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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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Enjoyable Summer Dinner
By dineoutalot of North Vancouver, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

We dropped by at this restaurant on a Saturday night, and were happy to get a table inside right away, since most people wanted to be seated outside on the patio. The food, service and view were great!

The Smoked Salmon Chowder was excellent, and so were the Italian Sausage Linguine and Clam Carbonara pasta, but the best part were the desserts! The Sorbet Trio was very enjoyable, since it included tasty candied fruit which enhanced the flavours of the fruit sorbets, but the best was the very flavourful Lemon Tart, which was presented so nicely on the plate.

It was a very enjoyable meal, and we will be returning for sure another time.

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GREAT patio BBQ
By downtowner of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here for years & never been disappointed; finally made it to the Tuesday BBQ night(I think it's almost over for this season). I love their dining room with open kitchen,terra cotta floors,giant aquarium & GREAT views.Sat on the patio(my choice for one of Vancouver's best) for the buffet BBQ this time. Started out with a pint of draft(one of multiple in-house micro brewed beers) & headed for the huge BBQ set up. I was impressed equally by the number of options; no less than 8 meats(including tonight's kangaroo,salmon & chicken prepared 2 ways),5 salads, cheese platter, grilled chilled veggies,pasta, baked potato, breads..etc & all the "fixin's" ,as I was by the tidiness & overall set up of the buffet. I almost had to restrain myself to leave room for the huge selection of desserts(cakes, pies, fresh fruit, etc). Service was relaxed & casual; with the buffet option, plates & cutlery were cleared & replaced as needed. Beer refill prompt & coffee service accompanied dessert.

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Last time
By everymeal of granville island, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Foolishly gave it another try for breakfast. I knew the coffee was bad so tried an americano instead hoping for better luck - nope. Overcooked eggs, stale english muffin, McCain hash browns (frozen "country style" cubed), and desiccated fruit garnish. All this on a rectangular plate. Maybe this attempt at up styling the food by plating was what i paid too much for.
Service was good, however didn't seem to notice (or at least pretend to care) that the meal was so obviously sub standard.
Need a good breakfast spot in this area.

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Got time?
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Our family enjoys dining here when we have a lot of time. The view is lovely, the food is always good, the restaurant has space to accommodate, the servers never rush us. On our last visit this weekend to this restaurant, I dropped off my party of six for brunch on Sunday and proceeded to purchase a quick bouquet of flowers for the mother to be. I returned within 10 minutes to find myself sitting for 20 minutes and not a server approached our table. I was confused and asked my guest who our server was. She replied that it was not anyone in a white shirt. I looked around and noticed staff in white shirts, blue shirts and black shirts. I tried to make eye contact and flag down somebody to take our order--no luck. Eventually, a person in a white shirt motioned to someone in a blue shirt to come over to our table; this person took our order. We had a lovely chat with our relative from out of town and the others we had not seen for a while. This conversation lasted another 25 minutes before our brunch arrived--only one of our orders was missed. I gave my meal away to our guest and I waited until I could find a server. I explained to a server in a white shirt that one meal was missed. He asked me why I was given an empty plate. I explained that I was sharing my meal with my young daughter. Off he went and I waited for another 15 minutes or so before my meal was brought. He was very appologetic and he sounded sincere. After we finished our meal we had just enough time to walk half way to the market and return to our car before our out of town guest was to leave for the ferries. We did not linger with our meal once we were served. The service in this establishment is either not very efficient or deliberately slow to allow their guests to enjoy their own company and their surroundings. I have always wondered why this place has so many employees with only a half full restaurant and the service staff often does not know who serves which table. This happens every time we dine here. On several visits, we have been told that the server taking our order is not serving our section, but will do it for us--we feel so grateful after waiting for so long without being noticed by the service staff. Because we feel that the location is really lovely and the food is good, we will return when our schedules are not tight.

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Great place to be on a sunny summer Saturday evening
By occdiner of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 11:01am [Dine in]

The food was okay. Ordered the Halibut cheek and Crab Rissotto and the Arctic Char and Coconut Prawn. The rissotto was nicely done. It's creamy and not watery. You can taste the crab in it. The coconut prawns are crispy. I like the sweet corn they have on the side. The price is on a high side though. The dish cost about mid $20 where other restaurant on Granville Island on comparable meal cost low $20. But with Entertainment book coupon, it's worth a visit.

The view is incredible. If there are still table available, be sure to ask for a table next to the window (mostly table of 2), or if it's sunny, go for the patio. The view of False Creek is just the best on a sunny evening.

We were there early in the evening, so the service is okay. I give it a 4 because they have the online reservation system. I hope more restaurant sign up for this because it's quite convenience when booking table, especially on a weekend or during dineout. You can see which restaurant have table and which one don't instead of making all the calls and being told there is no table left.

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Go for the Patio
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2005 - 5:02am [Dine in]

The ambience here is great--esp. the patio looking east over False Creek on a clear evening. The pub has warm brown leather chairs. The beer, which they brew on site, is pretty good too, though not really comparable with other micro-brews. The hot chili squid and the satays and taster plates are tremendous. The only nit I have is the service. Yes, the people are beautiful, but they take their time and don't seem to mind you sitting there, even if you're at the bar!

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only go for the view
By Korkey604 of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

we went here thinking it was bridges, but since we were at grandvill island and never been to dockside we decided to try. well every one at the table agreed to never come here again.

food was okay.. we had a red seal chef with us. the pasta was under cooked. mash was blended with yesterdays and todays mash, and fish was all watery

service well... there was no service. never asked us if we wanted any drinks, afetr we got menus we waited 17 minutes for the server to come back. no refill on water

value was no good due to crappy food.

view is amanzing.

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Only go for drinks
By Pink Snoopy With Jewel of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Do not go to this place for dinner. It does have a nice patio right on the water and the interior is nice but that is it.

The portions are really small and the food itself is nothing special. Not worth the high price tag.

And especially the service. Just saw the waiter twice all night. Once to take our orders, and return with the food. Never refilled the water or even bother to check on us.

The restaurant was not even half full which shouldn't be a surprise as this place is expensive with nothing to show.

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Horrible service
By rooatlas of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

At first, the service was good. As soon as I had a complaint, not only did i get attitude...but in a subsequent email to the manager I was accused by him as being a liar. No need to go into detail about what happened from start to finish. Essentially, both lambs were over cooked. We didn't have time to send it back and go somewhere else or whatever. The desserts were overpriced slices that tasted bulk bought; just like at Milestones.
In the email I sent to the manager to explain what had happened the day before then talked to our server. She denied telling us that the lamb is consistently overdone. She denied that she told us she went to the kitchen to "yell" at them. She denied that our lambs were overdone. "It just looks that way in the sunlight" (this was canada day)
And considering their ambiance is nature, they haven't done much to accentuate those features. Uncomfortable chairs, tables too close to each other. The 3 they get is only because they are in false creek. Boo-urns to them. Will not go back.

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Great view good food
By mj3bjb of main st (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

We took a family member from T.O. for dinner the other night, a very nice room with a great view of the water and downtown.

I had the spinach and frissee salad with goats cheese to start it was tasty but quite small and one piece of frissee amongst the spinach and arugula, the presentation was so so. I had the Prime rib which was ordered M/R but was closer to M/W but was hard to tell because the whole thing was smothered in a red wine sauce that was tasty but I would have prefered it on the side. the vegies and potato were good. My son had the beef ribs that he enjoyed, and my wife had the Arctic char that ahe liked, Overall the food was good but could have been better for the price.

The room is very nice, the fish tanks seem a little outdated, but I like the big open kitchen, The service was very good

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Nice place to spend time at
By mmfood of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

The foods great and the portions aren't small. Service is pretty good and they don't mind you spending quite a bit of time there while you eat and catch up with friends. The view's fantastic and there's plenty of parking nearby due to its Granville Island and hotel location.

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Too big and survives only because the hotel and the view
By Andi710 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

We have been to the Dockside restaurant for dinner with a group of 20. If I had to pay the bill (about $70 per person, including wine), I would have been furious!

The food was mediocre - just as boring as it can get for this price. Seafood chowder tasted like one from a can with some added pieces of smoked salmon. The alternative green salad looked like completely uninspired collection of lettuce, tomato and cucumber. At least it looked fresh.

Main course was either sirloin steak - nobody asked how you like it done, so it came well done of course. Probably no alternative as it was way to thin anyways. The very good quality halibut was buried under a crust of butter and herbs that you usually get on cheap frozen fish in ready made dinners from the supermarket and placed on boring rice with pieces of carrots in it.

The desert was an icecream cake that you could have bought at Saveway.

The only nice item was the wine - here you just get a decent burrowing owl white and a blue mountain red for the high price you pay - nothing they have to do themselves. (Although subtract the strong barrique note from the red and it becomes boring).

Service was OK, but did not serve all people at the same time and came with a dish that we actually did not order.

The thing I liked about the place is the nice view onto false creek - but that you can have by just walking on the wharf outside. Saves you $70 and a disappointment with food.

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By sumiln of North Burnaby (34 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

A friend and I decided to have a meal here prior to attending Theatresports at the Revue (I think we may have outgrown that particular brand of humour; however, that's another story!) My dining chum indulged himself in the DOV menu and had the hot beet salad (yum); artic char which he said was lovely and we shared his turtle cheesecake which was simply dynOmite! I had the grilled watermelon and butter lettuce salad which I thought sounded interesting. I did not know that warm watermelon is not in my realm of enjoyable things to eat... nobody's fault but my own. They are currently upgrading this hotel and the restaurant is currently closed. They are using the lounge/bar as the restaurant. I was very fond of the oak and inlay tile floor and cosiness of this spot on a winter's evening but they appear to be going for a bright new look (ie white floor tiles throughout) which I don't think works in this environment. I suspect this upgrade is in advance of the 2010 Olympics and sincerely hope it works for them. The patio is an obvious dining/drinks choice in the summer.

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Food was good but lacking
By HungryBman of Burnaby BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Nice view. Ambiance was good due to the out side view. food was over priced for the amount that came. It cost $100 for two people, shared a starter one drink each, and still ate when I got home. The main course was a decent size but almost no sides, vegetables, rice potatoes, virtually no sides

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More Than the View
By FitFoodie of kitsilano vacouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

Had a great dinner with my husband here on Saturday night. We hadn't been in awhile but were enticed to come back with the coupon we received recently in the mail. Being right on the water, this place has gorgeous views in the daytime, and is incredibly romantic at night. Luckily, it's not all about the scenery, though, as the food is very good too. We shared a caprese salad to start. It tasted good and fresh and was different from any other caprese salad I've tried as it had avocado on top and slices of yellow tomato as well. We split a basket of the artisanal breads, which were absolutely heavenly, with choices ranging from raisin to flax seed to sourdough. The bread was accompanied by both butter and a tasty tapenade. For mains, my husband ordered the steak which came with veggies, mashed potatoes, and a gorgonzola quiche. He said it was great but he would have preferred to have had a bit of the gorgonzola put directly on the steak. I had the sablefish with mushrooms, veggies, and little shrimp dumplings. It was excellent. We shared a bottle of Lindemann's shiraz. It was a great meal and very reasonably priced, especially with the coupon. In my opinion, while the food is good, it is a touch pricey as the quality doesn't quite measure up to a couple of our other favourite fine dining restaurants and yet it is similarly priced. Definitely, it was enjoyable enough that we will return. We will just not do so on a regular basis.

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Could not have asked for more
By Snow02 of Langley (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 10:57am [Dine in]

After deciding on spending an evening with the Arts Club Theatres production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” we made reservations for dinner at the nearby Dockside Restaurant. After reading the reviews it seemed clear that the food was excellent, the service slow and if you tried to use a coupon you should expect trouble. Upon arriving we were escorted, as requested in the reservation, to our table by the window with a vista of downtown Vancouver bathed in a full moon. We placed the coupon on the table, in plain view. And then we enjoyed attentive and timely service as we devoured a wonderful appetizer of Tiger Prawns followed by a moist, delicious Wild Halibut and for desert we shared Crème Brule and the cheesecake, all without incident. The coupon was whisked away with decorum and we left a healthy tip for the staff , all of whom had worked as a team to ensure we had a great dinner. From there we fairly waddled over, as we were stuffed, to a tear jerking performance at the theatre, all of which made for a very enjoyable evening on Granville Island. Thank you Dockside Restaurant for being a part of It.

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Forgotten order
By fionant of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

We arrived at the restaurant before the dinner rush, and were one of about 3 or 4 couples in the restaurant. We ordered an appetizer before our main dish, and it took about 20 minutes for that to arrive, which was fine. But, we sat there with our empty dish on the table and empty water glasses for nearly half an hour, trying to catch a waiter's eye. After a waiter finally did come to take our plates away, we waited another 10 minutes before another waitress told us our order had been forgotten. A total of an hour and 20 minutes after we had been seated, our main course arrived. The food was good, and when we had finished, a waitress apologized for forgetting our order and gave us a complimentary dessert. A nice gesture, but with the cost of the meal and the poor service we received, we decided not to go back.

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Okay Mr. Cool waiter guy
By cmc of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Since we bought the Entertainment Book, my partner and our friends decided to try out the more upscale casual dining establishments around Vancouver. I should have known this place would rest on its location. That's fine; it is a nice location, and if the service is great then, well, you can maybe put up with entrees that should be $20-25 instead of $29+.
I won't go on and on about how mediocre it is except to say:
the sides were the same for EVERY dish, the starch being a dried out, flavourless scoop of plain rice;
the waiter came to check on us while CHEWING food;
and, the waiter also overcharged us the steak, and then acted like we were being petty by correcting it.
Seriously, if you don't want people to come to your restaurant who use Entertainment Book coupons, don't put coupons in the Entertainment Book. And don't play the overbilling game.
We always tip 15-30% of the total bill before the coupon. Except this time.

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Upperclass facade, small minded attitude
By iclimbrocks of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 9:54am [Dine in]

We were at Dockside last night for a birthday dinner. We opted for the full meal deal, drinks, appies, salad, meal and dessert. While it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was busy, our server was rarely to be seen and made no acknowledgement that we were left waiting or more importantly, wanting. As Dockside has a microbrew, we ordered the sampler. Each beer was unremarkable to say the least, tasting of soap and stale beerlines. Our food was small sized and so-so. We had the beet salad (mediocre for a $15 plate), the chili squid which was the only saving grace for the night and the camembert plate, which was too large a portion of cheese for the meagre 6 croustilles they presented. One friend complained that her halibut was cold when served, but given that she had waited so long for it (and the simple glass of water she never got) she ate it anyway.
After an overall disappointing meal, the bill came and although we had requested it be separated out into couples, the waiter apologized but refused. We had used a coupon for the appetizers which was applied to the two cheapest dishes on the bill in its entirety, not those we ordered. The waiter was advised but stated "those were the rules" and scampered off to bring his manager. The manager told us that we were getting something free and not to complain. Unbelieveable attitude from a manager of an upscale restaurant to a party that had just spent nearly $600 for supper. All this could have been avoided at the beginning when we had requested the bills be separated, and the money we were squabbilng about was a measley $3, but considering what a disappointment the evening had been, surely good customer service would have been important to salvage.
We all left with a sour taste in our mouths. As avid restaurant goers, we have been to fantastic restaurants, upscale and not, all over Vancouver. Dockside isn't one of them.

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Dine Out Gone Bad
By yaletownchris of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 12:27am [Dine in]

For a nice looking dining room tucked away on Granville Island, this Dine Out experience was horrid. Wine came in a sticky glass. A beet salad with mushy beets and a bland smoked cod soup lacking smoked cod for appetizers. The mains? My girlfriend had a triple A striploin with gristle on the plate bigger than the remaining portion of meat. There's no way that fat should've made it to the grill let alone the plate. I'm glad I chose the lamb chops (even those were extremely fatty) but was not glad that the taste of KD is 10 times better than my goat cheese risotto. Where do they get their product? I felt sorry for the server who had to apologize all night and offered to bring the other entree option but by then we were ready for dessert. The chocolate brownie creme brulee and mango sorbet profiterole was actually good. Had this not been Dine Out we would've been more vocal in our complaints. Unfortunately, Dine Out has become a time of year when restaurants skimp on quality product knowing they can make up for it with volume as one of the "participating restaurants of Dine Out Vancouver". I remember a time when Dine Out exposed me to quality restaurants that would entice me to come back for the full price menu...does Dockside remember that?

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