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White Rock Restaurant Reviews
Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
Identity crisis
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 2:50am [Dine in]

It was guys night out on Monday - a couple of friends and I dropped in for a late night meal. There were only few occupied tables and the waitress sweeping up the floor seated us at a dirty booth with leftover food missiles on the vinyl surfaces.

We ordered the shared platter and 2 varieties of wings totalling two pounds. The standalone wings were decent at best with the meat being a little tough though I favoured the dry rub over the sweet wings. The platter resembled and tasted like something largely assembled from various frozen food delights. The dry ribs looked particularly unappetizing, looking like little coiled up, day old in the sun dog matter and tasting like cheap chinese take out honey garlic spareribs. The token slices of cucumber were soft..We ordered the Bobby Wings, hot wings that were suppose to hurt, and it did. But the taste was all pain, with a charming sour turning to bitter aftertaste. The sodas we ordered were all flat and a subsequent order of ice tea and lemonade came to the table tepid; our server informing us that they had run out of ice. You can never have enough ice, they thought otherwise. Prices are suspiciously inexpensive, so I question how much of the food was actually prepared.

Service was slow. While the waitresses were friendly, they disappeared in the kitchen for long periods. The food and drinks took a while to come out, our drinks coming out north of the thermometer, while our food came out like it had been sitting under the heatlamps. Our waitress informed us nearing the end of the meal that her shift was finishing and she was going to turn in our bill - just so we know. Same waitress later on my way to the washroom hanging out at the booth by the kitchen with the other staff winding down their night while noshing.

The menu is all over the place, from wings to sandwiches to even souvlaki - they even have a kids menu. There is a mash of bar, club and trendy highlights throughout, with a variety of mismatched colours top to bottom - make up your mind! Lots of big tvs throughout the room, however everything else seemed like an afterthought, or castaway items purchased from a Yaletown clearance sale.

It tries to do too much, and ends up offering little. Forget it.

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
Love it!
By christine939 of Delta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 11:16am [Dine in]

I've been to Cielo's many times and it's become a favourite. The atmosphere is great and I have only had good experiences with the service there, although they do get quite busy, which could cause delays. Goat cheese is a hit, definitely recommed! It is a tapas restaurant so be aware that if you go with a group of people, your food will not come out at the same time if you order different plates.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Getting Better With Age
By CoastalCook of White Rock (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been in White Rock longer than I have. In the eighties it served up decent greek food, in the nineties it was a bit heavy on the garlic and the oil, early new century not too bad but lacking a bit of ambiance. My husband and I were regulars here in the eighties, we could walk there from our place on the hillside. Just last week we were in the mood for a bit of something different and decided to give the old haunt another go. Well some things only get better with age. No problem getting in without reservations, it was a Sunday at about 6:30. Were seated at a table immediately ... but the service after this point was very slow. Nearly 15 minutes went by before we could place our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Australian red (under $30), which did come quickly after the order. Perhaps we arrived in the middle of a shift change. Placed an appy order for the Kalamari (must have) which was so much better than we remembered it. Only a couple of 'tents' mostly 'tubes', served piping hot with lemon wedges and a generous portion of tzatziki. This came out with two piping hot pieces of pita bread, fresh form the oven and smoking hot. Delicious. For dinner we each ordered an entree, the Kleftori lamb for the gentleman and the Dolmades for myself. The lamb was advertised as a shank but came out as a braised 3 rib rack with a generous amount of meat attached to it. Well received and well eaten, he is still talking about this lamb days later. The Dolmades dinner is very large, six well seasoned perfect little bundles in a nice sauce. (I remove the leaves before eating). Both entrees come with the same sides; steamed carrots tossed in butter, broccoli florets (a bit long in the stalk), rice and roast lemon potatoes. Neither of us could finish our meals - either we are eating less or they have bumped up the size of their portions. So, food was terrific. No garlic breath in the middle of the night or the next day. The service could have been a bit better when we were first seated although progressed toward nearly efficient as the evening wore on. Value for the food is incredible, plan on taking some home with you or split an entree and a couple of entrees. Ambiance was good - they still have belly dancers on the weekends (not Sunday). Place was very clean and recently had some upgrades. Objects of interest in and outside of this place. Will certainly be going back soon.

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Consistently Good
By mikeyboy of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Food is always good - fresh pasta, and ingredients. One of the few beach restaurants with its own free parking.

Manager and staff are pleasant. And I have yet to have a negative experience here.

Decor could use some updating into the 21st century.

Definately one of my favorite White Rock restaurants.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Great food
By Smurf of South Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 9:05am [Dine in]

We had the occasion to try this new restaruant last night and we were so pleased with everything. The menu is a la Carte which does boost the price up somewhat. I ordered the petit Filet with the side of veggies. I thought that the portion was small, but it was cooked perfectly and with the large portion of veggies was more than enough. The appetizer of the saganaki was outstanding. The creme brulee was chocolate heaven!
The restaurant has been redone from the old Gills and Grapes and provides a lovely warm atmosphere, most definitly a return visit will be done. One appy, a salad, one entree, one desert and half a bottle of wine ran $100.00. A little more than I thought it would be.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs14945 Marine Dr, White Rock
Something New in White Rock
By SamSnap of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I don't usual care for Lamb, but their burger was Great. Nice to see some variety added to the White Rock strip. Not spendy, and has a lot more to offer that all those Fish & Chip places. You can catch a game too!
All while looking at the magnificent sunset. Good Job! Good Luck.
I'll be back....

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
Too bad it is basically all take out
By coryraven of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 12:54am [Dine in]

This is 5 star , make a night out of it sushi. Sadly it is located in a tiny place room for maybe 6 people to sit down.

Food is up there with the best sushi at any restaurant. amazing , fresh quality food.

Service is as good as you can expect from a take out joint.

People would likely classify this place as "expensive" but i think it is worth every penny, and then some.

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Sandpiper Pub15595 Marine Drive, White Rock
wonderful sunday lunch
By kitina of Poco (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

Us 3 girls met at the Sandpiper for lunch. The service was wonderful, the young lady who served us was very accomodating. The food was wonderful, I had the Reuben sandwich, it was a bit tiny would have been nicer served on larger bread, maybe sourdough but the taste was wonderful except I think they used processed swiss cheese??? The fries are good but too many of them! My sister had the chowder and she loved it, especially the fact that it had no bacon in it, cousin had the burger and was pleased with it. It was a cold day but the view was marvelous. The bathrooms could use a little reno and the interact machine wasn't working. All in all I would love to come back in the summer and try more of their menu items

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
Finally tried this restaurant ...
By Ella8 of Surrey, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

We did not have a reservation and the person who seated us was a bit put off saying we should have a reservation! The restaurant was in no way full or even remotely busy.

We ordered Sangria, their "famous" bruschetta, chicken skewers and mussels in wine sauce and garlic.

I agree with others that the service is "off" and I didn't care for it, not welcoming/friendly might be the word to describe it.

I would go back for Sangria and the bruschetta, that's a fact!

I might order the mussels again and I would not order the chicken as it was a wee bit lacking in flavour.

That bruschetta was definitely good!!!!

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
Had a great time and food was very tasty
By billiez of surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 7:25am [Dine in]

I had gone to Cosmos on a Saturday night without reservations. It was very busy, but the hostess did her best to find us a table. We did have to wait a bit, but at least we got a good table.
I really liked the interior of the restaurant, it had a traditional yet modern feel to it, with different pictures, objects, artifacts etc.

Our waitress came after a few minutes and took our orders, she seemed friendly enough and had good knowledge of the menu. We ordered some appies, kalamari was excellent and so were the prawns in the tomato sauce. Our dinner did take a while, but we weren't in a hurry and we worked on our appies. The roast lamb was splendid, it melted in my mouth, my boyfriend had souvlaki which he said was also very good, although the salad had a few too many onions for my liking. They had bellydancers a male and female which was really fun. They came to our table and got the birthday boy to dance. Overall enjoyed this restaurant, will definitely go again!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Boathouse redeemed itself
By hannerz of Cloverdale (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 9:30am [Dine in]

We came here for Dine Out on a Sunday night. The restaurant was packed. Despite having a reservation, we were seated after an hour of waiting.

While waiting, we're brought bellinis. The host was very pleasant, and very apologetic. The manager offered us free appetizers, sweet chili chicken and calamari. The manager came back apologizing for the wait.

I ordered lobster bisque, steak & crab stuffed jumbo prawns and cheesecake. They're all very good. The stuffed jumbo prawns were the best I've had in a long time. My boyfriend the halibut dinner. It was made to perfection.

The server was very attentive. It was just hard to call her attention since it was a very busy Sunday night.

Food was great, but be prepared to wait an hour or so if it's really busy.

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Yucca Tree Cafe, The1347 Johnston Rd, White Rock
Will never go back
By Foodie1981 of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 27, 2009 - 11:02am [Dine in]

My best friend and I wanted to do Sunday brunch and we picked this place becaue it was packed. We got seated and then waited for 10 minutes for someone to come by and ask us what we wanted to drink. My best friend asked for the freshly squeezed orange juice and I wanted tea. My tea came 10 minutes later but my friend's juice didn't. We didn't think anything of it. Just figured they were juicing it and it would be out soon. Someone finally comes to take our food order and we wait another 20 minutes for the food which is fine. Still no juice for my friend. And no water. Isn't it a basic courtesy to give water to your clients even without them asking for it?

Our food finally comes and we dig in. It was solid breakfast food.

My friend still does not have anything to drink and we ask a 3rd time about the juice. The server looks confused and then says she will go and check. In the meanwhile, 2 parties who were seated and ordered after us have gotten their requested juices.

We are almost done our meal when our server finally returns saying she will give us the juice now if we want. My friend says just forget it now.

We go up to pay after finishing, and the juice is on the bill! We tell the person at the til that we never got the juice. We get our total and pay cash. And we don't get the right change back. She gave us less than she was supposed to.

I would let that go and say error happens but given the whole experience, I just think the service is horrific and I will never go back.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
The Best Sushi I Have Ever Tasted
By DerekT of White Rock (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Since I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I admit to having a fair palette for Sushi and was quite impressed with Takas Sushi. The presentation is par excellence, service is with a gentle smile and lovely expression. Sashimi melts in the mouth and can be cut with the chopsticks. I have never tasted a better Miso soup and they have ruined me for even ordering it elsewhere.

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
We will be back!!!!!
By dsignd of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

We just came home from an amazing dinner! Thank you all at Uli's... it was a wonderful evening!
We ordererd the Mussles and the Calamari, the Buffalo Steak and the Paellia...... incredible! Not just the taste, as well as the presentation of the food it self! The timing between the Appi's and the Entre was perfect.... we had a nice table on the window... romantic evening!
We will definately come back soon, and will refer you any time to family and friends!
Thanks again!!!

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Crescent Beach Bistro12251 Beecher St., White Rock
A Real Jewel
By DeltaDave of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried this restaurant about 4 months ago. We each had one of the daily specials; I had the halibut cheeks and my wife had the duck - they were both excellent! We took another couple there about a month later and we were all impressed - we just wish we had left more room for dessert - superb - and apparently made in house! White chocolate cheesecake - yummy! We went there again a week ago - 8 of us for a Valentine's Day dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the friendly staff and the cheesecake!

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
A Great Glass of Wine
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

Went to visit a friend who lives in the area, came here and sat at the bar, shared a bottle of wine recommened by the bartender, the EDGE cabernet, really cool bottle and a great price. The recommendation was perfect; a big bold cab that was lovely to sip but looked like it would be just as good with any of their steaks. Didn't have any food but will be happy to go back.
The service is great; relaxed and detailed.

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Finally!!
By RedEd of Langley (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

We happened upon this restaurant quite accidentally, as we were planning to come to Pearl, my wife's favorite place. When we tried to make a reservation, I was told that it was closed (no need to freak out, they said only for renos in January) but that they were diverting business to this "sister" restaurant called Onyx. I don't know what relation it has to Pearl, but I was blown away.

The service is more casual than Pearl, but just as thorough. They have a cool room, a great wine list (that "Wine Wall" or whatever it is looks like a dream come true, I tried to sell the boss on the idea for our front room, but she just chewed her food.) Our server John actually suggested a wine that was less pricy than the one I was going for - this is the first time this has ever happened - that tells me that these guys are more about substance than sales.

I tend to judge a steak place by their Prime Rib, it's a kinda litmus test. GOAL. They get it. (Full disclosure: I hate these sites, I'm way more of an eater than a typer, but I had to sign up and respond to that last guy, cause he does not get it. Steak HAS to have fat on it to keep it moist. Fat is not your enemy, it is part of the package. You cut around it just like you discard the shell of an edemame bean.) anyhow, where I live there are no quality restaurants. I will NOT eat at a chain job, and untill now I had to go downtown to get stuff like this. I have finally found a cool little hideout where we can go to get pampered ---That's another thing that's different from downtown...They actually care what you think!!

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Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge1225 Johnston Road, White Rock
Keep looking for you want good food
By DATY of Langley (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 12:07am [Dine in]

The atmosphere was great and the service was above par but the food was lack luster and failed to impress. To top it off the prices were out of line by 30%.
That said I love the menu and the idea of picking out different side orders with your Entre but $5 for 20 french fries....please.
I will not return.

Oh yes....the "house rub" for your red meat is very sweet :( and be prepared to cut off loads of fat.

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Sidharth Grill15782 Marine Drive, 38, White Rock
A dining experience
By gillian of Kitsilano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

On a visit to the Sidharth Grill, be prepared to spend a good amount of time, but it's all part of it! The husband and wife team are the onl people working there, so the meals do take awhile, but the food is worth the wait. If you're unsure of what to get, just ask, and they will give you some excellent suggestions, this would be a great place to take a newbie to indian cuisine.

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Giraffe Restaurant15053 Marine Drive, White Rock
You must go
By artsmith of White Rock, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Yes it is more expensive than other restaurants on Marine drive but the food is fabulous. Ever ingredient that is put on ever plate goes together in harmony in your mouth, you know the Chef as thought about hitting every taste bud. My first visit to Giraffe was when I was 16 and 11 years later it is only better. My boyfriend and I went five times last year and plan to be back just as many this year. The service is always great, and I love the location. Some might say the menu is intimidating but if you ask they will glady explain anything to you.
Don't walk pass and say it is too expensive, go in and have a great meal.

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