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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I don't know what it is about this place. My friends and I have been to it a few times now - it's got great atmosphere, good service; we really want to like this place but there's always been something off about it. I finally figured it out.
The portions are too small. The food they serve is generally quite good. We've had some spotty stuff here and there, but the servers are very good about fixing it. It's just that for the price you pay you expect to walk out, well, sated, and I've always left this place feeling hungry.
It's a shame, really, because the service and the decor really are amazing. The place looks top notch; if only their food was filling enough to match.
Tried this place twice when it was still in Yaletown and it was a mediocre dining experience. Decided to try this place at its new location, since it is part of the Glowbal group and i am fan of their other restuarants. I showed up on Friday evening as i had dinner reservations for 6 only to be informed that someone had already checked in and reduced the number from 6 to 4. I told her that is not the case. They told us they would correct this and just told us to wait on the side. After we were shown to our table, i found the restuarant much too packed, in order to get to your table and out, you were bumping into people. The waiter was decent, so was the service, nothing spectacular. Food was basic, nothing made me say this is amazing. Tried about 5 dishes and nothing! Overall, all hype with no substance.
Came by on a Monday evening and was relatively steady. Our party of 4 was sat in a less busy section. The server came to indroduce herself and take our drink order. That was the last we saw of her for the next 20 minutes. Two other tables were sat beside us and was served by the same waitress. These two tables received their drinks and their appies before we were approached by the manager saying our server was overwhelmed and he would take our order. Now we are all people in our early to mid 30's, we all have careers and are very patience people so a simple "sorry" would have serficed but nothing. The server continued to ignore us for the rest of the evening while paying ample attention to the other tables around us.
The food was fantastic but was marred but the terrible server.
COAST restaurant has the most delicious crab cake I have ever tasted. We first went there during the Vancouver Dine-out event in the 2007 and we went back a couple times after that. Every time we went there we were always satisfied with the taste of the food, however what I have noticed from my last couple visits were that the servers weren't very attentive and were a bit cold to us (probably because we were an Asian table and did not order any alcohol). Overall, I would highly recommend going there for the food but just be patient with your servers like we did.
I took my mother to COAST for Taste of Yaletown event. I've been there a few times before and always satisfied with the service and the food. But this time was different. I was so disappointed.
The tuna salad appetizer smelled weird. The fish was somewhat fresh, but has bloody smell.
The sablefish was very solid. Nothing to complain about.
The tuna tartar on chip was way too salty. In fact, most of the dishes were too salty.
But the desserts were quite nice. We got to try 2 different dessert.
Our waiter, Allen, was not unfriendly and made the whole experience even worse. We didn't expect him to chat with us or anything, but he was just cold and not attentive.
It used to be one of my favorites, but I'm not going back...EVER....
I am a banana. I am 240lbs.
My date and I wandered Yaletown looking for a restaurant to have a pleasant meal.
We choose Coast from the look of the dishes on the tables located at the patio.
We choose to sit out on the patio. The music was not loud. The interior of the restaurant has clean lines and is what one would expect from a westcoast restaurant.
The servers were attentive throughout our meal and we were never lacking in anything we wanted.
We ordered 2 drinks, the appetizer starter for 2, and the arctic char. This was enough to fill me and my date. While I wanted to have some dessert I could not eat anymore. The food was prepared beautifully and cooked correctly.
The cost of the meal was high but worth it.
We will go again.
Having dined here twice recently, I may not be an expert but on both occasions we were delighted with our meals and the service. The fish was cooked perfectly, the presentation outstanding and the service was excellent. The food isn't cheap but worth every dollar simply because of the quality. It is nice to find a seafood restaurant that really knows how to cook it properly. Coast has become my new fave!
Admittedly I don't get out much for dinner nowadays...nothing takes the place of chilling at my house with friends and a homecooked meal.
But dinner at Coast was unpretentious and delicious! Of course I can't help but look at what other people thought here, and now that I think about it, it was loud in there. But then again, I had quite a good time with my friends that I imagine we just added to the volume. Service was attentive without being pushy. And the Sablefish was great. Now my reason for much rather staying at home nowadays is that I hate pretentious crowds and service. Coast was good food, lively ambiance, unpretentious service.
We went to Coast and the experience was ok, but what got me was why would a restaurant that is a seafood restaurant would sell halibut when its not in season? I ask the server what he would recommend and he said the halibut, so I went with it, and to no surprise it was a previously frozen piece of fish. The server was your old school waitor, which on paper is a big improvement than some of the kids that work in the chains, but in reality he was unfriendly and made the whole experience even worse.
I dined at Coast last Monday with a few friends and I was met with a surprise. Instead of merely giving us a couple of features, the Chef offers to prepare a multi-course meal for us. It was incredible. Course after course was brought forth - the server telling us "Just tell me when". 3 courses of seafood (scallop & prawn, tuna sashimi & sushi, and lovely sable fish), followed by delicious lamb, and finished with a caramel bomb. The server kept us entertained all night, making us laugh way too hard. We will definitely be back.
We ordered the appetizer platter and the thai mussels. It was a great treat! We got to sample a large variety of seafood in different forms. The mussels are very well prepared as well. A classy yet welcoming ambiance with friendly service. Overall, a very satisfying dining experience.
Went to Coast for my girlfriend's birthday, it was our first time but it certainly won't be our last. Service here was outstanding. Nowhere in sight were the usual pretentious servers sporting facades and little personality that i have come to dread at many restraunts. Our server was fast, friendly, and efficient, yet a pleasure to interact with; she actually had a personality! Even our busboy, if you could even call him that, wanted to know how our meals were and spoke with us at length about our menu choices...incredibly friendly.
The food never let us down either. Flavour pairings were complex and enjoyable, and the quality was excellent. My candied salmon and baby spinach salad with pecans (new on the menu) was excellent, the salmon ravioli was flavourfull and the pasta was cooked to perfection. My girlfriend's clam chowder had a wonderful, understated broth which allowed the ingredient's true character to come through, and her seafood brochette had an enormous quanitity of fresh, properly cooked seafood.
CONS Dessert here could use some work, while creative, when compared to our meals, it lacked in the flavour department..
Wine list can also be a tad overpriced. I am familiar with list pricing on most wines, and some (Babich Sauv. Blanc for example), carried a rather hefty markup coming close to 3x.
All in all, I am rarely this impressed with a dining experience, hats off to coast for a job well done!
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.
the food would have been better if we hadn't waited 2 hours for it to arrive. our server was friendly, however was tardy; it took him 30 mins to bring our bill over, and he got the bills mixed up at least twice. 3/8 things we ordered were "sold out", which was disappointing. a should have been 1.5hour meal took 3 hours.
though the food was good, it isn't worth the wait. there are comparable restaurants out there in vancouver that will give you better and faster service. go there if you want to waste your time.
I went to Coast last Friday night for Dine Out Vancouver. There were 10 of us who ordered from the different choices available and no one was disappointed. The restaurant was packed but our service was really good. It was noisy but there were 10 of us so I am sure we added to the noise more then the smaller tables around us. I would recommend to go to this restaurant the food was fantastic! Make sure you have a reservation. Ours was for 9pm and the I didn't see an empty table there for hours. I will definately go back and check out the regular menu.