Rodney's is an oyster bar in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown.
Rodney's really gives you the feel that an Oyster Bar should. We sat on the upper level, and it gave us a bird's eye view of all the shucking down below. The nautical feel is legit, with nets and other ocean paraphernalia as decoration. Save your pennies though...cause this is not a bargain. With daily raw oysters around $3 per, a dinner for 4 of us with a couple of bottles of wine approached $300 in a hurry. That said, we all really enjoyed the experience, even when leaving yaletown with skinny wallets! :-)
Took my wife here for her birthday. I was kinda expecting a lively place but at the end of the night it was just loud and little overbearing. This place is better as a hangout than for sit down dinner.
Food was overall enjoyable. Started with the raw oysters which were indeed tasty and fresh and was served with various hot sauces.
Mains ordered were halibut & a pasta dish...both were good, but at the end of the day, Rodney's is vastly overpriced. As much as I enjoyed the halibut, if you break it down, I just ate a glorified filet-o-fish with a few surrounding portions of veggies.. Pasta was good, but not worth $20 that I don't mind paying for in a real pasta joint.
When I got the bill, I was shocked raw oysters were $3 each....that's a lot of money to pay for someone to open it for you and cut some lemon wedges!!
This place is lively and packed, and yes not kid friendly as previous reviewer said...but what do you expect, it's Yaletown!.
As I said before, I would recommend for casual snack drinks but not dinner. Solid, not awesome.
To be fair I should preface my review by saying that this restaurant is very successful and has been a neighbourhood haunt for 11 years and all this in a part of Yaletown that is generally the death knell for restaurants. I mention this because my review may be in the minority of reviews.
Dropped in for lunch recently and started with the New England clam chowder. Really bland with lots of cream and flour and a couple of diced potatoes but darned if I could locate any clams. Earls has a far better New England clam chowder packed with clams, potatoes and assorted diced vegetables for a dollar less and a bigger serving.
I then had the crab cake which was dry and tasteless although to be fair the green salad which accompanied it was fresh with a decent dressing. I also expected something more substantial given the price that was charged.
The wine pour was small but the price was not indicative of this and only added to my perception of mediocre value at this restaurant.
I like the raw service at Rodney's. It is afterall, a "raw bar". Certainly not refined, the service is agressive in a fun way - but it helps to play along. I think the waiter appreciate that.
About the wine glasses: I think it is their way of saying "ok, if you want wine you will have to have it in these glasses". And, the way they fill the glass to overflowing is just insane! That's the charm - don't like it? don't order wine. Like eating at Rodney's backyard party. You gotta go with the flow.
I recently stopped by Rodney's on a cold winter day. My daughter and I had a couple "New England" chowders and some Panfried Oysters. The chowders were hot and hearty and the cooked oysters were lovely if not unique.
We sat at the bar which seems the place to be. The chairs are perfect height to be able to absorb the room while enjoying the banter of your neighbour or the handsome barmen.
It was lunchtime and maybe half full, but our food came promptly. Even though our lunch was put on pause a few times by some rather odd humour I would go back in a flash.
Keep it up.
Rodney's is great. This is my second time and it's good eats. The staff are very friendly and make great recommendations. I love the crusty/soft bread and great seafood. I had oysters today and they were so fresh. I was thinking of buying alot at Granville Island but the price comes out to be less if you eat em at Rodney's since they chuck them for you and you get lemon and some nice accompanying sauces. Definitely go between 3-6 for their specials. $1.50/oyster!!
Was a big fan of the original Rodneys in Toronto and the Vancouver version did not let me down.
Sat at the bar drank a couple beers and ordered 2 dozen assorted oysters for a friend and I. Excellent selection and excellent recommendations by the staff. These guys know thier stuff amd its fun to watch them shuck the oysters right in front of you.
The atmoshere was perfect, think dock meets inside of sailboat and the Hamilton street setting really adds to a great experience.
The food is pricey but you get what you pay for.
I have been to Rodney's numerous times for their low-tide specials. The oysters are always perfectly shucked and come with a nice variety of sauces. Mussels and clams are always steamed to perfection and the fresh bread is perfect for soaking up the extra sauce. This is definitely not a kid friend place (it's in Yaletown for goodness sake. How many kids do you see running around in Yaletown?) but the ambiance is great. The servers are attentive, friendly, and fun to chat with.
I go here often and am never disappointed. The scallops are fantastic, and the potato-crusted halibut is certainly very good. All the reviews say this place is pricey but I don't think it really is when you see what other places with far less atmosphere charge. One picky point though.... I usually think the service is fantastic, but last week, when I went with a girlfriend, something odd happened. My very pretty friend meant to ask for a glass of water as our waiter walked away from our table. It's loud in there and hard to get their attention, so she tapped him on his very muscular arm. He turned around and started poking her arm repeatedly while he said something like "see... you don't like people doing that to you so you shouldn't do it to them...' It was very strange. He seemed genuinely annoyed. What's wrong with the guy? Did she hurt your big bicep? Dude, if a pretty girl happens to poke you gently in arm, and that's something that upsets you, you need to get a life - but I can certainly understand why you might have a hard time getting a girlfriend!
Rodney’s Oyster House is a fun venue to venture to for an evening of seafood. The venue is typically Yaletown, very trendy and a cool atmosphere that also comes with a pricey bill at the end of the evening. Our party of 6 stumbled in at prime dinner time, with no reservations and still managed to get a table without waiting (the luck of a Monday night dinner I’m sure). Regardless though the place was hopping, and we still received great service with a minimal wait time, and properly timed appetizers. Between the six of us we covered a vast majority of the menu and all walked out satisfied without a single complaint. However while I’m sure most people go for Oysters, which where excellent steamed, raw, and pan fried they do secretly offer a veggie menu for those who shy away from fish, which included their house salad in a light vinaigrette, and a vegetable pasta done in a tomato cream sauce. All in all I would recommend this restaurant if you have a love for seafood and some cash to spend on a good evening.
Rodney's was a great night out. We had an early dinner at 6pm, we were seated immediately & served shortly after. The service was the best I have ever had & I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia & North America. The food was excellent. It's not fine dining seafood yet but small tweaks to some dishes will see it on par with the best seafood I have ever eaten. The scallops are simply sublime, the oysters are also great. The best part was the smart, attentive and knowlegable servers.
A group of 8 of us dined recently at Rodney's (a first time for all of us) for a surprise birthday party and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service was incredibly attentive. We had a number of waiters help us and two went above and beyond.
Everything was very fresh and of high-quality. My sister and l particularly enjoyed the potato encrusted scallops, my husband the smoked salmon and my cousin the Haida Gwaii candy, and everything else was very good too. The ambiance is fun and nautical. Recommend to others and will definitely return.
I don't understand how others received the bad service they say they did and as for people complaining about price, the price is very reasonable considering the high-quality and freshness of the seafood and the fact that this restaurant is in downtown Vancouver.
I was in town from Halifax visiting my sons who treated me to dinner at Rodney's. I loved it! The food was great and the dining experience was fun as well as tasty. The ambience made me feel right at home. The servers and bar staff seemed to genuinely like their jobs and they were entertaining to watch. I ate at many great places while visiting BC this summer (2010) and Rodney's rates among those at the top without a doubt.
Love the place... its cozy, comfortable and in the heart of Yaletown.... sometimes the service is a bit slow, but only cause there are many customers all trying to get in!... Never had a problem there love going there in the spring and summer.. can't beat it for oysters and wine... and thanks, yesterday was perfect.. !
Came down to this "old standard" with my wife after an afternoon of shopping. It was early evening/late afternoon but the spot was hopping and there was no one at the door to seat us. An gentleman who seemed at bit older than the rest yelled across the restaurant and told me someone would be right with me! I've been to Rodney's many times but this time I felt they deserved a shout out.
Like I said, the place was busy but not to the point where my server couldn't treat us well and have a little chat. A nice Irish boy who looked a little bit like a mix of Jesus and Viking took good care of us. He just seemed the know exactly what we needed and when we needed it. Maybe it was because he told us exactly what we needed and when we needed it. I like a waiter to take charge. Give me your best! We had a couple dozen oysters and some frosty cold pints because its an oyster house and thats what they do best. We then had more oysters and more pints. We lost count of how many rounds we had. Luckily we live near by.
I've had oysters all around the city and Rodney's always has the freshest and best selection. I don't really know the menu very well because we only ever have the fresh shucked oysters or the pan fried oysters. We always have a hoot. I cant remember Rodney's ever being anything but a good time. We even had a friend from out of town with us who had never eaten an oyster...he rang the bell and made an "oyster virgin announcement." She blushed a little but it was all in good fun.
It's an oyster house. So go for the oysters and you can do no wrong. I love Rodney's.
My husband and I ate here for ToY, which runs till the end of October. They're offering a whole 1.5 pound Atlantic lobster and 8 oz NY sirloin steak plus your choice of dessert for $45. We started our meal off with a few oysters, which were very good. They have so many sauces for the oysters, which are also great for dipping the bread. We then had the New England clam chowder, which was also very good. We shared the lobster and steak (the server suggested sharing and I'm not quite sure how one person could eat both). Both were delicious. Lobster came with melted butter for dipping and was cooked perfectly. Steak was also seasoned to perfection and tender. We ended the evening with the cheesecake, which was delicious. The other dessert options were banana creme brulee, pumpkin pie, and chocolate mousse. A fantastic value and I may be back before ToY ends.
My partner and me decided to give Rodney's "low tide" menu a try. We had oysters, mussels and clams - all of which were delicious. The sauces they give you for the oysters also gives the taste of the oysters a nice edge. I know some of the other reviewers complained about the service but we found the server to be friendly and efficient. It was quite quiet to start with (we went at 4pm on a Saturday) but by the time we let at 6pm it was pretty busy. We will definitely go back - probably at "low tide" again.
I've been here numerous times during happy hour and the first order of business are a dozen fresh oysters, a pint of pale ale, and some deep fried oysters. They used to have their Fanny Bays @ $1/pc and although the prices have increased, they're still worth it. The condiments are a great addition to the oysters.
The bar is definitely where the action is. Ladies - the boys behind the bar put on a great show, are cute, and make sure you're taken care of. They even know their wine pairings with your food!
The only 2 sour things about the place are the hostess (she's incredibly snotty and rude) and the fact that this place gets packed quickly so get there early or make a reservation!
I was in town at a convention. While I live in Chicago I was born and raised in Boston and drove a cab there. I know good seafood, and this place has it. Both times my friend and I sat and ate at the bar and we struck up good conversation with both the bartender and the locals. We had a plate of oysters as an appetizer both nights and the second night the bartender even gave us a couple of the specialty oysters on the house to taste. Between the two evenings we also had the soft shelled steamer clams, the steamed mussels and the fundy scallops and I can recommend it all. Fresh food well prepared, and sound and friendly service.
The appearance of the place is unpretentious to say the least. But that just makes sure you know you're not in some franchise-based restaurant. Both times we were there everyone was having a good time. If I'm ever in Vancouver again I'll be sure to go back there.
went to rodneys with family from toronto who dine at rodney's in Toronto all the time.
-place is dirty and unsafe food handling prompted a email to the health department
-our appetizers took forever and soup was cold. waiter said the kitchen lost his order
-waiters were cocky and when we asked about our food they said' "we are really busy and your table got its order in late and therefore we are the losers of the night",meanwhile all the tables tht sat down after us were served
- we left before our entrees came after waiting 1.5 hours for food.
-waiter did not take any measures to help us or responsibility for the poor service and food.
Awful experience I do not recommend eating threre.