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Aug 12, 2010 03:29 PM

Revolving Restaurants in Vancouver - if you had to choose, which would you pick?

We have friends in town next week who really want to try one of the revolving restaurants for dinner. Which would you pick if you had to?

1) Top of Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
2) Cloud 9 (Landmark Hotel)
3) Vistas (Renaissance Hotel)


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  1. islandgirl, I read and enjoy your posts and I know you will be so sad eating at any of these places!! Any chance you could talk your pals into dining somewhere good with better value, then going up to revolve for an after-dinner drink? We did this recently and had a great time for way less money at Harbour Centre... and didn't have to eat the food, only smell it, which was bad enough :-(. If you time it right with the longer evenings, you should be able to see the view in the twilight and then in the dark. That I can recommend, though the drinks are nothing to write home about either.

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    1. re: grayelf

      imho, the harbour centre has the best view if that matters.
      the food and service the last i was there over two years ago wasnt impressive.\
      i believe there is a promotion of $15 for a three course menu with drinks coming up on indulge living. at that price point it is worthwhile. though that promo is to be confirmed.

      1. re: grayelf

        Just a follow up. I really liked Grayelf's suggestion (as usual). We went to Chambar for dinner (a personal favourite and excellent as always) and then headed to the Harbour Centre for a drink. This was not a good experience. Apparently, if you're only coming for a drink they don't seat you in the revolving part of the restaurant but in the "lounge" which felt like an airport bar from the 1980s (and looked it too). The view is static and looks South/East so no mountains, sunset, water, etc. The restaurant was about 2/3 full but most tables were having dessert when we arrived at around 9pm. There were several small tables for two standing empty on the inside of the revolving part of the restaurant (i.e. not right by the window, but still moving) We asked if we could sit there instead of the lounge, especially as watching the people moving past you is a bit nauseating. We were rudely told by the server that we could only move if we were having entrees because "if a big group arrives we need to be able to move the tables together to accommodate them". This really irked me. I could understand if they just said it's the policy that you have to be dining to sit in the "restaurant" area but the reason we were given was just ridiculous given the place was a 1/3 empty and the likelihood of a big group arriving for dinner after 9 was pretty slim. We decided to leave rather than pay for overpriced drinks and feeling ill. Strange business to turn down paying customers when you're obviously not operating at capacity. Anyway, we walked all the way around the restaurant in the search of the bathrooms before we left so we at least saw the view but I don't think we'll be back.

        1. re: islandgirl

          That is pretty bad, islandgirl -- I'm so sorry my suggestion ended up being such a bust :-(. I wonder if it is because it is now tourist season. I should have been more clear with what I meant by recently -- it was back in May I think. Not that that should be an excuse -- after all, you were there with visitors!! Will never darken their revolving door again, in solidarity.

          1. re: islandgirl

            Unfortunately your experience is all of a piece with how the place has been run since the earth cooled.

            1. re: islandgirl

              Yes, the lounge part of "Top of Vancouver' is in the middle non-revolving part. The Cloud 9 restaurant reserves around 2/5 of the revolving side for drinks and they do not take reservations there.