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LIFT Bar Grill View

3.9
1038 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Northwest
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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About

For a quintessential Vancouver experience, LIFT sets the stage with sweeping harbour, Stanley Park and coastal mountain views and the city's only oceanfront rooftop deck. A sexy, sophisticated restaurant and lounge, LIFT is located on the tranquil seawall in picturesque Coal Harbour minutes from Vancouver's financial district, major hotels and the Vancouver Convention Centre. A showcase of stunning architectural design, LIFT combines the eclectic ambiance of a New York eatery with authentic, west coast hospitality. Enjoy a fresh perspective on regionally sourced specialties and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean while the award winning wine list spotlights a unique focus on sustainably produced wines. From floor-to-ceiling windows that vanish in the summer to an illuminated honey onyx bar and inviting outdoor fireplaces, soak in the relaxed yet elegant setting.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: from 11:30am;
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: from 5:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: from 11:00am

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Phone number
(604) 689-5438
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
George Koay
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
by the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina
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Parking details
A perfect and safe area for you to valet your car; no traffic

Complimentary Valet Parking during the lunch hours AND $8 evening rate
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Entertainment
One of Vancouver's most beautiful Patios, overlooking Stanley Park and Burrard Inlet!!!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 1, 2015

In Vancouver for the weekend and took my friend to Lift. Haven't been there for a long time. Food was even better than I recalled. Instead to go back there for lunch today!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2015

When we first arrived and were seated at a beautiful window seat, there was a large, very loud group directly behind us. My husband and I were there for a romantic evening and this wasn't it! Rather than get annoyed we kindly asked if we could be seated else where and the staff were more than accommodating and found us a quieter location at the window with a beautiful view! The food and wine was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thanks to the staff for a wonderful night! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2015

Sunshine & spring views coupled with great food and service make this a gimme for Sunday Brunch in Vancouver. The King Crab Hash was delightful, complemented by the stunning view over Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain and the Harbour.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Had a great night at Lift - the drinks & food were great - portion sizes were surprisingly satisfying and super tasty. The service was very friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back again!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2015

We have been going to Lift about 3-5 times a year for 5-6 years, and often take out of town guests to the lovely spot for great food. We have always enjoyed it. Service is sometimes a little less personal than we would like, but this time it was poor.

I called to confirm the reservation and mentioned that it was my wife's birthday and was told flatly "I'll note your request." Upon arrival at the time of our reservation, we were told that it was a 20 minute wait. The hostess was about to abandon us at the small doorway when I asked if we could go to the bar. We were led the long way around to the seats about 25 feet from the entrance. The bar tender was just saying in a loud voice to departing guests,"I guess I'll transfer that to your table!" while shaking her head. A few minutes later our drink order was taken and another 5 minutes later they arrived. They were unacceptable, and the bartender replaced them as we were told our table was ready. We made sure to pay for the drinks at the bar, and left a reasonable tip so we might not be penalized later. We did get a window , and the appetizers and main courses were the usual high quality presentation and flavour. We wanted help with the wines and our waitress seemed uncertain, so when she said the sommelier was there we asked to speak to him or her. She returned to say that the Sommelier was too busy and thought the server's choice was a good one. The wine was lovely, but not a great match for our food. We never saw our server after that. The wine and entrees were delivered by other staff, and then another staff said she'd been asked "to see if we wanted dessert." No offer of coffee or drinks, but by then we'd had enough of the poor service anyway.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Located on the water in coal harbour, the loxation has to be one of the best in Vancouver for ambiance. A second floor open air deck is special setting for a date night. On this visit all cylinders were firing, from our greeting by the hostess to the final sip of post prandials it was a meal to measure others by.
Great job!!!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

We were visiting for the weekend and found the Lift near our hotel. We enjoyed a table up on the outdoor deck with great views of the harbor and mountains. I had the sea bass and my wife had kangaroo. Both were excellent along with the service.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2015

Good view. Good scenery. Looked nice. Expensive for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2015

Excellent, informative and friendly service all around

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2015

I chose Lift to take an out of town guest to. It has always provided a great menu and you cannot beat the view. We were particularly pleased by the care and attention to a menu that included an impressive variety of items (kangaroo) and especially the ocean-wise and local ingrédients.

The service was excellent and we will return!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We have been here several times in the past and it is always very good. Varied menu. Very tasty. Attentive,knowledgable servers. Peaceful for conversation and enjoyment of the great view.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Food was excellent! When we got in, we were ushered to our table, i was disappointed with the location, we were put next to the kitchen. The reason i booked the place early coz of the view and the hostess a bit rude. I asked for nicer view, she answered , "that is all we have" without hesitation. She realized i was annoyed, then she offered the bar stole, while setting up table for us near window. We were being served by Athena , thank God! She got a good personality, she changed my mood right away, and everything goes smoothly. Our food served quickly and the bread basket was soooo good! Over all , i had a great time and the place is awesome!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

Their Vegetarian Eggs Benny is to die for! Beautiful waterfront views. Great service.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2015

We had a very nice sunday late brunch at LIFT. The brunch menu is largely Eggs Benny variations, but all with creative elements. Some may find the absence of regular lunch menu items a drawback.

The room is very nice and comfortable. Tables are relatively close together and it is possible that it would be noisy if it were full. The bar area music was a bit too techno, considering the elegant atmosphere that I think they are going for. It would be a shame if the bar music were any louder.

We all felt the food quality was very high, and the portions generous. The prices are higher than some other brunch options, but the food and the experience were very good. I have not been to LIFT for any other meals so cannot rate LIFT for dinner or weekday lunch value.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2015

My wife was very happy with everthing [even me]. Our waitress was knowledgable, attentive, offered good suggestions and pairings, and just a pleasant person. Early Sunday evening was very quite, which was nice for us and a special evening.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Good food, à bit pricy

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2015

Took my brother and his wife from Toronto plus a few relatives to lunch at the Lift. Great food, great service again. Will go back for sure!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2015

It was our anniversary (February 21) so made the reservation and off we went. Greeting was nice and we were led to a table by the window - very nice. The server seemed in a hurry to get us to order but hey it was Saturday night! The wine list was good and decently priced. The food menu is definitely a challenge except for seafood lovers and foodies generally - a lot of complex dishes. The Caesar salad was very good as was the crab cake. The ahi tuna was excellent and prepared perfectly. The only disappointment for us was that we were seated at a nice table for 2 but surrounded by not one but two big party table - the one directly behind sat a group of about 10 - family I think as there were kids. The table behind them was a party of 18+ so it was very noisy - not obnoxious but noisy! I would caution anyone going to ask for a quiet table if you want to chat or perhaps eat in the bar area which seemed very quiet! All in all for the food - don't miss this place!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We made a last-minute reservation for two on Valentine's Day, and then added another diner last minute. Basically, we were the worst, and the good folks at LIFT were the best. Very accommodating and patient, despite it being slamming busy.

The food was delicious, and the service was awesome. Can't complain. We tried the kangaroo (rare, per our lovely server's suggestion), and it was great! The squid is also delicious.

Thanks!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Salmon was perfect and they let me alter the dish with a special request even though they were extremely busy. Service was great and the location is so nice with the opportunity to go for a nice walk after the chocolate turtle dessert :)

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2015

I emailed ahead of time to book our 6th year wedding anniversary dinner and requested a window seat. I called earlier that day to confirm and to make sure we get a nice private window seat for our anniversary. When we arrived we were seated dead smack in the middle and not a private setting at all.

The wine and appies were served fast and we ordered lots however they mixed our order with another table therefore we had to wait over 45 min for our mains to arrive. Our bill was $170+ for two and due to their mistake they said they will take care of our appetizers for us, when we got the bill all they credited us for is our cheapest appitizer of -$16. We ordered $50+ worth of appies and I think that was just a slap in the face.

That defiantly left a bad taste in our mouth and I wish our 6 year wedding anniversary was spend elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2015

The food was really disappointing lacking both creativity and seasoning. Overly priced. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Food was excellent, however the restaurant was more concern about getting our party finished within an hour and a half so they can setup for the next group for 65 people. The atmosphere and ambiance was poor due to the fact the waiter was rushing us to order. We just sat down and the waiter was there within minutes asking if we were ready to order. We didn't even have time to look at the wine list, so when asked about ordering some wine, we had to say no. It was not a relaxing night. We selected this restaurant to meet our friends which we haven't seen in 10 years. Very poor planning by the restaurant. There was no mention about having to eat and run.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2015

A lovely meal, at least one of them was. We visited for Dine Out Vancouver but my husband ordered from the menu. His meal was very good. Mine was, well, not as good. Service, view, wine, appies, dessert, all terrific. Just a little more effort on the MonkFish on the Dine Out menu would have made it a 10. We will still go back, but too bad they missed the mark on the Dine Out main course.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2015

meh…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2015

Upon arrival, there is a beautiful view of the harbour and we were greeted by friendly staff and waited upon quickly and kindly. The food was pretty good, but not my favourite. I would like to try coming again in the summer months for a lunch or early dinner to experience better views (outdoor patio) and more selection of food (we went for dine out Vancouver so there was limited selection).

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We took in multiple Dine Out out menus this year and LIFT Bar & Grill was by far the best. Unique dining options that were absolutely delicious.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2015

A short while ago, we enjoyed faultless brunch service and well prepared food. A second visit, with guests, offered something else. The server was disengaged: coffee cups sat empty and an order for a second basket of bread was acknowledged but ignored.

The chorizo hash sounded promising: two poached eggs, ratatouille, thyme, grilled filone, smoked paprika aioli. The plate suffered because, like the under-dressed Caesar salads at our table, it was bland and vegetables needed straining or reduction. The chorizo was either a low-fat healthy version or a sausage than would rather be jerky.

Short ribs are nearly always delicious but texture can be problematic if braising time or temperature is wrong. The protein in this hash was stringy and under-seasoned. The diner with fish and chips complained the fish batter was not crisp, as if it sat too long before coming to the table. The restaurant did make up two off-menu pasta dishes for children, which was appreciated.

Despite the food and service inadequacies on this day, I would return because the restaurant setting is wonderful. Even on a wet, grey day, robust paddlers and rowers are active and the waterfront buzzes with motorized marine traffic and float planes. Allow time for relaxed dining but, take a walk, enjoy the surroundings.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Our group of 5 adults and 1 child enjoyed a great night at lift. The waiter was very attentive to our needs and provided good advice about food and wine choices.
We will come back when we next visit Vancouver.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2015

LIFT Bar Grill is my favorite restaurant to take my out-of-town guests due to the scenery of the North Short Mountains, Coal Harbour and the Mariner. At my recent visit, the food and service were GREAT! The fish and chip was lightly battered, not too oily at all. My guests enjoyed the flat irons steaks. I requested online a table at a scenic corner and I was impressed that my request was actually honored! Bravo!!!

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2015

Waitress' were very nice and friendly, the view was very nice as it did give a lookout towards Canada Place. But the food was a little disappointing. The pork cheeks were very tender and paired very well with the celeriac puree. However, the monk fish was chewy and the flavor of the fish was not quite there. The lamb was also chewy and already cut up into medium sized pieces for you. The sauce for the lamb was quite heavy and capped much of the lamb flavour. The chocolate terrine felt like a heavy dense piece of chocolate, however, not a rich, full bodied tasting chocolate.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2015

We made a reservation for our wedding anniversary so I noted when I made it that a window table would be nice for our quiet celebration. It was quiet when we arrived (it was early on a Sunday) but they had a great table for us. The service was great as always but we got a little added bonus - two in fact: an "anniversary" discount off the bill and a complimentary glass of champagne. It was a really nice touch that we weren't expecting. It's great anytime but really nice with that extra bit of service.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2015

Waiter was top notch. Friendly and professional. Food was spectacular. They making made my and my wifes night. Looked after our needs very well. Came around quite often to ask if we and our 13 month infant needed anything. Definitely would reccommend to friends family and business associates.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Took my wife there for new year's, never been there before. It was very noisy, made more so by the fact we were seated just behind a table of about 12, including 5 young children.

We ordered appetizers which were quite good, and my wife enjoyed her cocktail. We both ordered the striploin for our main course. Though we both ordered it to be medium, I felt it was undercooked. They were not bloody like rare steaks, but when we cut further into them, they definitely looked and tasted more between rare and medium rare. The dessert menu was a bit lacking in my opinion, the choices were quite expensive and the plates we saw coming by for other tables were so small.

Our server was very good, he was courteous and friendly. We received our food quickly and overall we thought it was good, even though we felt the steaks were a bit undercooked. I feel that for the price of the place, they should have cooked the steaks a bit better and have desserts that are not so miniscule - it doesn't help when it is plated on a massive plate making it look even smaller than it already does - and improve the choice. As previously mentioned, it was very noisy in the entire restaurant, not just our area behind that table of 12.

On a side note, it was kind of funny to see that they store patron's jackets in an unused elevator. That was new.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2014

I've read other reviews that complained about the music here - they really need to listen to their customers, what few they have. I visited them on New Year's Eve at lunch. My table was one of only two occupied - on a gorgeous sunny day, on a day when most people could have been enjoying a nice long lunch - and the place was empty. Food was inconsistent - the porchetta sandwich was so greasy you could see the oil all over the outside of the bun, however the appetizer squid was excellent. Views are great, service was great, music ("ambience") is terrible. Turn it down, and switch to something non-intrusive and relaxing.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2014

The server was great and the iPad menu was fun! I thought the sandwich & hamburger menu lacked a little imagination, but the food was good. A bonus is the complimentary valet parking!

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2014

When they sat us next to the window I was happy. Then the techno background music started to intrude and when they sat a young family with a 2 yr old right next to us, it all went downhill. Food was fine and probably better than I thought but the ambience was ruined. The location and view are superb, as was the service. We did complain about the music, which I think they turned down. The young family was nice enough and friendly, but a 2 yr old is not easily controllable even at the best of times.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

great view and outstanding food! The staff were very attentive and highly recommend

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2014

The veiw is fantastic!. We has a wonderful meal with great service! We will be back with our friends to share this Jem!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided to try LIFT for our 5 year anniversary. The location was great and it looked like a really interesting menu. I took the opportunity to surprise her with a ring and now we're engaged! I thought the staff did a wonderful job at adapting to this situation (they were not aware of my plans) and ensuring our dinner service was appropriately paced. We finished the evening off with a couple glasses of wine sitting in the newly renovated rooftop patio (enclosed and heated) while taking in the moment and the city vistas. We look forward to visiting Vancouver again and making LIFT a part of that trip as it has become a memorable part of our lives.

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