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Griffins

900 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6C2W6
Tel: (604) 684-3131 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Downtown

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I thought this was fine dining??
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

As another restaurant I visited during Dine-Out-Vancouver (I went to many this year), I felt a little cheated by Griffins. I guess I misunderstood what kind of restaurant they were. Especially with a crest as a logo, I thought it would be a fancy affair. My friends and I dressed to the nines for this dinner. When we arrived, all we could see were black and white checkered backsplash and food being served in baskets. HUH?! Turns out, this eatery is more of a high-class full-service cafeteria. Still really nice. Don't get me wrong, I love this restaurant. We opted to shell out an additional $10 for the appetizer buffet. Definitely worth the $$. The buffet consisted of soup, salads, cold platters of gravalax and vinaigrette marinated mushroom caps, shrimp and crab legs!!!! Apparently this appie buffet only costs $15 on regular nights. Our main courses were beyond expectations. Eveything was done perfectly, I would expect this quality from a 5 star restaurant. And for dessert, the Griffin's famous dessert bar. Needless to say, I had to unbutton my belt during the meal.

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Great Buffet.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 2:07am [Dine in]

I will go to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver a couple of times of year, to have their breakfast buffet. I love the choices from scramble egg's, fresh fruit, waffle to pancakes. The food is delicious, the location is bright and the service is friendly. The breakfast is $25.00 per person, and this is why I will usually go when its near/after my birthday and during christmas season.

Enjoy and bring your appetite.

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Overrated
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 5:37am [Dine in]

Food: Small and boring dishes that are ridiculously priced for what you get. Nothing memorable at all and would've expected better from a restaurant attached to the Hotel Vancouver. And what's with serving ice tea out of the Lipton's ice tea plastic bottle?? The server literally brought out a bottle that one could buy from a vending machine, opened it up, poured it into a cup and left the bottle on the table for me to refill my own cup afterwards and then had the audacity to charge $3.00 for it. I was so unimpressed.

Service: Some of the worst service I've ever had. Waiter kept forgetting about us. Always had to look for someone to help us out.

Ambiance: It's like a cafeteria. I would never recommend taking a date here. It's not even a cool cafeteria, more like a cleaner school cafeteria.

Overall: I would never go back, even if someone offered to pay for my dinner.

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Breakfast....hmmm
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 2:59am [Dine in]

I'd like to qualify the review by saying that I've only been here for breakfast, and unfortunately missed the breakfast buffet (which looked pretty good) by a showing up with only 10 min. left.... and so, this review is based on their a la carte breakie menu.

I ordered the shrimp omlette with hashbrowns. Portion was quite decent -- I was stuffed as it also came with toast. Quality jams and spreads, as expected. Their teas are really good. The breakfast was good, but not great... not sure what would have made it better but it was just....breakfast. Perhaps lacking some innovation?

Value: Well, $23 for breakie isn't cheap, especially since it's the same food as what the buffet offers (uh, but smaller in size) so... don't sleep in like I did! Go for the buffet! =)

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Griffin's not so Great
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Griffin's left me a bit disappointed. I always thought that it was an uber fancy place, esp with the big hype of DOV, it's logo, and being at the Hotel Vancouver. I walked in and thought, "is this the right place?"

The hostess was very friendly but the waiter was very weird; we would constantly have to seek him out for water. And when he talked to us, he talked to us like we didn't understand English or something. It was quite annoying.

The decor minds me of a nicer East Side Mario's. Sort of mismatched and not sure of itself. The only thing that really stands out is the dessert buffet. Very yummy. The entrees are Meh. Good but lacking wowsa factor. They menu offered Mixed Grill Trio, Seafood Trio and Seafood Linguine. It reminded me of a Milestone's menu.

The appetizer buffet bar, while has a lot of seafood, shouldn't be advertised at the price they did. I almost ordered it because on the menu it looked good, but when I went to look at the bar it didn't seem appealing anymore.

Griffin's is good, but i was looking for more greatness. =(

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Average. Relatively inexpensive.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 2:07am [Dine in]

The food was average. The dessert too rich or too sweet--nothing manages to really just "hit" the spot for me. The service was pleasant. Will return for another casual dining experience since it gives the feeling of being a slightly more upscale White Spot--in speed of service, of course, it already beats White Spot, in food, it's by far much better.... The ambiance/decor pretty much feels like I've walked into a sister restaurant though. Definitely a very relaxed and casual dining experience here to be had.

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Griffins
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Griffins is one of those memorable restaurants where you keep on returning on a whim because of the novelty rather than the food. (The novelty being that we stuff ourselves with their famous dessert buffet until we get sick. Yes, we are shameless gluttons.) We have eaten at Griffins countless times and the quality of the food really has been fluctuating throughout the years. If you haven’t been to Griffins for a while, here’s an update on a couple recent changes:

- The dessert buffet was moved to a small table behind the reception. There aren’t as many desserts now but they still remain free with the purchase of an entrée.

- The appetizer buffet has expanded into the dessert buffets former area. The salad bar is a lot more comprehensive now with numerous vegetables and condiments.

Anyway, we have pretty much tried everything at Griffins and this time, we just felt like eating a simple burger since we were going to stuff ourselves with the dessert buffet anyways. (Engulfing a large steak isn’t really a good idea before stuffing yourself with 8 cakes).

Prime Rib Burger - $21 (6/7)
This is a huge prime rib burger with the classic burger ingredients: ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc. On the side are a bowl of fries and a few excellent onion rings that were truly delectable. The burger was really well made and very large. We could only eat half of the enormous burger and ended up packing it away before heading towards the dessert bar. To be honest, we heated up the burger the next day in toaster oven and it was still delicious!

Griffin’s Dessert Buffet – free with a purchase of an entrée (5.5/7)

So, this is the famous dessert buffet that’s perpetually changing in appearance, taste, and location. Unfortunately, we could not take any pictures this time, but you can probably find some pictures on Google images. Anyway, this dessert buffet would probably still rank in the top 5 times that we’ve been here but it wasn’t that good in all honesty. Griffin’s dessert buffet is pretty much different each time you go (unless you go once a week), so it’s a surprise each time.

This time, they had:

Cream puffs, eggnog cheesecake, unknown cheesecake, éclair pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse in a martini glass, assorted cookies, assorted pastries, and a few other holiday cakes.

The only desserts that we liked were the cream puffs, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and the mousse. The selection did not impress us this time, but it was still a better experience compared to our worst ones before.

Anyway, you should come to griffins if you like sweets, but just don’t expect too much! Everything is aesthetically pleasing and none of the desserts were inedible. The only thing we would like to note about this visit was that our server was quite rude, as he did not ask us if we were fine, forgot about our bread, and ignored us a few times when we tried to get his attention.

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Dov 2010
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

We came to check out the $28 for 3 courses DOV menu, I started with the Caesars Salad, not bad for portion and taste, I am not a fan of olives and garlic in my salad, so I didn't bother touching them. The other appy to start was the cream of asparagus soup, which was very bland and watery. At the menu in front of the restaurant it clearly says the soup of the night was lobster clam chowder. For entree, paying $10 more, you may get the prime rib dinner. The medium rare prime rib I ordered tasted more like a medium, but was very tender. The au jus was very thick, almost like a beef gravy instead, the taste was not that good. The side vegetables were nicely steamed placed on a bed of mashed potatoes. The yorkshire pudding was good, it was the only item on the dish that I quite enjoyed. For dessert we had the dessert buffet, which was decent, everything seemed fresh and light. Service was not good or bad, it was okay. I will not come back to try the regular menu, the service was not great, food was average, and the ambiance was very dim and feels old and boring. Theres plenty of great restaurants out there, this restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel was a disappointment.

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Excellent set menu
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place a couple weeks ago as part of a work function. Overall I was impressed with their food and the quality of service, even with our large group of people.

Food - Tried out the prime rib, medium-rare. It was superb. The accompanying grilled veggies were also very tasty. The dessert bar is okay, but I've certainly had better - Sutton place hotel has an incredible chocolate buffet!

Service - Really fantastic, especially considering our large group. Drink orders were filled and refilled quickly. Requests were serviced in a timely and efficient manner.

Ambiance - Very nice decor, but a little too spacious for me. The high ceilings made me feel like I was dining in a concert hall, instead of an intimate, upscale restaurant.

Overall a good experience. Recommended.

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Great buffet
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:00am [Dine in]

This is a great place for breakfast or lunch. The buffet is one of the best in town - so many hot and cold options and the desserts... I have had many business meetings here for which this is ideal. Nice hotel, good parking, central location, reliable food and service.

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Not a bad find
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

We decided to try out Griffins since it was in the entertainment book. This place is a pretty good find when you're hungry downtown.

The restaurant is located in the Fairmont hotel. The decor was something different and kind of nice. Kind of a retro / classic feel. The menu looked a teensy bit on the expensive side (around $30 for an entree). Luckily that comes with the dessert buffet so it was still a decent deal, especially if you have a coupon!

We ordered a mixed grill platter and the steak. The mix grill came with chicken, lamb chops, and steak. My steak entree was huge and delicious! I also love their fries and mashed potatoes, but alas, only so much room...

By the time we started on the dessert buffet I was already unbelievably full. Also I'm not huge on desserts (like 'em but not obsessed with them). That being said the buffet had a very impressive selection. There was plum pudding, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, pie, cake, creme caramel, cream puffs... After sampling four or five of these items, my stomach was about ready to explode. The conclusion was that the desserts were good, but nothing to write home about except the variety available.

I would recommend at least giving this place a try.

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Awesome Buffet!
By ILOVE2EAT of East Vancouver (73 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here last night and it was soooo good!

Both my friend and I decided to have the West Coast Buffet. Previous times that we've been at this restaurant, the buffet didn't look too appetizing but it did last night.
The Seafood Chowder was full of seafood and was absolutely delicious! The Tomatoes with Bocconcin Cheese was sooo flavourful and delicious as were the other salads. Smoked Salmon and Gravalax melted in your mouth. Prawns was ok but my friend LOVED them! I didn't try the crab legs. Clams were good too.
The dessert buffet, that was included with the meal, was good. Not as good as it usually is though. Fruit platter sucked the big one!! My friend, who loves Rice Pudding, LOVED her pudding. The Chocolate Mousse, was room temperature. I like my mousse cold, so it was only ok. They had the mousse in a tiny glass goblet which was GREAT, as it wasn't too much or too little!!! The little cream puffs were absolutely delicious!!! I wanted to try to the Creme Caramel, but it was too large. Pieces of cakes that were available were cut too big - about 6 different types!

The hostess was very unfriendly. The restaurant was not full, and there were numerous tables set for four, but she originally sat us at a table for two, and I asked to be moved to a table for four. After rolling her eyes, she had to go to the front to make sure none of the tables were reserved for someone!!! Give me a break!!!! Thus the low rating of the service.

Our server was OK, not too friendly but not nasty at all. Could have picked it up a notch!

The room was very clean, and with the new chairs since we were there last, made the place look very, very nice!!

Overall, it was a good meal and with the Entertainment coupon, it was a super deal!!! Definitely will go back!!!

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Not worth the coupon...
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

So we tried this place with an entertainment coupon, it wasn't that great... everything was overrated except the service, which was outstanding. Our food was only OK and quite high priced. The dessert buffet was the biggest over-hype of the century as far as I'm concerned. Would not go back even with a coupon.

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Best desserts in town!
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

I've been to Griffins about 4-5 times in the past few years and I've come to really enjoy their fare. In the past, I've tried their version of a seafood trio, crab cakes, steaks, sandwiches, and of COURSE the dessert buffet, and have never been disappointed. The only thing I would improve upon is the service. During one of my latest visits, there were some problems in the kitchen or something, so it took over an hour (about an hour and a half) to receive our entrees. When we inquired about why the food was taking so long, the waiter AND the manager were rather flippant and didn't offer any reason other than that they were very busy. We have been to this restaurant on MULTIPLE occasions DURING the tourist season, and have encountered similar crowds to this on other nights...but never have we had to wait such a long time for our dinner.
Either way, I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone willing to try it out!

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Is not worth it!
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 1, 2007 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

We dined here with a group of friends for Christmas celebration on the 22 of Dec. I'd say that I'm really impressed with the decor and I trully like the ambiance, this is much better than White Spot.

What I'm so dissapointed about is the food. I ordered Medium Prime Rib...and it's soooo dry...well from the way they prepare it I can understand why. They put the primerib on a rack under the heating lamp all night. So prime rib is not recommended! There's another menu salmon and rice is also dissapointing... The buffet is actually not bad but it's not worth the price considering the selections. We paid $40 for a table d' hote, 1 entree and appetizer and dessert buffet. I guess this is probably their holiday special.

If you go for the buffet a la carte..without any entree it would be $16.99. For the price I'd go elsewhere but expect to pay more at Griffins...since it nestled inside the FAIRMONT Hotel. If you crave for steak just go to the KEG and you'll be happier but if you want to impress your date..then take her to Griffins...wait a minute...the parking will cost you a whopping $15 unless you find a parking on the street ($2 for 30 minutes).

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A nice surprise
By redpanda of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

After seeing other reviews, we were a bit worried about trying this place. We were glad we did.

Food: They had a nice olive oil, olive, and balsamic vinaigrette mix for their bread. Hubby had the mixed grill - all three meats were flavorful and juicy. My vegetarian "lasagna" was a creatively presented stack of paper-thin potato and carrot slices with mouthwatering mushrooms on top. I'm glad I ordered that so I could really pig out on the dessert buffet. Everything was so good I wish I had more room! I liked watching the pastry chef bring out different creations. The best was the dark chocolate mousse in a dark chocolate cup. The cheesecake was also very good.

Service: Our server was friendly, even though we were using the entertainment coupon.

Value: The entrees may look average-priced for that class of restaurant, but they are actually a great value because the dessert buffet is included for all entrees! That means for $31 for the mixed grill (which includes beef tenderloin), you're also getting a dessert buffet thrown in (where other restaurants are charging $8 and up just for a small dessert).

Ambiance: nice posh seats and nice art on the wall - as expected for a restaurant in a high class hotel.

Once we lose those extra pounds and gain back some splurge money, we'll consider going back.

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My Quest for Eggs Benny
By Rapunzel of Gabriola Island (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am "off-island", I want to make the most of my meals out.

I had the eggs benny for breakfast. I think the menu said it was $19 and I was charged only $18. Flavourful hollandaise came in its own pitcher which the waitress offered to pour, but I decline. Very nice back bacon. Their hash browns were very good. Next time I may try the breakfast buffet, once I see what's on offer, as I think it's about $25. Otherwise, I'd gladly order the eggs benny again.

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Great food - decent price
By tango of van (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 1:57am [Dine in]

Yes, it sure looks like Whitespot inside but the food is very good especially when you include the dessert buffet with it. Using the Entertainment Coupon makes it even more worthwhile for the price. You can go casual or dressy -- it's cosier to reserve a table near the window. The service there has always been excellent!

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Diner Food and Poor Service
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Went last Saturday and it was a full house.

Food: Portobello mushroom risotto – risotto was overcooked, a bit mushy and the asparagus was limp

Prime rib – it was cooked pretty well but for $38 but, it was average compared to all of other Griffins competitors, Sandbar does a really good job actually

Seafood Pasta – bland, absolutely bland.

Service: It took her 15 minutes to take our payment. Don’t expect there to be good service just because the restaurant is situated inside Hotel Vancouver. One of my dining pet peeves is having the desert served while having our entrée’s leftovers still sitting at the table. We finished our deserts before she came back around to take our dishes. Major service faux pas.

Ambiance – 1960’s diner, family

Final: would not go back

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Dessert Buffet
By JLgirl of West Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

First time visiting Griffins for dinner. Received a mini tour of the restaurant by the maitre d. We were pleasantly surprised. Our server switched napkins from white to black as we were wearing dark clothing. He said "no visible lint". I was impressed. To start, we ordered some wine and skipped appetizers. For main, we had the halibut and the seafood trio. Both were excellent. The complimentary dessert buffet sealed the deal. Over a dozen of desserts from delicious cakes to sweet pastries. This restaurant is in the Entertainment Book. Happy Dining.

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