An idyllic lakefront heritage estate minutes from Vancouver’s downtown, Hart House invites you to retreat from the bustle and enjoy the best in food and wine. Renowned for its culinary excellence, tranquil setting, and friendly service, Hart House is the critics’ pick year after year. Sunday brunch service.
I didn't know what to expect, but I like Spanish wines and I have nice memories from my travels in Spain so I decided to attend the 'Spanish Evening'.
The meadow behind the restaurant with the wine tasting stations and the tables with appetizers, in the center the big tent with the tables set for dinner and in the back, the lake - no stage director could have wished a better setting.
The appetizers looked beautiful and tasted even better. I could have had only just the 'tapas' and be perfectly happy, but I knew that there was more to come so I restrained myself.
All the wines I tasted were good, but of course, I had my favourites and one of them I ordered with the main meal, which was interesting and very good. I had trouble to choose from cold salads, vegetables, fish, roasted quail, or the most important dish, the 'spanish paella', which I happened to like very much. I tried a little bit of everything. Each dish was different and very good, but it was the 'paella' which was as the best I had in Spain and made the evening so memorable for me.
When the desserts were served, I had hardly room for any - and they looked so enticing. I had to a few and they were delicious.
The entertainment provided by a guitar player and two flamenco dancers was quite pleasant. I enjoyed the Spanish music which added to the evening atmosphere.
I don't know whether Hart House liked the mother raccoon and her two young ones or whether they came uninvited but there amusing to watch.
Thank you to them again, everything was wonderful including the service and I certainly look forward to attending one of their future events.
My husband and I are always looking for great restaurants closer to the tricity area. After reading reviews for the Hart House we decided to give it a try. The food was wonderful and the server knew exactly what to recommend for wine and food. The service was as good as the food. We sat on the patio and had a beautiful view of the lake. I would definitely go there again, it was downtown Vancouver quality food without the high price.
We dined on a Tuesday night and most tables were taken. This strained the wait staff and service took longer than desired. There was a surf and turf special that night and it is well worth the price. The duck entree is different - it is very rich and may be overwhelming to some palates. The dessert options are limited, however, the chocolate cubed is absolutely delightful.
Given the caliber of food and the location, the food is fairly priced. The surf and turf 3 course meal is an absolute steal, but the rest of the menu is as one would expect.
Hart house has classic decor with modern updates. It has a warm atmospheres for those chilly wet days of fall and winter.
We had a very disappointing Dine Out at this Restaurant. Food was OK, but not what I would expect from a Restaurant such as this one. Dessert was no better than a Presidents Choice(Superstore) frozen cheesecake! Quantity left a lot to be desired!
Very dull ambiance.
Did try to communicate with Restaurant after the evening, for customer feedback. No follow-up from them, whatsoever. We will not be recommending this Restaurant or going back again!
came here for dov2009, my girlfriend treated me here. this will be my second time round for dov as I came here for dov2007. The food back then was great.
This time round is a different story.
to begin, I love this place for the ambiance. very romantic setting, very nice decor.
The service was pretty good, but not what I would expect from a fine dining restaurant. had better service.
The food was great to begin with. The tuna carparcio was amazing. never had a wonderful dish like this. I could just eat on this the whole night. the entrees were not too impressive. , and the dessert was worth less than $1 and served on a $38 menu. I was very disappointed by the dessert. I had high hopes when the appy came. Sensational appy I would have to say so myself, my girlfriend even praised about the appy. Entree I do not want to say too much about. What shocked me was the dessert. the dessert composed of a doughnut with an ice cream on top of it. That was it! $38 for that? I could have gone to tim horton's got myself a dozen doughnuts and went to safeway to buy ice cream to make that dessert. Not impressed with that dessert at all, at least not on a $38 menu.
Would only come here for a romantic evening with someone special. Other than that, the dov menu was horrible.
In my experience, dining here on a normal day (not mother's day or valentines or any holiday when they do a brunch or buffet) is excellent. Coming on a special day is not. The menu is excellent, superb food and priced accordingly to the kind of restaurant it is. Service is attentive and gracious and the setting is very pretty. My two experiences with "special occasions" has been less appealing, their buffet's mediocre and overpriced.
We tried Hart House for the first time this Mother's Day and were completely underwhelmed. Very small mediocre selection in cramped quarters. The food itself was well done but very little to choose from. Excellent eggs benedict and a small but decent assortment of cold seafood but no waffles, pancakes or omelettes; fruit selection consisted of grapes and honeydew; hot entrees consisted only of a white fish dish, roast beef, ham and nothing else; a selection of desserts but they were not particularly noteworthy and not refilled (and neither were the pastries). Only 4 salad selections of which 2 were the usual green and caeser salad. One choice of bread (a plain white roll).
Entrees ran out and were not always refilled. Service was passable but not at all friendly. Coffee and tea were extra but we didn't know until our bill came. Prices for juice were exhorbitant for the size. Very few smiles and not a single "Happy Mother's Day" to be heard anywhere.
Not a bad spot for a regular lunch if you don't care for friendly service but as a Mother's Day buffet for $35 + beverages, it wasn't worth it. We won't be going back.
My wife and I went here for a special occasion. The ambiance is very romantic and relaxing. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was very good...all three courses we had. It is pricy, but I don't mind paying for a good overall dining experience.
So many people had recommended this place so I went for Christmas dinner with my honey.
Food quality is the most important thing to me. Salad was overpowered by blue cheese and tart plums. Fairly well-cooked cod was overpowered by the balsamic reduction sauce--salty. Bread pudding was the best with caramel sauce and ice cream. Service was attentive, but not knowledgeable about the menu or wine. Dirty silverware. Would rather spend the money at Tapastree.
What happened to this place? I have eaten here a few times over the last couple of years, both in the restaurant and during events and it was always great. I took my wife here for Valentine's Day because I thought the restaurant would make for a romantic evening. I couldn't have been more wrong. We showed up for our reservation on time only to find that they were running behind in seating tables for our time slot. With no apology from either the lady or the man that were working at the front desk that night. Once we were finally seated we found our server to be gracious and knowledgeable, but seemed to be quite hurried throughout the evening. We were showed the menu for the evening and on paper it looked quite appetizing and thought out. Were we given the same menu as the kitchen? The way the menu was written compared to the way the food was presented was at best wrong. I ordered the Game Bird Terrine and the USDA Striploin followed by some sort of Chocolate Mousse. My Wife ordered the Trio Oyster's and the Lobster followed by what I would like to say was a forgettable Coconut Cream Tart. I only say that because it was so bad I wish I could forget it. The Terrine was not much of a Terrine more a very poor attempt at a Pate. It didn't have much of a distinct flavor of any Game. Tasted like spam that had been left out to dry. The USDA was said to have come with Potato Dauphine. It came with a tasteless Pave instead . My sub par Pave did accompany my under seasoned over cooked Steak to a T though. My dessert seemed to be just lazy. It was basically the same dessert I have had in the restaurant minus the Peanut Butter. My wife's Oyster's were presented nicely, but that was about where the good ended and the bad started with that dish. I wonder if the person running the kitchen had even tasted the accompaniment's that came with the oyster's? Each oyster was so overpowered by the taste of the ingredients that it was impossible to taste anything but the Japanese ingredients. Plus for some reason they were dry? Pre shucked perhaps? On to the main course for my Wife. Once again , did we get the wrong menu? Where was the Gratin in the dish? Was that light brown smear of some sort of puree the Cauliflower? If they assumed everyone liked Asparagus in their food, why not list it on the menu. For a supplement charge I would have expected way more then what she got for a poor executed Lobster dish. Her dessert was by far the worst part of the menu. Coconut Cream tart? The tart was the size of the size of a small cake. Which would have been a good thing if the tart itself wasn't so bad. Does anyone there taste the food at anytime? Just too terrible to put into words. I think my server was keen to our dis pleasure, cause she did mention that the Chef had left a few weeks prior. It is just crazy that the restaurant has come to this after such an outstanding meal back in the middle of January. What ever has happened I hope they fix it as soon as possible, or we won't be back or be recommending it to our friends and family till they do.