This restaurant was voted best hotel restaurant in Vancouver. Great atmosphere, incredible menu and wine list.
I am quite offended by the last reviewers remark, so much so that I am planning on dinning there this upcoming weekend. May I suggest though that for 22 people to dine at a fine dining establishment for $55 each is quite the steal. It is even better than dine out week. I lunch here frequently for 2 and the prices usually range $85 to $198 (which means each individual meal average is from $42 to 99). This is for lunch. Double it if you want to eat a nice dinner here. So your poor waitress could have easily served 6 couples & earned the same tip most likely more instead of 22 rowdy ungrateful people who ordered the minimum (meaning one entree or a salad & pasta and yes ofcourse lots of water).
I may get booted for this review but this restaurant is a gem & does not need to be tarnished by someone who should honestly have been dining at the cactus club. I stand my ground. Dine here does not need unknowing unrefined palates rating any restaurants of out it's league. I love your site. Do what you must.
I have not been to Diva at the Met for years. So my friend wanted to try it out for her birthday this year and it was a pleasant surprise.
The room was renovated 2 years ago and it is much brighter than I remember.
The best thing was the $65 tasting menu but the prices and selection on the regular menu was quite reasonable for this type of restaurant.
All the items on the tasting menu gave you a good of idea of the capability of the chef - outstanding.
For years we have been wanting to try Diva...well I have to say, it was sure not worth it. In fairness our appetizer was really good...well presented and tasty; however it went quickly downhill after that. Two of us had the pork trio dish...really not that great. In fact, we only ate half of our plate.
I would have been okay with all of that, had the waiter (who was not a good waiter) even bothered to ask us why we both did not eat half of our food. This leads me to the service...very disappointing. Our waiter was very cheesy and fake. He was way over the top whenever we asked a question about the menu, but then after we got our food he pretty much disappeared.
The ambiance was also pretty lame. There were only 2 other tables (Friday night at 8:00 pm) and it sort of had that "not a very popular, hotel lobby restaurant" feel to it.
Would I go again...I don't really think so. My partner had a braised rib dish that was good but the other 3 at the table did not really have great meals, so I am not sure that 1 our of 4 is good enough. But again I am mostly sad that it was the "lack of" service that really is the most disappointing.
I have lunch or dinner at Diva at the Met two to three times a month, and have had nothing but great experiences. Highlights of the restaurant include world-class food, unpretentious and informative service and a pleasant modern ambiance. The only low point I can find is the predominantly business crowd at lunch during the week (sometimes a bit too loud). This is, of course, to be expected though.
Food: The food here is excellent. Some great dishes are the truffled lobster gnocchi, whatever lamb is on offer and even their organic chicken dish is worth a mention (and I rarely have chicken at a restaurant). Desserts are excellent, and I believe Thomas Haas (the pastry chef) is ranked highly in North America. The plating of the dishes is a delight here, it's done beautifully and logically too, e.g. morsel sized slices of lamb ready to be swathed in sauce. Try their soups (which are usually of the velouté variety), they are filling and very delicious.
Service: The service leaves little to be desired. It is unpretentious, in that one is completely comfortable and at ease with the wait staff. They have a strong command of the food being served, and in my experience can speak at length about the dishes. It is also unobtrusive, which I find to be a plus.
Ambiance: The restaurant's ambiance isn't stunning, but the modern multi-leveled room is certainly pleasing to the eye. The finishings are of high quality, and in general it's a contemporary atmosphere (think lots of glass and so forth).
Overall, Diva at the Met is a must-see in Vancouver. They have some great lunch deals (three courses for $30), the lounge is great for dessert and dinner cannot be beat. Bon appetit.
This has to be the most underrated, unfussy, understated yet elegant dining experience with an eye for small details. The kitchen is solid, the service staff charming yet professional. None of that slacker west coast service. The servers know what they are worth and work for it. Amazed not to have heard more about this jewel. From the amuse bouche to the dessert it was an exquisite dining experience. Every bite bursts of flavour and tantalises the palate. The truffled Lobster Gnocchi-to die for. So was the sweetcorn veloute, let's not even venture to the melt in your mouth foie gras served 2 ways with a banyuls vinaigrette.
I was well intoxicated by the food and service so far that the entrees were a blur but memorable- Short Ribs, duck sous vde, halibut.
Chef Henri is awesome. The staff on the floor humble and proficient. If you are a foodie and not been to this place yet, shame on you. Get your butt down there. NOW!
I visited Diva during Dine Out Vancouver and had a terrific dinner at $35 per person. Value added everything: great service, great food, great ambiance. Definitely will go back, even at regular price. Cheese cake to die for.
My beau held his birthday dinner at Diva. We were a small party and eased comfortably into a table closer to the kitchen. Diva has an open concept kitchen, and you can see the immaculately clean and well organized cooking space. The head chef and sous chefs were onsite working away on food prep and delicate plating.
Our party ordered: the lobster gnocchi, salt spring island goat cheese & pear salad, and the shaved pemperton root vegetables to start. For our main courses: caramelized lamb sirloins, red wine crusted rib eye, and herb risotto w/ grilled salmon. We spoiled ourselves w/ the stilton cheesecake and chocolate souflee for dessert. From appies to dessert, each dish were in generous portions, admirably plated, and each tasted absolutement fantastica. 4.5 for all!
The wait staffs were attentive and observant. Drinks were refilled w/o us having to wave anyone down. Questions and dietary concerns were respected. One of our diner was gluten-free and dairy free. Of course, nothing on the menu offered such entres. The wait staff got an idea of what the diner liked- and requested the chefs to make something completely off the menu. The result was a wonderful herb risotto dish- flavorful and totally hit the spot w/ what the diner craved. It's incredible how the chefs at Diva were able to accommodate such dietary restrictions on the fly.
Our dessert arrived with a neat little chocolate happy birthday plaque, and our dairy free diner were treated to a fresh wildberry sorbet on the house. It was lovely how thoughtful the staffs at Diva were.
Hands down, we had the most IMPRESSIVE birthday dining experience.
It was roughly $70 food and booze per person. After being pampered- you'll feel no qualms tippy generously.
Go and dine DIVA!
Having dined there before and had a good experience, I returned there with business clients. First, the food was great as usual. Everything you hear in reviews is true, they are good.
Unfortunately the services added a sour note. First, our guest waited at the front for nearly 5 minutes before someone greeted him to lead him to our table.
Second, our waiter was cold and well, somewhat unprofessional. I asked for tap water, and he simply refused to serve it to me. He implicitly suggested that I wait for my guests to see if they would prefer bottled water, which they did. But I never asked for Pelligrino and yet he kept pouring it for me. I finally asked where my tap water is and he never brought it. At one time, he even had the nerve to place his hand on my shoulder while pouring water for my guest. I looked up at him and he just looked back. He knew I knew that he did that on purpose.
Despite the fine cuisine, I will be hesitant to return there. They all came across a tad arrogant.
I was really excited to try out Diva after reading the glowing reviews and its #1 ranking on the Dine Here website. To my disappointment, the evening did not live up to my expectations at all.
I did the $38 Dine Out menu with the $24 3 course wine pairing.
1st course - coconut curry soup with prawn - the soup itself tasted pretty good but was nothing amazing. It came with this mini spring roll which was over salted.
2nd course/entree - albacore tuna with a ravioli - the most shocking and despicable thing was that the ravioli was cold and frozen in the centre. Obviously they've been premade and frozen. For a restaurant of this calibre, I would not expect that they would serve frozen food, so this was just unacceptable. The tuna itself was boring. I did not understand how the broth it was in really did anything for the dish. Roasted red peppers were also standard hotel food 'side' vegetables.
3rd course/dessert - I had the homemade caramel ice cream with a chocolate/almond bar and this espresso pot de creme. It was OK, the bar was too salty. I know a bit of salt can taste good but in this case, it was too much. The ice cream could have been creamier as well.
There are just too many better dining experiences I've had in Vancouver - shocking since this restaurant got such great reviews.
I think it was the frozen ravioli that was the most shocking. When I mentioned it to the waitress, she seemed surprised. They ended up giving me a free refill of my wine paired with the entree after I had already finished my entree. Needless to say, it wasn't a very 'suitable' gesture since I had already finished my entree and the dessert and dessert wine were presented shortly thereafter. The more proper thing would have been to apologize and offer a discount or something extra during the dessert course which was the next course at the time.
Perhaps this is one of those restaurants that does a lot better outside of Dine Out, where food is obviously prepared in bulk and in this case, premade, frozen, and defrosted prior to serving.
Overall, I was not impressed at all and this was not a good dine out experience.
We enjoyed our evening at Diva at the Met. The food was better than average, although a little overpriced. The Service was really good. I liked the fact that they upgraded our wine selection when they discovered they were out of the wine we requested. the ambiance was like a nice hotel (big surprise, as it is in a hotel!). Overall a good experience.
One of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The food is an art form but not pretentious, leaves you feeling satisfied both in your belly and in your wallet. The wine list and service quality is second to none.
This was a birthday dinner and I have to give them credit for reading the notes in the reservations (and guessing the correct birthday guest) without having to remind them. It's definitely nice to not have to make an excuse to excuse yourself from the table in order to remind them that this is a birthday.
I wasn't too impressed with the food. We had to try the lobster gnocchi based on the reviews. This was delicious but as other's had mentioned, the gnocchi was very tiny and the portions were incredibly small for $18. For entrees, we had the pork loin and the black cod. The pork was not bad but I didn't enjoy the smoked black cod dish. For dessert, we had warm souffle cake, which was OK.
Service was...decent. He was kind of crazy and he knocked over a glass of beer. But that happens.
Some restaurants do comp. platters or desserts for birthdays, but Diva does not. I didn't expect it though.
Only one of us drank and our bill was over $130. I don't think I'd recommend Diva. I just wasn't impressed enough and there are far better fine dining options.
This was a while back in February, But it was so great i would like to write a Review. The Atmosphere is almost like a bar/lounge. The Kitchen layout is quite nice, you can see all the action going on in the kitchen. Seeing Chef Quang Dang commanding the kitchen quite nice. We were seated quite promptly with a very nice, informative server. Our group was quite big about 20 people, and they served us with ease. On with the food, the food was quite good, one of the best Ive eaten in Vancouver. i ordered the lobster gnocchi, a must have, same recipe he made at C restaurant. with a nice thyme emulsion, was quite pleased. The best gnocchi Ive had. On with the Main course had the lamb sirloin with potato fondant, was quite good, very tender and great. Overall Good food and good night. Chef Quang Dang has brought the food up!
Took my friend here for her birthday and no regrets here. We spent $200 and it was worth every penny.
The service was outstanding. I would've gave it a 5, but our server didn't warm up until the end of the meal. She was very professional, but didn't utter a word to us about anything that wasn't related to the food. But our server did go above and beyond-- I had the tasting menu and my SO did not, but she went ahead and arranged with the kitchen for small samplers to be served to my wife while I dined so that she wouldn't be just sitting there in between her courses. The waitress was also very accommodating when we had a dilemma with the dessert. Very nice touch.
As previous diners have noted, the food was amazing, especially our appetizers, Bay Scallops (done perfectly), Truffled Lobster gnocchi (delicious!), tuna tataki (flavourful). If we hadn't had so much food, I think we both would've enjoyed the entrees much more. The chocolate souffle is a must!
The room is interestingly shaped, there were 6-7 tables in the front area where the kitchen & chefs are clearly visible, but the rest of the tables are somewhere in the back (couldn't see them). But at least the chairs are very comfortable and the room is nicely-lit and warm in its neutral colours.
Yes, a full meal will cost ya, but it's worth it.
I went with my wife on Valentine's Day a while ago.
The food was good, and the service was exceptional. The server was genuine, and I think it is very hard to find "genuinely" smiling servers.
The value is good, and it is what you expect for a fine dining restaurant.
The food was superb and the atmosphere was good.
BUT, like almost all fine-dining restaurants on Valentine's Day, you have to give out the credit card number to the greeter/person who answers the phone to take your reservation. They are afraid that you would not go on Valentine's Day.
Well, suffice to say, after going to that restaurant and having already given out the credit card number to the person who answered the phone, my card had some bogus charges, a few days later, and my card company had to replace my card.
So, if you can, try not to give out your credit card number beforehand.
Very good service, very good food. Very good entrees and main dished lamb and halibut where very good, let's not forget the dessert with a nice twist. We enjoyed our experience and will return. Everything you expect from fine dining. Hope you have the chance to try and open your mind and taste buds to something different.
Undoubtedly, the most expensive meal i've had to date thus far, but worth every penny, and a great cure for a really bad day. We went on a slower evening, and so we got extraordinary service by our friendly and witty waiter. He started by bringing us complimentary celery soup, beautifully presented, and it tasted great. Then I had ordered two appetizers instead of a main course, and my dining partner was without an appy, so while mine came, the waiter had bought a small chef's creation for my friend also so i wouldn't have to eat the appy course solo. I had scallop in a lime citrus emulsion, and a duck salad, both prepared to perfection, and very tasty. My friend ordered Lamb for the main entree. I don't like lamb, so i can't really comment on it, but it was beautifully presented, and they really enjoyed it, so i guess it was good. Dessert then came, and again, we had ordered one to share, but the waiter bought us 3 different ones to try...It's hard to write a bad review when a restaurant keeps spoiling you with delicious food! Our dessert was a huckleberry creation, but i remember the ribena flavored and liquor infused sorbet and this other cheesecake trifle cup w/chocolate on the bottom...ah...Diva is a bonafide restaurant. Go for your special occasions and on your bad days! (but save up first, of course...)
Just had lunch at the diva. Food was exclt, service was great, ambience good. A little warm inside and the entrees were slow coming out however everything else was spectacular. Yes it's a little pricey but the food was worth it.
Karen our server was excellent. Sweet, warm & helpful. She was on the ball 100%. We had the brie appetizer, it was delicious. I ordered the steak & frites. Steak was tender like butter, fries were real good. My partner had the butter chicken & loved it. Had a great martini and the chocolate souffle for dessert.
I tell you I'm the harshest critic in the world and I couldn't find fault with anything. Go you'll love it! I hear dinners are even better, more expansive menu & more desserts to choose from. We'll be going back one evening for sure. A++++
My friend insisted on taking me here once and I was quite surprised. I don't normally like extremely expensive restaurants, but Diva at the Met is an expection.
The service was phenominal, with the waiter extremely friendly, helpful, and not at all intrusive. The palette-cleaning celery foam before the main meal was a nice touch, as was the complimentary sample appetizer we were given. We really felt as if they were happy to have us there and tried to give us a good experience. I was surprised they even allowed us to take photos with a flash camera, given how posh the place was.
The food was of superb quality, although it has been so long since I've been there that I forgot exactly what I ordered. The portions were a bit small, but we were given lots of tasty fresh bread to help fill us up. At least we didn't have to go out for a second meal afterwards.
For dessert, they had Stilton cheesecake on the menu, which is not all that common. Unlike at other places we've been, the Stilton cheesecake here was less bitter (hard to do with that cheese) and much tastier. The best of the lot we've had.
If I were to recommend a high-end restaurant, this would be near or at the top of my list.
Went to Diva for our anniversary dinner - we had a fairly early reservation and were one of the first couples in the restaurant. Service was very good and we had a great table right by the window looking out onto the street. Very romantic!
I ordered the foie gras appetizer, and my GF ordered the forest mushroom veloute. Mains were spiced lamb shank for her, and the roast chicken breast for me. I liked the foie gras, however it didn't feel quite as "finished" as the same dish I've had at Lumiere, there was a bit of a texture to it which didn't "melt in your mouth" in quite the same way. The mushroom veloute was a bit over seasoned to the point where my GF decided not to finish it.
My chicken breast main was quite good, however we both felt the dishes were slightly overseasoned. I would've preferred more subtle flavours.
Overall impression was good, but I still prefer Lumiere (at least back when Chef Feenie was running the show).