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Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H3R9
Tel: (604) 685-7070 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 685-7079
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Excellent food in a beautiful setting
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

My previous visit to this restaurant, before my most recent visit a few days ago, was many years ago. At that time, the food was OK but not great, which was the reason I had not gone back for quite a while. However, recently, I heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant from foodie friends of mine, so I decided to give it another try, especially with the very enticing $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu.

I and my wife went for the DOV menu, but each picked different appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and portions were normal (unlike with some other restaurants where the portions were noticeably smaller with the DOV menu). I could tell that the cooking was quite different from that of my previous visit many years ago, so probably the kitchen staff had changed in the interim. The decor of the place also seemed different, and I later learned from the waiter that they had indeed changed the tables and chairs just within the last year or so. I think, other than that, the place may well have been renovated since my previous visit. Service was excellent, and we got seated at a table by the window, with a fabulous harbor view. The way the restaurant is set up, most tables can enjoy very good views.

DOV is over now, so the menu is no longer available, but I am curious to try the many appetizing dishes on their regular menu.

Free parking is an added bonus. I will definitely return.

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Chilly, yet still amazing
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 7 celebrating my sister's graduation (medical school, no biggie) and decided to come here to eat and enjoy the view. I had been here once and loved it but this time around it was a little chilly. Should have paid another visit during the summer.

The waiter was amicable from the get go, and got us started with some crab and shrimp cakes. Amaziiiiing! Came with a great sauce made out of mango(?) I believe. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, and I took a little bit of my mom's halibut to try and it was excellent. The prices are normally what I wouldn't pay for on an average meal, but since we were celebrating it was a good excuse to splurge.

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Good View and food
By cyberspace of vancouver (88 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 11:18am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for weeknight dinner. It was raining so it was a dull night. The reataurant was not very busy but the staff were excellent. The food was good and the service was also good. I will go back on nice Vancouver day. Parking was not an issue as it was weeknight. The shrimp wontons were excellent as their dipping hot sauce was good. I could have eaten these as my main meal

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View is awesome, but everything else...
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 2:26am [Dine in]

is just okay. Came here with my SO for dinner. Although our server was nice, she wasn't very "on the ball." Had a few disappointments that night with the service: 1) given a drink menu in which half of the drinks were no longer on the list of drinks served; 2) server didn't warn us that appy platter we ordered was enough to serve 4 or 5 people; 3) server didn't change our plates even once while we were eating our appy- our tiny plates were so overloaded with shells we could barely eat off them.

Other than those hiccups, food was good. Didn't enjoy the entrees (halibut & lamb rack) as much as we could have since we were too full from the huge seafood appy. That appy is SO worth it ($28) if you love shellfish. Needless to say, we didn't get to try dessert.

Beautiful view, especially if you're seated beside the windows.

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the view was okay
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I had a coupon for this place and decided to check it out. The restaurant is in the hotel at GI and it was easy to find. The restaurant itself was clean and reminded me of a typical family dining place, but the w/c was horrific. I liked the view of False Creek from the front of the dining area, and as it turned out we had plenty of time to enjoy it.

Our server was mind-shatteringly slow, and seemed to revel in his sluggishness. We waited for menus, for our orders to be taken, for our food, and finally for the bill. Since the place was not very full on a rainy Saturday afternoon there was just no excuse.

The food was decent enough, but way too expensive for what we got. I had a chowder which looked and tasted like Chunky Soup, a bison burger that was nothing special, and my beloved dining partner had a salmon pizza which was okay. At least we had a coupon to reduce the cost to something approaching the value of the meal...

Will I be back? No. I'm sure they get enough tourists to keep the doors open.

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Great views a booster on otherwise ordinary
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

It's amazing how much a great view can prop up an otherwise ordinary restaurant.

It was a later evening dinner on a rainy weekend so the patrons were sparse and quiet. The front hostess was friendly enough at bringing us to our table by the window facing the water. Our server for the night was quiet with few words. He did everything you could count on but his spirit was elsewhere. Pained to see considering the atmosphere this place is trying to achieve.

We shared a Spinach Salad before our entrees came, my girlfriend the Risotto and me the Roasted Halibut. The Risotto was largely portioned and creamy but a bit simplistic on taste. The fish was flaky and perfectly cooked. Portion was typical but perhaps deceiving as it was served on a larger than usual plate. Steep on price, however.

Food was good given the cuisine but their meat and fish entrees are formal in price and doesn't stack up to the casual ambience and decor. If not for the view it would've been harder to give it a 4.

Don't come here with expectations.

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Delightful dining experience at Dockside
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 10:04am [Dine in]

We had reservations for dinner last evening. We were given a choice of a table inside by the window or outside on the patio. We chose the inside table but quickly absconded to a table outside. The restaurant is air conditioned but they left the doors and windows open so it was really hot and stuffy inside.

Service was okay nothing to get too excited about. We didn't have to wait too long for the food but we never saw our server between courses and we had to flag her down for more drinks and water.

The setting was wonderful. We sat on the outside patio and watched all the boats coming back in from their excursions. It was just so totally relaxing.

We shared an order of the tiger prawns for an appetizer. They were just delicious. Dockside restaurant does not provide complimentary bread with their meals. If you want bread you have to purchase it. This seems a bit chintzy to me. For our main courses my husband had the black cod and I had the crusted halibut. Both dishes were very well prepared and very flavourful.

For the quality of the food and the ambiance I think it was good value for the money and I would definitely return.

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Great view!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I would probably only return to Dockside for the view it provides. It's a great restaurant with a nice view, an open kitchen, and a fantastic wrap around fish tank. The food however, is nothing more than mediocre. For bunch, I had their simple breakfast of two poached eggs, toast and hasbrown. I was surprised they didn't ask how I like my poached eggs done. Luckily, it came soft which is exactly what I wanted. The hashbrown was nothing but deep-fried potato cubes. It came fresh and hot, but I think I was expecting a little more than short-cut potatoes.

Menu items are a little bit more pricey than other places, but what can I expect from Granville Island? I got a great view out it! Service was okay - coffee/water was refilled and she was pleasant. I didn't expect anything less than we received since the restaurant wasn't busy. Would I return? Probable - for the view and next time I would love to sit in the patio area.

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Great Food, Incredible View
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I've spent many a summer going to Granville Island and never knew this place existed. Its located right at the back of the Granville Island hotel and it features a gorgeous view of false creek. My friend and I checked out this place a couple weeks ago on a weekday evening and were very pleasantly surprised.

Food - I ordered the prime rib and it was pretty damn good. Not the best I've ever had, but a tender and tasty cut, and the accompanied sauces and veggies were excellent. I also enjoyed their spring roll appetizers and a couple of mango margaritas. Yum.

Service & Ambiance - We came on a sunny weekday evening so most of the customers were out on the patio, while we were seated in the restaurant right next to the floor-to-ceiling windows with the spectacular view. As such, we were the only table served by our waiter and received some good, prompt service.

Highly recommended, thought a bit on the pricey side. Good food, good service, good location and phenomenal view!

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Should have been better...
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 15, 2006 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I must say I was a little disappointed with the food here.

I ordered the herb & pine nut crusted Halibut with a twice baked potato & seasonal veggies. My b/f ordered the Prime Rib dinner. Although the food came out quite quickly, it was only luke warm, with cold veggies. The halibut was flavourless unless you had a bite with the herb & pine nuts. The baked potato was the best part, but you can cook that at home just the same. My b/f's Prime Rib was good (cooked medium which is a little to dry for me), but it had good flavour (surprisingly there was no au jus!!) & an amazing Yorkshire pudding.

All in all it was just an ok dinner (food wise). The service was great & the ambiance was lovely!!

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Setting good, noise terrible
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

In my honest opinion, this place felt like a high class cafeteria. I know that's like saying a good American car but boy is it loud in there. Everything echoes. Food is ok, like every else you get the "free range" chicken and confit and such... nothing special. I would suggest other places like Bishops.

Save your money and time, not saying this place is terrible but was a major disappointment for my mom on mothers day...

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By Digby_Scallops of out there (50 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Have eaten here several times over the years, the last 3 on their outside patio. Most recent dinner was an anniversary and likely one of the last beautiful evenings you'll be able to enjoy your meal outside this year.

Despite our reservation request, we did not receive a table "by the water." As one did open up, they happily moved us, only to find that 25 feet move closer to the water dropped the temperature several degrees. Not a problem. Out came a portable heater & blankets. Perfect.

The food I have always found high quality. My steak came out medium as opposed to medium rare. Returned it and the replacement excellent. The first one was ok but the difference made the evening. Halibut was beautifully done.

A request for my daughter for "another piece" of bread as opposed to purchasing a 2nd $5 bread basket was met with a replacement basket at n/c.

Service despite it being a Monday evening was slow as this is a very popular tourist spot. But once they were at your table, they could not do enough to make you happy.

Our meal was finished at sunset but we lingerd for coffee and dessert. Future summer visits will be a little later so we are eating closer to sunset, as it is a beautiful spot at that hour.

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Excellent Meal
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I went with three other people for dinner to Dockside and we all tried something different. We started with some drinks - my friend and I shared the beer flight which was 6 x 6oz glasses of their in-house brewed beer. They were all pretty good.

Then we had some appetizers - two of us shared the spinach salad and the chili squid - both were very good. I then had the beef tenderloin for my entree, my friend had the crusted halibut, which was amazing. I wish that I had ordered that as well, but my steak was cooked perfectly, so hard to complain.

For dessert, I had the creme brulée - my favourite - and it was delicious. :) As it started to get darker outside, the view was absolutely fantastic. All of the city lights reflecting in the water... stunning. I'll go back again soon - next time for the halibut!

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Ok views, mediocre food, bad service
By jcont of Kitsilano, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 17, 2011 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

We went to the Dockside Lounge to make use of a Groupon ($10 for a burger and "craft" beer) only to find that the "Lounge" was booked for a private event. As a result, we were ushered to the restaurant side of the establishment. As we were Grouponers, we were given the worst seats in the house. As we were there on a weekday, fairly early, there were lots of other tables available. When asked if we could be moved, we were told that "because of the Groupon, you will have to sit here." Needless to say, it wasn't exactly the service I had hoped for. What made things exponentially worse was:

(1) It took over 15 minutes for a server to acknowledge we were there. To make matters worse, she wasn't assigned to our area and was only being helpful. After another 2 minutes, we were told that "the bartender will take care of you."
(2) We were told verbally about the types of beer available on tap. As a result of this, we were not able to order the beer we would have preferred (we noticed a beer menu on our way out with the full list of options).
(3) We were never given glasses of water.
(4) The burgers were exceptionally greasy and fell apart immediately.

I had really hoped that Dockside would have been a good experience so we could put it into our regular rotation of restaurants. Sadly, this experience has completely taken it off the list of acceptable places to dine, with, or without a coupon.

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Sorry Dockside
By mhder of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:23am [Dine in]

I won't be fooled into thinking a place is good just because of the ambiance/view from the patio. I try to judge by food alone although it's hard not to be influenced by the local. Anyway on with my review. We only went because we had a coupon but hoped things would turn out to be good. We had patio seating. The view was great and everything seemed promising. Service was slow but I can accept that - sometimes those things happen. I would have preferred that the server told us things were backed up but not a peep. I've worked in bars/cafes so I'm willing to give some leeway but the food did take long and it was hard to get the server's attention. To the food. Appetizer was not very good. I usually judge based on price and taste. I knew exactly where the ingredients came from and it wasn't worth the price. Second, I know (confidently) that I could make it better at 1/4 the price. Yes I'm being a bit harsh but that's how mediocre it was.
The mains? It wasn't bad.. I thought it was fair but not for the price I paid. I know the location plays a part into the price but I felt so ripped off. I'm willing to let the slow service etc go (although an apology wouldn't hurt), but there should be more to the food. Nothing special, high price - and I felt a tad bit ripped off even with the 2 for 1 entree coupon. For me it comes down to this - With the amount I paid, I could put together a dinner 10X's better. I could also pay 1/3 less at another restaurant and feel just as "satisfied." The location is great (and for some people that's enough) but in terms of food ~ I'd never go back.
Now that I've written my review I went to see what other diners had to say and it seems most of use are in agreement - nice location, but food/service needs a lot of work.

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Spend your money elsewhere!
By tasteeDlite of kitsilano,vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

A few friends and I decided to check out the Dockside after walking around Granville Island on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant patio was busy but the rest of the restaurant wasn't.
Setting is quite nice with a view of the harbour.
Service started out good but then steadily declined over the course of the evening. It took a while to get our appetizers and even longer to get our main courses- actually, an HOUR and a HALF between when we were seated and when we got our entrees.
After the appetizers and drinks it was as if the waiters had totally forgotten about us. It seemed strange because other tables who were seated after us for some reason got their food much earlier (but this may have been because they ordered different dishes?).

We were socializing and having a good time so this would have been acceptable had the food been excellent, however it was pretty terrible. Lobster ravioli was lukewarm and cream sauce wasn't thick enough and actually had a sour taste. My husband's alaskan cod was good. As for appetizers, the butter lettuce salad was mediocre but vegetarian spring rolls were tasty.

Entrees were moderately expensive. Even after we used an entertainment book coupon it was still way overpriced.
We complained about the food being served so slowly and the waiter was apologetic but you figure they would have comped some drinks or part of the bill.

There are so many nicer restaurants with better food on Granville Island. Next time I'd chose Sandbar, the Keg, Bridges, or even the fish and chips place by the fishing boats over this hole. I'm not sure why it's so popular other than that hotel guests find it easier to eat there. This restaurant doesn't deserve to be busy.

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Pretty good
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

My partner and I stopped in for a quick lunch.

You can't beat the view from this place. It looks right over False Creek and is stunning.

The staff were all very nice, albeit our server took a little too much time. If we weren't in a hurry, I would have been very happy with the service. Once we mentioned that we were pressed for time, she was great.

My Aztec salad was delicious and very filling, but overpriced at $16. It reminded me of something I would be able to get at Cactus Club; meaning good, but not amazing. My partner's clubhouse sandwich was reported to be very good.

This is the only place on GI that offers Jamaican hibiscus beer (it's pink!), and is it delicious, so I'd come back for that reason alone, just not on a regular basis.

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I Could See the Erickson from Here!
By Spelunca of Vancouver (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 8:08am [Dine in]

Preamble: Friday night dinner for two

Food: chili squid interestingly spiced with cilantro and ginger amongst other things, cooked perfectly. The black cod was moist and tender while the clams had an amazing bacon sauce.

Service: near-impeccable, frequently came, refilled my tea, well-mannered and professional

Value: portions were a tad small while price a tad high.

Ambiance: sat inside with water view looking at Yaletown. Very nice.

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Very Disappointing
By got2hot of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2007 - 10:13am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times simply due to location. I'm confident that we will not return again. The service is ok. The ambiance is decent on the patio, but the food is really quite poor. I would categorize the food quality as low end bar.
On my last visit, my salmon was cooked beyond well done, you'd think in this city people would know how to cook salmon properly.
The lettuce on the caesar salad was brown and wilty, strange considering how busy they are, the food should at least be fresh.

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Nice View, Great Patio
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I have had lunch (3x) and dinner once here. The lunches were all very good, delicious seafood appetizers had us dining on a series of just appetizers the first two times. The third time we had burgers and they were just the way I like them, juicy, fresh toppings with decent fries. Recently we dropped by for dinner and almost left after looking at the menu, we were out for a casual meal, not expensive dining ( the lounge was closed which it seems to be every time I have been there), but the menu was very expensive and none of my favourites were on it.

Turns out you can order from the lunch/lounge menu although we had to be leaving to get that offered. We ended up having burgers because none of the usual delicious appetizers remain on the menu. Once again the burgers were just right so we enjoyed them. The caeser side salad I had was drowning in dressing, tasty but it made it too soggy and all I could taste was dressing.

The lovely patio was full and had a very long wait so we were seated inside which was about 3/4 empty. Service was good. Overall, it was okay but expensive restaurants need to always be on top of the food quality including the salads.

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