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Coast

1054 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A3
Tel: (604) 685-5010 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 602-7523
Neighbourhood: Central

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Close, but no cigar
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

First off, I must give them points for trying but my gawd what an overall bad dining experience.
Came by here a few weeks ago on a Sunday for what we thought would be a great night out. I mean come on this is The Coast and all right? Upper end, pricey, it's gotta be good right? Not even close.

My dining partner and I ordered the "hot" seafood "platter" at $36.00 per person. Let me just say, this is the type of restaurant that requires a pop by McDonalds Drive-Thru on the way home because you are so darn hungry.

The "platter" arrived with one scallop each, a prawn each, a sliver of ling cod and the smallest piece of salmon imagineable. It was accompanied by a rather tasty creamy farro, butternut squash puree. The dish was about five degrees below luke warm.

We started into it but I told my dining partner for this price I want something hot. We informed the server and to his credit he immediately took away the dish and said he would fix it for us.

As we awaited the arrival of the new dish one of the managers came by with a complimentary tid bit of something or rather. It was sort of like a breaded shrimp dumpling, tasty but it also was on the cold side. Nice try.

Our re-worked dish arrived and this time it was hot, same size though. It was truly unspectacular however I did enjoy the creamy farro thing, wish there was a lot more of it.

At the end of the meal another server brought us a complimentary small dessert. Small pop in your mouth chocolate cakes on a stick. They were tasty but just not enough.

Our server was fine although he seemed to come with a tiny bit of an attitude. Very workman like and not much personality. It was busy , so perhaps he was a little overwhelmed with the work load.

In the end, I'll give The Coast some kudos for trying to make it all good. I just can't see myself returning here anytime soon.

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Expensive popular spot
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

4 of us (2 couples) came here for dinner on a saturday night. This place is big and busy. Service seemed a little slow. Here is what I ate.
Appetizer - Spanish Mussels served with pommes frites for $18.95
This dish was good, I enjoyed the mussels but the spanish sauce wasn't anything special. The french fries that came with it were really small pieces and crumbs unfortunately.
Entree - Lobster stuffed with Dungeness Crab for $64.95
This dish looked great, the crab stuffing, there wasn't very much. The lobster was good like lobster always is.
Dessert - The 4 of us shared the sampler which was great.

Overall, big and loud.. Seems like more of a trendy place. The food is good yes but nothing stood out to me as amazing or memorable here. Just all around good eats, it doesn't have me craving to return and at the very expensive prices here I don't see any reason to. With wine and tip our meal was $550

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Good for large parties.
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Food actually deserves 3.5 stars. The seafood platter (consisting of lobster, crab legs, spicy tuna sushi, mussels and clams) was very fresh, tasty, and best of all, served beautifully, including a very nice touch with the dry ice. My main of the trout and the creme brulee / chocolate cake dessert was solidly good, but not super innovative.

Service was fantastic, though we were a party of 30+ guests, the wait staff were attentive, and very good with quality checks, wine refills, etc.

No complaints on ambiance. Solid, beautiful and chic.

Will be back.

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New locale
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Visited the new location during a weekday and it was quite busy. I guess new customers checking it out. Restaurant looks great with 2 floors including a loft type of view over the main floor. Raw bar in the middle of the main floor. Waitress was quite slow taking drink and food orders and this slowed down the lunch. She would deliver drinks (water etc) and not take orders before she left. An hour before appys were served. Had the chowder which was very good as well as some oysters to start. Chose 3 types and they were out of 2 so changed the order. You would think the waitress would know before hand what was available but she did not. Sable fish for the main and it was excellent. Time for total lunch was 1 1/2-2 hours which is too long. Value was just decent as it's quite pricey for lunch.

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Pretty good, pretty pricey
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:19am [Dine in]

The first thing that struck us here was the level and quality of service. It's easily head and shoulders above the usual joints in the area. The only one I remember that was as good nearby is Cioppino's.
The glasses were also impeccably, flawlessly clean (you can tell when condensation forms). The only other place I recall seeing this is at Lumiere.
Our waiter was pretty good. Friendly and knowledgeable, very useful recommendations and suggestions.

Now the part that matters, the food! The menu is chock full of local ingredients, which is great to see. It's given much more prominence than any other restaurant I've seen. Also they use sustainable, wild fish stocks only if that matters to you.
The portions seem a tad small at first, but a starter and main will easily fill you more than enough such that dessert would be a tough call.

One of us had the sablefish, which he said was amazing. Also had the halibut cheeks (or cheek rather), which was nice, but I think over-priced a bit. Nothing mind-blowing, but decent enough. Seafood chowder was much better. My grilled salmon was very good, but tempered by the fact that ... how can you mess up fresh BC salmon? The Brazilian lobster burger (using a toasted brioche) was loaded with thick, huge slices of tasty lobster, the only downside was that the lobster was slightly overwhelmed by everything else. No complaints about the food at all.
As to value/price? You'll have to figure that out for yourself. With a starter & main, figure for $40-50 per person before drinks.

We think it is worth a try, it's certainly not an every day place. The servivce & ambience is just about enough to justify the price. Almost.

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Very pleased
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Went to coast with my usual dining compatriots, to celebrate a belated birthday.

I'd like to award 4.5 across the board, but since I can't I'll go with a mix of 4 & 5.

We ordered an appetizer sampler consisting of smoked salmon, prawn & sausage spring rolls, crab cakes, mushroom, goat cheese and potato gallete, braised short rib, tuna sashimi and a lobster poutine. All items in the sampler were very tasty, although, personally, i found the combination of french fries and lobster & cheese sauce a bit odd. The sampler was much bigger than I expected considering it's supposed to be an appetizer plate for 2, it was easily enough for 4 of us.

For mains, I ordered the feature special of halibut with peashoot salad and a risotto. My friends ordered the rack of lamb with seared scallops, the seared sable fish with asparagus and pancetteta beans, and the spiced tuna with crab roll. All of which were delicious and prepared to perfection.

Finished up with desserts consisting of a lemon creme brule, a molten coconut banana cake, pear & brie turnover, and a rhubarb & banana galette and a strawberry beignet. The desserts were hit and miss. The rhubarb & banana galette and the pear & brie turnover went over very well, but the lemon creme brule (served inside the hollowed out lemon was a bit too tart, and the molten cake, while tasty, didnt generate much enthusiasm among our group.

Loved the look of the room, deep red and soft brown with natural wood finishes and the subtle lighting.

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By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Crispy Garlic Fried Calamari - $13.95 (5.5/7)
These were crispy and tender while cooked right to perfection! The mild hot peppers and spices gave this dish a great kick that separated it from the usual deep fried squid dish. However, we much prefer the classic Greek calamari.

Smoked Salmon Flatbread - $15.95 (4/5/7)
This appetizer was advertised by the waitress as her favourite dish, but turned out utterly disappointing. The bread itself was fairly dry while the salty fish and vegetables barely made up for the lack of flavour. Overall, this was probably our least favorite dish.

Blackened Prawn Wedge Salad - $16.95 (4.5/7)

We honestly could not justify the cost of this salad as we had tastier and cheaper wedge salads elsewhere but the presentation itself was fairly nice. The overall dish was very mediocre.

Roasted Beet - $11.95 (5/7)

Fresh, sweet, soft but crunchy beets made our meal healthy and delicious. However, this is not really a dish that can be screwed up but once again, Coast’s presentation was sublime.

Salmon & Avocado Roll - $11.95 (4.5/7)

Coast should strictly stick with western-style seafood dishes and stay away from Japanese sushi. Other than the fish quality itself, the roll was prepared quite poorly. The rice was fairly hard while the overall dish did not leave a good impression at all.

Hot Seafood Platter (wild salmon, ling cod, wild sea tiger prawns, sea scallops, a la grecque vegetables) - $35.95 per person (minimum 2 people per order) (5.25/7)

Salmon: Tender and cooked quite well. Made quite plainly, but we prefer it that way.

Ling Cod: Wasn’t anything special.

Prawns: Large and juicy. Probably the highlight of the dish.

Scallops: Again, large and juicy; not as good as Blue Water’s.

Vegetables: Mostly potatoes, peppers, and random greens. They were average.

Seafood Tower (jumbo prawns, shucked local oysters, dungeness crab, marinated mussels, salmon nigiri) - $28.95 (minimum 2 people per order) (5.5/7)
Prawns: These were absolutely massive; definitely comparable to Joe Fortes’!

Oysters: These were fairly good but incomparable to Rodney’s.

Crab: The crab did not taste very fresh and we found them quite small. The same item at Griffin’s appetizer buffet bar is far superior.

Mussels: These were marinated in honey, which made it a great cold dish!

Salmon Nigiri: Once again, Coast should stay refrain from creating sushi.

The presentation of this “tower” was striking and flamboyant. The dry ice display definitely added a luxurious feel to the dinner and made us feel like the dinner was worthwhile after all.

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Nothing Special at All
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I wouldn't return- but that's because there are much better options for lunch out there in the Downtown area. The food portions are fairly good for lunch (which is what I went for) but the food itself is somewhat average and that really goes along with everything else at Coast.

The seats are too close to each other, the place is small and people will constantly be bumping into you as they walk around. The service was done in tandem when I went, with two waiters taking turns serving my party. Despite that, they weren't there that often and didn't really try to connect. They were pleasant and professional enough.

As for value, lunch for two at around 40 after tip, not terrible but why not spend a bit more and go somewhere you'll really like, such as Joe Fortes or your own personal favourite.

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Architecture and ahi
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 12:32am [Dine in]

The layout of this restaurant is great but the high ceilings and bare floor do increase the room's volume. Fine ambiance for pleasure but not business. The staff are great here; especially if you sit at the bar - you'll meet more of them. Great seafood options - raw oyster selection is great. Food is consistently good. If you like Glowbal and seafood, you'll like Coast. I would like to sit at the communal table one time - looks fun.

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expensive and not worth it
By alisonblak31 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

i really didn't like this place, the food its really expensive and its not that good, i think they should re-think their prices or in that case, re-think their menu, te service is good, fast, and really eficient. the ambience it's ok but i really think that i won't go again.

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Chic Fine Dining in the Business District
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I've gone to Coast a few times for work lunches and have always had a pleasant time.

The wait staff is extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Their lunch menu has a nice variety of casual and upscale items. So far I've had their lunch special (wrap, soup and salad), fish and chips and kobe beef burger with lobster poutine.

The restaurant is definitely a nice place to take clients or for a fun evening with friends.

I'd highly recommend trying their lobster poutine - absolutely exquisite!

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Love the New Space
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

I work close by to Coast and have been meaning to check out their new location for a while now. My co-worker and I went for lunch today to try out their Friday Fish n' Chips Special ($12 for any type - Halibut, Cod, Salmon or Prawns).

When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the host at the front, who guided us in to the hostess stand where they confirmed our reservation. We were seated near the kitchen at a very small table that was a little too close to the table next to us. I think for the sake of one extra table, it isn't really worth cramming people in like that. I really don't like being that close to other diners, as you can overhear each other's conversations. When on a business lunch, you do have to be somewhat careful as you never know who is sitting beside you.

In any case, our server came over and introduced herself and gave us menus. She gave us a few minutes and then came back to take our drink order. After she brought our drinks... she disappeared. She was gone for almost 10 minutes. We started to worry and thought about sending a search party, when I spotted her near the entrance to the kitchen. She seemed okay, so I cancelled the St. Bernard. She spotted me giving her the evil eye and came back to our table, I could see the dawn of realization on her face as she clued in to why I was flagging her down. She apologized for the wait, explaining that she thought she'd taken our order until she saw the menus still in my hand. (She was very sweet & apologetic, unlike the snotty servers over at their sister restaurant, the Italian Kitchen.)

We ordered our food and within about 5 minutes, another server brought a "teaser" that was really quite delicious - a prawn meatball in tomato sauce. Very nice. Our appetizer calamari was also very good - lightly breaded and a bit spicy - nicely cooked and presented. I didn't really care for the mayo dip, but the lemon juice really put a nice finish on the flavours. Shortly after that, our meals arrived (halibut for me, cod for my friend) and they looked very good - the portions were huge! I actually couldn't finish my fries. The halibut was light & flaky and the breading was crispy and not overly greasy. My friend kept commenting on how good it tasted, so we were both quite pleased with everything. I did note on the menu that it said served with creamy coleslaw. This was, to my surprise, not creamy, but a sort of vinaigrette type dressing which was really tasty. I normally don't eat coleslaw, but I finished all of it. I did leave the tartar sauce as I'm not a fan, but my friend said it was quite good.

Despite the delay in getting started with the service, our meal was very enjoyable and I will return.

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Delicious Lobster Poutine!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I'm so happy they brought back the lobster poutine, its a bed of fries with lobster meat and creamy cheese melted on top, but this dish is delicious!! As for entrees, the surf and turf was perfectly cooked, the steak was juicy and tender at medium rare, it came with stuffed vegetable ravioli and prawns, they were big and grilled to perfection as well! I really enjoyed the Alaskan sablefish, with a side of lobster baked potato. Very nice dinner and the dessert teaser was unbelievable, the peanut butter bar was really unique and innovative!! The restaurant manager came over to talk to us, she was very nice and friendly, our waiter was attentive and polite. I would definitely come back for more dinners now that I know the lobster poutine is back!

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coast along by
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

A group of us had dinner at Coast last night - I know i won't be going back and the general concensus is that yesterday's dinner was - poor.

Between us, we ordered: Salmon flatbread, clam chowder, salad, our entrees consisted of fish and chips, steak with the mac and cheese, Spanish mussels and the sushi tile. Granted it was Saturday night and DOV, but the quality of the food was below par. The flatbread is the only item that deserves a worthy mention. The other dishes were tepid, tasteless. The batter on the fish and chips were soggy, we had to return the mac and cheese.

The service, or rather, lack of - was the clincher. The final nail. I really can't remember the last time I have been so annoyed/frustrated with a server. Inconsistent, rude service, THEN, at the end, she had the audacity to say 'i'll just add the 18% tip to the bill'. I put my foot down at this point. We did tip but proportionate to the service we had to endure. "tipping =Paying a gratuity for services rendered".

Value - we were going to one of the Glowbal restaurants, so we knew what to expect. The Glowbal 'chain' are never cheap, but we go for the service, quality of the food and the ambiance. We were charged $2 for hot water. I didn't know they were flying their water in from across the world.

Ambiance - comfortable, aesthetically pleasing to the eye - like all the Glowbal restaurants.

I'll be staying away from Coast for the forseeable future.

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Good but not great.
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:11am [Dine in]

The food was good but not great. For the prices it is very overpriced. I like everything but nothing was amazing that would draw me back. Three people we paid $200 for food so as you can tell its very expensive. The sushi was below average the cold lobster was like rubber. The service was good but I wont be coming back.

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Sister to Italian Kitchen & Black and Blue
By kennydoc1999 of Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

We went on a Sunday here a couple of weeks ago and when you first see the restaurant from street level you see about a dozen tables outside with propane heaters to keep diners toasty. Walk past the outside tables and in the middle of the room is a large circular bar/cold appetizer/steamed hot shellfish station. To the right and the left and behind the bar/food station were more tables, there was also a mezzanine area to the back of the restaurant. Several single diners sat around the bar/food station which reminded me of Japanese restaurants where diners can eat and watch sushi chefs. Surprisingly there were at least three other tables that I could see that had small children eating, it seemed more of an adult like atmosphere for dining upon entering and not an establishment that you'd bring kids to.

Our server was very prompt in her service, offering water ( carbonated in what seemed like an inhouse operation cost $3 per person ) first, drinks, and food choices. She was very knowledgable about the food items, answering our questions with a calm friendly demeanour. There was a also a food runner who cheerily brought the courses in a timely fashion. Conversation was bright, friendly, and unobtrusive with the server(s).

First we were given a complimentary small cold fish tar-tar plate, surrounding the juicy very tiny fish was a dab of caviar and under neath was a light crispy shell. This was somewhat tastless even with caviar but the meat was sashimi-like in texture. We choose two appetizer: (1) the smoked salmon flatbread a real winner, red onions, nice light sauce, crispy light oven baked bread, much like a semi-sweet Italian oven baked pizza crust. (2) Steamed clams and mussels in a chardonay garlic sauce. The clams and mussels smelled somewhat "fishy" not overpowering, but for those that don't want any of that fish smell whatsoever in their food you might have sent this back. We split a main, the White Sturgeon with a side of crispy brussel sprouts. The flesh of this fish was very moist and juicy, accenting the plate were white beans in a light cream sauce. The brussel sprouts were deep fried, seasoned with light chili flakes and sprinkled on top with parmesan cheese, frankly not done with much subtley but more of a pub-like style.

With a glass of wine the bill for the two of us, before tipping, came to $101. To be sure we weren't disappointed with the dining experience regarding the service and the atmosphere, but frankly the food needs some bumping up to be inline with everything else.

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Fun place, good food, great service
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Went there early on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. Really was hopping. We had mostly appies and they were somewhat pricey but all good, especially the oysters on the half shell. Their ahi tina sushi roll may have been the best. The young lady serving us was pleasant and very attentive. After appies we decided to have dinner but at the Italian Kitchen across the street which I understand is owned or controlled by the same people. Notwithstanding the fact that this restaurant was also packed, our server arranged to get the 3 of us a great table downstairs for an ensuing lovely dinner. No wonder they're doing well.

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Wonderful Birthday Dinner
By pookiebear of UBC (46 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

I came with a party of 5 on a busy saturday night for my belated b-day dinner. We were seated upstairs in one of the booths with comfy leather chairs. The place was very nice, and busy, with a trendy and hip vibe, just like all the other Glowbal group restaurants. For appies, we ordered the lobster poutine and crab cake, which the waiter said is the best crab cake in Vancouver. The crab cake was indeed delicious and the lobster poutine wasn't bad either. For entrees, 3 of us had the feature halibut dish which was amazing, and the other 2 had the cooked seafood platter. Everyone was happy with their food. One of my friends ordered a Caesar (the drink) and it came with the biggest jumbo prawn, which I thought was unique and it was only $8.

Service was good. Our waiter for very informative and polite and he gave very good recommendations. He actually recommended the feature dish to us as well as the cocktail we had. I forgot the name but it was very good as well.

I would recommend this restaurant and be sure to make reservations because this place is packed all the time.

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I liked it ...
By darrenkadish of Burnaby, B.C. (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

My friend took me to Coast for a belated birthday dinner. We sat at the "tasting table", where you get a variety of different tasting dishes that the chef conjures up. Our chef and server were very attentive (as they should have been as we were the only two people at the tasting table). Nonetheless, they were very friendly and we had a good time.

The food was solid, nothing outstanding came to mind after having the 4 different tasting dishes (tomato & scallop noodle consume, beef, salmon, Alaskan king crab and dessert). The molten lava chocolate cake was not molten at all - it was just cake (so disappointing ...), but that didn't dampen the rest of the meal. What I must say is that the food is very original in that they use things I've never heard of or never thought of eating (eg. pine mushrooms - growns on the sunny side of pine trees apparently). The chef himself went mushroom picking for them somewhere in B.C. "Squidding" was another item I've never heard of until eating at Coast. (That's the black ink that squids spew out). Wild!!! The tasting menu always changes every week, so I'd call first to see what their menu is that week before venturing.

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Great spot!
By Drew1975 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

A buddy of mine came up from Seattle last week and we headed to Coast for dinner and drinks to catch up before hitting Gastown later on. Terrific restaurant - definitely the kind of place to take people who've never been to Vancouver before. The food's good, and you'd be hard to find a more happening atmosphere downtown on a Friday night. The female staff are certainly easy on the eye too, without being over the top like other places in this city. (Sorry Joeys and Earls, I may be a guy but I'd prefer not to have boobs with my dinner). We sat at the bar and were well looked after. Isaac chatted to us about oysters and even shucked us some samples! Sara kept us entertained and made sure we were never thirsty - the girl can mix some serious cocktails! The Glowbal Group owners are really on to something. Keep up the great work guys! It was a solid night, and in fact I'm heading there again tonight.

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