Came here for Dine Out Vancouver at my mom's behest, with most of the family. Let's just say it was a forgettable experience. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu consisted of an appetizer choice between Tuna Carpaccio or Butternut Squash soup, an entree choice between Beef Short Ribs, Scallops, or Vegetarian Risotto, and a dessert choice between a Cinnamon Donut or an Upside-down Banana Cake. Let's just say between the five of us, we tried everything except the risotto. I mean, who wants to order rice for a main course for $38?
The soup was quite alright and the cinnamon marshmallows served with it were intriguing, but the tuna carpaccio had just too much rock salt and mayonnaise drizzled over it for anyone's taste. I had the short rib for an entree an it was very tender, but again, very salty. The other entree, the scallops, were not only salty as well, but came four on a plate with a few veggies and some mashed potatoes. I mean, four scallops? Come on, this is an entree! A bag of chips would be more of a meal. My bro-in-law ordered this (and he's a bigger eater than I) and he finished the plate in 2 minutes. Why was this even on the menu as an entree? Luckily, they brought us another basket of bread after the first one. Lastly, as if in some effort to redeem themselves, the desserts were very good with the banana cake being quite delectable. I half expected them to be salty, however.
So, with mediocre food and mediocre service (it wasn't a busy night, even for DOV), the only highlight was the restaurant itself. The Hart House is a mansion by Vancouver's standards and feels very cozy as a dining experience. They may have difficulty accommodating large parties however, but you can always book a room if you roll that way.
A truly truly unspectacular DOV experience. I would not recommend, but if you enjoy a quiet night out, you could do worse than the Hart House. If you come here for DOV, order the soup, the short ribs and the banana cake. That is all.