I payed a visit to the Sockeye City Grill on a warm Spring day. I had my lunch at the sunny terrace with a nice view on the harbour. Sockeye only has fresh sea food, from lobster to crab,
Open daily from 11AM.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips.
PaJo's was founded in 1985 byPatricia Branch and Joan Whettlaufer.
They started serving the finest fish and chips from a stand at the waterfront.
Through the years PaJo's opened at 3 more locations.
Summer: 11AM - 8PM
Winter: 11AM - 7PM
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips.
The Charthouse Restaurant built over the water is a great place to have a lunch or dinner.
The menu has a lot of selection possibilities beyound seafood, like pasta, souvlaki or steaks.
Open daily: 11AM - 10PM
On our search to find the best F&C's is Steveston we upped our budget and gave the Sockeye a try. The location is great and we sat on the outdoor terrace watching the toursits go by. Food wasn't bad and though it's all served on glass plates which isn't a great idea with F&C's and I managed to drop a precious 2 chips on the floor. The beer list was good though the prices at $14 are a bit pricey for me. On the whole not bad but given the competition I'm not sure it stands out enough. The best thing though is the location and view. Would possible return for drinks and/or dessert.
Just don't bother. While this is definitely one of the most impressive views of the waterfront in Steveston, I wish I could say the same thing for the interior or the food.
The Charthouse is located on the second floor of the Steveston Landing and looks over the wharf and the Fraser River, hence the nice views.
The menu features a selection of local seafood as well as non-local seafood... and steak, and pasta, and souvlaki, etc. However, I was never truly inspired by their food - very bland. It's like one of those restaurants on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares where they're trying to cater to everybody by having a million things on the menu, but they do none of it well. It's also a bit strange that they're a seafood restaurant overlooking the water (and fresh seafood being sold from fishing boats no less), but they're using canned crab and shrimp - it's that kind of place, which is a shame. And not only that, but they're charging way too much for what's very uninspiring food.
We finally got to try this place which is located in a great location on the boardwalb overlooking the fishing boats. The set up is very similar to what you would expect at Earls, Milestones and Cactus Club but it is slightly most intamate and features a menu which is a bit more creative and suited to the location. Prices aren't too bad, its probably one of the more expensive places in teh area but it is indeed popular and attracts a much younger crowd than some of the traditional places int eh village owing to its nice patio. Still doesn't quite beat the Shady for me but it was a nice change.
This is the poshest place in Steveston and it has pricing to match. Food is OK but I left feeling dissapointed. Most of the crowd looked like they were celebrating something or out on their first date so it definitly isn't casual. I much prefer the other laid back places around town as I felt self concious about slurping my pasta and leaving red stains on my shirt. The wine list was good but the experience was a bit stuffy for my taste. For this kind of money I think you're better off making the trip into Vancouver.
Back in the early 1980's, my uncle opened up "Cannery Row Cafe" which was the first restaurant of its kind in Steveston at the time. It featured a custom-made sandwich bar, an espresso bar (before espresso drinks were remotely popular), fresh baked desserts, as well as hot entrees for breakfast and lunch. It became an immediate hit in Steveston when it opened, and is still frequently visited today. They're open daily from 7am until 4pm.
Favorite Dish: The Manhattan clam chowder here used to be award-winning back in the 80's. If they're still using the same recipe, then it's still good. It's a tomato-base soup made with fresh potatos, celery, bacon, and clams.
Everyone seemed to love the muffins at the cafe - the two most popular muffins are blueberry bran and coconut oatmeal. All the muffins are baked daily in the back kitchen.
If you're a fan of freshly baked pies, there's always at least one there. Strawberry rhubarb, blueberry, and apple were just some that you'd see.
I think my favourite foot items were the tuna melts. It would be made with two kaiser buns covered in tuna salad and edam cheese. They were then broiled until hot throughout, and served with fries or salad.
The Net Shed Cafe has unfortunately closed due to new developments on Moncton Street. I am keeping this review up here so that those visiting Steveston in the future may get a sense of the older, pre-gentrified version of Steveston.
The Net Shed Cafe is one of the last old fashioned Steveston businesses from the days before tourism. I doubt it has changed much from the 1950's. The Net Shed Cafe seems to be a local's spot - a tiny diner that the local fisherman hang out at for a cheap bite to eat and a cup of coffee. It's like a time warp.
The sign in the window says they also serve Chinese food, which I haven't had there, but I'd be willing to test it out.
There is absolutely nothing pretensious or touristy about the Net Shed; it's simple food at bargain prices.
While I've never eaten inside here, my family picks up burgers to go from the Netshed. They're some of the best burgers in Steveston.
Favorite Dish: For $4.95 you can get yourself an old-fashioned bacon cheese burger, flame grilled over charcoal (for that real old-fashioned taste), with a fresh garden salad, fries, and homemade soup! (Soup was a vegetable ham and tasted like something my grandmother used to make!). If that's not a steal, I don't know what is!
Jakes on the Pier was one of the original restaurants located at Steveston Landing along the east side of the complex, however after about 20 years it finally closed its doors and has been turned into the Blue Canoe. The Blue Canoe opened in June of 2008.
Jake's was, like most of Steveston's restaurants, a casual seafood restaurant, however the Blue Canoe is a huge step upward toward trendy, contemporary dining. A foodie's restaurant, so to speak. I haven't been to the Blue Canoe yet, but according to my sister, they've made it beautiful, the service is professional, and it will likely bring an entirely new level to Steveston dining.
This restaurant is all about location and atmosphere. It has that sea shanty theme going with a real fishing boat dangling from the rafters, but the patio's a great place to be. Shady Island Bar & Grill is a casual seafood restaurant - we'd often come here for brunch on special occasions. It has the feeling that it caters to tourists more than locals, but every time I've eaten here, I've had good service and good food.
Favorite Dish: I had the seafood gratinée when I last visited. It had pieces of halibut, scallops and prawns sautéed in a cream sauce with Swiss cheese melted on top. Quite delicious! Similar to the French dish, "Coquilles St-Jacques". However, I find their strength is in their west coast seafood dishes (ie: shellfish, salmon, halibut, etc).
Finally had a chance to check this place out. Had been to George's a few doors down a while back and I'd heard so much about Kisamos that I wanted to give it a go. The place was busy...very busy..and its not very big so it can be very noisy and feel cramped. The food is good.The roast lamb comes with a sauce which makes it unusual. Not sure if its better the Georges so I will probably alternate between the two. Anyway if you're in town try both ofthem and make you're own mind up.
The coolest little take-out fish n chip shop you'll ever set your eyes on. PaJo's (started by partners Pat and Joanne) has been a part of the Steveston fish 'n chip dining scene since the 1980's. They're located on a wharf on the Fraser River, between the public, commercial and government fishing wharves.
The fish n chips are prepared the traditional British style. The fish - whether you choose halibut, cod, or salmon is lightly breaded and deep fried. The fish is then served on top of a pile of home cut fries (complete with potato skin) and is served in a newspaper cone. Malt and white vinegar is available, as is ketchup, tartar sauce... and if you're from the UK, you'll probably appreciate the fact that they serve mushy peas! Of course, if you're not interested in deep fried seafood, they also serve hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, etc.
Health food this ain't, but when it comes to fish 'n chips on the water (complete with fishing boat traffic and seagulls stalking you for your food), nothing beats PaJo's.
Favorite Dish: The halibut and chips.
This is a restaurant that opened up in late 2006 to a very positive reception. It's about time that an authentic Japanese restaurant opened up, especially considering Steveston's Japanese heritage!
Ichiro delivers on many levels. It has fresh, high quality Japanese food beautifully presented with many unique spins on old favourites. The interior is tasteful and well spaced out. Servers are friendly and efficient. Prices are fair. It's always busy, especially with the Japanese, which is definitely a good sign. A nice bonus is that it stays open until 10pm, which for Steveston, is practically unheard of.
Favorite Dish: I like ordering à la carte when at Japanese restaurants, and Ichiro's excellent for this because they have so many options, so just experiment and order a bunch of things and have fun with it.
The Steveston agedashi tofu comes as 4 pieces in a bowl. Each piece has a cube of tofu with pieces of fresh asparagus, crab meat, and salmon wrapped in nori (toasted seaweed) and deep fried in a light batter then served in a brothy sauce. I highly recommend it.
The oshinko maki (Japanese pickle roll) is very fresh - the pickle's very crispy.
I also really like their gomaae - cold cooked spinach in a sesame sauce.
The BBQ pike mackerel was decent, but not a favourite of mine. I liked the way it was prepared (skin/tail on, filleted down the middle, marinated in a sweet sauce and BBQ'ed skin side down), but I think I'll order a more luxurious fish the next time around, otherwise, this tasted like a very large sardine.
Located at Steveston Landing overlooking the fishing boats on the river, if you're looking for a casual, family-friendly seafood restaurant with a view, this one takes the cake. Prices have increased since I frequented this restaurant earlier in the decade, but it's still a good restaurant when you're craving fish n' chips, seafood pasta, or oyster burgers.
Favorite Dish: I recently had their fish n' chips, but I cheated - I swapped the chips for seafood chowder. When you order fish n' chips, you can order wild BC cod, halibut, salmon, or even prawns, but the pricing varies accordingly - halibut being the most expensive; cod, the cheapest. I ordered the small portion (1 piece) of salmon which was battered lightly and cooked perfectly. They serve it all on a large glass plate shaped like a fish, and you also get a hefty dollop of creamy coleslaw with raisins in it. Price is approximately $10 a plate, give or take a few dollars.