Bridges
Bridges

Bridges

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bridgesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6046874400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday thru Saturday from 5:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Shane McNeil
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The dining room comfortably seats 150 for a plated meal, or 200 for a cocktail reception. Bigger thoughts, include the main floor rooms for a full-on party of 750!
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Sharun 6046877351
  • Special Events: Open and offering special service on all public holidays, Valentine's and Mothers' Day. Open for Brunch Mothers' Day. Closed for business on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Johnston
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Bus # 50 connects to the entrance on the island. Another option is via the Granville Island Ferries which crosses a short stretch of water and drops passengers who have chosen to walk from the city centre twenty yards from the restaurant entrance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free surface parking is available on the streets of Granville Island, right at the restaurant's front door.
A word from Bridges
Bridges has a stunning location, overlooking the fishing boats in False Creek and the mountains of the North Shore. The dining room features a vaulted ceiling highlighting the original beams and trusses of this 1920's building, with floor to ceiling windows capturing every part of the view. In a casually elegant atmosphere, the chef presents a menu designed to be shared, featuring fresh seafood, rich meats and local produce. During the summer, the dining room's outdoor terrace offers a unique opportunity for white-linen service on the waterfront.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Bridges reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (43)great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (29)romantic (21)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Always Nice on the 2nd Floor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We ate upstairs where it is quiet and has an elevated view of False Creek. The best service is when all you have to do is order what you want and the rest takes care of itself. Once we ordered our food we didn't have to ask for anything else. Our waiter was on top of everything. I had the Zator Chicken was was amazing. My wife had the Beef Tenderlion. Frankly, I thought the chicken was much better although both were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had A Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    From The Service Too The Food It Was An All Around Great Dinner, And After She Brought Our Bill We Mentioned We Were Going Too A Show And She Took 10 Percent Off The Bill, Great Night And Wine :)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location, attentive service
    Dinnerdoc
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Bridges remains one of my favorite spots for a drink on a sunny summer day, but the food was variable in quality. They were out of fresh oysters, but the grilled salmon was tasty, if overpriced. The paella was a huge disappointment. Very little chorizo, three mussels, and no discernable yse of saffron or a base sofrito. At over $30 a serving, it just wasn't good enough
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridges on a Rainy Evening
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Lovely location with a great outdoor patio (had it not been raining) . Service was excellent and the food was average. Portion size was a little small. This is a great place for a group to have a gathering and obviously a wonderful place for outdoor summer dining. Tremendous View
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    schaferpho
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    To celebrate a special event, we thought we'd try something new on Granville Island. BRIDGES had pretty consistent good reviews, but we were disappointed. My wife had a morel risotto - she found the mushrooms to be flavorless, maybe re-hydrated? I had the paella, which was OK, but uninteresting. Overall, just not a meal we enjoyed as much as we had hoped. We certainly would not go back.
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  • Always great!
    Mommycat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love Bridges, the food is always great, the dining area is very pleasant, the staff is friendly,very aware of the diners' wants and always nice to my 4 year old. When we are going to Bridges I know I won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bridges Continues to Impress!
    MigsVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I returned to Vancouver/Granville Island after a 10 year absence. My wife and I chose to Honeymoon in Vancouver Granville Island is a MUST STOP for any BC visitor. Bridges is also a must stop while touring Granville. FABULOUS views, GREAT PATIO and great food served by an attentive Staff! Go Dine at Bridges! You will not regret it! Migs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding view for summer evening
    Tejoi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good food, not always prepared with complete care. Some items are outstanding, prawn cakes, watermelon salad, risotto were all special. Halibut arrived lukewarm, veggies and potatoes with chicken a little tired. Fantastic gelato! Still I'd go back in a minute but the beer, wine and spirits list are disappointing. And my requests to the manager to improve it were met with polite disinterest. Too bad, small adjustments could make the whole experience as outstanding as the view on a summer evening. David, was a lovely server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a lovely time. It was my daughter's birthday. unfortunately we found two hairs in the food. I am a bit picky. It didn't stop my appetite. The personnel was very apologetic. The other five people of our party did not seem to be bothered and overall we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous food, service and setting
    SBell
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a great evening at Bridges. While the ambiance lends itself to formal-ness, we were very comfortable and welcome in our casual attire (after a day of exploring Granville Island). The service was friendly but not overbearing, and the food was fantastic. We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant dining
    merrydiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    had a great time with friends, nice chatting place and beautiful scenery plus delicious food, would love to go again... also, was interesting seeing a proposal complete with flower bouquet & kneeling at another table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bigmoe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good food in an amazing setting. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, not a nice waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    While the food was fabulous, our waitress was a smiling for the outside, she rude and unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had a great view of the harbor and fun location on the island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie3
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food is a little over priced for the amount that you get. Definitely can't get full off of one meal. Great service and ambiance
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brilliant
    Kazza
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We choose to eat here on our last night in Vancouver as we have been on holiday here, plus my cousin got married over the weekend. My auntie had suggested bridges as she had eat there before and said it was nice. There was 5 of us out for dinner we sat upstairs and our table over looked the bridge and harbour what a stunning view it was. Our waiter was David Solman I think his name was. Well I give him 100% for customer service this guy knows how to treat his guests. He suggested what to eat and wine and kept us laughing at all times. We all enjoyed the food i couldn't say a bad word about it, so hats off to the chef. Overall a very good first experience would highly recommend eating here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset dinner in Vancouver
    croutone
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at this place and Bridges' maitre d' went out of his way to make our dinner a memorable event: we were seated at a table on the terrace with a beautiful view on the river; the waitress was very helpful and friendly. My scallops and prawns fettuccine and my wife's salmon were outstanding. Our waitress told us that the dessert was on the house (apparently it's a tradition at this restaurant for couples celebrating their anniversaries) and then maitre d' sent us a couple of glasses of local ice wine that was very delicious. Overall it was one of highlights of our trip to Vancouver. I highly recommend this place for a dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed Paella @ Upper dining
    Coco
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We ordered octopus and bc mussels for starters to share, it was ok. Main course were scallop prawn fettuccini & paella. Seafood were fresh but somehow tasteless, especially prawn, mussels. Paella was not authentic, why would a high end restaurant deliver such a dish? I ordered banana split that was not on upper dining menu. The server was quite reluctant to check if they can do it. She didn't come back to tell us she had ordered and just brought the dessert to us. I had good times at the bistro & bar few weeks ago and expect upper dining will deliver even way beyond expectation. I would stick with bistro & bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were very disappointed with the Scallop & Prawn Fedicini. Two of us had this dish. Our guest left half of it. It was dry and tasteless. All previous visits have been excellent but not this important occasion.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out with guests
    Valleyvisitor1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had a terrific evening entertaining our gusset from my Montreal here, mad especially memorable by our witty and attentive waiter . I think his name was David Solomon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food and peaceful view
    VivaciousVivian
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal and the service was great. Our favorite waiter was on hand and as always provided informative information about the menu. The only disappointment was the wine we ordered was unavailable and the second choice had limited stock. The restaurant was quiet and peaceful and along with the view the whole experience was relaxing and refreshing. We sat at the window and watched the boats go by and could see the boats in the marina. The Ferry dock is there as well and people came and went. Bridges is our favorite Granville Island restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great waterfront dining
    KnoxvilleGuyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was our first time at Bridges, as we were visiting Vancouver. We arrived and our table was ready, with a great view of the water and, yes, bridges. The waiter was great and engaging, very knowledgeable about the food and drinks, plus a pleasure to chat with. We had cocktails to start which were superb. We started with oysters and a lovely salad, followed by a main of some great halibut. Then we ended with dessert of cheesecake. That was all accompanied by some BC white wine. It was all nicely plated, good temperature, and very tasty. We would highly recommend this to anyone dining on Granville Island!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 405 reviews are from the Bridges reviews archive.
  • food was horrible
    Abe012VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    we ordered the oysters and grilled octopus for our appies and the octopus was way over cooked resulting in a very dry and rubbery texture. The halibut entree was pre-made and plated. It got reheated in the microwave or even before being brought to the table because the friend onions were soggy and the sauce on the plate looked dried up.It was also very salty. The paella was under-cooked and was very bland.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vancouver dining at its best!
    IslandsConsultant
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great food, exceptional service, and the incomparable ambiance of the marina on a sunny, warm evening... it really does not get any better than this!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time
    romancediner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a lovely day on Granville Island. It was my husband's 61st birthday - we travelled in from Hope & were staying overnight at the Granville Island Hotel. So we had a nice lunch at Bridges in the lower restaurant with a great Chardonnay, & then dinner which we had reserved in the upper dining area. The food was superb, service was great, friendly & attentive staff. Great views. It was a lovely way to celebrate the occasion, my husband was duly impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant Surprise
    thatSTEVE
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Having lived in Vancouve rfor most of my life, I have taken out of town guests to Bridges on lots of occasions. However, they dropped off my radar over the last few years. I was worried that the food would be the typical so-so food in a restaurant with a view, often seen as catering to visitors. The food was excellent. Having just returned from a week in Paris, Bridges held up very very well. Excellent Steak, terrific salad and great desert. With the right amount of attention from our service staff. Well done. Steve
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome post-grad Dinner
    Shughsie
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Came here with my partner and son after his graduation weekend. I have eaten here a few times before when in town from Calgary but it was a truly perfect evening. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very cooperative and lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a wonderful night. Quiet, romantic, & they fully met my special requests with more than expected service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Vancouver Experience
    Gandolf
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This restaurant is one of Vancouver's best as it highlights ALL that is wonderful about this city - great food, great service and a wonderful view AND it includes outside dinning when the weather cooperates! Great for those of us that have the good fortune to live here and wonderful for tourists.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridges on Mother's Day
    vancouverdiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Seafood was excellent. Bread was especially delicious. Willing to make small changes for custom orders. Sparkling wine by the glass was some of the best we have had in the city. We were in the dining room upstairs which is moderately expensive but special, and of course the views were marvellous. Much better than we expected (given the view and location)!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment on a special day
    yvrfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Booked a table for Mother's Day (May 11) Brunch almost a month in advance. We arrived right on time for our reservation and there were many tables available but we still had to wait a while before we were seated. The view was amazing as it was nice and sunny that day. We were shocked that the menu was fixed for "Mother's Day Special" but this was not communicated to us beforehand. We did not expect a $38 set menu as the reason we booked with Bridges in the first place was because my mum loves their regular menu, so she was quite disappointed with this. Would have been nice if Open Table/Bridges made us aware of this set menu price as we probably would have decided to book somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day brunch disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was excited to book a reservation for Mother's Day brunch at Bridges. As it was somewhat costly ($38 per person) I expected great service and great food, along with the scenic view. Unfortunately it was a miss on service and food - the food came out barely warm and wasn't high quality. I didn't send it back as the table next to us had attempted to send one of their meals back and seemed to be having a hard time with it. The service was slow and at times quite inattentive and forced. The view was spectacular though and the restaurant had a pleasant ambiance. Overall, I was disappointed as I had been looking forward to treating my mom to a lovely brunch. Next time I'll book ahead somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner, stunning view
    SJWDVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner with absolutely stellar service. We were a bit early at 6 pm as we were going to a show at the Granville Island Stage. For half the meal, we were the only diners on the large patio. So surprising! We're not really bread eaters, but the complimentary focaccia was so delicious, we had seconds. My husband's sablefish was fantastic. I had the paella which was good but I wouldn't order it again. The patio and view cannot be beat - and you certainly don't have to fight the crowds downstairs.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It worked well for us
    Madeitoutawhiterock
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We came from White Rock, marine dr and one of us had only an hour for dinner as they were working for one the theatre groups. The sun was shining very brightly, it was almost too bright. Meals were presented and consumed, and then we headed back to work, to other meetings and we went to the Arts Club. A very enjoyable evening, thank you.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We went as a group of 10 for a batchelorette party. Great setting for a restaurant. Staff were lovely and very accommodating to us. Food was very good, and great value for money
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food portions lacking
    Mike
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Having dined at several restaurants over several nights, Bridges was second only to Cin Cin in food quality. However compared to the aforementioned restaurant the portion sizes were lacking greatly. The food was excellent, however given the proximity I would visit the other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We celebrated my wife's 30th birthday there with a very perfect meal. I was there before about twenty years ago when I was in high school with my schools music group, and I vowed to go back there when I was old enough to truly enjoy the fine dining experience. It was great! We will be back. Hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, poor service
    afm62
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Delicious food, lovely setting but very poor service. The server seemed very unsure and uncomfortable, took away several people's glasses and/or dishes without asking if we were finished and generally did not seem to be remotely communicative, a complete opposite to the server we had prior to the meal at the bar downstairs. A lovely spot and I will be back and will hope for better service next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Shrimp Cakes
    Vancouver
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The shrimp cakes were very tasty and had large chunks of shrimp in them
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view, overpriced food
    Gaiskid
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We used a travelzoo voucher and still felt the menu was totally overpriced for what you received. Entrees consisted of meat / fish only and vegetables had to be ordered separate. I had ordered the sablefish which was about $18 and that is exactly what I received, a small 3x4" piece of mushy whitefish. I had to order fries on the side for an additional $10! My friend ordered scallops as an appetizer and received two very small scallops for $17. I guess you are really just paying for the beautiful view because the food certainly was nothing to rave about. I would not go back there again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet