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.
Loved the Mussels and Fries the first time I went to the Blue Canoe. A little disappointed to see them alter the item to include some clams instead of mussels but still a fantastic meal with a nice glass of Chardonnay! For those that complain about the pricing: do you have any idea of what rent would cost in that space? The view is not for free and you should expect to pay a higher premium when you dine outside with an amazing natural landscape in the background.
Rarely do I feel the need to post reviews on restaurants, as I think people should have their own experience, be it good or bad. But the Blue Canoe impressed me quite a bit. The atmosphere on a weekend evening is fantastic, everybody is happy and friendly, well fed and well taken care of. The ambience receives a perfect score because of the spot they've chosen, over the water, boats bobbing with the tide, sunset sinking away, can't be beat.
The food was terrific, there were four of us and we all went for a different fish dish and then tried each others. For a casual restaurant, they do a very nice job.
Service was great. Staff were very attentive and the glasses didn't have a chance to empty completely, which I like.
Overall value is of course whatever one perceives it to be. We all enjoyed ourselves very much, and we will be back.
After several recommendations from friends,I visited the Blue Canoe in Steveston for the first time on the weekend.
I was very impressed with the cozy feel of the interior decor. Had it been a little warmer, I would have sat on the huge patio overlooking the water.
I tried the waterfront burger and my friend had the chicken drummettes and a side of yam fries. Both meals were generous portions and very well prepared.
The list of signature cocktails is great! I'll be back many more time to try them all.
I have been to Blue Canoe at least 12 times since it opened. The location is the best in Steveston - amazing sunsets, view of the Fraser River, the boats, the people walking on the wharf. They serve the type of food that we like to eat, at reasonable prices and with nice ambience. I usually eat the lobster potatoe chip salad (like a Ceasar topped with lots of crab and veggie chips). My little boy loves the serloin sliders (mini burgers) but orders from the kids menu. My husband likes everything - the sliders, the ceasar salad, calamari. I ate fish and chips there when it first opened and didn't like how they served it on a piece of paper on the plate - it would stick to the food. The wharfside seafood dip with yam fries is good but very rich and heavy. The nachos are fine but I would go to a mexican place if you want a big load of cheesy nachos. The Canoe beer is very nice. The owner (Jim, I think) is always around checking on things but is too shy to really make the place his own. Blue Canoe is always my first choice to go for lunch, dinner, drinks with friends, special occassions and just casual dining. It reminds me of Earl's but in Steveston.
I was recommended to the Blue Canoe by a vendor at the Steveson Farmers Market one afternoon and have been returning ever since. I go back and try something different on the menu each time and am never disappointed. The location is fantastic, the staff are very fun and personable and the service is great. The ONLY drawback is that the dining room is very noisy due to the type of building it is, I guess, but I much prefer to it outside where there is very very good heaters and they provide all the fleece blankets you may need ..... I do hope the noise issue gets handled, as it could be a rough winter season for them.
I'm so glad that I don't have to go downtown for this type of dining and that they are here in Richmond with us.
Quite simply, this is the best place to enjoy a night, or day, out in Steveston...hands down.
The food is outstanding, and you can't beat the location.
From the hostesses and servers, to the owners...the service is always friendly and, for the most part....prompt.
Among the menu items worth trying are...Sliders, best pork chops I've ever had(as is their burger), steak, black bean nachos, Lobster Potato Chip Salad, ...the list goes on.
Their micro-brewery selection is impressive, as is their cocktail and martini lists.
The place can't be beat.
First of all, we've been looking for a new (to us) restaurant that combines view, service and food without having to go all the way into Vancouver. After reading the previous reviews, we thought we'd give Blue Canoe a try.
We went on a sunny, Monday evening without reservations. We were promptly greeted by the hostess and given the option of sitting on the patio or inside. Since it was a little breezy, we asked if there was a window table inside. She said there were two and offered to show us first before we made up our minds. We chose to sit inside with a view overlooking the patio and fishing boats.
Our server was prompt, friendly and helpful. He told us they were out of the first wine we requested, but had a couple of good alternative suggestions. Likewise, when I ordered the Seared Ahi, he made sure I understood that it was more "salad-like" than some people expected - i.e. it comes sliced on a bed of greens with a light vinaigrette, rather than like a tuna steak.
For starters, I had crab cakes and hubby had the chowder. The crab cakes were very good; a bit chunkier in style than I've had them, but I liked them a lot. My husband who tries the house chowder wherever we go, declared it "pretty good", not the best he's had, but good enough to have again.. I did have the Seared Ahi which was fresh, and perfectly done. I didn't care for the sliced hard-cooked egg on the side which reminded me of a Cobb Salad, but that's just me. My husband had the Prawn linguine which he proclaimed very good. For dessert, we shared the lemon meringue pie. It was large and we couldn't finish it. Our server had warned us that the meringue was done a bit differently and, for me, it was the meringue that I didn't care for; being a bit too watery and sweet.
Overall, I think the food merits a 3 1/2 stars, not quite outstanding, but better than average. Service was very good and the location is terrific.
After much anticipation a few friends and myself decided to try Blue Canoe in Steveston and were overwhelmingly disappointed. While the waitress was pleasant enough she was not nearly as attentive to the table as we would have expected. We became a little discouraged when nobody on the patio (where we were seated) had a plate of food in front of them after we had been there for about 20 minutes. The "sliders" (mini-burgers) tasted oddly like McDonalds patties on somewhat stale buns and the Chicken Sandwich was not only extremely small but had approximately 30 grams of chicken on the bun... and way too much (what tasted like) Heinz apple baby food (or was it supposed to be pear??). The wait for the food was approximately 25 minutes and following lunch we were neither offered coffee nor desert. We will not return to this restaurant.
My friend and I tried out the Blue Canoe last night for the first time. We had heard from some other friends that we should check it out. The only down side was the rather long wait for a table (the place was packed). We were eventually seated on the patio. The view was fantastic! Great ambiance too... music, lots of people having fun.
Food was excellent. I had the crab cakes to start, then a steak, which was cooked perfectly. It looked like attention had been paid to every detail on the plate, not just the steak. The potatoes and veggies were uniquely perpared and presented, not just thrown on as an afterthought. My friend had oysters and the bourbon pork chop, which she thought was extremely tasty.
Our server made some excellent recommendations for the wine, one of which we did end up ordering and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Overall the service was efficient, attentive and friendly, but not intrusive.
We will definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu!
The salmon tartare was not fresh at all and when I told the waitress that it's fishy she asked me what I mean by it's fishy!!
Since the salmon tartare was very unsatisfying we then ordered the drumettes. The waitress did tell us that they'll probaby come after the main courses. They never came and after we finished our main courses she brought the dessert menu AND the bill w/out us asking for it. She told us "your drumettes never came so we took it off the bill"??!!!
The waterfront setting was great and loved the light Canoe beer.
I visited the Blue Canoe recently and was very impressed by the new additions on the Lunch Fresh Sheet.
I tried the steak sandwich and thought it was excellent. The steak was tender and juicy and the haystack onions complemented it perfectly.
I have since been back try the Showcase Steveston promotional menu. The shortribs can't be beat!
Our hotel concierge near YVR recommended we check out scenic Steveston for a morning outing while up to visit relatives and see the sights. I have to say we were disappointed at first to find it somewhat "touristy" with some dated-looking dining venues. Of course, we're tourists so what can we expect?. We then dropped into the Blue Canoe for lunch, not expecting too much other than a nice view and fresh air. A pleasant surprise? Wow!
We enjoyed the joint so thoroughly that we returned for dinner a few hours later and now, googling over to this site to check out other possibilities in the general area for tomorrow, I peeked at the reviews of our delicious discovery. I'm shocked and amazed by some negative reviews of the food by locals (maybe they don't dine out that much?). The comments are so different from our own experience that I had to sign up and pipe up here.
Yes, the Blue Canoe's patio is seductive in the glorious weather now pleasing everybody but the umbrella salesmen and the alfresco experience could even liven up the flavor of library paste. However, my wife and I chow down regularly in a wide range of restaurants after checking out guides, the Internet, and good old word-of-mouth both abroad (Singapore, Australia, and Argentina for example within the past six months) as well as in the U.S. and Canada. For us "How good is the FOOD?" is the bottom line when lining up for grub around the globe.
Yes, sometimes a restaurant's food quality is inverse to the quality of the view, the location, or the trendiness. Living as we do in this general part of the world, we and our tummies don't let a scenic glimpse of H2O in river, lake, or big pond distract us from our major objective of "living to eat." Be assured the Blue Canoe does not disappoint on the food side while offering a "peak-experience" atmosphere On The Waterfront in sunny weather.
Our lunch included a shared salmon tartare appetizer with a pan-Asian fusion kick to it. What a palate-teaser! Fishy? Well, it didn't "taste like chicken" LOL. We also thoroughly enjoyed a linguini with some prawns (both cooked to an appropriate al dente, i.e. not mushy) and, for me, good old-fashioned halibut and chips. That was a jolly good taste of Britain accomplished without the overly greasy sogginess sometimes found even in the Old Country. The staff hit just about all of the right notes - friendly, helpful, but not too pushy.
We chose seafood in the evening and were impressed by the honest quality of the food, the tasteful presentation, the cheerful pleasing-the-customer service, and, oh yes, that killer location. While we savored the view and the ambiance, the kitchen proved they know what they're doing by dishing us up some tasty vittles.
Man, but Ahi is a thing of beauty when you start fresh and prepare it lovingly! I'd never tire of a classic when it's up to the standards of this eatery. Judging from a couple of comments we overheard, as well as the body language of our fellow diners, the joint held a canoe-load of happy and satisfied customers.
We chose one of the British Columbia white wines for dinner - previous visits have left me with a dubious opinion of B.C. reds, especially considering their hefty price tags (also true of Singapore and Oz I fear), but a chilled dry white to complement the seafood on a warm summer evening is an easy choice in any event. No desserts - other than lingering over the final sips of vino - so I can't comment on how the cookie crumbled.
Anyway, I simply had to step up to the plate and offer an outsider's opinion in response to some earlier comments (area restaurateurs running scared? Heh heh!). Are we really talking about the same establishment? Speaking of plates, I'm getting hungry again just writing this.
Closing note to visiting foodies: Take a cruise in this canoe and you won't feel blue! Bon Appétit to all.