Refined dining, comfortable room
Quiet, upscale,comfortable place to meet a friend for brunch in South Granville. Understated elegance, great service. I enjoyed a creamy latte and a dungeness crab benedict with that fresh-from-the-sea flavour I always crave yet rarely receive. My friend had the Mascarpone stuffed brioche-delish! We will be back!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still the best food in Vancouver.
We have dined a number times and keep coming back because the food is wonderful and the service staff are outstanding.
We always bring our 10 yr old daughter and the staff welcomes her and treats her with he same kindness and respect that they do the adults. The same can not be said of other fine dining establishments in Vancouver.
The only negatives are what I would consider less than ideal dinner music and the fact that the restaurant is always louder than it should be for"fine dining". Perhaps tone down the music and the patrons will not feel that they have to compete with the music to be heard.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the highlights of our
One of the highlights of our foodie trip to Vancouver. Excellent service and food was very, very good. I actually would give 4 1/2 stars if I could - probably the only slight negatives: the halibut was a tiny bit dry and my son felt that his braised short ribs did not have enough flavor - though I thought they tasted great. Highly recommend the cocktails, the foie gras appetizer, the lamb, the tortellini dish. We didn't have dessert because we were too full!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was excellent, we had
food was excellent, we had oysters. then the guys had pasta and ladies had a seafood salad
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Food was excellent, service
The Food was excellent, service fantastic, overall would absolutely recoomend to all!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
West was impressive
Our expectations were high because it was billed as the best restaurant in Vancouver. We found the service excellent, as well as the food. The dowside was the prices. This is a special occasion restaurant, but not a place to dine regularly (at least, not for us).
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb meal before the theatre ......food was perfect! Service was spectacular! Anyone would having trouble finding fault with WEST.
We will return again and again!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome resturant serving up only the freshest ingredients B.C. has to offer. Great food, AMAZING/ ingenious cocktails ( I highly recomened the Passage To India,) and friendly/knowledgable staff. If you are traveling to Vancouver, then you must check this place out.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
west one of the best
Loved the casual feel of the restaurant - not stuffy like some high-end places. Service was impeccable - much of it went unnoticed as it should. I had the lobster gnocchi which was absolute heaven from first bite to last. Others had beet salad and quail and all were impressed. For the main, I had the braised bison short ribs which were also tender and very tasty - highly recommended. My daughter had the duck with duck confit crepe which was also a serious winner.
I can find nothing even remotely negative about this restaurant. This was my first visit to West. Can't wait for the next one.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet. Elegant yet completely in-stuffy.
I had a couple of appetizers rather than a traditional meal for lunch and found everything delicious.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Saturday lunch!
We LOVED our Saturday lunch at the bar of West. David took exceptional care of us, plying us with many fabulous, unique, perfectly-crafted cocktails. The over-imbibing killed our afternoon (whoops!) but it was worth it. Food was fantastic also - not as complex or varied as the cocktails, but just as delicious, fresh and well made. The space is lovely and was nicely quiet on a Saturday afternoon. This was our favorite of many great meals we had on our visit to Vancouver. Highly recommend.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
West is my all time favorite
It is one of the best places to dine. West really focus on making good food . May I say, it is beyond delicious.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A local favourite
Brilliant food and service. Great atmosphere and accommodates my allergies graciously.
Also fun for a post-theatre drink.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at West on a recent trip to Vancouver. The menu is inventive and lists an abundance of fresh fish which is what we we were after. Each dish was superb. Service was top notch. Even my children were treated like VIPs.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some of the best service in town.
Top notch service. Overall the food was great but I wasn't a huge fan of the Halibut. The tart cherries didn't seem to go that well with it but a matter of personal taste I guess. Duck breast was very good, however.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate here on our vacation, and it was an amazing evening. At first we thought the noise level was very high, but before long we didn't even think about that. The service was impeccable - everything was perfect. My cocktail (manhattan) was perfectly done, and the food was creative and perfect. I had the evening's special, a wonderful halibut dinner, with taste combinations that pleased the palette in some surprising ways. An outstanding evening!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale, attentive service, well-crafted drinks, artfully presented foods. A treasure of Vancouver.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dinner at West Restaurant
Service and food were really good. Would definatetly recommend this restaurant and will be back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service at this restaurant was probably the best we've ever experienced. The wine and spirits list is unbelievable but the best part of the restaurant is the bar staff. David is probably the most knowledgable person regarding spirits that we've ever met. To watch them create the drinks is like watching scientists at work. It's amazing. If nothing else, even to just go here for a drink would be an experience. I could have spent all night watching them work. Vancouver is lucky to have such a gem.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
West for ladies who lunch
Had a very nice lunch with two ladies. I ordered two appetizers. Enjoyed my pea soup -- a lot -- and my crab salad was very good. The other ladies enjoyed their food as well but none of us were raving perhaps as much as we might have, considering the pricing. Service was impeccable and we were never rushed. The ambiance very pleasant. We shared an amazing dessert. My share of the bill was $55, quite high for lunch but worth it for a once in a while get together.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We received a gift card for the group of restaurants that West is a part of. Being new to the city, we didn't know what to expect.
We were able to get a reservation on Saturday for that evening. The room had a lot of character, with interesting architectural touches that were a little different. The kitchen has windows, so you can see things being prepared which was fun.
Our waiter was very attentive, and explained the various dishes with a lot of detail. Good service overall.
Just wish women wouldn't drench themselves in perfume, and then go out to dinner. About half way through our meal, two women were seated next to us, over scented. The rest of our meal was unpleasant.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food, service and cocktails! We had the taster menu with wine pairings and really enjoyed it. The cocktail bar is well worth a visit before the meal as well. All in all it was the best restaurant we ate in in Vancouver.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a beautiful. And stylish restaurant featuring unusual and organic cuisine expertly prepared. My only complaint is that the waiter told us the featured fish was enough for two, but the two servings were skimpy. At $64 we expected a dinner entree portion each but instead were given more salad greens to mask the small amount of fish on our plates! The fish was brought out whole and then taken back to the kitchen to be filleted The small fish was definitely not enough for two!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiter was attentive, knowledgeable
Waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and overall outstanding. Enjoyed every aspect of dinner. I nice addition would be valet parking.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A welcome return
Great location in trendy South Granville. It had been a few years since our last visit, so we were left wondering if the standard of cuisine & hospitality would still be as good. The décor remains much the same its nice, chic, classic which doesn't tire quickly. Substantial wine list, with very knowledgeable staff on hand to assist. Our main courses were all fish, all different dishes, all excellent. We will not leave it so long to return back again.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience. Outstandin
Great dining experience. Outstanding food, outstanding service, average ambience. Great place to celebrate a birthday. A bit pricey.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch in Every Way
One of the best dining experiences ever... However, the drinks are second to none. Let David fix you up with one of his unique specialties.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heading back West
It had even over ten years since we had last been to West for dinner but my wife and I returned on our tenth wedding anniversary and the food and service was fantastic. We'll be certain to return much sooner knowing the staff have been able to maintain such a high quality of food and service after so many years!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for vegetarians. They even have a seven course tasting menu for veggies!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful night with
We had a wonderful night with great food at this restaurant. Nice combinations, a lot of nice flavours and different consistencies in the dishes. One of the better places we have visited for dinner and a great way to get to know the bc flavours and products. A lot of skills were shown in the different dishes. Definitely a place to visit for special occassions with a very friendly and alert staff.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
entree portions for lunch
entree portions for lunch are on the small side so be sure to order appetizers/deserts or stock up on bread
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Vancouver Gem
One of the better restaurants in Vancouver. Excellent cocktails. Delicious food. A great room. We were going to a play at the Stanley nearby and had their "Pre-Theater Dinner Menu" which was a great value. Had a great meal and made curtain thanks to exceptional service.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely great atmosphere and if you do go, I highly recommend the duck!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal I've ever had for under $100 (including drinks!); amazingly prepared, fresh ingredients, and beautiful to look at dishes that were each their own taste sensation - loved it!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went for lunch recently and the service was excellent, and for dessert they presented it for the birthday person with beautifully written "happy birthday " on the plate. Made it very special. The food was very good. A very pleasant experience.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife reminded me that I said "wow" three times while enjoying the tomato and gin starter. The meal only improved from there.
Fabulous food. Great service. You will not find better.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first brunch
This was our first brunch at West and the food was excellent. It was so very delicious I couldn't understand why more people were not eating there. The price isn't as expensive as one might suspect either. I really liked the food but the restaurant was a bit too quiet. We were one of the two tables there for brunch and that's just too quiet. If it picks up a bit more, I would certainly go for brunch again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Anniversary Dinner for Two
When we first walked in, I felt that it might be a bit too noisy to be romantic, and the tables were pretty close together. The servers were attentive, but kept trying to take the cocktail menu. The wine list was great and the list of house cocktails was interesting. We imbibed a bottle of white Bordeaux, two cocktails, and, later, a nice sherry. The little bread bits that we started with were warm and nice, but the appetizers were off the hook. The main courses were beautiful and delicious. I was unusually impressed with the presentation. Dessert, if anything, took the whole meal up to another level. Yes, the bill was also magnificent, but you can't have this kind of experience at Denny's.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was very good from start to finish. The waiter was always available, but didn't crowd us too much. The food was good, but slightly on the pricey side. The appetizers were good portions and well prepared. Our main courses were also good. We both had fish (salmon and sablefish) and they were well cooked. The sides were a little weird, but all tasted good.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our French in-laws - who are extremely picky - declared everything about West to be excellent. Presentation and food were superb, service impeccable. Good variety to satisfy all palates. Had great fun translating vegetables and fish names into French thank you Google. My husband and I shared the whole fish of the day which was Bronzino, perfectly cooked and beautifully filleted and presented. Would definitely come again for a special occasion with friends who love and appreciate good wine and food.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent west coast cuisine
great food, good ambience, reasonable value for the quality of the food
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Food
I would give our experience at West an overall 4.5 rating. The hi-light was the food. We have tried tasting menus on a few occasions elsewhere but the option we chose here, the special Thanksgiving tasting, was definitely the best to date. We shall return. The only reason I didn't rate the food 5 was that one course, although tasty, had been sweetened too much, too many cranberries. The other courses were outstanding! On the question of for which occasions to go to West, I do not see the restaurant as intimate enough to be super romantic, although some couples might find it just fine in this way. It think West as best for both a great food experience and a place for couples/friends/acquaintances to meet for special or regular occasions.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A superb, elegant restaurant. Our favourite over a number of years.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Value, not so much.
It's fine dining, obviously. Everything is good, but it's certainly on the upper end of Vancouver fine-dining pricing, and you can't help but question the value of the place with respect to comparable places around town. For this reason I'd likely explore other options before returning.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favourite restaurants in town. Difficult to decide what to have, because all the items on the menu look delicious. Have eaten there several times and the food has never disappointed me. Kitchen is very flexible with changes or willing to substitute a menu item. I highly recommend West.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I made a reso for our anniversary and loved the experience! Everyone was so nice and accommodating. We asked for a booth seat and they gave us the chef's table right in front of the kitchen! Food was delicious and we received anniversary truffles! We will definitely be returning.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent as always. With an evening show to attend and limited time to eat or waiter (Terry ) planned and executed a perfect dining experience. We enjoyed a relaxed meal and arrived on time for the show.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
made the special day extra special
Came to West for the first time to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We arrived at 9pm so it was not very busy. The waiter was extremely attentive and nice. We ordered the lobster gnocchi for appetizer, I had the albacore tuna while my boyfriend had his favourite - ribeye. It was a nice surprise to receive a complementary amuse bushe before our appetizer. Our lobster gnocchi was well cooked and flavour was well balanced. My tuna was OK. I found it too salty, maybe because of the olive. My boyfriend's ribeye was excellent and cooked just right at medium rare. We were quite full after the entree but we ended up ordering a spiced squash cheesecake for his birthday. The cheesecake was light and fluffy.We will be back for sure!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
the sun is rising on west
Fabulous meal. My wife and I paid our first visit to West last week to celebrate a special occasion. We settled on the vegetarian tasters menu even though we are omnivores. Each course was exquisitely presented with great attention to detail and careful montage of flavours and textures. After a tiny but subtle amuse bouche we were struck by the delicate flavours of the beet salad with candied walnuts, and beets prepared in several different ways with tiny arugula to provide just the right hint of bitterness. The pasta was delicious and the meal was served at just the right pace to savour each course. Service was attentive and friendly and we left feeling comfortable but not distended. Post Hawksworth the sun is indeed rising again on West.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
$$$ but worth every bite
From the moment we stepped foot in the door the staff at West made it their mission to take care of us. They were attentive without being intrusive. There are not enough superlatives to describe the food...the ravioli, duck and lobster gnocchi did not disappoint..just excellent. The starter, freshly baked rolls, sorbet and to die for truffle were all gratis. This is the first time in a long time where every entree exceeded our expectations. Would definitely return and recommend to a friend. Dinner for four with appetizers, no dessert and one bottle of cab ~ $350.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM