Pier 73 Restaurant offers an eclectic yet comfortable menu and features floor to ceiling windows and a magnificent view of the Fraser River and North Shore Mountains.
We've been to the Pier 73 four times so far. I can use my Delta Hotel loyalty points there for dinner but we've also been making the long drive south to Richmond because the food and service have been consistently good. The waiting staff are well trained and attentive when you want it...we've never wanted for anything any time we've been there.
Summer on the deck overlooking the river and boats is an outstanding place for a beer and burger and they have live music some nights during the winter. We're addicted to sharing their calamari starter....tender rings in a light crispy batter with red onion slivers and a couple of tasty dipping sauces. The rib eye steak with mashed and yorkshire is always good as is the grilled halibut and various daily steak specials. I love the eclectic mix of sauteed veggies they serve with all the dinners...all perfectly cooked from the cherry tomato and brussels sprout to the spinach and asparagus. Burgers are deliciously grilled and I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal there. Never had room to try their dessert offerings though.
My only complaint is the cost of parking in the Delta parking lot but the restaurant reimburses up to $6 of the cost.
I met my friend at Pier 73 for a drink and an appetizer or two. The restaurant wasn't busy (we got there late afternoon) and I was looking forward to some tasty food and drink. My friend was having draft beer and seemed quite happy with it. I ordered a Lemon Drop martini and I have to say it was the worst Lemon Drop that I'd ever had. The glass was sticky, the sugar on the rim of the glass was all over the place and seemed to be glued on, and there didn't seem to be any lemon juice at all in the drink – it was just essentially watered down lemon vodka in a sloppily prepared martini glass. After a few sips, I gave up and ordered coffee.
Food-wise, we ordered the small plate seared Ahi tuna. It was supposed to come with wonton crisps but didn't. It came with a salad that (a) hadn't been washed and, (b) had pieces of lettuce that were brown with rot around the edges. The salad dressing was some kind of creamy poppyseed (I think) and had been dabbed on very sparingly – the salad leaves that we picked out that weren't brown were, for the most part, undressed. The tuna was rubbery and tasteless and the orange roe on the corners of the square dish tasted very fishy (which means that it was old or hadn't been properly refrigerated). We sent the tuna back and one of the cooks came out to talk to us about it – when we said the salad hadn't been fresh and the tuna was tasteless, he actually said "you can't always trust the salad". Then he asked us if we wanted to try another slab of tuna. We declined. The chef was polite and thanked us for our feedback but didn't seem at all surprised that we weren't happy with our food. I joked with my friend that I was going to call Chef Ramsey on this place.
Our waiter was attentive and friendly although he startled me when he came up behind me and reached in front of my face to get at the candle so he could light it. The views were very nice – it's always fun to see a working marina – but I'd never go back. Why would I when there are so many other waterside restaurants to choose from in Vancouver? If Pier 73 wasn't associated with the Delta Hotel, I'm sure it would have failed very quickly a long time ago. Overall, a very disappointing experience.
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