We dropped in on a Friday evening in early January and were pleased to have just a short wait for a table. The food and service met our expectations and the fine long term reputation of the restaurant. We are two very compatible couples and we have visited Vancouver the first week of January for over 20 years. We live in Victoria. Being very comfortable in each other's company, the very high noise level in the restaurant was tolerable . . . we could either enjoy our meal in silence or raise our voices when speaking with each other. I am not sure the restaurant on a Friday evening would be my choice if we were sharing a meal with "new friends".