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  • Reviews14

Pacific Crab Co. Oyster Bar & Grill

1184 Denman
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 633-2722
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Pacific Crab Co. is a seafood restaurant on Denman in the West End.

    Customers are able to select their shellfish of choice, watch it travel from the live tank to the open kitchen, and have it cooked and served within 20 minutes. The attractive raw oyster bar includes an extensive variety of oysters, martinis and wines.

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Closed, and for the better
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

I brought a Valentine's date here last year and hadn't bothered to review it since it was a forgettable experience and I was a little embarassed in the end for choosing this place for dinner considering the reviews at the time seemed good enough to warrant a visit, then again it was not a top 3 choice since other preferred places were booked solid.

It was a set menu and we ordered 2 appetizers. The notable Crab Cakes to start, mostly resembled pre-packaged frozen breadcrumbs. Their golden brown colour was the beginning of the end when you bit into dry, chewy and rather flavourless morsels. The date had the Salmon while I had the Sablefish. Both entrees were actually well prepared and and pleasant surprise. Portion was rather abysmal, only to be outdone by the equally abysmal startch side. Prices are one big notch too high.

It was rather sombre (albeit busy) that night considering the casual, bar-like decor. I could not help but notice the other tables occupied with like-minded Valentine's Day dinner dates who didn't look quite comfortable being there.

Service was lackadaisical and further cemented my notion that this place was burrowing itself in sheep's clothing. It seems too good to be a bar, yet too bad to be a mid-scale seafood restaurant.

This place was closed soon after my visit and glad to say, I won't be missing it.

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Good food, but slow kitchen.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Friendly servers & equally as friendly and warm host/owner. The elevated platform dining area gives a more spacious feeling than the lower level, but it's all still good. Great selection of oysters though occassionally, they'd sell out on certain ones. A tad on the pricey side, but if money is of no concern, it's not bad to give it a try as they offer quite a tasty menu, only, if you're hungry, maybe choose another dining spot. Unless the speed of the kitchen staff has improved since my last visit, you are in for a lonnnnng wait for dinner (nearly an hour for us for the main course, though the appetizers took a little less time, it was still quite a wait even for that) though between the server and the owner, we were offered plenty of apologies. With the warm and abundant smiles, none of us were able to hold a grudge. Friendly service does help to raise a dining experience by many levels. It's actually been long overdue for a revisit... hopefully, the flavours have been kept consistently well.

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Wow what a dissapointment
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

was here a few months ago. i think this place may be something else now. not sure what went into the opening of this place. but there are a few major missing links in the concept. the food, service and ambience could really be turned up a few notches. The server and bartender looked disinterested in their career choice. Had a couple dozen oyster, salmon, dungeness crab, some appies and a few rounds of drinks. Nothing was memorable. The dungeness had no flavour and little meat in it. Prob used a commercial staemer. Hmmm.... would it hurt to use a court bouillion? The only other people in there were tourist. The bill was $200+ for three people. NEVER again.

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Good Specials, Tasty Food
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a favorite of my significant other. I'd never been here before so we ventured down late on a Sunday evening and tried out their lobster and steak special.

Food - Pretty good lobster, pretty good steak. It wasn't the best I've ever had, but fairly tasty, cooked just the way I like it, and nicely presented. Also, tried out the Granville Island Winter Ale... mmm, tasty.

Service - We came after the dinner rush, and so we received a lot of attention from our waitress. Friendly and talkative, our server made us feel very welcome.

Ambiance - Not bad. Kind of like dining at an Earl's, but everything is darker. A little too quiet for me, but once again, we came after the dinner prime time.

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No Go Platters
By dlishusfood of Downtown, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2005 - 11:20am [Dine in]

It was Saturday night, friends arrived and decided instead of eating in we would "Entertainment Coupon" it. Second page in the fine dining section was the Pacific Crab Co. Great, made reservations and along we went. It is upstairs in well appointed space overlooking English Bay. We were shown to our table and sat down and waited and waited and waited. Our server eventually showed up and asked us what we wanted to drink. We asked do they have a drinks menu? You mean you don't have a drinks menu came the reply. Correct neither do we have a dinner menu. With that she ran off to get all the menus we needed. To cut a long story short we had some so, so platter, an extra crab and a 1/2 lobster. We had to place the empty shells on the table as no shell plates were offered. No water or bread offered or arrived. Two plates were taken away before they were really finished with. We had to ask for finger bowls but the real cruncher came when we each gave them our "Entertainment card" and were told that only one card per table was allowed. We were not in the mood for arguing as sometimes the small print is overlooked. When we got back we studied the book. There are no rules stating this on their page and in the small print in the back of the book it states you are able to have up to 3 coupon / card per table for 6 persons or more. Our bill (no starters or dessert inc tip inc coupon) was $160.00. It will be the last time they get my money. Forewarned is forearmed!!

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Sandy Oysters & Lukewarm Seafood
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Monday evening after reading all the previous reviews about $1 oysters and I love oysters!

Got there at about 8.
Our server came by promptly the first time to take our drink orders, but that was about it. I guess they were understaffed for a 1/4 filled restaurant, there were only 2 servers running around. I was particularly irritated by the fact that I had to ask for bread. I didn't even know they served complimentary bread until the 2 tables that came after us were seated nearby and they got some. Oh I had to ask the hostess for it since our server was nowhere to be seen.

They only had 1 type of oyster left, which was a bummer. So I ordered a dozen of them along with my first drink order, note that they had many beers sold out as well. Took a long time for the oysters, about 2 out of 3 were very sandy, huge turnoff. Then we got our bread AFTER our other appetizer, the Crab Cups, wasn't that good, the shell was soft and cold. Already polished off 2 cocktails and working a beer, so I estimate it to be about 30-35 minutes.
Then our main dish came, just in time for breakfast, the Seafood Sampler for $77. We just sat, and sat, and ordered more drinks, a bottle of white, then sat some more ... and after an hour, we finally got ... the melted butter for dipping! Then not so shortly after we finally got our platter. Everything was lukewarm at best.. the rest closing in on what you would expect if you left it out overnight. All of it was overcooked. Clams and Mussels were 'ok' and the crab was pretty sweet. We were going to order more oysters but they sold out, total bummer, how/why do you sellout on specials? That's why people come on a slow Monday night.

Atmosphere was not bad, dark and sharp, but we ended up being (waiting) there for so long that we were the last table and I hate that feeling. Very awkward, the cashier counting the days sales, everyone wiping everything except beside you.

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mixed thoughts...
By DaGasMan of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

Went to enjoy the monday special...The oysters tasted very fresh and were very nicely shucked. It did take awhile for the oysters to come to our table. In addition to the oysters, 5 of my friends and I shared two of the sampler platters. The sablefish was delicious, very buttery and perfectly cooked. The salmon and lobster were overcooked. The crab was perfectly cooked and very flavorful for simple boiled crab. The clams and mussels in broth were very tasty and cooked to perfection; not chewy at all...the crabcakes were very dissapointing; they were tough and as if they were bought in the frozen section of a supermarket (and i suspect they are)...Therefore mixed feelings about the food, since the worse thing you can do to seafood is overcook it...
I used the entertainment coupon with the two platters...the most discount they can take off is $30 off of one of the platters (the entertainment deal is for buy one get one free) but I guess its understandable since one platter costs $75.
Our server was very genuine and friendly...However, she did not return my entertainment card and i forgot about it as well...Came back the next day asking about it, and she said she didn't remember...that was kind of dissapointing.
The bench chairs were quite uncomfortable.
A little overpriced in my opinion. Only the specials are worth it.

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sport bar ambience and service
By momotaro of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 11:52am [Dine in]

The food here is great. The oysters were delicious, the pasta perfectly cooked, the tofu frites fantastic. The only odd food choice was the soup of the day. I love potato and leek soup, and when the server mentioned it, I fell for it. She tried to talk me out of it, recommending the seafood chowder, but I went ahead anyway... The chef had mysteriously decided to add little bits of asparagus to the soup, which ended up giving a bitter aftertaste.

that said, our server was very inattentive, leaving us hanging on dessert, and in fact she presented our bill before she remembered we had ordered dessert.

there was also another party behind us who were very loud throughout the evening and to which the restaurant made no attempt to quiet them.

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We enjoyed our anniversary dinner
By ieatoutalot of Burnaby (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

We went on a Monday night, on our anniversary date. Was happy to find out they have BUCK A SHUCK on Mondays, as my partner's very much into fresh oysters. We also got the set menu they had to offer, I think it was around $30 per person, very good food. And we also added lobster to what we ordered. Everything was good actually, and our server was very nice & talkative. We enjoyed the night very much!

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Good alternative for an oysters and appys night out to the high end places in vancouver
By McNasty of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I love trying new places to eat in vancouver and this place didnt disappoint me . We had the calamari and crab dip and they were excellent . the crap dip came with these baked tortilla chips that tasted awesome with it. the drink menu had many drinks to satisfy any craving and the prices were pricey 8-10 for martinis and cocktails.We lucked out bc we went on a monday and they had a buck a shuck oysters.The shucker said he must of shucked around 1000 oysters over 4 hours .He worked hard and gave us great service . I think his name was Mike Unrawoyster guy. He can shuck talk and dance at the same time . He was great. I would definitely go back there . Our waiteress was attentive and the ambiance is like a moxies or milestons but more hard and darker. Great location and u could always go next door to bayside lounge after for drinks bc sometimes they like to close early like 10ish

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Don't go if you want to use entertainment card!
By foodiewannabe of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 3:08am [Dine in]

Not if you are in a group anyways! Even though the entertainment book states that you can use up to 3 cards, Pacific Crab Co. only allow 1 per table and they don't tell you upfront nor is there a sign. So beware if you are thinking you're saving money, you're not! Our server was really nice and you can tell that she was fed up with the stupid rule that her boss set because she's had alot of customer complaints. When we talked to the manager about his rule, he basically acted like he didn't give a [email protected] and said that they weren't going to participate in the entertainment book again anyways. I think because of where the restaurant is located, he thinks they'll get high traffic due to tourism, etc. I guess he's not thinking about when it's Fall/Winter when its slower in the Downtown/West End area and most of the people who might go to his restaurant will be the locals with new entertaiment books when it comes out in October. Not too bright for sure! This is the 2nd time that I've been to Pacific Crab Co. and I was disappointed with the lack of variety in the menu items. I remembered from the 1st time when I went, there were more asian-type fusion dishes on the menu. Anyways, I probably won't be going back because that place definitely isn't worth paying full price for.

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Won't be going again anytime soon..
By lauram of Point Grey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

Having seen the Monday dollar oyster promotion, me and my boyfriend decided to try out this restaurant. On a holiday Monday, and a sunny afternoon, we were suprised to see the place completely empty save for one table in a corner. The hostess asked if we wanted to sit inside or outside, and I had asked to sit outside if there were heaters on. She seemed annoyed that I asked if the heaters could be turned on, and after 5 minutes of sitting outside and freezing I realized my demand was obviously ignored. Our waiter gave us the menus and dissapeared for a long time, which was weird considering the restaurant was empty. The service was brutally slow, and they had only one choice of oyster left for the special (out of 5 listed on the menu). No horseradish was served with the oysters, the waiter was surly and was annoyed at any request (eg. to turn on the heaters), and the food was no more than average. I am recommending you skip this place and go to Rodney's Oyster House in Yaletown instead, where oysters are 1.50 between 3-6 but the ambience and service are 100 times better!

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Owner Doesn't Like Entertainment Card Discounts!
By louied52 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 10, 2006 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

The food was only average. The service was also only average and not worthy of the 18% gratuity (automatically calculated for parties of 8 or more). Now about the Entertainment Card, we were asked whether we had Entertainment Cards before the meals were ordered. We indicated that we did and the server indicated that the maximum was 3 per party. No problem here, it is exactly as stated in the terms of the Entertainment Card use. When it came time to pay the bill, the owner refused to accept more than 1 per party (we were a party of 10). He pulled out a set of rules that looked 10 years old and stated that only 1 Entertainment Card would be accepted. Needless to say, we will not be returning nor recommending this place to guests.

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Cozy dinner by (sort-of) the seaside.
By Ourdinnerclub of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Our little dinner club dined at the PacificCrabCo. on March,7th,2006. We were the only ones there upon entering, so I felt a little uncomfortable. This short lived uncomfortaility soon left as we were warmly greeted by our server. She was wonderful, attentive, and consistent through out our dinner experiance. She refilled water with out being asked, which I loved as I was drinking wine. Brought us too die for complementry crackers to snack on, while waitng for others to join us and catered to our needs with humanity. A rare delight from the usual service one gets in this city. We arrived just moments befor the sun set, (the color of the sky took our breath away.) For dinner I had the 3 prawn,3 scallop, 1 pc.fish dinner, which was served with frys and 3 different dipping sauce for $19. It was delicious! My friend and I shared two bottles of wine $22. each. I didnt have froom for dessert, but my sister enjoyed the chocolate silk cake,$7. which I will make room for next tiime around.
my bill was $63.29, and I left a well deserved $10. tip. I will recommend this place, and will return for dinner (just befor the sun sets.)

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