Cardero’s Restaurant in Coal Harbour offers spectacular waterfront dining, from the main dining room, their casual Live Bait Marine Pub, to the stunning outdoor patio. Sitting atop the waters of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Marina, enjoy the non-stop urban activity while soaking in the peaceful waterfront views. Delight your palate with tasty wok dishes to share, fresh seafood, beer specials on tap, and an extensive wine list. Dine at the open kitchen bar and watch their talented kitchen team prepare your meal fresh, right before your eyes. Enjoy a special 'Game Day Line Up' menu during local sports games aired on the big screens, as well as live music from Vancouver’s local talent in the Live Bait Marine Pub.
Unlike many I actually found the service to be good. My issues are with the food and the small portions. I had the Seafood Wok with Brocolini, two people had the Halbut special, and one person had 10 oz steak with mixed vegies. We were all disapointed with the food, with the only exception of the asparagus that came with the steak. The Seafood Wok was pretty small and flavour was bland. I think a more appropriate name for this dish would have been random seafood mixed with minute rice in Campbells Chicken Broth. Other people in my group had similiar things to say about their dishes as well. I would post more, but there is a line here on dinehere.ca that states highly negative reviews may get deleted so as such I thinki it is best that I stop.
Honestly this has to be one of the most overrated places I have ever been to, which is a shame considering the views. I really hope management takes all the negative comments on here seriously as this place has a lot of potential. Until then this place is on my to avoid list.
We went on a Sunday evening without reservations. It was a half-hour wait for the patio, which I can understand, given the location and view, so we were happy to accept a table in the sparsely-filled diningroom. Despite there being plenty of available tables, and what seemed a remarkably large number of staff working, our wait at the hostess stand was prolonged and allowed us plenty of opportunity to watch what seemed to be a very disorganized operation.
At the table all our servers were very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Our appy and mains were fine but unremarkable, perhaps not what I would expect at that price-point.
The architecture was nice but the decor seemed pretty cheap and vaguely reminiscent of a family restaurant.
I was in an easy-to-please mood and left satisfied, but I'm in no hurry to return.
I heard a lot of good things so thought I'd check it out last Saturday. It was a little too busy for my liking, but what bar isn't downtown on Saturday?
When I got there there was three hostesses configuring something for what seemed like Nasa and totally ignored me for a good 5 minutes until they were done, finally I got to get ona list for a table on the patio and had to go wait in the lounge...which was amazingly cramped, with people and the fact that every table is like 12inches apart.
So after half a drink and a retarded system of bell ringing and flag hoisting to tell me my table is ready I got to wait another 5 minutes for the actual table.
Got there, the ambiance was nice outside but again, the tables were packed together like a feed trough, I could hear the conversation of the people on either side of me and behind me, at one point everyone was just listening to each others conversations from the tables across from them.... really kind of a dissapointment actually, would be great if they would remove a few tables and space the remaining ones evenly.
The steak was tastey but not fantastic, it's something I'd fined at Malones for cheaper and larger helping. My friend had the oyster burger... "o.k" was the reply.
Apparently the lunch menu is getter, not sure. Seems like an alright place but nothing what I read or heard about. I'd say it's "O.K" but with the prices and cramped space it seems just a little bit annoying to try again.
I had family visiting and they were staying at the Westin, by the Cardero's. My uncle told me that he had been twice to this restaurant already, earlier that week, and loved the place, so we went there, again.
We got sited in a booths and had by the same token more privacy. Our waiter was always present as needed and very courteous. I shared a spinach salad with my aunt and the cook split it for us. Then I ate their Pacific Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna and it was delicious! All the food ordered was appreciated by the guests.
We really had a good time and I'll go again! The ambiance was outstanding!
No, really. The dining room and the bar are like day and night; two completely different experiences. The bar has a décor with character; the dining room looks like a cross between the Keg and a pancake house chain. I love the bar, hate the dining room. Yet it's the same food and the same delicious view (well, actually the view in the bar is better). Best time to go is before 4pm. We frequently go there on a Saturday afternoon, crossing our fingers for one of the two north window tables. We are rarely disappointed.
The service has always been great, especially at that slower time of day. After 2 or 3 visits we were recognized and welcomed like insiders.
The food is consistently good, especially the appies. However, some of the entrees are getting tired. Is it just me, or is anyone else in this city getting sick and tired of oriental-fusion food? Stirfry this, wok that, and everything on rice or noodles. Cardero's and Taylor's Crossing are probably the weirdest examples. These are not Asian restos. The last thing I want to eat in a rustic, nautically-inspired room is a rice-bowl.
The hummus plate is delicious, especially the variety of olives on it. The dockside platter is a rib-sticker; almost too much food for two people. My favourite item used to be the wok squid (OK, I know, I know…it’s another Wok dish), but this dish was different last weekend. The batter was thick and doughy and there was way too much of it. It was ruined for me; I will mourn its passing and stick to the appy list.
One of the best things about Cardero’s bar is No Reservations Required. Just walk in and seat yourself. No need to suffer all that hostess disarray some folks here described. If you live on the North Shore as we do, a wonderful afternoon can be had by leaving the car on the other side, taking the seabus and strolling that beautiful Coal Harbour walkway to the restaurant. The walk back might burn off a few of those dockside platter calories!
I have been coming here for years. Cardero's makes for one of the best spots to have a lunch on the year-round patio with its stellar view; probably the best in the city. (The lounge seating by the front bar is also as comfortable and breathtaking if you grab a spot by the window).
The wok dishes are always good; the rib appetizer is the most tender I've ever had, you could eat them with a spoon, and the miso cod was amazing.
They have amazing specials ($10 for a burger and a beer, etc.), but really, come for the view, the rest is just icing on the cake.
Was here for a weekend lunch about a month ago and received excellent service. There was 5 of us, and we ordered a variety of things from salad, pizza, pasta to the daily special. Food was tasty and arrived in a reasonable time frame. Canelloni wasn't top notch, however the dessert made up for it.
We had the torta milano which is a milk and dark chocolate mascarpone mousse. Amazing! There was a special...passion fruit tart of some kind. Tasty, but wasn't on the same level as the mousse.
Great spot for having a drink on the patio in the summer, great place to bring out of towners, and would definitely come for a special occassion.
This place is in an awesome location and can get really busy during the evenings-great for tourists. The food is really delicious (salmon burger, sundried tomato ravioli) but I wish they would have more options on the menu. It can get really loud so I wouldn't suggest this place for people with young kids or for someone looking for an intimate dinner. Maybe during the day is a better time. The actual restaurant is clean and the service is always good. Definitely recommend this restaurant for a nice evening downtown by the harbour.
We like to get to Cardero's once in a while as it reminds us of one of our other favorite places Sandbar. Both have a nice crowd and an energy to them especially on a Friday and Saturday. My wife and I were in a few weeks back and happened to have a great meal accompanied by some amazing service. Our waiters name was Brian and he was "on it" from the start to finish. My wife went with the Ahi Tuna (rare) as she's always the seafood lover and I had braised lamb shank. Our service took good food and turned our night into a great dining experience. I miss the summer when I go to Carderos and will be back again when it warms up!
It was very loooud there!!
Had the tuna salad and ahi tuna appie - they are so good..very, very fresh. I guess you just can't go wrong with fresh tuna. The sesame crust on the tuna was a great touch
For entree: Wanted lobster, but the ran out -- Not sure how I feel about a seafood restaurant running out of lobster which, by the way, was their house special too (our reservation was quite early - 6:00)
Had the salmon and cajun snapper instead - veggies weren't good... salmon was okay....loved the cajun snapper but it gets a bit overwhelming halfway through.
Nice place good service but the food is noting special went there on a Thursday night the Appi was ok and the dinner left a lot to desire. been there a few times over the years and it looks like they are slipping a bit in food quality. The service was good thought and the view is nice as always.
Great food! Great ambience... always a fun crowd! Have been here numerous times and never been dissappointed. Mainly go here for drinks and appys. They are always extremely busy ofcourse and its a great place to go game night!