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.
People told me that this restaurant was really good. I went there, the price was alright, nothing that i couldn't handle..
But i was pretty disappointed with the seafood dishes.
The seafood looked like it was right out from a frozen food package, meaning it did not look /taste fresh.
One of the servers there was quite hilarious to watch. He was walking not like a server, but like some idiot trying to show off walking down the street.
However, the restaurant has an AWESOME AWESOME VIEW!
i went around sunset time and it was very gorgeous
i went to horizons for supper on sunday night with 3 other friends. the service was truely outstanding. the location is wonderful, and very special for a restaurant in vancouver. the food was extremely disappointing. i had sweet potatoe and roasted red pepper soup, which was fine, but nothing special. i can make a better one at home. and i had the wild salmon, which was dry, and lacking flavour. as a matter of fact, everything on my plate was lacking salt which is unexpected at a restaurant at this price level. so, overall, i would not recommend this restaurant as a place to eat, but rather as a place to go for an expensive drink.
Haven't been to Horizon for years. Thought it caters to tourist and wouldn't offer any value. But I was pleasantly surprised.
Had the smoked black cod and it was cooked to perfection. Not too cooked not too raw, nice and soft. Flavours were well balanced. Crabs cakes had great texture and flavours as well. Service was attentive and just in time.
Overall it was a excellent experience
This place is worth is just for the view. After dinner, you have to walk in the park, by the totem poles. It is a breathtaking view of the city. I used to run here when I was at SFU. The food is very good, and so is the service. I found some of their food overspiced, not spicy, but overpowering of a couple of ingredients, mainly rosemary.
Second only to Salmon House, this is our favorite place to take out of town visitors. The food and service are predictable, the prices are not cheap but are competitive, and the atmosphere is friendly and fun. The views on a clear evening are superb, especially at sunset.
This is not our first time that we had poor service at Horizons. We only go there for a special occasion. We had received a terrible service once long time ago and we have not gone back for a few years. However, we went back about a year ago. That time, we had a great dinner with great service. We decided to try again but another huge disappointment. For the money we pay at this restaurant, I do expect half decent service. After an appetizer, we sat for at least an hour for the main course to come. Meanwhile, the waiter only appeared once and just dropped a knife and left. He did not even apologize for the delay once. We will never go back until we hear otherwise.
We ate here a few times and love the scenery of the inlet, vancouver horizon and mountains all around. The flower garden in the spring/summer is beautiful also. Enjoyed the seafood pasta, very fresh and scrumptious. The mini crab cakes served at a friends wedding here were addictive and original. All in all lovely restaurant and yummy food.
Horizons is our choice for a sunny evening. You can enjoy a stroll with views over Vancouver and up Indian Arm, the rose garden is lovely the air fresh, the sunsets spectacular. The meal is always good and sometimes great, the place is roomy and spacious, the service excellent.
ps keep this between you and me - don't let our secret out!
This was our first time back since the fire closed the restaurant last year. To attract customers back to the restaurant, there was a coupon in the local community paper for a steak and lobster special at $20. Apparently, there was even one posted on their web site. And by the way, the picture on the special definitely does not resemble the actual entrée when it arrives at the table.
The restaurant was dimly lit and I'm guessing, to give it an intimate setting. The only problem was that I could barely read the menu because it was rather dark. However, I suppose the younger crowd could probably see no problem. There were four of us: two ordered the Special, one had maple salmon and one had pork tenderloin. We also ordered the tuna tataki as a starter.
Service was rather slow and the restaurant was not packed. The order was taken, the bread came and then it was a wait for dinner. The busboy even came around to ask if we wanted more bread! Dinner finally arrived, and no, the tuna tataki appy never came. The steak was made to medium and was still a little on the dry side. The pork was disappointing as it was also on the dry side. The maple salmon was the only dish that came out fine. Oh, the lobster tail was so tiny it was the size of a jumbo prawn. Then we had to wait for the dishes to be cleared. Once they were cleared, we had to wait for the waiter to come and ask if we were interested in dessert. For dessert, we tried the white chocolate blueberry crème brule which wasn't bad. Again, after the dessert dishes were cleared, we had to wait yet again for the waiter to reappear so that we could get our bill. When it arrived, we had to make sure we were not charged for the appy that never materialized. I'm not seeing any improvements in the restaurant since they've re-opened. As of right now, the Richmond Boathouse has much better service. Time will tell.
I have been there on a few occasions and the food has been average to very good. The view is spectacular especially for lunch on sunny days. I really enjoyed rainbow trout with Yukon potatoes. The desserts are very delicious.
My first impression as I was arriving to the restaurant was "wow" The view was spectacular since it's located on top of Burnaby mountain (though the drive up on the narrow curvy road was a bit scary since it was so dark at night) and the restaurant looked beautiful. There's plenty of parking since the lot is pretty big for the restaurant. Once I stepped inside, I was a bit disappointed. I guess I was expecting one of those fancy posh places, not saying that it's not nice inside, it is. It was just a bit noisy that night. Made it seem like a family restaurant instead or one of those chain restaurants that are so popular. The food wasn't too bad (I ordered salmon) and the service was spectacular. The waiters and busboys were always around to fill up our water glasses and made sure everything was going great for us. (But then again, we did have tables full of girls that night...) But the experience was great and I would love to go there again!
We visited Horizon’s atop Burnaby Mountain for our first wedding anniversary after a recommendation from a friend.
We had never been there, but were told it was a fine dining restaurant with nice views. Given the information we were provided, my husband put on a nice suit, pressed shirt, tie, and polished dress shoes; I wore a cocktail dress with moderate jewelry. Once arriving at the establishment, we realized we were both quite overdressed. There wasn’t another man in the place with a tie, and perhaps only half were even wearing a shirt with a collar. Most of the women were sporting skirts and blouses / jackets, or even hodge-podge pant suits. You would be dressed well (based on what we saw), if the men wore slacks, a collared dress shirt and jacket; ladies – a summer-esque dress you might wear to an outdoor wedding would do you just fine.
Once inside, while the restaurant was nice enough, it lacked an air of elegance for a place that claims to be a fine dining eatery. There were no table cloths, and no candles or center pieces on the tables. The hostess was wearing something I would think one would wear for a night out to a fancy club; the bussers ad servers were wearing white blouses or collared shirts and black slacks. Our busser was wearing black runners.
While the ambiance and presentation of the place left something to be desired, the service was really very good. Our server (Bea M.) was attentive, friendly, efficient, very knowledgeable about the restaurant’s menu, and made some great recommendations. Our order was taken promptly, and our drinks arrived in short order. We also received complimentary warm bread and butter. It was okay. Nothing exciting though … certainly wasn’t as good as the Old Spaghetti Factory’s complimentary bread! Moving along…
The wine selection was alright, but quite overpriced. Give the choices and the corresponding prices, we opted to order non-alcoholic beverages which did us just fine. The menu was of decent caliber, though you really do have to like fish and seafood if you are looking to have the option of variety for your dinner entrée. 80% of their main courses and a good majority of their appetizers were fish or seafood.
Once our food arrived, we were pleasantly surprised. It was really very good. Portion size was reasonable; quality was good; meat and fish were cooked to the right consistency; and the sides which came with the mains were good complimentary choices by the Chef. Prices range from $18-36 for a dinner entrée; I think it was a tad overpriced, but at least there was quality behind the cost. We happened to have an Entertainment Book coupon which we used, so we did a two-for-one main which made the cost less objectionable.
After our meal, we were offered dessert but were both too full. The dessert options LOOKED nice enough, though there wasn’t much available to those with nut allergies. On the plus side, we were given two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine as it was our anniversary. Certainly a nice service touch.
On the whole, I would say it was a decent dining experience … just not the fine dining atmosphere or menu choices we were expecting...
This review isn't for one visit in particular, as I have been three of four times. My fiance actually proposed to me at the restaurant and called ahead of time to inform them. We were given top notch service, complete with champaigne at the end to congratulate us. They wouldn't even let us pour our own wine! Even when its not a special occasion, the service has always been so attentive, the food amazing, never over/under done, and tastes great. And the view and grounds are great as well; a great place to watch the summer sunset after a nice dinner, and walk around the park. It may not be the most affordable restaurant but you are paying for the atmosphere too. If you sign up for their email newsletters, they often include coupons which can make a meal a little easier on the old wallet. Highly recommended!
My first time visting even though I've been in the area for years. What a hidden gem! The grounds and park are beautiful. The view is fabulous. Our group, a small wedding all enjoyed themselves immensley. The food was very good and the service was attentive.
We will return again on our own in the near future.
My husband and I went here for the 1 st time Saturday for dinner. I decor was ok nothing special. We were there early (second table seated) so we did not wait. The service was good. Our waiter was always near and our water glasses were always full. He had a chocolate martini and I had the candied apple martini - yummy! If i have to pay $9 a drink, it better be good and they were.
We shared the pan fried squid w/ jalepeno sauce as an appy - the flavor was wonderful except the squid was rubbery. Disappointing for $11. Hubby has the Sockey salmon special with 7 grain rice mix. He loved it. His salmon was mnice and moist. I had the honey maple salmon with mashed potatoes. The flavor was great except a bit dry at the edges. I would still order it again.
For dessert, we ordered the triple chocolate mouse cake and the coconut panna cotta. For store bought dessets they were very good. I do prefer my homemade desserts.
I enjoyed a day of not having to cook or thinking of what to make for dinner. Since we do not go out often (very cute toddler at home), the meal as enjoyable. The atmosphere was not all that romantic as more people arrived it seemed like any other restaurant except for the great view. Overall the food was what a expect from a restaurant - fresh and tasty. The price of $30 a plate was a a bit steep but we are coming back when my dad comes to town and will bring our toddler.
Good thing there was a mountian to climb up so we could burn off some of the calories.
I went for Saturday lunch with my boyfriend. The hostess and servers were attentive and very sweet from the beginning, no complaints there. I thought the decor inside the restaurant seemed a little dated but the view outside was fantastic and we took a nice post-lunch walk around the area afterwards. We ordered the crab cakes and lamb chops to start, and then the cioppino and egg noodle tagliatelle, and a chocolate creme brulee to share. The crab cakes were alright but the lamb chops and couscous that came with it seemed bland to me; I didn't eat much of it before I gave it to my boyfriend to finish. He liked his cioppino and for the most part I enjoyed my tagliatelle--it came with a very generous amount of clams, however I was annoyed to find a couple clams that were completely closed and at least two or three were half-open and had to be pulled open hard to get the clam meat out. I let my server know, who seemed concerned and said she would let the chef know. Creme brulee was solid but we thought we had eaten better creme brulee elsewhere. The food wasn't terrible but I think it's far from being worth $70 (before tip). I was really excited about having lunch here and came away a bit disappointed.
I was invited to Horizons for a friends birthday and was pleasantly surprised. We all ordered off their Dine Out menu, and everyone at the table was truly satisfied with their meals. I had the mussels in a saffron cream sauce to start. The mussels were huge and plump, and the sauce was smooth and velvety. My main course was the Filet Mignon, it came with some really nice mashed potatoes, fresh crunchy veg and a rich , buttery demi. I finished with the chocolate creme brule. Very nice. We also had the wine pairing suggestions that went really well with our meals.
Our waiter was friendly and not intrusive, and the bus staff were quick and efficient. We had been given a time limit with our table, but as it approached out departure time, we didn't feel rushed at all.
The value was good, $38 for the Dine Out menu. It was filling and felt like money well spent.
The room had a good ambiance, nice lighting and the view was incredible.
I`ve had some disappointing DOV experiences in the past, but my Horizons dinner exceeded my expectations. I will return.
I've come to dine at Horizons a few times last year and though it's been awhile I was hoping to find my favorite Waiter still working there. Sad to say that he was no longer on staff and my second choice was also gone. I reluctantly stayed and was served by an inexperienced young guy who didn't know a thing about the wine he was offering. I ordered my tried and true favorites of Lamb and had a Jackson Triggs Shiraz to confuse the lad who remained dilligent with his Gerwertzaminer. Mission Accomplished!
As always the view is beautiful and the prices which at one time were justified by the service are now too high. If you're looking for Knowledgeable service I'd go further down into Vancouver or Port Moody where you can find servers that have been allowed to drink for a few years to develop a palette! How much can a Twenty Year old really know about wine? I'll go back just for the view!
Having heard about friends' positive experiences and read the restaurant's website write up, I expected a 'fine dining experience.' What I got was a major disappointment. The first impression of the dining room is that it looks very dated (think 80s). I expected a table set with crisp linens and tasteful place settings. Instead I got a bare wooden tabletop with a salt shaker and a pepper mill (no waiter offered fresh pepper here) and some worn, oddly small proportioned cutlery and an unimaginative square folded napkin plopped between the cutlery. I ordered a cocktail and it was almost undrinkable. Since I was being treated to dinner I didn't want to make a fuss & make my host and other guest uncomfortable, so somehow managed to choke down most of it, though it was awful. As none of the appies appealed, the waiter offered me a simple green salad. It arrived as an unimaginative pile of greens with only oil and no vinegar or seasoning. I was forced to commit a 'fine dining' faux pas and try to make it palatable by using salt and pepper. My companions and I all opted for a table d'hote offering of Wild Salmon & Prawns, described as wild salmon and skewer of prawns grilled over alderwood, with 7 grain rice pilaf, vegetables, cauliflower puree and a curry sauce. It arrived lukewarm, no grill marks on the slab of salmon, the 'prawns' were 2 med. sized overcooked, rubbery shrimp, on a skewer. The 'pilaf' was a steamed rice mix ie not pilaf. No cauliflower. Unimaginative veggies of which the baby green beans were hard and uncooked. No attemps at creative, artistic garnishing, very plain presentation There was an overpowering flavor of smoke and the curry sauce was overpoweringly hot. The rice, vegetables and fish were completely unseasoned, other than the heavy smoke taste and heat of the curry sauce. I then understood why they had the salt at the table. To let us do what the chef didn't ie season the food. My companions likewise were not impressed with the food. We ordered dessert, hoping for something better. The Creme Brule was good but the Chocolate Mousse cake disappointing. It was not the light, fluffy texture I prefer, but very dense, heavy and greasy tasting. The hazelnut crust had an unpleasant wet, gummy texture. The $31 price for the entree was exhorbitant, given what we were served. I would have considered $15 too much for the poorly prepared and lukewarm entree. Many reviewers rave about the view but a restaurant's primary mandate is to offer up good food which lives up to the prices charged. The ambiance, service and view should underscore excellent food. In this case the view of pitch black darkness dotted with distant city lights did not make up for the badly prepared food. I won't be visiting this place a second time.
We've been to Horizons a number of times over the years and really want to like it, but just never end up eating anything compelling. The park is beautiful and the view is great, but the generic "pacific northwest" menu never ends up leaving a memorable impression.