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“Overall best meal in Vancouver” 5 of 5 stars
Review of West Restaurant + Bar

West Restaurant + Bar
2881 Granville St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3J4, Canada (Fairview)
604-738-8938
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Ranked #65 of 2,715 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $31 - $45
Cuisines: Dessert, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Fairview
Cross street: 13th St.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Overall best meal in Vancouver”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We ended up eating here our last night, and were glad to find we had saved the best for last. The cocktails were great, as promised, and the food stellar. I had a keffir lime cocktail that was superb. We had very different and equally stunning dishes. A version of a tuna nicoise salad was fantastic- with soft boiled quail egg and mustard seeds, and our main dishes, while both white fishes, were opposite ends of the spectrum on flavor, one light and delicate and the other robust, smoky, and rich. Luckily we found an excellent wine that paired well with both! The service and the food here were great. Go!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waterloo, Canada
Top Contributor
309 reviews 309 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 107 cities Reviews in 107 cities
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
“Wow. Highly recommended. Superb food, flawless service. Go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

One of the best dinners I have ever had. Executive Chef Quang Dang creates masterfully prepared and beautifully presented dishes. Very hip place in South Granville. Take note foodies, West is well worth the slight detour from downtown Vancouver. This is one of the very best in Vancouver. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We read about West in an airline magazine and tried it out. The menu, the wine list, the service - all top notch. When making the reservations we were asked about allergies. Upon being seated gluten free bread was provided. The waiter was very knowledgeable about each dish and amendments were made to accommodate allergies. The service was discrete and food outstanding. Definitely a stop on our next visit to Vancouver!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Another great meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I ate at West last night and, as in the past, the meal was pretty much perfect. Fresh local ingredients, interesting taste combinations, beautiful presentation. The service was top notch, our waiter taking as much pleasure describing our food as we did eating it. For my money, West is consistently the top choice for dining in Vancouver. Perfect!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Lovely meal, spectacular presentation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The experience at West was top notch.
Our waiter was knowlegeable and highly attentive without being at all obtrusive.
The menu scheme is a bit different: There is a selection of small plates, intended to be shared, called Elements. Qute a different approach. These were beautifully prepared ( the entire meal was quite beautiful - artwork.) The Lobster Ceviche was a generous portion of lobster, and the Frasier Valley Beets with Hazelnut were magnificent ( For those not from Vancouver, do not underestimate the local produce. It is an amazing reminder of what heirloom vegetables can actually taste like, in the hands of a skilled chef....).

It is possible to select dishes a la carte from the tasting menu, and the cuccumber soup was irresistable to me. The visual presentation of this soup was unexpectedly delightful. A dish was presented with an assortment of lovely contents, cucumber cubes and flower blossoms - borage, I think - and then the spring green soup was delivered in a pitcher. After a moment of admiration of the contents of the bowl, the soup was poured by the server into the dish, flowing around the solid contents. I had a moment of regret as the flowers disappeared from sight, but only a moment, since in the next moment, the soup was in my mouth and it was delicious...

As to Mains, we tried the smoked sablefish and the sockeye salmon with israeli couscous.
I've not had the couscous before - it was amazing...in texture and flavor, and a lovely contrast to the salmon. The sablefish had the most incredible smoked flavor...it was heavenly served on spaetzle.

Angelfood cake with plum wine was superb as a finish with coffee. The house made sorbets change all the time, and the selection of the evening included elderflower rubarb...a lovely light ending to the meal.

Beautiful experience on all counts. Expensive - a special treat. But a dinner that will be sure to impress with good taste, and commemorate special occasions.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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