Homestyle Fish and Chips.
The was our first time here. The service was slow. The staff were liking the walking dead. The ambiance was humdrum; not a friendly atmosphere. When the server brought our fish and chip he apologized for the small portion and said he would be back with more fish; never to return. If he felt the order was too small why didn't he tell the kitchen to put another piece on the plate. When we told the waitress about it she said must be a miscommunication because she wasn't aware of it. She said she would check with the manager as she walked away with our plates and forks. One piece of fish with small order of fries $8.20, a little steep. I have been to other places where they bring you two pieces because the first piece is small. This will be our last time there.
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.
I've commercial fished for many years and so far have only had decent fish & chips in Seattle, and many years ago (not Ivars, which is a burn in portionsize and price), in small places on the waterfront, one place where the oysters were as big as your fist (tangy, not "what's-the-point-of-liking-them"-mild) and the fries were baked quarter-lengths of potatoes! "Dave's" like a "Barbs" on the dock in Vic. is 'you'll leave hungry' unless you eat the massive amounts of oily hard batter and banal chips and, under the batter, there's the chintzy small piece of frozen for weeks (taste the tell all there) and weeks fish. Lower Mainland and Victoria may have fair fish and chips places, but I havn't found any yet!
'bout sums it up.
We had tried to come here a while back in the summer but the place was packed. I put that in the back of my head as usually when you have to wait 45 minutes at a diner the food ain't bad. So we arrived here after we decided that Mc Donald's just wasn't gonna cut it (boy were we wrong).
Lets start, its a nice place, pretty clean besides the black dried ketchup lid and leaking vinegar on the table.
We were seated and drink orders placed. All seemed well so far. Then we ordered...
Myself I went on a limb and tried the "Xtreme Poppers" Mistake number one. I did expect some sort of frozen jalapeno popper concoction-snack, but a Costco special? Come on. I could have had a whole box for less than they charged for these. The coleslaw was alright, as was the fries. Nothing special, nothing bad. Reminded me more of what you would get at a concession stand. Not a diner.
For my fiancee, it was different. She ordered a "World Famous" one piece of halibut. The staple of fish-n-chip shops... Firstly, it arrived without tarter... This struck us as odd as it's a FISH N CHIPS shop, usually tarter is pretty free flowing...So she asked and it arrived after the airy waitress remembered on her third pass by the table. To top it off, its very upscale KRAFT tarter, nothing home made, nothing even special, just a dollop of soybean oil based crap.
Then the actual "fish" The portion was actually quite large and looked quite tasty (from my perspective) until however you cut it open and the grease starts to flow... This was by far the greasiest and bottom soggy fish I have ever seen or tasted. My fiancee is now regretting ordering it (and I'm regretting suggesting the place) as the grease is upsetting her stomach (as well mine).
As some reviewers have stated here before, 'there are too many good restaurants in Vancouver and area to waste time and money here".
Sub-par food, mediocre service, and no reason for this place to hold a "World Famous" title guarantee's that I won't be back.
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.
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.
Wife and I have been going there for over 15 years and still go with the kids. Just went again on Saturday, very busy, the service was great, and the food was incredible as always. Wife and Kids were just as happy. Loved the kid menu deal, but miss the drink specials. Will try the all you can eat if i can make it out during the week. It's always worth the drive.
My friend and I ordered take-out of two halibut pieces, two large fries, and two drinks, after a fun stroll through the Steveston Farmer's Market. There isn't much of an ambiance, as we sat at the picnic tables directly outside the pick-up station.
The fish was fresh and filling. It was a nice golden brown, but it was too greasy. Oil would squirt out at each cut of the fish. The tartar sauce was passable, but given that it is a staple of fish and chips, shouldn't the cook try to make it delicious?
The fries were the most disappointing. They tasted as if old leftover fries were mixed in with a few new fries. The bulk of the fries were cold; they tasted dry, and stale. I used at least 8 packets of ketchup to give them some semblance of flavour. Perhaps the owners are taking the customers for granted; the restaurant draws crowds, because of the great location, which is enough for them to make food with no taste or pride.
The dinner cost 21.00 including drinks. I will not go there again.
Ah Good old Dave's I've had many a takeout meals from this place whenever I have a huge family get together.
Experience inside the restaurant maybe a bit more of a laid back feel.
The fish itself is battered a bit heavily. I am a happy that the gravy servings are huge. Make sure to have a separate order of fries including what came as a side for the main order or your going to have a lot of wasted gravy. Service is a bit sluggish but they were still pleasant. Kind of hard to believe that they couldn't take our order when there was only 3-4 customers in the place....
The only thing world famous about this enterprise is that as many people as possible should be dissuaded from purchasing anything until Dave, or whoever is in charge starts taking notice of what is being said about this Diner.I'm from the UK and i can assure anyone with any taste, that The Brits would run away in droves from Dave's!In my six years in Richmond, i have tried this restaurant twice. In each case i was appalled at the service (surly) the food (greasy and inedible, and even for a fish and chip place no variety, eg pies?)the ambiance (tense to say the least)value (for non home made items to be anywhere near my plate i believe is scandalous). Trust me, a trip to Cockney Kings in New West, is well worth the time and trouble it takes to get there.Pa Jo's is very good all round too.Needless to say we will not be returning until Dave's management team rethink their operation.
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