Rodney's is an oyster bar in Vancouver's trendy Yaletown.
I suggested to a few friends that I had heard good things about this establishment. One of our group called to make a reservation for 8 for Friday evening March 28th. He was given 2 optional times and he chose the earlier, 6.30pm. On his arrival he was immidiately asked whether he was told the group would have to leave by 8.30pm. No, he informed them, he was not, and it was impossible to all eat and leave by then, as it was a birthday celebration.
Promptly at 8.30pm, after consuming many dozens of oysters, wine etc, and having just ordered our main meals we were moved downstairs into a back holding room. Every few minutes a server would come over to "borrow" the sauce tray as they did not have enough to go around. We kept running out of the wine we were drinking, and had to change wines several times. For our inconvenience, the server promo'd one bottle of wine.
The service was slow, obnoctious, rude. No-one cared about our group, and seemed to be more interested in the hoards of young patrons coming in to sit in the main lobby area.
Our bill was around $1200 for the evening, and we all agreed, we would never go back, or recomend this retaurant to anyone. It appears to me that the popularity of this place has gone to their heads, so if you want a fine experience, look elsewhere.
Our evening at the Rodney Oyster House in Sept 06 started reasonably well, but quickly went downhill from there. Upon arrival with our 2 year old, we were told that the establishment had no booster seats or high chairs, which was unusual but something that we were willing to deal with. Our waiter was prompt and capable, and he even offered to show our toddler the live crab that was about ready to land up on my plate. Unfortunately, the hostess, a middle-aged women, was not happy with our son's repeat visits to the live crab tank, and she ordered us and him to stay at our table upstairs. While such commands may be commonplace in a secondary school cafeteria, they are ridiculous at a lively eating place where the average 2 lb. crab costs more than $40CND. Our toddler was so upset that we had to leave well before finishing our meals. As for the food, the seafood was fresh and reasonably well sourced, but generally uninspired. If you love just the fish cooked in salt and water, then this place is for you. But if your looking for special or unique preparations or a place that likes small children, you're best trying someplace else or staying at home.
I stop by after work all the time with co-workers, there oysters are awesome, and big and I can still finish them because they are so good. The staff is always very friendly. The ladies are quite accommodating to the eyes (blond). The prices are cheap, especially wine is priced with reasonable mark up! They have lots of other fare, people in my party ordered burgers, calamari and shrimp and everyone seemed to enjoy.
Rodney's Oyster House is one of the best restaurants out there with the freshest oysters. They have a great selection of oysters and sauces. Crabs cakes are good but you only get two small patties on a giant bed of salad - kinda expensive. I've been there a few times and the service is alright, what keeps me coming back are the fresh oysters and sauces!
I like Rodney's. I think it is an excellent choice for a quick bunch of shucked oysters and maybe a clam chowder. The food is always fresh and the waits are short. The only thing to watch out for is the service. It can be a bit aloof and sometimes surly. All in all though, you should have a good experience.