Rodney's is an oyster bar in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown.
Went with a gang to enjoy a plethora of Oysters. We got there before 6 so we could get them for a bucks a piece.
They serve 7 different kinds daily, so we ordered 10 of each, along with a couple other yummy appies to share.
The beer's good, and they serve it promptly in a nice chilled glass. The ambience is okay; a little blase compared to what I was expecting though, and quite small.
The food that came first was a pile of mussels, which were the best I've EVER had, and pan-fried oysters. Again, these were fabulous. Great flavour, nice and light, and cooked to perfection.
The oysters were from all over the place, Fanny Bay, PEI, all shapes and sizes. Decent. The selection of sauces were good and the fresh grated horseradish was a yummy plus.
BE FOREWARNED THOUGH: there is only ONE kind of oyster in the happy hour special, and they switch it every day. When the bill came to almost 300 bucks for the 6 of us, we were a Depends short of pooping our pants. After a, um "discussion" with the server who initially insisted he informed us thusly, and also with the manager, they cut the price down a tad. We were quite non-confrontational; our bellies were full and we had a little buzz, so we just paid the bill and left.
After watching a sporting event, my wife and I were looking for a place to have late night snack. On the way to Yaletown, we got full on nailed by a wall of water from a car hitting a puddle. Because we were busy yakking, a huge amount of water ended up in both of our mouths. A couple of 20somethings across the street were trying to stifle their laughs. I would probably laugh too, as we were both drenched from head to toe, while wandering around an expensive part of the city. I imagine locals know the puddle. First world problem.
We showed up at Rodney’s looking gross and mucky…. almost like an umbrella on the floor of a bus. The hostess had trouble finding us a spot, but a server intervened and seated us. After hearing our first world suffering, he got us some drinks and menu’s.
The appies were great, especially the smoked salmon and indian candy, and the oysters were as advertised. The server comped some our bill because “he felt guilty about splashing someone with a puddle years ago”. That is kick but friendly service that will have us coming back. Anyone can shuck and serve oysters and drinks – the food speaks for itself. However, when the service is great, the food tastes better.
While looking at some of the other reviews, service seems to have been inconsistent. Maybe we caught this waiter on a good day, but I don’t think so.
We left soaking wet and uncomfortable, but at least we were satisfied with the service and food at Rodney’s.
I love this place. I discovered it when I was working in the area and went a few times for lunch. It's decorated with a nautical theme. I've always sat downstairs or at the bar. It's fun to sit at the bar and watch the oyster shucking.
The hot lunches are pretty good, but nothing exciting. My favourite things to order here are the raw oysters. They have a good variety and they are always fresh. What sets this place apart from other oyster places is that the oysters are served not only with lemon and horseradish, but with 5 different types of sauces ranging from mild to extra hot. There are a decent selection of wines and beers and the caesar is really good. Between 3 and 6pm, they have what is called the Low Tide specials and oysters can be had for $1.50 each. I'm always so excited to come here.
Service has always been good while I've been there. The guys behind the bar are usually pretty friendly and have a sense of humour. So on that note, if you don't have a sense of humour and aren't able to laugh at yourself, you might not like it here. Occasionally there's a bit of a wait for something (more bread etc.) if it's busy, but I've never had to wait an unreasonable amount of time.
It's a bit pricey, but it's so good that I make it a treat every once in a while.
I've been meaning to try out this place, and when I got the invite from my friend I immediately accepted. It's a very loud festive restaurant that's for sure. I didn't try the oysters as I've heard some horror stories from friends who've been there before. So my friend and I had the clam chowder, shared marinated mussles and the scallop pasta. The clam chowder was nice and creamy with a kick to it. I probably wouldn't order the marinated mussels again. I prefer my mussels belgium style (cooked in some savory sauce or broth served with frites). The pasta was nice but nothing too wow. The most interesting part of the evening was the service. We had 2 waiters....one who brought our food, and the other who came by took our orders. The one brought our food was nice and charming, and a bit of a flirt. The other one was 'out of it'...meaning he seemed like he smoked something one too many before coming into work. And there was another rowdy server/dishwasher/etc, not sure what she did there. She spazzed at a guy, looked like a friend who was visiting. The guy was hiding her cell phone as a joke and she just ripped him out in front of the customers. When we left, she was outside smoking and cat called us as we walked by. It was for sure an interesting night.
Here's a classic example of a busy restaurant that relies largely on atmosphere and popular vibe. The food is okay, but expensive (hey, it's Yaletown), the service and attitude we received was intolerable. We usually tip well, not this time. Bad service can be forgiven with an apology, but the "hey dude" rude attitude from our poorly mannered server ensured that we won't be coming back.
Went here recently totally last minute and didn't know what to expect. My lady and I just had oysters for the first time acouple weeks back so we were pretty excited to have some more. We met up with a group of others and started off with a bottle of wine and ordered a dozen to start. It took about 15 minutes to get them but we were enjoying our company so didn't really notice. When we finished the first round we ordered another 2 dozen and some garlic prawns. This time it took just over 20 minutes to receive them but after 45 minutes the prawns were still MIA. We finished off the oysters and when I finally got the servers attention I asked about the prawns. He went in the back and came back about 5 minutes later and said they were just on their way out. ( This is now an hour later which means they had forgot and were rushing them out ) Well we did get them and they were great just don't know if I would wait that long again for them ;) Anyway we are going back for sure because lets face it, your in the middle of Yaletown and getting a big variety of oysters for a $1.50. How can you go wrong. Just don't expect good or prompt service.
Love, love, love the oysters- Food was good; mine was excellent, husband's was only "okay". Had lots of fun- Sever was very knowledgeable and quiet entertaining and thats what we went for-
Found Rodneys Yaletown is hands down better than the one in King West Toronto:) No suprise there can't wait to return
There's not much I can say but that its the best place in the city and one of my fave restaurant's of all time. The food is to die for (try the low-tide special 3-6 everyday, 1.50 a shuck), the drinks are great (never ever has there ever been a Ceasar thats as good as Rodney's...not cheap, but worth it), the service is best and if you can sit at the bar, you get the best experience!!!! Love this place! Rodneys's rules!!!!
It's worth it to leave work early to go to Rodney's for their low tide specials. $1 an oyster (their selection of the day), plus specials on their garlic prawns, pan fried oysters, scallops and a few other selections. Service is great if you sit downstairs but a bit inconsistent if you sit upstairs.
We went to Rodney’s Oyster House this past weekend – this has got to be one of the most overrated places out there. Service was truly awful. Since when do you walk into a restaurant and have a waiter yell at you from across the room to go grab a menu yourself from a bucket as he’s too busy loafing behind the counter. Then you go to grab a menu only to find that there are none where he said there were and you spend a couple of minutes looking through various buckets and shelves for one and give up so you take one from a bucket they have outside only to get yelled at by the waiter in front of other diners to put it back. (Brutal!) At which point he eventually hands you one from behind the bar with the most pathetic attitude. It’s really a shame that the service was so bad as the food was decent. I will NOT go back there and will be passing this info onto others. Bad services seems to be a trend these days in Vancouver and I’m certainly not spending my hard earned cash in a place like this where wait staff can’t be bothered to actually provide service.
We lived above Rodneys for nearly two years. You couldn't be more in the heart of yaletown or evening action than in the couple block stretch surrounding Rodney's. The place is SO cute, it's super adorable ... The wood floors, fishermans wharf theme, the afterwork crowds at the bar ... Loud & full of people this place has energy, a vibe - it's fantastik!!
... Problem is getting a solid meal is impossible. :(
we tried, man did we try to eat there, enjoy the place, see value & appreciate the food. Rodneys to us seemed like a perfect place, especially since we lived in the penthouse upstairs and after a long day at work could just mosy on in instead of cooking.
Food wasn't special. Servers have sense of entitlement. Overpriced for value. Sorry Rodney's - we tried.
Overall, really happy with my experience with Rodneys and I will gladly come back. I came on a Sunday, which apparently has a random oyster on special for $1.50, which is a great price. So the oysters were good, and also came with some nice sauces.
As per the main, I had the pasta with scallops. Not a very complex dish, just some scallops in a spicy/cream sauce, but really tasty. My girlfriend has the potato encrusted halibut, which was definitely tasty but wasn't a very exciting dish.
Overall, tasty food and good service, but not a high end meal. Bill wasn't outlandish though so I would say try it.
We sat at the bar and chatted with the waiter. He made up a surprise Oyster plate for us. We ordered like it was tapas -- as we went and with no pressure. The music was loud, all 70s and 80s rock, totally fun. The oysters were great, all very different and distinct. We also had the Manahattan Clam Chowder, also very good. Not kitchy at all. We had a good time. I recommend it for a relaxing time, good conversation, all the other guests were also engaged and happy. I highly recommend it,
I also had to smile when I read the complaints about rude staff at Rodney's, particularly the hostesses. They got rid of one really bad one and hired another from what I experienced last night. If this is part of the theme of the restaurant, it doesn't work. Also, beware of rude "first mates" telling you that you have to leave, in the middle of a new order for drinks. We had just spent $200.00 or more on food and wine. We had to find our own table by asking if we could join another, after waiting over one hour. We were not there for more than 1.5 hours and we were being ushered out the door. Very rudely handled by the "first mate" He told us he didn't care what we thought. I had a restaurant review person in my party and the review is not going to be a good one! Food is good, service can be a little lacking in diplomacy.
don't bother if you are not young and trendy!! the hostess was rude, complete with snotty remarks and eye-rolling. the barman all but ignored us. not what we are used to in yaletown. love the food and drinks but won't be going back as service made us feel so awful we crept off home!!! (we hoped for better as it was halloween and the place was pretty empty). manager take note - hope you are not encouraging this attitude with your staff.
went there for a weekend lunch
waitors were friendly and it's fun to watch the kitchen staff working on the bottom level
food was fresh and the quantity was more than enough
waitors seem to be having a good time working there and all the other customers seem to be enjoying themselves
we had a great time w/ food & service overall
we would go back there for more
being from NY, and not having an equal, we totally enjoyed this spot: ambiance, food, service, all good! Food is easy but serving it well and comfortably and fresh is hard; the boys at ROH did it all!
We have been to Rodney's several times over the past year. The first time the waiter gave us two free deserts, one for the length of time we waited for a table, and the second for my son stealing my daughters drink.
The next time my son and I met a woman who was working on a photo shoot for Playboy, and we were invited to a party the next day (could not attend)
Last week my daughter and I had dinner, and as always were impressed by the fresh oysters, great chowder and always friendly and attractive people.
The selection of hot sauces is the best I know of at any seafood place, my favorite is "Back from Hell" It has a real kick and flavor.
I will drive across the border just to have dinner at Rodney's
I have to agree with a few of the reviews here, the prices do seem to be a bit on the high-end even though they make the place feel as if they shouldn't be charging as such.
I dropped in today for their Low-Tide special which is a much better deal. I personally feel they should be retaining those prices for the regular menu. Much more reasonable, not overly cheap but not eye-poppingly expensive either.
The oysters were great! Nice and fresh with a tray of special sauces to apply for different tastes! I also had the Garlic Prawns which had a nice subtle garlic butter sauce that was perfect for dipping my bread!
Servers were all very friendly if not too casual but that was the style they were going for. I applaud them for their approach towards customer service rather then the uptight servers at other restaurants in the neighboring area known as Yaletown.
Setting-wise they had this whole ocean theme going with nets and boats hung about which was quite unique. Felt like an indoor docking bay.
Overall a pleasant experience.
I would be reluctant to come during regular hours if my bill was going to be much, much higher whilst the same food, service and atsmosphere.
My ratings would have been all 5 stars IF they charged Low-Tide prices all the time, but for what most patrons are paying at regular hours it doesn't justify the food or service.
We've been to Rodney's a couple of times and we largely focused on oysters. Good selection, reasonably priced. My wife had potato-crusted halibut and I can safely say that we THE BEST fish dish I ever tried in my life. It was cooked absolutely perfectly.
Overall - the menu is OK, not terribly expansive with few odd items that should not probably be there. The ambiance is very nice, the service is solid and waiters have rather decent sense of humor :)