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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

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4.3

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3.8

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80% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Had never been to DIVA at The Met before and was disappointed in both food and service. The food was pretty bland. Not horrible but certainly didn't stand out. And the service was not what I would have expected from a downtown hotel restaurant. Several things happened that were sub-par but the most bothersome was our server removed my plate before my companion had finished eating.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 15, 2016

We haven't been there for a while - last time the room was a bit tired, but its been redone and the dining room is renewed. Dineout menu was imaginative and different.
would recommend highly.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We were very disappointed with the food on New Years Eve. While the menu sounded delicious the execution was terrible - basically Food Service level. So disappointing.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We were welcomed warmly upon arrival, and we were immediately seated. We were happy with the whole evening and have no complaints. Food, service and atmosphere were all very nice. We will be most certainly be returning.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We wanted an early evening without the noise and clatter of many venues. Diva was the perfect solution. The seating allows for some privacy, the waiters were knowledgeable and personable and the wait time for perfectly presented food was minimal. The food was well above most comparable restaurants, particularly the Arctic Char with shellfish and delicious seasoned potatoes. We haven't been to Diva for some time and will certainly return in the new year.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2015

amazing food and service. cant wait to go back. was surprised it wasnt super busy. very underrated restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2015

We decided to visit Diva for dinner before going to a concert in Richmond. The reviews for the most part are usually accurate so it seemed like a good choice.....and it was a very good choice!
Starting with the Pear, Fig and Goat Cheese salad and my husband had the Heirloom Tomato salad. Both were delicious and very tasty!
My main was the Spahetti with Kobe Meatballs....excellent choice. The spaghetti was tosses with truffle oil and the meatballs were spicy, perhaps a bit too much, but great all the same. My husband had the Prawn Fettucine, not a creamy say puce but more an oil based one. Prawns done to perfection!
No room for dessert, unfortunately.
Our server was amazing! Just the right amount of presence, polite and friendly....always with a smile.
Would definitely go back and recommend it highly!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2015

I took my wife to Diva for our 25th wedding anniversary. The food was great but overpriced. They did nothing to make our special occasion special!!!
The bartender James served triple duty also serving as seating host and busser. He was great and deserves a huge raise.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2015

The food here is always excellent, inventive, without being the "weird" to the less adventurous. Service is excellent, attentive without making you feel they are hovering or bothering you every moment. They cheerfully rolled with a substitution for a food allergy without a problem even on a crowded holiday with a fixed menu even though guest was willing to omit a course. Good suggestions for wines. A great place for a group as well as a small intimate dinner. Previously we have dines with a group with pre-teens who enjoyed the dinner and had their minor food issues accommodated without fuss or drama. Staff and chefs are friendly and excellent!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2015

My family and I had dinner here on Christmas Eve. The restaurant was serving a four course dinner for $85 per person. We shared a bottle of white wine. Our server was friendly and nice even though the restaurant was clearly understaffed that night. The servers were running around and the food came out very slowly (over 45 min), which was unreasonably long for a set dinner. The only decent course was the lobster bisque. The duck was very gamey and the seafood risotto had undercooked risotto and overcooked seafood. The lobster tasted like it was microwaved. Overall, very disappointing for Christmas Eve. I have had business lunches at this restaurant and they were much better.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2015

The Steak / Burger was very spicy ..... (for someone who doesn't enjoy spicy foods) .... yet there was no indication that the burger was spicy on the menu!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Dishes were well-presented, balanced and full of flavours. Service were amazing, informative, well groomed, good timing. It is not so much of casual dining by price but atmosphere was very comforting for any occasion. Highly recommend to others and will re-visit definitely.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 11, 2015

My friend and I had enjoyed Diva a few times several years ago but didn't return after our last disappointing and unimpressive experience there. After a few years, we decided to give it another try. Décor is still the same - simple but elegant. We waited 20 minutes for our cocktails when the restaurant was not busy at all.. (the reason was the machine had run out of paper..?). After my friend commented on the wait, the service was overly attentive, almost cloying. Both of us very much enjoyed our food each having different appys, entres and desserts. And the Manhattans there are great. We will probably return again, but it has not yet regained it's place on our list of most favoured restaurants as the service is much too questionable.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2015

The prix fixe lunch was very good with the exception of the dessert which was advertised as a pear and currant crisp which turned out to be a "deconstructed" version. I expected the usual baked and bubbly crisp and was disappointed. Chunks of granola bar thrown on top of cold diced fruit.

I barely touched it and also told the server but was not offered a substitution or reduction on the bill.

Reconstruct this dish or don't serve it.

Otherwise, the experience was good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 24, 2015

Always fantastic. Never disappointed.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2015

The service and ambiance were great. The scallop appetizer didn't have a lot of flavor. The duck entree was good but really small.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 7, 2015

We picked Diva at the Met for a quiet dinner on our anniversary. The service was stellar, the food excellent and the ambiance exactly what we were looking for. I would highly recommend any visitor to Vancouver making this part of their dining plans. We will definitely be going back for another meal the next time we are in the city.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2015

The server made some outstanding recommendations including the smoked black cod which was delicious. We will certainly be returning to try other dishes on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2015

We met here for a business lunch, and it was a great spot! Not too noisy, so we could speak to each other at a reasonable level. Staff was just attentive enough (not overbearing), so we weren't unnecessarily interrupted.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2015

I booked dinner at Diva for our 10th Anniversary dinner with a note that we would be celebrating our 10 years and we'd like a table a bit out of the noise, perhaps with a view if available (not quite knowing the restaurant's layout). When we arrived (late due to traffic), they were fully ready for us and incredibly inviting. We had a very nice table with an open view in the restaurant, but away from the noise. They also had a complimentary bottle of champagne for chilled and ready for us once we sat down, which was a very nice touch!

The service was crisp, polite, engaging and not overwhelming. The food was excellent and the portions were well sized for the price and quality/style of the restaurant. I would highly recommend Diva at the Met to anyone who wants an evening of finer dining, or to celebrate a memorable event.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 17, 2015

We were here for our anniversary celebration. We ordered scallop, the soup of the day, crispy sea bass and spring salmon. We love the scallop and the crispy sea bass. Both taste great! Soup of the day is good. They also surprise us with a lovely dessert with Happy Anniversary written on it.
We really appreciate the fact that they really care about customer experience and walk the talk. Overall, great food excellent service! Adam and Jessica are both great! They are genuine! Agree that Diva is an unpretentious hidden gem. It is a great place if you want a relaxed dinner with your family! They also have kids menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 22, 2015

The halibut we ordered for lunch was brought to us still frozen on the inside. Had to return to the kitchen for a new serving. No apology offered - no reduction in bill. Quite disappointed.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 10, 2015

This was surprisingly disappointing. Diva has been a go to for a special occasion for years. We had a latish reservation, and experienced a classic hotel restaurant tired, depleted and wilted buffet experience. We had been here for dinner not long ago, and were dumbfounded at the difference.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 25, 2015

Had a fantastic meal the last time we ate there. Must have new chef. Food was a disgrace. Never going back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 25, 2015

Three of us recently came to Diva to celebrate a special occasion, and our high expectations were not only met but exceeded. The server was knowledgable, professional, courteous and respectful without being too cool. He truly seemed to love describing the food he was serving. And the food... imaginatively prepared, tasty and generously-portioned. Having wrongly anticipated smallish servings, we ordered side dishes, but in the end we didn't need them; one starter, one main and one dessert each would have been more than enough. Diva ranks among our top two Vancouver fine dining spots (along with Yew) because of its high quality without pretense. The emphasis is purely on a wonderful dining experience. Will definitely recommend to others and return ourselves.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 16, 2015

So many newer restaurants have opened downtown in the last 10 years that Diva seems forgotten by some, but it has maintained its standards, and everything is still as outstanding as it always has been. Worth going back again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 11, 2015

Did one veggie and two pescetarian versions of their tasting menu - all absolutely delicious! Very innovative and fresh dishes as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 1, 2015

Like many top Vancouver restaurants, Diva has allowed presentation and exotic preparation to swallow flavor, leaving our disappointed palates outside.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 6, 2015

The fixed 5 course menu with wine pairing, was well worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on March 6, 2015

My wife and I have dined at Diva many times over the last 15 years and the food, service, and experience are always outstanding. It tops of our list of favourite restaurants in Vancouver. The menu changes regularly, but retains the flair of excellence and great flavour they are known for without venturing too far off course. We have dined in many of the worlds great cities, and Diva holds its own against New York, London, or Sydney. You will not be dissapointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Had the special Valentines menu; they were accommodating to my allergy even though it was a set menu which was nice. Service was OK, had to pour my own wine(which seems a bit odd at $80+ a bottle) also had to ask a few times for several things and never did receive sugar for my coffee. Despite a few downfalls we had an excellent meal.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We went for 2015 Valentine's Day dinner..,set menu with options. One criticism -have one option for each course without shellfish for people who are deathly allergic. My husband enjoyed the octopus carpaccio with lobster. As an accommodation, they did make me a beef carpaccio which was yummy. Salad course was very tasty. I should have seen the grilling mess in the open kitchen before I ordered the steak but we were there early and regrettably we did not see it until after...the rib eye with foie gras arrived black and the plate was swimming in a sea of beef blood & burnt oil. It was not a one off -both arrived the same as did to the neighbouring table. One bite of bitterness was too much -the wonderful waiter Sean returned with a second slightly less black smaller steak which was half fat and gristle and they sent a fresh piece of foie gras separately. I was not sure about the pheasant alternative so had stuck with steak but perhaps should have tried it as the 2nd steak was edible...but only just. The dessert was lovely and romantic passion fruit & white chocolate & dark chocolate mousse heart half & half. The wine pairings were just right.
After our dinner, my hubby --who was a chef/restaurateur in his past life -- observed through the open kitchen the grill process and alerted management but the same worker continued to burn & flame the steaks bathing them in a sea of oil and four foot flame & smoke. We could not believe that no one stopped this insane process. Unfortunate for those poor unknowing diners that followed us. It did not ruin our evening -the other food was fabulous and the service was excellent. Dont order steak & I wonder how they grill seafood ?

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2015

My daughter and I enjoyed a fabulous evening over the long weekend at Diva to celebrate my daughter's 15th birthday. The room is beautiful, the service impeccable, and the food was outstanding. Our server, Sarah, was attentive, knowledgable, and happily answered our menu questions. Sarah soon popped by with a delish amuse-bouche for each of us and then my daughter had the scallops and I had the mozzarella balloon. Both were scrumptious and the presentation was art - especially the mozzarella balloon! Art! For mains, my daughter had the Osso buca and declared it her new favorite food ever (dug every last bit of marrow out!) and I had the duck - sooo good! Chef Sam made the birthday girl feel so special with a gorgeous dessert platter too! We rolled out of there, happily planning our next visit :) Can't wait!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2015

We have a group of seven that went to this restaurant for dinner during the Vancouver Dine Out period. It was a three course dinner and we had the option of wine pairing for $15 (one per course). This pairing was excellent and $15 for 3 half glasses is good value. The seven of us basically covered all the choices on the dine out menu. Other than the Halibut being a little bit dry, everything else was very good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Diva offers excellent food. Maybe I can call the style Modern Italian.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2015

Waiter was ver nice and friendly, however we had to remind him we had add-ons to our main course and forgot our wine pairing for our dessert.

It would have been nice if they asked us if we were ready for dessert rather than serving it as soon as we finished our main course.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2015

Went here for dine out menu and add the wine paring option. Love the beef carpaccio and dessert terimisu! However, the entree halibut was over cook a bit. Also love the Burrowing Owl wine pairing with cheesecake!

Overall is ok, but not as good as I am expected.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 18, 2015

Service was awful. Server forgot to serve the bread for us. Our halibut was dry. Very dissapointed

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 18, 2015

The dine out menu was terrible. I ordered the prosciutto wraped halibut which was dry and hard and all the other dish are not very good; the only good dish was the dessert which was the cheese cake . Service was slow and not very friendly. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 17, 2015

The service and food were both excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful, the food was fresh and beautifully presented and the wine list was extensive. It was a very pleasant atmosphere and although the restaurant was quite full, it wasn't noisy and we could talk at a normal volume.

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