Birthday in Vancouver
We'll be in Vancouver for my husband's birthday, and I'd love to take him somewhere wonderful. Here's the kicker, though: we'll have our 7-year-old son with us, who behaves for the most part very well in restaurants but is willing to eat almost nothing beyond cheese and bread (or its kiddie relations, mac & cheese, pizza, quesadilla, cheese burrito, cottage cheese, etc.). Ethnic, unfortunately, is out. I don't really want a family restaurant. And I don't really want a big touristy experience, either. Have emailed Joe Fortes and they're willing to take us and feed my son their "giant macaroni," but it sounds very touristy. Am I dreaming, or is there somewhere lovely that would actually work for us?
I LOVE Bishops...it's wonderful and John Bishop, Dennis Green and co. are so gracious they would be great to whomever walked in the door. However, I think your 7 year old might find the atmosphere a bit too serene (and you might find yourself worrying that he is bored.)
We've had success with kids at Glowbal and the food is tasty and varied...it might be the lovely meal you are looking for. Save Bishop's for when it's just your husband and you...
Joe Fortes is not in any way 'touristy'-much more upscale.
Over the years I've been treated very well there and recommend it highly.
I'd never subject a child to the stuffy atmosphere @ Bishops-I live around the corner and have never seen a kid there.
Cloud Nine has a terrible reputation-well deserved.
Kettle of Fish is a notorious tourist trap and Monk Queens has very mixed reviews.
For really really nice I vote Bishop's - they are so darn gracious there I'm pretty sure they wouldn't bat an eye (although they probably don't get many kids, so it might be worth a call). Many $.
I don't think Joe Fortes is a bad idea at all, expecially if you're looking for something downtown, unless the revolving options appeal (might try that with my gang one of these days).
I personally think Feenie's is a bit loud and dark for kids but mine are under 5.
If location is not an issue and ambiance takes second (3rd, 4th) place to food then my own choice would be Henry's. It's kind of mini-mall chic, but there are a lot of options (French and Italian). The food is good AND they have a kids menu. I'm not entirely sure its decor/locale are fancy enough for out-of-towners, but its where I'll go when my kids are just a bit older. http://www.henryskitchen.com/
try Monk McQueens,
A Kettle of Fish,
or either one of the 2 revolving restaurants - Top of Vancouver or Cloud Nine.
I don't know much about kiddie foods there but they are all western food restaurants and I'm sure the revolving restaurants will keep your son occupied and at the same time allow you to have a romantic dinner.