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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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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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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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One of the Best Meals of my Life!
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I feel just as strongly as many of the other writers for this restaurant. We were invited by our friends and were surprised when they had reserved the tasting table for us in the middle of the restaurant.

It was truly an experience. The decor was fresh and felt very west coast, the service was stellar, and that's even before the food arrived. Our personal chef came out and started cooking. I believe there was 7 courses in all... very local fresh food... and each course better than the last. Everything was cooked in front of us and he explained and answered questions as we went.

One of the members of our group had a question about making the perfect risotto and he was glad to explain in full the steps necessary to make what he had just prepared.

It was not a cheap night in any way, but it was truly memorable and re-ignited the passion for local, simple, and delicious food. In sum, Coast is a simple concept, perfected. We will be back as soon as possible to try this again.

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excellent ambiance and great food
By IlikeMYfood of west side (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Our experience at Coast a couple of weeks ago was fantastic. Great atmosphere in the gastown area for an upscale and modern restaurant.

I kept it simple with the fish and chips and my wife had the salmon. I loved the presentation of the food while the wine that was suggested by the servers worked very well and better than I expected.

I would definitely come back with some friends. It would make a great start for a Friday or Saturday night on the town.

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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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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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Great Halibut and chips
By ToddGack of West End (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Our party of 6 arrived for lunch, we were promptly seated, and drink orders taken. Service was fast and efficient, considering the lunch crush was on. Drinks arrived quickly, and orders taken. I had the Halibut and chips, perfectly done, nice crispy batter, not oily at all, and fish was done to prefection. The fries were served in a cone, and were very good as well. Nice little touch with individual ketchup bottles. The coleslaw was interesting, not my cup of tea though. All in all, a very good dining experience.

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DOV..Good food, just work on service.
By a_cheng of South Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

We were trying out Coast, but we took quite an early reservation since we had to get to play afterwards. It was a real early dinner and one other table had already been seated. We seated quite quickly by the hostess and were given menus. Our server was quite adamant about trying to get us to order some drinks and asked quite frequently throughout the night until she finally gave up and was absent for the better half of the meal.

Food-wise it was quite good. I was in the mood for some oysters that night, so I tried out the Kusshi oysters they had and they were quite delectabel and fresh, didn't need any sauces just a bit of lemon. For the apps, we tried out both options, my friend thought that the crab cakes were a bit lacking in flavour, while my tuna tartar had a nice kick of spice in it to start out with. Once again, we split the mains. I had the miso crusted sablefish, which was really flakey and buttery in texture in flavour. I also enjoyed the lamb, as it was not overdone had good flavours in it. Dessert was probably my favourite course for the night. I love the fact that it was interactive, since it was fondue and you got to dip it into the chocolate. I kind of abused the fact we had leftover chocolate and put the peanut butter bar in it as well, which made it jsut that much better.

The atmosphere of the place was quite warm, but I kind of felt the music choices were a bit off, since one moment the songs would be calm ones then the next moment would like a techno-rave-ish type of music.

Overall the food is what made this DOV experience more enjoyable.

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DOV. I could feel the mass production at the kitchen.
By mayo of Burnaby (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Went for DOV with a friend last night.

Service was the only thing that would impress me. The server was friendly and sensitive to our needs for the whole night. And they were not pushing you like other DOV restaurants because they only allow 2 hrs-ish for each seating.

The food. We orded an add on mussel specially designed for DOV. $10 and we got a pound of it, a pretty good deal, taste was great but it's lukewarm. And then for the 3 courses, EVERYTHING was nicely cooked. EVERYTHING tasted good. But... EVERYTHING was room temperature. It's funny ther server used a napkin to hold the plates like they're very hot, but EVERYTHING was room temperature. From the plate to the lamb to the potato puree to the vege, EVERYTHING was cool. My friend's fish was warm. Ok, I wondered what took them so long (20 mins after we finised the starter) to bring us the cool dishes. Maybe they made too many lamb, but didn't prepare enough fish in the kitchen? The only food that surprised me was the peanut butter bar. It's very smoth and the texture was wonderful.

The ambiance, pretty noisy. We had to talk quite loudly. Tablewares were not very clean. But thanks for their dim lighting, you can't really tell unless you pay lots of attention to it. I didn't pay much attention to them untill I saw a piece of (maybe) dry tea leaf sticking to the inside of my teacup. But if you are nearsighted, you will be fine.

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Whoah!
By sandyz of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Ordered the Queen Charlotte halibut. Whoah! With the crabby leek. Aaah! The portions are small, though I somehow left satisfied. Wasn't the wine. I didn't want the meal to end it was so amazingly flavourful. Service was very good. A party of young had imbibed far too much near us. Their constant loudness really put a damper on the meal. I don't know why management felt their dining experience was worth more than ours. We felt very un-taken care of in that respect. But the food...!

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