La Baia is a cozy Italian eatery just off the strip in White Rock.
After reading some of the previous reviews for La Baia We just had to check it out to see if it had gone downhill. It has always been one of our favorites and we generally go at least once or twice a year.
We found that it is the same as it's always been. Service is very good. The wait staff has been there for years. They were very efficient but not intrusive. When there are additional charges the waiter was very careful to tell you what the additional charge was. Most Italian restaurants do charge extra to substitute pasta for rice and potatoes with their entrees and I have no problem with this. La Baia does not charge an outrageous price for the substitution. We shared a seafood pasta as an appetizer. My husband had veal and I had the salmon. All of the food was very tasty and well prepared.
With a bottle of wine and taxes our bill was $94.00. With our entertainment coupon the bill was about $80.00. For the level of service and quality of food I found this to be very good value. We will continue to frequent La Baia.
We decided to try La Baia one night while in White Rock. Service was excellent, we were warmly greeted at the door by the owner of the restaurant, and were quickly seated at a table by the window (no ocean view where this restaurant is located.) Our server was helpful, friendly and professional. We ordered the Mozzarella alla Marinara to start, the dish was good, served with a light marinara and pesto (could have been a little more generous with the pesto as it really adds to the dish.) Our main entrees included the Linguini al Pesto and the Pollo e Herbe. Pasta dish waa really good, seasoned well, pasta could have been a little more al dente, but was certaintly not completley overcooked. Chicken dish was good, a fresh chicken breast in a light white wine, herb sauce with julienned veg. The dish could have been served with a few more potatoes, but overall decent. Complimentry bread was a little stale, but all in all we considered it to be quite a good meal. Decor is tired and in desperate need of a remodel, really does La Baia's food no justice! Would try again.
La Baia is simply my favorite Italian Eatery in White Rock and one of my favorite places to eat period. I drop in from time to time, but not often enough. The menu is oldschool and tasty - I like to order Veal Scaloppini Con Funghi & Lemone with Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino and I die and go to heaven every time I eat there. Decor is stuck in the 80s but in the kind of way that after you dine there you will pray they never renovate, the service is PROFESSIONAL which is extremely rare nowadays and frankly adds to the experience in a big way. The place gets busy, I have been a few times without a reservation and it was tough to get a table.
I had the pleasure of going to this restaurant for my birthday dinner. My girlfriend and I arrived and we requested a window seat, and they were able to accommodate us no problem. I made reservations that day, but there wasn't many patrons when we got there even though the maitre d suggested I choose a different time for our res.
We were greeted with a smile and after ordering wine (which I'm sure they gave us more than we ordered), we had two appetizers. My girlfriend started with the Calamari - which was served almost immediately. The Calamari was so different from any I've ever had, but it was very tasty. It was served in a light tomato sauce but no deep frying here.. it was straight Calamari! But very good! I ordered the Conchiglia Con Frutti Di Mare, which was a combination of shrimps, scallops and crabmeat in wine and cheese sauce. Now this was to die for! I could have just eaten this for my main dinner. I highly recommend this dish to anyone who is a seafood lover!
For our main dinner, I ordered the Seafood Lasanga which was one of the dinner specials. Now I have to say, when I got it, one side of the lasagna had a wonderful white cream sauce, and the other side had a light and tasty tomato sauce. I couldn't decide which end I liked more, so I took turns eating from both ends! This lasagna was packed with seafood - crab, shrimp and scallops! I was in seafood heaven!
My girlfriend opted for the Salmone Riccardo - a filet of salmon, shrimp and crab in brandy sauce. She was so impressed by her dish, the size of the salmon was more than expected. And the taste was amazing.
The service in this restaurant was nothing short of wonderful. Our waiter's sense of humor could have used a bit of work, but I found this establishment to be so very authentic Italian! The ambiance was wonderful... it was getting dark out and we had candle light all around us...
I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion, but especially for a nice romantic dinner! Too bad it was my girlfriend there with me, but it was wonderful just the same!
I will definitely come back and I'm making sure I let all my friends know of this wonderful find!
I've been coming here with my family for the better part of twenty years now, and it's been the most solid establishment in White Rock for that time. Every single meal I've ever had has been delicious and flawless. You are spoiled for choice by how many tempting dishes there are, and deciding on your meal is never an easy choice. Appetizers and desserts are mandatory. Yes, the decor hasn't changed much from the beginning, but it's completely unobjectionable and in fact quite pleasant. I've never had better Italian and wouldn't even think to try and replicate what they do at home.
Loved the food, service, and ambiance. One suggestion would be to update the decor. It is a bit outdated seemingly from the 1980's. Nonetheless, I would take wonderful food over decor any day and since they are always busy I assume most people have a similar opinion.
We have been going to La Baia for many, many years and have always been extremely pleased with both the food and the service. There are very few places anymore that provide such outstanding service without being intrusive and annoying. The servers here are more professional than anywhere else in the area. The food is always fresh, well prepared and excellent. The portions are very reasonable without being foolish. The pasta dishes are always delicious and the veal dishes are fantastic as well. Whenever we want to go somewhere a bit special, we always pick La Baia. The only constructive criticism I can provide is that the décor of the restaurant is extremely dated and in need of a make-over. Having said that, the restaurant is clean and well maintained. La Baia is a great place to go when you want to be assured of a great experience.
It was our first night in White Rock since buying a condo here and decided we'd look for an "easy" dinner. I noticed the 2 for 1 coupon in the local paper and we decided to try Italian. It is hard to find a good Italian restaurant if you don't care to settle for just pizza. We were seated at a pleasant table but when we presented our coupon and declined ordering wine (I can't drink) the waiter's expression changed from smile to disdain. We placed our order and never saw that waiter again. We saw him smiling and attending at all the tables around us but our food arrived from the kitchen and we never saw "help" after we were seated. I ordered salmon with a sauce. How can you do that wrong? The sauce was a thick heavy and tasteless goo. Basically a below grade tv dinner. We won't be back but I wanted to tell somebody why. After all the restaurant had a perfect opportunity to impress new people with their cuisine. My mind was open and now it is shut, at least about La Baia.
I agree that the restaurant needs an update. BUT, the food and service is wonderful, we have been many times through the years and we always enjoy it immensely! We drive all the way from Abbotsford to White Rock to eat there. I think the Chef does a wonderful job, if you ask for something special he goes out of his way to get it for you. We have had the steak, chicken, fish and the chef's specials and all of the food is first class and the best. We have eaten downtown Vancouver in many of the "so called finest" restaurants and would rather go to La Baia as compared to some of them. I don't know what that other fellow was talking about when he said he wouldn't go back. but definitley we don't agree with him at all.
We haven't been back here for a while as we had previously found the quality of the food was getting worse. So we went back recently to see if things had improved.
Bottom line - it has got worse! One of our friends ordered the salmon and it was covered with a tomato based sauce which totally obscured the flavour of the fish. I suspect this was to hide the fact the salmon was supposed to be fresh but was probably frozen.
My wife ordered the chicken and found the texture very strange. We think it was probably previously frozen and probably pre-processed. We asked the waiter who shrugged his shoulders as if he didnt know or care.
The pasta is not freshly made and was not al dente, rather "molto morbido".
This place seriously needs a "restaurant makeover" and a "menu makeover" and a "chef makeover"!!
Bye bye La Baia - we will not be back.
I've been dining here at La Baia for over 10 years and I'm still surprised by the quality of both the food and the service. I've sampled food in over thirty cities around the world in restaurants of a variety of styles and price points and La Baia remains one of my favorites. I absolutely love the lasagna, mussels and all of the pasta dishes. The sauces are rich creamy and full flavored. I eat mussels as often as I can when I dine out but still crave the ones from here. Lets not forget the homemade tiramisu! I believe the recipe belongs to one of the owners a lovely Italian man in the kitchen. Many things have changed in White Rock over the past ten years but the standards at LaBaia have not. You will always be greeted by a friendly maitre'd and served by a friendly and knowledgeable server. All I have to say is although the decor has also not changed much in the past ten years this is one book not to judge by it's cover. I recommend that you give this place a try some time!
Food at La Baia is always great. One of my favs is the Chicken dish, can't remember the name but the chicken is the best and La Baia uses real chicken not that processed stuff that you get at some plaaces. I recommend to everyone to try the food. The atmosphere is good, could use some reno, but the rest is great. The tiramisu was awesome even my boy friend loved it. The prices are fare compared to other places, I recommend La Baia because no one makes the best pasta. Way to go guys. The only thing that La Baia needs is a new sign and some paint job............
After wanting to try La Baia for several years, we were very disappointed with the experience. The caesar salad and gnocchi were good, but the 2 chicken dishes had the texture of an omelette; pre-processed chicken perhaps? The tiramisu was very bland . Decor not even retro; withered hanging plants surrounding us etc. Rather embarressing as we invited friend there for dinner.
Homemade pasta is great reason to try La Baia. Any restaurant or Chef who takes the time and effort to make good pasta is ok in my books. The calamari was okay but not great, but the special Seafood Lasanga was fantastic. My boyfriend had the gnoochi with the rose sauce which was also good.
It may seem expensive for pasta but for anyone who has many pasta, it takes alot of work and if you compare the price of pasta at other restaurants it is not that bad, and remember they just open a box.
The only thing La Baia needs is a restaurant makeover.
But go for the Pasta
Food is always good - fresh pasta, and ingredients. One of the few beach restaurants with its own free parking.
Manager and staff are pleasant. And I have yet to have a negative experience here.
Decor could use some updating into the 21st century.
Definately one of my favorite White Rock restaurants.
As in the title, one of my favs. I almost always have the steak topped with seafood and cheese - awesome. My husband loves the steak mustarda [which isn't on the current menu but since it was on the origonal one they will do the sauce if not busy]. We always know that we will get good service [from long time staff] and good solid food. Going there feels like we are visiting old friends. I always recommend this restaurant because it is consistantly good.
I found the service here great. Friendly and I Felt taken care of but not pestered. The food was fantastic. True Italian cuisine. I had a wonderful evening and will return and I will recomend la Baia to friends and family
Have been here many times over the years. First time going where they say us at the very back table by the bar. No lighting (burnt out) and waiters just about bumping into us every few minutes gathering their drinks.
We had our toddler with us (who was very well behaved) and I'm not sure if we didn't get great service because of that? The waitress never asked how we were, welcomed us, smiled, or checked on our food quality. Nothing. Every time we needed something - we had to track her down.
We ended up asking to pack our food after 5 minutes or so as we'd have a better time eating it at home!
As for the food...sure needs an update! bland and they just add flavour with butter...nothing else. (I had a veal dish and my husband had gnocci).
We will never go back. Ever.
We miss the Italian Village that was on Johnson years ago (new Onyx Steakhouse).
We have been going to La Baia for a few years now. Overall the food is average. I recently ordered a chicken dish and requested a small portion of linguini instead of veggies and received a rather overcooked, over-sauced portion of what was probably not home made pasta. My husband ordered a fish dish and asked for potatoes instead of rice. As he was served just one small potatoe and asked the waiter for more, we were surprised to see an additional charge on the bill for both the potato and linguini - the latter far to much of an extra charge! When we queried this with the waiter, he sent the Manager to see us who seemed to want to give a lecture on his food costs. But he made no changes to the bill.
As the bill was well over $100 we were not happy over paying for little extras and substitutions. Pasta is cheap!
We will not be returning!
Overall the food in this restaurant is average, but the attitude of the management needs attention. They seem to look for an opportunity to add little extra charges without telling you. When you ask what the charge is for, the waiter has to have the manager come over and explain to the customer why. And then the manager gets snotty with the customer that they added a charge to substitute small.
This restaurant has been in White Rock for years and needs to wake up to the fact they are not the only Italian Restaurant in town.