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“5 Star restaurant”

Five Sails Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 3,730 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Howe Street
Transit: The closest bus stop is located at the Sea Bus Terminal at the North end of Granville Street and Cordova Street.
Description: Dramatically situated on the waterfront pier at Canada Place, this AAA Four Diamond award winning fine dining restaurant offers a breathtaking natural backdrop of the inner harbor, Stanley Park and Coastal mountains with gracious hospitality in an understated elegant setting. Proprietors Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers, a husband and wife team, bring years of experience to Five Sails skillfully fusing modern, continental cuisine with European influences to cultivate a memorable dining experience. Showcasing the mastery that made Chef Dorfler an internationally acclaimed Culinary Olympic World Champion, his signature mountain raviolis stuffed with fine herbs, spinach and ricotta then finished with a drizzle of hazelnut butter harken back to his Austrian childhood. The innovative "Catch!", a veritable cornucopia of seafood is enrobed in a lemongrass sauce perfumed with coconut milk and hint of chili, displays world-class passion and artistry. Sommelier, Ramon Fresneda, always brings impressive knowledge and unpretentious flair in providing optimal wine pairings from a list consistently honoured with the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. The gracious service and exemplary dining combined with sweeping views of ships sailing off into the setting sun is an experience like none other.
Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“5 Star restaurant”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Expensive, but well worth it. The menu provides some of the best seafood and steak offered. Take a table by the window to see a wonderful view of the mountain, water and seaplane activities. Great place to take clients to and the servers are very well polished.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank nmontesa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“As good as it gets”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Spectacular, We had a group of 50 for a multi course wine and food dinner. Spectacular really does not do justice to the quality of food and service we received. Not cheap, but at the Five Sails you really do get what you pay for.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Stands up to the Hype”
Reviewed February 7, 2013


With the intimidating credit card required reservation process and the huge disclaimer about sitting times and cancellation fees, my group of three girlfriends and myself were pretty convinced that Five Sails would walk the talk. We were not disappointed in the slightest.

Despite one of our party members being nearly a full half an hour late, the servers were patient with us up until the twenty minute mark. At this point the manager politely reminded us of the two hour seating limit, and asked if it were at all possible to contact the tardy friend and get an order from her over the phone. Completely understandable, and they were really very courteous about the matter, which I appreciated.

Once our entire party was together, we ordered a bottle of prosecco (they have a $55 option, which for a group of four is a great idea).

I ordered the porcini mushroom soup and requested no extra dollop of cream, and I really enjoyed it. It was light, flavourful and not too salty, and the crustini were really delicious. I opted for the sablefish, which I have had in plenty of other restaurants around the city (a miso glazed white fish with some sort of a veggie base is pretty common to see on a Vancouver menu), but was pleasantly surprised; this one stood out. The fish was cooked perfectly, the glaze packed a huge amount of flavor that complimented the dish really well and it was a decent portion. For dessert, all four of us ordered the lemon mille fleure and GOD it was good. that was definitely my favourite part of the meal. the little deep fried chocolate wonton was a strange addition, at first, but when I started to get used to the tart lemon flavor the burst of chocolaty sweetness was a great way to change things up.

Our server was attentive, kind enough to take a handful of photos of our group, and really was accommodating to us despite our fashionably late arrival. They served a small plate of fudge for us to try at the end of the meal as well, which we liked.

I'd love to try Five Sails' full menu. Will certainly be back!

Oh, and obviously: THE VIEW. enough said. Skip the revolving restaurants with crappy food, if a great big window with a view of the city is what you want then Five Sails does a great job with this, too.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Morgan C
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“Best Meal Ever!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

What a wonderful place to go with friends or a hot date! $38 for a 3 course meal. Super fancy place with excellent service and quality. Great food, I highly recommend this place!

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Exspense not warranted”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

A party of three attended the Dine out 2013. One main course consisted on Potato Dumplings. They were topped with a teaspoon measure of fresh tomatoes ( which at this time of year are tasteless.) and a few capers. The dumplings were soggy and the lack of a tasty sauce was pathetic. The sable fish was described as white fish.When asked if the fish was smoked we were told it was not the answer given was that it was pan seared(!!)The fish was smoked as in black cod and the cooking method has nothing to do with it. The dessert of lemon was described as chilled. all three were frozen. That does not equate to chilled you had to stab it with a fork to eat it !

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Sylvia C
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