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“Overall best meal in Vancouver”

West Restaurant + Bar
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Ranked #232 of 3,776 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: South Granville
Cross street: 13th St.
Description: Recognized as the 'jewel in Vancouver's culinary crown', West Restaurant's outstanding contemporary regional cuisine and seamless service has earned much critical acclaim. Pristine seasonal ingredients are sourced to deliver superbly conceived dishes offering modern interpretations of classics. For those keen to observe 'behind the scenes' action and experience West from a unique perspective, the two 'chef's tables' can be found directly adjacent to the presentation kitchen. One of the highlights of the dining room is a temperature-controlled wall of wine, and under it, the long cherry wood bar that gracefully anchors the conversation-where martinis and cocktails are composed of fresh herbs, juices and creative infusions. A Werner Forster installation floats under the ceiling-a study of light and motion. The leather chairs are the Mario Bellini designed originals found at MOMA, surrounding etched stone tabletops, highlighting a handsome and inviting room that speaks to contemporary Vancouver.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Overall best meal in Vancouver”
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
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Waterloo, Canada
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643 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Wow. Highly recommended. Superb food, flawless service. Go!”
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
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Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
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
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Toronto
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Another great meal!”
Reviewed September 1, 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!

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Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lovely meal, spectacular presentation”
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
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