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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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Only good for just hanging out and drinks
By scratch of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 12:52am [Dine in]

I went with serveral of my friends. I ordered the a steak dinner with baked potato and veggies and some of my friends ordered chicken dinners. Considering it was on the weekend, the food came without much delay. However, the food was only luke warm, with cold veggies, just like how Cakone (above review) said. Althought the meat was tender, the overall quantity was very little, I hardly felt I had anything to eat after I was done. I did not taste the chicken, but judging by the look of my friend's chicken, it didn't look too tasty. It looked dried, and shriveled up. the portion was even less than my plate. The only decent things I could say about the overall experience is that you can get a seat just inches from False Creek and the service was good. Other than that, it's way over priced.

There were 6 of us and we had an unaminous decision that we won't go back again.

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Great Place to Spend your Weekend Mornings
By bcgurl of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

Went there and tried their brunch menu - it's great! The price is not bad and love the salmon. The food is pretty good and ditto for the service.

Very good view of the water and great place to get together and catch up with friends!

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Great view, good food
By KaY-o-Ree of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

The aquarium is pretty cool - they obviously take good care of it. I had a table close to the windows looking out at the dock which was nice - I bet lunchtime would have looked even better.

We started off with an amuse bouche - a pepper-seared tuna with garlic aioli on a foccaccia (melba) toast. For appetizers, I had the share plate and I also got to try to house smoked salmon chowder. The share plate was yummmm - really chili (hot) squid, moist crab cakes, tender beef satay, and a crispy spring roll. And I love chowders so that chowder was good - lots of salmon and full of flavour.

I had the stuffed lamb sirloin which was done pretty much right on. It tasted great with the stuffed goat cheese. I also got to try both the halibut and duck breast. Halibut was a bit dry but nice crunch with the pine nuts. Duck breast was not too fatty, only a little bit of fatty skin on one side, otherwise tender and juicy.

Finally, the dessert portions were huge! Creme brulee was very creamy and you could taste all the eggs they put in there - I didn't mind it. The chocolate bomb was also yummy, maybe a bit sweet for my taste. I was so stuffed by the end.

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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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Nothing to write home about
By 5ive0 of Pt. Gray (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

The food was great. The service was on the rude side of good considering our server was Bi-polar, so sweet, but a little moody at times. She was cute, so I let it slide.

The prices were steep for what you were getting. So I would say not the best value, although the ambiance was fantastic.

Thats all I have to say but this thing wants 300 characters, hopefully this pushes me over.

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Great Patio Experience
By borg44 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:34am [Dine in]

Treated some visiting friends to dinner here this past Thursday evening. Table for 6 on the patio was waiting for us. A round of drinks (house lager, pomegranite mojito, daiquiris) were well received and needed after a day of sightseeing. The bread was warm and very tasty. The waiter was excellent, catering to our "allergy" issues (honey, shellfish) quickly and without question. The prime rib was very tasty although a thinner cut than I had expected. The Halibut and Salmon were beautifully presented and not overcooked. The chicken was flavorful and the roast potatoes accompanying many of the dishes were very nice. We passed on Dessert. For $225 we felt we received very good value and were very satisfied. Would definately return.

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A great place to relax
By hungry_guy of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Had a nice Sunday dinner at Dockside. Our party managed to get a table on the patio despite the grey clouds gathering overhead.

The patio had great ambiance as it had many tables but each table was nicely spaced apart so it wasn't overly crowded. We had a bunch of appetizers (crab/shrimp cakes, garlic prawns, chilli squid & fresh oysters). Everything was decent but nothing spectacular. They have some good specials on drinks throughout the week though, which would make Dockside's patio an ideal place to just relax and have a few drinks.

The mains arrived just as it started to pour rain so it was a little hectic as everyone on the patio made the mad dash back inside the restaurant with food/drinks in-hand. The mains were nicely plated and were rather large in portions. It was refreshing that a restaurant actually provided nice side dishes with the meals (fresh broccoli, peppers & sweet white corn). But I guess it's easy when you are located in Granville Island right by the markets.

The service was really good as the waiter was very friendly and patient in dealing with such a large number of people on the patio. Even though it was busy and through all the craziness of customers dashing from the patio to the restaurant nothing was left out or forgotten. Drinks were always full, water was always refilled and plates were always cleared. A very good job.

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Fabulous Lunch Ambiance
By sboyle of richmond b.c (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

This afternoon I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with a premier business client at the Dockside Restaurant in Granville Island. The ambiance was the perfect setting for such lunch and the view of the harbor is beautiful. The service was fantastic and our server was attentive but respectful to our lunch meeting. Although I’m sure Dockside is more noted for its seafood I opted to go with the Dockside burger and it was everything I could ask for and more. It was sided with a delicious Caesar salad topped with fresh parmesan and real crisp chunks of bacon. We were seated inside for our lunch but with a beautiful patio overlooking the water I can see myself enjoying future meals while soaking up some sunshine. I will most definitely return to Dockside and refer my clients to this definite gem of Granville Island dining.

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souffle debate!
By sylvianne of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

My friends went there june12/10 before going to the theatre on a busy saturday night and we sat outside. The view is lovely, and the atmosphere lively. The new menu had an oyster souffle - it's not very often you see a souffle on a menu. I should have been suspicious when there was no asterix * to mark "please allow 20 minutes" Well of course it wasn't a souffle it was oysters rockefeller with salmon- cooked oysters on the shell. Upon delivering the plate to our table, I promptly told the server that's not a souffle. The reply was- oh isnt' it?
Don't you know what a souffle is I inquired ? - I thought that was - came the reply. Look it's ok I'll eat it but your menu is wrong- this is not a souffle- not even close. Later, she came back to explain it was a new menu and the chef was being "playful" with the descriptions. To which I replied - there's playful/ suggestive and there's plain misleading and wrong......Now just to add injury to insult the manager that evening came by to investigate what the matter was- same conversation- oysters rockefller not a souffle- get this; the guy says "but it has egg in it!" Really so do cookies! one last time from me " your menu is incorrect it's not a souffle" he walked away in a huff!!! They did not even have the grace/common sense to comp the wronglfully described dish- So NEVER AGAIN- they could of saved the situation- but no there's just plain WRONG

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Wonderful Views - Pricey Meals
By djwillis of Tsawwassen, (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 8:29am [Dine in]

Nothing better that going to Granville Island for a brunch on a hot sunny day , sitting seaside having a mojito. The meal there was ok, nothing spectacular, seafood salad, spinach salad, tempura halibut. I guess people must like the sweet yam fries they serve with the halibut, I wasn't to keen on them. Halibut portions are small for the price and the shrimp tartar sauce served with it didn't do much for me either, I don't like shrimp. Would of been nice with fresh real potatoe fries and homemade tartar sauce. My wife had the seafood salad which was nicely plated and full of seafood, she's never had a salad that expensive. Spinach salad was tasty with the goat cheese, good value and good tasting. Service was promt, didn't have to wait for service long. All in all good experience. Keep it Simple Guys

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Ok I guess
By canucklehead77 of Vancouver (east) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 10:55am [Dine in]

My fiancee and I went here on a busy Saturday afternoon on Granville Island. Inside the restaurant wasn't too busy so we got a table with a view. Started with wings which was spicy but kinda soggy. I ordered the quesadilla which was okay but for $17 with no side, that was a rip off. My fiancee ordered the scallop clubhouse and it's nothing spectacular, and for $16...it's too pricey. Luckily we got a 2 for 1 coupon. Overall we were there for the view, but food wise it's not worth it. Save your money and go somewhere else

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Great Food, Very POOR Service
By Seamonkey76 of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

The food is tasty and the view of the water adds a nice touch.

The service however was very slow, and often we were forgotten about.

1. Reservation made 5 weeks in advance for inside table, seated outside
2. Advised hostess on arrival that 2 were not showing up, waitress waited 15 minutes for the "missing" people to show.
3. 30 minutes before appy order was taken, no one in sight.
4. Asked about moving inside, no response.
5. Staff offered blankets to those who were cold, then advised there were none to be had.
6. Big dabockle over Entertainment Book coupon (Don't even get me started)
7. Manager had an excuse for everything.
8. Women's washroom a disaster (Yes, hers, I didn't even want to imagine what the guys would be like!)

Final Verdict
Go down the road to the Keg. Better service, better value, overall better experience.

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One of the best patios in Vancouver!
By leigh65 of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Don't tell too many people but the patio at Dockside is one of the best in Vancouver. Its not pretentious in anyway, just good food with decent service.

Great views of False Creek, heated patio, decent menu with excellent starters, mains consist of prime rib, chicken and plenty of seafood options. Last night we worked our way through the starters - oysters, crab cakes, smoked salmon & trout, tuna carpaccio.

The wine list is decent with some interesting offerings. I noticed last night that there were several folks ordering flights of wine - 3 x 2oz (but they looked a bit bigger) for $12 or so. Draft beer brewed on premises.

I've been there several times this summer and it has been pleasant each time. There are multiple options for seating too - from inside the restaurant, the pub or the patio...

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Love the Patio
By myomi of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Gotta be one of the best patio dining experiences on Granville Island -- the view by the docks is fabulous on warm, clear days. If too cold, the interior of this cozy restaurant is also charming. An aquarium holds up the bar. Bathrooms are great.

Had the spinach salad, clam chowder, and pizza for lunch and it added up to an even $30, with some leftover pizza to boot. Yum yum.

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