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  • xtian Sep 9, 2008 09:14 AM
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I am planning a business dinner for a group of 12 people on a Tuesday or Wednesday night in mid-October. I have had the following rec's for venues, but would love to get some local input on what would work best for the group and what's best in terms of quality.

This group is very conservation-minded and fairly healthy eaters... locally-sourced, seasonal menus would be great. They will be staying at the marriott pinnacle downtown, so I would also appreciate any advice in terms of convenience.

Choices:
Bishops
C
Nu
West
Coast
Chambar
Salmon House on the Hill in West Vancouver

Thanks!

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  1. Salmon House on the Hill in West Vancouver should be your last choice.

    1. Every review I have read about Chambar talks about how loud it is and how close together the tables are ... That doesn't sound appealing for a business dinner (especially since there will be so many people)

      1. I would go for Chambar. The food is really good and location wise would be perfect. It is definitely better suited to a business dinner and for the larger group. Some of the other places like Bishops and West feel more intimate. Chambar has high ceilings and big windows. Nice atmosphere.

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        1. re: AliciaRhubarb

          But if it is a business dinner, they don't want it to be loud.

        2. Blue Water or Cioppino would be good.

          1. Bishops, C, West are too intimate. Chambar is too loud for a business dinner. Nu might work... forget Salmon House.

            Coast could work as I believe the room is big enough to *comfortably* accommodate a party of that size. The food is solid as well.

            As Fmed stated, both Cioppinos and Blue Water would work too.. and I think personally they would be better than anything from the list above, all things considered.

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            1. re: Cancuk

              You can book the wine rooms at Blue Water and Cioppino's for more privacy.

              1. re: fmed

                Is the separate room at the Enoteca still available? I held a really successful business dinner there but it was a few years back (2003?). Another excellent private room is in the basement of the Fish House, perfect size for a group of 12. We held a very tricky negotiations meeting there, again a few years ago, that went swimmingly, as it is completely private.

                1. re: grayelf

                  It is: http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/Head...

                  The Antinori WIne Room and Mama Paola Wine Room both seat 12 - just right for the OP.

                  1. re: fmed

                    Goldfish also has private rooms. I'm not a fan of their food, but the room is beautiful and service is pretty good.

            2. Totally agree with the previous posts that are steering you clear of the Salmon House. Also agree that West and Bishops may be too intimate.

              I know it isn't one of your suggestions, but what about Yew at the Four Seasons? It's a great space, and you won't feel odd being a group that size. The menu changes to reflect what is available seasonally, and I definitely appreciate the fact that I am able to find lighter "cleaner" fare among the choices.

              Just thought I'd throw it out there, not sure what others think...