Starry Night Restaurant, the newest and most fashionable restaurant in Richmond, was created to offer its guest a sensual trip through the cuisines of Asia and the world. From the moment one enters, they are transported to another world designed to relax and indulge all of the senses. We are located right behind the Costco in Richmond.
Wonderful venue. Stuck away in a little corner of Richmond is this gem of a restaurant. Food was okay. I had the rib steak $28.00 medium rare and it was done to perfection. The main problem was that it seemed to be too gristley, I expect a little with any rib steak but this one had it in abundance. Another critisizism is the lack of veggies on the plate if they doubled the amount it would seem more like a meal. We were served with a mini loaf of bread before the entree and it was a winner, came with butter and a head of roasted garlic. The deep fried seafood cake appetizer $9 was also a winner. Quite large in size and accompanied by a nice salad. Strange water glasses as they only held about half the volume of normal glassware. Service was indifferent, none of the servers seem enthusiastic. More hustle, more joy, means more tips. I was there on a Saturday and at about 7ish there was live music by a female singer with a great voice. Return visit not in the stars. Small parking lot but lots of street parking. Restroom A-1.
As we walked in from the parking lot, you see this house with glowing lights, it was very pretty inside the restaurant, it was dim, the interior decor was well done, the stars on the ceiling was beautiful. They had live music playing, the women had a beautiful voice, great ambiance!
The hostess greeted us as we entered, our waitress was not that experienced, she never smiled, didn't seem like she enjoyed working there, for a high end restaurant I would expect high end service but service did not meet the expectations. At one point I tried waving at the man in a suit to get our server, he looked at me but didn't even flinch. I just ended up waiting for my server to come. The chilled Dungeness crab cake with mango appetizer was really good, it was light and refreshing. However I did find pieces of crab shells in it, yikes! The seafood chowder was satisfying, there was some salmon oil or some really tasty fish oil drizzled on top and bits of fish eggs around it, and it was filled with bits of salmon, cod and mixed vegetables, at first it tasted kind of bland but then you slowly taste a kick of pepper, its really hard to describe this but the pepper taste comes and goes..very interesting! I really enjoyed the soup, very well done!
The coffee crusted ribeye steak was nice, it was grilled exactly to perfection and it was very tasty but the sides sucked, it came with mashed potatoes top with some kind of spice which was not that special and the so called deep fried onions were hard and chewy, it was so hard to eat!
The pork loin schnitzel which is like a Taiwanese or Japanese deep fried pork dish was crispy and tender, they give you a bowl of sesame seed to grind yourself which was fun and they put Tonkatsu sauce on top of it, this came with a bowl of rice and 3 small sides of veggies (spinach, chinese mushrooms in a spicy sauce and a pickle like dish) however I lost interest in this dish after the 3rd piece, maybe because we can eat this all the time in other restaurants or even some BBT houses where its only max $10 for an entire entree and it was not that special for again over $30 here.
Finally, dessert! We got the cheesecake spring roll, interesting mix however it tasted off, the spring roll was kind of salty and the warm cheese inside was kind of mushy and sweet, the strawberry, strawberry syrup, chocolate drizzle and whipped cream was a nice touch though.
There seemed like something was missing after dinner, perhaps we had high expectations and expected too much before coming after reading the raving reviews.
Alright ladies and gentleman...having read these fantastic reviews my bf and I decided to go to Starry Night for our anniversary and unfortunately we were extremely disappointed by our bad experience.
At 6:30 we walk into an empty restaurant and are promptly greeted by the hosts. Yes the location is definitely a turn-off but the place looks unique in it's own right from the outside, kind of like a spiritual ambiance to it and the inside is quite nice, designed to make you feel at-ease even though apparently this is fine-dining (I'll get to this later). Didn't make reservations because we didn't think it would be too busy but they said they could only offer us a tiny seat in the corner by the cold window or at the "VIP" section (but nobody ever wants to sit there because it's awkwardly secluded from the rest of the restaurant) so we sat at the tiny table for two overlooking an empty restaurant which didn't even get busy until much later. The wine menus placed on the table was so bulky and tipped over, knocking the glass of water all over my bf which is not a great start but the hostesses were quick to help out. With the lengthy suggestion of our server who used words like "pretty" to describe the menu items we decided on the wok-fried squid to start and the $33 coffee-crusted ribeye and seafood linguini for dinner.
The squid was pretty decent, great quality and giant rings of it but the batter was really soggy and could use a bit more taste. By now the restaurant was starting to fill up and I'm not sure if she just straight-up forgot about us but we were sitting finished with our appetizer for a long time before our server noticed. Then we waited for honestly what felt like half an hour for the our entrees and within this time period I was so cold by the window that I asked for a cup of hot water just to warm up my hands to which they said was a $1.50 charge which, understandably some restaurants do this but seriously when your customer is COLD why would you make them pay for something like hot water? The server then said she would check with her manager who then explained that the hot water would be "on the house" ... oookay thanks? Kind of offended it's not like we're too cheap to pay for water it's the principles of good customer service! Anyway after waiting a long time again for our entrees I noticed that every table had bread to start except us and I seriously wondered if bread was something like an appetizer the had to pay for too. We asked about this to the hostess who said that of course it's free but we never got any so she said she'd check with our server who upon finally delivering our food did not mention anything about the bread - no big deal though but still kind of irked.
Now about the food - my linguini had a pretty standard cream sauce and the seafood in it was very fresh but it wasn't anything to rave about. Their famous coffee-crusted ribeye is actually a really unique fusion for my taste buds and the deep-fried onion slivers that come with it are really good but I was sick of it after the second bite - the crust is very strong and almost has an indian aroma to it which overpowered the steak in my opinion. Anyway, after finishing our server still had not come around ONCE for a quality check, I was interested in dessert but after waiting for ages (I literally had to start stacking plates and pushing it off to the side to make her notice) we just asked for the bill to which she replied "oh you should try our desserts" - well thanks, but I lost my appetite a long time ago for some reason. Don't think we'll be returning anytime soon!
We have dined here now twice since it opened - both times were consistent with each other.
The Food: Simply put - its great but has a price tag to match. I went with a few friends and we had a variety of dishes and, as always do, we all sampled each others food to check it out. We started out with appies of wok fried squid & prawns, spicy beans, & stir fried spinach - all excellent and came up quickly. The wine list is decent and they have a full bar so the drinks were flowing. We moved on to entres with the ahi tuna, roasted chicken and wild salmon. Again, all were excellent and came up hot (except the tuna of course) and all at the same time (credit to a good kitchen staff!). Deserts were okay but not extraordinary IMHO. The chocolate lava cake was very good but the creme brulee was not special and our friend liked the cheesecake spring roll so much, she ate it up without even sharing!
The Service: Being a new restaurant, service can be spotty and the Starry Night fell prey to this. Our server was quick and attentive but didn't have a knowledge of the wines or how they would go with the food. They really should hire a food/wine consultant to do proper pairings and train their staff accordingly. I always say that a well trained staff is as critical to a restaurant's success as much as food and decor. They were very polite and attentive but better knowlege and experience would be a good move.
The Value: Overall, it was worth the money. We all loved the food and the decor is awesome.
The Ambiance: The decor is way cool - tiny 'starry' lights/glows and a dark woody feel makes it a high class restaurant. There are TVs around everywhere and we were able to keep up with the Olympics which were going on at the time. We were also very pleased to have live music (singer on piano and a guitarist) on the second night there - there wasn't any a few weeks ago on our first visit). They really made our night work great. The singer is absolutely top notch and they were taking requests from the audience and played our songs. We love live music and they were able to make a big sound with just two of them. The look, feel and sound combination of this place makes it better than any other I have been to in Richmond and gives you a downtown Vancouver experience.
Conclusion: I am relatively new to Vancouver and have eaten in places all over Eastern Canada and the US - this restaurant ranks up there as one of the best ones I have been to so far.
Whenever I look up restaurants, I am always a little wary when I see reviews with such high ratings on every single category. However, this place really deserves it, and I had no hesitations whatsoever when rating Starry Night.
Food: Took my wife on Valentine's Day to try and late night menu. The food tasted great and the portions were generous. We ordered Tuna Tataki, Salt&Peppery Chicken, Prawn Wontons, and Loligo Squid. Was honestly blown away while eating the Tuna Tataki and Squid in particular. The flavours were perfect and the food was cooked just right. Please try the Loligo Squid - it is Starry Night's take on Calamari and the best I've ever had. Will go back to sample the Tonkatsu (personally recommended by the owner) and the Afternoon Tea menu.
Service: The servers were friendly, attentive and helpful. They offered to take pictures for my wife and I, introduced us to the owner, were very well informed about the restaurant and the menu, and provided very good service over all. We chatted with the owner for quite a while. He shows an obvious passion for his restaurant and it's apparent that his goal was to create excellence, rather than just make money. He gave us a personal tour of the restaurant and told us about his story and his vision for Starry Night. A very nice guy who was a pleasure to chat with.
Value: We've been conditioned to expect small portions whenever dining at a nice place - there always seems to be a negative correlation between how beautiful a place looks and how much food you get in your order. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the prices at Starry Night are great and the portions fair (this is specific to the Late Night menu - we've only been once).
Ambiance: The place looks amazing. One of the best looking restaurants in Richmond, maybe the best.
Bonus: The second floor will feature a reflexology centre. We saw pictures and it's gonna be nice!
Went with a few friends that were visiting from out of town. So it was one of those once-in-a-while nice restaurant nights. The restaurant is new, therefore not alot of people knows the place, weird thing is they ask us to go from the back door. But the good thing is they have parking in the back. Therefore, it is very accessible both ways.
A bit slow. Our waitress was nice but she didn't make her rounds very often. I find that alot of the waitress stay inside the bar, as well as talking to the people who sat at the bar. Once we asked her to take a picture for us but she said she'd be back as her hands were full,but however she was quite polite and apologized after when she remembered.
Unlike the typical of a higher end dining restaurant. The portions were great for sharing, delicious and well prepared. A little bit pricy. Think of it as a Tapas restaurant with an asian twist. Most of the dishes had some asian/chinese origin to them.
Romantic, ecletric. The dining room was very nice - think Irish House with chandeliers hanging down from a very high ceiling. Too bad we didn't get seated at the booth.
Good thing about this restaurant is they open for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night. They even offer wi-fi in the afternoon so I can probably get some work done while enjoying the space and the delicious food.
Will definately go back to try out the tea time menu.
I saw the restaurant added on the website last week, decided to give it a try. Although the restaurant is pretty empty when we got there, but everyone was enthastic!
The hostess opened the door for us and WOW ~ the restaurant is nothing I've ever seen before. The atmosphere was top notch, the light, the music, the decors are just unbelievable!!! I almost thought I was in Asia with those big fancy restaurant, but the decoris a must-see attraction.
Now the food, my girlfriend ordered the chilled crab cake, is a very strong recommendation from our server, and it was well worth it, the mango salsa on top is insane, pairing with the fresh crab meat, its nothing I've tasted before.
For the main, I had a coffee crusted steak, this is the first time I've heard that people cook with coffee, it turn out a 5 Star rating on the steak. The steak is cooked right, and the flavour is very exciting.
All I can say is, this is a must visit restaurant for whoever hasn't gone to Richmond lately, this is far better than where I used to go in Richmond, for the food and the price, everyone will enjoy it.
I actually made reservation for my birthday party there tonight, will update you guys on my next visit!
Maybe I chose the right dishes. But, they were well cooked and had a lot of taste.
The seafood dishes are good.
The service for the first time I ate at the restaurant was poor. For my second time, it improved noticeably. The servers were courteous though a little inexperienced and not attentive. This is actually better than before when the servers were not courteous and unattentive. The speed of churning out the dishes were a tiny bit longer than normal.
This time around, because the food was better, Starry Night is getting there in terms of matching price with the quality of their food, though it is still a tiny bit higher than what they should charge. But, if you are in Richmond, and you don't want to drive to Downtown Vancouver, Starry Night is the best Richmond high-end restaurant.
Same weird/nice ambiance with light effects. Though, please ditch the 2-member band. They were okay, but I really do not prefer listening to people singing while eating. This is especially true in a restaurant where they charge $25 to $35 for each entree.
They improved noticeably in all areas. But, please take out the 2-member band. It does not fit into the scheme of things. The restaurant is not a lounge. It is a restaurant. Perhaps, the 2-member band is working for free, but if the band wards off "would-be" customers, then the band is costing the owners money.
Oh and one more thing: I truly detest it when the owners themselves eat at the same restaurant. This was what happened. We know that they were the owners because we saw them bring in bread suppiles. The owners and their friends were eating in a special cordoned room at the back. This is weird. I don't want to see the owners eating with my party at ANY restaurant, let alone a high-end restaurant. You do not expect this from a high-end restaurant. They can enjoy their meal separately inside the kitchen, but not in the proximity of the customers. Now, I want to strees that they did eat in a special "room", but the door to the room was open
Dad's birthday party, and I did not bring any expectation at all to this restaurant but my brother recommended it so I thought, ok, I'll give it a try. Upon arrival, the sign at the front of the restaurant really stood out to me. It said 'Starry Night Restaurant Reflexology', and I thought to myself, I must've gotten the wrong place. But I look around and there was nothing else there, and the fact that the name is right, so I parked my car and walked in. My family was already there so it was actually the right place and I thought: reflexology??? WTF??? The waitress who was serving our table came to me after I sat down for about 2 minutes and asked me if I wanted something to drink, and I thought ok, at least the service is pretty decent. Then I began to scroll through the menu and thought, wow...pretty pricey for a asian ran place, I better get what I am paying for. What really stood out was the fact that you cannot get a plain grilled steak. All the steaks they served was with some kind of sauce. My family wanted to order appetizers and soup to share, and then entree for each of us. I picked the black & blue C.A.B new york steak for $31 and I asked for it medium rare. I don't even know what CAB stands for. I haven't had steak for quite some time and I was looking forward to a good steak. Anyways, bread arrived first, I didn't try the bread since they had NO butter at the restaurant, again, wtf??? They gave us a tiny bit of margarine looking thing and we asked them what it was and our waitress wasn't even sure what it was, she went back to the kitchen and came back to tell us it's some kind of 'rosemary thing'. Then we asked them if they had any olive oil to dip our bread in and again, she went back to the kitchen then came back to tell us no, they do not have any olive oil. I would've expected a 'high-end' restaurant charging that kind of price, these things are a must and yet...oh well. Appetizers and soups arrived. My dad and my brother ordered seafood chowder, their initial reaction was 'wow, it's loaded with seafood, nice.' but upon tasting it, not so nice, they put some kind of spice in the soup to make it hot. A spicy hot seafood chowder, that's definitely a first for me. I didn't even touch it. My sister had the hot & sour soup, first sip and she almost choked on it. I asked her what's wrong and she said it way too spicy hot and way too sour. Appetizers were ok but definitely way over priced. Take the crab cake for instance, for $16 you get a layer of seaweed salad at the bottom, middle layer is crab meat (which looks exactly like the stuff in a regular california roll), and the top layer is some kind of salsa made from mango and chili. Cost is about $2 or maybe less but they charge $16. I know how much these things cost since I used to work in a Japanese restaurant and a Thai restaurant. After we had finished our appetizers and soups we waited for about half an hour for our entree to come, which was kinda surprising because they weren't really that busy...four to five tables at the most. My steak arrived first and then the others came too. My dad had ordered the deep fried pork chop with rice and stuff, mom had the seafood linguine, bro had lamb chops and sis had a koffee (that's how it was spelled on the menu, lol) crust blah blah something steak. No comment on the deep fried pork chop with rice, it wasn't spectacular nor terrible, I don't think anyone can screw that up, only thing my dad complained about his dish was the slaw that came with it was bitter and inedible. My mom can only finish half her dish because they had put way too much parmasan(?) cheese on it and the smell was extremely... cheesy. My brother said his lamb chop was very good EXCEPT it was way too hot, as in spicy hot. My sister asked him why he ordered it and he said he thought it was hot as in a black pepper hot, not chili oil hot. I looked at his plate and it was covered in chili oil and I thought...chili oil on lamb chop and mashed potato, I guess that's what you call fusion food, very nice...NOT!!! I then tried my sister's steak and that was the worst steak I have ever had, till I tasted mine, but we'll get back to mine later. That coffee crust did not go well with steak. It took all the flavor away from the steak so all I could taste was coffee and salt, for all I know it could've been any kind of meat in there. Who would pair coffee and steak in their right mind? Maybe if it's done good but this was definitely not it. I would not pay $32 for that steak, not even $10 thank you very much. I had the black & blue new york steak medium rare and well, what can I say about it...I was disgusted. First of all, it was cold, not just the steak, everything on the plate was cold, the mashed potato, the fried onion rings, everything!!! Secondly, I got medium well instead of medium rare, again, wtf. The blue cheese with steak was again, a fresh idea to me. It might not have been that bad if they did not put so much salt in the sauce. As most of you would know, blue cheese is fairly salty, add that to a very salty (and spicy) sauce they use, double saltiness, not good!!! I did not want to complain because it was my dad's birthday and I didn't want to cause a scene, but I promised myself never, NEVER, set foot in this place ever again!!!
There is nothing really special about this place other than its weird ambiance (which I haven’t quite made up my mind if it’s a good thing or bad thing yet). The price is absurd, and unreasonable. The food is decent but nothing to talk wildly about, especially for the price. The host/hostess are very friendly, unfortunately not the same can be said about our server. Our server was very unprofessional and very neglectful. The bottom line is, this place is not worth the hype. The only thing “decent” about it was its food, but it is not like it is so special that you can not get it anywhere else. For its price, I rather go to The Boathouse. I will not be returning to this place.
The restaurant is located behind Costco, odd place to put it. Interesting interior, but new. Yes & slightly odd how there is a reflexology place upstairs.
The food. I was impressed. Must have: the crab cake, tuna tataki salad and chocolate chip ice cream dessert. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection...
Not too expensive for the food they're serving. Highly recommend.
Dinner here was AMAZING. We made sure to get an earlier reservation (6:30) on a Friday evening, so we didn't have to worry about the crowd coming or having our reservation be bumped.
There were two of us having dinner this evening, and they didn't disappoint (at this time slot) for a romantic evening. The lighting, decor, and music were all absolutely perfect.
We started out with the deep fried tiget prawn wontons and chilled crab cake. He had a gin and tonic, I ordered a shirley temple (unfortunately he brought me a roy rogers, but I wasn't going to whine about it and have him run down three flights of stairs for another soda for this pregnant chick). Entrees were coffee crusted ribeye and spicy peanut sauce chicken. PHEN-O-MENAL. I have never had such good food enter my mouth. I HATE steak, and my girlfriend cut of meat almost turned me into a convert.
Dessert was cheesecake springroll, making for a perfect food ending to the experience.
Our server was fantastic, also the young man doing the clean up work was the one who deserved the kudos. Just an over all pleasant guy.
I suggest this restaurant to anyone...just make sure you go earlier in the evening, and I think you'll be hard pressed to bitch about ANYTHING.
Went here with my mom for lunch today. The place seemed to have promise, but it ended up being a horrible experience.
Food: We both had the set lunch meal which included a soup, an entrée, and a dessert. The soup was an Asian-style mushroom soup which was actually pretty good. The soup base was light and flavourful, though the mushroom meatballs in it were lacking in taste. For the entrée, we had the pesto linguine with shrimp and the seafood risotto. Both were decent dishes. The pesto linguine came with 5 jumbo shrimp, but the risotto needed more seasoning. And for desert, we had chocolate mousse. It comes in a small cup, but packs a ton of chocolatey (is that a word?) taste. The only drawback to the dish was that the mousse had an unfortunate rough texture to it.
So why does all of this warrant only two stars? It's because both my mom and I have been struggling with diarrhea all day ever since eating here. We're not too sure which dish is the cause of all our problems (we split the entrées with each other), but we are sure that it was something from this restaurant; neither of us ate anything for breakfast, and neither of us ate anything before the tummy problems started. It's unfortunate because I enjoyed my experience at Starry Night, just not the after-effect.
Service: The service seemed pretty good to me. Though the waitress never came around to ask us how the meal was, she seemed attentive and prompt.
Value: Including tax and tip, the meal came out to just over 20 dollars per person. It was a lot pricier than I expected. And given that we got food poisoning from the meal, I think it warrants the lonely one star.
Ambiance: The place looks awesome on the inside. The walls are nice and have a layered stone/brick look (I'm not a designer so I don't know what else to call it). The tables are tiled and elegant.
Conclusion: Can't ignore the food poisoning - diners be warned! But food poisoning aside, I feel that this place is still quite pricey. Won't be returning anytime soon.
Been to the place twice. First was on a Tuesday and t'was quiet. Was amazed w/ the interior, especially the lights effect. Place looks expensive material-wise. Food was ok, but not that great to merit the high price. Service was ok as well. Our waitress tried her best to assist us in our questions re the menu and our needs. Lots of parking space at the back.
Came back 3 months after on a Thurs to see if anything has changed. Well, saw 2 very good performers who sounded really professional w/ a vast repertoire. They complemented the very cozy and "starry night" lighting within the place. I ordered steak this time. Tasted ok, but is not worth the price IMO. I dunno but i felt if I would go for a steak again, i would just go for medium-priced restos like KEG, Kelseys or Earls. They're cheaper and customer service is way better that Starry. Plus they already have carved a name/reputation all these years. Unlike Starry who is nameless and unknown yet the price of food is leaning on the over-the-usual tag.
Not so sure if I'm gonna go back. Maybe if they drop their price to match the food and service.
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