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Jan 29, 2014 11:54 AM

Special occasion dinners

Seems I'm having a hard time figuring out places that are sufficient. Not a fan of Hawksworth, are there any other places? Maybe Tojos/OG omakase? Else?

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      1. re: Quattrociocchi

        Yew was fair. Not overly romantic but a pretty good restaurant never-the-less. Enjoyed their wine selection. Wil return and ask that they skip putting sweet reduced red-wine reduction on my steak.

      2. Price range ?

        # of people ?

        Type of occasion ?

        Cuisine ?

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          Price range: any

          # of people: 2

          Type of occasion: any

          Cuisine: any

        2. Vancouver is apparently too 'laid back' to support a lot of true fine dining but for very good but kinda pricey meals, I would say The Pear Tree, Cioppino's, Blue Water, and Le Crocodile all fit the bill. Also, the room is in severe need of an update but Diva at the Met is serving really tasty food these days.

          If you want a *really* special occasion, blow the doors down meal, drive 45 minutes south to Lummi Island and hit the Willows Inn. It's unbelievable.

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          1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

            I'm planning that (Willows Inn) for my 20th anniv. coming up later this Fall :-)

            I agree, it'll be the sort of no-holds-barred meal and experience that I kinda doubt can be found in Vancouver for the same price.

            Mijune of FollowMeFoodie did up very detailed 'revews' of Willows Inn:



            1. re: LotusRapper

              That's excellent. You will not find a meal like it in Vancouver at any price.

            2. re: NoMoreSnuggles

              Thanks NMS - heard good things about Pear Tree but found BW to be average.

              re: Willows Inn - I've heard about this place, and want to go - but 45 mins? I thought it was 2 hours or so, which I confirmed w/ google maps - am I missing something?

              1. re: justxpete

                You got me. It feels like it's right over the border but in fact it's about 20 min south of it and then there's a crossing you have to take to actually get to onto the island, so Google Maps is not lying.

                1. re: justxpete

                  30 mins from border to ferry terminal for Lummi:


                  The wait + sailing time adds another 1/2 hr or so (20 mins btwn sailings, 6 mins crossing time).

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    That's not bad. Looks like an hour 20 to the ferry from Van.

                    1. re: justxpete

                      IF you have Nexus. Otherwise it's a total wildcard. 'Tho at the current (or lower) exchange rate, the SB lineups will only get shorter.

                2. re: NoMoreSnuggles

                  Tried to book Lummi island for valentine's, but the restaurant isn't open until early March - so it will have to wait. Looking for other ideas for Valentine's now.

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      It's been many years since we've eaten at The Oyster Bar (10 years ago, for our 10th anniv ?).

                      1. re: justxpete

                        5 Sails at the Pan Pacific? I've never eaten there but my inlaws love it for a special occasion and I imagine the view is spectacular.

                      2. re: NoMoreSnuggles

                        Pear Tree was amazing. Exceeded my expectations. After having gone to Cioppino's, Blue Water, Black & Blue, Chambar, West, Hawksworthe, L'abbatoir, Le Crocodile and being moderately disappointed by each, PT was an exciting redemption. Hopefully it won't just have been a flash in the pan. Will plan a tasting menu next.

                        We're now big fans of Octopus Garden and Vij's. Farmer's Apprentice was outstanding but we've only been once.

                        Still need to visit La Quercia and Acorn. We've had a couple of good meals @ Burdock & Co as well.

                      3. Yew at Four Seasons.
                        My parents like Mosaic at the Hyatt, but I think it's due to the free chocolate cake for birthdays :)

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                        1. re: KarenDW

                          We drove by the place that was being picketed, Pidgin, tonight, on our way to Bistro Wagon Rouge (drool) which made . Still haven't gone but could be worth considering. I'd also add Farmer's Apprentice to the special occasions roster for the food quality.

                          1. re: grayelf

                            Loved Farmer's Apprentice. On my list of the best resto's in the city. Will return soon. It's a bit too noisy to be a Special occasion destination, however.

                            Our one visit to Pidgin was decent as well, but have not returned as yet.

                            1. re: justxpete

                              FA is noisy, isn't it? Went for lunch and sat in the middle of the tables, very loud. I'd book for dinner at either the front or the back table, or if you don't mind high stools, the one on the west wall.