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Sockeye City Grill

3800 Bayview Street, #108
Richmond, BC V7E6K7
Tel: (604) 275-4347
Fax: (604) 271-9896
Neighbourhood: Steveston Village
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, View, Wheelchair accessible
  • Waterfront seafood restaurant in Steveston serving wild BC salmon, halibut, mussels and clams. Fresh oysters in the half shell are available daily, Live lobster and crab from our Crab tank are a local favorite. Unobstructed waterfront view of the Steveston Harbour and the Georgia Strait. Patio.

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Cisco/GFS Fries
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:31am [Dine in]

I do not want to be too hard on the place as the fish, chowder, and house salad are actually fairly good. That said, the thing that I cannot get over is that they use generic brought in frozen fries that aren't cooked quite long enough to achieve what most people would deem as the required texture of a good chip. Someone should develop a mobile application so that users can tag places that use frozen fries as places to not order fries from.

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Good but not great!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:55am [Dine in]

We were here for a mother's day lunch. We asked for a table to 5 for outside, but they said that the tables outside are only for a table for 4, and pretty cramped for 5. Another group came for a table for 5 and they put 2 tables together for them. Hmmm........

We ordered the platter, steamed mussels and crab cakes. The ice tea I ordered was so sweet, I watered it down, several times. But the rest of the food was good. All the fish on the fish and chips platter was good. The fries were well seasoned. The calamari was not the traditional, but also good. Crab cakes and mussels were pretty outstanding.

The next table had the seafood hotpot and the dungeness crab benny, which looked really good. Will go back and try, next time.

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Okay non-deep fried seafood
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Went to lunch here a few days ago, and had their seafood hotpot and my friend had the grilled salmon. I have never tried the deep fried fish/pawns/fries here before, but most people seemed to be eating that.

My seafood hotpot was okay, but I was expecting it to be a little more. A few small pieces of fish, a few clams and a few mussels in a huge broth with a single slice of garlic bread seemed a little lacking. The food was pretty good though, but not great. My friend's salmon came with veggies and rice. The rice was very hard, it was actually crispy, like it has been sitting outside for a long time. The veggies were good, but the salmon was a little over done and dry. We complained when the waitress asked how the food was, and she gave us some potatos instead of the rice, which was good.

Would maybe be back for the fish and chips, since that is what everyone else was ordering.

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Good place for fish & chips
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 11:23am [Dine in]

This is the place we would go for fish & chips whenever we are in the Stevston area. It's located along the dock and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. As an added bonus, for people with pets, they can eat outside during the more favorable weather on a nice day.

The service is good and the food is quite good. The halibut is my favorite. it is fresh & tasty! The prices are average, not cheap but not expensive. Good place to bring your date or for a family outing.

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yummy fish and chips!
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

came here on a summer day to try their fish and chips and it was fantastic! the fish had just the right amount of batter, without going overboard where theres more batter than fish, thats gross... some places ive eaten at do this and it shows how frugal they are.. i noticed their F&C are actually cheaper when you do take-out as opposed to dining in so if you want to save a few bucks, make your order outside and wait.
our waitress did her job, there were a couple times though when we made direct eye contact with her to show that we needed something else yet she continued to walk away.. other than that, she was nice.
relative to other F&C places, their prices are good.. you are usually paying at least $13 for a single cod and a little more for halibut which reflect the prices here so nothing unusual.
in the summer, this place is great... you have the option of eating out on the patio and enjoying the weather along with the view or eating inside the restaurant. both are pleasant.
pajos used to be my favourite in the steveston area... now its sockeyes! totally recommend

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New Fish and Chips "go to" (for now)
By AKInc of Richmond B.C (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 9:56am [Dine in]

I have never tired Sockeye City yet, simply because I was concerned about the reviews and there's some good fare in Steveston already. Sunday night, we finally decided, it's time to see for ourselves.

My partner had heard from people at work, the food is good and the service is hit or miss. We hate going into a place with preconceived notions because it tends to create bias and we'd rather have the establishment "sink it's own ship." We requested a table outside, knowing full well that we'd have to wait. (It's like the the 3rd sunny of the year here....) we barely waited very long and the hostess was perfectly clear when she called because we were waiting by the railing for a table to clear. We were guided to a table that was 8 meters away, taking a path that covered close to 30 meters. Needless to say, servers are better be wearing comfy footwear when they work at this place.

My partner had the Ahi tuna steak and I had the two piece halibut. I was happy to see that my meal was priced lower than the neighbouring restaurant now it was time to see who was king. To my surprise, GIB was on tap, so I was a happy camper. Our server was a pleasant chap and seemed pretty happy to be there.

My partner said that her meal was one of the best meals she had in a long time. the Pesto combined with the pineapple salsa on the tuna was amazing. My fish was was terrific; the batter was crisp and the fish was light, not oily. Like with most Steveston "sit down" fish and chip places, they went light on the amount of fries. I can only guess this is to separate themselves from Pajo's or something, but it only makes them come across as "cheaping out" as fries are a cheap garnish, when it all comes down to it. At least this is my only critique of the food. Good job, SCG.

As for the service, the guy worked hard. His section was the patio and the path to get to us was far too far away and too many tables for one person. they really need two entrances to the patio on the west side. Of course the dilemma: do you tip well for the dude that works too hard to deliver average service (essentially over tipping for what you should get) or do you tip average for the average service you received? What would you do?

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Fresh seafood
By gourmetbride of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 10:06am [Dine in]

I've been going to the Sockeye City Grill for years. I find their food consistently fresh and tasty. It's not fine dining but food is well prepared. My favorite is the Seafood Hotpot. Their scallop and prawn is always nicely prepared and I absolutely love their fried calamari. Always cooked up perfectly, not chewy at all. Hubs loves their fish and chips. I normally not a fan of fish 'n chips but the ones they offer at the Sockeye is absolutely delicious!

Give them a try.

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Everything OK but the management
By LDJ of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Not often the management at a place can ruin your whole meal, but the General Manager at this place left my wife in tears and vowing to never come back. Perhaps some manners would be good for the management here. The service was okay, but after our gift card was 'expired' (with no expiry date on the card at all) a little more friendliness and a little less snootiness could have been expected. The manager himself handled everything ok and was apologetic and I was fine with it, but then the GM swooped in with attitude and handled it very poorly.

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Good place to take friends
By SKTraveler of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

I took my parents here when they came through the Vancouver area and we ate here on a late weekday afternoon. We were given the option to dine on the restaurant or patio and we chose to eat outside. The tables outside were small, but the service was alright, though it seemed hard for the server to maneuver through the maze. Our food was decent but not really outstanding. However, I think I would visit the restaurant and try something else there. Of course, you can't beat the patio and view, which are a huge selling point. I think the fish and chips there must be good because many people were ordering takeout.

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Terrible dinning experience, Over priced for what you get
By lok of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

We were there for a friend's birthday celebration. She is from out of town and so we decided to take her there for some fish and chip since Stevenston village is one of the few tourists spots of Richmond, bad decision!!

The fish and chip my friend order was just warm. The batter was thick and greasy and the fish was definitely not fresh. For a $17 plate of fish and chip that was horrible, I would at least expect something hot. I ordered the oyster burger platter since oyster is one of my favorite seafood. For $13 I thought it would be a decent deal, I was wrong. It came with 2 oysters that were over fried to the point that they were dark brown. Forget about the fact that they were soaked in grease, the oysters were not fresh at all. After the first bite of the oyster, I could already sense this potent smell of spoiled sea food. The only decent item that we had was their red pepper soup which was nothing spectacular, but we were thankful that there weren't anything bad about it.

The only good thing about this place is their service. Our server was very polite the entire time and we didn't have to wait long for our food.

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View is as good as the food...
By dlishusfood of Downtown, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

Decided it was time for fish and chips and heasd about The Sockeye Grill in Steveston. I must say I have been to Steveston to eat a number of times but never to this place. My friends were telling me that this place had great fish & chips, so being English off we drove to Steveston. It was great......the perfect fish and chips....not greasy, perfect batter, crispy chips, really fresh. We actually had the fishermans platter between us. WARNING- Bring your appetite. Battered prawns, oysters, salmon, halibut - I was in Deep Fried English heaven. The girl serving was really attentive, nice jugs - of beer that is and whenever I get a craving for good Fish & Chips Im going back. The view is fab as well.

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A fish and Chips Place, not much else
By 54321 of Richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Went last night with the hubby. Service was okay, nothing spectacular, server didn' come to ask if we wanted more drinks, nor did she ask if we wanted anything else when we finished dinner, but rather cleared our plates and gave us the bill. But she was friendly enough.

Appies were good. Halibut and Chips were good too. Husband ordered the Seafood Canneloni dish, at $20 or so it wasn't anything special. The kicker were the prawns the dish came with... they weren't deveined! That's something I would expect at some dive-y 70's steakhouse, not a seafood restaurant... we don't like prawn poop!

Stick with the fish and chips

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Mmmm....Westcoast Fisherman's Pot!
By iheartgoodfood of mount pleasant (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:12am [Dine in]

My husband and I headed to Steveston on the weekend to indulge in some fresh seafood and we definitely stopped in at the right place. I ordered the Westcoast Fisherman's Pot and it was FANTASTIC. As a self-proclaimed seafood snob, I was impressed by the assortment of fresh seafood, the delicate, flavorful broth and the necessary piece of garlic bread which came on the side for dipping. A must try!

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Very pleasant
By pastamachine of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

This place is packed, especially on fine weather days. Patio seating is sufficient and definitely the choice on a sunny day out, great seaside view. Food is very respectable, a seafood hot pot was delicious with ample portions of shellfish and fish, broth was tasty, the toast that came with it was average, it would have soaked up more broth had it been more toasty. A seafood tagliatelle was done well, again generous portions of seafood. Their sockeye burger was fair, flavour was decent, but portion of the salmon filet was extremely small, especially compared to the bun. A smoked salmon hash was quite enjoyable also. Service is competent, though slow. It took a while to get seated and for the food to arrive. Otherwise, satisfying dining experiences so far.

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Stay away from the seafood chowder
By testkitchen of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Stay away from their seafood chowder - ick. Bland bland bland, hardly any seafood, and tasted like they didn't use any kind of fish stock at all. Veggies seemed like the frozen variety. No love of food in that dish. Expected much better from a seafood restaurant, especially when charging $7.

On the other hand, dining partners' enjoyed their halibut & chips. Chips a bit soggy. Coleslaw tasty.

Will probably go back to Dave's when looking for seafood at Steveston.

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Fish & Chips only??
By clairefood of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 12:14am [Dine in]

The fish(cod) is great (I substitute salad for the fries). Nice and crispy, and perfect batter. Would go back for the fish & chips. It's nice to have the option to substitute fries with chowder or salad. The coleslaw (came with the fish) was way too heavy. The veggies are soaked in the dressing. My friend had the seafood pasta. The pasta was substandard (at least for the price). Should probably stick with the fish & chips.

The service is so-so. But the view is super.

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father`s day dinner gone bad
By one in a million of langley (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

this place makes the best fish and chips. unfortunately, my second visit here was ruined by the manager unfairly accusing me of a petty situation that occured after i had plopped down over 100 bux for the second time in a month. i traveled over an hour to eat here and i will not return due to a humiliating experience in front of other staff members. regardless of how good a restaurant`s food is, you just cannot afford to be treated the way i was and expect that person to return. it is too bad because like i said, the fish and chips are great but i was left with a bad taste in my mouth. just saying...

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Made Mom's Birthday Very Enjoyable
By AmandaC of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 9, 2010 - 1:47am [Dine in]

I was here with my husband and family a few weeks back for mom's birthday and it was a pleasant experience. I will certainly repeat.

All of us ordered the 2 piece halibut and chips and a couple of Caesar salads to share. We asked for light batter and it was delicious. Each piece was large and we got a generous portion of fries. It was an excellent value at $18. The salads were a bit on the overdressed side but still yummy. Sadly, we were too full for desert. Even mom had to pass.

They have a large selection of other seafoods including halibut, cod, crab, salmon as well as chops and surf and turf for pretty reasonable prices. Their selection of BC wines by the glass was very good and they have more than enough beers on tap.

The server was friendly and efficient, always there when you needed him and not overbearing at all.

The ambiance is pleasant with nice views of the wharf and water through the large windows and the background music is pleasant and suitable for the restaurant.

Thank you Sockeye City Grill for a great evening!

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