Rodney's is an oyster bar in Vancouver's Gastown area. This location is now open!
We went at Happy Hour, called Low Tide there, and were pleased with all aspects of our fare - the price, how it was presented, and how it tasted. We ordered the fried oysters, potato-encrusted scallops, and Haida Gwaii candy. It was all fresh and delicious. It came on a giant platter alongside a big, beautiful salad for two. We also got a basket of delicious bread that was flecked with cranberries and walnuts. They didn't charge for the bread, and were even happy to give us a refill at no extra charge. I wish they hadn't given us so much butter though; that was a lot of butter wasted at the end. I wish more restaurants were more mindful of waste; they'd save money, and it's the right way to be. My beer was cold and inexpensive. Good time had by both.
I understand you have to pay for quality and I really did enjoy my raw oysters here. However...
I went to Rodney's new location in Gastown last week and upon entering, it looks very similar to their Yaletown digs except the layout is obviously different (used to be Cobre). We sat down in the bar area and ordered a couple beers and a mixed plate of a dozen oysters. The first thing I will say is that they really need to up their game here in the beer department. Get some craft beers or something unique and Granville Island does not count!
The oysters were all very good with the exception of one that had a lot of shell in it which essentially forced me to use a fork from then on because I didn't want to get another mouth full of shell.
The bill came and it was $63 with taxes!
I am all for paying for quality but given the copious amount of shell in my second oyster, I would say the value here is not great. Pricing is conspicuously omitted from the menu on their website. My recommendation is to come for the low tide specials (3-6 pm) where the value is great and stick to that. I think that's what I will do from now on.