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.
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.
The food and the view are pretty good there but the people who works there disappointed me. Last time I call and tried to make a reservation for 15 people. I tired to make it at 830 and the lady said NO the latest will have to be 8. So i said ok ten i will ask some of my friend go there first because i don't get off till 8 and guess what she said? she said i am WARNING you that if not all 15 show up before 815 i will have to take away the seat. So i said ok then i will call back tomorrow and see if all of us can make it by 815 and guess what? she said EVEN YOU CALL TOMORROW I AM STILL GOING TO WARN YOU THE SAME THING. i was very shock with the word 'WARN'
We have frequented the Flying Beaver until 2006. Since then we had found other "watering holes". In 2008 January we went for lunch. It was a disaster. My "super duper burger" was a cold dried mess almost inedible with mushrooms heavily peppered!!. My wife's chicken as passable. The wine Zinfandel was from "unknown" vineyards and tasted like vinegar.
Food was late, and service very slow. Waiting for food was an experience.
Fortunately I paid only for wine and my wife's meal.
Why does a good place become poor and a rundown place?
Been to The Flying Beaver numerous times since moving here three months ago. The Black and Blue Burger is very good. The Butter Chicken is outstanding as is Spicy Pepper Jack Burger. Love the fries and the different mayo dips for the fries.
and we fly a lot so the location is great and watching the float planes land is always fun. The heated patio is wonderful.
If you need to go to the Airport to pick someone up (my girlfriend works for an airline discount for airline employees on Tuesdays) this is a great place to take a hungry guest. It is a great first impression of Vancouver.
The views are wonderful if you are on the enclosed patio- you can see the airport, mountains and the river with float planes coming and going.
The food is decent and the specials are usually a great deal. The appy platter is pretty good too.
We bring our child there (during the day) as they have a high chair and you can sit on the enclosed patio. Sometimes this place is crazy busy during the week with all the local flight crews. Get a flying beaver card if you intend to return and get a free meal after buying a few for friends!
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.
When we first got there, our waitress was just taking something out to a diner on the patio, so we followed her in. Already I was kind of put off by the look of the place - more like someone's house. The place looked like it had not seen a good clean in quite some time. But, I felt I would let it slide because I was rendezvousing with a beautiful lady friend. Maybe they were going for a really old pub look? I don't know. We were told we could sit anywhere we liked (there had to be maybe two other patrons there) so I decided to go for the booth right beside the windows with the view. When I sat down, it was quite uncomfortable. Not somewhere I would want to be sitting for any expensive period of time. As well, it was absolutely freezing in there. It has been getting pretty cool the last few weeks and I would think that like most restaurants at least the good ones which I go to would adjust their thermostat. erm ,no. Once again, I will let this slide. Before the waitress leaves, she takes our drink order (wine list is limited go for brew) and will take my girlfriend's when she gets back from the washroom. Sure enough, she did get both our drinks quite promptly. From there on, everything was OK and the place started to fill up and get warmer. Surprisngly, quite a few ladies came in and some were actually cute and fashionable. Thats what I call a pub.
Have been coming here since they opened in '95, all I can say is that the food is always good (remember this' a pub) service is strong (and cute) beer cold and great drink specials daily, and who doesn't like watching the sea planes take off and land. Never miss, where else will you always be satisfied.
Coming here for about 3 years now but only on wednesdays. I would say a great place to hang out and have a few beers. Although I don't often order any type of food other then the wings, I would say that I keep coming back for only that. I normally get salt + pepper wings and ask for a bunch of sauce to self dip. I find it much better then ordering the wings that are aready flavored.
I can not explain but the atmosphere here cannot be beaten, and to understand that, you would have to go there yourself and enjoy what it is i am talking about.
The halibut burger & fries was very good, the tartar sauce was tasty, the fish was delicicous and the fries had some extra seasoning that made them, extra good. The 'sun room' seating was very neat, we got to see float planes taxi across the road into the water or take off. A little noisy but not bothersome. The seating 'wait line' was unusual, you wait near the door, in a roped off line up, until you are called or beckoned by one of the staff (I imagine this system is enacted during the busiest times); so don't go looking for a host(ess), as you will lose your place in line!
This is the place, I mean THE PLACE to go if you enjoy washing down pub foods with foamy suds.
View is great, rain or shine, good to be there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and late night snack, of course with a few pints of foamy suds.
Nowhere in Canada that it's that great. I can sit there from dawn 'till dusk and charge everything to my visa, bravo flying beaver.....
Busy pub out of the way but you can watch the float planes take off. Steak special is a good deal - I forget which day they offer it. I know one company that goes there often for wing nights on Wednesday. I would definitely recommend it.
The best pub in Richmond for food without a doubt. All the standards are here and done well (chicken wing's, burgers, etc...) but the menu also has some great other items as well. The mussels and pulled pork sandwich are great.
BEWARE: Beer specials are often served in a plastis cups so is this would turn you off pay a little more and get a regular pint.
Service is great, fast and usually very friendly. Sure it can be a little noisy and crowded but IT IS A PUB, not a restaurant in a seniors home.
The location is beautiful especially when the sun is setting or anytime on a nice day. The decor is nice and comfy with a fishing lodge theme.
Check it out you won't be disappointed.