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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Worst Fish and Chips in B.C.
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 1:41pm [Take-out]

Expensive,over rated,chip oil hasn't been changed in a long time, they just keep adding oil. Soggy chips. Fish just OK. Why would anyone enjoy this sub standard fare. Wake up people and look three doors down at any one of the much better Fish and Chippy. LAST TIME, thank goodness I didn't pay so didn't complain.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
Under new management and overrated
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:13am [Dine in]

After hearing a lot about this place, finally decided to try it out. The place is really small as mentioned. This restaurant does not have tempura or the standart cooked dishes. We found out later that there was an ownership change and I was left wondering what the food was like before, based on all the raving reviews. The sushi is quite expensive as 6 pieces of the chef's aburi nigiri ran to nearly $40 with tax. As for the sushi, the fish is fresh, which is good. The aburi sushi is topped which a lot of sauce and some with mayo. The first piece tasted great. I liked it. Then came the second piece which tasted like the first. Because of the volume of sauce on the sushi, all the different pieces tasted basically the same.

Maybe I made the wrong choice in choosing only aburi and should have tried something else. As mentioned above, it is quite expensive so I am hesitant to give it a second try.

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Beijing Restaurant15057 Marine Dr, #100, White Rock
BEST Truly Chinese Food In Years !
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I have traveled and eaten Chinese in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Macau, Osaka, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Montreal, London U.K..and more.
THIS was the best Chinese Food I have ever partaken of !
Peping (Peking) Duck was Very Good, as were the other good sized,six dishes we ordered and were served to us quickly AND hot !
The signage on the street was pretty well all in Chinese so we wondered if there was going to be a language barrier................There was NOT.
Quality, Fast, Attractive, Good Value.... AND a great view of White Rock Pier and beech from the front patio and many tables.
"WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE" .

A Definite "10" .
Ding Ho ! She She.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
Terrible Lunch
By AnnieO of Surrey BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Was at the beach with my daughter, son inlaw and 2 grandchildren on a Friday afternoon and suggested we go to Wings for lunch as I had eaten two or three times at the Wings on King Geo. Hwy and had very postive experiences there although it was about 3 years ago. My daughter and I ordered fish and chips. The fish was quite good, the batter was nice and crispy but the fries were limp and the coleslaw was tasteless. My gr.son and his dad ordered burgers and they were edible but nothing to rave about, their fries too were limp. My gr.daughter ordered the beef dip and asked if she could have a cesaer salad instead of fries and the waitress said yes they could do that. According to my gr.daughter the beef dip was gross! I ordered a Long Island Ice Tea that came in a short 8 ounce glass and was more ice then anything else. First time I've had one in a short glass.
The service was very slow. There was only one other couple sitting outside on the patio and our table inside.Once we ordered our food it took about 40 min to come to the table. I wouldn't want to go there when it was busy. There were 3 waitresses. One was taking the orders the other two were cleaning menu's. The cook seemed to be spending time on the phone. The server we had looked quite stunned when we asked what the specials were. She seemed to zone out for a minute before remembering. Actually kind of comical thinking back on it. When we got our bill a $3.00 charge was added for the cesaer salad. When the server was questioned about it she said she assumed we knew the switch would be extra. After a discussion and our asking for the manager the charge was waived. Other places I have been to tell you there is an extra charge when you ask for a switch not "assume" you'd know! The value is over priced for the quality of food you get there.
As to the ambience, there is none. The restaurant seems quite rundown and the washrooms were not very clean. Would we go back, a resounding no from all of us.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Location is the ONLY thing going for it
By Diligent1 of White Rock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Menu selection is not great, especially if you want brunch or breakfast. The greeter was friendly, but our server was none too friendly or helpful. Service was slow in fact - although the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 11:30am on a warm sunny Sunday morning.

We asked to sit on the upstairs patio, but could NOT - they wouldn't open the patio until noon.
That makes no sense - it's a hot sunny Sunday and I can't use the patio until after noon? Mmmkayy then.

We got a window seat on the 2nd floor, then spent a long time waiting for service. We both requested some hot sauce for our eggs, she said "sure" but the sauce didn't arrive until we almost finished the meals. (Great, thanks for bringing that...) Then she says "how are the first few bites tasting"? I bit my tongue and did not state the obvious fact that we were nearly finished. (I'll remind you - there were maybe 3 other tables seated in the entire place).

Also, the "fruit bowl" that came with my eggs benny had rotten fruit, as others have also stated.
There was literally green fuzzy mould on the top of the strawberry, I can't believe that left the kitchen.
The other fruits and berries were barely edible, I left the fruit bowl mostly untouched.

The restaurant interior is looking pretty tired and dark, definitely in need of a facelift.
Will not be going back to Boathouse...

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Very disappointing!
By lc88 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:23am [Dine in]

I don't normally write reviews, but in this case I thought it was fitting since my experience was mediocre...

I had made resos online at around 10am for dinner that same day for 6:45pm (it was for a Tuesday so didn't see any problems). I attached a note when making the resos requesting for ocean view seating for 6 AND if they were not able to accommodate seating with a view, for the restaurant to contact me so I could make other arrangements with a different restaurant.
While I'm driving im on my way down to the restaurant and at 6:30pm, 15 mins till my resos I get a call from the restaurant advising they couldn't accommodate seating with a view. Well with short notice, I had no choice but to keep my resos.
We got to the restaurant, was seated, and had to wait for so long for SOMEONE/ anyone to ask us for drinks - I mean it was extremely hot that day, so even water would have been nice.
We finally put in our order, and when our dinner came, one plate had a hair on it. They quickly took the plate away, and literally, no joke, within a minute came back with the meal on another plate . That means they didn't bother to fire up a new dish- they just switched the plates. That is absolutely disgusting !!! And to make it worse, they didn't even offer us a discount or anything.... They simply brushed it off its "no big deal"! As for food, I cannot speak for other meals other than mine own which was the Lamb Shank. I found the lamb shank to be very disappointing, as there was no meat, all bone, and whatever meat that is attached is all fat.

Our meals were not cheap either, the bill came up to over $200 - no alcohol was ordered fyi.

We didn't want to make a scene because we had out of town guests with us, but will be contacting the restaurant to rectify this situation!

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Lovely evening on the patio
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We had a wonderful evening at Le Vol au Vent. We made reservations and requested a table on the patio as they do not have air conditioning and BC is exceptionally hot this year. We arrived early and were greeted warmed by both the chef and his wife – I believe her name is Dana. She said that our table on the patio was ready but if we wanted to move inside there would be no problem. The patio is great for people watching and the ocean is right across the street.
As others have mentioned the service is slow since the wife was serving all the tables and it was a very busy evening. We never felt like we were ignored though and she was very pleasant and helpful the whole evening. She explained the various wines that they had available and also told us about the specials. At the end of the evening she gave us a small glass of a different wine for us to sample.
We started off with morel mushrooms vol au vent in a lovely cream sauce. For entrees my husband had the rack of lamb medium rare. It was very tasty and was a decent size. I had the filet mignon with a cognac sauce that was just heavenly. The entrees were served with vegetables and pommes frites. The pommes frites were really good dipped in the cognac sauce from the steak. The entrees also came with what I think were gnocchi. They were not very interesting but this is really a minor quibble.
It was a lovely evening on the patio with great food served in a leisurely fashion. If you’re looking for a quick meal this is not the restaurant for you but if you want to just relax and enjoy yourself this is a great spot.

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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Food is Superb - But is Unfortunately Now Lacking Consistency
By M McGarry of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:14am [Dine in]

We were looking for a great pasta place in White Rock. The Italian Touch? The first 2 visits, the food was superb, the people & experience were great, the view...magnificent! ...however on the third visit ...the same seafood pasta dish had significantly less seafood [?], and it was "bland"...and I re-iterate "bland". How could the chef create such a sub-standard product , knowing it was going to be served to a regular paying customer, that pays his/her wages? But then, it may have nothing to do with the chef, perhaps austerity measures by management? It was either a one off mistake, or someone just doesn't care. [and i feel badly for this review as the people are so nice]. In the end, I had to share my wife's disappointment...and embarrassment....and now what to do? Re-visit The Italian Touch...and "huckle" for more seafood and flavor while ordering the dish...or just go to the pub next door for a refreshment...and a walk...and eat at home.

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Pearl Bistro & Oyster Bar14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
First and Last time .
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere , and from there down hill.
Very difficult menu to read in dim light. ONLINE MENU is different than actual menu.Server was bored , unfriendly and forgetful when it came to serving us.Food is way over priced and mediocre in taste. Portions very small so plan ahead for hitting up another eatery on the way home.

We would classify this place as a major disappointment and recommend a pass.

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Check it out Again
By NeoReno56 of south Surrey B.C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Charlie's improves more and more every time I go there. The quality of the food and the atmosphere is by far the best on the beach for the price. I live in South Surrey and go to the beach for dinner once a week. With the best deck, friendly staff and the best view of the ocean in White Rock with an eclectic decor Charlie's is my favorite stop.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Disappointing first and last visit to the White Rock Boathouse.
By GayAnn of South Surrey B.C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

My son and daughter-in-law arrived from out of town and I wanted to take them somewhere special for my son's birthday. My friend also joined us. I made reservations at The Boathouse, White Rock, and we arrived just prior to the reservation time. The hostess was very nice and seated us quickly by a window. Unfortunately the window seal must be broken as there was a strong draft coming through. I was freezing throughout the dinner. Our waitress eventually arrived and took our drink order. 1 glass of wine, 1 diet pepsi and 2 cocktails. She came back several minutes later with the wine, soft drink and 1 cocktail. The other cocktail seemed to be lost in space. Eventually it arrived. As one member of the party is gluten intolerant we had a number of questions for the waitress. Initially the hostess said that the Boathouse had a gluten free menu and the waitress would list off the items for us. When we asked, the waitress denied having anything gluten free. She obviously had no knowledge of what gluten free means. It is not a lifestyle preference but a medical issue that must be addressed. We found the waitress to be very rude, she had no knowledge of the proper way to serve or remove dishes from the table. We ordered one appetizer and a salad which were good. When it came time to order the main course we all ended up having steak. My daughter-in-law and my friend both said their meals were good. My son asked for medium rare in his steak and he got rare. I asked for medium rare and I did get medium rare but the piece of meat was not the best cut. I found it really hard to cut and/or chew. And I got some gristle with it. Obviously it had not been trimmed very well. When our steak knives were delivered we had to send 3 out of 4 back as they were dirty. The water glasses had spots on them and the waitress neglected to come back to check on the drinks and water until nearly the end of the meal. I had advised the restaurant when I made the reservation that it was my son's birthday. At the end of the meal the waitress delivered a dessert to my son with a sparkler on it. The sparkler was the best part. He took one bite and said he would not eat the dessert as it was coffee flavored and had nuts on it. With all of the allergies out there, why wouldn't the restaurant either check with me when I made the reservation or check when she was going to get a dessert for him to see if he had any allergies. What was supposed to be a very special evening (as I only see my kids once or twice a year if I am lucky) turned out to be a terrible night. I will never return to The Boathouse in White Rock and I will advise everyone I know of how awful the service was. I did leave a tip (the bill was $192.00) but only because I did not want to penalize those working in the back of the house as the cooking was reasonable. The restaurant was not busy at all last night (Sunday night) so I fail to understand why the waitresses were so slow. They had time to chat in the back hallway when they thought no one was looking. Overall impressions: too pricey, no value, rude and uneducated staff, and the waitress was not willing to get any information for us.

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Last place for having fish and chips
By dicek of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I regret pointing my finger randomly to this place while selecting the place for lunch. I doubt they will survive in business if this was not opened near the deck's area of White Rock.
That's called "fish and chips"? calamari is pathetic (dark and over-cooked).
$2.5 for a "can" of coke is ridiculous.

Go somewhere else. This is not the place your will enjoy fish & chips.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Just like back in France
By pielcafe of Surrey , B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:00am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I have been here several times. The food, service and feel of the restaurant reminds me of when I go back to France to visit my family. I love the home-style feel and the fact that there are basics that are always available but then there are different options each visit depending on what is in season and what the chef feels like making. Always a pleasant surprise! If you want to practice your French you can do that here too :)

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
Super Yummy and Friendly Staff
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:10pm [Take-out]

I've been to Coney Island Seafood for cod and chips three times now, always with friends and family, and everyone has been blown away by the crispy, fresh, delicious fish and the high quality french fries. Well worth the wait time, in my opinion! Service is always friendly and polite. Once, when my sister, 2 nieces and BIL were visiting from Vancouver, we decided to eat on their patio rather than find a picnic table by the water. My BIL had nowhere to sit (not enough chairs) so a young lady from the restaurant dashed out with an extra chair, totally unbidden. I thought that was a very nice thing to do and my BIL was grateful for the chance to eat sitting down, especially after carrying my youngest niece on his shoulders all the way from the pier to the restaurant. (Spoiled kid!) Any time I need a friend to help me with something (i.e. moving a couch, hanging a pendant lamp, removing a hornet's nest from the eaves), I bribe them with Coney Island fish and chips. Works like a charm. :)

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Black Tuna Sushi1459 Johnston Road, White Rock
Prices not as advertised on website
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 5:52pm [Take-out]

I reviewed Black Tuna's website menus before placing my take out order and was pleasantly surprised with the prices. I neglected to notice that the website's copyright date at the bottom of the window was 2005. I guess the online menus have 2005 prices. The difference was only about $3.00 total but I think it's poor business practice to advertise one price and then charge another. Otherwise, the service was friendly and efficient and the restaurant is conveniently located. Unfortunately, the food was just okay. My rolls came with pretty carrot blossoms and the rolls were generously sized. It just wasn't very flavourful.

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Dock's Fish & Chips15061 Marine Drive, White Rock
Keep on walking !!!
By Lareyna of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 6:12am [Dine in]

Keep on walking that food here is not good!! My hubby and I had the cod,the batter was ok the fish was plain and the chips were so tasteless. My daughter order calamari (she loves calamari) but this was the worse she ever had. The service was so bad she seen like she was doing us a favour by taking our order. One good thing we did get our order quickly!!. The price was average,the size of the fish was pretty decent but it was so plain so good luck if you choose to go there.

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Shochi Ku Japanese Restaurant1357 Johnston Road, White Rock
Stale, oily, undercooked.
By legacysans of White Rock, Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:12pm [Take-out]

The service was friendly and fast. Conveniently located. Agadashi tofu was swimming in oil, under-cooked and mushy. The dashi seemed to be watered-down soy sauce. The gyoza dumplings were hard around the edges and the dipping sauce, again, seemed to be watered-down soy sauce - inedible. The tuna & salmon sashimi had generous portions. The farmed salmon was fresh and shiny and was nicely marbled - good flavour. The tuna wasn't tuna. May have been tilapia. Whatever it was, it wasn't fresh - dull sheen, rubbery texture - and had no flavour whatsoever. I ended up throwing most of my dinner away. Very disappointing and very poor value - I won't be going back.

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Hemingway Waterfront Public House, The14995 Marine Dr., White Rock
Great experience!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

We went to Hemingway Public House today for lunch. It is the first time we have been there since it changed over from the previous name. The three of us sat on the patio. Within seconds we were asked for our drink order. When the drinks came (2 iced teas and one beer) the server also brought us a large bottle of water and three water glasses. We are all water drinkers and have found too often that we have trouble getting a water refill so we really appreciated this touch. Two of us ordered the fish tacos from the appetizer menu and one ordered the chicken strips, also from the appetizer menu. We also ordered some deep fried dill pickles and yam fries to share. The fish tacos were very good - fresh fish and crispy coleslaw with a nice tangy sauce. The chicken strips were also good. We had never tried deep fried dill pickles before and they were delicious as were the yam fries. Our server was friendly and attentive and seemed to truly care that her customers enjoyed their experience. The three of us agreed that we would definitely go back soon!

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Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug15065 Marine Dr, White Rock
Worst lunch ever!
By freshfoodfreak of Surrey, BC, Canada (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Today my husband, my sister and I went to Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug in White Rock because our favourite "go to" place - Slainte by the Pier - is now closed. We had been looking forward to going for lunch and sitting outside on the patio. I checked on the website, saw that they open at 11 a.m. so we arrange to meet there at 11:15 a.m. When we arrived, they were closed. They didn't open until shortly after 11:20 a.m. We immediately noticed that we would not be able to sit on the patio because there was no table that would accommodate three people so we went inside. Once inside, we noticed that there were no tables except bar tables by the windows. Both my sister and I are short and cannot sit on bar stools so we had no choice but to sit at a dark table. The server was unfamiliar with types of beer and didn't seem to know what beers were available. My husband ordered a Smithwicks. He said it tasted like a cross between root beer and some beer that he couldn't identify. He has ordered this beer numerous times in other places and knew that what he got at Flynn's had something wrong with it. The three of us ordered - baked penne, one piece cod fish and chips and one piece halibut fish and chips. My sister and I agree that the fish and chips were the worst we have ever had. Both of us believe we could get a better piece of fish out of a Captain Highliner box. The pieces of fish were small for the price and both the cod and the halibut were touch, stringy and inedible. The fries were soft and smelled of stale oil. The halibut was so stale that I had to spit it out. I don't know how long that fish had been frozen but I am certain it was a long time. My sister barely touched her food. When the server came to take her virtually untouched plate away, she simply grabbed it and left without even commenting that it had barely been touched. My husband said the baked penne was "not that bad". We will NEVER go back to this place. Simply put, it is awful. We ended up wishing we had gone to the new asian place - Beijing.

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Indian Kitchen15481 Marine Drive, White Rock
Incredibly expensive
By nurse_jackie of Langley (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Food was ok, but very small portions. You have to order and pay for rice and naan bread separately for your entree This turned out to be extremely costly. We should have taken the hint when we saw the restaurant was completely void of customers on such a busy day at the beach. Won't bother ever going back. Go there if you have money to burn

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