Onyx is a fresh and innovative twist on a classic steakhouse with two locations in the Lower Mainland.
Went to visit a friend who lives in the area, came here and sat at the bar, shared a bottle of wine recommened by the bartender, the EDGE cabernet, really cool bottle and a great price. The recommendation was perfect; a big bold cab that was lovely to sip but looked like it would be just as good with any of their steaks. Didn't have any food but will be happy to go back.
The service is great; relaxed and detailed.
Last night my husband and I dined at the Onyx for the second time. The appetizers and prime rib were fantastic. The meal came with there famous onion rings and fantastic Yorkshire pudding (not a dessert pudding). We found the service to be outstanding. We were greeted at the door and shown to our table immediatly. Our server was with us within minutes and was very good at letting us know the specials for the evening. She was always watching and there whenever we needed anything. This has become our favorite resturant for a night out. From the Chef and kitchen staff right down to the hostess and servers you couldnt ask for a more fantastic evening with fine food and great ambiance.
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary by going to the Onyx in Whiterock. It was one of the best meals I have in such a very long time. We had Prime Rib, and being Sunday, they throw in a yorkshire pudding, that was to die for. Our steaks were done to perfection, melt in your mouth, and the sides were very tasty. The staff was so nice, fast, pleasent, just perfect timing all the way. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a great meal, and excelent service.
We happened upon this restaurant quite accidentally, as we were planning to come to Pearl, my wife's favorite place. When we tried to make a reservation, I was told that it was closed (no need to freak out, they said only for renos in January) but that they were diverting business to this "sister" restaurant called Onyx. I don't know what relation it has to Pearl, but I was blown away.
The service is more casual than Pearl, but just as thorough. They have a cool room, a great wine list (that "Wine Wall" or whatever it is looks like a dream come true, I tried to sell the boss on the idea for our front room, but she just chewed her food.) Our server John actually suggested a wine that was less pricy than the one I was going for - this is the first time this has ever happened - that tells me that these guys are more about substance than sales.
I tend to judge a steak place by their Prime Rib, it's a kinda litmus test. GOAL. They get it. (Full disclosure: I hate these sites, I'm way more of an eater than a typer, but I had to sign up and respond to that last guy, cause he does not get it. Steak HAS to have fat on it to keep it moist. Fat is not your enemy, it is part of the package. You cut around it just like you discard the shell of an edemame bean.) anyhow, where I live there are no quality restaurants. I will NOT eat at a chain job, and untill now I had to go downtown to get stuff like this. I have finally found a cool little hideout where we can go to get pampered ---That's another thing that's different from downtown...They actually care what you think!!
Locals will know this as the old "Gills 'n' Grapes" restaurant, which had a funny location down at the foot of 152nd (Johnston) and an equally strange identity problem.
No more - it's now a designer steakhouse (+ lounge) run by the same group who opened Pearl down on the beach a couple years ago. And if you liked Pearl, but wish the menu skewed a little more red-meat, then you're going to be happy here. It's a great looking room, the service is outstanding, and while the menu and wine list are a touch limited it is inventive and won't break the bank even if you do order starters/sides/drinks/desserts. Which is exactly as it should be given the size of the restaurant.
The food is solid, but won't blow your mind the way a bone-in rib or filet at Gotham will. But then again, why should it? You're not driving into Vancouver, paying the valet to park your car, and then driving 40 minutes back home again. Plus you're going to get out of there with a tab about half the size.
There might be 4 or 5 places like this in Vancouver at this point but if you live out here, why bother? Which is not to say I'm giving it a pass just because it's convenient - the concept and execution are really top notch, and we had a great time there last night. I'll certainly be back again soon, and often!
PS: Not affiliated with the restaurant in any way; just a happy customer!
My large family and I had a chance to go to Onyx for a family birthday dinner. There was 20 of us include two children. They allowed us to bring in some small decor peices for the tables before hand, and everything was handled so well. The kids meals were brought out first, and everything was hot and to order.. even the gluten/lactose/veg/vegan type meals. :) The server was responsive, honest about the menu items and could answer all our questions easily. and my 30 minute caesar cocktail was delicious! One of may fav items on both the Onyx and Pearl (white rock) menus is the salt and vinager chips. A great, easy item to share and are super addictive! We had a fabulous night, and the kitchen was hopping and in sync. Can't wait to go back!
The ambiance and the staff are fantastic. Looked after our every need. We were out for dinner but not that hungry so we chose to share several appys. we do not get to go out much so we were looking forward to it. The appys looked wonderful. The bacon tempura unusual and while the bacon itself was tasty the acompanying sauce was much less then stellar. It tasted like store bought stock sauce. I love french onion soup so I wanted a hot bowl, it was freezing cold night. The soup was sweet not savoury and barely warm. Not what I wanted or enjoy. We also order sliders to share. Disappointing, meat on a bun, no flavour lastly we ordered salt and vinigar chips (homemade, sound great right) disappointingly SALTY. if not for the water we would not have been able to eat it at all. Needless to say we left hungry and went to tried and true and my husband made me a wonderful lamb chop with Kale salad that ended up being exactly what we needed. So much for date night away from the kids. We ended up sharing a nice meal with the kids on date night. We will try again. I hope we ar not disappointed like this again. Maybe stick to tried and true next time
My wife had a bought a Groupon for Onyx a few months ago. We've live in the area so we thought we'd give it a try and the deal was pretty good. $50 worth of food for $25. We're more into these types of independant smaller restaurants than the "chains" The Groupon was ending May 4th so we decided to make a reservation for last Monday. We were pleasantly greeted by the young lady at the front who was the manager. She acknowledged our reservation and our name. She sat us down and welcomed us. Not a huge place, but trendy decor and some nice music playing. Nice wine bar on the side with a couple of small TV's. Waitress came and explained the specials. We ordered the crab cake to start, came with some type of an avacado Aoli. It was excellent. My wife, who doesn't really like seafood, like it as well. When she came back to take our order we told her we had a Groupon. She said they we're accepting them since it was a "Holiday" I told her Easter Monday is not a holiday and that we should be able to use it. She went and got the manager, who was the young lady who seated us. She said she spoke with the owner and he said we couldn't use it. At this point I was getting a bit upset. I told her I wasn't mad at her but rather the fact it wasn't a really a holiday. I asked my wife if we wanted to stay and seeing as though we had the babysitter at home watching the kids we may as well. Entree's are A-La-Carte. I ordered the 7 OZ Sirloin which came with one of their famous onion rings. My wife had the Free Range Organic Half Roasted Chicken with the bourbon peach BBQ sauce. For sides we had the Organic Yam Gratin, Mushroom Trio, and Vegatables. All the food was cooked to perfection. I usually order a rib-eye for steak but didn't want that big a piece of meat since I had to go play soccer but the Sirloin was very juicy being a lower quality of meat. During the dinner, the manager came back and said she felt bad about the groupon and offered to pay for our appy or our deserts if decided we had time to stay for some. I thought this was very nice of her. I ordered the Creme Brule Trio (chocolate, bailey's and Vanilla Bean) all come in little individual dishes. Very tasty. Wife had the truffle cake, which was very good.
Since the food was so good and we still had the groupon which was expirying within days we decided to go back last night with our friends. The same manager greeted us and we had a laugh about the groupon issue but told her were happy to come back. We shared the calamari which came with a Tzatziki and a bit of hot sauce. It was crispy and fresh. My wife (who again...doesn't normally like seafood).....really enjoyed it. For entrees, my friend and my wife both had the chicken, friends wife had the pork baby back ribs and I went with the fish special which was the 7 oz halibut wrapped in pershutto with a butter sauce. The halibut was incredible. One of the best fish dishes I've had. My wife (again...not a seafood lover said if she knew it was that good would have ordered it) The chicken was excellent and so were the ribs. Sides we had the Tomato and Broccncini, The Veggies, Mushrooms and Smashed Organic Redskin Potato's. The potato's were unbelievably tasty!
Overall we were happy we came back and could now use the groupon!!!.....I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone. You may want to make reservations since there are not a ton of tables. Their wine list is impressive as well.
The prices may seem a bit high being that you have purchase entree's on their own their then sides but the quality of the food is well worth it and we felt full but not overly stuffed.
Went in for dinner on the weekend and had one of the best nights out that I can remember. The atmosphere was cozy, welcoming and serene. Our server was prompt to welcome us. She was both professional and courtious. Our dinner was incredible, one of the best steaks ive had in a long time. We will be back again!
I came in by myself to Onyx last week and grabbed a seat at the bar. I came in pretty late so it was nice they were still open for dinner, even had an appy for half off. I enjoyed the attentiveness without being too invasive. The girl was friendly and I was surprised on some of her knowledge. I could tell some other people came often because as soon as people came in many were known on a first name basis, I liked that.
It was laid back, music was hip but not too much.
All and all I say give it a try, I think you will be pleasently surprised.
Had the chance to dine at Onyx for the first time last night and was incredibly impressed. Located up from the beach there was no hassle of trying to find parking or worrying about a parking meter. My boyfriend and I were sat at a great big booth and were able to relax without being hounded by a server immediately. The cocktail list is unique and the wine list extensive, with every price point taken care of. I had a Raspberry Tanager, which to my surpise came with fresh raspberries, and my boyfriend had a martini- both were fabulous. The server was very attentive and answered all of our questions thoroughly. I had the 5oz filet and my boyfriend the 16oz bone-in ribsteak. Both were cooked to a perfect medium rare and even came with a complimentary onion ring on top from the chef. Both of our sides ( gorgonzola mac & cheese, tomato bocconcini) were delicious and was plenty for the two of us. Prices were on par with The Keg, and you definitely get what you pay for. All in all, a fabulous night and we will definitely be returning often!
Absolutely an incredible evening. This lively upbeat steakhouse is a nice change from those old dated stuffy bright fine dining restaurants where you can here a pin drop. If thats what you like then this is not the place for you. We love going out for dinner to places where we can interact with the staff and have some fun. Now for the important stuff... The food was amazing! We tried the 8oz sirloin with dijon compound butter, 16oz bone in rib steak, gorgonzola mac & cheese, and yam gratan. The steaks were easily the best we have ever had. SOOO TENDER. I would say even better than Gotham. Our server Katrina was memorable and that is saying something. She was there when we needed and not when we didn't. Not easy to do. What surprised us the most was the prices. Well below Gotham and quite similar to the Keg. Thank you Onyx and thank you chef for the complimentary onion ring. It was the best I have ever had.
My wife, our company social director, originally tried Pearl on the Rock for our Christmas Diner Party - but they could not accomodate 10 on a friday night in December. The staff at Pearl suggested Onyx, their "sister" restaurant. Good suggestion! Food was excellent! The wine list substantial and well represented in a range of old/new world wines in every price range - easy to read as well (thank you!). The decor is clean, modern, and subdued. This is not a cheap steak house, but you get what you pay for and nobody will leave hungry. I had the lamb, 4 large chops in a thick and tasty reduction, grilled beet salad, sweet potato au gratin, and the trio of creme brule desert. My wife had what she described as "the best prime rib she's ever had." I "shared" her gnocchi in mushrooms and will order that as well next time. I tasted her gorgonzolla "mac n' cheese - nice!
I plan to return after christmas for a booth just for two and try the prime rib. I read the guy's review that said it was better than a drive into Vcr for equal value and style. I have to concur, and without the parking hassel and a 45 minute drive home (are you paying a sitter by the hour too?). You may want to consider supporting fine dining out here in the burbs, otherwise we are limited to the usual suburban fare. That's just my $0.02
Last week one of the guys from work told me about this new restaurant he had found in white rock called onyx. He was raving about the fantastic time him and his wife had when they went so I figured I had to go see what was going on. I took the wife and our little girl there for dinner on Friday night and I totally get why he was so excited. It's a steakhouse so it's right up my alley and its totally contemporary and comfortable, you walk in, sit down and unless you walk back outside you could easily be at any number of great restaurants downtown. It was a pretty busy night but we had a reservation so it wasn't a problem getting a table, and they were great about having halley there with us, they even did a little tweaking of some of their normal menu items so she had something to eat. She had the java chicken skewers without the peanut sauce and the gorgonzola mac and cheese without the gorgonzola... kind of wish she hadn't so i could have had some lol, guess i'll have to go back for that. So i had the 16oz ribeye medium rare and sides of yam gratin and sauteed vegetables and my wife had the petit filet and we shared a beet salad to start. everything was fantastic, perfectly cooked and all came out to the table together, our server was great as well, totally helpful with the menu, which is a la carte by the way, and she really made our night special. i really think the best part of the night was the fact that we were home in 15 minutes and could get halley to bed, way easier than driving all the way downtown and i think way better.
so i decided to check out the new place in town, i thought the food was excellent handle with care and tasted extremly fresh , service was spot on , she had full acknowledgement of the menu and knew a great pairing from the wine list. not to mention the huge selectrion of wine and champagne was one of the best i have ever seen .
the a la carte menu had plenty to choose from , this was needed in white rock , i hope they do well :)
We had the occasion to try this new restaruant last night and we were so pleased with everything. The menu is a la Carte which does boost the price up somewhat. I ordered the petit Filet with the side of veggies. I thought that the portion was small, but it was cooked perfectly and with the large portion of veggies was more than enough. The appetizer of the saganaki was outstanding. The creme brulee was chocolate heaven!
The restaurant has been redone from the old Gills and Grapes and provides a lovely warm atmosphere, most definitly a return visit will be done. One appy, a salad, one entree, one desert and half a bottle of wine ran $100.00. A little more than I thought it would be.
The atmosphere was great and the service was above par but the food was lack luster and failed to impress. To top it off the prices were out of line by 30%.
That said I love the menu and the idea of picking out different side orders with your Entre but $5 for 20 french fries....please.
I will not return.
Oh yes....the "house rub" for your red meat is very sweet :( and be prepared to cut off loads of fat.
Found this restaurant here at Dine Here and based on the reviews decided to give it a try. It was about 7:30 Friday, no reservations and the place was about 1/2 full. Lovely atmosphere, good greating and service that was supported by the manager and other staff. Very Nice. Ordered the special (large T-bone and King Crab) some oysters for an appetizer and a couple of 30 Minute Caesar's (also very nice).
The special was billed as a dinner for 2 ($65) and was delivered to the table on one plate (put in front of me)with a second empty plate put in front of my wife. The waiter wished us luck and left.
The steak was overdone and we sent it back. The team was very effective in replacing all the food and apologized for the error. A new set up was delivered 20 mins later. So far so good, I cut into a perfectly prepared steak.
But, after completing dinner we were left wanting relative to the gastronomic experience. The steak was brown with a sweat glaze, the mushrooms were brown and a little bitter, the onion rings (billed as a signature product) were overly deep fried. And the beautiful King Crab was served half warm and half cold but overly watery like it had sat in a steam tray too long. The horseradish butter (kind of a creamy white) served as a garnish tasted good but looked funny as it stood out on a plate of brown food.
So, although we liked the place; service was attentive and the atmosphere great, the food experience was lacking. One last comment. I really wanted the manager to ask me how the meal was, instead he apologized for the earlier mix up and then "told" me how good the food was.
Recently went for a 2nd try at Onyx, was unfortunately disappointed.
Our first visit was shortly after they opened, and while the food was decent, it was overpriced. We eat at Gotham in Vancouver fairly regularly, and the prices were more or less the same as Gotham's, but the quality definitely wasn't there. The service was disorganized, but they had just opened, so we figured that was par for the course.
As we live in White Rock and would love to have a higher-end steakhouse close by, we decided to give it another try, and it was more or less the same thing.
It wasn't bad, but not worth the price. I found the food pretty much on par with The Keg, but 30-40% more expensive, and the service isn't close.
A few things that were just confusing:
- dull, un-serrated steak knives? made the meat seem even tougher than it was
- the place is tiny, it can't hold more than 50 or so people, yet our waiter seemed to disappear for 15 minute intervals?
On the positive side: nice atmosphere, cozy & warm, and their wine list is one of the best in the area.
Not bad, not great, definitely overpriced.
My Husband and I tried Onyx again. the first time wasn't a great succes. Our appetizer had arrived well before we were served our wine. The service was slow and unorganized. Also the integrity is lacking in the service.
So we thought we would try it again. Some of the food is too deep fried and heavy. although we had an appy which was very good. As was my husbands ribs ,however, the server serving it was completely clueless. She brought a bowl of cold water for my husband to clean his hands, she fell down while serving other tables, and to add to the embarrassment, non of the staff (and there were plenty of them) came to her rescue. Note: when i order a salad, it is because i am looking for a light meal. the Onyx salad is so rich and soggy, i could only eat half. i feel that the restaurant doesn't deliver compared the prices, and i will not be back. too bad......it is close to home
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