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vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 03:08 PM

I'm looking to spend a lot of time eating on my next trip to Vancouver with my husband and I've decided that I want a nice view while I eat (other than my darling husband of course.) I've read a bit about Seasons at Queen Elizabeth Park and the menu looks fine. Does anyone have any experience there or with any other place that has great views?

Thanks so much :)

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  1. grayelf RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 09:10 PM

    This is a thorny question too! I have yet to find a place in/near Vancouver that I can recommend for the food. Seasons is pretty execrable, overpriced with mediocre food and lacklustre service at best. Perhaps Fraiche in North Van (it is on my hit list)?

    1. Sam Salmon RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 09:14 PM

      Ah Yes the eternal Vancouver quandary-decent food or a view.

      You might have a decent cook working the Teahouse & the view can be stellar of an evening.....or not.

      1. LotusRapper RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 09:38 PM

        Sam, you didn't even mention your namesake ;-)

        Salmon House on the Hill
        https://www.salmonhouse.com/

        1. LotusRapper RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 09:49 PM

          Horizons on Burnaby Mountain:
          https://www.horizonsrestaurant.com/

          Sooke Harbour House (Sooke, Vancouver Island):
          http://www.sookeharbourhouse.com/victoria-fine-dining-seafood-restaurant/

          The Galley Patio & Grill, Spanish Banks/Kitsilano:
          http://www.thegalley.ca/

          The Mill Marine Bistro, Coal Harbour:
          http://www.millbistro.ca/The_Mill/Welcome.html

          Cardero's, Coal Harbour:
          http://vancouverdine.com/carderos

          LIFT Bar & Grill, Coal Harbour:
          http://liftbarandgrill.com/

          The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill, Sea Island South Terminal:
          http://www.drinkfreshbeer.com/flyingbeaver.html

          Bridges, Granville Island:
          http://www.bridgesrestaurant.com/

          C, Granville Island:
          http://www.crestaurant.com/

          Provence Marinaside, False Creek North:
          http://www.provencevancouver.com/marinaside/home

          Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant:
          http://www.cloud9restaurant.ca/

          Just remember the maxim that, the better the view, (often) the pricier the food and the lesser the food quality. YMMV.

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            grayelf RE: LotusRapper Feb 27, 2013 07:24 AM

            LR, that is a list of view places for sure but your caveat is sound! C (which BTW is not on Granville Island) is the only one I could recommend for food here in town. Though Lift could get a second chance given that Chef Alvarez is there now per fmed :-).

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              LotusRapper RE: grayelf Feb 27, 2013 08:36 AM

              Thanks for picking that up, GE. Maybe I meant they have a great view *of* Granville Island [grin]

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              Anne M RE: LotusRapper Feb 27, 2013 10:29 AM

              What about Cactus Club English Bay and soon to be opened Convention Centre? No worse and probably better than many on that list. There's others on English Bay if you like chain style eating.

              And the Teahouse in Stanley Park: http://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse. Same folks as Cardero's, Sandbar, Seasons. Same caveats as all of the above. Very nice views though.

              I had a good meal at Lift last summer, better than I expected.

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                Anne M RE: Anne M Mar 20, 2013 03:25 PM

                I see the Cactus Club @ the new Convention Centre is opening tomorrow. The Olympic Cauldron is being lit in celebration.

                Apparently it takes $5000 + admin costs and they'll fire it up: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british...

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                  betterthanbourdain RE: Anne M Apr 4, 2013 12:03 AM

                  perfect! will they accept pennies? :-D
                  I'd suggest Lift again for food and View.
                  Havent been but took a peek at the menu.
                  Love to try the liquid 'black forest cake'.

            3. fmed RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 10:08 PM

              I would scout around Coal Harbour (eg Lift, Carderos) downtown or in Granville Island (eg Sandbar) for the best views. Lift is particularly interesting as well-regarded Chef Jefferson Alvarez recently joined that group. (I enjoyed his cooking at Divino (in my 'hood) and at Fraiche.)

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                dustthouart RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 10:13 PM

                I really liked the food, view and service we got at the Sandbar. But given your username I don't know if it would be a good choice. Are you requiring vegan food?

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                  vegan73 RE: dustthouart Feb 27, 2013 07:14 AM

                  i'm no longer completely vegan, the name is just old :)

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                    LotusRapper RE: vegan73 Feb 27, 2013 08:38 AM

                    We have a friend whose name is Megan, and coincidentally/ironically she was a vegan at one time (one of those "phases"), but later returned to eating meat again. We joke how her name seems to describe that aptly :-)

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                  reiney RE: vegan73 Feb 26, 2013 11:09 PM

                  Fraiche in West Van used to be the go-to place for the best view, but not sure how it is now that Chef Alvarez has left.

                  http://fraicherestaurant.ca

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                    betterthanbourdain RE: vegan73 Mar 9, 2013 04:53 PM

                    For food fraiche, lift, C's.
                    Though none were worthy of a return last i was there.
                    Seasons in the park has appointed Dennis Peckham.
                    For view cactus club looks like has the market corner.
                    Bear in mind, not all seat in this resto have a great view. Suggest making a reso.
                    If given a choice I'd try lift again.

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