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Suggestions in Vancouver or Burnaby for special birthday dinner

foodsnobz Jun 7, 2010 07:55 PM

Its only 6 of us but I'd like something with a nice view and of course great food. I had it narrowed down to Cin Cin or Italian Kitchen but neither really have a view. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

  1. fmed Jun 7, 2010 09:26 PM

    How about Five Sails? http://www.fivesails.ca/

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      foodsnobz Jun 7, 2010 09:29 PM

      oh I forgot to say casual. Don't want to dress up too much.

      1. re: foodsnobz
        fmed Jun 7, 2010 09:45 PM

        You should be fine at Five Sails dressed casually.

    2. LotusRapper Jun 7, 2010 10:23 PM

      Steamworks in Gastown actually has good views as long as you ask for tables by the windows (duh, eh !)

      New India Restaurant & Buffet (Broadway @ Willow) has an amazing panoramic view of downtown and the North Shore.

      So does Red Robin's (patio) two blocks west at Oak.

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      1. re: LotusRapper
        grayelf Jun 8, 2010 09:46 AM

        LR, can't argue with the view at your three suggestions but the OP did ask for great food... just sayin'.

        Mum and I had a really nice lunch at Kayan last year on the patio which has a killer view. I know the food has gotten mixed reviews here so maybe we just ordered with some luck but I thought their meze type items were darn tasty and reasonable too.

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          LotusRapper Jun 8, 2010 11:32 AM

          " ..... but the OP did ask for great food... just sayin'."

          LOL, the Red Robin inclusion probably could have got me banned from Chowhounds !! And no, neither New India nor Steamworks would generally scathe the "great foods" sanctum of restaurants, however it's possible one man's great food is another man's .............. [wink]

          Red Robin Restaurant
          1920 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y8K5, CA

          1. re: grayelf
            betterthanbourdain Jun 8, 2010 12:09 PM

            Kayan? do tell, where and what cuisine? :-P

            not sure if you have a price point in mind. but there aren't any resto that have great view AND great food.. . I imagine you are paying for the view
            i'll drop some names with view that I am familiar with...
            Boathouse(Denman, Kitsilano(yikes! :-( ))
            Stone Grill
            Raincity Grill

            Most are operated by the same companies
            Cardero, Sandbar, Teahouse(Sequoia)
            Raincity, Nu, C's(H. Kambolis)

            Best food from pevious experience would be C's. but haven't.. been back since Chef QD left. Still definitely better than Cincin and IK. Both Cincin and IK are pretentious and cater to the want to be seen crowd(dress up). imho. The other places with ok food are Nu, Lift, Teahouse and Raincity.

            Best view... not C's :-D, nor Milestone's, nor Cardero's. I have many a great nights with the view at the other locations posted above.
            * I noted view of the water and sunset. if this what you meant by 'view'?

            Raincity Grill
            1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1, CA

            1. re: betterthanbourdain
              LotusRapper Jun 8, 2010 12:23 PM

              "* I noted view of the water and sunset. if this what you meant by 'view'?"

              LOL :-D

              (my mind digressing O/T)

              1. re: betterthanbourdain
                grayelf Jun 8, 2010 08:07 PM

                Here's a link to a post on Kayan's buffet (which I've never tried)


                and my report on my one meal there which is quite out of date now (I thought we went last summer but apparently my memory is not what it used to be):


                Kayan is Mediterranean/Lebanese. It is in the old Tojo's spot.

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            foodsnobz Jun 13, 2010 10:04 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. Any nice view besides a street view is what I meant. Water view is always nice tho! I still don't have a reservation anywhere.

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