A window-wrapped dining room offers a commanding view of the surrounding park-like setting; Burnaby and Vancouver below, as well as views of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm. Nestled in beautiful Burnaby Mountain Park, Horizons overlooks the bright city lights below. Specializing in steaks and seafood grilled over an open flame, enjoy Chef John Garrett's West Coast inspired cuisine and dine in an elegant setting with a warm ambiance.
Hadn't been for a few years. Decided to try it and was pleased to see they'd extended their dine out menu. Made easy reservations the night before out Friday out and asked for a window seat. Ended up with a seat in the elevated area in the middle, but on the edge so it was better than a window seat.
Their dine out menu was only $28! I think they used to have the highest price dineout. Anyway we had the salad with nuts and cranberries and cheese- delicious. Steak and salmon was also ordered. The staek pronounced very good and the salmon was ok - sockeye vey fishy with skin on, but cooked ok. Risotto that came with it was excellent. And we both got yummy mini veggies with butter. Dessert was coffee creme brûlée which was a bit watery but had the proper crunchy top. It was supposed to come with biscotti which we did not get. The other dessert was chocolate with berries. It was some sort of slab of chocolate mousse or something that was not to my taste but the berries and coulis on the plate were nice.
Service was good but the cocktail and wine arrival was a bit off. Good value for dineout
We were here over the last few weekends, and all I can say is that it was a massive disappointment. Horizons went from being not very good, to very good, back to horrific. To give you an idea, 4 people chose 4 different dishes.....three of them meat dishes, and one seafood. the lamb was awful and rubbery, the red meat dishes tasted like "something" and could not be finished, and the seafood sabelfish tasted like it came with a cambells soup recipe... my guests were too polite, but the looks in their faces said it all. Service was great but .....
Not sure whats going here, but I can assure you that we will not be back until massive changes take place again, as there are way too many great establishments out there to be enjoyed.......
My wife and I ate here last night for dinner. The place is nice and the view is pretty cool. The staff were professional and friendly. They gave us some nice warm bread and whipped butter when we sat.
For appies we each had..
FREE RANGE BISON CARPACCIO $14
Basil infused olive oil, shaved pecorino cheese, tomato aioli, micro greens
It was good, the meat was spread thinner on the plate then most places do, there was a lot of cheese on top.
For entrees we each had..
PEKIN DUCK BREAST $28
Marinated with sherry, soy & brown sugar, star anise poached apple, caramelized yams,
Chinese 5 spice sauce
When ordering the waiter suggested adding a side of vegetables so we split a $5 bowl of spinach.
The duck was ok-good. Just slightly cooked more then we prefer it to be and a little tougher then usual. The vegetables were good, the extra side of spinach a little too buttery tasting for me.
We split the Dessert Sampler for Two - $15
which was a chai tea creme brule, chocolate mousse cake & Cinnamon Poached Pear
Warm pecan brioche pudding, butterscotch rum sauce
It was all tasty, the Creme Brule was the best part -)
Overall, nice place, good food, a bit expensive. Food wasn't so great that I feel the need to return. Was good but at high prices I have higher expectations.
We were a party of 6 on Sunday night. We had reservations. When we were taken to our table it was a long table with the seating arrangement being 3 people on each side of one long table. This would have made it very awkward to talk to everyone. It was also extremely loud in the restaurant and out table was not in a good location. When we entered I noticed tables on the patio and we asked to have a seats outside instead.
The food was decent. It was nothing to get overly excited about. The bread was nice and warm but it was not outstanding. You could probably buy the same bread at your local grocery store. We had 2 orders of short ribs, 2 orders of Alaska Black cod, 1 order of cioppiono and 1 order of salmon. My Alaska black cod was as I mentioned good but not outstanding - it should be better for $29.00. My husband had the salmon and he said that it was nicely sauced but he found the fish somewhat dry. Each couple had separate bills. Our bill was $76.00 for 2 glasses of wine, the black cod, salmon and 1 chocolate mousse cake. Considering the fact that we had an entertainment coupon I felt that the price was a bit high.
It is a beautiful setting on the deck. We received very good service. I might give it another try but there is better value out there.
Food: I went here for the Dine Out Vancouver deal, which was about $35. It's a lot cheaper than usual for a 'high end' restaurant like this, but I expect quality food for $35. That was not to be. I had pork, which was really really really rough, kind of like eating pork that has been boiled in soup over and over. A total disapointment.
Service: Decent, nothing special.
Ambiance: I was seated in an inner table, not much of a view.
I wouldn't do New Year's at Horizon's again,
Expectations, we'd like to think the best of Horizon's but they misunderstand what high prices and New Year's implies. This was a money grab and I'm not entirely pleased.
1. Four people, $440, including tip. They added tip at 18%. no discussion.
2. Food, salmon wellington? Salmon stuffed into pastry, (not filo), maybe easy to process in the kitchen, but not great. Lamb roast, okay but boring. No imagination. Something I'd do first time cooking lamb. Filet mignon, not bad. Lobster bisque, flat out boring and watery. Salad, too much brie and no flavour. Cheesecake? Processed, low quality, gummy. Tasty, yes, but not the real deal.
3. No music until perhaps 11:15? Just kitchen clatter and people talking. New Year's, music, anyone see a connection? I guess not. Music was DJ, cheap sound system, (I have better at home), and the music didn't carry into the restaurant. Sat by the window, all we heard was bass thumping.
There was no "party"nothing special. Just a money grab. Peter, the waiter, nice enough. He did alright.
To Horizon's management get out and go to some of the other parties around town and see what "New Year's party" at $90 / plate implies. I'm okay with the price, but you have to work a bit harder, do more, care more. I've been to your website, you seem proud of your chef. He was probably on holidays because this was plain bad.
Yes, I'm annoyed because I switched venues this year taking a chance on a new spot and Horizon's didn't deliver.
Happy New Year! I'll check back in a couple of years, maybe a low risk lunch.
Horizons has a special promotion on for the month of March. The Chef's Table D'Hote, a three course dinner for $35. You have a choice of three appy's, 4 entrees and three desserts . The food was excellent. At our table we enjoyed the chicken and barley soup, the gulf Island Mussels and clams followed by the Pork Tenderloin and the New York Steak. For dessert crème brule and cappuccino cheesecake.
Service was attentive and you have a lovely view. You need reservations. They run promotions several times a year and it gives you a chance to enjoy a fairly expensive restaurant at a more reasonable price. Check the website.
Went on a weekenight and had a set menu they had. It was $39 or $29 with a coupon.
It was not busy and mostly everyone got a view table. But the service really should be much better. Waitress was pushy at first and then never seemed to be around.
Lentil soup with curried croutons was good but nothing I couldn't make my self. Scallops were good.
The rice was nastly and gummy, not even edible. The mashed potatoes good. Rockfish was tasty but almost cold while the ahi tuna was terribly diappointing. They obviously did not have the real chef there that night. The dessert of bread pudding and caramel and pear was nice. Not bad for $29 but this whole place is more hype than substance. Never go here without a coupon.
Came here with my family. Amazing view. Attentive server. He had a good sense of humor.
Food: Overall, really good presentation and flavor. I really enjoyed the egg noodle tagliatelle. Plenty of clams.
Service: We were seated shortly after we arrived. Server checked up on us a couple times. It wasn't intrusive.
Value: It's what you would expect for fine dining.
Ambiance: The view is amazing. The decor isn't everyone's cup of tea. I find it to be a bit on the rustic/old fashion.
Situated at the top of Burnaby Mountain, Horizons has a fantastic view. Even not seated by the window, you can still see half of Vancouver, Stanley Park, and North Van. If you're lucky enough to be dining here during sunset on a clear day, you can see the pretty purple shades of the mountains as the sun goes down, and all the lights of Vancouver turning on one by one.
We went to Horizons for dinner after a hike around SFU. We had an entertainment book coupon so it was pretty much 2 for 1. I had the NY steak done medium, and it was unbelievably good. I don't like bloody meat, so I was happy to find that when I cut into the steak, it was pink throughout but no blood anywhere and very tender. That's how medium should be done! And it was deliciously seasoned. The veggies that came with it were tasty and crisp. I opted for mashed potatoes instead of nugget potatoes, and the mash was creamy and buttery. We also tried one of their non-alcoholic cocktails, but it just tasted like pineapple juice.
I probably wouldn't go back to the restaurant at regular price since the menu is pretty pricey ($32 for the steak). It's lucky that the receipts they print out for you has a 2 for 1 offer if you go back within 60 days. We will be taking advantage of that deal many times, I'm sure!
We were there for Sunday brunch last weekend. I'm guessing they were understaffed because it took forever for us to get service. We tried to be sympathetic to the poor girl looking after us because there were probably 30 people in her section and just her looking after us. She was sweet and all but definitely flustered. After she took our orders, the food showed up no more than 10 or 15 minutes later. She did manage to check up on us a couple of times and we could tell that some of the other people in her section were angry at her. The crepes were DELICIOUS! The view was excellent and we really liked the inside of the place. They have an omelet buffet that looked great (with fruit and pastries) for $16!
We'll go back for brunch again another time. Hopefully, they'll be well staffed the next time we're there.
We were out with another couple here last night (their choice of place)
The location/space of this place is truly awesome as we got lucky and the sun broke through for a fabulous sunset. The ambience can make up a lot of shortcoming at any restaurant and believe me, this place needs the help. The Food, overpriced and pretentious. I ordered the Prix Fix menu for $42.00, including dessert, not bad right? Wrong!
The first course I ordered was a chorizo shrimp risotto. I literally laughed when it came the portion was so small for the huge plate it was in that it almost looked like a stain!! Ridiculous and not that well prepared to boot. The next course was a lamb shank and thankfully it was at least competent. My missus had the Ahi and it was OK, the best thing about it was the aoli it came with which isn't saying much. Dessert? I’ve had as good from the bakery at Save-on foods! Wine list? Limited and expensive. The service? Very good, it at least matched the caliber of restaurant they aspire to be! I wouldn't go back unless I had to or had a coupon.
We had reservations for 5:30PM on Sunday. Was hoping for a lovely view at that time, but nope, it was raining and cloudy. There was 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 kids.
I started with the Oysters which tasted amazing but very, very, very, tiny portion. My hubby had the Tomato Bisque as well as the 2 kids (they shared a dine out dinner). They really liked it.
For the main entrees, hubby and I had the New York steak. He thought it was great, I found it to be a tasteless piece of meat!! It was a fair size portion. Came with two tiny potatoes and a little scoop of vegetables. The kids had the gnochetti and they LOVED it. I thought the portion size of the pasta was rather small.
For dessert, the kids and I had the Chocolate Creme Brule and hubby had the Poached Pear Bread Pudding. The kids didn't like the brule. It was OK but it was not a brule. It tasted more like a pudding than a custard. Also, the top was soft not hardened sugar.
The bread was tasty.
The service was ok. She wasn't overly friendly and didn't care to make converstaion on anything. Didn't seem pleased that the kids were there too, eventhough they were behaving. Usually, if people are sharing meals, they would split them in the kitchen, but she just brought the extra bowl for the soup and an extra plate for the pasta, and it was akward dividing it up.
The atmosphere was nice. The place looked the same as before the fire.
Overall, because it was Dine Out, and we only had to pay $28 for the three course meal, it was worth it but I would be very disappointed if I ordered from the main menu. We will probably go back, like we do every year for my husbands birthday, but only with the Entertainment coupon.
Horizons on Burnaby mountain offers unparalleled views and a nice dining experience. On a clear night you can see across much of the lower mainland and it's nice to walk on the manicured grounds after dinner.
The food is up to par... I had the grilled Salmon which was quite good and my girlfriend ordered the Halibut which she equally liked. The quality was what you'd expect from a place like this for the price... Nothing earth shattering or overly creative but good food and professional service in an amazing setting.
Worth a visit at least once...
I was expecting more from Horizons considering the price of food there. The view is great on a clear night and you can see the skyline of the entire city as you dine if you have a view of the windows from your table.
I found my Filet Mignon medium rare came out medium and overcooked for my liking and the salmon was very tasty but also overcooked and came out a little dry. The cheesecake and chocolate Moose cake for dessert were great though. I think the food here is a bit overpriced for what you get but overall a pretty good dining experience.
The view is quite remarkable however the number of times I've been to Horizon's we've never had a seat with a view. Not sure what the prerequisite might be?
The food is very good and the service has been exceptional. This place provides good value in a nice environment. Have enjoyed my time here and maybe one day will get a seat with a view.
When you goto a restaurant where the place was designed from the ground up with an awesome location first, often the quality of the food isn't up to par.
While I wasn't completely blown away by the food at Horizons, I found it to be pretty decent. Not the best, but not the worst. I could say the same about the service too...
The spot is quite romantic, located on Burnaby Mountain, and I think I would only return for the ambiance rather than the food.
Went there for an early Mother's Day brunch today. Went with partner, his parents, his brother and partner, niece and my son. My older son is a server there and he suggested brunch for my partner and I for Mom's Day.
Nice day for a brunch and a very nice setting. A little dim inside the restaurant today but it might have been due to the weather as it was bright out but slightly overcast. Wait staff was very attentive and we were well looked after.
Had the seafood crepes. Very tasty. Quite a light cream sauce which I really appreciated. Wasn't heavy. Seafood combo and veges in it were balanced and flavourful. I have had seafood crepes in the past that were too rich and I almost didn't order them as I feared the same. I was really glad I had them as they were most enjoyable.
Potatoes were excellent but the fruit cup could have been with fruit that was a bit fresher as the melon was a little on the overripe side. Still more than good to eat though.
Partner had eggs benny and enjoyed it. Salads were consumed by two of our party and both looked excellent and were really enjoyed.
Coffee was very good (I had heard this before. JJ Bean.) and so were the desserts. Warm apple rhubarb pie with sour cream ice cream was unique and very tasty. I loved the chocolate pate.
Don't go there often but every few years I manage to make it up there for some special occasion and usually it is dinner. Not in the same category as another restaurant on another mountain but the food is reasonably good and the prices are in line with higher end places.
Will be back again probably someday.
Beautiful surroundings, especially if you're on the window. Food quality is good. Would recommend their salads and their omelletes look like they would be great when made to order like that.Had breakfast/brunch menu for Sunday there. It was just fine and offered plenty of selection. All staff and servers were excellent and all seemed to have care for the establishment. Mom had Seafood Chowder and My brother and I had Eggs Bene with fresh fruit cups. It was excellent. My parter and father had seafood crepes and one other had the all day breakfast. My neice enjoyed a fresh salad. Everyone commented how good theirs was,so I take it that this is a very positive place on the hill. Great for special occasions. .... Probably why I would go there.
The first day of school each year some friends and I have lunch at Horizons. We are all retired teachers.
Today the weather was beautiful and the view was absolutely gorgeous.
One person had the roasted chicken sandwich which she enjoyed very much. Another person ordered the ling cod which was also very good. The rest of us had the Classic Caesar with shrimp. I could not believe the huge amount of shrimp on my Caesar! We all agreed the salad was delicious. It was dressed perfectly with just the right amount of seasoning and parmesan cheese. No one left anything on the plate. Two people had the apple/rhubarb cobbler with sour cream ice-cream. They loved it. (There was some mention of licking the dishes clean so as not to miss a single morsel.)
Our server was very efficient, cheerful, and attentive but never intrusive. He kept our water glasses full and checked on how we were doing. He was a very nice young man and an excellent representative for this restaurant.
It was an excellent experience. Thank-you!