Sage
Sage

Sage

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sage.ubc.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 822-0968
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Andreas Kodis & Rebecca Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sag restaurant & catering offers a few different private dining/catering. We cater to groups from 4 guests to 250 guests. Sage has private rooms view of our private courtyard, along with larger spaces with stunning ocean views of the Georgia Straight and North Shore Mountains.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicholas Yamada 6048220429

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westmall
  • Public Transit: At UBC loop, use C20 or C18 bus stop at Southbound West Mall at Marine Dr
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 different options, 1 lot in front of the restaurant & the Rose Garden underground parking lot avaiable.
A word from Sage
Sage is located on the University of British Columbia campus, and offers breathtaking views of the Georgia Strait and North Shore Mountains. We specialize in expertly catering a wide variety of events, and we are also open for weekday lunchtime dining.
Fresh, modern West Coast cuisine prepared with the creativity and passion of Chef Andreas Kodis will delight you. Ingredients are local, seasonal and organic whenever possible. Our main dishes are carefully prepared and exemplify our belief in healthy lifestyles.
From weddings and other ceremonies to private functions and more, we provide an elegant and charming event experience. What makes us so special is our combination of warm, attentive service, delicious menu items and our newly renovated gorgeous facilities. Stunning views and landscaping featuring a reflective pool by architect legend Arthur Erickson help to perfect your experience.
Sage is environmentally responsible. We use sustainably produced ingredients
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Sage reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (21)scenic view (20)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • More effort needed
    critical
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I requested a table by the window when I reserved for three. When we arrived, we were offered a table in the entrance. I asked about an empty table by the window and was told that three would block traffic. When I asked about a larger table one away from the window, I was told it was not available as it had not yet been cleared. We ended up at a table next to the kitchen door.. The maitred" seemed unwilling to make the effort to clear a table. Not good. The food was attractively presented and, by and large, tasty and well thought out. The food had been well prepared, but the steps necessary before presenting it to the diner showed evidence of lack of care: the scalloped potatoes were dry, the green beans cold.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good as always!
    PhDStudentEatingOnCampus
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Sage is always a pleasure to visit for special occasions on campus. Delicious, fresh food nicely presented; kind and attentive staff; nice atmosphere; and scenic views. You could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great but small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The meal was excellent but not very filling. The scallops at $13 was a little disappointing - only two of them!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad
    Hate2bdusappointed
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Too bad this restaurant is only open for lunch during the week. It is in a stunning location, the menu is one of the best I have seen in a long time with many lovely choices, Delicious dishes, superior service. It is busy, so I wouldn,t want too many others to find this gem on campus.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Pricey and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I loved the food and ambiance but it was a little expensive and I am very unimpressed with the service. Overall nice experience !!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • likelupper
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Good food, nicely plated and served well. But the special small-sized lunch options have mains that are too small. 1 cubic inch of halibut is too little. Serve more, charge more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sage + Meeting
    LunchMeetings
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was decent and the menu has vastly improved. But, we were there for a lunch meeting and it was extremely noisy. It was very difficult to hold a conversation at the heart of the lunch period (1pm reservation) until some of the guests left. At our table, we were yelling at each other. Please put up some ceiling banners to absorb noise. Decor was nice, but the chairs feel harder to sit on.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agnes
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very noisy when we arrived but did quieten as others left. Our excellent waitress left and the fill-in waiter was less than friendly and had to be reminded to charge for the wine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • UBC fine dining spot
    jrjozi
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great little 3 plate taster for lunch. A little too noisy, and an obstructed view, but otherwise it was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The best scenic view of any restaurant in the Lower Mainland! Great mixture of westcoast modern food for everyone. I had the small plate combo and it was fantastic. Chef Rebecca has done a great job with the new menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    kiko
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was terrible, food was good but that's it. It was a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sage
    Francesjane
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I hosted elderly relatives former UBC alumanae at sage. Excellent lunch dining specials , presentation amazing and well priced and service top notch . I misplaced my credit card after leaving the bistro and returned in a panic to retrieve it. Our table server was ending her shift and helped me look for it in the restaurant and in my car...we found it between the seats of my vehicle...now that is customer service that is over the top...thanks Sage Bistro staff ,it was an excellent dining experience with a caring touch for a distraught customer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sage for Lunch
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went to Sage so my UBC student could eat with his grandparents. THere are two kinds of food, small plates and large plates. And when they say small, it's extremely small! THe server did say you'd need three to make a meal. I guess it's a good way to try different tasty things. Once you've assembled enough food, it's quite pricey either way. THe "large" bowl of soup was very tasty, the zucchini dish less interesting. The basil panna cotta was delicious. It's a light, sunny room, white linens, nice ambience. Patio can't accomodate parties of more than 4 though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Sage reviews archive.
  • Upscale dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I am an UBC employee and frequent the restaurants often for lunch. I found Sage to be a lot more upscale and refreshing than most pub like venues in UBC. I really enjoyed the meal and the notable wine list. The server was especially friendly and informative (sorry I don't remember your name) I would definitely dine there again. Thanks Sue
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Plates Way too small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service is extremely slow. This is a Faculty Club. We bring important guests of the university to this restaurant and it is embarrassing the guests have to stand around for a long time until we can be seated. There were only one/two waiters in the restaurant. First impression, poor. Food. Very tasty. Wait time. Long. The restaurant just gotta speed things up. Lunch - they have a small plate menu and a large plate menu. While the waiter was very nice to give us warning that the small plates are indeed very small plates and recommended the guests to order 3 small plates to make one full meal, the portion is just plain stingy. You cannot charge someone $7 for a salad dish served on a plate so small that is usually just for sauces.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I ate here with two friends and we were all very impressed with the food. All three of the fish/seafood mains we ordered were cooked perfectly (seasonal local halibut, king salmon, and stir-fried prawns), the sides were fragrant (asparagus leak risotto was outstanding) and the banana cream pie was one of the best we've had. Even the smoked paprika compound butter was a nice touch. Not a thing to complain about re the presentation or preparation of the food. All three of us will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always enjoy dining at the Sage
    Deng
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was delicious, the fish was just the right tenderness, the veggies that went with it were not overdone and had that hint of a crack when you bit in. The chocolate cake was heaven, fit for the term "death by chocolate"!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just for the "Halibut"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The large plate Halibut was excellently prepared, creatively seasoned and well presented!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service needs improvement
    AlumniAndLongTermStaff
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great location still. The only casual-fine dining on campus. Regretfully service deteriorated in the past decade. Food is still fresh. The terrace view is the only factor worth the d-tour from the city.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Treat
    Goursmandi
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Well prepared, tastefully presented, delicious food in marvellous location with unbeatable views.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sage Bistro at UBC
    DoctorM
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Have been to Sage many times over the years - one of the few central places for "special lunches" at UBC. This time, though, I was shocked by the noise level. The stark white space with hardwood floors simply amplify all the noise being made by the diners. Not a relaxing ambience. I don't remember it being like this previously - perhaps there used to be carpets? We found it nearly impossible to hear each other. The food and the view were great and the service was good - but I don't think I would choose it again just because conversation is nearly impossible. They need to install some sort of sound buffers - wall hangings, carpets, something...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sage is Herb and Not a Place to Eat
    JustaDinner
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The ultra white tables and chairs are as inviting as a hospital operating theatre. The new menu is confusing, particularly the small portions. The server was efficient but overly aggressive as some people in our group had language challenges and slowed down her progress through our large party. I have eaten at Sage many times and I feel this is the last time as there are other places at UBC to eat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The small plates are really special ( but very small)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best halibut in the City
    jkal
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Dined at Sage twice in two weeks while on a short teaching gig at UBC. The halibut was divine - the best I've ever had. Ate the salmon on the second date and it was excellent. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. Everything was light and fresh, but flavourful. Service was attentive but not overbearing, and definitely not pretentious. I would highly recommend this beautiful little place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Thanks for the great food & service! My colleagues and I always enjoy having lunch at The Sage Restaurant on the UBC campus. I wish the dining hours were extended though to include one weeknight and/or one weekend night if at all possible in future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Lunch
    QuickLunch
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love gong to Sage Restaurant for the view of Howe Sound. Especially on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    keenonfood
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I've been here twice for lunch with another colleague in the last couple of weeks. The new small and large plates concept works really well. Each time, I've ordered the Chef's combination of three small plates and each time the food has been excellent and the combination of plates well conceived. The plating is beautiful. Each time, we had a different server and both provided impeccable service. The renovated room is a little sparse for my taste but may suit others' more modern pared down flair and the view is lovely.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My friend and I went here for lunch during a walking tour of the UBC campus. There is a distant view of the mountains and ocean. The menu has an interesting variety of choices of small and large plates which require some explanation if you are not familiar with the terminology. Some small plates are sufficient for a full meal while others are quite small and need to be combined with other choices. The servers can help in advising on the best choices. The food was excellent. I plan on returning to sample some other plates.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Consistently excellent food. Innovative menu. Good wines. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Great view. Pleasant ambiance. I only wish they were open for dinner too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ravishing
    Gunnar
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The post-modern UBC faculty club. The recent makeover has delivered a dining gem in a decent restaurant-challenged city. The location makes it a tough choice for many but if more knew about the views and the great food it would have line-ups. Sad it isn't open evenings but maybe one day. Wonderful friendly staff and an imaginative kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were showing clients UBC
    Emily
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We were showing clients UBC for a potential conference. Very impressed with the food plating and level of service and knowledge from the Manager.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sage Bistro, UBC
    Maurasmenu
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Sage is an excellent venue for lunch. I understand it is open for dinner, although I have not been there for dinner. It's a great locale for lunch, and for groups. The menu selection, has only delicious foods. The wine and spirits list is impressive. I often go for lunch, and as I work at UBC, have not had wine or spirits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.