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Help! Vancouver special night out dilemma

balini Aug 5, 2008 08:07 PM

I feel completely stuck.... we'll be in Vancouver for a our anniversary on August 19th and hope to go somewhere really fabulous that we haven't been to before. I have done extensive reading here and we visit every year but I'm having a hard time coming up with just the right place for the occasion. I know I sound like Goldilocks but maybe some of you will be willing to offer some advice. We want to try something new (to us) ...I'm looking for a great room that is not elbow to elbow or minimalist in design somewhere beautiful and comfortable where we won't feel rushed, good service, innovative food, with lots of wonderful seafood choices as we don't eat meat, good choice of BC wines and interesting desserts . I'm thinking Fuel and Gastropod and Cobre won't have the environment I'm looking for and may be too meat oriented.....same for Aurora Bistro and Boneta; all of which sound interesting and we will definitely try some of them on this trip just not for the big celebration dinner....
Tojo's, Blue Water, Diva at the Met have all been wonderful in the past....Pied a Terre, and the Parkside were very good but too few choices for us, French restaurants in general offer us limited options. We were disappointed in C and I'm concerned that West and Bishops (which we have never tried) may be a little stiff or pretentious or just too "highend" if you know what I mean. We don't mind paying for great food and service but don't need to go to the most expensive places just to say that we did. Tell me if you think I'm wrong on any of these.
Right now Cioppinos is high on the list; what about Metro, or Yew? So what have I overlooked? I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this...

  1. fmed Aug 5, 2008 09:21 PM

    If nice interior design is one of the main criteria, your choices will be fine (Cioppino, Metro, Yew). Sanafir is a nice room - though I was not a fan of the food the time I went. However, their menu changes regularly so it might be time for revisit.

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      fmed Aug 5, 2008 10:08 PM

      Have you considered Umberto's at the edge of Yaletown?

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        balini Aug 6, 2008 05:00 AM

        thanks fmed..Interior design isn't a main focus....although rereading my post I probably made it sound that way... the real issue is the food just want it to be supported by the atmosphere. We have been to Umberto's but not to Cioppino, I agree with you on Sanafir, what about Coast?

        1. re: balini
          fmed Aug 6, 2008 07:37 AM

          Coast is OK. It is second tier to Blue Water for me.

          How about The Five Sails at the Pan Pacific? It has been a few years since my last visit. They have renovated the place recently. The views are spectacular and the food should be good (have a look at the bios on their website).

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