Located downtown, Coast Restaurant features a menu highlighting seafood from around the world. A sleek, modern decor and mezzanine overlooking a high energy bar are key features of this eclectic eatery.
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.
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
A few months back my husband and I were downtown and looking for a place to have dinner. It was pouring rain and Coast had an outdoor host stand in the heated patio right in front of the doors. I waited there while my husband parked the car and was completely ignored by the hostess who kept wandering around. All of a sudden a man came rushing up and literally took hold of my arm and began guiding me inside. I explained that I wanted to wait by the door for my husband and he insisted that I be seated right away. He pulled me over to the main host stand and told the hostess to seat me. She rolled her eyes and said that she was busy so he tried to flag another host down and was brushed off with an "I'm busy".
At this time my husband had come in and after finding out that there was actually a half hour to forty five minute wait we decided to go somewhere else. The man who had "brought" me inside earlier got really upset when we said this and he told us that the only other nearby place was the Italian Kitchen which he also owns and that it's just as busy. He insisted that there was nothing else in the area and that by the time we found another place we would have already gotten a table here. He got so agressive about it that even if we had decided to stay we wouldn't have enjoyed it because we would have felt bullied.
And as soon as we got ourside we discovered that he hadn't quite been honest with us. There was a great Japanese place next door (Kobe), we were seated right away and we had a really good time there . . .
I've been to Coast a couple times this past year and quite like it.
Some of the mixed platters have been outstanding to share.
The chilled platter, in particular, was awesome.
Lots of great sides here, too, like the gnocchi.
I'd like to return soon.
The only slightly negative aspects are both times I've been with just the two of us, it doesn't have that relaxing, intimate date sort of vibe. I really recommend this place for 2-3 couples or bigger groups. It's very busy and loud (there's something kind of American-feeling about it - almost Las Vegas), and one of the times we were seated at a table for two that was really jammed in near to other tables. Not the best atmosphere for deep conversation.
Also, I ordered a $76 bottle of chardonnay last time, and later saw it at $29 in my local (already expensive) "private" wine store. I guess X2.5+ markup isn't that uncommon in Vancouver anymore, but still a bit weak on the value side.
Let's end on a positive note cause I like this place: the circular bar inside the main room when you enter is beautiful, and they have oysters and other seafood chilling on ice there.
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.
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.
Our first visit here, the food and service was solid. Great service and fresh food - busy location. Second visit, a decent experience, but we started to feel that the restaurant is becoming a successful based on reputation and the marketing of Costco gift cards.
On our last visit, we did not intend to go to Coast, but we were walking by and asked about the oyster special. One of the managers said that they would still honour it even though it ended minutes earlier, and gave us a coupon for the special. He spoke to the server who sort of sneered at it, and then server proceeded to make things awkward throughout the rest of the evening. We have had this waiter before, and were a little surprised by the cold reception. The managers and hosts continued to be friendly, but the server seemed disconnected to them and to us. My wife ordered a wine pairing meal, and each time, the plates came well before the wine. She had slowly finished one of her plates well before the wine arrived. The server also intentionally did not honour the food special the manager offered. We didn’t complain, because we did not want to make things even more awkward. Food is decent enough, but there is a lot of decent food out there. First world problems? Yes, we know, but we are paying big bucks and tipping generously.
We’re going to give the place a pass for a little while as we did not feel we got good value for our dining dollar.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After reading so many reviews describing the mediocrity of this place, I still wanted to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did, because it totally exceeded by expectations! Myself and a friend shared a few dishes, all of which had incredible flavour and came in good portions. The banana cake for dessert definitely took the cake though. It was soaked in a coconut anglaise and was mind blowingly awesome. Price was a teensy bit on a higher side but the ambiance was lovely on the heated patio. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall a great expensive and will return to try the other dishes!
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.
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.
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.
Restaurant was not busy at all but we were constantly interrupted by different servers to ask if we were done with our plate, despite it having lots of food on it. I'm sorry, I didn't know I wasn't allowed to talk during my meal. Our server threw away my dish and drink despite me telling him I was not done, but it was too late. Food was below average, extremely tasteless. Never will return.
I have been here a few times - and I cannot say that I left feeling satisfied. Not sure why - they get 'A' for effort, but, in the end, the food has disappointed (I love seafood done well - but I am not sure that Coast gets it quite right).
The fish and chips don't pass muster; the soup is hit and miss (it was lukewarmish the last time I was there); the fries disappoint. On the whole I don't think I shall return. Funny thing though how all of the Glowbal chain of restaurants have acquired the same feel (even though they all try to be distinct). Having said that I do like the Italian Kitchen - never been disappointed there.
We had been in the search for "the place" and we found it at Coast. The food was great, service was very personalized and music and atmosphere were very pleasant. We made reservations and despite being a very modern but cozy place we arrived late and the table was still waiting for us. The waitress (sexy blonde with great low cut) who I think is also the head waiter, gave us great suggestions. She knew wine! No Disappointment at all. $55 per person gets you wine too.
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.
Came here for dine-out as a party of 3, trying out their dinner menu for $38.
Once we sat down, the server had already made us feel uncomfortable with a long awkward silence after he started a conversation he couldn't even continue himself; his solution? Just slowly slip away ... What kind of person does that?! You think we don't see you??
For drinks, we started with water; but since I was coming down with a cold, I asked specifically for hot water with a bit of lemon and honey. This is something that is EASILY served with a POLITE smile everywhere - e.g. Earls, Joey's, Cactus Club .. etc. Either he was confused or he seemed too much of a bother for him to do so .. but in the end, I got what I asked for. Throughout the meal, food was quite salty; although we asked for more water, they only refilled our glasses once. We were literally dying from thirst.
As appetizer, I had the "Roasted Parsnip And Sea Scallop Chowder double smoked bacon, old bay spice"; a bit salty but it was .. good. Next, I had the "Pan Seared Icy Water Arctic Char parsnip brandade, grain mustard emulsion". The Arctic Char was very well done, possibly the only thing I enjoyed this meal; soft in texture and crispy on the skin. The brandade, however, tasted very odd ("like old furniture") with the mustard. *shiver* Finally came the dessert, "Lemon Bavarois cranberry ice cream". The Lemon Bavarois was ok, nothing special. The so-called "Cranberry Ice Cream" was really a cranberry sorbet, rather bitter actually. The sorbet was served in the shape of the ball for me, still intact. But for the 2 others who were dining with me, their sorbet was half way through MELTING, running all over the plate. It's ridiculous! Serving something that is already half melted is an AUTOMATIC FAIL FOR THE CHEF, and they even DARE to bring that piece of crap out to serve??! This dessert was served to us by one of the busboys, and when we were in the mid questioning the quality of the melting sorbet, the busboy, like our server earlier, just slipped away. Unbelievable.
When the bill came, I just thought .. I'd be kind anyway - it's dine-out, despite the poor service I got, I should still give them a fair amount tips (15%). Boy was I WRONG! The bill came up to be $135, and we split the bill amongst ourselves. I was paying for another person as well, so I told the server the exact amount including the 15% tips and had it charge to my Visa first. He looked very puzzled even though I had already told him I was paying for 2 people. Then, he took out his ordering notepad (I CAN"T BELIEVE IT) and started doing the math, even asking me to use the calculator on my phone to help him out!! He even continuously SHOVED the notepad in my face to show me his math. I felt intimidated and accused for not paying enough when there was STILL one person who hasn't paid yet! HELLO? Getting ahead of yourself much??! I was absolutely DISGUSTED by the server's attitude and service towards us; where the exact same server was being the friendliest and jolly guy to the other party of 8/9 beside us (Duh! guaranteed 18% tips!) Regrettingly, the remaining person still gave him the 15% tips as well.
On our way out, we had a chance to speak with the manager about our feedback. He didn't seem like he gave a crap about it though.
Coast Restaurant has unprofessionalism written all over it! I definitely do not recommend this restaurant to anyone, and I will NOT be returning to Coast ever.
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