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  • Jeff Purvey's Seafood Restaurant & Tavern

  • 3.0 stars
    (21 reviews, average rating: 3.1/5)
  • Cuisines: Seafood
  • (705) 742-8301
  • 124 Rubidge Street Peterborough, ON K9J 3N4
  • Neighbourhoods: Town
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Pete
14 Reviews
2012/11/03
  • Pete
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • It was Friday at lunch and there was a smattering of people that should of told us something! We ordered our food and I thought I would use the washroom. Looked for fully five minutes until I got the attention of our server. They could use a sign! Now onto lunch. The fish was good the batter greasy as was the fries. The shrimp I ordered was very chewy.
    The whole experience left a bad taste in mouth. In all likelihood I will not return!

  • Order: Fish and Chips with shrimp
 
SueT
3 Reviews
2012/10/30
  • Great Seafood...still AFter many decades!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • Been to Purvey's since I was a kid in the 70's/early 80;s. Not much has changed atmosphere wise! It's kitchy now I guess. They just did a major reno/overhaul, but I haven't been in to see what has changed. If you want to Avoid chains, and have your money stay in the community with a Family business that's been in Peterborough for Decades - support them! Best halibut, and hand-cut fries (not frozen and flown in form god knows where... china? like the chains!). Like a said the decor was stuck int eh 80's, but hey the 80's are back in! Once around the kitchen is always a favourite.The waitress we get alot has been there forever! THey do tons of takeout. Maybe in the sketchier part of town, but we've never had a prob parking or walking. Purvey's is a Peterborough institution.Let's see that it outlives places like Dead Lobster.

  • Order: fish & chips, cod,fish &chips halibut,once around the kitchen
 
Restaurantican4807
1 Review
2011/10/25
  • I must say, I like the food. We usually get it...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I must say, I like the food. We usually get it delivered. Wow, the chips were SO much better in the dining room, nice and fluffy! By the time they arrive at the house, they are really deflated.

    The dining room service though, sheesh!
    "Do you have beer on tap?"
    "No."
    (silence)
    "Do you have bottled beer?"
    "Yes."
    (silence)
    (more silence)
    "What bottles do you have?"

    Come on lady! This is waitressing 101!

  • Order: fish and chips
 
DuncanAndLauralee
27 Reviews
2011/05/03
  • Been too long
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Well its been 20 years since i have had food from here, last visit to JP, was the Chemong location that spoiled my desire to return. Glad we did. My wife had the halibut and chips and was very pleased with it. Home cut fries are fantastic , i enjoyed the Once Around The Kitchen, and was scared because no one can cook scallops anymore properly. Well to my surprise- THEY DID IT. Not overcooked and rubbery, fish wasvery good and loved the fries.
    The atmospher , classic as it always been. Love the old clasic look.
    We went early and joined the sr. dinner cround but the placed filled quite quickly as meal went on and take out was non stop lined up.
    Guess thats why its been here for so many years.
    And remember dont judge a restaurant from the action of a satalite establishment.

  • Order: Halibut and chips, once around the kitchen.
 
SusanS
1 Review
2011/04/20
  • Best Fish & Chips Anywhere - I MEAN IT!!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I have made a special trip to Peterborough for the last 30 years + . I moved from Toronto, to Peterborough to Pembroke to Ottawa and now Arnprior and I still make a point of going through Peterborough on the days that they are open (closed Mondays, I believe). I am british and can honestly say that I go out of my way to check out fish & chip shops anywhere I go. The other reviewer is right, the fish is thick and the batter is perfect. No greasy batter, just light and perfect! I can go on and on, but the food speaks for itself. It is not a high class style restaurant and don't get dressed up, but the prices are very reasonable and the fish and chips are excellent.

  • Order: I always order halibut or haddock and fish. My husband orders the combination plate of seafood.
 
SteveR
12 Reviews
2011/02/15
  • It's about the food
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Best fish and chips in town - no question. I've tried many and this is the real deal. At the original location near the GE plant, not the Chemong location, the fries are real - not frozen. The halibut is cut thick and the batter is just right. It doesn't get any better. The decor is so out it's in. The waitress we had did her job as though she'd been doing it since the place opened - efficient but numb with boredom. Who cares! The food was exactly what we hoped for when we decided to get fish and chips. Wrap it in newsprint and take it home baby! If you like fish and chips this is the place.

  • Order: Halibut and chips, coleslaw
 
Hales
4 Reviews
2010/08/17
  • Good Food, Bad Hostess
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • They have the BEST fish in town by far! They're battered mushrooms are also quite delicious. However...the lady with the long red hair that works there always looks like she's having the worst day of her life. She looks at you like you're a thief if you want extra tartar sauce. I've been going there for over a year and I have NEVER seen her smile when serving customers. This woman should not be in customer service. I normally just get takeout because of her. If the fish wasnt so good, I wouldnt come back at all.

  • Order: Fish and Chips, Coleslaw, battered mushrooms, clam strips
 
GoodServiceIsKey
4 Reviews
2010/05/09
  • Best Fish & Chips ever
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 1
  • I have always love Purvey's and always will! I don't know where these people with bad experiences have been going but I'm doubting it was here (okay, I'm sure it was here but it's hard for me to picture it!).

    I have been here SO many times in my life and never once had a bad experience. Everyone is always very friendly and my order has never been messed up, not even once. And they are actually AMAZING fries.

    I won't lie though, the seafood chowder is not my favourite. Actually, I ordered it once and I couldn't even eat it. Mind you, I have been SPOILED with chowder, there's a great restaurant in Brighton, Ont. that makes the most amazing seafood chowder. So I'm pretty picky now!

    Also, City Lights on George St has better deep-fried pickles but they are only open for the after-the-bar crowd so these do satisfy a craving at a more convenient time..

    Warning: it's very greasy so if you don't like your deep-fried food to be very... deep fried (?!?!) then you may want to go elsewhere.

  • Order: Fish & Chips, chowder, deep-fried pickles, poutine
 
Joanne
1 Review
2009/08/02
  • The place has gone downhill lately, especially...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • The place has gone downhill lately, especially for take out. It seems to be run by a bunch of new people. I had a problem with my takeout (no fries with my fish when I opened the package at home). I called and was hung up on when I explained the problem. Called again and was told it would be 20 min for my order to be corrected. Returned the food and asked for a refund, no apologies, threw my money on the counter and said there you go (I was not rude, I work in customer service). I used to be a regular, the food is pretty good and the service has always been great, not anymore. Check your order before you leave.

  • Order: 2 fish, one chip and onion rings
 
Bud
46 Reviews 1 Helpful
2009/05/09
  • Ordered Fish & chips take out -worst fries I've...
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 1
  • Ordered Fish & chips take out -worst fries I've ever had I could cook better fish & chips myself and next time i will.

    What ever happened to good old English fish & chips? Is it the oil (lack of transfat)?

    Maybe some restaurant owners can answer this

  • Order: fish & chips take out
 
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