I was skeptic to try Milestones at first. I thought, "Just another chain restaurant making typical American/Canadian cuisine. Couple of okay burgers, nothing more"
My friends and I decided to try Milestones on our birthdays as a replacement for Earls, which does not hold reservations and we were all very pleased with the food. It was a large group, of about 16 people, and there was another group just as large holding the long tables, so they split us up into 2 groups and put us into booths beside each other.
The waiter was friendly and attentive. He made sure that our order was put in before the other large group so we wouldn't have to wait all night for our food. I had the seafood salad, and it was definitely a treat for the eyes. There was salmon, shrimp, avocado, lemons, sun-dried tomatoes, etc... The salmon was grilled to just the right time; it was soft but had a very nice smoky taste to it. I loved the addition of avocados and the lemon vinaigrette wasn't too sour, nor did it drown the leaves.
The others ordered steaks, burgers and pastas, and I had a quick bite of each. The steak was alright; it wasn't the best steak that I've had in restaurants but it's worth trying. Their pasta, I don't think, is worth $17. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but it wasn't an impressionable dish so I don't recommend having pasta at Milestones. I do recommend their yam fries though. It's a great appetizer dish to share and I like the sauce that they've paired up the fries with.
The restaurant was also very quick to make up for a forgotten dish. My friend ordered a steak and he did not receive it when the rest of us had our food brought to the table, and it wasn't until 20 minuets later that he got it. However, he quickly received drinks on the house and the kitchen staff themselves came out to bring him his steak.
At the end of the evening, we asked the waiter for split bills and we piled our cards and cash onto the tray, but the waiter never brought back our change. I know that in these large, chain restaurants they all expect to receive huge tips, but I at least expected the waiter to bring back our change. A couple of my friends had over tipped, probably by 10-15 bucks. But it was a birthday, so we let it go just for the time. Although I'm interested now if anybody else has had this happen.
The Robson location is the only Milestones I've tried. It's a great place for dinner with groups or a quality dinner between family or a small group of friends. Definitely try it if you're in the area!