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“Special Occasions with Fantastic Water View”

Five Sails Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 3,730 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, 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.
vancouver, BC
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“Special Occasions with Fantastic Water View”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were given a certificate to celebrate my birthday at the Five Sails and so we did. We were placed at a table beside the window which overlooked the water, the newer part of the Convention Trade Center with the living room. The water view is beautiful indeed.

We each started with an appetizer--steak tartare with 4 half prawns placed on homemade potato chips while my grown son had the veal sweetbreads with gnocchi. My steak tartare also came with brioche toast which was NOT crispy enough as it was too soft for my taste. The steak tartare lacked "oomph" so it was just okay. The cut up prawns were tasty but a little on the salty side so it actually balanced out the somewhat blandness of the steak tartare, imho.

As for my son's veal sweetbreads, it was fried quite crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. We have had better home made gnocchi so it was just okay but the cream sauce was very tasty.

We each had a few cocktails to start; the drinks were refreshing but i couldn't really taste the alcohol at all so it was somewhat watered down.

For our mains, we had the roast duck with a piece of pan fried foie gras and the dover sole. The duck was a breast that tasted very Asian--smoked tea flavored. It was done quite nicely if you like that flavor and of course, the slice of foie gras was done to perfection. My dover sole was a bit of a disappointment and perhaps it was the brown butterl sauce that came with it. The fish did not have much taste but it was too salty for my taste. I have to say that the entire fish was deboned and it came with some fresh vegetables.

For dessert, the lemon souffle was made to perfection while my Opera slice was good but not worth the $12 or $13 for such a very small piece. The restaurant remembered that it was my birthday so they came out with another little piece of the Opera cake for me.

The best part of the meal was NOT the food but it was our server, JASON! The service he offered was exceptional and totally that of a 5 star restaurant. He was very knowledgeable with the wine and drink list and he was exceptionally personable and warm. There was no pretense arrogance and snootiness to his service at all. Jason, thank you so much for your exceptionally fantastic service!

In all, I think there are many other restaurants in Vancouver with better food but it is the view that you are paying for at the Five Sails. The food here is good but not worth the value and the prices that are charged, and so for this reason, i can only give it a 4 star.

  • Visited September 2013
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Charlotte, NC
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“One of the best dining experiences I have ever had”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Not only was the food outstanding, but service was superb and the view of the Vancouver Harbour is absolutely unbeatable. It is not an inexpensive meal, but well worth the price if celebrating a special occasion. I highly recommend that if you want a front-row table to the water view, you MUST make a reservation and specify that. If you show up without a reservation, they will not seat you at a table with a view if those tables have been requested by a later reservation.

Visited September 2013
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“A delightful dinner”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Started with a shrimp cocktail, four jumbo shrimp in a horseradish sauce that was spicy and wonderful. One of us had "the catch," a dinner of a half-lobster tail, a piece of halibut, a sea scallop and veggies that were coconut glazed. The other had a delightful piece of Dover sole with artichoke and sun choke purée and pieces of artichoke, lots of beautifully cut and cooked green beans, asparagus, carrots. A lovely BC Sauvignon blanc accompanied all of this, followed by a sip of port, an espresso and a delicious lemon-cream-phyllo-strawberry concoction!
A great view of water and mountains, nice ambiance, no rush to finish. Waitstaff attentive and unobtrusive. Pricey, but to be expected in Vancouver and this setting. ... 260.00 with tip, would spend it again in a heartbeat.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Five Sails dining”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Fantastic meals and wine service. True gourmet dining in a room sited to enhance the experience. Highly recommended

Visited July 2013
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“Good food - good views”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Well prepared food with great views of the Vancouver Waterfront. The fixed price menu is a good buy.

Visited August 2013
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