About The Observatory at Grouse Mountain
Housed in a mountaintop chalet with windows overlooking the city of Vancouver, the Observatory offers diner’s views that are as unique as the food prepared by our talented chefs.
Regional and seasonal West Coast dishes are freshly prepared daily in our mountain kitchen using Oceanwise and Green Table certified ingredients. The Observatory’s exquisite food, exceptional service and award-winning wine list turn every meal into a special occasion.
Feeling indulgent? Enjoy our five-course Chef’s Taster Menu which allows you to explore a range of wines or choose a bottle from one of over 500 selections from the multi-award winning wine list.
Dinner is served seven nights a week from 5pm and complimentary Skyride admission is always included with every advance reservation.
Please note that for parties of 7 or more a gratuity of 18% will be added to the bill.
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Take bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. It will bring you to the base of the Skyride.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Observatory at Grouse Mountain Ratings and Reviews
Can do better on service. We waited more than 10 mins to get seated with our reservation, but I feel a bit rushed to make the order. I made a note that we are celebrating my husband’s birthday and requested a candle to be put on my husband’s dessert; I didn’t remind the server as my husband was with me the whole time and I thought it was quite a simple request. Quite disappointedly, nothing was done or mentioned when the cake came. Overall, food and ambience are good and we will go again anyways for the value of the skyride tickets and the view, except that next time I will make sure I talk to the server if I have a personal request.
Light walk was nice, I like grouse mountain in general, sever was great and very understanding. Had to send back my girlfriens cod, it was mushy and bland. My duck skin was not crispy and fat not rendered down enough but I was hungry and ate it. Appetizers were the best part, felt like because of the late evening reservations the kitchen had already quit on the night.
We had a reservation for 745 and so we arrived at 740 and when we got to the hostess table there was a sign that said they were setting up a table.
It was about 10-15 min before we were even greeted and then another 15 of waiting to be seated and no hostess in sight for people to grab their coats or take down people's names as they arrived and at least letting them know how long the wait would be. So the experience didn't start very good. The ambiance was great and was a very romantic setting. Our waitress was average but there were these other two who seemed so on top of everything and helped me find something I could eat with all my pregnancy restrictions (one male and an older blonde female). Even though we weren't their table they were so happy to help and answer questions since we didn't see our waitress very much at the beginning. The older blonde waitress came to our table many times to deliver food or check in even though we weren't her table. At the end they gave my husband macaroons for his birthday which was a very sweet touch! Sad we didn't get a window seat for his birthday but we understand it can't be requested. Loved the fresh bread and atmosphere! I don't think we would go again as it was a good one time experience but would maybe recommend to another couple for anniversary or special date! Loved how the lift tickets were included !
This is the second year that I have spent a wonderful afternoon snowshoeing on the mountain and dinner at the Observatory. This is always a magical event and is becoming a tradition for my daughters and me. I look forward to next year.
The food is incredible and the service excellent.
Service by our server Shaun was perfect. We have been up the mountain a few times before for special occasions and they've always been so perfect. This time we had a few issues: food being bland and coming out cold. We were a table of 8 which probably led to food sitting up in the pass for too long? In addition, the confirmation phone call was quite rude. I got a phone call and they said 'Hi we'd like to confirm your reservation for tomorrow. We have so many people on the waitlist that would like to dine with us too.' That was unnecessary and sounded as if you'd rather us not come at all. Anyway, the location and view was absolutely amazing. I hope to return again sometime soon for a better experience.
Ambiance especially during Christmas season was lovely. Good value considering it includes the gondola ride. Food was mostly quite good with the exception of what seemed to be in the in-house baking. The table bread was excellent but the “pie crust” on the deconstructed goat’s cheese tart was like cardboard. The small homemade biscuit that came with the chicken dish was quite hard as well. Everything else was delicious though and the service was very good from the host to the server. Yes I would go again for a special occasion.
It was very dark even for ambience, very quiet as well. We were a large party with very young children celebrating some special occasions and our server had a very different approach to serving us, warning us from the beginning to be careful with the glasses because they are crystal. Our entrees all arrived at the same time, but it was very evident that some of our plates were sitting under warmers for some time waiting for the others to be ready- and that alters how the dish should have tasted.
The view was gorgeous, the bread and wine were excellent.
I would not take my family here again, only perhaps adults.
It just was not the most accommodating to our family, and while I understand large families with young children can be difficult, we've been to other fine dining restaurants who have done an outstanding job at serving us and giving us a positive experience, and I can't say the Observatory was one of them.
The staff was cold and pretentious. We had our young daughter with us, and they seemed put out that we would bring a child to their fancy restaurant. We had a better meal, with a very nice server, earlier in the day at the restaurant down the hall. My wife was so offended by the service at the Observatory that she could barely eat two bites of her dinner.
Good atmosphere and great food. You have a spectacular view of the bay. Highly recommend for dates and group dinners. If you make a resevation they give you complementary tickets for the Gondola which is a very nice touch and makes it more affordable. We had 8 guests so the lift ticket bill alone would have been tough to handle.
Went here for an anniversary dinner. Don't be surprised by a large bill as its a pretty expensive menu. As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for." The ingredients are fresh and meals are prepared w8th care and professionalism. It was by far the most delicious, and most flavor-filled meal I have ever had in my entire life. I will sef8nitely return.
It was a very nice experience for our family. We went to celebrate birthday and the folks also gave us a happy birthday dessert! Too good. made our celebration memorable.
The only gripe was that it rained earlier and most shows got cancelled, so we reached restaurant an hour early but the lady at the entrance appeared a bit unfriendly when I explained the situation and requested to be seated ahead of time. It was fine to say that they didn't have a table but they way it was put forth took the charm away. "You may go downstairs and eat something in the mean time." I did not feel that great about the choice of words and tone there. (btw, we did go downstairs and kids munched few things, resulting in some loss to the restaurant).
Everything else after that was great. Thanks again!
We had high expectations for the Observatory, given that it is in an impressive location at the top of Grouse Mountain with outstanding views. We were actually sadly disappointed. The service was mediocre, moreso because we were a casual group of 4 that didn't require the high-brow approach. We all had the tasting menu and found that every dish used the smoked flavouring, which became a bit much after multiple courses. It was a very expensive dinner to not be completely wowed as with other find dining establishments.
Service was great! Came here for a birthday dinner celebration. Being that it was a special celebration I had noted that I would like to request for a window table if possible. They do not take specific window table reservations (which was understandable because they are limited). However, before we had started our dessert our waitress had asked if we would like to take a window table that had been recently vacated (since they were done with reservations for the night). All that being said, I think the ambiance of the restaurant makes every table worth the experience.
We had to wait a little longer than expected for our table (according to the hostess there were an unusual amount of late comers).
Food was good. It is pricey, but they tasted great (except I was expecting the twice cooked fries to be a lot more crispy). Portions were adequate.
The food was very good (although I would have enjoyed more vegetables to accompany a delicious piece of fish). The service was also very good. However I was disappointed that the restaurant was unable to fulfill our request for a window seat. I understand that almost everyone would prefer a table with a view and perhaps our request was later than others.
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