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Sep 28, 2008 09:38 AM

one special dinner in Vancouver...

My wife and I will be in Vancouver for 1 night (happens to be our wedding anniversary) in a couple of weeks, and looking for a memorable dinner experience. Used to go to the Raintree years ago -- is it still there/any good? Any other thoughts? Thanks all.

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  1. Perhaps Parkside or Il Giardino. Raintree has been getting mixed reviews of late.

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    1. re: fmed

      I second the recommendation for Parkside!

      1. re: im_hungry

        I agree with Parkside too: then you can start with a walk along English Bay and have some view before/after your meal.

    2. I had a really good experience recently at Fuel, and the ambience seemed appropriate for an anniversary dinner. I hear that Gastropod next door is also excellent. These seem to be the two 'buzz' restaurants on this board currently (that's where I found out about Fuel).

      Service at Fuel was a little slow, though I was there for a late lunch on a weekday, so that may have had something to do with it. Besides, it would probably be okay to have a drawn-out meal given that it is your anniversary.

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      1. re: anewton

        Both Fuel and Gastropod are fantastic. I thought of recommending them too.

      2. I asked this same question a couple of months ago and after much research decided on Five Sails at the Pan Pacific because we wanted the location to be as special as the food
        the other top contender was Cioppinos Italian...Yaletown
        as it turns out I can't give you a first hand report on either of them as we were gifted with a wonderful meal at Vijs for our Anniversary! I agree with the rec's for Parkside and Fuel but if you only have one night in Vancouver and you want a spectacular location I'd go for Five Sails as I heard very good reports on it from people who's opinions I respect. Have a great time wherever you end up.

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        1. re: balini

          Balini brings up a good (and somewhat sticky) point. Are you looking for the setting to be as spectacular as the food? If so, that is a much taller order. IMO, Vancouver suffers from the "if the view's nice the food is not all that" syndrome. Im always keener on the food than the setting, though...

          That said, I too have heard some good things about Five Sails since their recentish reno but can't comment personally.

          1. re: grayelf

            On Five Sails -- It's been a while for me as well. But yes - the view is spectacular. The chef and kitchen have very good cred so the food should be good.

            View locations tend to be taken up by hotels and restaurant groups like Sequioa who specialize in view locations (Sandbar, Cardero's, etc) -- the food is mediocre across the board however. They are great spots for non-chow tourists, etc.

            On a related note, my parents' anniversary is coming up -- Five Sails is still in the running for this event.

            1. re: grayelf

              <Vancouver suffers from the "if the view's nice the food is not all that" syndrome.>

              I find this to be the case pretty much across the board for any coastal location on the west coast of north America. Curious if the east coast has the same syndrome?

              1. re: PolarBear

      's true most places, I live in the Caribbean and all the places on the water with the gorgeous views and tropical breezes have uninteresting to bad food the best grub is inland..... the exception that comes to mind is The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn Tofino, I almost always choose food over location except when trying to accommodate visitors or splurge on a special occasion.

                1. re: balini

                  Thanks for The Pointe suggestion, we hope to be there next summer. Are there any dishes you've found exemplary?

                  1. re: PolarBear

                    it's been a couple of years and we did the Chefs tasting menu for dinner which would change seasonally but I do remember an amazing goat cheese cheesecake at one of our lunches was all fabulous tho.

          2. Fuel, Gastropod, and Parkside would all be great locations. Bishops, while not a "buzz" restaurant, is also outstanding and very romantic.

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            1. re: Cancuk

              Yay, Canuck for mentioning Bishop's. Buffy, if its not too late, check out this thread:
              Not sure why we don't mention Bishop's more often on this site, but it seems as though I'm not the only one to think its special (despite lack of view).