It’s okay. We met a friend for lunch yesterday. Tuesday is 30% of ½ lt. and bottles of wine. We shared a bottle between the 3 or us. Food was okay, nothing exceptional. Hubby had scarface pizza. I tried a slice and didn’t find it particularly interesting. I had the short rib sandwich with yam fries. Again it was okay but not memorable. Our friend had the shrimp won ton. I looked interesting. Service was pleasant. I don’t know that I would return as there are many restaurants that are considerably better.
We go here about once a month as it is near work. The lunch food is very good and offers a farly good selection of salads and burgers. But I have to mention the burgers and sandwiches are BIG and very messy to eat. When wearing work attire and going back to work, I don't want to worry what sauce is dribbling down my front. The staff is fantastic. The menu is very good but it has been the same for the past several years. I REAAAAALLLY would appreciate a few changes in the menu.
We've been here a few times since we live in the area. Strange location, out of the way of anything else that would bring you to this area, so the reputation is what keeps people coming back. Consistently great food, service, ambiance, etc. The Ahi Tuna is outstanding. Would definitely recommend.
The Other Half was given gift certicates for this place as a Christmas gift from his daughter. We phoned Friday to make a reservation for Saturday and were told only 5:00 or 9:00 pm were available. We chose 5:00 and made our way through the cold, dark fog to Cloverdale.
On arriving, it was impossible to park in the same block as the restaurant. There was a small crowd huddled at the front door, waiting for THEIR 5:00 reservations. It was COLD out there, but they did not open the door until a few minutes after 5:00.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant of this style and calibre tucked away in downtown Cloverdale. Realizing that this had been an old bank branch, it was amazing how the insides have been adapted. Stripped right to the cement block walls, and decorated with vintage "stuff". The area inside has been sectioned off into the main dining area (with a small stage), a bar and lounge, and some seating inside the still-standing vault itself. Makes the place seem much larger than it is!
Our drinks came quickly, followed by our appies: we split calamari and ahi tuna carpaccio. The calamari was one of the very best I've EVER tasted. Fresh and tender, lightly breaded, non-greasy and accompanied by excellent tzatziki - again very fresh and light, just the right amount of garlic. Sesame-crusted tuna carpaccio was also a winner - perfectly-sliced tuna, drizzled with wasabi-soy and garnished with pickled ginger and radish sprouts. Yum.
The OH ordered Mixed Seafood Grill and I struggled with deciding between Seafood Hotpot with red curry sauce and a tenderloin with added prawns; the beef won, but I will absolutely try the Hotpot another time. It smelled terrific as it wafted by on the way to another table.
Seafood grill was prawns, scallops, salmon and halibut in a spicy hoisin-type sauce. Served with rice and daily veg = green filet beans and roasted red pepper. Tenderloin was perfect, prawns were extremely fresh and tasty. Steak came with garlic mashed potatoes (not overwhelmingly garlicked) and the same side vegetables, done to "al dente" stage, a bit of crunch left in them. Also ordered a half-litre of Australia shiraz, which was a good choice. For dessert, we split a tiramisu and the OH had coffee. Both excellent.
The place was jam-packed by 6:00, with several large parties. Lots of servers and bus-persons refilling water glasses, removing empty plates, offering more bread. Orders arrived in good time, fresh and hot. If you make a trip to the very back of the place to find the washrooms (very clean) , watch out for speeding staff!
Absolutely recommended; be sure to make reservations if you even THINK it might be a busy time!
Came her with some friends after hearing about their martini specials on Wednesdays. We weren't disappointed in that aspect - all of the martinis were great and so cheap! They were inventive and went down smoothly.
The food, unfortunately, wasn't as good. My lobster ravioli tasted more like fish than lobster and was finely shredded, so it lacked that lobster texture I was hoping for. The most disappointing was the sauce, which the menu advertised as an apple brandy cream, but it tasted quite salty with a hint of curry and really overpowered the ravioli. My other friends' steak and ahi tuna were reported to be "ok".
Atmosphere is chic meets kitsch in a kinda warm, cabin, rustic but modern feel. Lots of juxtaposition in decor and interesting room to be in.
I gave value a lower rating because for the same price, there are so many other establishments to choose from that serve higher quality food. The drinks and appies were well-priced and those definitely give good value, but I think the entrees needed some fine tuning for the price.
Will be back for the martinis but will probably order appies to share instead of full dinner next time.
Wednesday dinner for 9 people. No food complaints from anyone. Service was another matter. Waitress was apologizing all night for her mistakes. Bread arrives well after the entrees were served. By the way the bread was great. Coffee refill came 10 minutes after requesting. Place was packed. Terrific ambiance. Spacious but cosy. Would like to return and work my way down the menu.
Went here for dinner on Wednesday night and the restaurant was full. Must be the hot spot in Cloverdale. My better half and I ordered the calmari and that was delicious. I ordered the rack of lamb for my main course and my better half ordered the pork tenderloin. The portion was decent, both dishes came with garlic mashed potatoes, orange pepper and green beans. The sauce for both dishes was a bit too sweet and really drown the flavour of the meat. The vegetables was prepared nicely and the meat itself was pretty good but the rack of lamb portion could have been more for the $27.99 price tag. One thing that I found annoying was that we were seated closes to the front door in a booth. It was around 7:30pm and they open the door....for whatever the reason. I mentioned to the hostess that our area is getting a chill and would appreciate that the door remain close. She obliged. At around 8:00pm the door was propped open again. Thank goodness that we were finished and were leaving. Having that chill come in and having it cool down the food prematurely would be disappointing. Overall I enjoyed the ambiance but I found the food a bit too much for what you pay for.
Had an entertainment coupon, so decided to check it out. The location is not convenient for most and not worth the drive since there's nothing good around.
I enjoyed the eclectic decor, though it may seem outdated and cheesy to some.
Our server was extremely sweet. She definitely went the extra mile each time to ensure we had a great dining experience. She was especially outgoing to the table beside us, which I thought was nice, though a tad bit annoying because she would pay more attention to them even though we ordered first.
Complimentary bread was nice. The calamari was tasty; didn't have too much batter and was not chewy. I ordered the 9oz striploin which was delicious! It was cooked to a perfect medium and the veggies/mashed potatoes with the lemon sage butter complimented nicely. Boyfriend ordered the "Scarface" pizza, which was good, nothing to rave about. The tiramisu here is to DIE for. One of the best I've ever tasted.
Since we had the coupon, the price was not bad at all. I believe the total came to about 50 dollars, and that was with a large tip.
My only complaint was the tables in the middle are situated right next to each other so we were seated beside two women who were intoxicated and loud. But I had a great time, nonetheless.
However, I noticed a table in front of us who was not pleased with their server at all, so I guess it depends who you get.
I will return.
They had allot of room but chose to sit us at a tiny two person table too close to the bar , my girlfriend kept getting bumped . I enjoyed the wine but it was to exspesive so we just had one , I enjoyed the food but it was so small and exspensive ,we had to go to wendy's afterword because we were still hungry . Nice place just to exspensive for what you get , We won't go there again .
Being Sunday night, the Vault wasn't that busy but it still had a warm ambiance that was very welcoming on a dark cold February night. We were meeting my parents there to thank them for helping us build a shed. We were impressed right away by the service. The waitress from San Diego we had was very, very attentive and friendly..... she was always there making sure to top up waters/refill warm water for tea/coffee....
The menu has a good selection and we all had a difficult time making a decision. Once we decided, the food came out within 10-15 mins. and it was all very well prepared..... the steak and seafood was surprisingly prepared perfectly. The plating was very nice as well. We were impressed by the portion sizes as well for the price. Also $5 glass of mystery house wine was perfect..... a surprisingly decent plunk.
We ordered the banana spring rolls and banana creme brulee for desert and enjoyed both very much.... maybe more so the spring rolls though since they came out hot and crispy with a nearly melted hot banana and strawberry filling, dusted with sugar and served with chocolate dipping sauce and real whipping cream..... very nice!
We had a fabulous time.... the music was old classic music from the 50s? which suited all of us just fine... it suited the restaurant.
I looks like we've found a keeper!
I've been to The Vault about 15 times over the last 2 years for both lunch and dinner. It's a decent place to come for drink and food and fun with the live music on the weekend. Their food was much better when they first opened. It's still good, but they have increased prices and cut out certain menu items that I think weren't making them enough money. You can't beat Martini Wednesday's here and their lunch food is pretty tasty. A couple things I would change, they don't change the menu at all for seasonal foods? The service is decent, but not that good and the one of the main guys that I believe manages the place never has a smile on his face. Anyways, this place is always busy on the weekends and it is a fun place to come with friends. Their decor is very eclectic and funky as well.
When you live in Surrey or Langley, your choices when it comes to eating somewhere unique that serves great food are limited. You can drive into town and choose from dozens of restaurants, or you can go down to the beach in White Rock choose from two or three that won't disappoint. Outside of that you've got Big Ridge Brewing, and.... that's pretty much it. It's pretty sad, really.
The Vault is managed by the owners of Washington Avenue Grill in White Rock and if you're familiar with the WAG then you'll recognize a lot of what's on the menu here. You'll also recognize the quality of the food and service, which is a good thing.
My point after all this is that you and your wife/husband can get out for a great dinner without the hassle of driving/parking in town or down at the beach. It's not perfect, and it might not be the best dining experience you have all year, BUT IT'S IN CLOVERDALE, and if you live in the area then you'll be as thrilled as I am that it's here.
First time here as it was recommened by my son. The cocktails on sale on Thursday were good, great spice on the Caesars rim and a genererous Paralyzer also. Ordered the scallops and they were good but should have come hot, they were barely warm. The wilted spinach was too saltly for our taste. The Caesar Salad was good and the Wild Mixed Greens were enjoyed also.
My daughter loved the Halibut and the sauce. My lamb was good, but I was disappointed in the presentation. I had three ribs of lamb and one without the bone. Considering it was Rack of Lamb and the cost, it wasn't right. Both men ordered the Sirloin and crab that was the special. The sirloin was fine, but both were disappointed in the crab and how it tasted.
The biggest disappointment of the night was at 9:30, the end of the meal, we wanted to look at the dessert menu. We were told that the kitchen was closed, so no dessert. We couldn't believe it. Of all the places we have eaten out, that was a first. But, we were told, the bar is still open. The live entertainment was good. Bread would have been nice before the meal. We had a good server, can't complain about her. The atmosphere was kind of fun, no complaints. Can't decide just yet, if we would go back. Also, I agree with the other comment about the front door being left open. Too cold.
I came to the vault with my girlfriend because I heard good things from friends. I must say I was quite impressed. The pasta which I had was nothing really that special, just something generic that you would probably be able to find at any place that sells a decent plate of pasta, but the steak was incredible. Although the portion was small, the garlic mashed potatoes were a perfect complement to the delicious filet cut. After dinner we had the suggested peanut butter pie, and at first I was puzzled at this dish, but after taking a bite it has become one of my top dessert choices. To top the night off there was live music playing and quite the assortment of interesting wall decoration!
Recently I have celebrated two birthdays at The Vault. Both times everyone thought their food and service was excellent including my sister-in law who is the picky one. Seafood mix grill is my favorite. The only downside is their dessert selection is lacking for dessert lovers. The Vault has a Yaletown feel with out the outrages pricing or the snobby servers. We have recommended The Vault to all our friends and will be returning soon.
The Vault had been recommended to my husband and I over a year ago but we finally decided to try it out last weekend...we are now sorry that we didn't go sooner!
I started with a strawberry margarita that was well made, very tasty. We shared a couple of appetizers, I choose the smoked salmon wonton...it was delish. Smoked salmon, capers, red onions on a square wonton drizzled with a dijon aioli...simple and delightful. My husband had the calamari, it was good as well. Hot crusty bread with butter lightly flavoured with garlic was then served. For dinner, I had the mixed seafood grill...a portion of wild salmon, prawns & scallops drizzled with a hoisin sweet chilli sauce. This was served with grilled veggies and a white/wild rice mixture. This meal was simply divine! Husband had the chicken breast in a creamy mushroom sauce. Garlic mashed potatoes and grilled veggies were the accompaniments. His meal was also very good. We both were very pleased...in addition to the awesome food, the ambiance and decor of the restaurant was really neat plus the service was outstanding. Can't wait until we go back!
This is a wonderful restaurant tucked away in Cloverdale. 4 of us had great meals and good service. It was packed so make a reservation. I'd love to go back and I'm looking forward to the lunch menu.
I went to the Vault a year ago and had a great meal, it was delicious and was exactly what was described on the menu.
Went last night, it was pretty gross. Everything else was fine, just the food wasn't.
First we started off with the same appy as last year, the scallops. It tasted like they were cooked in an OXO beef cube sauce. The scallops were cooked okay though.
I ordered the same thing as last year for my main because I loved it so much then. I ordered the Seafood hot pot. It also tasted like it was cooked in a OXO beef cube, and it was very very salty. I actually poured my water in to it, to try and drown the salt taste a bit. I wondered why it tasted like beef when it was supposed to be a red curry broth? Besides the spice all I could taste was salt and beef broth. The red snapper that was in it, was completely brown all the way through (from soaking in some beef sauce I think), I actually thought it was beef! My mussels were very tiny as well. And I only had three of them. Not worth the $17.99 I paid.
Service was pretty good though at least. But I don't think I'll be going back. I'll just make my own seafood hot pot at home.
What a great little place, hidden in the old part of Cloverdale. We go here frequently, and we love the ambiance, with the old brick, the wood floors, the quirky decor, and, most of all......THE LIVE MUSIC!
This is the only place in the area to offer jazz/blues/rock music every night for dinner, and to top it off the food and the service is always consistent and good. Sometimes we come for a late night martini and sit at the bar, which is also a great option if you just want an appy and a drink, and to enjoy the music.
The menu offers a good range of items, and all of them consistently good. My only suggestion is that I wish the menu would offer a few different appetizer option, the menu items are a little dated, and the overall menu could use a refresh. We'd love to see some cool new appies on the menu, and a couple of new entrees.
But, that is a very minor setback to an otherwise solid menu, great service, great music and great ambiance. We come back often, and will continue to do so! Great job bringing this type of restaurant out here to the burbs, makes me feel like I have a little piece of Yaletown in my back yard. Great martini and wine list too!
A girlfriend and I decided to stop in for lunch and we were very pleased. Good spicy caesars. I had a grilled veggie sandwich and caesar salad. Simple but excellent. The sandwich was on a very crisp french bread with grilled asperagus, red pepper and portabello mushroom, topped with gooey melted mozza and a flavourful grainy mustard mayo. It was just right. My salad was garlicy and very parmesany. My dining companion enjoyed a spinach and goat cheese salad with seared seafood. We were both very satisfied. Delish lunch, decent price. Would go again if in the area.