Restaurant: Rodney’s Oyster House
Address: 1228 Hamilton Street
Parking: Pay Parking
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun 11:30am – 11:00pm
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent
Well, Here you go! The well-known Rodney’s Oyster House. I know… I feel bad even writing a review on this restaurant because I’m sure you can find endless reviews on this place already. This is one of the places that I get shocked when some of my friends tell me they haven’t tried yet. It’s that famous! Even the tourists know about it! Like it or not, I will still write a review on this place because they offer quality oysters in a fun atmosphere and it is like literally less than 5 minutes walking distance from where I live. The restaurant has a rustic beach theme and the layout is kind of like a loft style where there’s upstairs but isn’t as big as the downstairs and you can sort of look down and see the floor below you, like an indoor balcony. To me, Rodney’s is like a male version of Hooters! Okay, I’m over exaggerating a bit but all of the wait staffs here are males….I mean hot ones! They are all really fun and energetic too! One time, my girlfriends and I were seated upstairs and our waiter casually sat with us and took our orders. After he was done taking our orders, he literally jumped down to the first floor instead of taking the stairs down! It’s always fun to be in an atmosphere when you can tell that employees are having fun doing their job! Anyways, I was going through my previous food pictures to see what I have for Rodney’s and I discovered that I have none….how could this have happened….well, it’s one of those places I’ve been coming back quite often that I didn’t even bother to take any pictures…..so I had no choice but to go back and take some pictures…which means more oysters for me! Yum Yum!
I went here on Saturday around three o’clock, just in time for their low tide (happy hour) which is offered from 3 to 6 everyday except for Sundays. On this day, Yaletown was having an event called Candy Festival so the place was packed with people.
Luckily, we were seated right away but a huge line-up was formed after we were seated. It is definitely worthwhile coming here during their low tide hours because you get few dollars off from some of their popular menu items.
Raw oysters are priced $1.50 during the low tide hours and I know it’s not the cheapest since there are a lot of places that offer buck a shuck during their happy hours lately. However, considering their location and quality of their oysters, I think it is a great deal!
I always order their Oyster Rockefeller and Pasta with Scallops, regardless of the fact that they are not included in their low tide menu, because they are so good. However, I had to skip on Oyster Rockefeller because it was only two of us that day…and I didn’t think we would be able to finish it all…no…I’m lying… I could have finish them all but my workout coach told me to reduce my food intake….sigh…..
Raw Oyster– 4.5/5
- $1.50 per piece (happy hour price)
- We got dozen of their raw oysters and they were served with lemon wedges and horseradish.
- The size of the oysters were huge and they were really fresh!
- $13.95 (happy hour price)
- Steamed in dill butter, garlic, and wine.
- They were huge and soft, yet chewy in some parts in a good way.
- You need to save your breads and dip them with this sauce!
- These were really good but the best mussels I’ve had in Vancouver were from Cafe Salade de Fruits.
Pan Fried Oysters– 4/5
- $12.50 (happy hour price)
- Freshly shucked oyster lightly breaded and served with their own tartar sauce.
- The oysters were good size and they were fried perfectly with crispy exterior.
Pasta with Scallops – 4/5
- Tagliatelle pasta in creamy tomato sauce topped with few pieces of large scallops.
- It is cooked al dente and always taste so good!
For quality seafood, Rodney’s is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. If I am feeling hungry and get the craving for seafood during the happy hour, I always have to make a tough decision of either going to Rodney’s or Joe Fortes, another solid restaurant for seafood. As for value, Joe Fortes has better happy hour menu in my opinion because you get 50% discount on their appetizers. The only setback of their happy hour would be that you need to sit at the bar. At Rodney’s, you get to sit anywhere you would like as long as the seats are available. Besides, their oysters taste different as well! Joe Fortes’ happy hour oysters have rich and creamy taste, whereas Rodney’s happy hour oysters are more fresh tasting. If you haven’t been to Rodney’s, I would suggest you to try them at least once so that you can see for yourself why people are raving about this restaurant so much. I haven’t been to their newer location in Gastown yet so I hope to visit them in the near future!