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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Do not recommend
By Kyla_bc of Surr (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 11:05am [Dine in]

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

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Five Doors Down15047 Marine Drive, White Rock
Terrible service!
By Elena13 of North Shore (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Beautiful place with a great view of the water and the pier! Food was good!. But TERRIBLE SERVICE! I will not go back... visited the place on a Saturday night with a friend since it was so busy the owner of the restaurant sat us at the bar and told us that as soon as a table was free we will be moved. That never happen! She did not come back to check on us or move us a table! Not good wines at the wine list.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
There is a reason why they have been in business for so long
By luv2eat of Surrey , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

This place gets it right everytime. We have been going there for years and they definately stick to the saying of do one thing and do it well. They always give you an extra piece of fish when you order for free which I think they have done for years. The interior looks exactly how it should and it is reasonable clean. Its smiles all around when you walk thru the door which always makes you feel good. If you want the best fish and chips in White Rock this is the place to go.

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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Definitely will go back! BEST pizza!
By pissedcustomer2010 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

Try their pizza and you wont be dissappointed! The owner was very nice and attentive. The food was GREAT. We ordered pineapple (sorry dont remember the original name) pizza and pasta, plus italian touch coffee when we visited White Rock last weekend. It was such an amazing meal and we enjoyed sitting at the nice patio pretty much! We will definitely go back to try the homemade tiramisu.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
TINY portion and expensive
By pissedcustomer2010 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

I think this place is overated. Food portion is TINY, price is expensive, service is not very friendly. One california roll costs $4.50, and is even much smaller than most of the japanese restaurants. House green salad is $8 dollars. I went there because I read the review someone said good price, good food. I have to say, the food is way too far from being good sushi, it is fresh though. AND is pricey.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Taste, looks and presentation would have made this a better experience!
By Aletris of North Delta, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 11:24am [Dine in]

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.

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great little place
By bb123 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

Was looking for some fish and chips for the wife while walking around White Rock and stumbled across this place. Ordered the Fish and Chips to go, and was waiting at the counter, and was very impressed with what the chef was turning out. I wasn't even hungry at the time, but decided I didn't want to get short changed and ordered this Chicken/Mushroom crepe dish (sorry name was in french). It was awesome, along with the fish and chips, which both came with fries and a salad which I thought was nice. I was ordering to go and my bill was $29, so I laid down $35 and the server (chef's wife/owner I am guessing) insisted on not taking a tip as my food was to go and they didnt provide any customer service. I've never ran across that before in ordering takeout foods, great husband/wife combo, and will definately return.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great Greek Food on the Strip
By sunshine52 of White Rock (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Was in White Rock beach recently and I usually go with my girl friends to Charlie Don't Surf or the sushi place close to the pier, but my friends and I decided to try the Greek restaurant Cosmos.

We were pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful patio that we were able to sit out on. We had great weather and our server was very friendly. Our drinks came very fast and our appy's did too.

The main courses didn't take too long and when they came, the food was outstanding. Our server came back many times to check up on us.

Overall, it was a great experience and I am looking forward to going to the beach again to visit Cosmos again.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Didn't see that comming!!
By LesleyL of Vancouver & Sussex (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

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.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
New Favourite
By J. Fisher of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

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!

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Holly's Poultry In Motion15491 Marine Drive, White Rock
Long wait, burnt food
By otto of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:30am [Dine in]

1. Had to wait an incredible amount of time for our food, probably an hour or so. Restaurant wasn't even full, and it's small in there. Cook was doing orders table by table, and somehow served two tables after us before us. Cook did the same to the couple beside us, who complained to the server.
2. Very, very overcooked, dark brown and dry omelette. Expensive- $12- too.
3. They used eggs-in-a-carton for all scrambelled/omelette orders.
4. They don't do poached eggs? See #3, perhaps.

Such a disappointing breakfast given the potential of the spot.

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Fishboat15513 Marine Drive, White Rock
Taking my Visitor for her first time for fish & chips in White Rock
By dineheremag of WHITE ROCK BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 5:46am [Dine in]

It was July 3 at about 2:00 on a perfect sunny day at White Rock Beach. Typically I would take guests to west beach, have fish and chips then walk back to east beach. Changed it up and found a paking spot right in front of the Fishboat at east beach. Drawn closer by the soft music from inside and the tables on the patio being cleaned, the scene was set. We sat down and a friendly server came with menu's and chatted before taking our drink order. Ordering to share a "boat" of halibut and chips was accepted and taken to the kitchen. Cold drinks with ice and garnish was promptly delivered followed by silver for two and an extra plate. Then the incredible fish and chips about 15 minutes later. Perfect timing, texture and taste to satisfy our quest for the best fish & chips. Thank You!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Shocking
By delicioso of coquitlam bc (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Me and my partner were looking forward to a decent dinner to celebrate a special event.
We should have left as soon as we noticed breadcrumbs and food on many of the chairs and tables in the restaurant.
One of the bread plates had a film of some sort and baked on crusties on it. The salmon and halibut on the Seafood Cedar Platter arrived at the table presenting well; however, upon inspection, they were both verging on raw. Both were sent back to the kitchen. When the plate returned, it was cooked slightly more, but still barely medium rare. The glaze on the fish was poorly seasoned and the "fingerling" potatoes were actually quartered fist sized Russet potato chunks.
Our server was great in trying to remedy the situation, unfortunately, poor cleanliness and shocking food resulted in one of our worst dining experiences in several years. We will not go back to this restaurant!

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Little India15081 Marine Drive, White Rock
Best Indian Food Ever
By Abecabla of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I went to Little India last night expecting some mediocre Indian food at an acceptable price. Upon arrival my expectations were blown away.

I was greeted immediately by the restaurants owner Peter. He gave me a great choice of seating in the restaurant: sitting outside or inside. When we were ready to order where were quickly greeted by another employee. He was a shorter fellow who was extremely relate-able and always cracked a joke or two upon speaking with me. We ordered Samosa, Butter Chicken, Prawn Masala, Pulao Rice and a couple of Naans. I expected the Samosa's to come out greasy but was quickly proven wrong when they came dry and grease free. Shortly after the rest of the food arrived. The prawns were flavorful and a delight containing vegetable and a curry sauce that made the dish great. The Butter Chicken was moist and utterly brilliant and the pulao rice was warm and beaming with taste. The Naan bread was the best part of the meal. They were tasty, fluffy and went perfectly with the rest of the meal.

The whole restaurant lived up to the name Little India. Peter has developed a collection of classic Indian art and music that adds to the Indian aura of the restaurant. For the caliber of food I received I got a fantastic deal paying around $40 for the whole meal. I will be coming back again and again and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to taste some brilliant Indian cuisine.

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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Always Delightful!!
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 12:48am [Dine in]

My husband and I fell in love with this great little Italian restaurant on the beach a couple years ago, it had been quite sometime since we'd visited, as we don't live in the White Rock area. With the great weather we decided to take a trip down to the beach for the beautiful scenery and a visit to Italian Touch. Our meal and overall experience was just as fabulous as the first few times we visited! Nico and his family have always made our evening lovely with their hospitable service and delicious food. My husband absolutly loved the Lobster Ravioli, and the Linguini al Pesto was excellent, cooked perfectly and finished with dried cranberries, a delightful dish! Truly great food, a gorgeous view and excellent service definitely makes this restaurant one of our favorites!!

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
Definitely a Favorite
By Cumare of south Surrey B.C. Canada (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 9:26am [Dine in]

We live in the area and go out for dinner quite a bit. We love to try different restaurants and support as many as we can.

However, we always end up going back to Cielo's. The food is the most consistent on the beach. Everyone we have taken there has had a great meal. The atmosphere is loud, the room is a little small for the amount of seats, but it all adds to the ambience that we prefer.

I highly recommend Cielo's for a night out on the town. Whether it is dinner for 2 or for a larger group, you are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening.

The Bruschetta and the Lobster Tortellini would be my favorites, as well as the Chocolate Mousse for desert.

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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great Italian at the Beachfront.
By Springbok of Port Moody, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

We visited the Italian Touch as a group of six. We were seated promptly and were given great service. I ordered a Penne Marinara with Capicola. The portioning was generous and had a good flavour profile. Everyone at my table enjoyed there meal and we all felt the pricing was reasonable.
The restaurant is clean and well laid out with plenty of space for a larger party. The view was great and overall I would recommend this place to anyone looking for some solid Italian food

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Never again!
By nutritioncoach of Chilliwack BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

We went to the Boathouse for brunch this morning, being one of the first sunny and warm weekends of the summer we were looking forward to brunch before we headed out to the beach. We were one of only a handful of customers in a large restaurant and waited over one hour for our food to arrive. When our order did finally arrive, it was messed up. The table next to ours had the same problem. They waited even longer then we did and their orders were also all messed up. I ordered the Seafood Hash, which was more like soup and I did not get a spoon either. We also ordered two sides of bacon (only one order of bacon arrived, even though we ended up getting charged for two) and a clubhouse sandwich. Then they brought out an order of toast, which we did not order at all and I had to wait another 10 minutes after receiving my dish before they brought out the hollandaise sauce it was supposed to come with. How in the world could this possibly take over one hour to make with hardly anyone in the restaurant?? I would have saved time (and possibly money too, the prices are a bit steep) driving all the way home (45 minutes away), making the same food myself, then driving back to White Rock. Ridiculous, absolutely no excuses for this. We were terribly disappointed. It looked like such a nice place from the outside, but we will NEVER be back again! Waiting over an hour to get anything at all to eat, with two little hungry children and no apologies from staff either. To add insult to injury, the patio was also freezing cold and the heater "wasn't working". Absolutely terrible. The clubhouse sandwich my husband got was nothing special and came with hardly any fries, the seafood hash I got was basically a bowl of broth with some sauteed peppers, soggy spinach, and two poached eggs on top. Real nice for like $18?! Seriously? Never again.

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Fishboat15513 Marine Drive, White Rock
Unforgettable Experience - You MUST try!!!
By Christin F of WHITE ROCK BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 9:07am [Dine in]

After being rejected by our first attempt for food late on Friday, we stumbled upon The Fishboat that looked to be shutting down too. They not only welcomed us in but introduced us to the most delicious halibut fish and chips we have ever had!! We offered to take it to go so that they could close, but these amazing owners were insistent that we eat on their patio so that we could enjoy the meal!!! They even turned on the lights and music on for us, gave us everything we needed, never once making us feel rushed. We sat there and enjoyed an absolutely amazing meal in the sweet ambiance of this little gem of a restaurant!!!
So next time you are out looking to have a fantastic meal and support a mom and pop shop, visit The Fishboat, we guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
An okay spot, but nonetheless mediocre.
By epicurean77 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I'll have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here....the menu is quite limited, quite overpriced for what they're worth, none-too-friendly waitresses not knowing what to do, etc etc...

The only nice thing about this place is just the view (frankly, I think CDS has the best view of the beach than all the other restaurants on the strip), and I actually liked some of the old-timey junk that was placed around as decor.

The food was nothing special, although I did enjoy my mushroom pasta a bit. Still, I didn't think it was worth 16 bucks for a small plate of rotini mixed with some mushrooms and storebought alfredo sauce. One of my friends had the Spicy Sausage Penne, which apparently wasn't spicy at all.

Our server was a super happy blonde haired guy, and I must say he was the highlight of our stay there! He was extremely friendly, unlike the other servers who were mostly teenage/young adult girls. One waitress was talking to another about how she hated training new hireds and other unfriendly gossip. Having worked as a server myself and training others, I do understand the frustration of it all....but I really don't think that's something you should be talking about so loudly in the open, especially near a table where there's customers around.

Other than that, our glasses of water were never refilled....our other drinks that we ordered were taken away before some of us even finished it!....when I was paying my part of the bill, I asked for a certain amount of change back, but then had to ask her again when she closed her till after receiving my money. She wasn't all too happy about that...but I wasn't either, so boohoo to her.

My friends and I did leave a pretty good tip though, specifically for our waiter only. I hoped that he did get it and that it wasn't shared out with the other bitchy waitresses, but after being quite disappointed with CDS besides the fact that it always looked busy (it was our first time there), I wouldn't be surprised if it was shared after all.

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