This hotel is located a short and enjoyable walk from the Lonsdale Quay and Seabus terminal in North Van. Spectacular mountain, harbour and city views are everywhere in this area; with the unfortunate exception of this restaurant (the upper floors of the hotel must have gorgeous unobstructed views looking downtown across the inlet). The restaurant is on the ground floor with a large windows offering a drab view across the alley into another building. Inside, the motif is generic. Customers were in nice casual; some were wearing jeans.
Our waiter, Sylvain, was excellent. He was friendly without being cloying and was able to describe menu items and wine pairings in detail. We could see that the entire serving staff was 1st rate. There was a very generous ratio of servers to customers.
The menu was somewhat limited with only 12 entres. The wine menu was very expensive: $18 for an 8 ounce glass of Chardonay. The markups on familiar bottles of wine were well over 100%. I had the set three course dinner for $33 with an additional $25 for wine pairings (5 ounce glasses of wine and a smaller desert wine). This offered a slight discount over ordering the items individually and I enjoy being introduced to new wines. Unfortunately, the set dinner options were from the same limited menu of entres.
All of our food items were first rate with lovely presentation and interesting taste combinations. My wife loved her halibut dinner: she said it was the best restaurant meal she had in years.
In summary, this restuarant offers 1st rate food and service. Unfortunately, the prices are a bit high considering that there is no view to enjoy inside or outside the restaurant. We noticed a new restaurant, "Peir 7", a block away that is literally over the water (with an outdoor patio). Call me superficial, but next time I will go for the view.
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