C restaurant is a contemporary fish restaurant located downtown under the Granville Street Bridge overlooking the waterfront.
The 'wow' factor here is the location and decor (or the lack thereof). By that, I mean the minimalist interior decor, big sheets of glass, and ample natural light combine to give you that outdoor waterfront feel even if you are sitting indoors. I can't think of another waterfront restaurant off hand that can match this.
The wine selection is excellent. However, the food is sometimes a bit variable in quality. I would say it varies from merely good to excellent, but I have not had a bad experience here. I will return.
The appetizers are no longer a "wow" like years before--it's just "not bad" now. The main courses have improved, while the desserts have gone downhill.
The tasting menu ($98 per) is a must try! And most definitely with the wine pairings (+$50). IF you are able to hold your liquor, the wine pairings (8 or so glasses) that go along with the 9 courses is a definite must! Each of the brilliant choices in wine pairs so perfectly with the food and each glass in itself has a very distinct flavour that's different from the last. That aside, you will definitely need some wine to wash down that extra juicy seared oversized chunk of abusively overstuffed poor goose's liver so well prepared & so delicately scrumptuous, you don't even notice you're swallowing all that overworked liver of fat that is just literally waiting to melt in your mouth & slide down your throat like silk (a.k.a. perfectly seared Quebec foie gras). Anyway, conscience bedamned, it really is delicious, but would possibly be a little too rich to actually consume all of without the help of something to break down the fatty acids.
Service was perfect except for the bread guy. Also, the bread/biscuit selection itself, though a nice gesture, most of it was either too cold, too hard, too dry, or just too dull--I'd just pass on those. Then there's the bread bearer. He looks to be in his 40's maybe? Or maybe older or maybe he just looks old, but in reality is a young parisian at heart, but he sure likes to look down his nose at everyone in the room while he holds out his basket of bread for you to choose from--I think even if you tickled him on the spot, he'd just slap you silly & still find no joy in life. He doesn't seem to want to be there while he still waltzes around the room bearing the basket of breads--well, it's another day of work, I suppose, but I wouldn't have expected that from such a fine establishment.
The nice thing about Dine Out Vancouver is that it encourages you to try restaurants you would not normally go to. Although dinner can be a little rushed, its about experiencing new restaurants and discovering your own city. I hope they do it again next year.
I thorougly enjoyed my dinner at C. I had the duck confit to try something different at my table. The potato soup with truffle oil and lobster was superb. The service was prompt and what you would expect for a fine dining establishment. Overall, I had an enjoyable dining experience.
Food: Was there for DOV, had the smoked trout (kind of fishy and too salty), salmon (perfectly cooked), and chocolate dessert (weird w/ some sort of fruity and gingery taste, did not go well with the pear that was put on top).
Service: top notch, server explained each dish as it was served, no glasses were empty.
Value: portions and taste didn't really justify the cost, even if it was DOV pricing.
Ambiance: nice, clean, interesting layout/use of space
Overall it was a very good meal and dining experience but I wouldn't go out of my way to come back.
...because now I can say I have been thoroughly disappointed. I had heard so many wonderful things about them, I thought we would have a great time. Unfortunately, not the case.
Went during DOV. Started off poorly. Despite having a reservation, still had to wait 20 min for a table. Friendly hostess tho. Manager (?) gave us an amuse bouche- duck w/ cranberry sauce- which was nice, but I'd rather be seated promptly. Service from our waiter was definitely not on par from the moment we sat down. Our server first served a table that was seated AFTER we were. We were NOT impressed, having sat unattended for 10 min. Our server seemed to not care about us at all, this was evident throughout the night. No quality checks. Drinks arrived AFTER appies were served. In fact, food runners/buspersons were more deserving of the tip than the waiter was! The blond busgirl was really nice tho and brought us some bread even before our server came to take our order!
Food was meh. Nothing to brag about. Salmon tartare appy, though tasty, was small, even for my gf. My steak entree was good, but gf wasn't happy w/ her tuna- too soft, cassoulet was bland, & the bacon froth didn't enhance the tuna's flavour. Creme brulee dessert was ok, but not the best we've had.
The ambience was alright.... restaurant was too cold for our liking.
Overall, for the quality of service and food, this dinner wasn't worth $35... it should be in the $25 category. However, if you consider their regular dinner menu, then it's alright. But like a previous reviewer said, all the add-ons for extra $$ makes you feel cheated of what the dishes are supposed to actually taste like. Would not recommend this place. Not good value for your dollar.
I was disappointed with this meal.
Here is a breakdown of the experience
1) Service- When we arrived we had to wait a for around 15-20 mins for our table (totally fine) so we hung out at a bar where were were served a complementary amuse bouche of duck with cranberry puree (wonderful). we were seated, and served a selection of breads (ok but sort of dressed up for what it was). Their veritable ARMY of staff attended to us flawlessly- full glasses of water, plenty of bread, great timing. Table side presentations and a nice but concise explanation of the dishes.
2) FOOD-. There were four of us. I got the cauliflower soup with a poached egg, garlic croutons and truffle pearls. The soup was presented tableside so to show us the individual components. The soup, to me, was very nice but a little bland. This is not the type of place with a salt and pepper shaker and that was all I wanted. it was a nice texture with the perfectly cooked egg and the pearls and croutons were a good touch, but it was a bit bland. The tartare was nice, highly seasoned, and small.
I got the trout and everyone else got the ribeye and I wish so much I could have tried to tuna also.
the trout dish (with israeli cous cous) was not good really. the flavours were bland and it needed something else. I really almost struggled through it because it was sort of mushy in a lot of ways.
The ribeye was thoroughly enjoyed by all who got it. I wasn't in love with it but they liked it so thats what matters. Nicely cooked (if you love really really rare meat, which I do. It was pretty much raw). I hated the ginger stuff (thats what they said it was though it looked like olives and tasted like nothing)
desert- wonderful (though as someone else here said, the spork is really awkward)
C is a nice seafood restaurant in downtown. I tried it as a part of the dineout Vancouver. Service was good and friendly. Dinner was tasty, but not crazy good, like it should be for the price. The room was very cozy, I may try it in the summer and hit the patio.
I had high expectations of C but was not wowed by the food for the price. Though it was good, I won't be rushing back. The ambiance and service are great - I loved the bread variety. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals and I did too so it would be safe to order just about anything on the menu. I would recommend trying it at least once but not rave about it. It is an esthetically-pleasing place serving food that does not quite taste as nice as it looks.
1st Course - Trio Smoked Salmon Taster (Smoked Sockeye, Candied Salmon, Smoked Coho)
- nothing special in particular; all three salmon tastings had the same exact garnish and creme fraiche treatment. Expected a little more creativity in this starter
2nd Course (Main Course)- Pan Roasted Trout with Dungeness Crab Meat, red beets, pears and spinach with a nutmeg cream sauce
- the quality of ingredients used were good; however, overall taste was a bit on the bland side - I can see how the chef is trying to extract the full potential of each ingredient's natural flavors, but otherwise, fairly bland flavor combinations over what I would consider an over-salted piece of trout. couldn't taste the nutmeg in the cream sauce, making it insignficant to the dish....wouldve liked to taste more pears in the dish for flavor contrasts. most disappointing of the three dishes.
3rd Course (dessert) - Molten Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
-perfect for the chocolate lover; creamy and gooey semi-sweet chocolate in a sourdough based chocolate cake.
The food was slightly disappointing as I had pretty high expectations for Rob Clark's infamous seafood works. Perhaps the Dine Out menu didn't do it any justice. Beautiful restaurant with an understated elegance. Efficient and friendly wait staff.
Have been to C numerous times but feel that they are resting on their reputation these days.
Service: The last few times dining there the service has been lacking in one way or another. One time it was very slow as there was a big function going on. We didn't get our bread until we asked for it (and still waited for a long time) and water was not refilled. At times certain servers can be rather pretentious.
Food: Thankfully this is always well executed.
Value: Compared to some other fine dining establishments that are now open in town, C is not great value for the money. Perhaps this is where it's Groupon promotions can give the diners a more acceptable reason to dine there.
Ambiance: Is good on the patio on a sunny afternoon. Inside is ok although the place does need some updating. The paint on the bottom of all the chair legs are peeled and look very unkept for a high-end restaurant.
As mentioned previously, with the plethora of fine dining around town these days, I'll need some more reasons to return.
The experience is on par with what you'd expect from fine dining; dedicated service, long wait times between dishes and a high cost (of course), but the food doesn't exactly match up.
I tried C Restaurant for lunch and gave the 4-course tasting menu a whirl, and started with some drinks. A word of advice... don't start with drinks. Some of the worst I've had. They'll also set you up with some bread, which is what it is. Hopefully you and your party or significant other will have plenty to discuss, because the entire meal will take upwards of 1.5 hours.
Despite that, the food is decent. Nothing special, but presented with enough flair and pompt to make it worth a one-off visit. I subbed in the bisque for the starter which was fairly good, and the fish is cooked extraordinarily well. The prawns are very nice but the meals never approach anything that justifies their high cost.
A milestone birthday for another friend so she got to pick the restaurant of her choice and she chose C. A very nice choice indeed. Amazing service from the moment we walked into the door until we walked out the door. The food was very tasty and the lobster bisque was just amazing! Loved it and the presentation. I had the AAA Beef tenderloin and it was very nice indeed. The puree on the side (not sure what veggie it was) was interesting but didn't do well with my hyper stomach. Dessert was rich but not overly sweet. A nice dinner indeed. Expensive (very expensive) but nice.
C is another restaurant that we visited during Dine Out Vancouver, which under normal circumstance I probably would never visit. It is a nice seafood restaurant down by the water with a modern nautical decor.
I had a potato and black truffle soup, trout with crab, apple and roasted beets and a chocolate sourdough cake for dessert.
The meal and service were good, although I found it a bit odd that they have a "bread boy" who dishes out the bread one slice at a time.
All in all an enjoyable evening.
Tried the DOV 2008 menu. The salmon tartar is very refreshing. The soup is creamy, but too salty. The 3 entrees are rib eye, tuna, and trout. The beef is the best. It is very soft and melt in your mouth. The braised cabbage provide an excellent complement to the beef. The tuna is very soft as well, but the presentation was over powered by the foam. The trout is not bad, but the whole dish look too green. Eventhough it has prawn in it, people might not eat them because it is over powered by the greenese of the basil infused broth.
The restaurant is busy, but the service is good. Water is kept top up.
The setting is simplistic. However, I wish they use a better dessert utensil. They gave you a fork/spoon combined for dessert, but it's impossible to cut the pastry dessert with it. It is accident prone.
For the price of Dine Out menu, it's pretty good value.
Two of us had the Groupon 4 course tasting menu which (for $20 as a Groupon 1/2 price deal) was good value.
Service was attentive and smart without being snobbish.
And the food was sublime, though goodness knows how many thousands of these identical Groupon meals the kitchen must have churned out of late. Enough boredom in that routine to tax the enthusiasm of even the most committed of chefs! But there was no hint of fatigue in any of the dishes we sampled.
What was noticeably lacking, and in many cases really SAD for such a renowned restaurant in such a stellar setting, was the decrepit condition of the premises. From the rusting exterior awnings supports and chipped terracotta tile steps to the white tile dining room floor that was in need of a good mechanical cleaning and polishing, the whole place reeked of deferred maintenance and neglected attention to details.
The wooden bar top is stained and needs to be sanded down and refinished. Martini glasses behind the bar rested on a very dirty and stained looking towel. The bizarre cladding on the supporting dining room pillars ( looks like a school project made of cardboard scissor cutouts) had been damaged or caved in at the base and no attempt made to repair it. The space between the exterior window and the kitchen prep area was a hideous mess of old food and grease, all clearly and nauseatingly visible to departing diners.
I have seen this happen to too many restaurants. A steady increase in shabbiness resulting from complacency. Reputations need not only to be built but maintained, and the physical space is as important to the dining experience as what the kitchen is turning out.
C needs a facelift. Get a good interior designer in there (and a good cleaning company too) and spruce the place up a bit.
This is the first time I did a tasting menu (6 courses) so was in for a surprise when after 3 hours our dinner was not over. Also found it strange that our first course came out before our wine. Seems like our server was not very interested in serving us. Groupon people beware. Of the 6 dishes, he actually only served 2. He did pour all the wine though. Since it is a tasting menu, portions are small. I get that. And the food was increasingly good. But it takes > half an hour for each course to come out. We got a bit tired at the 3-hour mark and dessert has yet to be served. Dessert finally came out when we commented on the time. When we got the bill, they overcharged us on the tax. Thanks to Nicole's post earlier, we got it adjusted. Everything was on the good until I went to get my jacket. My bf had to go out earlier and the manager could not find his jacket so he asked him to go into the coat room and fetch it. When our server went to get mine, he brought out the wrong one as well so my bf told me to just go get it. Another server blocked me and was pretty snippy with me. So good food if you have 4 hours to spare.
I don't know about you, but I am sick of restaurants with a really trendy, hyped-up reputation and when you finally buy into all the talk and try them, they don't deliver. Well, "C" is no exception to this annoying turn of events.
There is nothing wrong with the food or the service but it is totally overpriced for both. As a couple the bill came to $185 without tip and for that price I better have been super impressed with the food, wine, service and ambiance and really I wasn't with any of it. It was all OK.
We shared the striped shrimp and the shaved tuna for appies. The shrimp was nothing to write home about but tasted ok. The tuna was pretty good but I have much better for half the price. Entrees were trout (me) and halibut (him). He enjoyed his, I found mine a bit overdone and really not all that flavourful. The wine was good but again over-priced (a glass of b.c pinot gris for 15 bucks? the bottle doesnt even cost that - i know because it happens to be my favorite of the cheaper b.c wines)
I overheard the couple at the table next to us complaining to the waiter about their salmon being overcooked.
The service was overall pretty good, but could have been better. They were friendly and knowledgeble about their menu, and were able to suggest more than one wine pairing option. The servers who walk around with bread need a bit more training, either they offered it too many times that it got annoying (after we had almost finished) or not at all.
The ambiance is nice, especially if you sit on the patio on a warm evening like we did.
All in all, the dining experience was nice, but not worth the bill.
Not sure what is up with the previous reviewer but Audrey's comments seem to mirror my several experiences at this restaurant. Service is always the star and creative food a close 2nd. A great Vancouver Institution for locals and tourists.
We have been to C a few times each year for the past few years. Most recently, we dined with some friends during DOV.
We have always been delighted with the food. Their lobster bisque is amazing, as is their changing appetizer offerings. For Dine Out, two of us had the lobster menu, and two of us the "regular" menu with the fish as the entree. The fish was fantastic as was the portion size. Unfortunately, the lobster did not seem to please as the portion seemed miniscule in comparison to our fish!
Our service was fantastic as well, even though the restaurant was full. No complaints.
However, I do not care much for the tired minimalist decor. It is time for a change. However, candlelight does wonders...As well, the women's washroom is ridiculous. Who needs all that room to powder noses?! An extra stall would be in order! As well as a mid-dinner service tidy...
I would recommend C.
The C restaurant is supposed to be one of the higher class of restaurants in Vancouver offering the dine out menu for $ 38.00 a person, yet the menu was mediocre at best and the food about par with that.
The service was good but the menu was so convoluted with supplemental ad ons it left you with either steak or salmon as an entree without paying an extra 15-20 bucks more on top of you 38.00 already.
2 desserts to choose from, that's it, Panna cotta or chocolate mousse, and the wait staff really push the pairings big time, maybe extra on their tips?....
It was crowded and the girls at the front end had reservations so screwed up, many people were waiting making it impossible to manoeuvre to the washrooms let alone the wait staff.
I highly doubt we'll be back anytime soon, I think C Restaurant has seen their days, there are much better deals on Dine out in Vancouver to be had.