Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Cast your line with today’s Groupon to Nautical Nellies. Choose between two options:
- For $45, you get a dinner for two (up to a $108.95 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $14.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $37 value each)
Two glasses of wine or two desserts (up to a $10 value each)<p>
- For $20, you get $40 worth of anything on the lunch or dinner menus. Lunch entrees range from $12.50–$43.50 and dinner entrees range from $15.50–$49.<p>
Celebrating their 15-year anniversary, Nautical Nellies’ chefs coax robust flavours from quality ingredients, catching the attention of taste buds as well as OpenTable, where they garnered a Diners’ Choice award. Luxuriate senses with the baked French escargot or the bay scallops and prawns in a prosciutto shawl creating a matrix of taste and texture as delicate and dramatic as the power struggle between pepper and salt. Main courses range from serious steaks such as The Boss, a 12-ounce peppercorn new york strip loin ($36), to creative seafood dishes such as the salmon Wellington drizzled in a succulent dill cream ($28.50). Guests can peruse the wine list filled with pairing recommendations and pick Peller Estates sauvignon blanc that whispers romantic sonnets to the nose ($8 per glass; $39 for a bottle), or tame a sweet-tooth temper tantrum with one of six desserts, such as the white chocolate and blueberry strudel ($8.50).
Nautical Nellies Restaurant
Nautical Nellies Restaurant, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, is no stranger to recognition. The eatery, which overlooks the city's inner harbour, has garnered multiple Open Table Diners' Choice awards in categories including Best Food, Best Seafood, and Best Overall. Fillets of wild Pacific halibut or Vancouver Island ling cod flake beneath forks, and shellfish, lobster, and Dungeness crab claws teeter on multi-tiered seafood towers. Diners can sample 10 varieties of oysters and rolls of fusion sushi. Grass-fed Angus steaks, aged for 35 days, are cooked to any specification, from well done to what chefs term “blue”— seared on the outside, with a cool centre and a scrawled-on frowny face.
Thanks to the work of wine director Betty Furneaux, Nautical Nellies' beverage programs are just as thoughtfully designed as its dining menus. Wine Spectator honoured the eatery's wine list with an Award of Excellence in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Cocktails range from beachy mojitos to the savoury double-prawn caesar with vodka, Clamato juice, and two black tiger prawns. The restaurant also dedicates a section of the menu exclusively to scotch.