)- we finally were able to stop a waiter. We ordered clam chowder and fish and chips. We also asked for a glass of water and Iced Tea.
And then, the wait for the food began. I don't know, it was probably another 20 minutes? That's not the best part though. I think the whole team of servers passed by our table and not one of them realized we were sitting there with an empty table. I didn't ask them for our drinks because I wanted to see how long it would take them to realize we didn't have any drinks yet. So then the food finally came. The waiter came out with them and dropped it on our table, said Enjoy, and turned on his heels so quickly I almost- allllmosttt thought he wouldn't hear me. I said Can we get our drinks? A turn of his head and he sputtered out "Whhaat?" I repeated "Can. we. please. get. our. drinks."
"Oh... what did you order?"
Gosh. A different waitress came out with our drinks (thank you). Seriously, who was our server? Or are you guys not assigned tables? The clam chowder was amazing. 3 stars for that. I might, just might return only for this chowder. The fish was so damn crispy, it crumbled when I tried to stick the fork through it. Not impressed. Hopefully you guys see this review and change up your service. Or at least check on your customers once in a while. Please?
The view is just amazing, we came for lunch and they sat us at a table right by the window so we could look out on the water. Our server was very friendly and made sure we were taken care of. The food was good although i was disappointed they got rid of the old pesto chicken sandwich they had so I ordered the salmon instead and it was very good! I come here often and the food quality has gone up big time.
So upset about Blue Canoe Restuarant at Steveston. Was charged 17% Grantitute as we have "party of 8". (we have 4 REAL adults, 4 kids, and 3 of them are under 4 years old). Burger's bread was stale, my steak has to re cook as served well done when order medium rare. I can't believe I was the one who recommanded. Will never ever to back again.
Walking around Steveston one day, we stumbled across this restaurant and I've been back here several times since. The location is amazing and if its a sunny day you absolutely must sit outside on their huge patio. The food is also really good, I've tried several dishes off the menu and have been impressed with every item. On one visit the chef even custom made me something that had been taken off the menu. I also have to recommend that if you go you try their fried pickles, they are soooooo good!