Seventeen89 Restaurant + Lounge is a collaboration between chef Daryle Ryo Nagata and third-generation fisherman Paul Puratich. The duo decided to call it Seventeen89, which as well as the street address (1789 Comox Street), represents a notable time in history: “Big things happened in 1789. The French Revolution began, George Washington took office, Mutiny on the Bounty took place. We think 1789 will be big for us too. After all, in Mandarin it means: together, wealthy, prosperity, forever. Cheers to that!”
With one partner who’s spent most of his life at sea, Seventeen89 offers an abundance of fresh-off-the-boat fish and shellfish. An Oyster Raw Bar offers a selection of fresh oysters, shucked and served with a signature condiment tray; mussels or clams come in the guest’s choice of broth; a West Coast Seafood Chowder is loaded with the local catch; and there’s tender roast sablefish, salmon, halibut and tender crab and lobster dishes. There’s much more than seafood though. Creative vegetarian and gluten-free dishes line up with crisp salads, tasty tapas and pasta. Those with bigger appetites will love the Spring Creek Ranch steaks, as well as beachside classics like burgers and fish & chips.
Seventeen89 Restaurant + Lounge also gives a nod to the location’s past as a popular martini bar with a thorough cocktail list. As many other B.C. restaurants are doing, Seventeen89 will not be using any Russian vodkas in protest over that country’s anti-gay laws. It will soon also add traditional afternoon tea, which will be something to look forward to in the near future!
Seventeen89 is now open for dinner at 4 p.m. every day except Monday, for lunch on Friday, and for brunch Saturday, Sunday and long weekends.