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Hart House Restaurant
Hart House Restaurant

Hart House Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.harthouserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (604) 298-4278
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Modern European, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Mike Genest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for onsite private dining details. One of our Sales Managers will be able to assist you in your event planning.
    (604) 298 - 4278
  • Private Party Facilities: Beautiful Lakeside Cottage for 30 guests seated

    Private Rooms for groups of 16 to 80 seated.

    Seasonal Tented events and weddings for up to 250 guests seated.

    Both plated and buffet menus available.
  • Private Party Contact: Sonja Muller (604) 298-4278
  • Special Events & Promotions: See our events page:

    Summer Garden Parties.

    25% off ALL bottles of wine, Tuesdays, lunch and dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canada Way
  • Public Transit: 144 Metrotown or SFU on Deer Lake Avenue (25m)

    123 Brentwood on Canada Way (100 m)

    Bonny's Taxi services the Burnaby area:

    Burnaby : 435 - 6655 or 434 - 8000 Capitol Hill : 299 - 6262
    New Westminster : 526 - 1166 Coquitlam : 931 - 3333
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking on Private Lot.
    Overflow parking at neighbouring church or Heritage Museum in designated spots.
A word from Hart House Restaurant
Welcome to Hart House, one of the lower mainland's finest dining experiences. Built in 1910, the locally renowned Tudor style heritage house is situated on two acres of gardens on Deer Lake. This idyllic country estate, is only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Proprietor and restaurateur Paul Smolen transformed the 'family home' into a restaurant in 1989.
Since then, Hart House has opened its doors to countless dining guests, newlyweds and corporate clients; offering culinary excellence, a well stocked wine cellar and friendly professional service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The setting is gorgeous, the service was outstanding -- friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal very much. The outdoor setting was very scenic and natural. Walking thru the restaurant ,the inside dining would have been elegant"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My fiancée and I were treated like royalty with course after course of inventive, delicious food tailored to our dietary needs and paired perfectly with array of fine wines. The staff were knowledgeable and provided us with interesting details about the ingredients, some of which were grown on the premises, and the wine pairings. We will be back next month for our anniversary and will continue to visit often."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "A perfect lunch on the patio at Hart House! Try the beet and burrata salad as an appetizer - it is superb."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We went for dinner on a warm summer night in August recently. We sat out on the patio and the view of Deer Lake as the sun was setting was beautiful. A perfect location for a romantic dinner. There was a lovely prix fixe menu and my husband and I each chose different items so we could sample everything. He had the elk sirloin which was cooked to perfection as was my salmon. Desert was lovely, service was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Have had lunch several times. Always a good place to bring a partner, friend or business client. The ambience is great, the scenery from the windows or from the patio brings one close to nature. The food and service are both good. A walk around the lake is good exercise after eating. Price could be a little lower though."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I like the Hart House because of it's atmosphere. Girlfriend loves it. Went for brunch on Sunday and she had the Benedict. Even though she did not get the prosciutto as promised on the menu (chef substituted back bacon) she still enjoyed it. Her only comment was that they did not garnish with fruit - it's summer! I had the Traditional with bacon and easy over eggs. Probably the worst brekky I have had in a long time. Toast was not toast, greasy eggs had a dark glob in one of them, fingerling potatoes were partially boiled. Talk about boring! I cook better breakfast at home. The Spanish coffee was really good and the bacon was crispy. Those were the two highlights."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Hart House is a place that people too often overlook - - - it is truly a gem - - - on one hand, you want to see more people go there so they can enjoy one of the Lower Mainland restaurant treasures with great food, service, view and ambiance- - - on the other hand, you do not want to lose all the great qualities of a quiet romantic place."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We went on Saturday evening and there was a wedding wedding revenue going on by the lake; thus we got nice free wedding music. The servers were attentive. We ordered the prix fixe dinner. The price was pretty reasonable. The view by the deer lake was pretty good. The food was served in a reasonable of time. We had time to take photos of the lake and the food. The soup was thick and good taste. The San Daniele Prosciutto appetizer was refreshing. We were very full at the end. The only complain we would have was that one dish and knife were dirty; otherwise, it was a perfect night."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Nice area, good food and service. We definite will go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Ordered set menu. Not disappointed at all. Excellent! Friendly greeting at the door, efficient, friendly and attentive table service. Feel like a home guest rather than restaurant patron, which dovetails perfectly with the wonderful ambiance of this heritage house, situated on a great lake-shore property."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I just wish all restaurants would have my big 3's: great food, service and beautiful view. Hart House has 2 out of the 3, which isn't bad at all. The brunch I ordered was super tasty and the beautiful lake view was romantic to a hilt. Service could have been better. Our waiter wasn't very good but the guy that served us the water and bread was excellent. Wish he were our waiter instead so I hope he gets promoted. I never understood why the waiter would disappear for prolong period of time (15 mins), given that the restaurant wasn't all that busy (at least when I was there). I said please give me a couple of mins to decide on the drink order, not 20 mins later ... crazy. I wanted my order in before the big group placed their's."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I was looking for a unique venu for dinner and I read some amazing reviews online, so decided to try it out. We Took my mom here for her 50th birthday dinner. I can't begin to explain how amazing the food was. It truly was a flavour experience. Our server was amazing and the whole package from the venu to the quality of food was beyond my expectations. So thrilled we went here and will continue to go again and again. Hats off to the chef and his crew :)"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was good, but it's the service that stood out in my mind. Our waiter, Ian, was attentive and entertaining. Our water glasses were never empty and he told short funny stories while he filled them. A great addition to our alfresco dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A delightful evening with a great view from the patio table, attentive friendly service and delicious food. I have been to Hart House many times over the years and have never been disappointed. You certainly pay for the quality, but quality you get! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was not expecting to be so impressed by both the food and the attentive service at a recent dinner experience. The black cod was the finest fish preparation and presentation I've had in recent memory, complete with greens from the Hart House garden. The food is not fussy but shows thoughtful planning, and the menu does not extend beyond the reach of what is possible or reasonable. Dessert was a gelato sundae with hot fudge and macerated cherries--simple and delightful."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "...a 'heritage evening' embodied in the venue, the views, and wonderful evening for patio dining, service that was truly professional without being stuffy, food presentations that were unique and most pleasing, and a most relaxing evening to reconnect with old friends. Hart House is an ideal location for that intimate evening out, when quiet and personal is preferred over big, brash and noisy."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Hart House is one of our favorite places to celebrate an event , like our anniversary last week, or just to go enjoy a romantic dinner. Can't say I'm the most romantic guy but its easy to look good when you bring your date here. The food is always been top notch when I have been there, the waiters are not pushy or trying to rush around so you feel more relaxed to enjoy the surroundings. There is a great view in the back ,i guess that's why there are so many weddings there. As our anniversary was on the long weekend we decided to try out a "high end" steak house for a change, I do love my steak, but it was so busy and loud to the point that we just couldn't enjoy the ambiance."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We are longtime patrons of the Hart House and it always has been a favorite for us on special occasions or just for a nice dinner out. It's a relaxed atmosphere for an intimate dinner for two AND the the windows looking out on the back yard offer such a scenic setting. The menu always offers new tastes and the one thing we particularly like is the smaller servings. The service is superb, both the host and our waiter that we often have serve us - KEVIN is #1 :) We SO appreciate our time out with you!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went for our anniversary & were not disappointed! Amazing food & the service just right. We went for 5:30pm during the week & due to great weather, had the dining room to ourselves. Couldn't have asked for better. Our table had a fabulous view & hours had passed before we realised it. We dressed up but others were casual. My wife requires gluten-free options & the waiter was knowledgeable about the menu & if he wasn't sure, he checked with chef, who happily offered alternatives. I had the surf &turf appie & lamb entree; my wife had the albacore tuna & duck; everything was perfectly done with a light-hand on the sauce. My wife nearly swooned over the creme brulee & my chocolate mousse cake was heavenly. Don't wait! Go as soon as you can!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a table by the window so the view of the lake was great. Appetizers and entrees were very well cooked. Dessert was excellent as well"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I took a friend for her birthday dinner. Reserved online and asked for a surprise birthday dessert. Nothing was mentioned on our arrival or through the meal so I thought it was forgotten. BUT, when dessert came there was a candle lit and Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate. What a lovely surprise. Very special service and a great meal too."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Special occasion. Always good. Set 3 course menu is good value."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "A most amazing dining experience; excellent, attentive and professional service. Each dish was beautiful to look and absolutely delicious. Creative choice of ingredients and presentation. Prix Fix menu is outstanding in choices and value. 10 out of 10."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Hart House is a place for both foodies and lovers of history art and architecture alike. The price of the evening was over a $100 for the two of us but when you receive the outstanding service, taste the elivated and modern food, and have it paired with the perfect wine you have a recipe for a magical night. To top it all off the view of Deer Lake in the background and the ambiance of music in the air, this restaurant is simply a dream. I am quite literally thinking about having my wedding here, but in the mean time my partner and I plan on making this a yearly outing at least! Thank you so much Hart House for superceeding our expectations and a huge thank you to our waiter Iain, who just made the whole experience warm and comfortable."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Amazing food, great service. Attentive but not overly so. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been to Hart House many times for lunch and have always enjoyed. Came for dinner and sat out on the patio this time. Ambiance was very romantic with a gorgeous view of Deer Lake. Iian was our server and he was excellent as always, very knowledgable on the wine list. The meal was fantastic and I will certainly continue to come here."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We went to the Hart House for lunch with out of town guests. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we walk in the door. Our lunch was very good and our server was superb. The restaurant was not busy so we had plenty of time to have lunch, dessert and a nice visit. We will. Retain ly return. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service efficient but not intrusive. There was a small problem with one beverage, and the beverage was immediately replaced, with apologies. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my wife to the Hart House for Mother's day. The ambiance is great and the service was excellent. The food was good but nothing outstanding. If it wasn't for the setting I would have given the restaurant a pass as you can get food this good at other places for less cost. Overall however we had a pleasant evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It's pretty enough but the atmosphere is pretentious yet I would expect nicer flatware & dishes for the prices. The food was tasty but very sparse in quality ingredients. I had oysters which were fresh but the mignonette was average with bottled cocktail sauce. The crab & mushroom spaghettini with peas was likely out of the box pasta with minimal crab, mushrooms and a few peas--poor value for $28. The coconut pannacotta was good, but the coffee was cool and sparse. This is over rated. Understandable why this place did not rank on the best restaurant list. Friendlier service, better valued food (not just cheap pasta with minimal toppings) in a hip downtown location that actually awards open table points. Try Tableau instead folks."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Four of us dined in a charming alcove beside a fireplace. Service was excellent. Wine list impressive, quite costly. Small menu with excellent choices. Excellent plating. Mixed green salad and steamed halibut were great. Nice desert menu as well."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Did not find it outstanding for the price! There was a particular odor when we walked in that was not very pleasant. No candle at our table, server did not ask what we are celebrating.."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner with my girlfriend. Staff were attentive: Bill was charming and debonair and our young server Finn was impeccable! A wonderful experience. Food was spot on!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Suggest to improve the bread for Lobster Sandwich, and the stock according your wine list"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This was our first time and we loved the ambience and enjoyed the food. Very attentive waiter. An overall lovely experience.☺"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Having eaten at so many fantastic restaurants around the world, this one truly makes it's way to the top of the list. No only is the wine list extremely comprehensive, but the menu is exactly spot on for what you would expect of a 5 star establishment. At the end of the meal, the manager even leant us two umbrellas to enable us to walk home."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The Hart House is not only a neighbourhood gem, it is our "go to place" when looking for a restaurant for a special occasion. The food is always tasty and well presented, and the waiters go over and beyond to enhance the dining experience."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "From the time we walked in the door we felt welcome, the staff knew about our recent engagement and congratulated us and made us feel at home. Our server was awesome and the manager was great too. We had a great evening and look forward to potentially having our wedding at the Hart House"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had best duck breast ever. Everything oh the plate was phenomenal. From duck breast to fig jam to pure, even kale. For dessert we had excellent chocolate mousse and Anna Pavlova. Our compliments to chef's palate."
    Dined on 4/5/2014