Good food and service, and a view to die for. Wheelchair accessible.
Drove down to Steveston with my family to spend the day there. I wasnt planning on eating there, but why not grab some fish 'n chips because the kids were hungry. So we decided on the Shady Island. We got a table right away despite how busy they were. We ordered the seafood platter for 2. It comes with Kalamari, 3 peuces of fish Cod, Salmon and Halibut. The fish and chips were good. The calamari was rubbery and not seasoned well. It was a very poor job with the batter not covering the majority ofbthr squid. The kids just ate fries and a bit of fish. It was $45 for thr platter, the bill totalled $58 with drinks. We left hungry. Im not very impressed, i dont think i would go back here. Its like a tourist trap restaurant. People just go for the novelty.
Still searching for a good fair priced restaurant in Steveston. Shouldnt the fish be cheaper here becsuse they are right next to the fishermans wharf?? I dont get it.
We had to stop off somewhere else for a bite. This place is not bad, but i think i will pick another spot in the future.
Took a trip to Steveston and couldn't resist having a bite on the patio before the summer weather disappears. This was our first visit to Shady Island.
The food was ok - we tried the salmon burger and the fish n chips. The burger was good but we found some bones in it. The batter on my fish was crispy but the fish was a bit tough inside. The fries were fairly good (fresh and crunchy but not greasy). Only problem was ketchup seemed to be scarce. Both dishes had fries with it, but only I was given a tiny cup of ketchup, which my bf shared with me. We asked the server 3 times for more ketchup and finally received it another miniscule cup which was barely enough.
Service took a hit because of the ketchup incident, but also because it took a while to get seated.
Canada Day, sunny weather and Steveston undoubtly equalled some outdoor patio action, so fish and chips made sense. Though this place had inside seating, we decided to risk the hoards of people and did the takeout window with the limited menu and crossed our fingers for a space on the boardwalk.
The wait wasn't too bad considering the lineups and soon enough, the halibut, cod, chips and a couple of drinks came and we were already eating. High turnover meant we all received our orders hot off the oil. Though the batter was on the brown side (change the oil!), it was crisp, fairly light and not too thick. The fish was cooked perfectly (my gf liked them far better than the one down the boardwalk) and the fries, while looking very lifeless, was hot, and had a surprisingly nice crisp to it. Though we only received a small portion of tartar sauce each, we were easily able to get extra sauce at the window.
Service was akin to a fastfood counter. Though ours was fine, I noticed a few missed orders while we were eating. Extra points though for the lone staff cleaning down the patio tables and chairs for those lazy enough not to clean after themselves.
You'd think the view would be great here, but it wasn't the least bit impressive. Up close and facing a dock of idle boats on one side, while having crowds of people walk over your heads on the other side, and in the meantime trying to protect your food from hungry crows and pigeons makes the dining experience hasty.
The fish and chips portion of their menu is good so that is reflected in the ratings. Though I wouldn't exactly hurry back, it's about as good as I've had, though how much better could it get..
I sometimes wonder at businesses that operate at touristic areas. They should do more to improve their businesses as it's not once in a while tourists that will make or break your business but locals who will continuously support it. Elsewhere outside of Steveston this restaurant would rate a solid two. However in the touristic void that sometimes happens to food, I'll be generous and rate it a 3. Having said that the shrimp sandwich I had was solid. The shrimp was steamed and had mayonnaise with a light sprinkling of dill on it. For their take-out kiosk the prices were alright. Canned pop was priced a bit high though. If I had to pick between this place and Pajo's I would rather go there for a grilled halibut burger. Honestly I'm conflicted. I want to support local businesses. But it's far too tempting to just stop off at the McDonald's or Subway located at Steveston. At least there I know that I'm at least getting a meal at somewhat of a value price. The search for a great fairly priced place to eat that is locally owned in Steveston continues. On an unrelated note be sure to stop off at the candy store in Steveston it's reasonably priced with lots of choices.
My sister and in-law have been on this fish n'chips phase for a while now. So naturally, it wasn't a surprise when we ended up in Steveston. Shady Island is right on the pier and we've always seen the patio packed on sunny days, so we decided to order from the take-out window and sit outside.
I've been here few times before, but I think they were called something else because what I used to always get (salmon chowder), isn't there anymore.
This time, we had a light (meaning small, not low fat) lunch. For the 3 of us and toddler, we all shared a small cod and a large cod n' chips.
We waited and waited after ordering. It was a cold day and there weren't many people inside the restaurant and only one other table waiting outside. When we finally got our order, we noticed they only gave us 2 small tartar sauces. Small, as in the size of ketchup cups at mcDonalds. I went up to the window and asked for more. She hesitantly squirted me 2 more small cups. I stood there for a minute expecting a little more and left after realizing I wasn't getting any more.
The fish and chips were good, not great. Being in Steveston, home of fresh seafood, I guess I was expecting bigger, fresher and cheaper since the fisherman boats were right there. Why else would we drive from near Coquitlam to Richmond for same quality food?
Anyway, it wasn't until we left that I saw Pajo's (remembering great reviews on here for it). Too bad.
So, our server was nice and all but kinda not all there. We asked for lemons three times and waited 10 minutes for her to process our bill (credit card). We asked this person not to put mushrooms on our meal, the meal had mushrooms on it. She offered to re-do the meal but after waiting a half an hour for it, we didn't want to wait any longer. The calamari is bland, bland bland! and the "world famous chower" is crap. The drinks were good though. Nothing beats slushy drinks on a fabulous patio on a super warm evening. We'll return for drinks for sure.
I suggest all restaurants in Steveston get together with the Steveson "Town Council"? The new pay parking regulations are going to hurt the restaurant business badly. I was dining at Shady Island with two friends yesterday and because time had run out on the parking meter for one, we all left. We did not stay for coffee or dessert. We certainly would have stayed longer but one hour parking for $2.00 is insulting especially when we are supporting the Steveston economy. Some of us will not be back even thought it is no fault of Shady Island Restaurant.
A friend and I had lunch here recently. We had the seafood chowder and wings. The seafood chowder tasted good but was lukewarm. We asked for the soup to be heated up. The soup came back hot enough in the centre but was still lukewarm at the edges--not reheated properly. It should have been heated through properly in the first place. The fact the soup was served in cold bowls probably helped it lose it's heat.
We then had chicken wings to share; Thai and honey garlic ones. The wings were sticky and cooked properly but lacked the flavour of garlic or Thai chili. The coffee we had was good though and served hot.
Overall, given the cost of the food, I felt disappointed with this restaurant and won't be back.
As a long time Steveston/Richmond resident, I have watched the steady decline of Shady Island, the restaurant with clearly the best spot on the boardwalk, (at least from the road.....from the pier, there are better locations). They've let their food and their service drop to a level where they are nothing more than a disappointing tourist trap. Locals don't bother wasting their time here anymore.
I had friends in from out of town for the long weekend, and once again got sucked into going in to Shady Island when we were looking for a spot. What an incredible disappointment. I like to think I give credit where credit is due, but I can't find any reason to put any positive spin in this review. The owner has a reputation of being kid unfriendly, and the food has a reputation of being not fresh, ever. Both were lived up to on this visit. The beer was good, but it took forever to get it despite a full compliment of staff roaming around.
Disappointing yet again. There are much better restaurants with Tapenade, Correlli's and now Blue Canoe opened up. Shady won't get any more of my business.
Shady Island was my "go to place" for halibut fish and chips. I went last Saturday because I know they have Granville Island Brewery on tap and a decent patio. It's sunny, within walking distance and I was looking forward to it.
I noticed they were were pretty busy at the take out window, so that always a good sign. I mean, I haven't been for fish and chips all year so I don't know if they are still as good as before and the volume of traffic would make me think, probably a safe bet.
The service was rather typical: good/superior services. (I do go here once every couple of months because of the beer on tap and typically god service.) I had some decent brew and the sun was out. I ordered two piece Halibut and chips (@ $22, this is one of the pricier fish chips you'll find) and I thought I was good to go. When the plate arrived, i was mildly disappointed. Most because of the presentation. The huge plate made the server size seem inadequate. I mean, I know with fish and chips you essentially paying 80% for the fish so, typically, the fries are just the bed that the fish rides on. Not today. The chips looked as sparse as pieces of straw in an old barn. they were good enough, yet this plate wreaked or "cost cutting." The batter on the fish wasn't entirely crisp either (typically means it wasn't allowed to drain out of the fryer and plated too soon.)
So, kudos to the staff, yet, sorry Shady Island. I still have for you, yet I will be taking my fish and chips outings elsewhere.
Last nite 06/23/10 was one of those glorious west-coast evenings where you had 2 get out and enjoy. We picked Steveston since it was close to our Richmond home and offered a decent boardwalk, water back-drop and neat people-watching.
We had many dining options and had tried most of them and being a true casual-Friday, decided on take-out on the boardwalk. Many places were packed - including our fave "Pajos" and we didn't feel like waiting. And as we strolled by Shady Island - decided 2 give em a try. What a MISTAKE!.
You would think Fish & Chips are an EZ enuff meal to master but these guys missed-the-mark. We ordered one order of Cod & one Salmon and would share. We picked up the food and the fries were COLD - not luke-warm but COLD. WTF? Your restaurant was packed and you specialize in fish & chips! We immediately bring this to their attention and wait another 4 mins for fresh-fries and these are "acceptable" some hot mixed with some warm. By this time our fish had cooled-off and we found the batter heavy and too mushy. We spent $30 and felt ripped-off.
Next time we'll walk rite by this place and straight to Pajos - where they know fish & chips!
Sometimes when I visit, I get good service, and other times, it is pretty lame. The food and beverages are consistently good here and I really enjoy and recommend the Oyster burger. The prices are reasonable for a touristy area in Steveston. The ambiance is nice with the boardwalk and marina right outside of the windows. There is also a beer store right next door. Parking is good if you go early, but on the weekend, you will be out of luck. A great place to have a pint on a hot summer day.
Went in main door sign said please go to hostess area by bar. Went to hostess area was completely ignored, people that came in after us that stood by door were seated. Gentleman possible manager in pale blue shirt walked passed us, my husband said " excuse me do you have a table for two" he literally screamed at us "no I do not" then walked away. We were walking out when I saw the hostess, I asked her why they had a sign saying to go over to the bar if they were not going to seat anyone from there plus they had sat people who came after us and the gentleman was extremely rude, she just shrugged her shoulders and said sorry.
Will never enter this establishment again and adivise everyone else not to.
Went here last night for the Dineout Vancouver Festival. This is my first time dining out with Dineout. I tried to make reservation online and got a response from them saying my desired time and date has been fully booked. Then I called and made reservation on the phone for the same time and date, and to my astonishment, they had tables available. BTW, the gentlemen was really nice on the phone. We got there early, our reservation was for 6:15pm and we got there at 6 - and we were sincerely greeted and were seated right away by the window. At the time we arrived there was hardly anyone there, maybe a couple of tables. We were promptly presented with the regular menu and the Dineout Vancouver menu, and were asked if we'd liked some drinks to start. I had a beer and my friend just wanted water. For Appetizer, we went with their "2012 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD “BEST CHOWDER” MAMA’S SEAFOOD CHOWDER" and "CRAB DIP home-made with fresh crabmeat, served with fresh baguette rounds". The seafood chowder was good but I found it a little too spicy (I can't eat spicy food at all), and the crab dip was a a little too watery in my opinion, but maybe that's just the way they are. For Entree we chose the "FISHERMAN’S POT" and the "RIBS & PRAWNS COMBO". The fisherman's pot was excellent, loaded with clams, mussels, prawns, calamari in a rich, creamy sauce. The ribs and prawns combo was ok, not the best I've had, but it was ok. Last but not least we had the "Creme Brulee" and "Tiramisu" for dessert. Both were very good. All in all it was a pleasant experience but if it wasn't for the Dineout Vancouver deal, I would probably have never gone.
I went here with my fiancé yesterday to have FRESH seafood but instead had FROZEN over battered cod and cold fries. My fiancé had a oil soaked oyster burger that She didn't finish as it was making her feel sick. Do not go to this place if you want fresh or good food. I wouldn't go here again if it was free!
I went here for the dine out vancouver menu. the seafood chowder was ok.. then i ordered the ribs and prawns for my entre and the ribs were sooo fatty that i only had a bite or two and the prawns had no flavour at all.. for dessert i had the creme brule and the top of it wasn't even crispy... so food was not good at all. and on top of that, the service was sooo slow.. we were the only table in there so they had no excuse.. i would not go back to this restaurant.
The menu on Dine out Vancouver sounded great. Drove 1 hour to get here. It was not a good experience, so disappointed. Waited 1.5 hours for appy. Crab cakes were good. Caesar salad so, so. Baked garlic and brie appy was a joke. Dry, withered up garlic. So bad that we complained and got another one. It came no better and only partially cooked this time. Dinner was another wait. The Salmon Neptune on the Dine out menu came raw in the middle. Another wait for two new meals. Cooked this time, but no big deal. The Rissoto was the worst I have ever had. Husband had the crab, it was so, so. Another of us had the Dine out menu of Ribs and prawn. Disappointed also. Waiter new how unhappy we were and tried his best, He came up with some excuse of how we were the last of 6 six tables to come in and therefore they couldn't handle it. Chef came and was apologetic. Dessert was the only saving grace. Biggest disappointment was the bill. After getting two terrible appys, waiting 2 hours plus for our meals, after getting raw salmon, disgusting rissoto, not one penny was taken off the bill. Some customer service! Needless to say, will not return!
I used to take a lot of clients to Shady Island for business lunches. Virtually every one of them commented on the great location of this place. Right on the docks it was great to wander around after lunch and grab a coffee or dessert at one of the dock's small kiosks. I can't say their food is bad, in fact some of the menu items are indeed very tasty and well presented. The problem is that their food is inconsistent with more and more of it being bad rather than good. The service has declined along with the quality of food. Perhaps it is a result of the economic times but this restaurant is simply no longer worthy of visiting. The food continues to worsen, the menu remains flat, service is crazy bad and management doesn't seem to care or get that this place is slowly sinking into oblivion. If it weren't for the location I don't believe this place would still be around. Too bad ~ it used to be a great lunch destination spot.
Decided to come down to Steveston with the gang on a sunny Sunday afternoon (which is surprising for January). Ended up at Shady Island for a few nibblies and drinks.
Decided to sit out on the patio, which was packed with other people enjoying the weird January sun.
Ordered a bucket of beer. Great selection. Came out relatively quick.
Ordered some appies. Standard fare to be expected of a seafood place. Took a little bit longer to come out. The server was really apologetic and was on top of things. Couldn't be helped though as the patio and the restaurant were packed. Spent the waiting time watching people go by. Shady Island's patio is great for people watching since it's right on the boardwalk and everybody walks by. Great view as well of all the fishing boats and Vancouver Island off in the distance.
When the food did come out, it was nicely done and very tasty. All washed down with great tasting beer... Did I mention already that they have an eclectic selection of beers in bottle and on tap (they have a wonderful stout called "The Backhand of God")?
The only disappointing part was that (granted we were sitting out on the patio in the middle of January) when we asked for the heaters to be turned on, they didn't seem to be working too well. Maybe they need some servicing or they need to be upgraded/replaced.
Great brews. Great view. Great service. Solid food. Solid patio (for winter, more than likely awesome for the summer).
Just moved back to the lower mainland and remember this restaraunt very well from 10 years ago....so headed down to Steveston on a sunny day to soak up some sun.
The food and menu were alright but a bit dated. It was a busy Friday night so service was a little lacking, I think they need more staff, tough I guess in this employment market.
We shared the calamri -- alright nothing special. My wife had the Halibut and chips, a little burnt and the fries are not good. I had the Fisherman Pot for 35 bucks,not great.
Drinks ( beer pints really small 14 ounce??) need help.
Overall a little pricey, not good service and just OK. Nice spot though.