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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I stopped going here fore lunch as the menu is a bit pricey and static. I went there recently for someone's birthday. There were 5 of us and I was the only one who had to look at the menu. Everyone else said "I always get the..." My chicken Caesar seemed to be chopped rather than torn which was a bit strange and also bland. Please change the menu!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
An old standby for mid week specials.Food prep is above average and nice menu for the location. The Vault needs a face lift after all these years , starting to look tired.
Fairly expensive and smaller portions on nightly specials. Recommend to order just the single of specialty drinks, doubles taste the same .hmmmmm.Can have seedy looking characters at times.
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.
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!
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.
I dine here quite often. What a treat to finally have a edgy boutique style restaurant as opposed to all the pubs! Food is great, staff is friendly, and the decor makes this place fun. I feel like I'm eating at a restaurant in Yaletown.
Comment below: Sounds like quite a rude person. Commenting on staff and compairing them to lurch from the adams family is just outright rude and stupid! If anyones reviews are lies and exaggerated it would be that one! Being a regular diner I happen to know alot of what was said in that review is wrong. Also the decor in the restaurant is almost all orginal stuff doesnt make it from a basement, more like a museum! But I won't go in to any more detail or waste anymore of my time on rude people like that.
The Vault is awesome! Highly suggest it to everyone. Make reservations its always hopping! Definitely a restaurant that you dont want to rush your meal, enjoy the live music that they have on weekends!
The Vault is my favorite restaurant. It is such a treat to have a place with fantastic atmosphere, exquiste food and great service in Cloverdale. I love going with friends to share a bottle of reasonably priced wine and split an entree at the bar. My favorite dish is the cajun crusted salmon, which is a generous portion with delicious flavor. The only down side is that the place is not a secret. If you want a table on Friday or Saturday you should make a reservation. Wednesday is half priced martinis, so I'll see you there.
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.
My wife and I have enjoyed the Vault the last four times we dined there. This time we brought friends and am said to say were embarrassed to have them spend their money there. Food was still good but the service was terrible.
Pushy, rushing and interruptive. Who can enjoy friends and dinner like this???
We felt like we sat down and were being rushed to get out the door. Constant interruptions from our waitress. She wanted entry orders before we even opened the menu! I'd mention her name but of course no name tag or introduction. Sad since we previously enjoyed it there. Next time we'll find a more welcoming place.
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.
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.
Being a White Rock resident and enjoying good meals and a great view at the WAG I decided too take my parents for lunch here on Thurs Aug. It was 1:00, not busy, I counted 3 tables in the hole place. We waited by the door for a few min. THe atmosphere was great and kept us busy looking around. Finally we where seated by the window and a few moments later brought glasses of water and no menus. Table #4 was seated with menus. I asked the hostess for menus and she sharply said "HOLD ON". Then the loud banging started. We were told that they were working on the roof. STILL NO MENUS. When I looked the hostess and the waitress where chatting at the bar, laughing about something on their cell phone. I was a waitress for many years, and never treated customers like this. Finally we were brought menus and our drink order was taken. I was over al very disapointed in the service and the food was just OK, nothing special. The working on the roof was AWFUl, and made me wonder, why would you have workers there over lunch? When I went back too work (right around the corner) and talked too the staff about it, was told that they experienced the same poor service and OK food and would not reccomend it or go there again... SO WHATS THE HYPE??
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!