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About Diva at the Met

Our culinary team brings a true respect for our fresh local ingredients, with a reputation for bringing out their true flavours through both traditional and modern cooking techniques. True to those words, we utilize ingredients traceable to their origins, offering a path back to the restaurant's strong relationships with farmers, fishermen and artisans. By exploiting simplicity, our food is about letting the flavours speak for themselves; all the while ensuring the pure essence of the ingredient is the star of the dish. Our staff have both a passion for food and wine, with a talent for hospitality and service.

Innovative signature cocktails are created seasonally.

Special offerings include Diva's Chef's Table and wine cellar featuring over 150 labels. Diva also offers Prix Fixe lunch menus, fresh seasonal testing menus and decadent desserts.

645 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday : 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
West Georgia

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 602-7788

Website:
http://www.metropolitan.com/diva/

Catering:
For gatherings up to 200 people our catering professionals are available to assist you with every detail. Their experience will ensure that your every requirement is fulfilled. Headed by some of the foremost chefs in the city, our award-winning culinary team will lend to your event the same skill that has made the restaurant of the Metropolitan among the best in the country. Our acclaimed restaurant Diva at the Met provide additional dining options during your meetings.

Parking Details:
Enjoy Complimentry Valet parking when you dine in Diva at the Met.

Public Transit:
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, we are a short walk to the Queen Elizabeth theatre, the Vancouver Opera, the Centre for Performing Arts, BC Place, and the Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks. The stations for the Sky Train and Canada Line are less than 1 block away.

Executive Chef:
Ken Galley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Diva at the Met is happy to offer you the entire restaurant for your private personal or company event. You will have the attention of all of Diva's professionals to guarantee a successful amd memorable experience.

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Details
Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

Diva at the Met Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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4.0

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Best fine-dining experience we've ever had in Vancouver. Excellent value. Funny, thoughtful, impeccably plated French-Persian-modern cuisine. Savvy wine pairings. Open kitchen allows views of hard working staff in action. Why is this place not jammed out the door? In a more sophisticated city it would be.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 7, 2012

Very impressive service and ambience. The food quality and seclection were amazing. The seervice was impeccable. A very special place!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 3, 2012

My wife and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. This was our first experience eating at a restaurant with a tasting menu and we were not disappointed. My wife ordered the five course meal, while I ordered the seven course meal. We were very impressed by both the speed of service and the quality of the food we were presented with. The meal began with five seperate amuse bouches. These playful bites were both interesting and exciting, showing varied molecular gastronomy techniques which mesmerized and tantalized the senses. Main course highlights included succulent tender sweetbreads, and a duo of lamb which literally melted in my mouth. However, far and away the best plate of the night was the wonderfully contrasting Alaskan king crab.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 28, 2012

The decor is in serious need of a tuneup plus the chairs are uncomfortable and tables too small -- out of synch with the high prices. The place was dead but not due to the food - we loved our meals and the great service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 23, 2012

Excellent food - I have been a few times for lunch and will definitely be a returning guest.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2012

The food was quite simply outstanding. Our waitress could have been a bit more attentive. All other staff were magnificent.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 17, 2012

I went to Diva for my girlfriend's birthday dinner. I had noted that it was her birthday dinner on my reservation on OpenTable and my girlfriend found it to be a pleasant surprise that they knew it was her birthday when we didn't mention it.

We ordered the 7 course meal and it was absolutely wonderful. We were seated near the rear of the restaurant, as requested, so it was nice and quiet. The service provided was outstanding and manager came to check up on us to check everything was well. Both of us enjoyed the meal immensely.

This restaurant is a wonderful gem that not many people know about. It is perfect for special occasions as they would definitely try to make sure everything is done right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 16, 2012

My husband and I were looking forward to our belated-Valentine's dinner at Diva. I was expecting a delicious meal as we had experienced a few years ago for my birthday. My husband decided that we try the 7 course tasting menu. Without reviewing the details of the menu, I wanted to be surprised by the chef, but was not impressed with the dishes. I kept waiting for the next one to wow me and it never happened to my disappointment. There were too many flavours introduced to each dish except for the sashimi sturgeon and scallop as the first course which I passed to my husband as it was all too raw for my taste. With figs, pickled strawberries...I felt there was too much sweetness paired with the dishes. The foie gras was tasteless...

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 16, 2012

Enjoyed the meal, but weren't wowed. Food looks really pretty.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 15, 2012

The chef is an unknown phenom. Best deal in the country right now

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2012

It was my first time at Diva, and it was, in one word, fantastic. The staff was friendly, the food outstanding, and the wine pairings could not have been better.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2012

The food... is... un...reaaal! top notch job!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2012

It was our Valentine Day Dinner. All I can say was that it was fantastic. What can you say after that.

Cheers! Phil

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Pretentious and overpriced in relation to the portion size and quality of food, not going back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 13, 2012

Once again, blown away by chef Hamid's cooking. Probably the best meals I've had in Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2012

Great food, the chef was very creative in the presentation as well. Good value overall.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2012

A consistent and well established restaurant choice in our family

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2012

My wife and i have been going to Diva for about ten years now. The food is always impressive. We took friends there for dine Out Vancouver and they are still talking about it! Wine prices are over the top and unnecessarily pricey. I think a moderately priced selection of tasty wines from North and south America would allow more people to enjoy wine with their dinner. Lastly I think it is time to update the decor a little. It really hasn't changed since 1999 when we first dined there.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

Food was pretty good. Service was pretty good. Nice to see Diva doing well. Go check it out.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

Food was really creative and innovative, as well as very well executed. It seems the chef has a love of molecular gastronomy, and it was quite enjoyable. The beef tartare was unlike any I've ever had, as well as the bread pudding and pork hock on the pork loin plate. The sous vide on the salmon was also done very well. My favourite was the pistachio powder on the chocolate souffle dessert, as it had a very interesting taste and texture, and created a nice contrast to the warm, gooey chocolate cake. My only complaint would be that the plating was really not that appetizing and seemed to be all over the place. There was no focal point and just looked messy.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

will try restaurant again as this rating was based on dine-out Vancouver menu and very busy on a Friday evening. Was not impressed with over-all service. Diva was packed !

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

I was very disappointed with the service and the quality of the food. This is definitely a restaurant I would not return to neither recommend to anyone.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

Amazing food. Amazing service. Definitely will be back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2012

Tried dine out menu - My main course was salmon dish which was FANTASTIC! very soft/and melted on my tongue. I normally never order Salmon as lots of restaurants tend to overcook the fish. This Salmon dish at Diva was soo delicious!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2012

Amazing food every time we've been. By far the best dine out experience this year as well. One of the best in the city.

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 (London)·Dined on January 30, 2012

I have high expectation on the dinner as I know Chef Hamid is back to the restaurant, and it did not disappoint me! All dishes are beautifully presented with a fun twist of molecular science. It was definitely a fun and adventurous dining experience!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2012

Solid food, more interesting than anything. Puffed foie is a cool dish to share but an example of interesting techniques outweighing the flavour of the overall dish.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2012

each plate was a work of art, and delicious too. Great experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2012

Dine Out 2012 was a tremendous experience!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2012

Food is good but doesn't surprise me.

My bf ordered the Caesars but it is just so so.

The soup (with pear inside) is an excellent one. I like the creamy soup balanced by some pear cubes.

Puffed Fio Gras is special and unique but the lack of favor. Because Fio gras tastes is reduced, the other tastes (like the fig) overtakes the whole dish.

Salmon is good, especially the sauce.

Dessert is ok.

Good restaurant and very good service. However, it lacks a reason for me to definitely go back there or being my top choice.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2012

Nice place and service was good. Menu was overpriced and underwhelming.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2012

The food was very good and although it felt that the portions were small we left feeling content after a three course meal. The staff was friendly and service was prompt.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2012

The restaurant is excellent, the food great and the service impeccable, definitely highly recommended.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2012

Being our first time at Diva at the Met, we couldn't have predicted how wonderful of an experience we had. The service was highly professional and still friendly as can be. The strikingly simple brunch menu card belies the exceptional plates soon to arrive. The food was prepared and presented as close to artistic perfection as physics could allow =) Tremendous. High end and completely unpretentious. A gem of Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

as always everything was awesome

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Overpriced wine pairings and small food portions at fairly high prices for what you get. I suspect that they see "Vancouver Dine Out" as an opportunity to sell some cut price, lower quality meals rather than as a good opportunity to broaden their customer base. Too bad, I used to like it.

The slow service ranged between poor and average depending on the server.

I don't think they realize how much serious competition they now have within easy strolling distance..

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

food was as expected, pretty good considering it was the dine out menu. however, the dessert didnt exceed the other two courses of the meal. both cheese cake and the chocolate souffle felt very dated compared to the first and second courses.
the hostess did not acknowledge my party at the door. we had to wait at the lounge without anyone getting drink orders or nothing even though the restaurant was not busy.
i dont mind waiting for the table for a good 15min when we arrived at the place on time, but at least they should have made us feel welcomed.
our server was friendly and that was good. one of the food runners brought our main course and she wasnt able to explain what they were. overall, i was not happy with the service at all.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Although our meals were very good, our overall experience was marred by the poor service.

By poor service, I mean very slow. We waited a long time for anyone to come to our table after we were first seated, a long time for our drinks and then a very long time for our dessert. The room was only half full when we arrived so that was not an acceptable reason.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2012

We were trying DOV 2012 here. I had beet salad, coho salmon and chocolate lava cake. The appy and main course didn't impress me much. It was so so. Nice presentation but the taste was just alright. The dessert was better.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2012

This was my second time dining at this restaurant and I would definitely be going back there again! Food is exceptionally delicious, presentation fantastic, service excellent. The only one thing I could see holding me back from dinning there too often is price of the food.

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