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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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a sensual delight
By william of Surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

went there last evening and was very impressed with their attention to detail. Although their portions are small the combinations of flavours compliment each other leaving ur palate always entertained and wanting more. Highly recommened for a nice evening with a special someone.

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a taste of yaletown chintzy
By foodchix of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 20, 2006 - 11:50am [Dine in]

Great expectations, wonderful flavours in appetizers and entrees,but portions much too small. We were still hungry when we left restaurant, with an unfortunate aftertaste of being had. We know that for these $35 menus, there must be some accomadation, but here I feel the restaurant packs in the customer, encourages a high turnover and cuts down the portions. A good experience at these promotions encourages customers to come back. Unfortunately our group of four will not be doing that, nor recommending it to our friends. P.S. We came because one of our group had a fantastic time last year.

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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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Worst service ever
By sweeetyy of Surrey B.C (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

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.

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Ho-hum
By Lover of Wine and Coffee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

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.

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The Good And The Bad
By Venusman of New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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Expensive
By yummeeh of kerrisdale , vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

This is the place to be seen..hands down. Good for groups of 8 or more.

I swear everyone was beautiful and botoxed to the max, or perhaps it's the oyster that gives you the sex appeal. The noise level is pretty high that I was 3% deaf afterwards.

There was 12 of us celebrating a friend's bday who just turned on her mid 30's. We all ordered the 4 seafood platter as appetizer, 2 or 3 bottles of white wine and our main course. The place is rather huge (open space), the bar is nice looking with nice looking servers as well. Our main course was okay, but the seafood platter was fantastic.

Given the price, it is quite expensive. However, I'm sure, we all splurge once or twice a year. Our average cost per couple was $325 gratuity included. We sure are going back again, our server was very attentive.

One of the birthday guest knows the bartender at the bar, that we were all given 1 or 2 shots of alcohol and sample dessert after wards...definitely that was a plus.

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Over-hyped and over-priced
By bixby of south surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 9:53am [Dine in]

Another over-hyped, over-priced restaurant with mediocre food. The noise level is so high as to preclude any meaningful conversation which is perhaps good, as patrons might discuss how disappointed they were in their meals. Is this place a restaurant or just a two-level room where people come to see, be seen, and speak LOUDLY? Seafood dishes at our table were of small portion, over-salted, and uninspired. There are much better (and quieter) seafood restaurants in Vancouver.

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Overpriced. Poor service.
By big_blue_heron of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Food was good, cannot complain here (apart from the portion sizes). Sushi rolls and sashimi were excellent, calamari and tiger prawns too were very good.
But everything else... Well... This place is too crowded. Tables are extremely close together. May be they should change their booking policy, and not overbook? It is also too noisy, music is too loud. No wonder waitress got our order all wrong. Though I don't know what took them so long to bring our order, definitely not loud music, but may be over-crowding again.
This restaurant has an ambiance of a pub with a price tag of a fine-dining place.

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Completely Distasteful and Unclassy
By imissyummyfood of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:16am [Dine in]

I work for a worldwide engineering firm with over 7000 employees. The local office has nearly 500 people. We book a lot of corporate and client dinners, including meetings that people come from around the world to attend. We are well known and not a group to annoy.

But sadly Coast has lost our business. I booked dinner for a relatively small group; 10 people, with people here from Montreal and Ontario. They had been looking forward to this reservation as they had heard about this restaurant. Everything was going fine until 2 hours after they got there they were asked to leave. Reservations were at 6:30 and were asked to leave at 8:30. No they were not rowdy, no they hadn't been obnoxious. Apparently dining at Coast you are given a time limit so they can fit new people in.

In the two hours my group had been there their bill was nearly $1000. Yes, I realize not a huge bill in Coast's world, but they weren't done. They were looking for a place to enjoy, hang out, and socialize in the great city of Vancouver. They were left with an incredibly bad taste in their mouths and have completely renounced all Coast affiliates; the whole Glowbal Collection.

I'm sorry, but you don't kick a group of people out; you do your best to accommodate everyone and if you have trouble squeezing people in then maybe you need to rethink how you take reservations. It is NOT the patrons' fault if you overbook yourselves!

Coast - I realize that you think you are super important, high end, and are above everyone else but that was completely unclassy. I will be spreading the word.

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Only ambience will not be enough
By oldbrogene of Kits (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

I drove to this place for the second time.Isn't a cheap place, the ambience is super modern, the sushi is really fresh, but the hot food is very mediocre. Well presented but that's all. The service is amazingly bad. I never saw a "first class" place with so many servers, bussers, bartenders, MANAGERS and the service is nothing. Those boss can not see what's happening? Why they do not check the tables to listen what's wrong with the service. Again isn't a cheap place, the service MUST be improved. my hint to te owners: hire professionals to handle this place (experienced managers). Lots of potential.

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Please do something with your caesars....
By fussiefoodie of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Went in for an after work bevie and snacks. Sat at the bar and couldn't resist fresh oysters so started there....admittedly, you can't really go wrong with fresh oysters...as long as they are fresh! And, they were. Had kushis and effinghams, my fav's loved the fresh horse radish and mignonette. I saw the bartender pouring the most delicious ceasar, so decided to order one. I think it was about $9.....sadly, it was underwhelming. Tasted like a basic caesar....nothing special. They didn't even use any of the wonderful fresh horseradish that they had readily available. It did come with a monster prawn garnish though....I guess that's what I paid for. I guess I just expected more in the flavour of the drink. Anyways....after oysters, we decided to try a couple of desserts. We had the cheesecake lolipops (fun and delicious) and the banana pudding (one of the most yummiest deserts I have ever had). The service was great! The room was nice and I would happily return...to enjoy a wine off their well put together wine list.....sans caesar.

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great seafood
By cucci of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 1:22am [Dine in]

i've been here a few times, and every time has been great. some very creative dishes, especially that damn lobster poutine that is going to kill me. definitely a place you take people you want to impress. the service here is top-notch. prepare to pay a pretty penny, but everyone deserves to splurge every now and then.

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Overall Mediocre
By dtgirl of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I have to say I am kind of surprised by seeing all the positive reviews on here. Maybe my problem is that I went to Coast for Dine Out?

The appetizer (crab cakes) was good but lukewarm. Main (prawns over some vegetables) was again lukewarm. Dessert was semi-decent (brownie with pistachio mousse was great, lollipop cheesecake I would gladly skip).

Service was just meh. It was really annoying how our server kept promoting IK (we were like, what on Earth is IK? Turns out it's Italian Kitchen), he must have mentioned it at least three times.

I would give this place one more shot but for a regular dinner, definitely not for Dine Out.

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Out of all their restaurants this one is the best!
By luv2eat of Surrey , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

We had a great time even though we were seated right by the kitchen. Most times you would think of this being a bad thing but not at this place. The Chef was inspecting all the food that came out of the kitchen and you could tell he was having a lot of fun while he was doing it. The staff as a whole seemed to have this balance of professional looseness. The Seafood Tower is a must and the rolls are really good and served in a very creative way. We found the sashimi to be over priced however. As other reviewers have mentioned from the moment you walk in you think it is going to be expensive but it is not. Well worth the trip!

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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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Nothing Special
By justright of Port Moody (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 1:08am [Dine in]

Recently went to Coast before the hockey game for a casual dinner. Having been to the original Coast in Yaletown, we thought we would try out the new setting. I've decided Alberni is the best new street in Vancouver so I'd definitely give it props for the excellent location and new space. Reserves were for 5:30 PM because of the game, but it was already busy with the business dinners and such. The first experience was a long, and slightly awkward, wait for the Valet to appear. Eventually we were seated. It was no special occasion, so the tight table overlooking the bar wasn't really an issue. I'd definitely have to say the menus are tacky and oversized. They're like the ones at the Boathouse which are nothing to rave about. I had some Spicy tuna rolls to start as they were out of the calamari, which seemed like it would be tasty. Had a 1lb lobster for a main which was $39, which is basically on par with places. It came in a metal serving tray with handles on the side. Nothing to be excited over. We also had steak with sea scallops. Scallops were cooked properly and were definitely fresh. Overall it is fine, but it does seem a little bit touristy. After dinner we went to pay and found out they don't take Debit cards so if you don't want to pay credit you must draw money from the ATM located in the back. After paying there was an awkwardly long line at the valet. Three people were standing there with their cars pulled up as Both valets disappeared retrieving my car. In the end I would rather go somewhere like Blue Water Cafe or West for their exceptional and unique menus. Coast is average at best and is definitely not somewhere I would make an effort to return to.

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Mediocre at Best
By eliogee of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Went last night for a friend's birthday. Having made the reservation weeks ago we expected to have a decent table, but were crammed in a corner next to the serving station. Our waiter instantly left a bad impression when the first words out of his mouth were "I'll tell you right now I can't give you separate bills" only to look over a few minutes later to see the same waiter handing out separate bills to the table next to us. Next one of our party asked if they had any halibut as it was on their online menu, to a snotty reply of "it's out of season", like we are supposed to know when certain fish are in season. Since we were crammed in the corner, every time he came to deliver or remove a plate from the people in the back, he would just push my friend's chair without so much as an excuse me. The food wasn't much better. A couple people ordered fish & chips, which were extremely oily even for fish & chips standards. I had the scallops which were very large (they should be for $10 each!), but were under cooked and thrown on top of of sliced potatoes (looked like pan fries) and soggy cauliflower. The other meals were mediocre as well. Mussel broth was luke warm and the lobster poutine was swimming in gravy. The best part was probably the passion fruit tart for dessert. Definitely more of a place to be seen than to actually enjoy a good meal. Full of short skirts and tight shirts. The room was so loud that it was hard to hear anyone at our own table. There are so many better seafood restaurants in Vancouver that we will definitely not be returning to Coast.

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For the stiff shirts and the short skirts
By elysse of Vancouver, B. C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

My former boss (of course) took me to Coast for a farewell luncheon last week. Being unfortunately all too aware of the hugely successful restaurant/bar scene in Vancouver I knew what to expect, and I got just that. I begrudgingly ordered the "Hers" lunch box (sorry science, apparently it is gender that determines one's preference for Manhattan over New England chowder and not taste buds) which came with said chowder, a shrimp wrap and tuna sashimi salad.

The chowder was acceptable, if a tad salty, the wrap was fairly bland though I did appreciate the use of coconut milk in its sauce, and the tuna sashimi salad was just okay. More than enough to fill for twelve dollars, but not enough to excite. My boss ordered the mango California roll, severely overpriced for its taste at just under ten, and the salmon fish and chips, which were pretty standard but generously apportioned. Dessert was the sampler, and a sample of mediocrity it was, with the lone exception of their dark chocolate and passion fruit foam tart.

Service was excellent, and I feel for the servers who must handle the thankless cubicle kings and queens on a daily basis. Not my scene by any stretch, but not the worst of its kind.

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It's the place to be
By very_fab of Point Grey, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 1:17am [Dine in]

I was at Coast on a Saturday night with my girlfriends in October, and here's my thoughts:

Food - Like Italian Kitchen and Glowbal, acceptable. Drinks were great. I however, LOVED the lobster mash potatoes.

Service - I booked 10 days ahead for a group of 6 and I still got 9pm at night. Got there on time, and wasn't seated until 9:30. Our server was great - very helping on explaining the different entrees. Easy going, joked around with us, and good eye candy. Got a free dessert as well.

Value - Not cheap but not expensive. You're paying more for the interior and the scene than the food itself.

Ambiance - it's the place to be seen. Beautiful decor, amazing bar and lovely crowd.

Overall - Enjoyed my experience. I will definitely go there again!

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