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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
I see why the Sun gave it 4 stars overall
By luv2eat of Surrey , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

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.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Decent Food, Great Service.
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

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.

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Kami Japanese Restaurant2215 160 Street, #40, White Rock
Mmmm....
By AF of South Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I'm surprised at the lackluster reviews... I have been several times, and the food has been nothing less than excellent. Quick service. Great place to sit in, nice restaurant unlike most sushi restaurants. I will definitely keep going back. A bit pricey for sushi, but worth it. I only wish that they had more selection on the wine menu but as far as my experiences go, their food, presentation and service has been great.

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Indian Kitchen15481 Marine Drive, White Rock
Delicious Indian Food, zero ambiance
By rolynoly of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Just tried out Indian Kitchen for the first time. I was a little hesitant at first because of the lousy decor or should I say nil decor and the zero ambiance. But it turned out to have excellent food. We had the butter chicken, palak paneer, basmati rice, naan and a curried potato dish and it was delicious! My children (9 years and 6 years old) were still talking about how much they enjoyed it. I would definitely go back there for the food.

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
toast to Cielos in these tough times
By hughsmith of white rock, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I live 1 block from the beach and see the restaurants on the strip come and go, they could take a lesson from these guys.
Cielos has delivered time and time again the quality and consistency and more importantly good fun that is needed to make a successful business down here.

My last visit the "strip" was empty and they were busy..the ambiance is the best part of Ceilo's..White Rock restaurants tend to feel nice,safe and cozy..I prefer the European feeling of people laughing, eating and enjoying..especially on a rainy Tuesday nite in December. Thanks

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
2nd Try Disappointing, Overpriced
By chrissyg of White Rock (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

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.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
Good food, fun atmosphere
By chrissyg of White Rock (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I've always found the food to be good, and the service is friendly and attentive. Depending on your personal style, the atmosphere could be described as anything from "funky & cozy" to "homemade addition with year-round indoor xmas lights".

So I don't think the interior is for everyone, as it's definitely eclectic, and the building itself is old and somewhat rundown. But to me that's part of the appeal of WAG, it's got character, the food is consistently good, and the staff are friendly and know what they're doing. The live music is also a nice touch, although, again, not for everyone. WAG feels like a real community restaurant, and reflects the community it exists in.

Their martini nights are always fun as well.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
All 10 of us had great food and a great time, but I'm coming back with 8 less people next time.
By finn of Cloverdale, Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

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

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Little India15081 Marine Drive, White Rock
Best Butter Chicken!!
By blueandgreen of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 12:29am [Dine in]

I went to Little India last week with 2 of my friends and we ordered the lamb curry, butter chicken, mixed vegetables, naan and rice. Everything was terrific- especially the butter chicken- it was the best butter chicken I've ever had !! The naan, rice, and the other dishes were also very good. Service was attentive, and like someone else mentioned, they treat you like your the only customer there- the ambience was cozy and the ocean view was defiantely a bonus. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys indian food. I will definately be back.

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Kami Japanese Restaurant2215 160 Street, #40, White Rock
Poor food, although great ambiance.
By ThatHaruka of south surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I do have to say, I NEVER want to eat here again. As I was driving to Walmart, I noticed a new japanese restaurant and decided to try going there one day with my family. As someone commented... VERY BIG MISTAKE. My father and I waited to get seated to a table. No one helped us for over 10mins, and it wasn't even busy. Once a waitress noticed us she smirked and took us to the table. (Which kinda made me feel irratated) We looked at our menu and saw many different choices of food. I ordered Beef Tataki, dynamite roll, and a few other stuff for us to share. The value of the food was pretty much in the middle of expensive/decent. After a long wait for our food we noitced it wasn't really all that good or special. The beef tataki we had was abit spoiled and overcooked. The rolls however were fine. While, I was working on my rolls a waitress came by and just took the plate I was working on. I called her but she just looked back and left. I was really frustrated. My father, who was in a bad mood, asked for the bill. The bill didn't arrive after another 15mins.

Not recommended at all. Very disapointed.. And probably will NEVER come back here again.

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Small Ritual Coffee Society1237 Johnson Road, White Rock
New Coffee Shop in Little Ol' White Rock
By frenchie75 of White Rock (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

This place is seriously cool! It has been completely renovated and is very contemporary and lovely to sit in. They have a neat little play area for kids in a room off to the side where parents can oversee their children while they sit back and chill with friends or a paper. The seating is comfortable and well spaced so that you have lots of room to get comfortable without infringing on your neighbor or vice/versa. I believe they have WIFI, but since I don't do that sort of thing in coffee shops I'm not sure.
They make a pretty good latte/coffee though and their steamed milk is the best I've ever had, seriously. It is creamy, smooth and delicious! The barista has a magic touch I think. I believe they locally source their beans.... maybe from JJ Beans???
Excellent service, personably baristas, yummy baked goods, great ambience, great location... what more could you ask for???? Maybe more hours!!!! Please open up earlier than 8 on weekdays, and 10 on Saturdays..... and close later than 6/7 o'clock..... and OPEN on Sundays!!!!! Seriously, you have tons of people walking by early Sat morning and all day Sunday looking for a coffee and a place to meet up with friends/read the paper......PLEASE!

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Turkey House and Deli, The1433 King George Highway, Surrey
Excellent Deli
By XLR8R of White Rock (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

This is a great deli and I'm surprised there isn't more of these franchised. Fresh and delicious food. everything here seems to be made on premises and I've probably spent over 2000.00 dollars here over a few years. I wish I had shares in this place. Attentive staff. Quick service. Eat in or take out. You will not be disappointed!

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Kami Japanese Restaurant2215 160 Street, #40, White Rock
Nice atmosphere but needs lessons in freshness
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

We were shopping at Future Shop and noticed that a new Japanese restaurant had opened up close by. We decided to drop in for lunch (big mistake). I ordered a couple of rolls & my wife ordered the seafood salad. The place is new & very modern in design. You get the feel of dining in a fancy restaurant. The menu is pretty big and appearance wise really nice. Then there's the food. Having dined out enough in Japanese restaurants extensively in Canada & Japan, my wife knows very fresh, fresh & bad. The seafood salad was bits of assorted seafood over a bed of veggies but one whiff and you could tell the fish was not fresh and on the verge of going bad. My rolls were okay - relatively priced and decent in flavor. It's hard to make a really bad California Roll. My wife and I shared my rolls & left the salad untouched. Not going for a second time for sure.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Disappointing Experience
By BOTH of Whiterock (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 10:54am [Dine in]

The Restaurant looked good, ambiance somewhat ok. I made a reservation for the evening two weeks in advance and was given a window table in the corner next to the entrance, The table was very small with inadequate room for appetizers, wine and a glass of water.

The service was quick & friendly, Main dish arrived prior to appetizer being finished. Felt rushed.

The food was average, overcooked, nothing to rave about.

The food is over-valued and did not meet expectations. The overall experience was a disappointment.

In all likelihood, we will not dine at this restaurant again.

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Five Corners Cafe1173 Johnston Rd, White Rock
A Blast from the Past! A REAL 50's Diner!
By arrozconpollo of White Rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

What a find! This is no restaurant done up to LOOK like a 50's Diner.. It IS one that hasn't changed. From its original curved black bakelite counter with stools along it to the vintage milkshake maker, this place takes patrons back in time. The friendly staff here treat everyone like old friends and it has a huge local "regular" crowd that keep it a busy place. The menu is breakfast and lunch only; classic brekkies with some surprises like a full Traditional Irish Breakfast as well as a good selection of "hash" plates. Their burgers are awesome... home-made... and the fries are perfect. If you have a hankering to see what restaurants used to be like.. this is the place!

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great ambiance and experience
By waxma of Cloverdale, Surrey (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Third time that I go to Charlie Don't Surf and I always had a good experience. I usually stop by in the afternoon in the summertime, but it was the first time that I went for dinner, not in the summer season.

We arrived around 6pm. The ambiance was really nice, really chill. We were received with a jovial "Hi!" with a smile, had a sit near a fireplace. The waitress was nice, great service and we received drinks and food quickly. No problem to have more dips for the excellent Calamari (that I love!). It got busier around 7pm, but the service remain the same.

I always had great time at Charlie Don't Surf and I don't know why people are complaining about the place. There is also another section more "Lounge Style" that I would like to try.

I recommend the place without hesitation!

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
A great spot for those special dinners
By helbo of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 16, 2009 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Just tried Giraffe for the first time recently, and were really glad we did. The ambience and setting are wonderful, - nice and cozy and relaxed, with no great distractions to take away from enjoying a quiet, romantic and delicious, well-thought out and prepared meal. Although the one server was incredibly busy the night we were there, her manner and honest, friendly, approach were ideally suited to keeping us smiling, happy and willing to deal with any delays. Excellent menu and wine selection. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Italian Touch Restaurant15077 Marine Drive, White Rock
Lovely Evening at the Italian Touch
By mcienciala of Nanaimo,BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday night we were pleasantly surprised to find a lovely Italian restaurant along the pier in White Rock. From the moment we were seated & greeted in this wonderful family run restaurant we felt pampered. The staff was thoughtful & genuinely interested in our comfort throughout the night. We had a cozy window table that looked out to the pier. We like to enjoy our dinner courses without feeling rushed so we were especially happy at the timing & delivery of each dish. We ordered the Sambuca prawns for an appy, they were outstanding. We all wanted ceasar salad so we shared a salad which they thoughtfully divided for us. It was served with homemade focciaca bread ,olive oil & balsamic vinegar. All three of us ordered different entree's so we got a good idea of taste & presentation. All of the entrees were quite different but equally delicious The Halibut was unique in a white wine sauce with dried cranberries & lots of fresh seasoned veggies, the Pasta Maticiano was generous & tasty, loaded with bacon, mushrooms & chicken in a rich tomatoe pesto sauce & finally the Chicken Cordon Blue with the most tantalizing Blue Cheese Sauce I've ever tasted. At this point all three of us were stuffed but decided to share the Tiramasou dessert...which is worth the trip to White Rock alone for! Overall, we would definately return to dine here and would recommend this wonderfful restaurant to anyone interested in delicious food and excellent service.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
tried twice
By amsterdam of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

A disappointment
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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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
A real hidden gem
By JohnPierce86 of Langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

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.

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