My wife and I ate here for our 4th Anniversary dinner, and we really enjoyed it. We booked it on OpenTable and put in the notes that it was our anniversary. It wasn't crowded, so they gave us a table in the corner. The views of course were spectacular.
Dinner was great, and my beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. Dessert was delicious too - we had the creme brulee sampler.
The reason that I gave the restaurant 4 stars instead of 5 (tempted to give 3) is for two reasons. #1 - they lied to me:
Shortly before our reservation, my wife and I had second thoughts about going to Vista 18, as we had seen some other really neat restaurants in town. I called up from my room (we were staying in the hotel that the restaurant is at the top of) at about 6:30 (last Saturday, 8/31/13) and asked how difficult it would be to get a reservation. We wanted a busy/bustling ambiance and didn't want to go if it was going to be empty. They told me on the phone that they were "on the verge" of being fully booked, but that they had a few spots left open. This was great, so we went ahead and dined up there anyway. As it turned out, the restaurant was actually about ~30%, 40% at the very most full for the duration of our dinner. This was really annoying, but other than that, we really enjoyed dinner.
One other problem with dinner. I brought a $40 bottle of wine and wanted to keep the cork. I assumed the server would bring it back after opening the bottle, but he didn't. I asked for it after dinner, but they didn't have it. They said that they would give me another one, which they did, but it wasn't our Ben Marco wine cork. Very annoying. This is a standard practice in the States as many people like to collect corks from nice wines that they have drunk...maybe not in Canada? One other thing - the corkage fee was $25. That is nearly robbery. Most nice restaurants in the states are either $15 or $20. $25 is just insane, and it was a hard pill to swallow.
Anyway, I want to finish on a good note, as it really was a pretty good experience - our server had a good sense of humor but was very professional, and everything else went very well. I would eat there again for sure...I just won't bring wine next time...I'll just order long islands with light ice.
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