Blue Canoe
Blue Canoe

Blue Canoe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (604) 275-7811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter Hours effective October 1 Sunday to Thursday - 11:30 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday - 11:30 am to 11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Danilo Ibarra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 6042757811

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Local bus service to the corner of No. 1 Rd and Moncton, 2 blocks from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several free public lots located throughout Steveston Village, just steps away from the restaurant's front door
A word from Blue Canoe
Situated in the heart of historic Steveston Village, with unparalleled views of the harbour and Fishermen's Pier, Blue Canoe is a unique seafood restaurant offering the best quality and variety of local fresh seafood, prepared simply with the freshest local ingredients available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Blue Canoe reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (78)great for outdoor dining (63)neighborhood gem (48)special occasion (37)good for groups (31)fit for foodies (31)great for lunch (30)romantic (20)hot spot (17)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Excellent service, highly accommodating, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our servers are always highly accomodating, kind and generous. They were great with adjusting the heat on the patio when things got too hot. I love that there is the ability to sit outdoors in the winter months. Their garlic bread is so fantastic paired with the romaine heart salad and I love the mussels and fries. Their in house craft brews are great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We were in at pre-dinner time so perhaps the energy was low. There should be a "maybe" in the choice to recommend to a friend as that would be better suited. Food and service the same, not bad just .................
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Our family celebrated our daughter's birthday recently at Blue Canoe. The staff were very welcoming and attentive. Aware yet relaxed. I had the halibut which was excellent, and the tuna ceviche which we shared was a big hit. Will definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not great
    tableof6
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food wasn't great, especially for the price. Dress warm as it was cold. Won't go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    Hawks
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wife and I heard of this place through the hockey community in Richmond. Went for a later dinner and the waiter was awesome and helped us with what we were in the mood for. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food lousy service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    While the food was really good the service was lousy. We were never asked whether we would like another drink and at the end of our plates were whipped away and he presented us with the bill. Again never asked whether we would lime dessert or coffee.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Evening.
    Char
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Stunning view of sunset, cosy west coast decor, great food...made for a wonderful birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant ambiance n delicious food
    comidaeuropa
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The only issue i had was a hair that came on my lime in my corona besides that all was great. .....wish I had gotten a free dessert after the hair incident.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way!
    Experienced
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Last year we hosted a large groom's pre-wedding dinner for our son and a party of 26. Everything was excellent/well-timed. On my latest luncheon experience, it was even better. Thank you for your delicious food. It is always a pleasure to experience the results of an excellent chef and well trained staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncertain if I'd go back
    Melicious
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A large group of us went to Blue Canoe. I made a reservation so they knew we were coming. I had heard awesome things about the place. Although our waiter seemed to try he clearly could not take care of all his tables; they must have been short staffed. We got water right away and the waiter said hello right away, but then it went downhill. It took a really long time to get our drink order in, longer to get our food order in and forever to get our food. In the meantime smaller tables had their dinner and were leaving. One person in our group complained at the bar. That person, acting manager? responded in completely the wrong way, making it worse. No apology. We got dinner 1.5 hours+ after arriving. We had been out kayaking and were hungry!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went for a special occasion and sat on the patio. It was a gorgeous night and the view is unbelievable! Our server was so professional. He looked after us so well. He poured our wine, he spaced the food wonderfully. The food was amazing! We had the lobster mac & cheese for an appie and wanted to lick the bowl (we shared). I had the lamb shank, so good. The german mashed potatoes, wow! I would go back for sure and recommend to friends. It isn't a cheap night, but you get what you pay for and it is worth it. We had an appie, a bottle of wine, an after dinner coffee (with bailey's) and we both had dessert for under $200 including tip (pretty good). We made a reservation, but you can't reserve the patio, so we waited and it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place 4 family to share a meal
    fans
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    we came and loved the evening we had here. The server was great--attentive, energetic and knowledgeable. The menu had many interesting, creative entrees to choose from; as did the appetizers. My husband loved your chowder. All of us were felt satisfied from what we ordered and would order it again. A dessert was not necessary as we were full from our meals. Cannot comment on the wine, or other alcohol beverages, as we do not drink. Keep up your great work! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the chowder and view
    Ronv318
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have tried this restaurant several times over the last few years and the only thing that is good is the seafood chowder and the view. Food is inconsistent and I never walk out of that restaurant saying what a great meal. My friends all echo that comment. This last visit was for lunch, tables were sticky, we were told it's the table finish. Roasted Brussel sprouts salty to the point of being in edible (taken off the bill) seafood fettucini bland. Sorry blue canoe but it's the last time I'll be coming.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch at Blue Canoe
    eatnlook
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food. Love watching the activity on the water. Service is always great. Sat on the patio this time with some friends and enjoyed a late lunch. We have been there many times and always enjoy the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    goodyfoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    firstly it took about half an hour before a lady came back to take our order; secondly it took about an hour before our food arrived; thirdly my fish and chips order, batter was uncooked and soggy on the inside and fish was not fresh - had a bad smell; I asked for tobasco sauce to cover up the bad taste but tobasco NEVER came.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • experienceLife
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The atmosphere was in total character with the waterfront of Steveston. My daughter & I had an inside window seat with a beautiful view of the river. Fishing boats were going up & down the river while we ate which was so relaxing. Food & service were very good. Would definitely go back. This was my first time using Open Table & I wasn't sure what I was suppose to do. The hostess was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnnJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took out of town friends. Lovely location at sunset. Wonderful fish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little slow
    rweagle
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took almost 1 hour to get our order That was from the time of order being taken. Waiter was friendly and did a fir job. My steak was ordered medium rare it came almost to the well done stage. The seafood share platter was very good. I would have sent steak back but rook so long to get in the first place I didn't want to wait on a new one. So a tough one on saying I would recommend I would give it 1 more try This due to the location the waiter and the seafood share platter was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Special Occasion Spot > >
    PaulJan222
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a wonderful eating experience > great food, location, service & scenic view !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you..!
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was our 10 year anniversary and I asked them to make me look good; and they didn't disappoint. We got a nice corner table on the patio and they laid out our wine glasses we had at our wedding before hand, so it was a nice, sentimental surprise. We started with the brussel sprouts, (which my wife loves) and I had the mussels. Both were outstanding. I had the paella, which was delicious; lots of fresh seafood, and my wife had the prawn fettuccine. Again, both outstanding. A special thanks to Rob and Bonnie for helping our 10 year anniversary really memorable. See you all soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Loc/Good Food/meh service
    StevestonGuy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Awesome view of the river, boats, and sunset from the outside patio - people inside the restaurant kept coming out to take photos it was so beautiful. Food was good, they customized pasta dish to suit friend's tastes. Seafood share plate had good variety, but it was funny how the seafood (smoked salmon and grilled prawns) were placed on top of ice cubes, which melts... quickly... in the summer, so you had to fish them out of the iced water to eat them. Service was not very attentive. Slow to take initial order, didn't note specials until we asked, empty bottle of wine for 20-30 minutes while we were waiting for our bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was good the service was extremely slow. We were the first ones there and the people that came after us were leaving and we still did not have our food. We had to flag down another server. Really how long does it take for three Caesar salads.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food ... lacking cleanliness
    anniversary
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was delicious and our waiter was great BUT table was sticky and I found a hair in my food (which I didn't mention but should have!)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food. good view. good service
    yy014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Free parking was a bit hard to find around 7pm. We got brought in very quickly but there seem to be under staff? The inside was not full but we waited a bit to get our orders in. But the server was awesome, she is an older lady, she stopped us from ordering too much and made good recommendation for food. Food came out fast, and were very yummy. We were able to see the sunset from the inside. I enjoyed it a lot and will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food...great!! The WAIT...awful!!!
    TavernandTurtles
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Blue Canoe but it took over an hour before we were finally seated.. I know you cannot guarnantee a patio table but if you have made a reservation over two weeks in advance, I feel something should be done to access a patio table ahead of people that just show up for dinner without a reservation... The food was delicious and the service was great but the wait for a patio table, after we had made a res, was awful. The noise level inside is way to loud to carry on a conversation hence the patio table request. We will be back but will choose a slower evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!!!!!
    luv2dineVancouver
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had one of the best meals ever!!! She had roasted brussel sprouts, salad and we shared some roasted corn on the cob. I also had the haida gwaii halibut. Each dish was absolutely delicious. I normally "HATE" brussel sprouts, but I tried one and it was DELICIOUS!!!!! Also, the corn was done in such a way that it was absolutely to die for!!! Each dish tasted like nothing we'd ever had before - it was SO GOOD!!! We heartily recommend that you give this restaurant a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service I've ever received!
    Rosiegirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a waitress that was outstanding...great energy, made us feel special with her thoughtful attention even though the place was hopping busy, offered menu suggestions and it was obvious that she knew the menu well. I was very impressed! And the food...to die for! We shared the lobster mac and cheese and the seafood salad...wow! It is pricey but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    ADAMO100
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very nice restaurant with a very nice view. The quality of the food was excellent as was the service. However some of the portions are surprisingly small for the price. As an example for 15.00 one would expect a few more leaves of salad.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • promising but just okay
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    - had the table in the corner, happened to glance at the floor area behind my chair and was shocked at how dirty it was - food was good, service lukewarm, unfortunately seated next to us was a rather rather large group with whining children
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ok we may not be "girls", but we are women who know a good thing. Blue Canoe is a good thing, food ,service and the view. Even on a cooler cloudy evening, cuddling up by the water with a great glass of wine, succulent oysters and a hearty salad is the perfect soul soother. Although the deck can be a bit loud, the food and the ambience and excellent wine choices make up for that small issue. Then just as a decadent treat, Pavlova, it was so good I really didn't want to share it. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hint of Spain in Richmond
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In a recent visit to Spain, I tried to appreciate the typical dish of 'paella', but each time came away wondering why anyone would find it extraordinary. In a recent visit to The Blue Canoe, I found that it CAN be extraordinary. The dish rated 100% for its savoury, flavourful taste. By adding the Tres Leche dessert, the delightful view from the restaurant and the attentiveness of the staff, I had a dining delight I look forward to repeating. I had to bring my own companions, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumb upup
    Tin2won
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent service, very friendly ! Give as much time we need for the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place to Eat
    GoodValue
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have not be disappointed the times e have eaten here
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was tasty, but just a little too much butter on the fish for my liking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, however....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Very good food. We had a great evening. We were about to leave when all four of us noticed a couple of mice running under one of the tables. In spite of the very nice evening I may be hard pressed to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service needs repair
    ReservationsPlease
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Booked online & requested patio. Arrived early, asked about seating on patio to be told the patio is first come first served & there were people who walked up and put their name on a list. Asked why a reservation is not considered putting your name in for the patio and were told it was not. They seated us in a booth inside; terrible. Asked if when a table came up we could be seated outside. Was told that they could move people from an outside to inside but not from inside to outside. Response was so ridiculous we almost left but approached another staff person thankfully receiving a logical response; told there were tables opening up on the patio & were seated outside in less than 5 minutes. Evening saved but not without a bad taste.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Canoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I chose this restuarant knowing it would be noisy inside, but, hoping to sit outside. We couldn't sit outside but were seated beside a window. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The chicken drumettes were exactly the way my companion ordered them and my crabcake and roasted romaine was a delicious new experience. The window was open and so we had a breeze and a fantastic view. Our experience was very excellent. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent food quality
    Businessdinner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My 2nd taste of the Tuna Ceviche was saltier than my first - so much so that it dominated the flavour. Do they taste their food? My first taste of their CAB steak had a funny taste to it - like some sort of metal flavour. It was served on a hot iron dish but it could also because of switching my palate from the Tuna Ceviche to the steak. I don't know but it was unsatisfying. For what I paid, I don't think I would go back. You can't beat the view. It was gorgeous on a summer's day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Usually wonderful but...
    FoodluvVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our worst experience at this restaurant. My husband ordered the halibut which was a sliver of a piece, over cooked a fishy tasting for $31. I ordered the steak and quinoa salad, which I've had before, but I no longer eat meat so I asked for the steak to be left off. They added a couple more grilled veggies but this time there was about 2 tablespoons of quinoa mixed through the grilled vegetables with some soggy fried onions on top. The dressing was completely different than the description. The shocking part was, they didn't adjust the price. No steak and still $17.99???? Terrible. I don't know if it was an off night for them but we won't be rushing back and this was one of our favorite places. Too bad!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great location, nice deck overlooking the fish boats. This also comes with the occasional plumes of exhaust. Understandable, these are working fishing docks, not a problem, just be prepared if it happens, it will pass quickly. Our server was very good. Our coffee had some "film" from the bottom of the urn or from the spout? My "Sweet Mojave Rain" came in a martini glass but was about half full, for $8.50? Good drink, just too much for too little. My wife's drink, the "French Kiss" was really good. Don't try the Sangria. The Tuna Ceviche was quite nice. The Lobster Mac & Cheese is Crazy good! 3 of us had 1 piece fish & chips and found it to be 80% batter. The 4th person said the Grilled Pork Skewers were pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 450 reviews are from the Blue Canoe reviews archive.