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May 24, 2010 06:38 AM

Ontario CH ISO "Grandpa-worthy" restos in Vancouver

Hi BC hounds!!

My 86 y/o grandfather is going to be in Vancouver for one night during a train tour of your gorgeous province a few weeks from now. He will be dining with one companion and restricted to walking (preferably no more than 15 minutes) from their hotel (the Fairmont near the Art Gallery).

I am hoping someone might be able to suggest a "grandpa-worthy" restaurant meeting the following criteria (If it exists! I realize that I may be describing an ideal, not a reality) :

1) Mains should be $20 or less
2) Great (fresh) seafood options
3) Good service (he is a lovely man, and at his age things become a little more difficult, and it would be really great to find a place with servers who are caring and patient)
4) Fresh produce (he is a country guy used to growing his own)
5) Not too busy (again, because at his age he can become overwhelmed - but he will be going earlier in the evening, probably around 6, so that might help)

Any and all suggestions will be much appreciated!! I will report back when he returns!

Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. oh my god he sounds so cute! sorry, no clue about van restos, but fairmont hotels usually have good ones, as do art museums! then he could focus on that walk. so beautiful out there.

    1. Not sure if it meets the price-point but the Yew restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel across the street from the Fairmont (maybe 2 blocks) comes highly recommended for service and food.

      1. Sometimes the best things are right under your nose. Griffins *INSIDE* Fairmont Downtown does a good imitation of the old-style hotel dining room, with high ceilings, classic furnishings, and a grand ambiance that the older (but young at heart) generation would feel quite at home. No inappropriate/loud music, wait staff is well-trained and well-mannered. Menu is fairly traditional with nothing nouveau or fusion-y. Dinner prices may seem a tad high but actually are good value considering most items include the dessert buffet, a destination in itself. Seafood and salads and soups are easy to find in the menu. Not sure if they have seniors pricing but I wouldn't be surprised that if asked nicely, they would offer some discount.

        And after his dinner he can still walk around the hotel and even get a nightcap at 900 West Lounge and hopefully some good piano lounge music off of the main lobby.


        Dinner menu (most offerings include the dessert buffet):

        900 West Lounge:

        3 Replies
        1. re: LotusRapper

          Thanks so much for the suggestion! It looks like they have a promo for half off the menu for early birds, so Griffins fits the bill perfectly. I'm sure he'll have a wonderful time!

            1. re: c.cow

              Here are the details re: the early bird promo:


              Foodies in the know will want to tuck into dinner at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Griffins Restaurant and take a bite out of the tab by dining through Happy Hour. In celebration of our 18th Anniversary, diners are extended 50% savings on all dinner menu items from appetizers, mains and desserts between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm daily. It’s our way of saying thank you to all our longtime patrons and guests for their continued support and appetite for Griffins fare. The 18th Anniversary promotion runs from now until the end of September.

              Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
              900 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C2W6, CA