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“TRAINWRECK.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of C Restaurant

C Restaurant
1600 Howe St # 2, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2L9, Canada (Downtown)
(604) 681-1164
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Ranked #879 of 2,816 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $51 - $51
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Beach Avenue
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“TRAINWRECK.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Two old girlfriends and I had been planning this dinner out for weeks, as our choice for the dine-out Vancouver event. When the reservation was made, we requested a special table because it was my birthday. It wasn't my birthday, but we really wanted to make this a special seat for a special occasion as two of us hadn't seen each other in 17 years! We arrived separately but on time for 5:30 pm and it was nothing shy of a jaunt to get to our table, it almost felt like there was a prank about to take place as we ducked and weaved through table after table and room after room, up stairs and down them. Finally, the host brings us into what looks like the wine cellar. Crammed with roughly 9 tables, it took the setting of personal, not intimate. I don't like to write reviews that our plagued with complaint after complaint, its a downer and in my opinion takes away from the helpfulness of the review itself. There are 3 things that make me happy in the service/patron aspect of dining whether it be fine dining or Whitespot. A friendly server who pays attention to me and wants to make me happy. Timeliness, not only the server's frequent visits but in which the appetizer's, entree and desert are served. Last but not least, the food of course!

Our "C" server ordered the wrong entree. We had to pour our own champagne. We sat with dirty plates for minimum 15 minutes each portion of the service. We had to ask the bus boy for pepper and water. Three entrees we ordered were the Steel head (two, but they brought sable fish for one instead) and third was the beef tenderloin. The girls didn't want to wait for another plate so they shared each others so they could have at least a little bit of what they actually ordered. My beef was jello'y and cold. I was so disappointed. I don't eat seafood so I was really hoping this would be enough to fill me up. I sent it back and waited for my new plate. After sitting with these dirty plates for another 15 minutes and pouring our own wine from the bottle on the table I was beginning to feel 5 star dining was no different than eating at Mr. Mikes although I am pretty sure they will pour your wine for you. Every time a new group came in to dine in our bunker it was a shuffle shuffle and sit. Disruptive to say the least.
Before our desserts came I couldn't take it anymore. I asked to speak with the manager, I had to ask the host because I hadn't seen our server in since he tried to argue my friend didn't order what she did.

His name was John, and he saved the night. He changed everything. He kneeled down to eye level and listened carefully to everything we said and was genuinely apologetic and understanding . He took care of our entire liquor bill and one entree. For three, 3 course meals, two bottles of bubbly and a drink each it was under a hundred dollars, but that was not what made the difference. It was his genuine care and remorse for the way our night went. He personally served us from that point on and even lit a candle and wrote 'Happy Birthday' on my dessert plate. He offered to have us in VIP in a local lounge if we so choose and offered to call a car. He said that on a regular 80 plate night, they were serving 240 because of Dine-out Vancouver and even though this didn't excuse our experience, it kind of explained why we were sitting in what seemed like the panic room.

If I chose to go back, it would be because of how John took care of us. You know when they have someone like that running a busy high-end restaurant that most of the team will be putting their most gallant effort in, that night for us unfortunately we got a lemon.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Extraordinary view, ok food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I had heard great things about `C` which is why I wanted to check it out. I can say this, the view is extraordinary … that was the highlight for us. The hostess was very polite and friendly – our server, not so much. He wasn`t friendly, when asked for recommendations was very short and not at all helpful. The food was fine – but not worth what we paid. Maybe worth a drink on the patio in the summer – but as for a nice dinner, there are a lot better places to check out.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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North Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Surprisingly bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

As a preface, we came here for Dine Out Vancouver.

Very disappointing. The food is boring, bland, and tasteless. I had always heard that C was good, but being a frequent visitor to Blue Water Cafe and Coast, I could never muster the energy to come to C, especially given its 10 - 25% price premium relative to Coast and Blue Water Cafe.

The Albacore Tuna starter was poorly cut and the flavour pairing of pickled cucumber and albacore was not working. To make matters worse, the tuna was cut extremely thin. The main course was steelheard trout in Lobster Emulsion. This was downright terrible. It was tasteless and the fish was cooked poorly. I do not expect to be served fish like this in downtown Vancouver; it suited some place far inland.

I thought I would give them a chance with dine out Vancouver, to see if they deserved full sticker price; they do not. Go to Coast, go to Diva at the Met, go to Blue Water Cafe, go to Hawksworth. Do not come here.

View is good, service is poor, location is not convenient for business.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best service, nice view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We tried dine-out menu Sunday nigh., Best service, been welcomed and very thoughtful, warm and special water view.
Will come back soon.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bay Area California
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70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fine Dining, Great Service, and a Romantic Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This highly rated restaurant lived up to its reputation, even if the fickle "in" crowd has moved on, the restaurant remains an excellent choice to impress.

Our service was warm, attentive and fast. The food choices were not only interesting, but the chef knows what to pair with what, a hard job that many young chefs cannot handle.

The server did not try to up-sell us on the wine, and made sure we felt special.

I have zero reservations about recommending "C" to tourists and regulars alike.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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