The Washington Avenue Grill offers an upscale casual dining experience overlooking Semiahmoo Bay. We feature a western fusion menu, award-winning wine list, live music, and delicious martinis. Guests can dine in the pristine glass atrium, cozy main dining room, or on the patio.
The Washington Avenue Grill is the bright yellow building located on the ocean side of east beach, next to Semiahmoo park.
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!
Went here with the special half for a birthday. We had a coupon sent as the birthday person gets their meal free up to $25 value. My better half order the 8 oz steak medium rare and I ordered the seafood in a red currey cream sauce in rice noodles. The better half meal came with mash potatoes, green beans and red peppers. My dish came in a creamy coconut red curry sauce/soup that had fish, prawns, mussels, clams etc. The soup was tasty and the seafood was plentiful for $21.99. The better half steak dinner costs $22.99 and it was done to perfection as the better half stated. They also brought out some bread with garlic butter and the water was never half empty for too long. The service was exceptional. They asked how the meal and top off the water when is was needed. I was very impressed. It was quite busy for a Tuesday evening as they had several parties on the go. The price can be a bit much if you did not have the coupon, but it is a great place to go out to have a nice dinner. Would recommend this place if you are incline for a romantic dinner or out with a group of friends.
Attended a Christmas Luncheon today. They had us seated in the back room. Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunches which had a seafood theme. I had the Seafood Hot Pot which was a coconut curry base with salmon, mussels, scallops and rice noodles. It tasted pretty close to authentically thai. Service was quite good. The waiter was attentive and prompt - especially difficult when you are serving 15+ people. The ambiance is rustic with a lot of wood. The restaurant's is at the ocean front and has a beautiful view of the bay (when it's not raining). I wouldn't mind coming back...
We like the Washington Avenue Grill. We have eaten there a number of times and my husband has had his office Christmas party there 2 or 3 times now. At their best, the food is wonderful, fresh, flavourful. At their worst, it can be inconsistent at times and the menu is starting to get a bit boring. Need more imaginative fare. Hate the incorrect spelling/typos of French words (beurre, not "buerre" for butter). It's all about attention to detail. The service is quite good, however, and the general manager seems to know how to run a place properly. Nice decor inside; don't be put off by the shabby entrance.
This restaurant was the best one I've ever been to in White Rock, and probably the best food&service within the price range of Earl's-Cactus-Keg's type of restaurant.
When we sat down, it felt like we were part of a wedding with the romantic ambience curtains draping over the ceilning, lighted trees indoors, good singer on an acoustic guitar. The waiter was fast at all our requests and checked on our water more than twice. We put in a rushed request and the food came 10-15 mins later too, seeing that the waiter does work with the kitchen rather than merely giving them the orders. The busser brought the hot, toasted bread right away, which was crusty outside and soft and warm inside, served with herb butter and we couldn't stop ourselves from asking for seconds.
The entrees were flavoured perfectly - not overly salty or bland, and BIG portions - I had the seafood penne which was filled with huge, fresh scallops and huge tiger prawns in a mildly spicy sauce. My partner had the sirloin steak, which was cooked perfectly and better tasting than Keg's. Only complaint was that the mashed potatoes with the steak were a little cold, but still delicious as the potatin SKINS were still in them - yummy, fresh, and homemade.
I would come here any day over the Keg (who has messed up more than one of my meals before). That's one reason to go back to White Rock.
This place is beautiful good food with one poor service ,wife and I went there to wine and dine relax enoy few drinks and then a nice meal,so we ordered some appy drinks ,as soon as the drinks were served she asked if we wanted to Oder our main course,my wife told here well we like to have couple drinks and will let you know when we are ready to order,another drink waitress asked if we were ready for our main course,again wife said we will let you know when we are ready to order,enjoying our drinks and appy time for another drink she is again waived by other waiter that we want service,which we had to ask some other waiter where our waitress is she is back so we order another drink again she said would you like to order you meal,now my wife said look lady this is the third time you have asked us to order is there a rush to get us out of here since the place is empty,now by this time we lost our appetite and just got our bill and left for keg....first time we have experienced this here..shame..
There is something so unique and great about this restaurant. The atmosphere and ambiance created by the atrium room overlooking the water is something else. It is exceptionally romantic on a spring/summer night at sunset. The service was quick and friendly and the food was great (the Tandoori chicken is my favourite thing on the menu). The live music was also nice and added some fun to the night. I would definitely recommend it but the only negative thing is that it can get pretty loud with all the people+music so not the ideal place to go if you're looking for a super quiet, intimate dinner. Otherwise, check it out.
Did a Saturday lunch with my wife. Food was good tasting and good value - I did a prawn curry and she had fish and chips. I would imagine the place would be quite a bit more lively in the evening. We will return.
LUNCH TIME ..Dirty dining room, dirtier kitchen,dirtiest patio/home made deck ever , untidy tables,Left over food in the cracks in the floor , kitchen cracked lino , filth behind stoves . Floors in main dining area is sticky from dropped food and drink
This restaurant needs a serious make over from all aspects ,
Never will I set foot in this restaurant again . An embarrassment to White Rock
We've gone here a few times now. I enjoy the alcohol, as they have a some of they own cocktails & martinis.
We are the type of people who eat anything from Pho to Joe Fortes, depending on what we feel. To us, what's important is value more than anything.
In saying that, the last time we went there was a disaster, to the point that I don't really know if we should go back. I already thought this place was a little more pricey for what you get, so this was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Upon arrival, we ordered drinks & an appetizer, while still looking at the menu. Our appetizer arrived BEFORE the drinks, and while we still had our menus open!
Drinks finally arrived. I ordered the pear & goat cheese salad, which I've never tried before. When it arrived, there was no pear, so I asked our waiter if it was missing to which he responded "what, you don't know what a Pear looks like?" that pretty much killed things. That combined with the lack of service made us feel that there are similar restaurant providing similar food that stand up better than this place. Come back again? Maybe give it another chance, but not anytime soon.
My wife and I took her cousin and wife from out of town for dinner at the WAG. Everything was outstanding. Her cousin said it was the best meal he had on their trip by far. He had the seafood hot pot, his wife had the lobster ravioli, I had the mixed seafood grill and my wife had the pork chop. All food was cooked to perfection. The ocean view and cool historic ambiance make this place a must eat for those coming to white rock.
We have gone there for Mothers Day brunch many times over the years & also at other times of the year.The food is consistently good with excellent service.So many places change cooks & it goes downhill or do other things to not keep their high standards up.But this place does.
Sitting on the patio full of flowers,you feel like you are overlooking the ocean in a tropical garden,great ambiance with lots of ventilation,it must be so romantic on a summers night.
I love going to this place when I am in the area. The food is always good here with their great tasting seafood and pasta dished. And to top it all off, the servers are great with their friendly and outgoing attitudes. The only bad thing about this restaurant is the lack of free parking. Even so, I would choose going to this place over Milestones and Cactus Club any day.
I have been to WAG a few times before, and it was enjoyable. Returned last Saturday and after my experience will not go back again.
-Service: pretty much non-existant, server did not make any small talk and did not seem to enjoy her job at all
-Food: Chicken burger was OK, but had a really weird mix of flavours/sauces going on. Got yam fries instead of normal fries; they were great but I was not warned about the $2.50 extra charge (wasn't listed on the menu either)
-Drinks: Ordered a Coke, got Cola that had no fizz. For a refill ordered Sprite hoped it would be better, nope. Again not name brand and watery/no fizz
-Ambiance: we sat outside in the sun room area. It was HOT in there (of course, it's a sun room). Would sit inside if we had a do-over
I love this place! I have lived in White Rock for a few years now and just experienced this place for the first time couple weeks ago, what a treat to discover something so scrumtious!
Food: WOW, everything is cooked perfectly! They menue selection is vast and the food is a tad different than anywhere else its unique and I love that!
Service: Is good no complaints.
Ambiance: Beautiful! This is a old old building and the decor is beautiful, the views are also nice... There are lots of windows/glass which makes it stuffy on a sunny day.
You should go!
Upon the recommendation of a friend I was meeting in White Rock, we agreed to meet for dinner here. An initial perusal of the menu while waiting outside didn't yield any culinary revelations... I felt like I was in a time warp with the usual starters and entrees from the '80s... nothing new or exciting. Once inside, the live music was pleasant and the service attentive amidst the bustle of a full area of the restaurant for a Tuesday night.
My spinach and beet salad was mediocre at best. The cubed beets were bathed in a sweet sauce that seemed to have been thickened with corn starch, and the baby spinach leaves right out of a clam shell package sitting on top were swimming in dressing. It was unappealing visually, and the taste of the sweet sauce and the dressing totally masked the delicate flavours of the beets and spinach. Then my rack of lamb ($29!!!) came. I couldn't believe my eyes. The veggies consisted of quartered chunks of carrot that may have been purchased from the bulk section of any grocery chain, string beans that were so tough they were almost inedible, and a quarter of undercooked red pepper. The mashed potatoes underneath had obviously been sitting on a steamer for hours. The rack of lamb, ordered medium rare, while cooked as ordered, were tough and stringy. Why is a resaurant so close to the Fraser Valley where there are some good lamb producers serving New Zealand lamb, anyways? The sauce reduction accompanying the rack did not complement the lamb one bit - it tasted like soya sauce had been thrown into a stock and reduced... no subtlety here! It's strong flavour was far to salty for the dish! My companions sauteed halibut with a sesame crust came with the same vegetable complement, but was overcooked and dry.
If this is the best White Rock has to offer, I'll be doing my dinners out in Vancouver where one can get cutting edge cuisine in many establishments for the same kind of money. A truly forgettable experience!
An extremely disappointing experience if you like your food to be good. We started with the scallop appetizer which was barely warm and tasted bitter.
The kids had fries which were under cooked and greasy. I had the rack of lamb( $28.00) which was also undercooked( raw for the most part). The portion was 5 pieces the size of a loonie. The green beans were raw.
The table beside us sent their food back. We should have done the same but with small kids thats not an option.
With so many other good restaurants in White Rock, we would never go back.
Our server was quite sedated, but very friendly and provided good enough service for the price point. Our beef carpaccio appetizer was very delicious. The caprese salad was decent. Our entrees of ahi tuna and mixed seafood grill were pretty bad. The mixed seafood grill was a few pieces of fish and prawns smothered in an unappetizing store-bought hoisin sauce. The grilled rare ahi tuna was underseasoned because they wanted you to use the very salty "wasabi soy glaze" (which tasted just like soy sauce). The sesame crust on it was overpowering. The lemongrass scented jasmine rice that accompanied the dishes was very tasty, if not a little overcooked. The wine was very reasonably priced.
WAG has a really nice ambience, obviously due in most part to the great view. The prices are reasonable and the service was good. They had live music which was very good and played at a nice volume (talking with your date was still possible). This is a place I would go for drinks (my caesar was really good), appetizers and the patio view. Don't stay for dinner.
WE went to the WAG, as the locals call it, on Friday for dinner with friends. The meals where quality and not over priced. I had the fresh halibut and my wife had the Ahi tuna. Both meals were delicious.
Service was a little slow but it was a really busy night.
A band came on at 8 or so and they were great too. We even saw the lead singer of Nickle Back at the next table.
A cool experience
The food was blah, which they tried to cover-up with copius amounts of 'sauces' - which had strong flavours of vinegar and soy, and masked any taste of real food. The five little scallops, at $12.99, were swimming in soy and vinegar - yuk! The sauce they poured over the chicken appetizer was flesh tone in colour which made the chicken look, not only raw but, well...quite frankly...vomitus.
I won't even bother to go into the decor in detail, except to say - it's like a very old, deteriorating patio with a precarious floor (don't know how it passed inspection) to which someone decided to add tables with white linen - thinking people won't see beyond that.
I would never go back, nor recommend it to anyone.