With 180° views of Vancouver, from the bustling Port to the green belt of Stanley Park, no other restaurant in North Vancouver gets you this close to the water. PIER 7 Restaurant + Bar is built on the boardwalk of the historic Victory Shipyards in the revitalized waterfront of the Lonsdale Quay area.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, with ocean view dining on two levels and outdoor dining featuring a fireplace and comfortable seating on two patios. The menu is seafood focussed, with an emphasis on boat-to-table choices, and seasonal offerings of meat and poultry.
The lively bar area is a favourite stop after work for professionals coming home on the nearby SeaBus and the burgeoning ship building industry adjacent to the pier.
We arrived, party of 4 around 5:30 pm and were seated on the downstairs patio right away. We were given all the right menus and our drink order was taken after a few minutes. We ordered 36 oysters, buck a shuck local variety we were familiar with to start. They took awhile to arrive but were worth the wait. Cleanly shucked, cold and delicious. Followed on with half price applies, Poutine with braised rib, calamari, flatbread, tuna and chicken soft tacos, spiced frites, and carpaccio. The standout was the poutine, everything else was ok but lacking in seasoning. The calamari looked good but tasted bland and a bit soggy. The soft tacos, edible but unremarkable. Carpaccio needed some infused olive oil or any seasoning for that matter, but quality and quantity of beef was decent. A different drink special every night some for $5. We loved the view, the oysters, pleasantly efficient service from our waitress, and the excellent appy hour deal. Yes, the food needs work but with a bit of salt and pepper added, it's not the end of the world. We were too stuffed to have any mains but did squeeze in a piece of cheesecake which was a nice size portion, attractively presented with berry compote and coulis. It got inhaled by my teenage son which could mean anything as far as whether it was good or not (just being honest) but we'll just say it was fine. When we got the bill we wanted to yell "Start the car !!"But we did leave a ridiculously good tip. Would go back for happy hour, definitely.
I would say this is the Joe Fortes or Coast of North Van. Great spot with unobstructed views of the water. 2 floors with the bottom floor and patio normally open as the restaurant. Went for lunch on a weekday and the patio was full with a few tables inside. Tried the oysters which were good, beef carpaccio was just ordinary. Then had the salmon which was good, but a bit underseasoned. A wide choice for lunch with the appies in the teens, burgers/sandwiches in the mid to upper teens and the mains in the $20 range. I think this is the same pricing level as fine dining places downtown. Service was efficient but a few hiccups like forgetting cutlery and slow in clearing tables but overall good. People will come here for the view and with the food being pretty solid, a good place to go. Just a bit on the expensive side if it's a weekly place. Would come back and enjoy the patio.
The only thing bright about this new restaurant is the sun shining right through the windows into everyones eyes having brunch on a sunny day. The food was drab and the glasses of coke were small and skinny. On one of the best days in three weeks, the place was practically empty. No wonder. The brunch menu was limited and the food that came to the table was expensive and dissapointing. Most of it was not eaten but the waitress never thought to ask if there was a problem. It was pretty obvious too that we wanted to leave but she just dropped the bill on the table and dissapeared for another 15 minutes. Not good service. Not good food. Not a good experience with the sun burning out our retinas. Overall, a mediocre experience. No wonder they are running on empty.
The location is great and the view is amazing but we were a bit disappointed with the food and drinks. They need a much better and longer cocktail menu for starters. The appetizers and entrees were okay but not worth the price as far as quantity and quality goes. The staff was very friendly and eager to please which was nice but I don't know if we will be back unless the menu improves. There are just too many great restaurants in metro Vancouver where we can get better food and drinks for our money. The upstairs lounge will be open soon and we might go to check it out but only for a quick drink. Having said all that, this is a new place and hopefully they will read these comments and endeavour to improve.
Pier7, a gorgeous little restaurant right on the water. Same owners as the Lobby at the Pinnacle Hotel.
In terms of ambiance, the restaurant is extremely beautiful, massive 2nd floor patio, uniforms are great, staff is welcoming and friendly. But unfortunately, no pun intended, it's not a hotel lobby, it's a restaurant.
I was there last week for a business lunch. I ordered the Tuna Club, colleague ordered the burger. 18$ is quite a bit for a sandwich and fries especially when they forget the bacon and the fries are undercooked.
In terms of drinks, you're looking at $8 for an import bottle and the cocktail list runs from 8-14 for a drink. I'm sorry a single drink even if its 1.5 or a double should not cost what a bottle of wine costs at home, unless you're into top shelf premium spirits or aged single malt scotch.
To be fair the place is just getting started and it shows. There were a lot of staff including the Chef cruising around while there were some shabby plates leaving the kitchen (not just my own). The menu isn't completely copycat Vancouver chain food, its got some interest, but its not groundbreaking.
If you have lots of cash, and want to have a quick drink, and maybe a snack on a nice sunny day this is the place...otherwise the quality and value will leave you a bit high and dry.
This place does have a great patio BUT you sure don't get what you pay for. My $17 salad would have been enough if I ordered three our four of them. The Ceasars were $11 and not that special. The service was terrible. Everything took a long time and one of our drinks never came but they made sure to put it on our bill. We will not be going there again.
This place has a great view, Thats it! I ordered the steak and it came pre cut just like my mother did when i was 5 years old, It was bland and tough. We where with a group and we showed a little late but people where leaving as we got our dinner. The server apologized and told me that our food went to another table. They charged us the automatic 18% and it was on the sub total including the 50 dollar bottle of wine. you cant help but feel ripped off by this place. I would rather sit on the dock and eat a spam sandwich.
What a waste of the waterfront!!! This is the worst restaurant that I have been to in this "class" of restaurant for many a moon! Only in Vancouver could one find such a rip-off eatery on the waterfront and one that charges such exorbitant prices for inferior food. I can hardly wait to see them go under and a restaurateur take over the space that really does justice to the location and provides value for the price (lower prices would be great as well!). The major disappointment was the calamari. Seems like they have had other complaints about this dish and done nothing about it. The cost $14.00.... the serving pitiful (small salad plate and more peanuts than calamari!). A Louie salad was also a disappointment (18.00). It was mostly greens, a smattering of lobster and pretty much tasteless. I will be spreading the word and will never set foot in the place again while under current management.
We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty full but managed to get a wonderful table on the patio without reservations! The sun was just starting to go down but managed to glare down on us pretty strong. (although most tables weren't effected by the glare, and I was able to move my chair over from our table to help the problem, more shade umbrellas would have be nice / or bring sunglasses if you want to sit outside)
Service was fast and friendly, and the food was very fresh and not disappointing.
We ordered four appetizers (seared Tuna, asparagus, caesar salad and fries). The Tuna was melt in your mouth yummy and uniquely paired with grapefruit (maybe a bit thicker slices would have made me given it a 4 instead of 3). The fries 'looked' ordinary but were not greasy or overcooked like many restaurants, very tasty and nicely seasoned. The romaine was young and crisp with just the right amount of dressing and shaved parmesan (I hate soggy caesars). The asparagus was also fresh not overcooked and tasty too...although I felt it was lacking something to make me want to try it again.
Looking forward to going back.
We stayed in the Lonsdale area for a business trip and went to Pier 7 restaurant for dinner with our group. The atmosphere and views were great but the food was a big let down.
We started Our dinner with the seafood nachos which were nothing more then bagged taco chips with cheddar cheese, thawed shrimp, and pieces some sort of unidentified fish. These came with salsa and what seemed to be a side of ranch dip. The cheese was not fully melted and overall they lacked flavor, and seemed to be slapped together. Very disappointing for $20.
We also asked for an order of the steamed mussels and were told that they had run out of mussels and only had clams, which we settled for. They were just o.k. and came in a flavorless chili and lime seasoning.
Our next dish was the seafood chowder in a red base. The soup was flavorless and watery, with small bits of seafood. This seemed like something that had been reheated from Costco and for almost $ 10 per bowl I expected better quality.
Lastly we had the lobster macaroni and cheese. This dish was about as good as the nachos. It consisted of undercooked pasta and watery cheese sauce, with small chunks of mystery fish.
Save your money on this place and stay away. It looks cool inside but the food was a total let down. We had much better food at the lounge in the Pinnacle hotel, and for a quarter of the price during happy hour.
I went to Pier 7 last night for my birthday dinner with some girlfriends. The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered: breaded chicken bites (with roasted red pepper sauce), Panisse, Salmon, Seafood Mac & Cheese, and White Wine Chicken Breast. All of them were absolutely fantastic. The service was great, we were seated a little inwards (still great) but they moved us to a water view seat as soon as one was available. The Manager, Ali, was a great host. He gave us a tour of the upstairs area where there is a dance floor, dining room, and another patio with amazing views of the north shore mountains and of downtown. I would highly recommend this place. We went there a little hesitant due to the reviews but I am so glad we went. I would say their target audience would be ages 21-40.
Give it a try!!!
Unfortunately, we will not go back as this dining experience was poor and our visit left us with a lump in our throats. For $11 the caesar was just okay, We always realize there are a few bugs to be worked out before a restaurant can establish a good following, but for us we will not be one of those following.
Great view, great patio,
I was surprised by a few of the negative comments made about Pier 7.
I too thought that a great waterfront location doesn't usually translate into a wonderful dining experience.
But I've been 3 times for lunch since they opened about 1 month ago.
North Vancouver has needed a great go-to waterfront restaurant for years.
The location is ideal, the ambiance is amazing, the menu is thoughtfully put together
and the food is well presented and delicious. There have been a few learning curves with the service
but each time it has improved.
I've enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger, Fish and Chips and the NY Steak Sandwich all with fries.
All wonderful. I'm looking forward to the upstairs lounge opening as I'm sure it will win
awards for best patio next year! The lounge chairs and firepit look amazing.
Gorgeous views, excellent food, spot on service. We had a wonderful night here, I had the gnocchi and my partner had the sable fish. Both amazing dishes paired with delicious wine. We were lucky to get a bit of sun by sitting out on the patio and to enjoy the view. Definitely a must try! I know we will be back for more!