Raincity Grill
Raincity Grill

Raincity Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raincitygrill.com/
  • Phone: 6046857337
  • 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: Organic, Seafood, Northwest
  • 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.
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Raincity Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (28)fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (23)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (15)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (9)late-night find (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (1)Show More
  • horrible
    tavalua23
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Took ten minutes for the server to acknowledge us. When he finally came he was totally high. His eyes were bloodshot and he didn't seem to have a clue what we were saying. We ordered a bottle of wine, which never came. Then he stopped by to tell us he forgot about it and that it was "crazy" inside. There were literally four tables that had people at them. The white wine came with no chiller. They just left the bottle on the table. The food was mediocre, lacked seasoning. When I asked to speak to a manager I found out it was our high waiter who was the manager. He returned after we ate to ask if we wanted dessert and told us that if we did to just flag someone down because he probably wouldn't be back because he's busy.
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  • A faded Star
    momo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Now i am going to sound old but as a visitor from out of town I was disappointed in my last visit. years ago RCG was on the cutting edge. I remember a ratatouille that made my heart sing . But this past night no specials on the menu just plain good fish. Not happy..
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dinner
    Jpvvvvv
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very nice. Great seafood and service. Excellent location
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We found the menu not to be large but very adequate. The service was very good, they had a good team work style. The wine list is not large. Found the cocktail list to be a little old fashioned. Our dinner tasted very good. We will return
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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  • A True Neighbourhood Gem
    WolfordVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Raincity Grill has been around for a long time, so it is easy to forget how good it is and how much it's meant to fine dining in the West End and Vancouver in general. Went there on a lark on a quiet summer Sunday and was knocked over by the superb food and gorgeous view. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PAM007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had 5 for dinner and everyone had something different. The salmon was delightful and my son enjoyed the pasta. Perfect location -right at English Bay and a few steps from our hotel. Nice selection of wines. Enjoyed all the deserts. Made for a special night. Overall worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Change brings disappointment
    noname
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We visited RCG two years ago and loved it--had the best mushroom pasta dish ever, paired with great wines, served by a professional and attentive server. We were eager to return, and very disappointed when we did. The food was fair to good, the service awful. The restaurant is clearly understaffed, with one server apparently waiting on our entire section. It felt like Denny's by the end--our server barely paused when coming by, our water glasses sat empty by the end of the meal. We wanted dessert but could not stand to stay longer. Shame on the current management for letting an amazing restaurant with a well-earned reputation decay.
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  • Wonderful!
    Tea42
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Recently dined with my wife at the Raincity Grill and it was wonderful! Great food, great service at a reasonable price! We would go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    CrackaJax
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I brought some friends here to catch the view of the sunset while we chilled. The view wasn't as great as I might have hoped for, but the service more than made up for it. Amy managed to put up with our group of Luddites while maintaining composure and class, and while remaining extremely accommodating. Thanks!!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tika
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was a great experience for group, reasonable prices and good food. Casual and unpretentious environment
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Found the food tasty but without any "wow" factor. The beet salad was excellent with different tastes and textures. The halibut was bland and the vegetables and other highlights with it did not add much. A good evening with friends but the conversation far outweighed the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but not services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A study in indifference
    Beachguy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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  • Overpriced and overrated
    apbouch1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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  • Always good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable value
    Lovetoeatwell
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaLune
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Indifferent, inattentive service could not spoil good food in pleasant surroundings.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu not worth the price
    foodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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  • Good overall experience
    Precious
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating our Wedding Anniversary
    jaghen
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sure thing
    Montrosers
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Beautiful view
    Sophia
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a 7 course tasting menu (Groupon). Beautiful presentation! Food was sensible but not extraordinary ...
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1002 reviews are from the Raincity Grill reviews archive.
  • Incredible food, terrible service.
    ConstantFineDiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disaster
    Slow
    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.
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  • Huge Disappointment on a Big Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
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  • Bad start, good finish.
    SHAWN
    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.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mother's Day brunch
    AMBUD
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service? #fail
    Dave
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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  • Disappointment
    food4thought
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
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  • Family of 7 - 2 strollers
    AlbertaBoy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
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    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired restaurant.
    GrandPoobah
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
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  • Small menu, big flavour
    ReadLisaRead
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • THIS GEM STILL SPARKLES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Seventh Heaven!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seaside star
    leshlady
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    great setting near the beach, have always enjoyed the food - would go back again and anytime.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Disappointing.
    Tourist
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
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  • Beautiful gem!!!!
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant in our backyard
    colleen
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Brunch!
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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