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“So Disappointing!”
Review of Bucky's

Bucky's
Ranked #12 of 20 Restaurants in Lopez Island
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Blaine, Washington
1 review
“So Disappointing!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

When our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren joined us on Lopez for a long weekend, we were delighted that our son-in-law, Brent, chose Bucky's as the spot to have his birthday dinner, since our past experience at Bucky's had been enjoyable. We were sorely disappointed with not only the food, but most especially the service. We were one of two tables requiring service in the restaurant, but were made to feel as if our every request was a hardship for our server, who I later learned is one of the owners. When one of our party was not able to eat the meal ordered, the owner argued that she had served millions of that dish with nary a complaint. Doubtful. While the meal was replaced, the negative attitude expressed put a damper on our dinner, not to mention the birthday celebration we had earlier set out to enjoy. The food was definitely not in keeping with the prices charged and the service offered. One less restaurant for us to visit on Lopez. Do not recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Laura L
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English first
Concord, California
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135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best view in town/great food.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Enjoy the beautiful view of the bay while you dine on delicious hamburgers, sandwiches & fish tacos. This place was recommended to us and it lived up to the recommendation. Friendly servers, great view, and great menu. We ended up eating there several times in the week we were on Lopez Island.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Sojourner_mom
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Delta
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Lovely, Fresh, Delicious and reasonable!!”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

While exploring Lopez Island, we decided to have lunch in the 'village'. We checked at a couple of restaurants as we wandered, and stopped in at Bucky's at the end of a little row of lovely galleries and shops overlooking the bay.
There is an indoor seating area, as well as a lovely deck out in the back. We chose to sit outside, and ordered grilled fish tacos which were one of the specials of the day. They were just delicious! Reasonably priced, nice portion, and friendly efficient service. They have a varied menu, which seemed to have options for most people. We sat enjoying our meal and took in the beautiful scenery, fully appreciating island life! We were so happy, we came back a couple of days later, and had the same great experience!
Try this place out if you're in the neighbourhood!!

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Marvox
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Poulsbo, Washington, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food & service”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

My wife & I enjoyed a great crab cake & pasta dinner and also excellent fish tacos. The deck is adorned with lovely flowers in planters, and there's a tranquil view of a meadow & Fisherman's Bay, beyond. We enjoyed quick friendly service in a clean restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. We'll come back!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Karl H
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Bellingham, Washington
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Sub-par food and sub-par service.”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

If you're satisfied by food akin to Olive Garden & Red Robin delivered with a faux-friendly, rushed, dismissive attitude, you'll appreciate Bucky's. It would be so nice to recommend this place. To enjoy great, local food set against a unique, local atmosphere. Alas, Bucky's fails in all respects.

The offerings here are classic Food Services of America. With a few notable exceptions ~ such as Lopez Island Creamery ice cream (which, incidentally, is nothing more than ice cream made from milk produced off-island) ~ the menu is interchangeable with any chain restaurant in the country. Likewise, the cooking and presentation is forgettable. The so-called chef/owner apparently thinks drowning food in oil is the recipe for success.

Our server was the other half of the ownership team. She was maxed out with a handful of tables (off-season, mid-week). Each request ~ from water to wine, bread to flatware ~ was clearly an annoyance. Given that we weren't in a huge hurry, and were sitting outside on a pleasant, mild evening, the forgetfulness & extra wait wouldn't necessarily bother us. Rather, it was the genuine disinterest on the part of our server ~ an owner, nonetheless ~ that struck us. A complete lack of personal service, served up alongside an unsatisfying meal.

The icing on the cake was a misunderstanding regarding the tip. When we expressed our questions/concerns, we were met with nothing more than a patronizing attitude on par with, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out". We frequent the island often and are fellow business-owners who aim to spend our dollars locally. Rest assured, we won't be spending them here again. They did absolutely nothing to earn our patronage ~ and obviously, they don't care.

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank jplrk
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