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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.

6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 998-5045

Website:
http://www.grousemountain.com/the-observatory-restaurant

Public Transit:
Take bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. It will bring you to the base of the Skyride.

Executive Chef:
Brendan Robson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Merry Christmas! Thank you for choosing The Observatory restaurant to spend your Christmas with us. Please note on Christmas Day we will solely be featuring a 3 course dinner at $80/person plus taxes and 18% gratuity.

The Observatory at Grouse Mountain Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (19)
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Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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Notable Wine List (3)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Cancún)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and great view. THe best is the Bisont Tartar

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

グラウスマウンテンの頂上からの夜景は素晴らしく、料理もユニークでおいしかった
予約をすると山頂までのケーブル料金が無料になるのでお得

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Perfect occasion or date night spot! I love watching the sunset here and then seeing all the city lights switching on and twinkling below.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Amazing experience, what a view and great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was our 20th wedding anniversary dinner and I wanted everything to be perfect. From the atmosphere to the view and service it was bar none the best dining experience we have experienced.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was very good and our server's recommendations were excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

So good! Always love the Observatory.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Memorable enjoyment

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was delicious, view was amazing, staff was perfectly attentive!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Awesome.service! 5 star view

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food and great service. Perfect spot to hit the sunrise for a romantic dinner with your spouse

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The manager is awesome by letting us in early. The food was great and our server was on point. A++ service from her. Thank you for this wonderful anniversary moment.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

1)Waiter seemed rush. Requested in writing and in person and Was told my date for birthday would receive a small candle with cookies This did not occur. Waiter was reminded of this and responded that this was not conveyed to him by co worker-- I even ordered and paid for dessert. No apologies or discounted check. 2) The Halibut was dry and overlooked. Overall the scenic view is the highlight of this place

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

We enjoyed a special dinner with friends we hadn't seen in 20 years. Food was lovely and atmosphere suited us.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We enjoyed a beautiful meal with guests visiting from Australia. Every bite was so tasty and above the norm. Exceptional value with the complimentary gondola ride.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great Views, service and kitchen. Must visit when in Vancouver.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our server was great and the food was good but for the level of dining you'd expect there was room for more finesse. The wine list was excellent and the cocktail menu was the standard fare. There seemed to be an odd non-communicative, emotionless demeanour to most other employees apart from our server. It felt like people we just going through the motions and weren't very happy.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The "TOP OF THE WORLD" in Vancouver. Amazing view of the city and beyond. Food was also lovely, and it was a romantic location for a wedding anniversary.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

We enjoy the atmosphere and it was very enjoyable with the bear watching and sun set scenery. Highly recommend for romantic dating.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Wonderful place, great food and service.
Highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Cost $25 for 5 low quality falafel. You'll find better food for less from food trucks.
Would not recommend to anyone, unless you were just paying for the subpar meal to get up to grouse for free, in which case - honestly, just walk up. The experience will not be tainted by the observatory's sorry and unpalatable excuse for fine dining.
Still felt the tingling sensation of over salted food after I brushed my teeth.

1) only 1 vegetarian entree option (fava bean falafel), only 2 or 3 other things vegetarian on the whole menu.
2) the falafel was dry, crumbly, and over salted, served with kale that was also way too salty.
3) we sent back the kale (literally too salty to eat) and did not send back the falafel because the server wasn't sure if they could make anymore falafel
4) kale came back undercooked and without modicum of seasoning.

We reserved a table 2 days prior to our 8pm dinner. We were stuck at a small table in the middle of the walkway away from the window. The restaurant smelled like 2 day old fish.

Do not go here unless you enjoy comically bad experiences. The only good thing that comes from this restaurant is a good laugh now and then from remembering how sad the food was.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The service at The Observatory was excellent. We had a very enjoyable dinner. The only thing we would have liked was more food, as we found the portions very small.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had to send back our food as it was not cooked well. The portions on some of the items are too small.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The service staff was great but the meal was underwhelming. Food was good but not great. The menu choices did not excite me but look online and judge for yourself. I felt they mistakenly tried (and failed) using exotic vegetables instead of fresh local vegetables. We were a party of 7 and entrees came out in 3 batches several minutes apart. The kids food was in the last batch which defies rule number one of serving a family/group.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I had the risotto with braised pork, and butter-poached BC prawns. The vegetables were perfect, risotto was delicious, pork was tender and prawns were done to perfection.
My two friends had the halibut which they thoroughly enjoyed. They also shared the pea soup which they said was lovely and the truffled gnocchi which they thought was especially wonderful.
Our waiter was professional and attentive.
The ride on the gondola is always a treat and the view is spectacular! Don’t wait until you have out-of-town visitors to go for a wonderful meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A great view of greater Vancouver from The Observatory. That view alone made the dining experience worth the trip! I had a good meal while my wife and our friend's meals were okay. The service was a little slow. I suppose that there was a wedding function taking place while we were there, so that could be a contribution for a little slow service? There were things to do before we sat down for our dinner: visited Bear Habitat, watched Birds in Motion Demonstration in Flight and a stroll around the area.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My wife and I started with the Bison Tartar and Pork Ravioli. The tartar was delicious. The ravioli (3) were OK but were seriously overpriced. Our consesus was that we should have ordered 2 Tartars. The mains consisted of an excellent halibut dish and a tasty dish of pork medallions. The pork medallions rested on a flavourful oatmeal rissoto. The halibut came with a variety of vegetables. Both dishes were good but we preferred the fish.

Desert was a wonderful finish. We shared the Chocolate Pretzel. Note that this is not actually a pretzel but a tart-like concoction topped with coffee flavoured ice cream. Delightful.

Overall a bit pricy but a wonderful way to spend a 5th anniversary.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Loved it all. Would recommend a dress code. I found for fine dining there were lots of under dressed making the experience less than fancy. Excellent staff, great food, beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food was okay, service was not bad. Considering the sky ride tickets were included, it's fair. However the portion of food was really TINY!!!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Took my girlfriend here who flew all the way from Chicago and this was definitely one of the most romantic dates we have ever had. Great scenery ofcourse. Good is great and service was decent. Took a lil too long to get our bill but it was not bad. Definitely a great place for a date.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excelente vista de Vancouver, solo un tema que cierran temprano

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Excellent cuisine. Tasting menu was delicious and size of portions just right. Excellent fresh local ingredients.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Outstanding view. Tram cost included with reservations here. Main meals very tasty beautifully plated but not big portions. Appys are a bit quirky. Try something new, here's the place. We left very satisfied.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Was lied to by our waiter. I had requested better seating at 2 specific tables, when either one frees up I had wanted to be seated there. Waiter went and checked and said yes one of them is opening up and shouldn't be a problem. However, I was not given priority and table was given to someone right before me my eyes, completely unacceptable. Manager was very rude and not understanding. There were other tables free that other guests could have been seated and waited their turns for better seating just like we had. I was out celebrating something special and the staff ruined our moment. Would never dine there again, and will be sharing this negative ordeal with my colleagues and advising not to visit there.

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