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 have eaten here a few times over the years and it just seems to get worse and worse. I will not be going back again. The only redeeming quality is the nice view, which is in stark contrast to what is going on inside the restaurant.
Service- Our waiter looked like a teenager and was ok for the most part, but dissapeared at one point for 30 minutes. He overcharged us on the bill by a large margin and did not give us a copy, we did not even sign for it yet were charged this amount. He left the restaurant for the night before we could dispute it with him. We contacted the restaurant several times afterwards to sort it out and everyone from the hostess, manager, owner, even the "accountant" promised to sort it out then simply hid from us. Extremely unproffesional. They seeme to have the routine down pat.
Food- Usually at least one person at our table will not be able to find something that they like. The menu usually consists of mainly 'exotic' items such as quail egg and veal. The portions are very small and the food is very expensive for the quality.
Ambiance- The view is great, however there are several other restaurants in WV and Vancouver with comparable views. The restaurant is usually quite empty and the clientele are mixed, from seniors to familys with young children. The bar is almost always empty.
Value- As many on this site have pointed out, you are paying for the view. Do not expect to leave full or to feel like you got your money's worth with regards to the menu or atmosphere.
Overall, I would not consider the Beach House a worthwhile dining experience. When compared to other expensive restaurants in town the Beach House falls substantially short. Save your money, go elsewhere with a view, or take a walk on the seawall after dinner.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
We had a horrible dining experiance.
Maybe they were short staffed.
Maybe the the chef was off his game.
Maybe I'm being too harsh, I don't think so.
If I'm going to spend 180 bucks, I would certainly expect much better.
Go figure, the waiter had just bussed a table near by and came by our table with his arms full of dirty dish and asked what wine we had chosen.
The lamb and barley risotto was astonishingly bland.
I can not recommend this place.
I've been to The Beach House twice this year and had the same ho-hum response both times.
First time I was there was last summer in August for my birthday so we got a nice outside table for a good sunset view. Very nice, except for one patron's little doggie tied up right on the other side of the gate, and their two little kiddies running around teasing it while the parents ignored them. Sure it's a patio, but this was more than a bit distracting from a "romantic" dinner.
the food was okay. Smallish portions, quite a high price, but you're paying for the view, and this is the same as everywhere else in the world. It being summer, I ordered an Arugula salad. I LOVE arugula and it's my Birthday! They bring me a spinach salad with like four leaves of Arugula and think I'm not going to care or notice? Not. I returned it and they apologized saying they didn't really have a reliable arugula supplier. So, why is it still on the menu, and why are they serving me a substitute without giving me the choice? Not to impressed with that.
We were there again last night with a larger group. My husband ordered Oyster appetizers and sat with no food while everyone else had their starters for quite a long time. We eventually had to eat our hot items and were pretty much finished before he received his (non-cooked) appetizer. No real apologies were offered.
My friend ordered a Beach House Salad: "mixed greens, sprouted grains, toasted almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, red beets,carrots, pomegranate honey vinaigrette." She got several handfuls of bag lettuce and no obvious other ingredients. She had ordered it because she was attracted to the beets and couldn't even find ONE piece of beet. Hmmmm I thought, bringing back memories of my arugula salad, this place doesn't really respect it's customers.
Some table mates ordered the Black Cod which came with a strangely sweet gooey white concoction of "Vanilla Mascarpone Risotto" which seems more like a way to mask a poor risotto.... I wouldn't recommend it.
I ordered the duck and our server mistakenly ordered me lamb, even talking me up from rare to medium rare, which I thought was odd at the time. A different server brought it, put it down saying "lamb", and I said "duck??" so she agreed, yes, "duck"... of course, the server had made a mistake and came back to correct it. Fine, but it took about half an hour to bring a replacement. For heavens sake, I would rather have had lamb than make every one at my table uncomfortable while they finished my meals before I received mine, and making me eat alone.
The server did bring us a sampler plate of all their desserts as a make up gift, but I'm not that interested in dessert, and two or three bites didn't really make up for it.
Anyway, it's a nice place, the food is decent, the decor is fine, the view is beautiful and it's still a cut above the usual chain places, but they have made it hard for me to want to return.
They're banking on their view.
Everything for our small wedding event was absolutely fantastic! The staff couldn't have done more to make it a memorable evening. Everyone raved about the food and service and, of course, the view was magnificent. Thank you especially to the wine sommelier and our servers for a splendid night to remember. I would absolutely recommend this venue!
I had always been under the impression that the food served at The Beach House was top notch. After looking at the menu a few times when walking the seawall and noticing their prices I natural assumed the food quality would match the price point....shame on me!
My wife and I dined here for one romantic evening and found the ambiance to be great, the service above par and the food terrible. Let me elaborate: the mains were over cooked, seasoning and sauce bland, portions incredibly small and overall lacked imagination, effort and the worthiness to actually charge $28 & $36 per plate. On a side-note the desert was incredible....but also terribly small for $10
we were disapointed and sadly will not be back.
I like this view, we can walk to the beach in 10 second to enjoy dinner....The food first of all was without a doubt top notch. I had the prime rib,. It was perfectly done, flavorful, of a large portion and could compare with the finest prime rib I have had anywhere in North America. The tiger shrimp which accompanied the prime rib were plump and flavorful as well. The remainder of the order including the French onion soup and salad were outstanding. I would say that the food in West Vancouver on the evening of 28 Mar 2009 would rank with the finest at any steakhouse in the Greater Vancouver area.
My boss ordered the Seafood combo, it was fresh and tasting.
I just can't believe the horrific service we received last night. I've had better service at a fast food joint. Unbelievable!
I was out with my girl friends (we meet monthly and try out different restaurants) for a lovely dinner at the Beach House.
Our server did not time my dinner properly.....I had my oysters while my friends had their salad and I was served my salad when others were having their main course. Finally, I inquired about my main course and the server simply said "it's coming". It came when my friends finished their main course and were ready to have their desert. I was eating my main course while everyone was waiting to order the desert. The experience was horrible.
The server didn't even visit our table at all during the dinner to see how we were doing.....one of my friends had asked the server for some water each time he came to table to drop off our food items.....after asking 3 times, the water finally came.
We asked for the manager and explained that our waiter did not serve our dinner properly so that we could enjoy our dining experience all together at the same time. The manager's attitude and response was totally unprofessional and inappropriate. We won't come back or recommend the Beach House to anyone. Poor service and poor attitude from the waiter and the manager.
Had lunch with three others. The restaurant is clean and the view of course is great. Our server was attentive and friendly. I had the trout which was done perfectly. The halibut and chips looked very good too. The portions were just right for lunch. The menu is not that extensive, but there's something for everybody. This is a good place to bring out of town guests.
We went to the Beach House for our company's christmas lunch. It is a beautiful restaurant with a great view of the water. However, the food is only ok. For the prices they are charging, I expected the food to be much better than it was.
Mussels were overcooked and the calamari was over-battered. The crab cake was tasty, but didn't have a lot of crab meat in it. I had the chicken sandwich as my entree, which was boring and frankly I could have made it at home. My boyfriend had the crab and shrimp ravioli which was bland and not very tasty. The description of the food on the menu was promising, but the food itself did not deliver.
Just came back from lunch at the Beach House. The food on the menu sounded mouthwateringly good, but I was disappointed to hear that they weren't offering the three things on the menu which interested me most: mussels due to crimson tide; smoked tuna due to excessive saltiness; & the grand marnier cheesecake. It was somewhat nice to hear that they were conscientious of their food offerings, but still disappointing to hear of several items not available. The clams I ordered instead of the mussels were tasteless. The house salad was missing the oven dried tomatoes as advertised on the menu, & what was left was a small, wilted, greasy plate of arugula & baby greens. The tiramisu & cappuccino were excellent.
Would I go back? Maybe - but only if someone else suggested it. The view is the same view one can enjoy free from the pier, & the food wasn't enough to keep me coming back.
Food -- little exciting coming out of the kitchen.
Service -- servers seem to like themselves a lot.
Value -- lacking.
Ambiance -- well, the view is wonderful and you can walk the WV seawall after coffee or linger on the wharf and watch the sun set.
Recommendation -- start an hour walk from Park Royal along the seawall and end up at the Beach House for appetizers and a glass of chardonnay and then walk back and work off the calories.
Benny lovers, look out! Absolutely delightful! Many families dine here on Sundays. Some treat out-of-town guests in this gorgeous viewspot!
Watchout for the mini croissants upon your arrival. These are to die for. However, if you ask for "more", you'll get charged (which caught us by surprise). This is not a typical "more bread please" situation at most restaurants!
Juice is freshly squeezed and the price is reasonable.
After brunch, go for a stroll along the Seawall.
Although the service is solid, some of the hostesses appear to be somewhat lazy. We understand that this is a 5-star restaurant, but please, you work here. You're not a guest.. So try to at least assist guests when asked, and not stare at us blankly in the eyes & shed the attitude of "I only bring people to the table, so whatever you're asking, I've got no idea". Then again, this could be an off day for the girls.
Went for dinner last night for our anniversary,
one and a half hours later the people around
us who had arrived 15 minutes earlier were
already served the same dishes we were still
The food quality was very poor, the view was
amazing....unfortunately that's the best part.
We eventually asked for our bill without waiting
for the rest of our food and left.
Definitely will not be returning.
I must admit that I prefer the sublime fish at both Market and the Five Sails, but the food here is very decent combined with the fabulous ambience. But I must recommend that you go and share the mussels to start! They were simply fabulous...fresh, huge, perfectly prepared and with a lovely tomato-based sauce. Fresh baked bread would put this over the top, but it's a must if you are in West Vancouver and are looking for a mid-afternoon snack or a wonderful starter to your meal.