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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
Good food, but not great.
By ToT of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Lovely place with great ambiance and wonderful service. Was somewhat disappointed by the food, which was good but not outstanding. I picked at my entree and passed on most of it due to an aversion to specific scents/spices that most people enjoy (entirely my own issue) but I did find the texture genuinely lacking. Dessert was very tasty.

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Montgomery Cottage Lunch15539 Marine Drive, White Rock
Deep Fried Pickles !!
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Yes one of their special dishes is deep fried pickles which my companion ordered and I tried one---- Ugh!! Great fish & chips with a great ocean view. We had a great server and noticed theu have a take out counter which was very busy. A very small place a which was clean & cozy. Some people didn't notice that they must feed the parking meters near the beach and lots of cars were getting tickets

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
sushi i am eager to get back to
By upstairs of New Westminster (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I could eat sushi almost everyday (and I have in the past). Having moved back to BC after a number of years I have had difficulty finding a sushi place that made me want to come back for more. I realize that everyone who likes sushi is an expert on what is good and I suppose I am no different, which is why I haven't posted any sushi reviews on this website, as it is so personal. But Taka's makes me want to come back and try the variety of rolls, the speciality fish, where I regret being full that I have to stop eating. This is a Japanese sushi chef trained in Japan where training takes many years, who understands that it is the balance of textures and flavours, not the quantity of rice, that makes good sushi. The Crunchy BC roll is one of the best I have ever had, east or west in Canada or the US and I had despaired of finding a proper salmon skin roll after several local disappointments with non-crispy skin (and one of the most generous with the salmon skin too). The spicy salmon was subtle and also generous with the amount of fish. I will be back very soon and I would recommend this to anyone who bases their sushi value not on size but on flavour and texture. Note that this is a tiny place with 4 seats at the counter and 4 little tables and no liquor licence so no saki. It is mainly takeout but it is pleasant enough and taka and his wife are very nice and friendly with plentiful green tea if you want to stay and eat. I am very happy AND Taka told me where he goes for sushi so now I have another place to check out in the lower mainland - my sushi future looks very bright.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Food doesn't match the price.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch a few months ago at this restaurant. The boathouse is pretty well known so i expect to have enjoyable food. Especially for them to charge what they charge, it better be enjoyable food.

Sadly i was wrong. The food was only so so. Not bad as in not ateable but just too average for the price. I mean, i could walk down to the restaurant next door and get the same thing for alot less.

The one good thing that this restaurant has is awesome view of the water. But i pay to have food so we haven't gone back since and probably never will.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
great food
By mrwhiterock of white rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

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 :)

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
A disappointment
By rdhd1 of Delta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My Husband and I tried Onyx last night, after cancelling a reservation at another location. We had heard a lot of buzz about this place. We had a glass of wine in the lounge while awaiting a table and had the appy saganaki - this should have been a clue as it seemed highly breaded, greasy and deep fried - far lower standard that tradition greek restaurant saganki.
We were shown to a dimly lit table along the wall with poor light and no candle. I ordered the special duck breast and my husband the sirloin steak. We added sides of yam gratin and long beans. The server had to check 3 times that the saganaki had been ours and yes we had consumed it. We waited patiently for our meal, with no bread until 2 min before our entrees arrived. My husband wasn't drinking but had to leave copious hints and ask for a water refill. The meal arrived and my duck was barely warm and very tough. The cherry reduction was sour and syrupy and didn't compliment the duck at all. The beans were also pretty cold, though crisp. My husbands steak was fair, cooked to his liking but lacking seasoning. Again we waited for the beverage refill through dinner, and I wasn't offered another glass of wine until I asked. Other tables that seemed to know servers were seated and enjoying appies and bread very quickly, so it seemed to be possible. We refused dessert given our meal and completed a comment card with our payment. There was no concern from either the manager, or server who read the card immediatley. This place is small, but I counted over 8 servers, so I don't know why there were such service issues. The growing pains should have been ironed out by now, and I can forgive some tough duck - but the lack of care and concern and overwhelmingly poor service has made me scratch this place off my list for future dining experiences.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
very over rated
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

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

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Excellent night out
By dirkgently of Langley (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

The other night My wife and I dined at Onyx Steakhouse and Lounge. We have been to Onyx many times now and it feels like an extension of our living room, we feel it is a much welcome addition to to our area. Always from the moment we walk in the door we are treated like family and always feel very comfortable in the stylish room which is a bit of downtown chick with out the long drive. as always we relaxed on the comfy couch in the lounge for the Basil and lime gimlet which is one of several of their unique in house feature cocktails. We grazed on the original and tasty escargot combined with house mad gnocchi, mushrooms, and demi glace, as always I got extra bread to soak up every drop. we then moved into the main dining room. Our server for the night brought our drinks over for us and we relaxed in a nice big booth. After we received our menus our server let us now about features and the ever changing market fish. She was knowledgeable and answered all our questions with ease. We were left to make our choices from the a la cart menu and it seemed as always she knew just when to come back to see us. I went with the 16 oz rib steak and my wife had the 5oz petit filet. We selected our sides which are big enough for two to share, they were the Gorgonzola mac and cheese, the smashed red skin potato and some nice sauteed veggies which change every time we are there.. The steak temps were perfect again topped with flavorful sauces, different for each steak. these paired very well with the Grgich Hills cab the server paired for us. We loved the whole story of the wine maker and his history. The veggies were crisp and full of taste. We ate a leisurely pace and again our server knew exactly when to check in with us and top up that wine. Our dessert choice was the creme brulee trio which is perfect for us to both dive our spoons into which we did. Three flavors on one plate, can't go wrong there! I wrapped up with the Penfolds grandfather tawny and my wife enjoyed the pic me up coffee. the night was outstanding on every level. We are so happy that Onyx is here and will be frequent visitors to our extended family.

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Kami Japanese Restaurant2215 160 Street, #40, White Rock
Best sushi i've ever had
By cheesetoast of White Rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 18, 2009 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I ordered the yam tempura, vegetable sunomono, madman roll, green tea and dynamite roll, meal was $25 with tax, no drinks purcahsed, very reasonable and satisfying. Was enough to fill up 2 people. Large rolls and about 10 large pieces of yam tempura, nice orange color, crispy and hot.

The avocado in the salad and sushi was extremely fresh, not soggy like some other shops i've had. The Madman roll is a deep fried California roll, absolutely incredible. This place has spoiled me and I can no longer go to other sub par sushi restaurants.

Service was excellent with actual Japanese people working there, very polite, atmosphere was well lit and the restaurant was very clean.

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
always WOWED!!!
By hungryANDhappy of Vancouver/WhiteRock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Giraffe is on the expensive side, but honestly, compared to many of the White Rock, Downtown and Yaletown restaurants it is on a totally different level of quality, in terms of food and service.
The food is amazing. Fresh and unique ingredients that you can actually taste! I highly recommend any of the seafood, although the Sea Bass is most definitely my favorite. I dine out a lot and often pay these kind of prices, rarely getting this kind of meal. Even when they are incredibly busy the service is dedicated, and if you have the chance to be in during a quieter day, ask for a little more information and you will be treated to incredible knowledge of their products.
Bon Appetite!

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
great food and atmosphere, would return
By ciboulette of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 1:26am [Dine in]

Wandering Marine, wary of which restaurants were lackluster tourist traps, we happened upon Vol au Vent with fingers crossed. We got a spot on the small yet cute patio which felt tucked away from the road by the planters. Our order was taken promptly, it was nice to see French food at reasonable prices. We ordered fish'n'chips (I know, not exactly French but this was White Rock). The meal came promply. The fish was good, the batter crispy and light. The tartar sauce was very good, a variation of the usual, with fine herbs, and served with a spinach salad with a garlic vinaigrette. The fries were not freshly cut, as I overheard the server tell the next table who asked. She told them that fresh potatoes nowadays are genetically modified and contain more sugar which makes them burn and not deep fry well. Don't really know what to think about that, but the fries were good, very thin, and thus pretty crispy. Their thinness made them a bit on the oily side but they were still ok. For dessert we had a mini apple pie a la mode and lemon pie. Both were delicious and made fresh daily. It was cute to see the desserts of the day lined up, fresh from the oven, on the counter. The lemon pie was tart and not too sweet which was great, topped with meringue and home-made whipped cream, the apple pie was in puff pastry and delicious, you could taste that everything was made from scratch. The coffee was a bit pricey at $3 but was tasty and accompanied by steamed, foamed hot milk which was a treat. You could tell that the lady serving us was probably the co-owner, along with the chef chatting in French, gave it a nice cozy vibe. Would definetley return!

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Soggy chips, even soggier fish
By sunlovers of BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

We were in White Rock for the afternoon with a family visiting with us from WInnipeg. We'd heard that the Moby Dick is the place to go for fish and chips in White Rock. When we arrived, at noon on a sunny Sunday it seemed that it was definitely the choice of every one on the strip. I've never seen so many "Fish and Chip" restaurants in a couple of short blocks, but they were all pretty much abandoned except for the Moby Dick, which was packed inside and out. Even the picnic tables on the shoreline causeway were all taken by the Moby Dick takeout customers. Their popularity is enormous.

Enormous popularity doesn't ensure good food. We ordered the popular "barrel" of fish and chips for our large group. What a disappointment! The fish was limp, and sodden with grease. The chips were worse, becoming a solid greasy mass as the bottom of the barrel was approached. The bottom of the barrel indeed.

To make matters worse, one of our friends from WInnipeg decided that he's like to have some fresh oysters, since he was on the coast. He ordered the "Eight deep-fried oysters with home-made fries and garden salad" $17.90 !!!!! I was embarrassed to see what he was served. The oysters were barely the size of martini olives, and had been deep fried for far too long. Needless to say, he was disappointed. The price he paid for that horrible dish was outrageous.

Needless to say, we won't be darkening Moby Dick's door again. If you're going to White Rock, and have Fish and Chips on your mind,think about giving one of the other joints a shot. You couldn't do any worse.

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Little India15081 Marine Drive, White Rock
Good food hunters - BEWARE!
By smileykat of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I read the reviews on here so decided to give this place a try. Mistake.

We ordered samosas to start. They were obviously previously frozen and extremely greasy.We then ordered Butter Chicken, Chili Chicken, Rice and Nann for dinner. The pre-made and awful curries arrived too quickly for comfort. The Butter Chicken tasted nothing like traditional butter chicken. It was a greasy disaster. The chicken was dry and tasted like it was cooked days ago and just now re-heated. The Chili Chicken was slightly better but again very greasy and full of dry chicken. The rice was not like Indian rice at all, it tasted like Japanese rice. The Nann was also greasy and tasted like plain white bread.

The service was mediocre but the poor quality of the food makes this restaurant stand out as one of the worst I have tried. The one thing enjoyable about this dinner was the patio right on the beach.

All and all good location, extremely bad food!

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Silver Dragon Restaurant1564 George St, White Rock
Worst Customer Service Ever
By bgrant of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

We have been going to the Silver Dragon for quite some time. However, this evening we called in a delivery order and were told that they would arrive in 45 minutes to one hour. We live in an apartment and the volume on the phone is quite low, we were in the other room where we weren't able to hear the phone, at 6:30 we went into the main room where we could hear the phone - and received a call from the delivery man. He said that he had been waiting for 15 minutes and then swore at us. If he had been waiting 15 minutes they would have arrived in 15 minutes being at the least a 1/3 of the time they said they would arrive in.

We phoned the restaurant and spoke to the manager to complain. I explained the issue - she sounded skeptical and said that she had never had a problem with the driver before. I said that I was glad to hear that and I accept responsibility that we weren't paying attention for him to arrive so early, but I asked for an apology. She said she was sorry but then said that she had no time for me and didn't want me to phone her again. I found this to be an extremely rude and unsatisfactory way to solve the problem.

I had originally only wanted an apology from her for the driver's behaviour, but after her attitude on the phone I decided to go down to the restaurant and speak to her in person to ask for a refund.

When I arrived there the driver came over and sincerely apologized. I accepted it and was very happy with the fact that he did it. However, when the manager came over, she was just as rude as on the phone. She wouldn't even calmly speak to me and said that she was going to get the police involved. She walked over to the police officers sitting in the corner of the restaurant and explained the situation to them. They said that that is not the kind of thing they get involved in since it is just a customer service matter and maybe she should just give us a discount.

She walked back over to us and we asked her if we could just have a refund. She flat out refused and then told us to get out and that we were not welcome there anymore. Of course by that point we weren't inclined to want to go there ever again.

Overall it was the worst customer service experience I have ever had in my life. I was just dumbfounded that she not only didn't care about the problem but made it out that we were the ones who were causing the trouble. I would never go back and I wouldn't recommend that anyone else go there either.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
A Little Greasy But Good
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Have been to the fish & chip restaurant next door & I think the fish & chips are slightly better than Moby Dicks however Moby's is a nicer restaurant but both could do with rennovations. You order two pieces of fish & you get three. I thought the fish was excellent but the fries weren't at all crispy and both of us found them greasy. It is a small diner but they have lots of servers so the food came quickly & we had a nice view of the ocean so it made for a nice lunch

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Why is it this place busy?
By lainehenderson of South Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

What a disappointment...why is this place busy? Sure the location is easy access from the parking lot but that is about it. It was busy so we thought we would try it, but what a let down. The seat and menu's were filthy and the food was so under par. You could taste that the fish was frozen and NOT fresh. The service was okay but I would definitely in no way go back. Why is it busy? A few steps up the hill and there are plenty of more places willing to deliver more.

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
huge helpings
By troutlaker of east vancovuer (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 9:40am [Dine in]

After a morning of kayaking a group of us went to Coney Island. I haven't been to White Rock in a number of years and wanted to try fish and chips. I had brought a list of the places from this web site but one of group said this place was the best and they had been here a number of times. We arrived mid afternoon so it was pretty quiet.

The place is small and provides take out. Since we wanted a beer we ate in. Unfortunately the tables are small so our group of 7 had to sit at two tables.

The waitress was attentive and took our orders quickly. I had the two piece fish (cod) and chips. The halibut was quite a bit more expensive. What I didn't know was the quantity of food we were getting. The two pieces of fish could cover the whole plate which was large. I could barely finish the fish which tasted really good. I wonder who orders the 4 piece fish? I think there was even a 5 piece on the menu.

The batter was crunchy, light and not greasy. It was delicious. The chips were a bit above average not as crispy for as long as I prefer.

The waitress brought the bill with all our orders together. She did not complain when we asked her to break it down and give totals for the couples.

I'd definitely go back. I'd order a single piece of fish but by the time I get there again I'll probably have forgotten how big the helpings were, remember how good it tasted and my eyes are bigger than my stomach.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Simply fantastic
By cjwright79 of White Rock (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 9:29am [Dine in]

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.

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Small Ritual Coffee Society1237 Johnson Road, White Rock
Coffee Only ( + Cookies and Buns)
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I just dropped in to have a Small Fast Coffee and I am Very Glad I did!

I Ordered a SMALL regular pressed Coffee and got a BIG CUP of Really GREAT and Strong for only $1.49 Including Tax.

Clean, Lots of room, Obviously a great place to meet friends.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
food awesome, service sucked
By LOVEFOOD21 of surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Well, it was my bestfriends sweet 16, and we called in a few days before to book a reservation for twenty people. When we got there they said the person who took our call didn't write our reservation down! So, she told us to wait and we did we walekd around for 45 mins. We came back she said the table is not ready so again we then walked around around came back in another 15 mins. an said they are not ready. WE understood and were pretty easy on them then they put us in the corner we were all squished some of us were standing and we waited for lik another 10 mins. waiting for out table ! We then finally got our seat and we ordered the waitress were rolling there eyes and giving us attitude the whole time like we were nobody?

The food was awesome, i loved it there were so many differnt varites for me to choose from. We had a cake we bought and gave it to them earlier to put it in there freezer it was a surprise cake for my bestfriend. We todl them to bring it out when we were done eating. Then me and my other friend decided we wanted to bring it out and we were going go tell them when we noticed form the kitchen THEY ruined part of our cake.

I was so upset and when they brought the cake out 1/4 of it was missing and it was meltign like crazy they said that "there freezer was broken" thats why its missing a part of it when me an dmy friend saw one waitress didi it. I did complain at the end to the manger and she took the balme which I give her a lot of props for that. Overall i would go back for the food, not the service and it did look nice inside with tvs. Overall, it was a bad night but i woudl go back jsut for the food and the prices.

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