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Raincity Grill
Raincity Grill

Raincity Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raincitygrill.com
  • Phone: (604) 685-7337
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Organic, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Robert Clark(exec), Jennifer Peters(chef cuisine)
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call Curtis Wong, Director of Catering at 604-616-7600.
  • Private Party Facilities: Raincity Grill has a semi-private section that can accommodate up to 26.
  • Private Party Contact: Curtis Wong (604) 616-7600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davie Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Off-Street Parking available upon request.
A word from Raincity Grill
A lot of restaurants can claim they use local produce, seafood and meats, but Raincity Grill marches further: we tell you the name of the farm. A few examples? Raincity Grill is proud to serve you vegetables from North Arm Farm in Pemberton (98 miles away), pork from Sloping Hills in Qualicum Beach (80 miles away), chicken from Rossdown Farms in Abbotsford (50 miles away), Salt Spring Island Mussels and Salmon (off the waters of Vancouver), and greens from the Fraser Valley (86 miles away). Taste the locavore difference at Raincity Grill, the restaurant link to the best ingredients in the world: Vancouver’s own backyard. Located in the West End, on shimmering English Bay.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was good but the service was not impressive. Our waitress did not remember our orders and slow. I took my boyfriend and his friends for his birthday dinner and I was disappointed."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We have loyally supported this restaurant over the years, but will not back after tonight's fiasco. We attempted to have dinner with out-of-town guests. After one hour, our starters had not arrived. Our server advised us that the kitchen had forgotten our order. There was no real indication that anyone on staff was particularly concerned by the situation. Many neighbouring tables appeared to be experiencing similar fates. Based on the level of staff indifference, we paid for our drinks and left. One wonders if there is a systemic problem. None of the staff appeared to be happy, and no one appeared to be in charge. The servers were constantly on their feet and moving, but seemingly to no end. An overwhelming disappointment."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very disappointing dining experience. We were visiting from the US, and picked this place based on the number of positive reviews. The waitress didn't seem to be too familiar with the wine list, so we ordered a bottle of local Pinoit for 58 CAD that was served almost warm. The pork chop had the life cooked out of it, and was dry and hard to chew. My teenage kids ordered Fish and Chips that came with one piece of fish barely fried. Given how much the restaurant charged for the meal, it was way too much money for such average food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We celebrated our 10th anniversary here at it was a lovely evening. The service was outstanding - they even took a call from friends who had tracked us down to wish our happy anniversary and it was all done in fun. A great evening as always. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "All four of us opted with the early evening special for $30. The food choices were varied and our selections were very good. I had a cocktail, not from the menu, that was made perfectly and with no hesitation from the staff. Our server was excellent, we sat on the patio with the view of English Bay, we had drinks and dined with 3 courses each over a 2 hour plus period; we made a great choice dining at the Raincity Grill on Canada Day 2014."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "we go to Raincity Grill every time we are in Vancouver for a few days and are never disappointed. I ate seafood every night for five evenings and the Halibut at RAincity was the very best ever!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Indifferent, inattentive service could not spoil good food in pleasant surroundings."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was really disappointed with the food from the tasting menu, especially the dessert. The food was not that flavorful and the dessert was just sad. My husband's fish still had bones in it. The cheesecake tasted more like cream cheese and looked like 2 squirts from a ketchup bottle. My daughter's single fish & veggies was not fresh, the batter was really thick and over done. You can get larger portions and tastier fish & chips at Pajo's in Richmond for $10."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was truly excellent. To start, I had the albacore duo and my wife had the pea soup. For entrees, I had halibut and my wife had a vegetarian pasta dish. For dessert, we shared a rhubarb dish. Everything was fresh tasting and done to perfection. It was probably the best halibut I've ever had. The view is great. The service was very attentive. At first they sat us at a table by the bar, but then offered to move us to a window table. The only thing we didn't like was the size of the two "Scotch on the rocks" that we ordered. There was almost no Scotch in the glasses, yet they charged $7.50 each. It would probably be better to stick with wine at this restaurant. The prices are high, but worth it for a special occasion as it was for us."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I really found the idea that all the food I was eating was coming from within a 100 miles radius. Great food, great service, great view. Need I say more. We had a great evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Raincity Grill is always a good choice for a quiet gathering ...more Zen than Scene. The kitchen is consistent so I rely on it when I have " new to Vancouver " guests. Nice intro to Vancouver's food scene. An easy , peaceful feeling....... Note: Use Valet Parking at The Boathouse , otherwise nearly impossible."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a 7 course tasting menu (Groupon). Beautiful presentation! Food was sensible but not extraordinary ... "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I brought my mom to Raincity Grill after hearing how wonderful the food is, and I cannot disagree with that. The overall experience was horrifying, from the start we waited 5minutes to be greeted followed by server confusing leaving us again unfreeze at our table, by the time we had a server we had fully made up our mind ordering our drinks, appetizers and entrees. Our appetizers (two salads) took 50 minutes!! My wine glass was covered in pop residue and although the server seemed just as disgusted as I was she replaced my dirty Glas with a new diety glass. I would go back, just for the food and expecting a long visit. The food was incredible; the best Cesar salad and beef tenderloin I have ever had, but worst service I have ever had. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were there for Mother's Day brunch. it was a set menu - should be very efficient. It took them 30 minutes to seat us and another hour before we saw the appetizers. All in all it took two and a half hours. The location and ambience are great, the wait staff were doing their best, but if you can't produce the food from the kitchen on time for a set menu, you don't have enough people in the kitchen."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "HUGE disappointment to commit to a pricey mother's day brunch and to have incredibly poor & unfriendly service upon arrival, a long wait despite a reservation, drinks that came 1 hour after our reservation, wrong orders, forgotten orders and a long, painful wait for food. Clearly staff were over-worked but there was no attempt from the get-go to try and make it a pleasant experience. I know Raincity has good reputation and being open has hurt it. The experience also turned me off of mother's day brunches all together. The day prior, I was at a restaurant's opening where our lunch was on-the-house because they recognized the service was too slow. Yet in comparison to Raincity, it was fast food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The phone confirmation the day before informed me that there was a set menu (which was not posted at the time of the reservation) and 1.5 hours to complete the 3 courses. As it turned out the food was good, and because it was busy the wait staff did not hustle us out."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It was a beautiful Saturday outside, but Raincity grill was a bit dark and dim, and smelled musty... Having said that the food for brunch was great. The English Bay breakfast was sumptuous, varied and very tasty. I ordered scrambled eggs and they were some of the best I have ever had! However, the delicious French toast was made on a baguette because the restaurant was out of Brioche. A few things that could have been better - a faster response from the server, a quicker turnaround on the food after orders were taken, better coffee and non-alcoholic drink choices. All in all, it was a nice and relaxed atmosphere and the location is so, so nice. I've had great fish and chips out of their take out window and they are always great too. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very nice room with a limited but interesting menu. However, the service is terrible and quality of some of the food mediocre. My two partners each ordered split pea soup special to start, also each having Ceaser salad as main course. I ordered the tuna starter with beef tenderloin as entrée. We also ordered a bottle of wine. The wine arrived promptly. but the appetizers took about 20 minutes. They were very good. However, it took a good 45 minutes for the entrées to arrive, after the first course had been removed. My entrée was lukewarm at best and the potatoes were tough and tasteless. Desert took 20 minutes to arrive. Waitress was friendly, but stopped coming to our section as she had nothing to deliver - not well served by her kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The ambience here is lovely and we have had very good experiences here in the past. But our most recent experience was a disappointment. We had an interminable wait to be served and the service was less than friendly. As for the food, the squash soup was excellent, but 2 of the mains (the pork belly and the salmon) were OK but not exciting. The beef tenderloin arrived cold. The waitress was less than sympathetic but took it back to be rewarmed. It arrived the second time luke warm with the sauce starting to dry out. This time she offered to re-warm it again, or they could make him a new one which would take 25 minutes. They didn't charge us for one of the desserts, but at these prices, one expects much higher quality food and service."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great table by window, great service, very accomodating, drinks were very good, food was good, not up to our expectations from previous visits...my lamb cheeks were more saucy than tasty...caesar & beet salads were great. Felt a bit like we were rushed out, frustrating as kids were sleeping in strollers by then & would have topped off the evening to relax with another bottle of wine or drink....restaurant was not full so needing the table for a later res didn't seem like a motive...still a very good experience, just could have been the hilight of our weekend and fell short on the home stretch."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We did enjoy the staff, but were surprised at the limited menu choices. I order the Pink Salmon and my wife ordered the surf and turf. The most disappointing thing about the restaurant was portion sizes, I am comfortable with the usually smallish portioning in Fine Dining but this was a bit ridiculous, the pink salmon was two inches by two inches and a half inch thick. The salmon was over cooked and the placed some material on the crispy skin which made the skin soggy. My wife's surf and turf had 4 scallops, a small piece of pork belly (very high fat even for Pork belly) and a bizarre side. The Chocolate mouse had been scooped by the tablespoon and the meringue consisted of a few broken up pieces again no more than a tablespoon. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I made reservations for a group of 6 of us for a Sunday brunch. Our table was terrific, the service excellent and the food delicious. The one disappointment was that on a menu of 5 brunch items they were out of French toast as well as one of the 4 desserts. When the choice is so limited, it's hard to have a back up. However the food was delicious and well prepared and worth the slightly upscale prices. I hope they get over the "deconstructed" phase pretty soon though. It doesn't need to try to be hipster, the food speaks for itself"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "In the words of Arnie S. "I'll be back" My wife and I had the tasting menu Saturday eve. The food was fanfrikkentastic. Eat there."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had the seven course tasting menu with the wine pairings and it was truly an unforgetable experience! We HIGHLY reccommend Raincity Grille in Vancouver!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "great setting near the beach, have always enjoyed the food - would go back again and anytime."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went there partly based on this restaurant's reviews and reputation. This place is definitely trading on its past glory. For a restaurant in a great location, the room is dark & dowdy. The service was attentive but nothing remarkable. Did nor match the price point for the food. The food doesn't live up to florid descriptions on the menu. Our table had the salmon which didn't look great; the beef tenderloin which was accompanied by a mish-mash of stuff that cluttered the plate, and the special . Cooking was more to the standard of a talented home chef than a professional chef. The recent reviews on Open Table - are spot on the mark.. Vancouver has some great restaurants, this restaurant from my experience isn't one of them."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "When I looked at the web site, this place looked REALLY nice! It IS nice, but not stuffy. It is LOVELY. It is small and cozy! The food was amazing, the service was amazing and the setting in English Bay ! Go to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great find, even if it has been there for years. It was my first experience and I will definitely return. In the area of English Bay there are dozens of restaurants, with 3 big chains within 1 block of Raincity Grill. The menu is small but there was something for everyone. We were a party of 6 and tried all 5 entrees, 2 starters and 3 desserts. The service was great, efficient but not intrusive. It was a great place to take out of town visitors as the menu showcases local products."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had an outstanding brunch at Rain City Grill. Cannot believe how this long-time gem still maintains highest quality of food in city. Service was pleasant, food outstanding! And very reasonable compared with the chains that are so much worse."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was very good for the 6 course Groupon tasting menu that we had. The only criticism of the menu would be that it had very little in the way of vegetables in any of the dishes, and a couple of the dishes were not exactly as described, e.g. "clams in broth with tomatoes and chorizo" had one small piece of tomato and no chorizo in the bowl. Other than that the food was delicious and the service was great. On the night we were there, they had a kitchen staffing issue, so it took a very long time to receive our first dish. However, the server was so communicative and apologetic that it didn't bother us much at all."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been to rain city several times, for special occasions. This time we found a groupon special with a 6 course tasting menu. The food was absolutely fantastic, every course, and the service impeccable."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went with a Groupon for the tasting menu. It was absolutely delicious with intense flavours and top quality ingredients. The service was immpecable"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We took friends from Toronto to dine here recently and everyone at our table thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The only small annoyance was that two people at our table ordered the slow cooked ribs only to be told they had run out. This should have been mentioned when we given the menus. The only disappointment was with the dessert menu. We were surprised to find that all the desserts are served deconstructed. Our friends both ordered the chocolate dessert and found the presentation left them eating some dry & crunchy bits instead of the creamy texture traditionally used in the mousse."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Dinner was generally very nice; with a good value set menu, although I now recall that I've had the dessert from the set menu before, and I don't get it: it seems to be comprised mainly of salty bits of merangue and chocolate cookie, although the ice cream accompaniment was nice. Waitress forgot my partner's dessert, but then provided it free of charge. The cornish game hen and little quail's egg was lovely; nice crispy skin on the hen."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Dining at Raincity Grill on Valentine's Day was an epic endeavour. We spent 3+ hours at the restaurant (not by choice) after arriving ~25 mins late for our reso. We called ahead to let them know we'd be late getting there (angry toddler), and they told us that it was no problem, they were running quite late on their first service. We arrived (parking nightmare) and waited 20+ mins to be seated. The $76/person prix-fixe menu was unspectacular. Food was tasty but uninspired, but not what I'd expect to pay that much for. Main problem was the service - pleasant, but we waited ~45 mins for our appetizers, and over 30 minutes between courses. After arriving around 9:30pm, we didn't get out until after 12:30am. We were exhausted by 11pm. Ho-hum."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect to celebrate a special occasion or a nice romantic dinner. Food and service are good. There is attention to detail, variety in flavours and presentation is excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Well a great restaurant dropped the ball, Beyond slow service , average food and not one thing done to make up for it ! Everyone in the place wanted to walk out and I am sure if every place in the city was not booked they would have . Waiting an hour for the first course and then wait , wait , wait more for an incorrect second to show up ... I know it was a busy day ,but they have just lost a repeat customer"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Raincity Grill is our favorite restaurant -it's the reason we chose it for our Valentine's Day dinner. The food is absolutely incredible, but the hidden gem is that all the food is from BC. I'm proud of this fact and brag about it to out-of--towners."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The overall experience was extremely poor because of the wait. We waited 3 hours and that was only because we rushed the server. In the end, we had to get our dessert to go because we were tired of waiting. There were tables beside us who waited longer then us and they did not get their appetizers yet. You would expect the staff would be better prepared for a set menu Valentine's evening. Food was being delivered in the wrong order and to the wrong table. There was a table beside me who got the wrong order 3 times. It took about 30 minutes to get our clams (first course), 45 minutes to get our appetizers, 90 minutes to get our entree and 30 to get our dessert ordered to go."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved every bite, especially butternut squash soup. Service attentive but not overbearing. Lovely night out.highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014