Tapenade Bistro
Tapenade Bistro

Tapenade Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tapenade.ca/
  • Phone: 6042755188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Justin Cheung
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tapenade features offsite catering for 40-500 people. Our specialty is " Cocktail Party" format with passed hors douevres, specialty cheese boards, fruit and dips with tapenade of course. Please contact us for details on this style of event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Tapenade bistro offers a private room for up to 15 people for a small gathering, or you can rent the entire facility for the evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Vince Morlet 604-275-5188

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops appox one block away. See translink.ca for routing details
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Tapenade bistro has a 50 stall car park at the rear of the building. The parking accessed through the alley on the West side of the bulding. Street parking is also available around the building.
A word from Tapenade Bistro
In January 2003, Vince Morlet opened Tapenade Bistro with the idea of bringing an urban bistro to the historic fishing village of Steveston, BC. Over the past several years, Tapenade has earned the reputation of being an exceptional neighbourhood bistro with great food, outstanding service and fantastic wine. The menu is steeped in French tradition, though is updated with west coast sensibility and is presented in an approachable and informal setting. The "simple, yet elegant" cuisine showcases the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients in an appropriate and sumptuous manner. With a dedicated and passionate staff, critically-acclaimed food and a comfortable neighbourhood setting, the team at Tapenade Bistro looks forward to welcoming you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Tapenade Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (23)great for lunch (14)romantic (12)scenic view (11)good for groups (10)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I just had dinner there with my boyfriend and my parents. It was quite the drive for us but it was well worth it. The food was delicious, some items were a tad on the saltier side but was still enjoyable. The service was great. The staff was attentive and friendly. I would definitely come back another time, and recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy an intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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.
  • This one's a good one!
    MovieMan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My better half and I were given a gift certificate; otherwise we would never have tried this restaurant, and we're glad we did. They bill themselves as a Bistro; I'd say they're close to fine dining. Imaginative take on just about every recipe; just reading the new fall menu was a marvel. Although its well off our beaten track, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New fall menu
    Ssclarke
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    When Tapenade announced the new fall menu it provided yet another excuse to go there. The octopus appetizer is very tender and the mix of flavors makes it so enjoyable. There are lots of fish options on the menu and both the ling cod and the albacore tuna were exceptional. The wine choices are BC and abroad and compliment the choices well. enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back in the game
    Robert
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We used to go regularly to this restaurant until they had a chef that we felt let down the standard. Since then, the chef has changed and we decided to give it another try. It was just for a Sunday Brunch but the meals were excellent. Ingredients were fresh, well presented and very tasty. The Bouillabaisse was wonderful and the braised beef sandwich was full of wonderful flavour. The service was also excellent but that has never been an issue at Tapenade - they have always had great staff. That staff and a new chef puts them back in our books of a regular place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Starters not worth ordering
    visitor2sf
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The starters average about $12 to $16, but they are very small. I ordered the Diver Scallop. It came in a very large plate with only two scallops on about a tablespoon of sauce. My son ordered the Butter Lettuce Salad. He got a few leaves of lettuce. And paid $10. The service was slow and unenthusiastic. The picture on the wall was crooked. Overall, I was not happy with the experience. The bill came to $105. Unfortunately I had a groupon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapenade
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always great tasting and well presented food Interesting wine list Excellent service We'll be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to Celebrate
    Suzlight
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a delightful family dinner..sat outside, blankets available , heaters. Good Service, Excellent short rib, good and varied menu
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • crazynurse
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The location of Tapenade Bistro is excellent, just across the street from the pier. This means you are close enough to hear the bustling soudns of the people out enjoying a stroll, but far enough away for it to just be a background murmur. The outdoor patio was excellent and even came with little blankets, in case you got cold while enjoying your dinner. The wine list was decent, and the menu had a good selection of local and seasonal ingredients. The one dissapointing thing was that my meal, as stated on the menu, came with peas. I asked the waiter for no peas, and it did come with no peas. The server did fail to mention that there was a pea puree as the base, which it did come with. That being said, I would highly recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Limited Menu
    Lovetodineout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service we received was very good, but the menu choices, particularly the entrees, was very limited and not very exciting. We were looking forward to a nice meal, but were quite disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missing the former chef
    iluvpizza
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We go to Tapanade for special occasions. The service is excellent and the ambience is very nice however the quality of the food has gone down hill over the years. The last couple of times we have been disappointed with our meals. The beet and goats cheese salad used to be amazing now it is mediocre. We are not impressed with the changes in the cooking and wish things would go back to how they were before.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvsteveston
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is consistently good. Service is friendly, Washrooms are clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Ssclarke
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The octopus was very good we thought it might be chewy, but it was tender and tasty. Excellent food and service. The Summer gate Kerner went well with our food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V. Johansson
    fearlessfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellently seasoned food and beautiful presentations for each bowl and plate. My family and I had a wonderful experience there and will go back to try other dishes as well. Kudos to the attentive and helpful servers and magic chefs in the kitchen. I have not had such excellent oysters on the half shell that were so plump and buttery in texture. We ended up having two orders of them. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I highly recommend Tapenade.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I chose Tapenade for an informal birthday celebration for my mother. The food and the service were fabulous. Our server was especially helpful and, without my asking, brought Mom a delicious birthday dessert. I plan to go back and enjoy appetizers on the outside deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely dinner.
    Esme
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went to dinner with my daughter and her boyfriend, and we all enjoyed our meals. The oysters were particularly good. My short rib dish was succulent and attractive. The main course portions were not large, but were very flavorful. All three of us enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Lunch
    Freezerfuzz
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My lunch partner has been to Tapenade Bistro numerous times but it was a first for me. We each ordered the bouillabaisse and we shared the beet and goat cheese salad. The bouillabaisse was very tasty and I especially liked the topping on the toasted length of French bread. The salad was just the right size for sharing. I know both of us will be visiting Tapenade Bistro again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    TravelBugVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Came for lunch on Sunday with friends and everyone raved about their meals. Service is professional, prompt yet friendly and the atmosphere is always wonderful. The place always had a patio but now it's covered so a great place to sit and people watch. Highly recommend it for lunch or dinner but do make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Halibut in Richmond
    Butterfly4VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is the second time I have had their Halibut. It is cooked just right and not over done as most restaurants tend to do. It was perfect. The problems with this that it's hard to pick another dish...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapenade
    Emoe
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was good. Service was great. We shared the mussels provencal which my husband loved. He kept ordering bread to soak up the broth! I had the halibut which good but could of used a bit more seasoning. Husband had the pork which he really enjoyed. The only issue was the wine we ordered which was not cold enough and they asked us to wait 15 minutes while it chilled. We were not offered a complimentary drink so ordered a different wine. This was a small issue but it would of been nice to have been offered something.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great. service, forgettable food
    DinersRUs
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Our server was pleasant, funny and knowledgeable. The food was disappointing. We ordered the beet salad, octopus, patatas and bison carpaccio for a meal of red wine and appetizers. The patatas was the best dish, bison was fine, and the beet salad and octopus were boring and the octopus was chewy. The presentation was poor, the beets and octopus were dropped on an uninteresting bed of lettuce and veggies. Tapenade has had its issues and is on its third chef in two years. My friends and I used to dine here whenever in Steveston, but we are likely not coming back anytime soon unfortunately. It used to offer food that always made you happy you went but our last few visits have been disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed but willing to go back
    EatingInStevestonByChoice
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We've dined here lots. Beet & goat cheese salad: wonderful as usual. Mussels: tasted musty & I didn't feel too well for a few days afterward. Favourite entree: short ribs fell so short of our expectations. Before, consistently served in a gravy, didn't need a knife to cut them and melted in your mouth. This time: had to use a knife, very little moisture and chewy. They were a bit fatty but still seemed dry. I couldn't finish them - pls bring back the old recipe! Favourite dessert: lemon tart wasn't on the menu so we had the berry tart. It was simply a pastry shell with berries dropped on top and whipped cream on the side - no moisture holding the berries together. However, Kelsey, our waitress was absolutely excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expense with casual atmosphere
    Victoria
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A bit pricy given the patrons attire ranged from shorts & flip flops to business casual. The number of small children and babies in the restaurant took away from the atmosphere and created a high priced family restaurant situation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it
    Earl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I booked this restaurant and was utterly disappointed with the food. You would never know from these reviews though. The shrimp appetizer was sour, and I'm guessing it is because they had it marinating in the lemon juice for too long. The boulebaisse broth lacked flavor and was of small portions. The mussels my girlfriend ordered was ok, but again the broth was watered down and I don't believe had any bacon in it. If you're in Stevenson village there are much nicer restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to its potential
    katpot
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have been going to Tapenade for many years and until about two years ago we loved it. They changed the menu and the food quality slipped and we stopped going. We went back last week as we had heard that it was better. We didn't agree. The menu is very limited and the food was ok but nothing special. After our entrée we decided enough was enough and didn't stay for dessert. We would love to see Tapenade return to it former glory when the good was excellent, the menu a bit more varied, and the staff pleasant and professional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • garfieldwb
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Limited menu because ingredients are locally-sourced and 'seasonal'. Excellent presentation and reasonable portion size.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience Overall
    Bella
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I really like this restuarant ... I keep going back for more great food & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 352 reviews are from the Tapenade Bistro reviews archive.
  • Dinner at tapenade
    Pjjm
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We we're recommend this spot by family and the food was very good grilled octopus was excellent the bouillabaisse was good but needed a little more variety in the types of seafood the overall quantity and quality was very good and sauce was nice .i asked for it to be a little spicy and the level was perfect did not overpower the sauce .Overall it was a very pleasant casual dining experience prices were reasonable and food quality was good not sure on ambience seemed run of the mill . I would definetly recommend this restaurant for casual but not quite upscale dinning
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    north4food
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Tapenade has consistently excellent service and food, and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The halibut was delicious and perfectly done. I would have given the food 5 stars except that they changed the way the short ribs are cooked and presented and although they were good, I did not like them nearly as much as the way they were previously done. There are many great choices on the wine list, and wines by the glass are offered in 2 sizes. The 9 oz i(1/4 litre) is perfect when you are not sharing with someone else and 6 oz is not quite enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Both my guest and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here. The service was prompt and courteous, and the server even seated us at a quieter table as there was a large party close to us that were a bit on the loud side. Much appreciated. The added touch of the birthday candle with my guest's dessert was most appreciated. This was my second visit to the restaurant and I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay lunch - nothing special
    FoodLover
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went for lunch - we sat on the patio. Service was okay. We had to ask for new cutlery since they took away used set and did not replace it. Also fish an chips were raw and had to return it, waiting for a new one. Waiter was apologetic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TapenadeEnthusiast1
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant. We showed up early, around 5:00pm. Because we were early and sat inside on a nice night, there were not many people inside, which gave it a feel of not being busy and took away from the ambiance a bit. However, the waitress was excellent (I remember her from years ago and she still is), and the food was very good. We enjoyed Tapenade very much.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service but.
    MsKimchi
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The service was quite excellent at the restaurant. It was not busy the day I went but service was slow. The list of food on the menu was very limited and did not have a wide range to choose from. We opted for something we read online that was delicious and ordered the beef ribs and muscles. The beef rib was bland, and was cooked till very tough. The muscles were not bad. We also got some oysters but they werent very well made. Very fishy tasting. Dont think we will be back anytime soon. Sorry.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great taste
    fishluver
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Best halibut I have had in a long time always great to find a place that cooks the fish perfectly Will go back often
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friend4Lunch
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Good food, good wines, relaxing ambiance, friendly and courteous service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Service and Atmosphere
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Consistently good food, service and ambiance. New patio should be great in summer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef but same stellar service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This is the first time we dined at Tapenade with chef Colin Uyeda. We had a friend with us from out of town - everything from the service through to dessert was top notch. We tried the tuna, the short ribs and the pork chop and each if them was unique, beautiful but most importantly spectacularly flavoured. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first lunch
    tastebud
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Delicious lunch, excellent service, very clean, friendly and beautiful scenery.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Juliapaterson84
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love going to tapenade. The food is always fantastic. The owner is very friendly and makes you feel special. I have recommended it to my work colleagues. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    steveportmoodyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Friendly staff and good service. Quite expensive for what it is - basically a neighbourhood bistro. Food was competent without being outstanding. Nice wine list but few under $40. If you are in the Steveston area then a decent choice, but not worth a long drive
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shmu
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    everyone's meals were delicious however the service was lacking. we did dine on a Saturday afternoon and were actually expecting it to be busier in the restaurant but there were only a few tables. We had 3 different people take various drink orders, yet still had to ask multiple times for everyone to have a water and at the end of our meal we had to flag someone down to pay. overall service was slow throughout but the restaurant was clean with nice views and seating and the food was excellent as well. the hostess did the best job. would give it another chance for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate