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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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Just Not Filling
By PorcupineMonkey of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

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.

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3 strikes and your out!
By urbanite9 of Yaletown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

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.

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Terrible service saved by the food
By Curbsmile of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 10:01am [Dine in]

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.

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Great food but decent service
By qky of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

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.

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Disappointed
By foodie of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

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....

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Banana in water....
By jklau65 of granville, vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 4:07am [Dine in]

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.

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My New Fave
By goremaydiner of New Westminster (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

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!

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Am no expert but dinner was great.
By arnoldhorshack of Marpole, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

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.

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Middle of the road
By yenkwo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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Personal Chef
By srygirl of Kits (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

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.

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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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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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Yum!
By EandE of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

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.

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Wonderful Experience
By ruck_star of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2007 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

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!

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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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good food, service needs attention
By anonyms of kits (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

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.

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Excellent!
By kitsgirl of Kitsilano (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

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.

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Do you hear what I hear??
By greatcats of seattle (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Too loud! If you don't like your date or business partner, this is the place not to talk. After we were moved to a slightly more quiet table, the waiter completely forgot about us; unfortunately my swordfish was overcooked and I wanted to send it back. The manger didn't seemed too concerned and didn't take the poor meal from the bill. For the price, there are much better restaurants with better ambience and food - Try C or Bishops.

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Bustling downtown spot is fun for a splurge
By Scott Qwerty of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 5:42am [Dine in]

I've been to Coast a couple times this past year and quite like it.
Some of the mixed platters have been outstanding to share.
The chilled platter, in particular, was awesome.
Lots of great sides here, too, like the gnocchi.
I'd like to return soon.
The only slightly negative aspects are both times I've been with just the two of us, it doesn't have that relaxing, intimate date sort of vibe. I really recommend this place for 2-3 couples or bigger groups. It's very busy and loud (there's something kind of American-feeling about it - almost Las Vegas), and one of the times we were seated at a table for two that was really jammed in near to other tables. Not the best atmosphere for deep conversation.
Also, I ordered a $76 bottle of chardonnay last time, and later saw it at $29 in my local (already expensive) "private" wine store. I guess X2.5+ markup isn't that uncommon in Vancouver anymore, but still a bit weak on the value side.
Let's end on a positive note cause I like this place: the circular bar inside the main room when you enter is beautiful, and they have oysters and other seafood chilling on ice there.

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pleasantly surprised!
By god_damn of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

After reading so many reviews describing the mediocrity of this place, I still wanted to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did, because it totally exceeded by expectations! Myself and a friend shared a few dishes, all of which had incredible flavour and came in good portions. The banana cake for dessert definitely took the cake though. It was soaked in a coconut anglaise and was mind blowingly awesome. Price was a teensy bit on a higher side but the ambiance was lovely on the heated patio. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall a great expensive and will return to try the other dishes!

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