Homestyle Fish and Chips.
I have been here about 5 or 6 times. I had come last week with a friend of mine and we were seated immediatly.
We started with drinks, both of us ordering a Pepsi. We then looked at our menus after the waiter brought our drinks he asked us if we were ready (we took a few minutes, but finally decided) I had ordered a 3 piece pan friend Cod with fries. plus extra piece of fish (no colseslaw) and my friend ordered a 2 piece Cod (regular)
Our waiter seemed very friendly and attentive, and brought to our attention that prices had gone down since I was last there, because the restaurant gets some sort of discount on thier fish (can't remember exactly) but it is great to know that they are passing thier savings on to the customers and not pocketing it all for themselves, and as an added bonus, because the restarant has a deal with thier supplier, they are now giving free refills on fries (again, it's great to know that they are passing thier savings to the customers)
Anyhow, on to the food. The food tasted really good, not too oily, but rather just enough for a melting satisfied taste....my friend reported that she really enjoyed her meal as well...it was worth every penny.
The restaurant closed at 8:00, but we were still finishing off beverages and talking....Told the waiter to feel free to kick us out at anytime, but he told us not to worry and to just enjoy our food and our time at the establishment. We stayed until about 8:45.
It was a really good food and a good time. Thank you. Will return and recommended
Went back to Dave's for the first time in many years.
It's exactly as I remember it.
Ordered the 2 piece cod & chips, a cup of the new england clam chowder, a green salad and an order of calamari.
The fish & chips and the clam chowder are pretty good, the salad was decent and the calamari was okay (could be a little crisper).
The service is quick and friendly.
The room is dated and could use a refresh.
Came here for a Saturday lunch a little while ago. Had the halibut and chips and my friend had them too. The fries were a little soggy and the fish itself was pretty greasy. I have had better fish and chips and chain restaurants.
The place is not so clean, my table was a little sticky, and everything looked pretty old. The bathroom was pretty dirty, one of the worse i have been to.
Service was minimal but present. It was packed when I was there, don't know why, as it isn't a good value and the food wasn't that good.
Would not return.
Aaah, I wish I read all this before we headed there. The place looks like a little hole in the wall, but clean enough.
We managed to beat the rush, but my gosh, was it slow. Even though there were empty tables, it took a while to get us seated because the hostess/waitresses just weren't on top of their game. Running very inefficiently and not terribly friendly either.
The food came ... okay, slightly on the slow side based on what it is. We had some halibut, clam strips, chips... So, the food was actually okay. The chips are decent, nothing to write home about. The coleslaw was actually okay too. The fish? Not bad and it was very generously sized and not too overly battered (though I could still do with less). A bit surprised by it actually.
Unfortunately, there's not much to choose between this place, Go Fish and Pajo's (or even Mr. Pickwick's for that matter) that I can recall. Unlikely to be returning, it just isn't outstanding enough and the service, well, sucky. In the meantime, still searching for really, really good fish 'n chips here...
The service was very good, everyone who took care of us was very cheerful, attentive and quick.
For 48 years I have eating in British Fish and Chips shops and I'm afraid, like others in the Steveston area who claim to be authentic, are not! Maybe I am deluding myself that I expect an equal quality on the other side of the world!
However, this fish was so much better than other restaurants in the area, that is the biggest bonus we got coming here. The other food we ordered was....ok.
On a side note, I ordered Cranberry Juice which was seriously watered down, so for $1.95 it wasn't worth it.
The price of the food was ok, its what I would have expected to pay.
The owners obviously have gone to a lot of trouble to ensure there is a nautical feel about the restaurant and it works.
The big question is: would I eat there again?
We had two pieces of halibut and chips. The batter on the halibut was light and crisp. The fries weren't very good though. They were kinda hard (under cooked?) and soggy. The popcorn shimp were good though. Service was attentive and I really liked the ambiance and feel of the place. We were there on a lovely Sunday afternoon and barely had to wait at all for a table. Diners who showed up 5 minutes after we did had to wait though.
Visited Dave's for lunch on a friday afternoon, there was a slight wait despite there being free tables, as the servers were not cleaning them. After the short wait we got seated and I ordered the 2 piece cod and chips. Good value for price around $11 for 2 big pieces of fish, scoop of coleslaw and fries.
Freshly fried and greasy. not bad fish and chips for steveston, but i think I prefer Pajos. They do have a larger menu here for deep fried seafood including clam strips
I have stopped going to Dave's because the batter keeps getting thicker, fish smaller, and prices higher. I'm writing this review because I happened to see that someone recently reviewed this joint!
We used to do takeout from here about twice a month for a period of 5 months. I tried to dine in once but they were already closed (about 8pm).
The take-out takes forever, ok, I'm being dramatic. But 20 minutes is usually not enough for them to have your takeout packed and ready. It's closer to 30 minutes, at least.
Despite that Fish & Chips is in their name, fish & chips are probably the worst thing on their menu. I would not recommend them at all. However, the fried oysters are really good, especially with the red cocktail sauce they serve with it, as are their onion rings. Dave's tartar sauce is really good too, but since I don't recommend trying their fish...
The service is pretty amateur, but cut them some slack since they appear to be teenagers, with the average age of 17. But, I was irked when we asked one of these teens working the takeout counter for a menu. He told us that he wasn't allowed to give out any menus right now because the owner just raised the prices and some people got upset that they weren't being charged at the old prices. Okaaaaaaay....
I have not been back there for a few months. I probably will when I get a hankering for the fried oysters.
We decided to do a take-out order of fish and chips since the diner was busy. We were disappointed when we got home as there was no tarter sauce, ketchup and coleslaw in the bag.
It was tasteless without the sauce. I'm guessing they forgot to pack it in? Dine-in service is better.
We've been going here for years because of the good food and the convenience of location. Today was my last visit, however, when the halibut was obviously cod - my friend couldn't eat it. The waitress said 'it happens all the time that it's mistaken for cod'. Is there something wrong with this picture? From the Eastern seaboard of Britain, you can't fool us. Too bad. Will go over to Pajo's from now on.
Been eating here for over 20 years and still find its the best. May have new staff here and there but they are always doing their best to keep the food tasting great and looking good. Even my friends from England like it better then home, not nearly as greasy as back in England. Service is about the same as any other place, I enjoy the surroundings as it is casual. I don't take away food often but when I do its always ready within 15 minutes unless it is a busy night which in understandable. Overall I would recommend this place to everyone, you will enjoy it.
I found the food to be good. The prices are a little high but, thats usually the case for fish and chips resturants. I'm not sure what the person was thinking when she said the take out place takes 30 mins. I usually go to the take out area and wait 10 mins.. sometimes 15 if they're busy. I'm not a fan of oyster's so I can't comment on them but i usually get halibut and chips which is pretty good to my standards. I recomend this place to any fish and chip lover.
Doesn't like it - I have been a loyal Dave's patron for nearly 20 years and I am disappointed to report that their quality has gone SOUTH. I always order 2 piece Cod (lightly battered) and enjoy the decadence of fried foods infrequently. My friend and I ordered the same thing so the fish came with regular batter WTF? then they were 2 of the smallest filets I've seen here WTF? the server actually brought two very small filets to compensate (even though I did not complain) the coleslaw was tasteless and after spending $15 ea for fish & chips (with tip) with NO beverages - I canNOT feel less satisfied.
I will be moving my business to Pajos (which has earned my biz) or if I'm near a Cockney Kings or C-Lovers. Perhaps the new developments in Steveston has made Daves complacent - but you have alienated a long-time loyal customer
Had a wonderful meal at Dave's Fish and Chips today. It was very busy, due to the holiday season, but the wait staff handled it with professional ease.
We both had the 2 piece cod and chips. We found the fish fresh and delicate with a nice crisp batter that was not greasy.
My fries were perfect, but my partners were a bit underdone for her liking.
I would come again for sure.
how is this place popular with locals? Well, not with this local. I will stick with the always fresh & good Pajos. The fish and chips here taste like they are pre-cooked and warmed before serving. Not very appetizing. It is a busy place but I really don't get it. There are better places on the pier.
After hearing and reading of the raves for this place, I decided to give it a shot. The restaurant has a separate take-out section which I opted for to avoid to crowd. The place serves cod, salmon, and halibut for fish. The salmon left something to be desired. It didn't have the softness that "white fish" tend to have. The onion rings are the fast-food type variety -- small and has a strong onion taste with the after taste of deep fried oil.
As for price, it's reasonable for the serving size, but not what I'd call cheap. If I had to choose, I'd go for Dave's over Pajo's (a nearby competitor).
Been here many many time, food and service are always good at Dave's.
We order New England Clam Chowder, we like the Dave's Chowder, just right.
Three piece Halibut and Chips, Halibut are Excellent, Ice tea not too sweet.
Service also very good, we'll go for some more fish before next summer arrivals.
It's been 3-years since my last visit to Dave's and I'm pleased to report that things have vastly improved since the renovations. Last time, the place stunk! I had to have my clothes dry cleaned just to get the stink-out. The place is now much brighter and nicley set-up. I ordered the 2-pc halibut (with light batter) with fries. The portions were just right and the meal was very tasty. The servers were great and very attentive. I've lived in the UK and must say that Dave's is superior to any F&P I had when in London.
I'll be visiting Dave's again very soon.
I'm still stunned by the absolute lack of service I just received from Dave's Take Out order taker. I must have been such a burden and inconvenience to this person that he actually made me feel bad for placing the order!!!.
Been in the industry for 17 years, most know that saying Hi and Thank-you are key pieces of letting the customer know that your business are welcomed. In this phone conversation neither was present.
In fact if I did not indicate who I was, what time I wanted to pick up the order, the phone conversation would have ended without that information!
Confidant that my order will be as requested... I'm not. No repeat was given, not even when asked...
I am disappointed that after the recent 'face' lift, that the interior is still bitter and rotten. Guess Dave's are to exempt from having a bad day.
I used to be a Restaurant Manager and worked in restaurants for over 15 years.
I went to Dave's a few weeks ago, had a 2 piece Halibut & Chips, and thought it was very good. I have eaten at Pajo's, Cockney King's and Go Fish, and I would go back to Dave's again in a heartbeat.
While the Fish & Chips was great, I have to say that I was impressed with other things.
The restaurant was CLEAN, tables all clean and even the little things like Salt & Pepper shakers were spotless.
I RARELY see restaurants that were as detailed as this.
Really good impression.
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