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“Birthday Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of West Restaurant + Bar

West Restaurant + Bar
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Ranked #213 of 3,511 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $39
Cuisines: Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Seafood, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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97 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Birthday Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

My wife took me to West for my birthday. We haven't had dinner here in years and decided it was time to come back.

The food was absolutely amazing. The cocktails were fun and good. The staff were knowledgable and very nice.

Great birthday all around.

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“very nice upper end restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are looking for a nice high end restaurant that is still casual in nature, then West is worth trying. The food is very good and nicely presented. The food is pricey but the quality is there. They also have a very active bar scene on weekends that seems to cater to the well heeled 40+ crowd. There were patrons in suit and ties and many in casual weekend wear. Worth giving a try

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank TheFarkman
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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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292 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Part of number of great restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Last week when in Whistler we dined at Araxi. A great meal. In Vancouver we stumbled on West. Ihad the lunch special with an outstanding beetroot salad, the fishcakes and the lemon pineapple desert. My wife had the duck salad and a wonderful scallop salad. The only mar against them was a curly hair in the desert and not perfectly clean cultery. Eeeh.

Visited June 2014
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Thank IslandFolks
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Portland, OR
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazing Cocktails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This review is for the bar only. We stopped by West after dinner. We had heard about the inventive cocktails and wanted to try a few. Several hours later, we had made our way through several cocktails. West didn't disappoint. Kevin, our bartender, was fantastic. He took the time to tell us about the bitters, and infusions, and liquers that they make onsite (including letting us try some of the tinctures). And he had great suggestions for the type of drink we would like, including our last one where all I said was "I want something for dessert but not overly sweet) and he suggested a cocktail that he had created himself and was the perfect cocktail for us.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank Portland_visitor
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Vancouver, Canada
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240 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Reliably outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We have been going here several time a year for the better part of a decade. I am struck by how we have never had a disappointing meal in that time - and indeed have had several very memorable exceptional meals. The staff provide a knowledgable and un intrusive service. Although whole meal is great, desserts deserve a special mention. The menu always has some favourites, but you can expect additions each month based on what is available at the local market.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Peter M
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