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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
Best sushi in town, by far.
By msab1990 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

I come to this little gem of white rock multiple times a week. The sushi chef and owner are very friendly people and know what you will like.

Try Taka's Omakase Lunch. It is by far the best deal. For $13.75 you get a roll of your choice and 4 pieces of nigiri. Not just regular salmon and tuna nigiri; but pieces of "Red Sea Bream", "Alfonisino", "Superwhite", and the way he prepares his Albacore tuna is delicious.

I recomend this place to anyone. Even better then most of the places you find in the city.

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Indian Kitchen15481 Marine Drive, White Rock
Delicious food, good service
By svet of White Rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I am of South Indian descent and my boyfriend is Canadian, we have been to this restaurant for dinner a couple of times, and have always enjoyed the food. We especially love sitting outside during the spring/summer. The couple who owns the restaurant is friendly and provide great service. We have tried a number of their dishes including the chicken and seafood, and it has been nothing but a delicious experience.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
One Of My Favourites
By costa of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

Food at La Baia is always great. One of my favs is the Chicken dish, can't remember the name but the chicken is the best and La Baia uses real chicken not that processed stuff that you get at some plaaces. I recommend to everyone to try the food. The atmosphere is good, could use some reno, but the rest is great. The tiramisu was awesome even my boy friend loved it. The prices are fare compared to other places, I recommend La Baia because no one makes the best pasta. Way to go guys. The only thing that La Baia needs is a new sign and some paint job............

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
great food!
By the_world of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

There is a lot of competition for fish and chips on the beach.

I ordered the 1 piece cod fish and chips and the piece was HUGE. I couldn't eat the entire portion to myself (my dog gladly helped). The batter is amazing and the fish was very fresh. I heard the Halibut was even better....will try that next time.
Definitely recommend this for fish and chips on the beach!

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Yep ! Still UP THERE !
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Four of us were served immediatley upon entering the small but decorative restaurant.... we ordered THE BARREL of Fish N Chips.
$47.50 --and it FILLED us four big eaters !

We were given the Barrel, four ice waters, and a stack of napkins and headed the few paces across the street to a bench on the beach.

Possibly the BEST White Rock eating experience of the year (so far).

Service was super fast-- and the excellent food was ready in SEVEN MINUTES.

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Yucca Tree Cafe, The1347 Johnston Rd, White Rock
Best breakfast in town
By Kariin of White Rock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

We went here for breakfast and were very happy with the food. They had homemade bread, great pan fries, and fresh squeezed orange juice. My fiance and I both got the Captain Yucca Breakfast (3 eggs, ham, bacon, pan fries, and toast).
The price was about average for a breakfast place. I consider it outstanding value because the breakfast was far better than I've received in other restaurants for the same price.
I don't have complaints about the service. It is a casual sort of place so I didn't mind having to ask to get my water refilled. Our order was taken shortly after we sat down and the food came in a reasonable period of time.
It is a casual, small restaurant with most tables seating 2. There are two tables to seat 4. It is a little crowded when most of the tables are occupied and there are 3 waitresses serving.

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Shochi Ku Japanese Restaurant1357 Johnston Road, White Rock
NOT on the beach -on Johnston, Uptown.
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

A menu with almost too many choices!

We had Sushi - 12 pices, and tea.
All for less than $20.00

Obviously this place is well known to the locals - we were seated almost immediatly but could see that the smiling faced customers were coming and going with great rapidity.

We will be back soon!

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Le Vol Au Vent14959 Marine Drive, White Rock
French on the Dinner plate is way better than French in High School
By mr_eater of maple ridge (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

We ate at Le Vol Au Vent with family a few weeks ago; While I am not one for the classic French snobbery; the good people at our subject restaurant seemed as distant to that snobbery as we actually are to The Riviera. The owners, a chef and server tandem (husband and wife) were great; the food while not as good as promised by our hosts, was excellent. It was good honest food, created and served by good honest (as far as I know) people. Well worth the trip.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Try ANY other restaurant on the strip but this one!
By fivestar of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Planned Mother's Day dinner here this year at my Mother's request (she wanted to be close to home). We made reservations 3 weeks in advance for the Saturday...not the Sunday...thinking it wouldn't be as busy and the service and food would be better....WRONG!
We waited to be seated yet the restaurant was empty (it was 4:00 pm). When we were seated, it was off in the furthest corner away from the bar and kithchen, by an open door and it was FREEZING. My mother is 75 and was shivering. When asked if they could close the door to the patio they did.....for 10 minutes. I guess they could care less if most of the retired older folks in White Rock get a pneumonia in their establishment. There were no smiles or friendly greetings from the staff. It took about 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order and another 10 mintues for those to arrive. We placed our food orders, stupidly thinking that this greek restaurant was like most and pita and tzatziki would be placed on the table to nibble on. Again...WRONG. We waited for our food for about 45 minutes. Most of us had the roast lamb which was mid quality and chemical laden flavour. My Mother however had the halibut which came to the table cold with the sauce having turned to a lovely gelatin consistency and half a broccoli TREE as a vegetable. I've NEVER seen a greek restaurant serve as little greek salad as this one nor have I seen greek salad consisting mostly of cucumber slices. It was pretty awful. The server actually asked my Mother if she'd like hers reheated or was it fine. At this point my sister and I spoke up and said "This is our Mother's Day dinner and we'd like it to be nice for our Mother so please remake the dish properly". She grumpily took the dish away and brought a new one.....TWENTY FIVE minutes later! No apologies, nothing. Drink refills were few and far between. I can't figure out for the life of me what kept the serving staff from doing a fantastic job at our table when the restaurant was EMPTY. I complained again to the server about how long it had taken to remake the halibut and she defended herself by saying that she had no control over the kitchen staff. I was shocked! to say the least. I have never come across an establishment with such low standards of service and food but advertised as excellent dining. Are the positive reviews on here from people who never get the chance to eat out? I have no other explanation. This place is a rip off with horrible service and very bad staff attitudes. Skip it and hit Moby Dicks for some excellent fish and chips. If you want Greek then leave the strip in search of quality food and people who actually work for their money and tips and servers who actually smile...not bring misery and attitude to your expensive dining experience.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Right about the dated decor but the food was medicore
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

After wanting to try La Baia for several years, we were very disappointed with the experience. The caesar salad and gnocchi were good, but the 2 chicken dishes had the texture of an omelette; pre-processed chicken perhaps? The tiramisu was very bland . Decor not even retro; withered hanging plants surrounding us etc. Rather embarressing as we invited friend there for dinner.

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great Patio, terrible service
By Bobbie of South Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

A group of four of us went to Charlie Don't Surf on Friday for dinner. We were told it would be a while to be seated, so we asked about an empty clean table on the patio and were told that ok, we could sit there. Great patio, great view and people watching.
However, the service is terrible. After waiting a long time to place our order, we finally received our drinks. This was the last time we saw our waitress. We asked the girl delivering our appetizers to send over our waitress as we were out of drinks. She didn't come by. When our food arrived we asked the girls delivering that to send our waitress as we would like to order some drinks. Again nothing. I flagged down another waiter and asked if a manager was available. Suddenly a round of drinks showed up "complimentary". The manager told us that the waitress was busy with the debit machine and it was a busy night. Then he said what do you do and walked away. They had empty tables on an great patio on a warm Friday night, it wasnt that busy.
We flagged down someone else to get our bill which did contain our complimentary drinks.
There are plenty of restaurants with that same view and none of the attitude like you are burdening them by being there. The food was average, we had fish and chips but the service will prevent any of us from ever going back.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Mother's Day Let-down
By FoodCritic4theMasses of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

We were looking forward to a nice Mother's Day seafood buffet meal and we thought it would be a great idea to go down to Marine Drive and soak up the atmosphere of the beach and have a relaxing time. But we were sorely disappointed and here's why : the buffet was supposed to start at 9:30, our reservations were for 9:45, and at that time the buffet was not ready!
The buffet tables were not set up with serving utensils, half of the hot food item trays weer empty, the cold salads were just set a table, not on ice. Better use of ice would have been to have it for the salads instead of the sculpture! There were no condiments, ie: seafood sauce, butter, seafood cutlery, etc. The roast beef was a whole new experience - we've never been served the way they did and we're not even sure it was roast beef. It was more like a thick flank steak. The carving station guy GRABBED THE MEAT with his FINGERS (no gloves on) , while carving with the other hand. A one inch thick SLAB of meat was placed on my plate - and it was so long that it hung over the edge of the plate ! So the cut was definitely wrong. The meat was very tough and there was no gravy and no horse radish. My sister got the top piece of the meat that had all the spices on it, so her meat was extremely salty, dry and tough as well.
There were no side plates for our breaqd, no fanciness about the place - some tables had table cloths, some didn't. For the price we're paying, we expect a nicer decor and better over-all ambience. For desserts, they had still frozen chessecake, the cookies and squares were from Costco - nothing was home made (or at least better than Costco quality), which is tacky when the patron is paying $35 each plus $3.50 for a coffee!!
The servers were great at filling our coffees and waters, but very slow at removing our dirty plates. The bathrooms were dirty - the sink and the overall appearance of it.
To sum up, for the Boathouse, we were expecting the TITANIC, but we got the S.S. Minnow.

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Dolce Gelato15045 Marine Drive, White Rock
Locally owned, great gelato
By Orchids of White Rock (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

This place has the best gelato in White Rock. Friendly and efficient service, locally owned, and fantastic atmosphere. Prices are slightly high but definitely worth it. It's in a very convenient location, just in front of the pier, and near a bank machine. One downfall is that they don't accept anything but cash! Also, a cute dining area is located outside for enjoying the beautiful weather!

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Homemade Pasta
By artsmith of White Rock, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Homemade pasta is great reason to try La Baia. Any restaurant or Chef who takes the time and effort to make good pasta is ok in my books. The calamari was okay but not great, but the special Seafood Lasanga was fantastic. My boyfriend had the gnoochi with the rose sauce which was also good.
It may seem expensive for pasta but for anyone who has many pasta, it takes alot of work and if you compare the price of pasta at other restaurants it is not that bad, and remember they just open a box.
The only thing La Baia needs is a restaurant makeover.
But go for the Pasta

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Food Great Poor Service
By eatstoomuch of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Title describes it all.
We had the calimari starter, salmon grill and fish and chips. The food was pretty good. It was not oily, it was seasoned properly and the fish was cooked properly. We have no complaints about the food itself HOWEVER the service was amazingly poor.

Walked in and seated immediately. Menus arrived within minutes. So far so good. Waited 20 minutes before someone took our drink order, another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Another 30 minutes before we got our food.

Interestingly, the table of 2 behind us left before ordering, (they were waiting 15 minutes before they left) and the table of 8 next to us left after 20 minutes of waiting)

It was also amazingly dirty. The "clean" table we were seated at was covered with sugar / salt. The main walkway is covered with bits of food. Wife's water glass was crusted.

Would we go back? Not for the price we paid. There is better value for money. Service is an integeral part of the dining out experience and it was truly lacking today.

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
Mixed reviews
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

Dinner here with the family early Saturday evening. I'd been wanting to try this place for some time, having a life-long appreciations for German food. First point: the "German" portion of the menu is a couple of schnitzels. Everything else is the same sort of thing you could find at 10 other restaurants along this strip. That's not such a bad thing, but if you're hoping to hear polkas and drink litres of Hacker-Pschorr, you'll be disappointed.

We had 1Arctic Char, 1 Forester Schnitzel (with mushrooms), 1 special beef tenderloin, and 1 halibut & chips. All of the first three of these came with a standard medley of asparagus and a tasty carrot, and a bit of really nice red pickled cabbage. The two who ordered the char and the tenderloin were extremely happy with their meals (4-5 food rating). Unfortunately, my schnitzel was bordering on black (tapping it with a fork made an audible clunking noise). I sent one of the two pieces back, and they re-made it for me to take home. There was no further compensation. Not only that, the sauce was sparsely offered, and there were maybe a half dozen little slivers of mushrooms for two pieces of schnitzel. Moving on, the fries on the fish-and-chips were quite tasty, but the fish itself was way fishier than halibut should be and called its freshness into question. Half of that was left behind.

I've downgraded service, because any server worth her spit should not have served blackened schnitzels to a customer. That's just Serving 101. Otherwise, she was just fine and would have rated a 4. The ambiance is the same as most other restaurants in the area, particularly on the patio. Finally, the cost for 4 meals, 1 appy, 2 beers, and 2 soft drinks was about $110, plus tip. Not horrible, but for that price we'd definitely expect better.

So I'm sad to say that I won't be back here. I wanted to love it...I really did. There are many other choices on this strip; Uli's has done absolutely nothing to distinguish itself.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Not happy at all!
By steaklover of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I was told there was a new steakhouse in Whiterock so i had to try it. My meal was not at all what i was expecting. After hearing it was supossed to be better then the keg i would have to say not. The salad my wife had was very small and lacking flavor/dressing. My appitizer was also the the same small and flavorless-tartare. I never understood why i had to order my sides seperate ,which were small and over priced, When everything i ordered could fit on my oversized plate. My steak was chewy and tasted very plain and under seasoned - fillet. My wifes was also the same.After finding out the owner was in the building and this was all acceptable food and service i would choose not to return instead i will return to the keg.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Terrible Waste
By moniquey of Abbotsford (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I had made reservations over 2 weeks in advance for my boyfriend's birthday. I had requested a table by the window or a booth, something romantic and somewhat secluded...
When we arrived we were given the smallest possible table, directly outside the kitchen (a table normally given to someone that had walked in off the streets last minute for dinner). It was so small that we could not hold hands, and barely see each other over the appetizers on the table (which there was not enough room for), and the kitchen was so loud that conversation was strained.
The portions were small considering the price (to be expected), but there was no real taste to it (no marinade or peppering, etc), and my steak was overcooked. We did get a small piece of cake for free, but even that wasn't terribly delicious.
We were dressed up (better than half of the people there) because of the occasion, so I cannot understand why we had been treated as if we had no money. It was embarrasing, and I will never ever go back.
P.s. My bill ran over $150 for two people.

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
Excellent Bison Burgers~
By kibbylover of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

The service and ambience was pretty decent, nothing terribly exciting or horribly terrible. I guess it will be nicer in the summer with the patio.

Anyways, we ordered mussels, cesear salad, stuffed yorkies and a bison burger. Our favourite was hands down the bison burger! It was the best burger I've had. It wasn't some huge sloppy burger, so that's what you like go elsewhere. The cesear salad was delicious... The stuffed yorkies needed a bit of salt... and the mussels were just average. I heard the lamb was also very delicious.

It isn't some pretentious place for those trying to play the role (majority of white rock's wannabe's). So, check it out!

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great place!
By dutchgirl of Sunshine Hills, Delta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

My husband and I took two friends to Cielo's last night for dinner. Everything is really good. The atmosphere is fantastic, food delicious. The sangria is totally yummy..so much so, we had two pitchers! My fav appy was the goat cheese terrine..makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

The only thing...it's not cheap so don't go without knowing that. Sangria pitcher was about $32 for a litre. Martinis are about $9 a glass. If I remember correctly, the caesar salad was about $12.

Also, the music choice sometimes just didn't feel appropriate for the restaurant. Should be more latin or something similar. One time I heard country, last night was Sting (which was ok). They have a website so checkout the menu before you go.

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