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.
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.
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.
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.
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...!
went here for dine out last fri...keep in mind our reservations were at 5:00pm but we didn't arrive until 5:30 due to traffic...the hostess was not rude about our tardiness at all..maybe because the restaurant was not full yet...the restaurant itself is very chic, has a nice patio and nice decor inside...the large table in the center of the room is kinda cool...food was very good; simple yet prepared with high quality. Appetizer was a nice sized piece of braised beef with goat cheese and two small crab tacos...braised beef had very nice flavor, went well with the cheese...had the lamb sirloin for entree with green beans and mash potatoes...meat was very tender, perfectly cooked and flavorful...had apple tart for dessert, nothing spectacular but very satisfying. Service was polite and attentive...we were not rushed at all...only complaint is that the tables we were seated at were quite close together and were not very private...the table next to us were squeezing by to get to the bench seat and i found that it interferred with dinner.
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.
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.
We've been 2 or 3 times with excellent service from James. The food was very good (a little pricy) and one review said it's a little loud and I must agree. But I guess it all depends on what kind of customers you are trying to attrack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.