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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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Olympic performance
By emptystomach of yaletown (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 2:36am [Dine in]

We were late for our reservations right in the middle of the Olympics...no problem. Their 28 ounce steak (for two) is their signature dish as far as I'm concerned even though their seafood is the specialty and also very good. Their wine list had affordable and very good selections; quite a few under $50. One of the sides was not satisfactory and they addressed it immediately. Love an establishment operated by pros who actually care about the customer! Ate and drank like a king with doggy bag for $120 per person including gratuity! Pay three times more for same food and service in NY. I think they adjusted the wine list to make it more user friendly in terms of price. Not saying I can afford to eat here everyday but if you want a special night out, I recommend it!

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Nice new room.
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Was really impressed given the fairly poor reviews of the new location.

Food
We shared the seafood platter with salmon, halibut, prawns, gnocchi, and tempura crab legs. All of it was great - very fresh. Wished the crab legs weren't tempura but for $29/person it was great.

Desert sampler was nice as well - particularly the cheesecake lollipops.

Service
Impressively quick - though we were there around 6:30.

Value
Decent - if you go to Costco you can get $100 giftcards for $79.99 which can be used at all of the Glowbal restaurants.

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Very nice new room.

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Taste of Yaletown
By urbandiner of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Dined out at Taste of Yaletown event. We had a pleasant surprise on the menu for the evening. There was an additon of a crab shell baked and filled with seafood for the special $35 menu which was exceptional. The starters of crab cake and tuna sashimi salads were delicious. The idea of presenting a combination of small portions of the dessert selections is always a good idea. The service was very friendly and efficient. In fact one of our dining companions had made a comment about the crab dish being not hot enough ( to us in a low voice) This was problem was immediately picked up by the manager and rectified. Shows how attentive the staff is. Throughout the evening we were asked by several staff if everything was to our liking. Great service. All in all a most enjoyable meal

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Wonderful experience
By alymaz of yaletown (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I dined at Coast recently and sat at the bar as there were no tables available. (We didn't make a reservation) The staff was very accomodating, and my partner and I actually quite liked sitting at the bar. Our bartender was very friendly and attentive, but not overwhelming.We just had a few things to share and a bottle of wine. The food was outstanding! It was so hard to choose because everything on the menu looked delicious. I am a huge seafood fan and this is some of the best seafood I have ever had. Our dessert was equally as delicious.
The room is quite minimalistic, but overall has a good feel. The staff is wonderful and the food spectacular. We will definetly be going back.

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Has become our favourite
By Christine of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

We went to Coast last Sat. This was now our 4th visit and to date the best. After only a couple of visits the staff recognized us and treated us like they had known us for years. The menu is a little large for my liking but offers something for everyone I suppose. That being said I have not had a single dish that was less than very good and some like the sable fish are amazing. This past visit the chef came to our table and welcomed us back; then proceeded to just cook. It was the best meal I have ever had!! Service is always friendly yet remains professional and everyone generally seems to have a great time working there. That may seem an odd comment but I think it really affects to feeling in the restaurant. Will continue to go to Coast and suggest it to everyone. One last comment; if you are looking for a quiet little spot then you may be disappointed, but if you want a vibrant, exciting, lively place with great food then this is it! Highly recommend.

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Best Dining Experience in Vancouver!
By Danski of Kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

In a city with such a large selection of fine restaurants to choose from for dinner, the COAST chef's table has my vote for best dining experience. I have now eaten at the chef's table three times and each and every time it has been an amazing night. We sit at the centre table where the restaurant chef cooks an incredible five to seven course dinner for us. Given the option for wine pairings with each course, we hardily accepted! The bartender and chef colaborate to pick an excellent variety of wines to compliment each dish. Over my various dinners I have always had delicious plates, including scallops, prawns, lobster, crab, tuna. lamb, tenderloin, mussels and much more. I really enjoy the variety of dishes and tastes involved with this style of eating. Each time I have been, the dishes have been well varied and equally delicious. The chef is excellent--personable and very knowledgable. Our service has always been excellent as well. As if the experience wasn't good enough, some days, depending on the types of other people at the table, we have the opportunity to meet new people and share in the experience--in fact last time we took pictures with each other and the chef and exchanged contact information! Overall, a truly unique and unforgettable dining experience. Thank you COAST! I will definitely be back soon....

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From DOV to regular diner
By foodfriendly of Yaletown, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I loved Coast. It was a great experience. We did the DOV menu and will definitely become regulars. The service was good, the food fantastic, the restaurant was crazy and hectic and took away from the ambience a bit but seriously the food made up for it. I can't wait to go back and try other things on their menu.

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Consistently good
By pleaselouise of Gastown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 25, 2006 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

I have been to Coast about 4 times now, and each time I must say, the food, service & atmosphere has been wonderful. I always order their salmon entree (they prepare salmon to perfection). Service is well informed & professional

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Been here three times, and this review is a mix of the three experiences.
By cnewwest of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

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.

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alright
By charmmy of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:43am [Dine in]

the decor is beautiful, the service awesome but the food is very hit or miss. I ordered the salmon fish and chips and a lobster mash potato. the mash potato was more delicious than I had ever expected. highly recommended. the fish and chips however wasn't that great. the fish was rather tasteless imo and a bit too oily. the chips were half soggy because it's seated under the fish. the coleslaw was very good (probably the best part of the dish) but i didn't like how it was plated with the rest of the food because the dressing ran into some of the chips which resulted in more soggy chips. overall it was too oily for my taste. I tried my friend's lobster mac n cheese and found the taste to be rather bland. Pricing wise it is what I would've expected from a restaurant like Coast but it's too bad the food didn't match up.

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hit and miss
By luigi of richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]

Went with a couple of friends the other evening.We shared 6 dishes. The food was an enigma, some were very good others okay and one poor. The worst dish was a halibut ceviche flatbread, that tasted like ketchup on toast. The mussels were flavourful with Pernod and smoked bacon but the portion was small. The calamari were good but the aioli lacked any flavour. Oysters were fresh and tasty. The spicy tune roll was very good but again small for the price. Our server was friendly, quick and took very good care of us. We waited a long time for our bill which lowered my rating.I think that the prices are too expensive for the portion sizes.The room is beautiful except extremely loud for the quality of dining that they are shooting for.I guess when a business is this busy, you believe that you do not worry about the small stuff. Get them in and out.

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Exciting...
By Pengdio of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]

This restaurant is probably the best of the Glowbal family of restaurants. The room's a little cramped but is bright and fits well into the Yaletown aesthetic. The staff are encouraged to bond with the clientele when warranted, allowing for a sense of being an insider on returns. A lot of places might do this but Coast's the first I've seen that give business cards to kitchen and serving staff to contact for future visits...nice touch.

The food can be superb, even sublime if you wander off menu. The calibre of the seafood is exceptional, with highlights around halibut and scallop offerings that were satisfying and yet high concept in flavours and texture. The Ahi tuna was as superb as anything offered at Tojo's, The larger appetizer platter is highly recommended for first time visitors but the shrimp.squid spring roll and beet salad are highlights.

The wine list is well served for the clientele with few jarring offerings, all fitting the aesthetic of the restaurant and without excessive markups, selectively.

For now, believe the hype.

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Expected better!
By KaY-o-Ree of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I went to COAST for DOV tonight and was not impressed. My last visit here did not leave an impression on me although I didn't experience anything negative so I decided to go back for DOV. But I will not return.
The music was loud, in addition to the noise a packed restaurant. It was also too dark - which is typical of most modern restaurants in my opinion.
The server was excellent at first, explaining menu items, drink specials, and so on. The rest of the meal we barely saw him - I believe because we didn't order any drinks and stuck with the DOV menu. I find this is common during DOV when servers see that you're here just to eat during the promotion - but I believe that servers should serve customers the same as their regulars during DOV, if not better, if they're going to want you to come back.
Food was good except for the fact that the hot appetizer (crab cakes) and entrees (sablefish and lamb) were cold. My slices of lamb were cooked perfectly to my liking (though they never asked how I liked it cooked) but COLD. The fish and vegetables that came along with it were COLD.
We sat with empty dessert plates for 5-7 minutes before anyone came to clean them up. We also had to ask twice for the bill. When we got the bill, we discovered that we were charged $2.25 for hot water that didn't even have a slice of lemon and was refilled 2 times the entire meal.
Unfortunately, I will not be returning to COAST.

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Sea Food in YaleTown
By hotdogboy of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

When you think of a Yaletown restaurant this fits the image perfect. Trendy looking but a little stark and when I was there too much light for dinner time. The menu was creative and food quality very good and tasty. When exploring the wine list 3 of the 4 bottles were not in stock not very happy about that!

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They Practically Tried To Force Us In The Door
By LadyQ of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

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 . . .

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Its just "OK"
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

I came here with my boyfriend and 2 other couples on a Friday night. We all purchased gift cards at Costco - $100 gift card for the price of $80. It was definitely not enough for the 2 of us. For just my boyfriend and I, the total cost with tax & tip was $215 & he wasn't even full (& he's not a big eater) - him and another friend headed to MacDonald's after wards. We started with 2 beers & 1 mojito in the lounge ($25). For dinner he had 6 oysters and I had a green salad and we both had the halibut dish and shared a dessert & 1 coffee & 1 bottle of wine ($190). Bread did not accompany the entree. The entree was small (the portion was not that big for even a girl, never mind for the guys). Dessert was also very small. The halibut was just "ok" maybe a little overcooked and the sauce was quite bland (& I'm not keen on adding salt when I cook). The tables were very close together and it was super loud inside the restaurant (we sat upstairs), I couldn't hear the waiter tell us about our specials. It is a beautiful restaurant. The service was very good & attentive - our waters were always filled and the couple times I went to the restroom all the servers would make way for me when I passed them. This would not be my first, second or third choice of seafood restaurants to go to again but I would definitely go back to Season's or The Fishouse.

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disapointing service
By Jtoc of Vancity (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 9:39am [Dine in]

There is no denying that this place has great food. Their sushi is very, very fresh and pretty much everything on the menu is delicious. That said, their food isn't good enough to negate the horrible service I receive every visit to this restaurant.

These people are really ill-mannered, and it's not as though I am expect an English tea ceremony-calibre service. Just a smile or a "thank you" would be greatly appreciated. Of course, they can afford to be grumpy and altogether very conceited given the amount of customers they get. Still, that's no excuse.

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Best seafood!
By HeartOfSilver of Surrey (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 10:22am [Dine in]

So, I love seafood, and the Boathouse and the Keg weren't doing it for me. I wanted something special for my birthday dinner, so we tried out The Coast.

The interior is super modern and chic, but really comfortable. I loved the setup of the bar with the iced seafood displayed under it!

We decided to be odd and order a soup before diving into the chilled seafood platter for two. We both had the traditional clam chowder, and it was one of the best I have had. Good portion size, and incredibly flavourful. The chilled platter was a neat experience, it came out in a bowl of ice, with dry ice underneath it so it was misty- such a fun presentation! This was also the perfect amount of food, we were both very full after eating, and we both had a bit of everything that was sampled on the platter.

Service was great and friendly, and I will definitely be back again for another special meal!

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AMAZING SERVICE! GREAT atmosphere! DELICIOUS food!
By foody604 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I came here the other night with my friend and we had the most amazing service from beginning to end! They were so accomodating and even though it was packed house, gave us the best seats in the place. The place had a very good vibe to it.

We shared a bottle of wine and got some complimentary champagne. The oysters were awesome and we both had the sablefish that was so yummy! Moist and oh so flavourful. The dessert was super good too! I definately will be back and would highly recommend this place to anybody!! 5 STARS all the way!!

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Enjoyed most of the evening
By Actorboy of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

We to Coast acouple weekends ago for the first time. We had an 8pm reso and got seated upstairs in the restaurant. The first impression was good but we got seated right at the top of the stairs which made for a lot of traffic going past us throughout the evening. Our server came by promptly and took our drink order. When she returned with our 2 glasses of sparkling we ordered our food. We started with the Ahi Tuna which was really delicious but there is warning that must come with it. This has raw jalapeno's with it, so if your drinking wine make sure you have something that can compete with it and not just get destroyed by it. We then took oysters ( our first time ) which were outstanding. Loved their cocktail sauce. Once we were finished we took a bottle of wine and moved on to our mains. My lady took the Mahi Mahi, which was perfectly cooked and came with a mixture of potatoes and veg. I on the other hand wanted to do surf and turf and went with a 7 oz filet medium rare with 3 prawns. Now when I ordered I was asked by our server what I wanted on the side. I asked what the veg was and was told brussel sprouts. Now I am 30 and thought I had tried these little devil cabbages enough to make up my mind and decide that we just do not get along ( and I will try almost anything ). The server insisted that everyone even if they hated these little things loved them. I told her again I wouldn't but again insisted I take them. Well guess what? The food came and after having the first bite of them, found out I still hate them. At least I had my garlic mash to get rid of the nasty taste of them. I told the server she was wrong and so she brought me the same side my girl had which was potatoes and veg. ( starch and more starch with a little veg? ) I was very disapointed but I still had my steak and prawns right? Well they were terrible as well. I have never had either with no seasoning of any kind. Im serious, not even salt or pepper. So this was a big let down. Once we finished we finished with 2 glasses of port and then moved down to the lounge for some more oysters and a martini.Love the room ( the music was a touch loud but what you going to do ). We will try the place again, just make sure to skip the steak and prawns.

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