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Diva at The Met

645 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6C2Y9
Tel: (604) 602-7788 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Do yourself a favor and go
By onlyforreview of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 8:24am [Dine in]

If you are planning to go this restaurant, do their 5 or 7-course tasting menu. It simply provides the best value in Vancouver. Period.

Food: The chef, Hamid, is an award/competition winning chef and amazing person. What he puts on his plates is not just food, but also genuine passion. He utilizes many molecular gastromy techniques, traditional french techniques, and often showcases his Persian root. The menu changes frequently. If you do the 7-course. you will sample some truffles, caviars, and/or foie gra, and fresh local ingredients,. . The bread service is excellent, offering 2~4 different kinds of in-house baked warm bread. In addition, you get 3~5 amuse bouche and may get petit four at the end. All for $75. Now, don't be skeptical of food quality.It is Michelin-star like quality and creativity. Truly, even without the extras (amuse bouch and petit four), it is a great deal. You may not necessarily like every single dish presented to you. This is typical of many tasting menu; there are hits and some misses. Flavour may not be there, but there are passion, effort and care. That's fine with me.

Service: Actually, I wanted to give a 4. Nothing wrong with the service. Friendly and professional. It is just not on a par with food quality and not suitable for multi-course meal. Wine service is average. I had my meal with a wine-paring. There is no explanation on flavor profile of wine served, after showing great enthusiasm on food they serve. They simply transport wine from the bar to your table. In addition, no white linen tablecloth and no crumbing service between courses. This is a huge let-down, because the chef plays with different textures and the table easily gets messy with crumbs and crispy debris. Again, the level of professionalism and friendlyness the servers and managers show deserve 4 or 5 stars, but some details are disappointing, considering you sit there at least 2 hours.

Ambiance: It would be 4-star 5 years ago, but not with all these new restaurants in Vancouver. Not the most trendy or romantic atmosphere.

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Near Culinary Perfection
By blairmartin92 of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 12:44am [Dine in]

The Diva at Met was an unforgettable dining experience. The service was impeccable; almost too good if I had to have any complaint about this establishment. Utilizing as many local ingredients as possible, the chef at Diva has created a collection of Pacific Northwest dishes that are truly amazing. After a local green salad which was presented well with simple ingredients I enjoyed the beet and goat cheese cannelloni and it was incredible. The chef managed to create a dish that played with texture and different methods of preparing the beets to express the main focus of the dish. My entire party was pleased with the food and the atmosphere. If you are looking for a first class dining experience in Vancouver this is definitely a spot that should not be overlooked.

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A very good experience
By dewberry of Port Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

My boyfreind and I went there couple weeks ago for his birthday. We have ordered the truffled lobster gnocchi and seared quebec foie gras for appie. Both of them were aswome. The main course and
My boyfreind have ordered roasted 8oz canadian AAA beef tenderloin and I have ordered spiced lamb shank for main couse. The beef was cut by the waiter after servered on the table. It was perfectly cooked. Juicy and tender. We shared a bottle of rose wine. The desert was warm chocolate soufflé and black forest "modern". Both of them were not dispointing. The price was a little bit high but it was definitely worth it. We will go back!

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Just OK
By AngelaW of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews on here, I thought I'd give Diva a try.

The first impression I got was not very good. I phoned about 5 days prior to make a reservation for FOUR people. The person who answered the phone took down my name, phone number and credit card number. She told me that the reason why she wanted my credit card number was just in case I couldn't make it, then they would charge my card for the number of people I reserved it. I understood that policy and gladly gave her my credit card number.

On the afternoon of my reservation, I called again just to confirm my dinner time. The person on the phone said that they didn't have a reservation for me at all. Then I told them that I called in a few days prior. After a few minutes on hold, the person then said that they finally found my reservation but asked me for how many people (which made me doubt that they didn't actually find my reservation at all but was planning to just fit me in at the last minute).

I was fine with this situation since I ended up getting four seats in the end anyway, but I was glad I was diligent enough to confirm my reservation (or lack of) or I would have been quite embarrassed in front of my dinner mates if they had "lost' my reservations when we arrive.

The server wasn't very attentive and the food took very long to come. I was getting really thirsty and asked for water, which the server forgot. About 15 minutes later, I had to ask him again (second time) for water. It was over 30 minutes before our appetizers got served and another 45 minutes before the entrees came. I have to admit that the food was great (not memorable). We paid extra to have a side of scallops, which were excellent. The menu isn't much different than what I'd find in many other places so I wouldn't give it high marks for originality. Altogether, the food itself was very fresh and good.

The ambiance was great. It's a very nice, classy restaurant. The decor is beautiful. I was seated near the entrance, by the bar so I didn't have a chance of sitting further into the restaurant but even where I was sitting, it was still very nice.

In conclusion, the food made up for the poor service, however, it's a little overpriced for what it is. I don't think I'll be coming here again.

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Bad service
By breadnbutter of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 12:59am [Dine in]

I went to Diva at the Met for my last birthday after reading the great reviews from dinehere.ca. However, I was very disappointed to receive such bad service, especially on my special day. Our waiter did not even come around to make sure we had enough water. My friends wanted to surprise me with a birthday cake. Our waiter decided to ask our table, who the birthday girl actually is, and asked if we were ready for the cake yet.

Other than the poor service that they are suppose to be known for, everything else was decent. (not memorable but decent) The ambience was quite nice and that's why I gave it a 4.

Otherwise, I don't think I'll be returning to this restaurant soon.

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Good Experience
By pepperpattie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:05am [Dine in]

We have been here a few times this fall. Food is delicious and service is attentive. I personally don't like the decor (rather plain) but the food makes up for it. The wine pairings are okay. They are very accomodating to diet restrictions. We really recommend this place for a pleasant fine dining experience.

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Bay Scallops are to die for!
By jadedapril of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went to Diva for our anniversary and had an amazing night. We started off with $15 glasses of wine and shared an appetizer (Bay Scallops). The waiter was nice enough to bring it to us on two separate plates. Each of us got a HUGE scallop (two huge scallops for a $16 appetizer was quite a good deal for a restaurant like this). The Scallops were amazing...tender and not stringy/overcooked. For my main course, I got the lobster ($48)...which was not really worth it. The plate had 4 teenie pieces of lobster on it with some teenie portions of side items (cauliflower marshmallow thing and a hunk of potato). Each lobster piece was the diameter of a loonie and about 1 inch tall.

Even though the portion was small for the main course, I still found myself full and delighted by the service and ambiance. The window seating looks out on the bustling street which is nice because the restaurant itself is so quiet.

The service is prompt and courteous.

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Great food but poor service
By wj0207 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I went to Diva at the Met on my birthday. I ordered lobster dish (not on the current menu), and the food was great. However, our server never asked me if I want potato gnocchi or rissoto (my boyfried precalled and the server told him there were three options but can't remember one) with my dish and brought potato gnocchi without my preference. And, my boyfirend ordered slow roasted veal chop, but never asked him how he want his veal to be cooked (although the veal taste great and cooked right). So, we mentioned above to the manager but never apologize and just made excuses. And any of the servers never greeted us when we left. Although I love the food, I don't think I want to go tp Diva at the Met again, especially on a special occasion.

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Definate Incredible
By goodlife of fairview,vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

Food: This is the very best part of the experience and definitely what I care most about while eating. We had the slow roasted veil and the halibut for our mains. The veil was amazing-incredible. The halibut was done perfectly, but the crab crepe served with the halibut and the sauce was what earned 'incredible'. We were also served two complimentary things that were something like whipped soda with grapes, melon and I think pickle - sooo good and then while my husband was served an appy they brought me a complimentary thing that looked like an egg, but was a carrot, cilantro reduction or something that was so very good.

Service: Immediately we were greeted by a hostess with the assistant manager -both were polite and useful -perfect. I felt relaxed immediately. Our waitress was perfect - she recommended the lobster gnocchi for an appy and it was amazing. She was polite with a sense of humour, so gracious, relaxed and professional. The other staff also seemed well aware of their surroundings and customer service.

Value: when writing this, my husband thought this should be less given the very expensive bill. I asked if we were ripped off?- not at all!! Completely worth it, but just for very special occasions.

Ambiance- was great but I wouldn't use it as a point of recommendation. Given the quality and cost of food - ambiance was solid as it was neither here nor there.

I very much recommend Diva at the Met. I am shocked anyone has anything but incredible to say about the food. I use Bishops as a reference point when I think about the best of Vancouver and I believe Diva at the Met is up there with one of best restaurants Vancouver has to offer.
mmm,mmm,mmm

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The best I've had
By integral of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2008 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Came to Diva's for my birthday. The appetizer, nova scotia scallops, were amazing. The entrees, both my butter poached lobster, and my date's duo of lamb were delectable. The dessert was beautifully presented among other dishes. Overall, my finest dining experience.

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Excelent food - inconsistent service
By rickvolter of UBC , Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 11:26am [Dine in]

We were there 7 years ago. Great food - cold service. We went yesterday for lunch and later for a drink again. The food was still excellent. The service - appropriate for the lavel of the place for the lunch but disappointing later of the day. We wanted to have just a glass of wint and appy , not to be pushed to have a dinner.
Regardless of this single case we will go to Diva again. We like the location too. We were disappointed to see the next door galleries closed. Going to a place different than a retail shop is a vital part of the dining experience.

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Finest dining in Vancouver
By GumpStump of Kitsilano, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:30am [Dine in]

Went to Diva on a Monday (March 12). Although I'm not one to give perfect scores easily, I can't really fault this experience:

Food - Shared the incredible lobster gnocchi to start; wonderful mix of flavours. Had the duck as a main (my date had the scallops) and both were amazing. Perfectly cooked, interesting accompaniments, and a real artistic flair to the presentation. Certainly imparts 'fine dining' on every dish. The goat cheesecake was the standout dessert. Nice looking wine list, though we were ordering by the glass.

Service - Excellent. Attentive but not intrusive, helpful with wine pairings. None of the staff we met were aloof, which was refreshing for a restaurant like this. We got the phrase "ooh, good choice" a few times; note to servers out there, customers like hearing that (whether it is a good choice or not!)

Ambience - Although the location (ground floor facing Howe) doesn't create a spectacular view, the interior is perfectly done. Soft lighting, well spaced tables, and a high ceiling. Very quiet and romantic despite the open kitchen concept and a loud nearby group.

Although there are some restaurants I've eaten at in Vancouver that may be on par food-wise, none occupy the 'fine contemporary dining' niche that Diva has. Well worth the expense.

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Finally a fine dining experience in Vancouver
By THEFOOD of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 18, 2006 - 9:18am [Dine in]

After much looking around, we found a true fine dining experience in Vancouver and it come in the light of Diva at the Met.

We treated yourself to the tasting menu and wine pairing, what a experience every dish was more amazing that the other. The teschnique used for cooking are only equal to the quality of the ingredient.

The new restaurant manager was charming spending time with us. Making us welcome and enhancing our time there.

What a team looking forward to the next time.... Please don't move an inch or only for the better

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Satisfaction guaranteed!
By Only4 of New West (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 4, 2006 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

I just love the Diva! It has an incredible reputation and I don't know anybody (including myself) who has ever been disappointed. I always enjoy the extremely tasteful and lovely decoreated food! The ambience is classy and yet comfortable! And the desserts....well....they are simply heavenly!

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Dine out at Diva
By foshizzle of Vancouver west end (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2006 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

For a $35.00 menu, Diva was quite impressive. The menu was creative and they had an upsell feature where you could order up to 5 courses instead of the standard 3 for an additional $10.00 per course. I had the duck terrine, which was nice, it was creamy and smooth, but a bit underseasoned. My wife had a salad, which was just that. We also had an order of scallops, which was an add-on course. They were good, but they had not been cleaned properly and had a grainy texture. If I eat there again, I won't be having scallops. We had the tuna and veal cheek for main courses, which were both delicious. The tuna was slightly over salted, but the veal cheek was delicious. The desserts were both delicious, not surprising considering that Diva has arguably the best pastry chef in Vancouver in Thomas Haas. The service was excellent, I can honestly say that it was some of the best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant. Hopefully they are consistent, because it would be a let down to go there and not have service of that calibre again.
Overall, it was a very nice dinner, still very expensive even with the promo menu but worth another look another time.

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5 stars for food and service!!! I feel like a diva :)
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 1, 2010 - 12:54am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I came to Diva at the Met for our anniversary. Service was very good - we were served a complimentary teaser (salmon salad + crouton) AND a complimentary chef's creation of the scallops which was very original and tasty. Food we got - lamb, risotto, pork cheeks was FABULOUS. Desserts (cheesecake + souffle) were on one plate with fruits and 'happy anniversary' on it..I just love their attention to details and it definitely made my first visit at Diva a lovely, memorable experience! Although the main area was closed (I believe we dined in the lounge) the ambiance still had a nice classy feel. Fine dining is not cheap but I must say it was very well worth it. I definitely recommend Diva to those that have a passion for food!

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not impressed
By intrynsic of Richmond B.C (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

We went for the dine out to try diva since they consistently get awesome reviews.

food: pretty good like any other fine dining restaurant, nothing exceptional.

service: our waiter was not very attentive, he wasn't rude or anything just busy, but it did not seem very busy at the restaurant..it wasn't packed or anything. We expected better service due to the calibre of the restaurant.

value: we both had the dine out ($38/person) and one alcoholic beverage each....with tax and tip we paid $120. don't think it was worth it....i've been to better restaurants w/WAY better food and service at the same cost....

ambiance: nice decor, i liked the REAL silverware...restaurant is a lil' small...

overall, it was nice to try it out just to see what all the hype was about, but we will definitely not be coming back here

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We had our own tasting menu!!
By Food_taster of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:26am [Dine in]

This is such a great place to go. True it is a little pricey but you get all that you pay for!! The food is always made with most care and it tastes fantastic. Service is nothing less than imagined from a top fine dining restaurant.

I was thoroughly impressed when last i went that the chef actually came out and introduced himself to us. We had a table of 5 and when my friends suggested to the server if the chef would be so kind as to give us his version of the tasting menu, he appeared asking what we prefered to eat in regards to cuisine type. We asked for seafood, and in no time at all he came back with 5 sampler items for us. It was the most magical thing i've experienced especially when we got to see him through the glass wall that surrounds his kitchen.

I have never experienced that detailed of service or the personal nature of dishes quiet like this.

I must go to everyone!

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Food 4 Thought
By Terrrrry of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

As many of you know who follow my Food 4 Thought reviews, I am more into the little hole in the wall, mom and pop operations, but I also do enjoy fine dining. Diva at the Met, not only surprised me, but exceeded my expectations.

The service was outstanding and attention to detail such as individual bills being handed out correctly without even having to ask who's bill was whose( there were 14 of us at the table) to the 4 wait staff placing our plates in the correct order. The food was hot and well presented.

Dinner was $50.00 approx. per person, so it is not on the cheap scale, but as an experience it was certainly worth the money. I had the cauliflower soup with black truffle infusion and buttermilk chicken. for desert it was a delicious round of chocolate heaven mousse with miniature rum balls.

Please give this restaurant a try if you want to splurge and have a memorable experience with someone special

Terry Halliday

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One of the best in town? Really?
By hedgehog16 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 2:10am [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant last Sat with my girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. Rumor has it that Diva is one of the best in town, and since its ranking in Dinehere.ca has rarely fallen from the top five top rated restaurant, we were all really looking forward to the night coming. We arrived in the restaurant all dressed up and ready to enjoy the splurge, without knowing how disastrous the dinner ahead of us is going to turn out.

Food:
None of us 5 girls have big appetite, so we decided just order some main and share everything. Three girls decided to share one app: lobster gnocchi and two main: milk poached black cod and AAA rib eye. In fact, all of three dishes were near perfection. For the lobster gnocchi, there was generous amount of lobster, and the gnocchi was soft and fluffy without being too doughy. When the black cod and rib eye arrived our table, we were all pleased to see how nice the presentations were and how the portion is bigger than we had expected. At t$29 and $34, I would say the two dishes are worthy of their prices when you take the presentation, food portion, and taste into account. The two other girsl, me and my other friend, decided to share a $65 set menu and a main: cinnamon smoked duck breast, and this the the point where things just spiral downhill. In the set menu, there was one app: seared tuna, one soup, and three main: pork belly, salmon, and duck( we didn't notice the repetition of duck until the dishes arrived) Both the appy and the soup were not impressive. The seared tuna taste like something you can get in Guu, and cauliflower soup was just bland. For the main, both the salmon and the pork belly were unmemorable. The duck we order extra arrived before the duck in the tasting menu, and that was the turning point of the night. While the duck breast itself was tender and juicy,the red kuri squash risotto at the side was just shockingly salty. We took a few bite at first and couldn't believe they actually sent this kind of food out from the kitchen. We complained to the manager, and he told us another side of rissoto is being prepared, which is good, but when the new risotto arrived, believe it or not, the dish turned out to be SOUR, or so i was been told, "tart". One kind of risotto and they have two completely different flavor, one super salty and one super sour?! Just make up your mind!! We all tried the new risotto, and the thing is, if one person doesn't like it, it is possible that it is because of personal preference, but it none of the people in the table like it, it just means that the food is simply inedible. Shortly after, the duck in our set menu came, and it was another horrendous dish. Again, the duck breast itself was fine, but all the sides sucked. The creamed spinach underneath the duck breast tasted like a big pinch of salt. Seriously, what happened to the chef who prepared duck? What happened in the kitchen? was the salt bottle mistakenly labeled or something? In addition to that, there were also some duck meat surrounding the duck breast, and there was just one word describing it, dry. We sent back the dish immediately and asked not to have it remade. We did not want to torture our taste buds anymore. Unfortunately, the night is not over. After two sent backs, it was obvious that our table has suffered from some misses, and the manager offered us a complimentary desserts from the kitchen. Our mood was lightened up a bit when the dessert arrived, but it did not last for long.It was a scoop of some berry sorbet, a short stick of cinnamon sponge cake(?), some fresh berries and with peanut (?!?!) powder sprinkled on top. The description doesn't sound appetizing, and it wasn't. Although it was a nice gesture from the kitchen, but when we tasted it, we felt like it was a practical joke. The cinnamon sponge was chewy ( where did you guys even get that from?) and peanut powder was so out of tone and none of the flavors went well together.Seriously, we were perplexed. We don't get it. Aren't you supposed to please customers with the dessert after everything that happened? or it was the kitchen's msg to piss us off and tell us not to come back again?! Sigh, anyways, we ended up ordering two other desserts to end the night, and honestly, the desserts were nothing spectacular as well. For a fine dining restaurant like this, the dessert quality it offers is very disappointing.

Service:
When we arrive the restaurant, we immediately noticed that the this restaurant has a more mature crowd.
They waitress probably made a choice to please other customers who are more likely to pay 25% tips than us youngsters, or she just assumed that asians don't tip well, so we were practically ignored for the night.
There was long wait for or mains. We saw three plates of food sitting on the counter for quite a while, and it turned out it belonged to us. And we spend a lot of time waiting for the dessert we ordered as well. The waitress was polite but rarely come to tend our table and I had to signal the manger to express my displeasure with the meal. The manager acted very politely when responding to our problems, but it was only when i mentioned that we barely ate the duck breast in the set menu then he agreed to take $15 off from the fixed price. Considering there were so many misses during the dinner, we felt like the manager should have acted more eager to mend the mistakes. Maybe they think for a prestigious restaurant like this, they don't have the need to please commoner customers anymore? Maybe they think their restaurant is well established enough that they don't care if we don't come back again? Just a reminder to Diva at the Met, it is hard to establish reputation for a restaurant, but it is not uncommon for a restaurant to fall out of popularity because of the spread of words.

It was never my intention to trash Dive at the Met by writing this review. As i have previously said, there were some parts of the meal we really enjoyed and it was unfortunate that things went wrong for the set menu. I have never written a review before, but after that night, i feel obliged to let people and also the restaurant know about my experience. Diva at the Met is a good restaurant, but with the misses in seasoning and service, i don't think it is a restaurant that live up to its reputation.

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