This is the nice small spot on the strip that is well worth the visit. The staff are very attentive without being overbearing. Each visit we have had we've found this to be the case, and the kitchen doesn't have you waiting very long between ordering, or between courses. When the food comes it is spot on. My personal favourite is the crab wonton appetizer, and I haven't had a bad entree yet. It is definitely a place to come for a special evening.
If you expect to get a nice treat of lobster at the much advertised Lobsterfest, don't waste your time. We ordered the steak with Jamaican stuffed 1/2 lobster. The lobster tail had no lobster in it, but was emptied and was filled with a bland risotto and a couple of shrimp. Since when did risotto become Jamaican? The potatoes were bland as well. The only thing good was the steak which was tender and cooked to perfection.
For the price, you would think that you would get all the lobster from the tail.
If you want lobster maybe consider ordering a whole lobster instead. Although last time we attended lobsterfest the lobster was over cooked and very tough.
I was spending a great deal of time trying to find a place for a nice romantic dinner for me and my girlfriend and we came across Italian Touch from some friends who told us to check it out. The entire experience there was even better than the referral. Italian Touch is a very well kept place, with a very romantic feeling and top notch food and service. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli and my girlfriend ordered the Salmon Rosmarino. Both of which were only delicious, especially the ravioli sauce. The wine selection has quantity and quality and the waitor made sure our glasses were never depleted. Hats off to the chef and the staff, we will be going back for sure and I recommend Italian Touch to anyone who wants to experience Italian cuisine at its finest.
Where the locals go for fish & chips, there must be a reason. I am a regular once a week customer. Large pieces of fish (your choice: Cod Halibut or salmon) fries, cold slaw or salad. Fish is lightly coated then baked. Not fat or grease just the tastiest fish you could ask for. Made from fresh fish not previously frozen and prepared by Eddie who used to be a executive chef before he started his "Whale' Tale Cafe". Give them a try you won't regret it.
On New Years day looking for a place to dine we headed into White Rock.
Relatively new to the area I have not tried many local restaurants.
Charlies' looked so inviting and bonus, it was open.
We were greeted warmly, seated promptly and had the cutest table in the place. I was so impressed by the quaint and eclectic decor!
Our server was also prompt and super friendly and helpful.
The menu had a nice variety of items and the prices were totally resonable. I was actually expecting higher prices because of the amazing location over looking the beach!
My boyfriend had a simple hamburger platter. I did not try his burger but he certainly was happy with it. I did try the fries and they were amazing! It was priced around the $10.00 mark.
I myself had one of the best salads I have ever eaten. It was a beet, feta and spinach salad....it was to die for!!! It was wonderful. Also around the $10.00 price range.
It was so good that the next day I went shopping looking for the ingrediants to try to make my own version!
Will I return for more???....Absolutely! It is now one of my favorite restaurants
When the response to "what's the only restaurant open on New Years day on the beach?" is "Charlie Don't Surf", and the people with you say, "Oh no!!!!", you are probably doing something wrong.
The waiter hardly appeared for the 2 hours we had to endure this restaurant. Not because we wanted to and were enjoying ourselves, but because THAT'S HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR EVERYTHING TO ARRIVE. Every time we had to wave him over for him to refill our drinks, to take our order, to come back when he wasn't finished taking our orders.
When we finally ordered our appetizers 30 minutes into being there, the calimari came soggy, lukewarm, and in a small amount.
I was finished my tea for an hour before I had to flag down the waiter to get some water to drink, to which he sighed loudly, returned with a glass of tap water with no ice, and was like "There you are, a glass of our finest water" in an extremely sarcastic tone.
The food everyone had was mediocre. No one took anything home and there was a LOT left. When I asked our party of 8 what they thought of their food, no one even said "it's good". It was disappointing. The fish was soggy, the chips were cold, the pasta was less than appealing.
Me and 2 others had the Curry Chicken Penne. NEVER have I turned away food at a restaurant. This was the first time. The chicken was fatty and stringy and overcooked, the penne was overcooked, the snowpeas were brown from being steamed for god knows how long, and it's like they dumped an entire block of condensed curry mix into each bowl. It was 100% inedible. I got the manager to take it off the bill, which he didn't fight.
I was right to not want to go to this restaurant. It's always been a let down and every time I ask someone about this place, the response is usually "ewwww".
Have been meaning to try out this spot for the last year or so, so decided Xmas might be the time.
Our party reservation was for 7:30PM, however we were not seated till 8PM . It was clear from the start it was going to be a long evening. Eventually I had to ask for menus to get the show on the road.
Our mains did not arrive until almost 10PM. 2 hours is way too long. They came out on cold plates & the food itself was barely warm. Several plates were returned to be "re-heated" but in my opinion, the food was inedible and I personally did not touch mine.
The manager/owner (?) also provided entertainment. It was painfully obvious to everyone I guess but him he should have been in the kitchen trying to sort out whatever the service issues were, rather than playing his guitar.
Overall, not a good evening. Really too bad. It is an attractive space & very inviting. Nice people. But if you can't turn out a product to match the setting, there are just too many other places to spend your dining dollar in this area. Unfortunately all you get these days is one shot, so will not be back.
Went here with the special half for a birthday. We had a coupon sent as the birthday person gets their meal free up to $25 value. My better half order the 8 oz steak medium rare and I ordered the seafood in a red currey cream sauce in rice noodles. The better half meal came with mash potatoes, green beans and red peppers. My dish came in a creamy coconut red curry sauce/soup that had fish, prawns, mussels, clams etc. The soup was tasty and the seafood was plentiful for $21.99. The better half steak dinner costs $22.99 and it was done to perfection as the better half stated. They also brought out some bread with garlic butter and the water was never half empty for too long. The service was exceptional. They asked how the meal and top off the water when is was needed. I was very impressed. It was quite busy for a Tuesday evening as they had several parties on the go. The price can be a bit much if you did not have the coupon, but it is a great place to go out to have a nice dinner. Would recommend this place if you are incline for a romantic dinner or out with a group of friends.
I've noticed that most of the reviews here are pretty old, so here's my two cents as I was just here the other night.
While not a fancy place at all, the ambiance is pretty awesome. It's kind of a weird pub, a bit worn down but it gives it character, and the people make this spot a favorite of mine and my friends. It's a great spot to meet people, you can go to this place and just start up a conversation with anyone in there, it's a pretty social place.
The prices are decent too. I don't think you can get a glass of wine anywhere else on the beach for less than $6. And even though it came in an oddly small looking glass, they sure filled it up! Also, if you want to buy a bottle of wine in house it is by far the cheapest I've ever seen. They have a little beer and wine store in the pub, so you can choose any wine you want and they add a $6 corking fee, which is pretty good considering you can drink a bottle of Hardy's for $22, or J.Lohr for only $32. This is unheard of, I've never been able to order a bottle of wine to my table that cheap anywhere. Ever.
I've been going to the Piper for years, and I can say for sure that the food has improved a lot. It was pretty inconsistent for a while but recently it's been amazing every single time. The portions are huge and the prices have stayed pretty much the same. You will not find bigger pieces of fish anywhere else along the beach as you do here. And they have all you can eat fish and chips for like ten bucks.
Oh, and the bathrooms got renovated, finally:) Too bad there's not more stalls though because it's always packed here on the weekends and there's always like 10 girls in there at a time.
Coming from New West, I rarely go in to White Rock (or write reviews). But my wife and I had such a good time and everything was so amazing I just have to let more people know about this. It was a chilly December evening and I wanted to try some place I'd never been, I decided on Uli's because it had a lovely mural on the side of the restaurant.
As soon as we came in I loved how old fashioned everything seemed, very nice old school decor. My wife has an allergy to gluten and it was nice to see 'GF' next to items that can be made gluten free! I've never seen that before and it was nice to hear that all their product is local, organic and home-made. My wife ordered the burger (on a gluten-free bun), which I didn't know was voted the best in town! The chef even cooked it to medium rare, a first for us. I had a lamb shank which was so nice and tender I didn't even touch my knife.
I'm a beer drinker, and there must have been 100 beers I've never heard of on the list, I didn't know what to have so I just went with the server's recommendation, good call buddy ;) A huge bourbon selection also (30+), I would have gotten one if I didn't have to drive back to NW.
I can't believe none of my friends have ever heard of this place! I'm definitely going back, as soon as possible - A+ in my books.
"Five doors down" is actually five doors down his little brother, Celios...
On a nice Sunday night, the three of us headed to Five Door Down for dinner.
As soon as we were sited, our waiter gave us menu and ordered our drink. My host recommended the Frites Oorlog with the sauces as an appetizer and believe me, I'm not a fan of fries usually, but those were delectable!
The men opted for the Tenderloin and I succumbed for the Sesame crusted Ahi Tuna served on a fresh green salad, beets and grilled pistachios. I had to contain myself not to lick the plate! It was so delicious! I had the opportunity to taste the Tenderloin. It was tender and perfectly cooked.
Our waiter came back to top our glasses of wine, so we never needed to do it ourselves.
There was pleasant Christmas music playing that was not too loud.
The restaurant was half full and not too noisy. I heard that it can get busy on Friday-Saturday night, so having a reservation is not a bad idea.
In brief, my experience at Five Doors Down tell me that I'll be back...
Service is always a little on the slow side, but the food makes up for it. I always get the Bruschetta, it'll be different than anything you have ever tried. Also a favourite of my is the Madrasi Chicken flatbread - doesn't taste very madrasi, but it is def. good! It's a great date night place, as well as a great place to go to catch up with friends. It is not to be missed if you are on the white rock strip.
So my friends and were thinking of going to a restaurant and so we decided to try out Indian Kitchen and the restaurant looked very good and there was also music. The couple that own this place are very nice and friendly. The prices of the dishes aren't expensive. There are over 180 dishes to choose from. So when it was time to order, we ordered butter chicken, palak paneer, bombay aloo and puria and some garlic naan. Then we were waiting and it didn't take long for the food to come and the food isn't already made, so when you order then it's made so the fresh. The decor is great. Then when the food came we tried it and when we tried it we were all blown away on how good the food was. It was just outstanding and. Also my friends told me that this is the best food that they have ever eaten and I agreed. Then when we finished the food we paid the bills and the bills weren't really expensive. So I recommend this restaurant to everyone who wants to have great food, great decor, great customer service, and great prices.
title says it all...went in for lunch...everything was average at best...except the view, which was exceptional.
with all the good restaurants on this street, try somewhere else.
service and attitude of staff is main reason i wont go back, like i said with so many good choices around you, unless you got a coupon or something like that......just go somewhere else
I agree that the restaurant needs an update. BUT, the food and service is wonderful, we have been many times through the years and we always enjoy it immensely! We drive all the way from Abbotsford to White Rock to eat there. I think the Chef does a wonderful job, if you ask for something special he goes out of his way to get it for you. We have had the steak, chicken, fish and the chef's specials and all of the food is first class and the best. We have eaten downtown Vancouver in many of the "so called finest" restaurants and would rather go to La Baia as compared to some of them. I don't know what that other fellow was talking about when he said he wouldn't go back. but definitley we don't agree with him at all.
This place has a clean look of a remodelled house. It has a wonderful view, and fabulous food. The alcohol is a bit on the pricey side, but if you don't drink then it's manageable. I've been here a few times and have learned that this is one of those restaurants where the appy's are better than the mains. Their beef tenderloin with risotto is amazing. Their miso salad is YUM and perfectly seasoned. I can't remember what else i've had there but I've been here a few times now and will definitely be coming back!
We've passed by this place before and heard from people that it was good so went here when our other favourite place across the street was closed. From the outside it looks nice, and the menu looks inviting. They have some french classics such as coq au vin and daily specials. There was 4 of us. In total we had the bruschetta & beef tenderloins to start, french onion soup & salad nicoise, coq au vin and asparagus salad, green salad & mussels, and seafood pasta.
The beef tenderloin was nothing special, and bruschetta wasn't mainly tomato. There was onions in the bruschetta, and they accidently left some of the peel on (pet peeve of mine since it's inedible). The salads were mediocre. The green beans on the salad nicoise tasted raw, not blanched like usual. The tuna had lacked flavour.
All in all, everything lacked some sort of flavour. Maybe they are catering to the older crowd (since it IS white rock) and making everything low sodium or with little spice to please the seniors. Lesson learned!
Had dinner there on Wednesday 05 Oct 2011. Weather outside was cold and dreary but inside the Pearl it was warm and invitefull. The Pearl wasn't our first choice, since we've never been there before, but due to circumstance we ended up there. We where the first ones in and got our choice of tables. Obviously we took a table at the window. As expected our hostess and our waiter Charles were efficiently attentive to our needs and requests for the entire time we were there. The decor of the place is very pleasing to the eye.
On the food and beveage front the Pearl brilliantly shines through. Extensive and varied wine selection. Cocktails, The Pink Nightmare, were superbly done.
Beautiful big Mussels, Seafood Pot Stickers and Prawn Bisque were our starters.
Pork Lion, Fraser Valley Lamb and Cod Fish and Chips were our mains. All were really good but I think the Pork was truly a standout in this trio. The tender meat served up on spot on polenta all brought together with a swirl of honey. Very very good.
Chocolate Pate, cheese cake and cheese plate were for dessert. If you like chocolate I really recommend the pate., wow.
Oh, really good coffee is served as well.
Overall a really good experience.
Chef Ramsay would be proud.
In all, for three, with cocktails and wine about $260.
Hadn't been to Milestones in a while but was in the mood for a 'big salad' so went back for a nice meal on my birthday. Not the best idea I'm afraid. Dragged my two children and husband there hoping for a good time but the food was highly unimpressive and uninspired. The thai noodle salad that I so lovingly remembered was less than stellar being bland and of poor quality ingredients and my husband picked through a side ceasar since so much of it was littered with brown gross lettuce. His chicken burger/sandwich was very tiny, enough that he pointed it out to me and had a good chuckle over it's puny size. The kids food was not much better, so all in all it was a real disappointment. We had to wait a long time for our check to be delivered as well, even after telling her we were in a bit of a hurry to depart. I don't know why wait staff mess up their tips by doing that, it just doesn't make any sense. When a customer says "Thank you, we are finished. Just the bill please as we need to head out pretty quick here" it means get the bill already!!
We won't be back.
We have dined in this restaurant on many occasions with friends. We called the other night and requested a table by the window and were told they do not take reservations. We got there, on our anniversary, to find a window table available, but were told it was reserved? Enough to upset our evening and to stop us going back. The food is not as good as it used to be anyway... I heard new owners. Their signature brucetta bread was very oily and not as good as usual.... Overall the food is good, but I won't return.. If you do chose to go, go with 4 people not 2 as then you get more variety.
|1.||Charlie Don't Surf|
|2.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|3.||Cosmos Greek Restaurant|
|4.||Italian Touch Restaurant|
|5.||Moby Dick Restaurant|
|6.||Onyx Steakhouse & Lounge|
|7.||Washington Avenue Grill|
|8.||La Baia Italian Restaurant|
|12.||Le Vol Au Vent|
|13.||Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar|
|14.||Coney Island Seafood|
|15.||Leela Thai Restaurant|
|16.||Kappa Japanese Restaurant|
|17.||Taka's Take-Out Sushi|
|18.||Wings Restaurants & Pubs|
|20.||Dock's Fish & Chips|