The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill is located at the south end of the Number Two Road Bridge in Richmond. Offers a wide selection of micro brews and pub fare with a patio open in the summer.
While some people, like tourists or those who travel a lot like coming here because it is super close to the airport terminal, I liked Flying beaver for another reason. The ambience! It was just amazingly pretty coming down here, either to catch a canucks' game with your friends over drinks and simple but yummy food (wings, burgers, fries...you get the point).
This time around, i was seriously disappointed. Im all for nice and lively atmospheres, but this one was too much. The music playing in the background was so loud that even sitting in the patio watching the deck was no longer nice. the crowd is also too roudy, which i didnt like this time around. kinda made this place lose its touch.
I've been here about a dozen times but no more until they change their policy of seating customers.
We arrived around suppertime to a full house but had to keep wandering around the restaurant several times to try & find a table. We finally got tired of hovering around the tables & went back to the entrance to wait. In the meantime about a half dozen customers did the same thing & then left (lost business) but unfortunately,
two couples who arrived long after us managed to snag a place because we weren't in the right place at the right time (hovering near the wrong tables?). The servers seemed to notice what was going on but the guy at the front entrance didn't care at all. Sad that we won't be coming back because we like the atmosphere.
I had the one piece fish and chips for about $11.50, my partner had the steak sandwich for about $14.00.
the fries were the battered kind so they were pretty crispy. He was happy with his steak sandwich which came with sauted mushrooms. I was not impressed with my fish n chips, it came in what looked like a large size dim sum bamboo steamer which we thought was kind of strange since it was fish n chips, not Chinese food.. oh well.. I got a fairly small size piece of fish which was okay but the batter was overfried and too crunchy, not tender. not sure if I will be having the fish n chips again as not really good value for the price...the positive thing is that the view was nice though and you can see the float planes take off and land..
My gf and I met up with a friend here to catch the Canucks game. It was pretty packed but luckily our friend arrived first and snagged a seating facing a screen.
The menu has a few non-traditional pub items and tries to be a little outside of the box, perhaps with mixed results. Our friend who's been here before raved about the fish and chips, which I do agree looked good. My burger and fries was decent minus the rather small slice of cheese and the overly tangy grilled onions which, either intended or not for contrast did not bode well on my palette. My gf's ahi tuna salad was served up alongside with some shredded lettuce salad with some unripe mango cubes thrown in, taking up a good 3/4 of the plate. Our yam fries side was fraught with limp strands, but the peppered mayo was excellent. Our Caesar's were awfully bitter; I actually ordered it again to check if it was just a one-off...not.
Our server was on the ball considering the amount of patrons inside that night, so it's hard to fault on the small details.
There are lots of newer tvs around and the look really spoke to me but the food and drinks makes me second guess coming here again. It's also a bit out of the way unless you appreciate the planes in the background flying in and out while you're glued to the screen.
The Other Half had severe cabin fever after all the snow, so we headed to Richmond for lunch on Saturday. I had heard of this pub, it seemed a little different, and so we went searching for it.
I`ve lived in the Lower Mainland for decades, but have never been to the South Terminal of YVR. It seemed a bit of adventure to get there!
Very nice ambiance, right on the river. The Harbour Air seaplanes land and take off from just outside the windows. The room itself was comfortable and welcoming. Also refreshing that it wasn`t `ye olde Irish-Celtic` themed...
The menu said breakfast only until 10:45, but the server told us that they now extend the brunch menu until 1:00 pm on the weekends. The OH had the Biggie Breakfast with ham, sausage, bacon, two eggs toast and hash browns. He all but licked the plate, so I gather that it was very good indeed. I ordered `Bad Boys`bennie, also with ham, sausage, bacon, hollandaise sauce, two eggs and hash browns. It was very good, and very generous in the size of the serving. I couldn`t finish it.
Bathrooms were clean and tidy. The pub itself was well-kept and spotless. Empty plates cleared promptly, empty glasses refilled promptly by very friendly waitstaff.
I wish it was closer to home... still, I foresee a few more visits in the future. The summertime would be great for the outside deck seating.
Well. We've hardly missed a Sunday in *years*. Pat, the manager who tends bar, is an amicable guy. The staff are highly competent. The food is great for a pub.
It all started last month. The food took a decidedly bad turn. We didn't finish some food once, and Pat bent over backwards giving us free stuff, didn't charge us for our meals, and apologized. We were astonished at how great they were about it.
Having been busy for the past few weeks, last nite was our first time back since. The servers are ALL different, and Pat, who's been a permanent icon there, wasn't behind the bar. Hmmm.... new management?
The service was beyond horrible.
Tables weren't served food in the sequence they ordered.
Asked for tabasco; 5 mins later, got it ourselves. 15 mins later, the girl comes by with some, and gives us a chilly glare.
We waited a 1/2 hour for beer.
We ordered 16 wings, got 10. When we pointed this out, we were told 'they're backed up in the kitchen, but 6 more are coming.' You can't make 16 together??? What's with that? But when our dinner was well over, and it was obviously time to go, we cancelled the other 6 wings. Sheesh. The girl never apologized, nothing. "Oh," she says. "You don't want the other 6 now."
But this is what clinched it: While complaining amongst ourselves about the bad service, the table next to ours asked for the manager and had a SLEW of complaints.
The manager (the new bartender) started to argue with them! The manager accused the lady of stirring up trouble, and ended the conversation with, "if you don't like us, you can take us to court." Wha!?!?
We were going to pipe up too, but then decided nah... it's not worth it. We'll vote with our feet. They have pub food and beer all over the place. No need to pay to feel unhappy, right?
I can certainly see why this place is popular. If I was going out for drinks and appies, this is a "go to place". They have an adequate drink list and they are obviously proud of it. they also offer a courtesy bus to drive you home on weekend evenings. KUDOS!
Sadly, i was there for a meal. I ordered a buffalo chicken wrap and I asked for "no ranch dressing". Essentially it's buffalo chicken strips in a wrap with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. It was yummy enough, but the chicken was slightly dry. I got fries with it and they are batter wrapped potato fry. Common, but not my bag. All in all, pretty "meh."
My wife got their clubhouse sandwich and she liked it. she never eats all of many things, while she ate this whole thing. I had "order envy" for sure.
As for service, maybe it was because it was busy, but our server was pretty absent, although she showed much effort, the issue seemed to be she had too big of a section or the job was too much for her to handle. I think it's safe to say, she had too many tasks (organizational problem.)
All in all: good for a drink, poor for a meal. Don't go to have a conversation, but go for good company, l;ike it's intended.
I'll probably stick to something closer to my house, while I'm glad I know they're there.
Came here yesterday for my cousins 22nd birthday. The food was actually pretty good and I really did enjoy it (but didn't want to say that it was outstanding, thus I only gave it a 3, but deserves a little mroe than that)
Saturdays is really fun at the Beaver if you know your music. They have "Name that tune" night on Saturdays and they play the start of a song from the 50's until the 2000's and you are supposed to guess the name of the song and the artist (for those wishing to play of course) BUT BEWARE! The music is *LOUD* I would have enjoyed 'name that tune' more had I known my music, but eh! it was a fun night anyways and the food was great.
Service was average considering it was busy.
This pub has one of the greatest patios in the area. You sit and watch the float planes take-off and land on the water. Friendly staff and very good food. The nightly dinner special is great value. We went on a Thursday evening and the special was steak and prawns for $11.99.
If you have out-of-town visitors this is definately a great place to take them as it is different -- very west coast.
The Beaver Tail potato skins are a great appy to start your evening off.
Came here with a friend for Nacho’s and beer. The nacho’s with “everything” was huge and the draft beers were smooth. Friday night and it’s packed to the rafters. Come here for some fun and be prepare for a shouting good time.
This used to be a favorite when I worked at the airport. Wing Wednesday's was something to look forward to.
The ambiance is fantastic with a great view of the floatplanes taking off right outside.
The service is good, but can be off sometimes when they are really busy...and trust me, this place gets packed!
Check it out, you won't be disappointed!
If you think that the Flying Beaver Grill is a good place to have a bite with the kids to watch the sea planes or before catching the plane to Victoria, think again. This restaurant is merely coasting on it's view and location. Their food is mediocre and the service is horrible.
The servers were annoyed that we brought a child, were unaccommodating and downright rude.
Our server told us that my two year old son could not bring his drink into the restaurant. Fair enough- don't want competition. So I asked for one of their glasses to put the drink into. She said "no, you have to throw it away" and walked off. My son had a stomach ache and the drink was meant to sooth it. We were a long drive from home. So I ordered a small orange juice, I emphasized small and explained that it was for my son. She bought back a very tall, narrow glass of juice filled to the brim. My son immediately spilled it, of course. This set a bad tone for the rest of the meal. The servers left the soaking wet napkins used to clean up the juice on the cramped table and floor and never offered to help. Not once did they ask how our meal was or how we were doing. My son, who is normally relaxed in restaurants was restless and uncomfortable, we all felt the glares from the wait staff. I was nervous so I kept smiling at the staff and trying to get their attention... there was no kids menu and they didn't offer any half portions of food. As a family we negotiated splitting our plates instead of ordering one full order. Finally we ordered a side of yams fries and an extra piece of fish for one of our meals. The waitress served our food but forgot our son's side order of yam fries. She said she thought we cancelled it. We politely told her not to worry. When we were done we were not offered tea, coffee or dessert; we felt like they just wanted to get rid of us. To make the ending perfect, my son started crying under the stress, which triggered a barfing attack (remember I mentioned the drink to sooth his stomach, the one that the server took away?). He vomited all down the front and inside of my dress. The staff all saw this but didn't offer any help, napkins, dish clothes- nada. They just watched us impassively as we excused ourselves to go to the bathroom in embarrassment.
To give them some credit, the food was good. And the servers all looked glamorous. Maybe they should spend less time looking good, and more time treating their customers with some care and attention. The long drive home in a hot car in a barfy dress was unbearable. What's the ending of this tale? One day these gorgeous girls will have kids of their own and karma will have it's sweet way with them.
We were at the Beaver the other night for a B-day party which coincided with 'name that tune night". I used to work out here and I remember the food at the beaver always being a notch above what you would expect from a pub, the calamari here used to be some of the best in town. I ordered the same thing and ended up with a soggy portion of tiny rings and a small mound of messy shredded lettuce as a "side salad" Wow what a change. Other people we were with ordered various dishes and NONE of them were really any good, the closest to being good was the salmon burger. On the plus side the ambiance of this place is great and the beer is cold and reasonably priced. Good place for a beer and a view but don't bother with the food..they even managed to fail at doing nachos! whoever is running this place should bring back the former chef!
Flying Beaver is located at the floatplanes terminal at the airport. The upside is the view. The downside is that its near nothing and there is usually a roadblock on the only road that leads in and out of it. Also, it pretty much dies down after midnight or 1am, since you cant really “drop by”.
However, it is a blast. It has really really good pub food at pub prices. Food and drink specials every day. Good looking servers. Always busy with good-looking crowd. Good breakfasts on the weekends. It is by far the best pub in Richmond! Done by the Mark James Group, same people that own Yaletown Brewery, Lotus Hotel, Dix, Mark’s Fiasco and others.
No complaints from me - this is a fun place. Watch the seaplanes take off and enjoy the air terminal atmophere. Sure the service can be on the slow side, and the food is average, but they are friendly enough and I've never really had a terrible experience. I've been going for years and there's no place like it Richmond. There are really much worse choices for pubs.
I made a reservation and arrived on time with half of my party. The other half was on a delayed SeaAir flight and were going to be 20 minutes late. We ordered drinks for the entire party and two appetizers in anticipation of their arrival. Upon their plane landing (we could see them de-planing on the dock behind us), the manager came over and told us that he was taking away our second table because our entire party wasn't there and they have a "15-minute rule". We argued that we could not control a flight delay, that we had ordered for the entire group in their absence and that they were visible walking up the dock to the restaurant (30 seconds away). The manager still said that he was taking our table. We were flabbergasted with this appalling service and pleaded that he just wait for 30 seconds until our Grandmother could make it with the rest of our family up the dock to our tables (she's in a wheelchair). He still said no and said that "if our guests were going to be there, they would have been there by now." All of us are very frequent guests and we all removed our Frequent Beaver cards from our wallets, put them on the table and walked out. I will NEVER go here again, NEVER refer anyone to this establishment again and will tell everyone I know our horrific story of a restaurant that I used to love. Terrible management decision Flying Beaver.
We go to the south terminal often, which is right across from the Flying Beaver. The last time we were there a couple of years ago was a bad experience so we hadn't been frequenting it.
However, we were at the main airport and were going to the south terminal and had 1 1/2 hours to kill. We thought we would give this place another chance as it is close and does have a wonderful view.
From the moment we walked in, we did not get a good impression. The music was to loud to talk comfortably. The place needed a good clean. The tables were dirty.
We selected a table but their was a note saying something like "you can sit here, but if people we like stop by you will be asked to move". Why not put a reserved sign on it? We moved on, found another table and sat down. The waitress did come over promptly to get our drink order When I only wanted water, her attitude was disdainful. However, I got the water when the others got their drinks.
We had decided to order the wings special. Oh boy, the rules. First we each had to have a real drink, water was not acceptable. OK, I ordered a beer and gave it to my husband. My husband ordered 12 hot wings, which was ok. But my Grandmother and I each ordered 6. Not acceptable, the minimum was 10. Again, ok, we ordered 10 each. They came covered in goop and were not very good. We each ate a couple but couldn't continue as the sauce was overpowering. We did eat the decent yam fries.
Up until this point we took the rules in stride. But when we asked the waitress to wrap the wings up so we could take them home, she informs us we can only take a maximum of 7 wings with us. When I explained we could not eat them all and didn't want to order that many anyways, she said "I explained you had to order 10". Yes, she did, but she did not explain we would have to eat the all of them. She informed us she would pack up 7 and throw the extras away, or we could eat them. At this point I snapped "Who makes these ridiculous *)(*& rules?". She stomped off and refused to come back.
So I asked to speak to the manager. He eventually came over and started chewing me out for swearing at the waitress. I apologized and tried to explain our situation, and that all I wanted was to take the leftovers home but he just kept explaining the rules to us over and over. Finally I said there is no point in continuing this conversation, could we please have our bill so we could leave. He then continued to talk, but he became angry because I cut him off. He just wouldn't go away.
It's ridiculous really, we are good customers, pleasant, take situations as they occur and tip well. All we ask is that we get treated fairly and with respect. I understand they need to have rules surrounding their specials, but come on, don't make me order more food than I want then tell me I either have to eat them or throw them out, but still have to pay for them.
Well, the best way to vote is by not bothering to go back and you can be sure that is what we will do.
Not only is this bar the best place to hang out or take a visitor in the area, but the food and service are great. I have eaten nearly everything on the menu over the years and only had one thing I wasn't impressed with. The daily specials are excellent and the wings are solid, only wish they added some more flavors.
The food and beer prices are a solid value. They even have a "Frequent Beaver" program for regular customers. I find the staff there are great, from the servers and bartenders, to the porters and doormen - everyone is friendly and happy to help. It can get busy in there, at any time of the day because the place is so popular.
What can you say about the ambience? You are on the Fraser river and watching the seaplanes come in and out. It is great! One of the best places to relax with friends in the Greater Vancouver area.
We come here before/after paintballing at the indoor place in Richmond, and I always get the Bison Burger since I no longer can eat beef or pork (causes stomach problems). I've had alot of bison burgers from alot of pubs and restaurants since I stopped eating beef a few years ago. This is by far the best bison burger in Vancouver, it is juicy, the patty isnt a thin charcoiled dry quarter pounder look alike. The portions are generous, the patty is at least 6oz's cooked, the bun isnt anything to get excited about nor are the toppings except the guiness infused cheddar. My suggestion is to improve the bun for this burger, since it is so juicey the bun was falling apart after a couple of bites, but that might be my excited grip. everyone elses food is always delicious as well, except the halibut sandwich which is dry. The random specials they have are a great treat (4 dollar pints on sundays? after 5 cheap wings? sheesh) and the view of the water is fantastic. Service is decent, but we usually get sat at a small table for me (a 5'9" girl), usually my tall brother, dad,sister in law, and my random guy friends. and usually they dont have ketchup ready for our fries and they are terrible at upselling, but they are nice, they dont mess up what we order and they arent ugly and scowly.
Highly reccomend dropping in.
This restaurant is like a beach-house. There is a central age-restricted bar area, and screened-in patios on the outside. The patios are a bit cold and subject to lots of mosquitos, depending on the season. The bar is like any other bar I've seen in Richmond - very noisy with loud music - but this one is a bit more upbeat and energetic. Both times I was there, the bar patrons and staff were egging on drunk women to dance or do silly things for prizes. The food is decent pub-fare; a bit expensive. Too noisy for me.