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Aug 20, 2010 01:40 PM

Rodney's - A must-rec for BC 'hounders

As a visitor, I have to say that Rodney's was not on the Chowhound radar (at least not in a large way). But it was recommended to me by a local, and so I took a stroll through Yaletown and got there for happy hour (3-6). It's one of those places that you instantly feel at home in (reminds me of some of the oyster bars in Boston). The happy hour bar menu has, first and foremost, $1.50 oysters!, as well as chowder, mussels, ceviche, etc. There was a generous pour (or 3) of crisp Sauvignon to wash it down, and boy were those oysters tasty! It's a real deal, (at least to this LA dweller), and the place fills up in a hurry, so more than a few people know about it. Great afternoon.

Rodney's Oyster House
1228 Hamilton, Vancouver, BC V6B2S8, CA

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  1. We like to keep Rodney's a secret... ha.. ha...

    Next time try their delicious spicy Ceasar drink. It comes with one colossal Prawn.

    6 Replies
    1. re: hapwit

      agreed the oyster's and caesar with freshly grated horseradish are a must at Rodney's. oyster selection is still the best in the city.
      there are lotsa place offering $1 a shuck oysters in town at various times . coast, la braserrie, deuce bigalow, etc etc...
      they are about .25cent/per and up cost right now.

      but imho, the other food are a miss. the crabcakes are ok, halibut passable. but i find most cooked items bland for my palate(sp?). but the fun environment may be hit for many. but a miss for some. depends on what ur looking for i suppose...

      1. re: betterthanbourdain

        Agree with BTB. Go only for oysters, the other food is meh...and I abandoned going there ages ago when the service was dreadfully slow and it wasn't even a busy night. Ah well...perhaps the service has improved?

        1. re: bdachow

          no it hasn't. not for me at least. :-D . was there a couple of time this year. last I was there about 4 months ago. it wasn't bad service. but having to flag the server often is not a good sign. sitting at the bar is marginally better. at $40-70 per person that works to be quite a good tip for very casual service.

          curious to hear of any other oyster focused venue in the city? besides joe fortes, coast, blue water, sandbar... that is all that comes to mind. i suppose a trip to

          1. re: betterthanbourdain

            Somehow I suspected as much. Same experience and that was years ago, shame about service. Having to constantly hunt down your waiter/waitress is such a pain and they expect a good tip??!?!? Sorry, TIPS (to insure prompt service).

      2. re: hapwit

        A little off topic but I had a fabulous Caesar at Timber on Commercial Drive. Tasty, nicely spiced and it came garnished with a lemon wedge, lime wedge, pickled bean AND a large prawn. Gotta like that!

        1. re: islandgirl

          I will have to second the Caesar recommendation at Timbre. It's my favourite Caesar I've found in town. Now if they could only add an asparagus stalk...

          Timbre Restaurant
          2068 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N4B2, CA

      3. My cousin And BF from LA always go to Rodney's on their annual visit to Vancouver. They are addicted to the Fanny Bay Oysters. It's a fun & loud place to hang out. I think most Vancouver chowhounds know about Rodney's but only recommend it if someone specifically asks for oysters which Rodney's excels at.

        If that's the atmosphere you looking for, for your solo visit to Vancouver, sit at the counter at Guu with Garlic (Robson & Bidwell).

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        1. re: moyenchow

          While I agree that the food from the kitchen leaves something to be desired, Rodneys is a must for the oysters -- try the briny Stellar Bays next time if they have them. They also do a decent job with mussels and fish soups (both prepared in steamers at the bar.

          1. re: Peter Rodgers

            Hey all...
            Does anyone know if Rodneys has a decent whiskey selection to go with those fine oysters? I remember the Toronto location doing just fine in that department.

            1. re: spitjr

              No whiskies currently listed at either Rodney's outpost. Here's the Vancouver menu link: -- see "grog" list.