Saint Street Grill offers a sophisticated urban dining experience located in the heart of Port Moody.
We used to dine here often when we lived in the area. We made reservations for last evening because we were going to be in the area.
What a magnificent evening it turned out to be. The room is very nicely designed. The lighting was subdued but there was still enough light that you could read the menu. Candles were also on the table. It was a busy night but the tables are spaced such that you are not watching the other tables eating or unintentionally listening in on their conversation.
We started off with absolutely superb mussels in a spicy tomato fennel broth. We told the waitress that we were sharing the appetizer and she arranged for the order to be split in the kitchen so we each had our own dish. For entrees my husband had the rack of pork which he declared to be outstanding. I had a bite and it truly was delicious. I had the herb crusted rack of lamb and it was perfectly cooked to the medium rare that I had requested and it was amazing. Great care was also taken with the vegetable accompaniments. We shared a creme brulee for dessert.
It was really nice to see so many reasonably priced wines. My husband said there was a really good selection of wines for less than $30.00. After our server poured the first glasses of wine she said that she was going to get an ice bucket. She then placed the ice bucket on the other side of the room. Uh Oh, what if we want more wine. No problems, she kept the glasses topped up all night.
This is what I look for when I'm wanting a nice night out - a nice ambiance (no screaming children), very cozy room, superb food and outstanding service for a waitress who obviously cares. The prices are not unreasonable for the value given.
We will definitely return. They are also on Entertainment so this provides even better value.
My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary dinner. It was during the week, so we were quite surprised when we saw that the dining room was nearly full, and it looked like it had a large function booked as well. Good thing we had a reservation.
The first thing we noticed was the decor on the inside of the restuarant. It has just a large variety of everything hanging from their walls. It was nice...quite unique. And they also use red light bulbs in the room that we were in. It took our eyes a little bit of time to adjust to the red glow, and we both found the lighting a little dim.
We ordered the escargo as our appy to share. It came in a nice rectangular dish. The presentation was great, but we both agreed that it needed a little more seasoning as it was a little bland. Then the long wait for our entrees began...we must have waited at least 45 mins for our entrees, which we were not too impressed about the wait time.
My husband ordered the rib eye, which was cooked to perfection. I was little a little adventurous, so I went for the kangaroo loin. I wanted medium rare, but even under the dim light, I could see it was definitely cooked to medium. It was tough and chewy. I wasn't sure if that's what kangaroo was supposed to taste like or if it was because it was overcooked. Nonetheless, the veggies was cooked very nicely and perfectly seasoned (except for one of the asparagus, which could be trimmed by another inch at the end), and my favourite was the cheesy potato mash.
We then finished our dinner with their lemon and vanilla panna cotta, which was served in one of those long dish they use to serve olives in. The presentation was very unique, we liked it. It tasted rich and creamy, just like a panna cotta should be.
We were quite happy with our experience, but unless they have a new menu, we likely won't be back anytime soon.
Fine dining? In Port Moody? Who'd have thought!
The Saint Street Grill is indeed a "Fine Dining" restaurant, and would be very much at home in downtown Yaletown, or West Vancouver. Classical European cuisine (usually of mixed origin, with a leaning towards French) is a year-round fixture, although the menu does change on occasion, as the seasons pass. The food is exquisite, as one would expect with the price of most entrees (30$ or more). The wine list is both extensive, and well chosen.
Service is good - often the same few individuals are servers, and repeat customers no doubt appreciate that. It can be a bit slow at times, but I think this is more intentional than due to neglect - this is a restaurant for a romantic or social meal, where the food accompanies a long night of talk and reminiscence - it is not a place one expects to be "in and out of" in under two hours.
The ambience is not altogether unpleasant, but it is a bit odd. It's quite dark, which is appropriate, but the decorations are an odd amalgamation of art-deco and historic European appointments (even tapestries, when last I was there).
All in all, an excellent dining experience, and even a bit cheaper than comparable establishments in downtown Vancouver (no doubt due to having a lower rent bill!). Sincerely recommended. And to the individual quibbling over the wine glasses - good food is good food, what it is served in or on enhances nothing!
From the outside, this place doesn't look like much. We were one the first people to arrive that night which was a bit concerning as it's nice to see other diners in a place that's new to you. Inside, it's filled with what definately is an eclectic array of items; everything from paper mache pigs to the Mona Lisa to lots of interesting lighting. The manager is great as is very upbeat with detailing specials and wasn't overly attentive which was great. The flaw is that the butter which came swirled in it's own little dish with a nice basket of yummy bread wasn't really butter; tasted more like margerine or was old as very oily instead of buttery tasting. I had the soup of the moment which was an Italian beef and white bean concoction. BF had the chowder; both were great and filling. We had noticed KANGAROO on the menu which neither of us had before. It was absolutely delicious with a sweet berry sauce which he scraped every bit of off the massive plate that it was served on, with creamy mashed potatoes and vegetables. I had the seafood hotpot which was beautifully presented in a large square glass bowl. Although it was hard to eat the vermicelli that it was served upon, the broth and seafood were both delicious. It's a large portion that I couldn't finish and would have taken home, but the server didn't ask if I wanted it to go and I forgot to ask; oh well. We had also asked this same server what was in the berries on top of the roo and she went to ask as she didn't know but never came back and told us the answer. No problem at all with the Entertainment card and we would have paid full price at this place if we go again; the food is that good.
Good place and a memorable dining experience. It does remind you that the suburbs are quickly gaining more of a “city” feel.
The inside of the restaurant is a bit too eclectic, and the lighting does interfere with the appearance of the food. What are they hiding? However, it does present a certain charm.
Decent selection of wine, but only bottled beer available - very disappointing for those who enjoy a good pint of draft beer during a night out. I refuse to wine about this while eating.
The menu encourages diners to try new things as it presents game and more exotic fish that more conservative pallets may find agreeable - although I thought the couscous fad was over with. Not that I have anything against couscous and its partner in trendiness – cilantro.
The Entertainment Book coupon usage is reflected in the pricing, but that is ok. It makes it a good value.
I have visited this place 3 times and will return. Give it a shot.
My husband and I tried this place on a whim. We had just moved to the area and were out for a walk and decided to have dinner here.
Wow. I LOVE this place! The atmosphere is quirky and elegant. Basically it reminds me of what I think the attic in an art gallery would be like. There's so much to look at and it's pure awesome. The service is outstanding. We are usually served by the same woman each time and she is fantastic. She and the other servers know the menu very well and make coming here that much more enjoyable.
The food is excellent. My husband likes to try new things every time we come here and I like to stick with my favourites. We've enjoyed everything from the crab cakes to the steaks to the deserts.
This isn't really the place for someone who doesn't like slightly quirky; it's a place with personality. It's not a stuffy establishment with a muted grand piano in the corner and whispering servers nor is it a loud trendy place like Joey's or Cactus Club. It's a place that's romantic, whimiscal and pure magic. Definitely keep it in mind for a special night out!
We have been dining at Saint St. Grill since it opened its doors many years ago. The service is impeccable, the food is always great.
We dined with friends on Saturday night and each of us tried something different. The grilled caesar salad is always a favorite, the soup du jour was wonderful with great spices & the stuffed artichokes were delicious. Entrees included the stuffed chicken breast, rib eye steak, pasta & salmon all were wonderfully prepared & presented.
If you want to have a great dining experience in the suburbs, we highly recommend giving Saint St. Grill a visit.
My boyfriend & I checked this place out bcs we had an entertainment coupon. I would only ever go back bcs we had another entertainment coupon & had to fill our bellies somewhere. Our server was nice & we had a couple laughs with her, but the food was only ok. If I remember right, I got a chicken dish with a sauce spread on it or something (I cant remember for sure to be honest) & uninteresting rice & vegetables. I didn't find it great value & was glad that I had the entertainment coupon. That said, I know other people who really like the restaurant, so maybe I hit an off day or Im too hard to please ;) If your gonna check it out, bring the entertainment book for...just in case.
My partner and I have been patrons of this restaurant for more than 10 years, and consistently find the food and service to be excellent. My favourite entree has been scallops with a berry glaze, and the soups are always delicious. We've never had any room left to try any of the desserts, though. The staff have always been very attentive but never intrusive, and we find the pacing of the courses to allow for a very relaxed (and romantic) evening. Though the eclectic and whimsical decor might not be to everyone's taste, we love it. The prices are quite reasonable for the overall dining experience, and thus better value than most of the fine dining reasturants we have frequented in Vancouver.
I'm a pretty busy guy, so I don't normally take time out to post reviews or blog, but I had to comment on an exceptional night hosted by Jay and his staff at the St. Street Grill in Port Moody.
We have frequented this fine restaurant on a number of occasions in the past and have always enjoyed a great meal in a wonderful, relaxed environment. Last night we held a retirement party/roast for a long time friend and colleague at the St. Street Grill. Hosting over 50 people, (many being important clients, and old friends), this was a very important night for us and we really wanted everything to be perfect, and had quite high expectations. We were certainly not disappointed.
Jay had met with us a couple of times in advance to the party to discuss our specific needs for the party. You could really tell that this was his forte. His organizational skills, flexibility and experience in hosting an affair like this are of the highest caliber. Right down to the smallest detail, Jay ensured that come time for the big event, everything was in place, and everything went even better than was anticipated.
From personally greeting our guests as they entered, to making sure everyone was attended to, the pre-dinner mingling put everyone in a relaxed, comfortable mood to set the stage for a wonderful evening. What impressed me the most about Jay, was how he was able to manage the flow of the evening. Everything was about us and what worked best for us at any particular moment throughout the night.
The service was amazing....completely non-intrusive, yet entirely attentive. As professional and gracious as one could hope for.
The meal itself was incredible. (I strongly urge you to try the Seafood Chowder to start, unbelievably delicious). The grilled rib-eye was a beautiful piece of meat that was cooked to perfection, and brought piping hot to my table. Even the vegetables, (which I am normally not a big fan of), were seasoned and cooked to just the right consistency and texture. I've never enjoyed broccoli and asparagus so much.
To wrap up, the atmosphere and ambiance were wonderful. Spaced just enough so it allowed for an intimate environment that allowed everyone to feel involved in the evening, yet not crowded at all.
We wanted a perfect evening for this most important occasion, and all expectations were met or exceeded. My heartfelt thanks to jay and his wonderful staff for a very memorable evening!
I have been to this restaurant several times, and just when you think your expectations have been set, the staff, food, and environment continue to exceed your expectations. My first few times there, I had gone with some friends and family, I had used my entertainment book card and had no problems and no fusses. The management team was extremely friendly, and the server had enough confidence that she could have convinced me that I was the president of a small country. Another time I took a first date there, calling in beforehand and making a reservation of course, and I told the staff I'd like the most romantic table in the house, and they purposefully did not sit anyone near us the entire time we ate. When they gave us our bill, they comp'd a bottle of wine and asked if it was ok for tjem to seat people in our area.
For anyone going with a small group of people, ask to be seated in the tent area, it is extremely romantic, private, and a great place to hold any business or birthday funtion.
I just went there for new years and had a FANTASTIC time. The three course meal was mouth watering....The ambiance was great as well as the caliber of people in attendance. This might not necessarily be the best place to bring your small child too, but is probably the best fine dining restaurant I have been to in years! Imagine a trendier Mortons, at half the price, with a more personable staff.
I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite restaurants last Friday, after a tough work week it was nice to know that the week would be capped off by some great company, food, and wine. We just love the atmosphere that this restaurant offers from its tasteful decor to the eclectic design which provides for a very enjoyable outing, it can be a quiet romantic evening or you can start a chat with the next table.
Started the evening with some wonderful appetizers, steamed mussels, very flavourful, done in a ginger broth, the usual escargot which were the usual best flavour around, and a wonderful smoked salmon, cream cheese, and toasted baguettes, not usually on the menu but was being offered as a special. For the entree I had the pork medallions that was topped off with a wonderful cilantro, tomato salsa, and my wife had the lamb shank and again incredible. Topped off the meal with a very delicious warm sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream. We honeslty feel for the quality of food and the rather large servings received the price was very well in line if not better than most fine dining establishments.
We were served by the usual wonderful staff and despite the staff being busy we were never neglected and wine glass remained full. Keep up the great work...
One of our favourite restaurants despite living 40 minutes from Port Moody, we enjoy the restaurant so much that we would rather by pass our better rated local eating establishments to visit the Saint.
We look forward to visiting again soon....
It's an unassuming, almost uninviting place from the street but very cosy inside.... The street that it takes its name from might be the worst thing about it.
It took us a moment to adjust to the warm orange lighting but it works and the room temperature was perfect for the season. Our table was small and central but not unprivate. I was a bit surprised to see some wine stains on my chair though.
Service was great and we didn't wait for a thing. We were seated right away and my water glass was always full thanks to some invisible waiter. My wife's salad showed up on two plates from my comment that I might have a taste, the waitress anticipated and offered perfectly on that and everything else.
The Caesar salad was absolutely awesome, the bread was good. I had the braised beef and mostly enjoyed it although it came with broccoli, mushrooms, rice; foods that I'm not crazy about. Probably won't get that next time. My wife (and I, heheh) had the Tagliatelle and it was incredible. For dessert my wife (a baker, pastry chef) had the chocolate torte and was humming mm,mmm,mmm until it was done. Reasonably priced and decadent, save some room. Her advice was to eat the torte fast before it cools. My Monte Cristo coffee was excellent and was measured generously, get a regular coffee if caffeine is what you're after. :-)
My friends and I went to Saint Street Grill for the first time on New Years Eve. The food was very good - I had the lamb shank with a caesar salad starter and the beef carpaccio. They had a pretty good wine list - although not as outstanding as I had expected, but definitely better than average. Staff were very helpful and attentive, and had a great sense of humour. We would easily come to this restaurant again. Refreshing to find such a nice place in the burbs...
I was served by the manager/head waiter personally and felt like royalty! A very upbeat and positive individual he is! I enjoyed the appetizers and the main course was awesome, the waiter kept coming to check on me. He was doing this throughout my visit and I can honestly say that if there is a more attentive staff anywhere I'd wouldn't go there! The food was fabulous as was the wine! I'll be back when I want to be an attention hog! Nice Decor!
Once again we took some friends to Saint St. Grill on Friday, Dec 5. All of us were pleased with our food and service. Everything was great from the soups, salads, to meatballs, steak, seafood, and the creme brulee is always wonderful crunchy. Thanks again! We'll be back next week for my birthday.
I have had the absolute pleasure of dining at Saint St. Grill for about 5 years now. My wife and I love the food, the staff, and the ambiance. We eat there at least 3 time per month and are never dissappointed. I particularly like the fact that the menu changes seasonally, so I can enjoy new favorites for a few months and then just when I am wanting for something new, out comes a new menu. The daily specials are great when I can pull myself away from my menu favorites.
On rare occassions when I have found the food to be below expectations, I feel very comfortable in letting the manager know and he has always been very proactive in making things right. For example, recently I enjoyed a wonderful seafood broth that was a little more spicy than I had expected (but still yummy). While I loved the soup, I let the manager know that it was on the spicy side. I noticed that from that point on during the evening, all the servers added that it was "spicey". This is the kind of care that I expect from a restaurant.
I often see the chef come to check with the patrons, something that I have experienced in very few restaurants. He really seems to value our opinion, and on several occasions has asked if we have noticed subltle changes that he has made. I almost feel as though I have a personal chef.
I love the fact that the restaurant is on the entertainment card and that they do not punch the card - it can be used over and over again. The food is a good value without the entertainmnet card, but with the card, the value is out of this world!
We often celebrate family birthdays and use up to three entertainment cards. The only stipulation seems to be that we all have to be on one bill... Seems fair enough to me.
Definately try the bread (baked fresh in the restaurant daily). I am always torn between the mussels (with the ever changing sauces) or the caesar salad (extra dressing - yummy). My current favorite entree is the braised pork (perfect to warm me up on a cold evening). I love the creme brulee to finish off the evening.
I use to work as a hotel concierge in a leading Vancouver hotel, and in that position I enjoyed free food at just about every top restaurant in Vancouver. I have experienced some of the best that Vancouver has to offer. Saint St. Grill is definately our hidden Port Moody gem.
My wife and I went here on our wedding anniversary, Aug 14, 2008, a warm Thursday evening and sat outside on the patio.
We booked our table a few daya in advance and was glad in a way as the place was pretty full. The menu is rather limited and the main thing is prices are far too high for the quality of food they serve.
We had their muscles to begin our meal which were OK. I had lamb rack which was OK too, though nothing special for main course. My wife had to settle for their stuffed chicken, which again, was nothing special.
At least we know that this restaurant falls below par for sure and will not be returning. We really only went here to judge this place for ourselves and concur with the majority of other writers. This place tries to be a fine dining place in part of the Lower Mainland that has little to offer in that area.
My husband and I have been going to the St. Street Grill for many years now and each time we have not been disappointed by the food, the service and the ambiance. They remember your name the type of wine you ordered last, even though it was some time since you have been there. The service is what you would expect of a high end restaurant in Vancouver. Keep up the good work Doug and Jay and crew! Darlene and Gordon Martin Port Moody
A very special place for special times! I have been going to this secret place for the last 6 years and have introduced many of our friends and family to enjoy the experience. St. Street Grill style is a high end West Coast fusion, fresh local food (all natural flavours) with a funky elegance not found at too many places. Enjoy.