The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill boasts a 350 seat pub with two patios. Menu features fresh local seafood, hand-cut steaks, ribs, fish & chips rolled in rice crumb breading, pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches. Entertainment includes 2 big screens and 17 other televisions, billiards or darts in the Steveston Athletic Club. Televising all Canucks, Lions, NFL games and NASCAR.
A late dining excursion found us here. I've heard some good things from friends and have even walked past it several times. As we made our way in, we were stamped, id checked and faces taped so I imagined they are on the barwatch program. The ambiance is exactly what you see on tv. A local bar with all the classic bar hues from the live band, the patrons dancing to the music, the dark wood finishings, the dim lighting, everything.
The food is however pretty standard fare. We had our dry ribs, wings and an unusual but tasty concoction consisting of blue cheese, a tangy sauce and apples over a bed of crispy chips. Entrees were also fairly standard in prepartion and taste. The pulled pork sandwich could have used more pork or less bun otherwise quite good, while the steak sandwich came cover a slice of french bread. It was cooked well but was a bit tough and flavourless. The battered onion rings were quite the hit with a crunchy and well seasoned exterior.
Service is that of a neighbourhood bar, right down to the tee. Friendly servers gabbing and making jokes with the appropriate checkups as needed and wouldn't ask for more.
I wished the food was better to really make it a standout but it would certainly not prohibit me from coming again.
I haven't been here for many years. Last time I was here, it was a beer parlour...OK, OK - I'm getting old...
The room is nicely done British-pub style. Quite dark-toned wood, lots of little nooks and crannies, lots of tables - high and regular. Upholstered benches, a few wing-back chairs. Pool table and darts board, and live music advertised for Friday and Saturday.
They have Kilkenny on tap, so I was favourably disposed to start with. We were there mid-afternoon on a Sunday, and there were quite a few people having a late lunch or just schmoozing.
The Other Half ordered halibut and chips, I ordered the good ole steak sandwich (rare, please) with soup of the day. It was a spinach/bacon soup, very hot and tasty. The steak sandwich was a disappointment, but the steak was so thin it would have had to be uncooked to be rare. It turned out a solid "medium-well". The mushrooms and fried onion mix on top was good, as were the "tobacco onions" added as a garnish. This last item is very thinly sliced onions, dredged in a curry-tasting flour and deep-fried briefly. Quite flavourful. The OH's halibut was satisfactory, the coleslaw and tartar sauce were excellent, and the chips were fabulous. (why is it so hard to deep-fry potatoes? When you run across good ones, you are pleasantly surprised!)
Service was prompt, if not over-the-top friendly. Bathrooms were impeccable (at least the women's was...)
A nice pub, with pub-style food done fairly well. For what it is, I would recommend it.
It was a blazing hot Sunday in Steveston last weekend packed with people and we all had a hunger for fish and chips. All of the restaurants by the water seemed to be either full or running out of fish and chips, at least according to a stressed looking girl at one place we stopped by. Forget about Pajo's, the line-up there was estimated at about 35 minutes just to place an order.
We weren't to be denied our fish and chips and decided to head deeper into town. We spotted The Buck an Ear from afar and after reading over the menu decided this was the place we would try, plus they had a number of spots on their patio.
Our drink order was taken almost immediately and menus presented. My two dining partners didn't look over the menu long as they knew it was fish and chips they wanted. I , on the other hand decided to go for the halibut burger, priced very reasonably, I thought.
The wait wasn't long. What arrived as fish and chips was something Captain Highliner would stick up his nose at. Two fair sized pieces of fish that looked like they were previously frozen. One of my dining partners let me sample this disaster. Not your typical fish and chips and not in a good way. Moist, flaky, flavourful, those words do not describe this fish. More like dry, dry and tasteless and oh yeah, did I mention dry? Just pathetic. The chef should be embarrassed. Thank god for fresh lemon and a ton of vinegar.
My halibut burger consisted of two small bits of fish served on what seemed like a near stale bun. The chips tasted like they were frozen at one point and as well on the dry side. The gravy tasted like it's put together by adding water to a powder fresh from a box purchased at the grocery store.
One thing they do well here and really should stick to is beer. A great selection served cold in a real pint glass.
I guess you don't go to Buck & Ear for food, you go there to watch games on TV and drink with you friends. Because the food is not good at all.
The 10 dollar burger tastes so so. You won't remember how it tastes like and you won't have craving for it in the future. I was still hungry after I had the 10 dollar burger and some fries.
Service was very slow even though the restaurant wasn't even half full during the time I was there.
I won't go back for sure because I can't stand the food. I don't even want to drink there becaue the vibe isn't good.
This place reminds me of the Foggy Dew but way bigger. I'm not sure what it was like years ago (I've heard it was a bit of a rough place), but not anymore. It's alway busy on weekends & now I know why!
The food is delicious & very reasonably priced. Service is always fast & friendly.
Get there early to get a seat...this place fills up fast!
A the good ole buc... still miss the old lunch time entertainment.
Food is your average pub squabble, though they charge more for what is much better elsewhwere. Most of the previous reviews are spot on. Great place for large groups - say sports teams, can even have a midweek casual date by the fireplaces. Service is great if you know your server, if not - they make union wages so tips are less important, thus a lower level of service entails.
As for the decor, good eyes, the same people built The Buck, Foggy Dew, Sportstown, and Smiley O'neals to name a few.
One of the best flame grilled burgers available, and the won ton prawns rock. A great selection of on tap ales, good music, warm and cozy. Once the place gets really busy the service slows down a tad, but if you are in a hurry, there are some fast food places down the street a way. The young ladies doing the keltic dancing that one sunday morning was a real treat. Expect to get more than you are paying for.
They changed the crust!
Why? Because some customers complained that it was thin and crispy!
Hello, the menu says "Thin crust pizza", and it was done properly.
Result: The crust now tastes like the box I used to take home my leftovers in. They went from a 10 to a 5 (scrape off the topping and eat IT)
Will they go back to what was likely one of the best pizzas around? Stay tuned.
The Fries: The best around when you ask for them well done.
Yep, my first time at the Buck and definitely not the last time. The Bar and Grill is not to be confused with the Steveston Cafe which needs a lot of reno to bring it up to snuff. The Buck's food was very, very good for a pub/grill. Only complaint was that there were no original British style foods on the menu. They try to make as many people happy with a selection of Asian, Italian, Canadian, Mexican items on the menu. Get there early if you want some good seats especially when they have a band.
This ain't no place for a lady.... which is precisely why every man here is single or pretends to be I guess.
Men can be obnoxious, trashy and crass. Life is too short to go for that. You can expect up to an inch of fallen liquor on the floor after 9pm.
A restaurant near water can have a cathartic and satisfying effect... especially when you are a few ladies looking for a good meet up but this kind of men and the type of women who say yes are just awful.
Despite the great location and inviting open dining in the late summer, there wasa lack of professionalism and sophistication when you serve your diners food amidst leering greasy men. Truly terrible.Apparently, the women here are ripe for the picking and men know it so they are in pick up mode. We are not that kind of women so we did not enjoy the treatment. Service was decent but could not overcome the execrable indifference of the kitchen, customers and staff; keep walking.
I come here often with my old man and his old man (dad). The food is acceptable, not fantastic.. but decent for the price you pay. There's alot of TVs and it's quite loud. Lots of seating and the live cover bands are pretty good. as Far as pubs go, it's fine. The Fish and Chips is a good deal here, but probably better on the wharf imo.