The Beach House at Dundarave Pier is a seafood restaurant that offers set meals and standard entree menu. Ocean view and large martini selection.
I had a wedding here in the Summer and it was my most memorable moment thanks to Beach House!
This place is a hidden gem and only works best for small weddings. I had around 50 guests attending the 2nd floor of the restaurant plus the outdoor balcony. Incredible view of the ocean!
We chose the buffet dinner and I've been to a lot of weddings. Beach House is different because every item was DELICIOUS! The first bite took me away and I was shocked how generous they were to provide me such quality food. We had salads, fish (fresh and tasty), beef (which tasted like filet mignon) and chicken (which was surprisingly moist!). I was SO happy because I LOVE food!
Service was great! There was always someone available to refill water and wine. I was able to get my concerns dealt with immediately. Everything went by so smoothly!
I would do it all over again!
We were a party of six. My husband and I arrived before our friends and were promptly escorted to our window seat. Our waiter came by shortly thereafter and asked if we would like drinks before the rest of the group arrived or if we would like just sparkling or ice water. We asked for ice water and it was promptly poured for us. My husband spoke to the waiter and asked if we could have 3 separate bills at the end of the evening. No problem.
It was a very leisurely evening as we were enjoying the camaraderie of good friends. The entrees consisted of soup of the day - a Thai curry seafood soup, Caesar salad and Calamari in a spicy sauce. All the entrees were very good. For the entrees three of us ordered one of the days specials which was salmon with a herb and pea shoot sauce and potato gnocchi. It was very tasty. I requested fresh lemon for my fish and it was brought to the table immediately. The rest of the group had rack of lamb, pork tenderloin and prawns and scallops. Everyone seemed pleased with what they had ordered. The serving sizes were adequate, they were not huge servings but no one was hungry after the main course.
For desserts we had, creme brulee, rhubarb crisp with ice cream and lemon tart.
When we requested the bill at the end of the evening our server remembered our request and presented us with 3 different bills. One of our friends said that he wanted to pay for everyone and without any sign or annoyance or waiter graciously said certainly sir and with 5 minutes returned with 1 bill for the whole table.
We were having a great visit and spent almost 4 hours at the table but at no point were we made to feel unwelcome. The water glasses were always topped up. We also had wine with dinner and we never had to touch the wine bottle ourselves. The waiter looked at the table frequently to be sure that we had everything that we required.
It was a great evening and we will definitely be returning.
I went here for Dine-Out-vancouver with my sweetheart. I really enjoyed the romantic atmosphere. Our meal was really good, the portions were a little bit on the small side, but taste made up for it.
I found out they offered a hockey-night set meal. For $20 you get an appetizer, a gourmet burger and dessert! For all you hockey fans, why not go to the Beach House for hockey-night with a great meal in front of a big screen?!?
Went out for DOV. The food was really good. I had the prawn appetizer, as I though there wasn't much to pick from. The pork ribs just fell off the bone. I didn't need a knife, but I thought it was a little bland. Dessert was small, but really good. Overall, I didn't think the food was especially outstanding to want to go back.
Service was pretty outstanding. The waiter was very attentive and he was cleaning the glasses as were sitting there watching him, waiting for our food.
I thought the value was quite reasonable as it was dine out Vancouver, but I don't think I will go there for a regular menu.
May not return.
Beach House is a solid restaurant enjoying a great location: its patio offers a gorgeous view on Stanley Park, the West end and the cruise ships. The restaurant is well distributed and the view enjoyable from many spots.
The service has always been very pleasant and regulars always recognize familiar faces such as the wins brothers.
The food is generally tasty but not to a fine dining experience. it is solid, good ingredients prepared in a classic way. Some favorites of mine are the Lobster when they have it, the tenderloin, the fish and chips. Desserts are a treat and the trio of creme brulees are putting "Apres" to shame.
Beach House is a no surprise. classic spot that will not disappoint. The decor is wood panels and the staff always accommodating.
Came here for brunch a while back and loved it! We got to sit on the patio, it was a nice sunny day, the view was amazing and food was great. Loved it so much that I decided to come back and try their dinner. It was a bit busy when we went, service could of been better, I ordered the Roasted Chicken and half way as I was eating it, realized it was still raw! I was not impressed at all.
The night was clear and the company was great so we were guaranteed that at least two elements of an early Sunday dinner would be fine. I am happy to report that The Beach House did their part too and we left satisfied and impressed.
Two at our table ordered pasta mains, including one with veal cheeks, rated them fine and even took some home from the generous servings.
My partner and I began with prawn and crab cocktail with deconstructed gazpacho. It was an interesting combination with three large prawns, lightly cooked, but perhaps too little crab meat. Tasty though. She had roasted chicken with porcini and asparagus and a perfect marsala wine sauce. I had a delicious lamb shank, highlighted by wonderful risotto milanese. I'm not always a fan of restaurant risotto but this could not have been improved for texture or flavour.
Our table finished off three creatively presented desserts and with coffee, the dining was faultless. Service was attentive with full descriptions of each food as it was presented. At times in the past, servers and support staff at the Beach House seemed inexperienced and tentative. Tonight was quite different. Our server could work in any of Vancouver's premium places.
Everything was indeed fine but the almost $300 for wine and four dinners means that we will reserve this place only for special occasions.
When you receive french toast, after waiting for it for 45 min, with rotten whip cream and your server asks you to wipe it off the plate it's not a good sign.
When the you complain to the manager and she does absolutely nothing, it's probably a good idea to never go back.
The Beach House made them selves look even worse in an embarrassing situation.
Well, after having been here numerous times since it transitioned from the beloved Peppi's, I feel my last visit at The Beach House was about the same as my last several visits. Mediocre.
When the restaurant first became The Beach House in the early 90s, it was upscale but over the years, and one bad renovation later, it has devolved into a family restaurant for West Vancouver (not a bad thing but this is not a fine dining experience).
We shared the Crab Dip (pita chips were nice with an overly cream cheese dip), shared a bitter Crab/Arugula Salad, then a very salty with tough pasta Crab Ravioli and finally a Creme Brulee (tiny and not that great). I had one speciality drink - Watermelon Ice Tea which was refreshing on a hot summer night.
Our server, we sat in the lounge, was hurried, forgetful, disinterested... there seemed to be an over abundance of staftt (we counted at least 20). They were all scurrying around like disorganized rats with confused and mixed up orders. The service is comparable to Earl's et al. Lucky if you get noticed in all th flurry of chaos.
Ambience - when TBH was new, the room and ambience were nice, however, the last renovation made a mess of the bar/lounge area and the colour scheme is way too dark. And from the bar/lounge you cannot enjoy the view.
Overall, this is a nice place to go with family or friends but don't go for a special occasion.
ps, the night we were there the ladies' room was out of tissue in two stalls and one stall was out of service. We had to tell the hostess and they reacted with the "deer caught in headlights".
Have any out of town guests in the summer ? This is the place. The view from the outdoor patio is gorgeous and the air when cool is heated by lamps. Indoors it is awful. The ceilings are low and there is NOWHERE you and your guests will not be drowned out by noise. The food is tres passes darlings. Everything is "stacked" a little over the top. They try too hard and the great "kicker" tastes that you would expect in such a place are not there. At lunch avoid the salads . The dressings taste bottled. Service is so so. Lots of youngsters spilling water in the summer and very busy friendly harassed waiters .
Service: Poor communication among staff. The table the hostess took us to on the patio was not cleared or cleaned and then we were were told it was going to another group who were already seated on the patio but who wanted a better table. We could have the table we were vacating. We took it but felt as though we were getting their rejects. A complimentary menu item or drink would have soothed us a bit but nothing was offered.
Food: Good, but no better than several more moderately priced restaurants.
Value: see comment under "food".
Ambience: Amazing location and patio. The heaters and blankets on the patio are nice once the sun goes down.
Not sure if we'll rush back.
Went there for Dine Out Vancouver 2010.
$ 38 menu.
The price VS food size portion ratio was horrible. The appetizer (ordered Prawns) was so small, came with 3 prawns although the sauce was very good. The main course Shortribs was good but again very small. The salmon was better in terms of taste and texture. Don't need to comment on dessert.
The service was solid like most dine outs.
The value is just NOT there.
The best part was pretty much the view of the beach. You are pretty much paying for the view...
Dine Out Vancouver menu was a rip off.
Will not return.
I was here as a guest with a bank so I know nothing about the prices or parking, but the food....ahhh!!!
First of all, the view is second to none....service was the same...fantastic. Each dish was an adventure to the palate and my drink was always refreshed with no disturbance to our conversation...love it. The waiter even caught his own mistake (a rare steak for another table was given to us by mistake) and replaced the dish with a new one and promised to take it off the bill. The person at our table did not complain and insisted “it was OK” but they said, “That is not how we do things here”.
I would recommend this place to anyone, for any occasion.
A lot of people go here because it is the place to be seen in west van. The food really isn't that good and is overpriced. The views and setting are very nice don't get me wrong but a lot of people here do not know good food and are just looking to burn some money. I would not come back here there are many better restaurants on the north shore. Not many though with location like this though.
Went here for the weekend, its a nice designed restaurant, with a great view. The food is just ok, comparable to places like earls.
The service staff is also comparable to earls. There is nothing special about the restaurant once you get past design.
I have been to the beach house a couple of times before, the last being for my sister's wedding reception. I came again for a date w/ my boyfriend and we asked for a seat by the window. The view is just beautiful from here: you can see the beach, lion's gate bridge, burrard inlet...I don't think I need to go on. You get the point.
I seldom eat here, only on special occasions, which is why I don't mind them positioning themselves an upscale dining spot with a spectacular view. Despite it being a popular location for big parties and events, parking is not a problem. There are both valet parking and on Bellevue ave options available.
I know what to expect of the prices - $20+ for an entree, $10 for a cocktail, which is not bad at all! The food was perfect, to say the least. We had some share plates and entrees. My prawn linguini was delicious and so was the gyoza. But the service left much to be desired. The waitress seemed to be inexperienced, which I can forgive, but inattentive? She forgot to bring my boyfriend's entree, took the longest time to bring it and didnt apologize when she mixed up our cocktails.
This is a first class establishment in all respects. The staff are friendly, experienced and polished. The food is presented imaginatively and carefully prepared.
The avacado crab shrimp tower was a delicious lunch appetiser and the tenderloin peppercorn medallions as main were mouth watering. Others in the party praised the halibut and chips and the salad and soup starters.
The service is impeccable. Minor issues were dealt with swiftly and cheerfully. Water and bread came quickily. Wine was of good quality and reasonably priced.
For $3.5 million you could have bought a half duplex next door, but hey, live somewhere-else and enjoy the restaurant experience as well as the view. You could take a party of four for lunch every day for the next sixty years for the same money!
Had dinner last saturday, the view is impressive, but the decor is not very upscale (at least not as 'upscale' as its prices).
Food: had the oyster as appy, they're tiny...at $2.95 each I think I'd have a better deal at Rodney's Oyster house in yaletown.
I had the Grilled Veal Chop with red wine sauce as main, it is a special dish not found on the regular menu. I can say it is quality meat and the seasoning was great. However this dish alone is $45.
My fd has the prawns + scallops lunguni, it was great, just a lil oily in my opinion. the prawns were very tasty.
I had the almond raspberry financier, it was presented very nicely, and tasted good.
we ordered drinks but they didnt come until the mains were served, so the waiter apologized and took them off the bill.
Without the drinks, our bill was almost $100...I'd say it is a lil overpriced for this kind of semi-fine dining setting...
We have always had great success at this restaurant. The location is perfect if you are looking for a nice walk on the boardwalk after dining. The servers are attentive and the service is prompt. And the food is great. Whatever service, food, and price point formula the Beach House is using is the right formula. I hope they continue on with such great success.
I read the past reviews with some trepidation but decided to give The Beach House a try. We wanted a water-view setting to impress our visitors from Dallas and impressed they were. Our server made our experience delightful and, in addition, she was very knowledgeable about the menu items, and we went with many of her suggestions. Each one of us (5 persons) enjoyed our pre-dinner martinis (yum), appetizers and entrees. Compared to other fine dining restaurants in Vancouver, we did not find the prices over-the-top, but quite reasonable. We'll certainly be heading this way again!