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.
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.
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.
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!
I have never been dissapointed the multiple times I have been here for lunch! Try the fish and chips .. simple fantastic!
The patio sidewalk seating is a bit cramped in some areas and I only only 5'10'', 175 pounds ... a slight rearrangement would fix this.
Will come back again with my business colleagues.
I wrote another review last year or so, but i went back to coast and had an absolutely fantastic experience. The oysters were fresh and delicious, with the proper mignonette dressing and shaved horseradish. The sushi platter was fantastic and interesting. Great food!
The only complaint was for a hostess that had a little attitude, and the menus are still ridiculously large. Otherwise a great experience.
Wow Wee one of the few restaurants in Vancouver that has a Lambo's and Ferrari's club parked outside their restaurant. Spotting the restaurant from afar you get a sense of dread..oooo this is going to be an expensive night.
Well it is affordable in the sense of Starbucks, overcharged but, the atmosphere is chic, hip and makes a statement.Yes, look at me, I know this is ridiculously priced but, hey I can afford it!
Overall the quality of the dishes were decent, we started with the fish bruschetta, that was a bit dry with pieces of stringy fish sprinkled ontop. Followed by the seafood platter which was a above average compared to similar dishes found at other seafood restaurants in Vancouver.
Now their extensive wine list is superb, a bit pricey but, hey you are there to be seen with either a drink.
Our server was very knowledgeable of their food and drinks, their recommendations were spot on.
Put on your fancy scrubs and your designer shoes, if you want to be seen this is Vancouver's #1 lookout spot.
I took a client out to lunch last Friday to check out their new location on Alberni St near Burrard. We were giving a nice table on the loft level overlooking the main level. It gave me an impression of sitting in a private balcony box to watch a live concert. I asked the hostess how much did it cost to build the restaurant and she said 3 million dollars. The center area had the bar and all the fresh seafood on ice. There were quite a few sections where the decor and views were different, so making your returning meals with a variety of ambiance.
We ordered the seafood sampler for 2 people. It came in a stainless steel bowl like a wok with dry ice to add that special touch. The sampler had half pound of lobster, 4 jumbo prawns, 4 giant clams, 8 mussels, half of crab, 4 oysters, and tuna roll. All the seafood was fresh and of good quality. It came with 3 sauces: seafood cocktail, tartar, and orange marmalade. I liked the seafood cocktail one the best with most seafood. For dessert, my client ordered the raspberry tart, which he said was all right. I ordered the local mixed berries with Grand Marnier and juice, and it was refreshing and delightful.
The service was good at the beginning, but as our waitress got busy with more tables, we saw less of her, especially when I wanted the bill. I had to ask one of the managers to get the bill.
The value was good for what I ordered. Lunch came to $98 before tax and tips. I will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
My husband and I had our first experience at Coast during the Taste of Yaletown event. I wasn't sure what to expect, because sometimes restaurant don't put their best foot forward during these 3-course promotions. This was not the case at Coast.
We received great service from booking the reservations right through the whole evening. (Only noticable item was the poor entry to the restaurant, hidden by some weird tent on the patio)
The choices for the 3-course menu were "high-end", and the food tasted amazing - the crabcakes were to die for. We definitely left satisfied with our experience.
Never been to the old Coast before so not sure how to compare it. The atmosphere here is so nice. They have a seperate lounge area, huge circle bar in the middle of the restaurant and tables all over, and a secound level. This place is always busy no matter what day or time I go. I love sitting at the bar. The service is great. Food is very good!!!!
Great place for a date or group of friends. Not very romantic though, but you definatly would have a good time.
Came here for dine-out as a party of 3, trying out their dinner menu for $38.
Once we sat down, the server had already made us feel uncomfortable with a long awkward silence after he started a conversation he couldn't even continue himself; his solution? Just slowly slip away ... What kind of person does that?! You think we don't see you??
For drinks, we started with water; but since I was coming down with a cold, I asked specifically for hot water with a bit of lemon and honey. This is something that is EASILY served with a POLITE smile everywhere - e.g. Earls, Joey's, Cactus Club .. etc. Either he was confused or he seemed too much of a bother for him to do so .. but in the end, I got what I asked for. Throughout the meal, food was quite salty; although we asked for more water, they only refilled our glasses once. We were literally dying from thirst.
As appetizer, I had the "Roasted Parsnip And Sea Scallop Chowder double smoked bacon, old bay spice"; a bit salty but it was .. good. Next, I had the "Pan Seared Icy Water Arctic Char parsnip brandade, grain mustard emulsion". The Arctic Char was very well done, possibly the only thing I enjoyed this meal; soft in texture and crispy on the skin. The brandade, however, tasted very odd ("like old furniture") with the mustard. *shiver* Finally came the dessert, "Lemon Bavarois cranberry ice cream". The Lemon Bavarois was ok, nothing special. The so-called "Cranberry Ice Cream" was really a cranberry sorbet, rather bitter actually. The sorbet was served in the shape of the ball for me, still intact. But for the 2 others who were dining with me, their sorbet was half way through MELTING, running all over the plate. It's ridiculous! Serving something that is already half melted is an AUTOMATIC FAIL FOR THE CHEF, and they even DARE to bring that piece of crap out to serve??! This dessert was served to us by one of the busboys, and when we were in the mid questioning the quality of the melting sorbet, the busboy, like our server earlier, just slipped away. Unbelievable.
When the bill came, I just thought .. I'd be kind anyway - it's dine-out, despite the poor service I got, I should still give them a fair amount tips (15%). Boy was I WRONG! The bill came up to be $135, and we split the bill amongst ourselves. I was paying for another person as well, so I told the server the exact amount including the 15% tips and had it charge to my Visa first. He looked very puzzled even though I had already told him I was paying for 2 people. Then, he took out his ordering notepad (I CAN"T BELIEVE IT) and started doing the math, even asking me to use the calculator on my phone to help him out!! He even continuously SHOVED the notepad in my face to show me his math. I felt intimidated and accused for not paying enough when there was STILL one person who hasn't paid yet! HELLO? Getting ahead of yourself much??! I was absolutely DISGUSTED by the server's attitude and service towards us; where the exact same server was being the friendliest and jolly guy to the other party of 8/9 beside us (Duh! guaranteed 18% tips!) Regrettingly, the remaining person still gave him the 15% tips as well.
On our way out, we had a chance to speak with the manager about our feedback. He didn't seem like he gave a crap about it though.
Coast Restaurant has unprofessionalism written all over it! I definitely do not recommend this restaurant to anyone, and I will NOT be returning to Coast ever.
Chilled Signature Platter... WOW!
We went to Coast for my birthday, boy was I surprised! I was swallowed by my comfy chair and the friendly server, and the general comfort of the restaurant.
After a few minutes of looking over the menu my husband suggested we order one of the platters I giggled and thought hum we could be heading to a takeout joint after as this is always the result in new places or shared food for him or both of us being hungry after leaving. Anyhow we order the Chilled Signature Platter which consisted of all kinds of chilled seafood and sushi. When the platter and the plate of sauces and dips arrived on the table I was so surprised by the size it almost took up the entire table with the dry ice and everything I know I had a big grin as I was so shocked by the pure beauty of it. The food was all cooked and then chilled to perfection, it was also enough for both of us that neither one of us needed to hit a drive thru nor a takeout joint before going home.
This is a place I would recommend for any special occasion or nice dinner date :)
I have frequent work lunches here and personal dinners and have never been disappointed. Service is excellent, food is fantastic and atmosphere is wonderful. Pricey but one of those places where you are not there for just the food and have chosen to eat there to be seen and enjoy the environment.
I normally don't write reviews, but I enjoyed my experience at Coast so much that I feel inclined to do so. A group of seven of us celebrated my birthday at this restaurant last night. The minute I walked in the door, I felt like I was in New York or London. Ambiance was superb!!! We had cocktails in the lounge while we waited for the rest of our group to show up. Once seated at our table upstairs, service was very prompt and accommodating. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic place do not go here. It is very vibrant and people everywhere are having a great time. I am a "pescaterian" (vegetarian that will eat seafood if it is ethically caught) so I was very impressed by the menu that specifically states where each type of fish comes from right down to the name of the fisherman and boat. I had the octopus salad for my appy and swordfish for my entree. Both were very delicious. No one at the table had any complaints about the food. We all left the restaurant extremely pleased and ready for more drinks on the town. Today, I was completely surprised when I got a call from the restaurant and asked how our experience was!!! I have never had a restaurant follow up. Very Impressive!!!
We went there for dinner on Sunday night. Had the medley of cold seafood - lobster, crab, oysters, mussels, sushi, sashimi - to start. It was fantastic. The marmalade sauce was a bit odd but everything else was very fresh. My husband had the lobster flat bread which was a bit cold but they were very generous with the lobster. I had the fried halibut with lobster mash potatoes. It was delicious and once again they were generous with the lobster. I've been to other restaurants where they give you a morsel of lobster in lobster dishes. We had an assortment of desserts - lemon tart, brownie, carrot cake and chocolate dessert which tasted like a Crunchie bar. It was a great experience. Our waiter and other staff were attentive and we never felt we had to wait or felt rush. I'll be back to try the Sushi Tile and hot food medley next time.
I used to go to Coast in Yaletown and always liked the food... but it was missing something - the atmoshphere just wasn't there.
Last night my SO and I went to the new Coast on Alberni Street. It was packed and we arrive at 7PM (on a Thursday) with no reservations. A manager looking male worked extra hard to make us feel like we were their most important guests and they found us their "last spot" ... true or not they made us feel very good.
The place was bouncing... not in a club kind of way but in the way that a fun and atmosphere filled seafood place should bounce.
Jimmy, the super cool Columbian guy, was our server. The best hand on service I've had in the city (something about experience and age that just adds to the experience - rather than a 22 yr old who doesn't know fine food from fast food).
Wine and a continous stream of starters and our bill was just over $100... and a fantastic night was complete.
I can not wait to take my next business clients to this place... its rivals all high(er) end places in the city. Great work Glowbal group!
PS: I don't give 5s to any restaurant :-)
We were there last week. Quite a number of empty tables when we walked in. It took the male server a long time to come over and took our orders. He was unattentive. Food was ok. Was charged a ridiculous amount of $5 for a cup of hot water! The overall experience was terrible! Had never been charged such a ridiculous amount for a cup of hot water in any of the fine dining restaurants we've been to. Definitely not up to fine dining restaurant standard. Very disappointed! If you're thinking of trying this restaurant out, spend your money elsewhere where you would get for what you pay for.
Just had a great time at Coast and will return for sure.
Other than the small $16 crab cake, every item we had was top notch and well worth it:
Tuna and Beef tataki
Falafal crusted Cod
Prawns with crab risoto
Assortment of deserts
Really nice Dine Out Menu and Chef's Tasing menu. I liked all the dishes, especially the prawns. They were filled with flavor and cooked perfectly. I didn't expect them to be so good. I like how the menu was made up of unique dishes and not smaller portions from the regular menu like other places do for Dine Out.
I highly reccomend and will return soon. Only complaint is that it is a bit loud, but the booths upstairs are really comfy and I could sit there for hours. The service is very quiet and attentive. I didn't even realize they were filling up my drinks all the time.
This was my second Dine Out Vancouver experience at Coast and once again it didn't disappoint. I started off with the Dungeness Crab & Halibut Cake, then had the Miso Glazed Queen Charlotte Sablefish and ended the night with the desert duo featuring a Peanut Butter Bar and Warm Milk Chocolate Fondue. All three courses where excellent and were accompanied by outstanding service. The ambience is what you would expect from a Glowbal resturant and the garlic herb butter served with the baguette bread was a nice touch.
Went to coast restaurant on friday night for my first time. I was very impressed by the layout and the level of service we recieved. What did not impress me was the food. Oredered the appy sampler for two and was expecting a treat for my taste buds. However, after tasting I was a little surprised at the lack of flavour and overall taste of the food. The proscuitto was cut way to thick and was un chewable in small bites, lobster poutine was bland and needed some citrus or something as it tasted like campbells clam chowder, the fries underneath were soggy and nowhere near a fritte like the menu said. Having said that you cannot judge it on just an appy platter so the service and ambience will get me back for another try.
I've been to this restaurant about 5 or 6 times and so far I have not been disappointed. That being said, the only thing I've had at Coast was fish and seafood so I can't comment on their meat dishes. A sure bet for me is always the special (which is usually a fish). The service that night was quick and attentive, they even informed us of when our taxi was waiting outside. The only drawback is the temperature in this restaurant can sometimes be too warm, especially if the chef is cooking in the communal table. All in all, good food, good service, reasonable prices, highly recommended spot for a casual dinner with good friends.