Restaurant with a great view and deck located in Coal Harbour. Expansive menu selections including a raw bar with sushi.
Went with a friend to Lift Bar for DOV because we thought the menu looked quite unique. We were seated right away, the ambiance was great. We quickly ordered our choices from the Dine Out menu, and as we were waiting, we noticed that the tables around us with the Dine Out menu all have a tray of bread....all the tables but ours! Ok, maybe they're just a little slow in bringing ours out, that's fine. First course came, still no bread. So we decided to ask the waiter if bread is included in the Dine Out menu, the waiter rudely answered "no, but I can bring you some if you really want some". Um....ok....whatever. Another table came and was seated behind us, their bread came soon after they placed their order. So we were definitely sure at that point that they forgot to give us bread, or they just assumed that we're not bread-eaters? I don't know.
Anyway, the bread finally came and it was good! (Little did we know that it was only to be the only good thing we would be tasting for a while) The first course that we got was the salmon and tuna roll. The tuna was too fishy, the rice was mushy, the seaweed was soggy and tough (it tasted like the day-old sushi from T&T), and they forgot the sauce on my plate!
Not good, so we eagerly waited for the second course, hoping that it would be better than the first. I ordered the butternut squash soup, which I thought was quite good; and my friend ordered the endive salad, which he was it definitely wasn't worth the money.
Third course, the seared scallops came. The presentation was nice, served in a shell, but as soon as we took a look at the scallops, we knew it was waaaaaay overcooked without even cutting into them. Boy, were they ever tough to cut into! Chewing them proved to be quite challenging as well. The ravoli under the scallops was overcooked as well, with the outside cooked to mush, and we couldn't figure out what those tough bits of meat on the inside were. Oh, and did I mention there were 2 "unidentified" pieces of meat on top of those scallops too? We didn't even want to try figuring out what they were since they tasted like meat left over from making broth anyway. BIG BIG disappointment!
By the time our entrees came, we really didn't know what to expect anymore. But to our surprised, our ahi tuna sashimi with tempura futomaki was actually quite decent. The presentation was nice and it tasted good as well.
Just when we thought the restaurant has redeemed itself with their entrees, out came our desserts - creme brulee for me, and the chocolate terrine for my friend. The terrine was just a mount of chocolate thing that my friend didn't quite enjoy, and the chocolate on the side was so hard that it was inedible. We tried breaking it apart with a knife but no such luck. And my creme brulee? It just tasted like an overcooked Chinese egg tart. Well, at least the raspberry and strawberry garnish tasted normal.
Overall, extremely disappointed in the food and service, and the fact that the parking lot is about a block away and you have to walk the entire way in the cold to get there (unless you want to pay $8 for valet) is enough to keep my friends and I from visiting this restaurant again.
Ok, its a great view & location, but not a very good restaurant. Service is barely adequate. No attempt to interact with us, they take our order, bring us our drinks, food & bill and that's it. Feel like we're being moved through the assembly line here.Drink, Food, Bill...NEXT!
I find it funny that a previous reviewer got raw salmon, as mine was cooked WELL DONE! We're in Vancouver! If anything they should be able to cook a salmon.
On top of all this, it is very expensive, for the two of us our bill was ovef $140 for a mediocre meal with indifferent service.
Obviously they're not concerned with repeat business, they just want to bang through the one time tourist and go again. I will not be returning.
My husband and I went to this restaurant for our 8th anniversary dinner. View and service were really good, and some of the food was great. However, there were some order you should NOT order. For example, veal cheek, the worst veal I have ever tasted. Meat was tender, but it smelled. The sauce was very sticky, and I don't know how they came up with idea that sticky caramel-look like sauce to go with veal. Halibut was good, huge portion. The oyster chowder was too salty and I could not finish it. Asian sticker was really good. Sushi was over priced and I prefer to eat Sushi in Japanese restaurant with less than a half price. This restaurant has stunning view but they need to improve their food overall.
i was here for dinner with a friend. food was great, a bit pricey, but i guess you're paying for the view as well! the calamari for appetizer is amazing! service was good. when it got to around 8pm, the noise level went up and i could barely hear what my friend was saying... so go a little earlier, or sit outside.
Great visit to Lift the other day. Went in for an early dinner before going to the hockey game. Once there we found out that they had happy hour at the bar. No drink discounts but all the food was half price. Even had $1 oysters. Dinner was really good. I had the Cornish game hen and the mrs had a venison that was great. Service was good and restaurant was clean and probably has the best views in Vancouver.
Like many other reviewers have said, view is spectacular, service is lousy. For Sunday brunch, it took 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge me and my guest and he did so while carrying someone else's salad in his hand. Coffee refills were not offered at all. We were asked for dessert, but I was in no mood to provide further sales to this restaurant. Such a lovely restaurant with such lousy service. Try another restaurant in Vancouver - so many others around.
I went to Lift for DOV last weekend and had an amazing experience.
1) location - it's tucked in some hidden corner behind Westin Bayshore hotel (i think).. it is surrounded by water, the view includes canada place, yacht club, and stanley park as well as north shore. Just awesome.
2) service - excellent. Our server was really friendly, attentive, and said 'bon appetite' every time she brought us the dishes. She had a great smile too :)
3) food - i luv the presentation. Not to mention that it's $35 for a 5 course dinner! i particularly liked the Quail...the dish was presented very nicely and even the sides were tasty.
Give this restaurant a try, i plan on going back to enjoy the amazing water view!
I've worked as a chef for twenty years, and a while back, finanaced with a new promotion, friends and I went out and did five restaurants and spent way too much money. I was catching up on some places I had wanted to go for a while. Of these places Lift and West were 2nd and 4th. Both great meals, Lift is known for bad service but the food was ....wait for it...great. I was most impressed by the fois gras with rosemary sorbet, I believe. West was great, definately, but for me, as a chef I appreciate interpitation, and that is where Lift surpassed. West was perfect with better service, but hugged the rails in safety, trading classic-average for good cooking with an accent. That's how I saw it.
The view was wonderful, the service impeccable. The portions, on the other hand, were minute. Overall very nice, but it would've been nice to get larger portions for the price of the meal. If back in Vancouver, I would dine at Lift again but might give lunch a try instead.
So I decided to throw my birthday party at this restaurant because it was recommended by a good friend.
So it started really great from reserving the day and time to JUST getting seated. I called about an hour before arriving to ask if I can add one more seat, and the man said "that should be fine!" We got seated shortly but the extra seat I have asked for was not there, and when I asked for another chair the server gave it to us. We ordered wine and champagne before placing our food orders. It took the server about 30 minutes to acknowledge that we are waiting for her. She spent most of her time over on the men's side instead of going around the table like a regular server. After placing our order we got our appetizers shortly. I had the squash soup and it was really good (except for the walnuts that weren't crushed that well). Later we got our entrées, I had the steak. Portion size was decent but what it came with did not taste very well (that is just my taste buds). A couple of my friends had the steak as well but they said it was dry and not "medium rare" like they asked, but we didn't want to make a fuss because we were starving. Two of my other friends ordered the "prosciutto wrapped chicken" but the prosciutto was missing. Anyways, after dinner we were served our desserts. I had the "chocolate cake" or whatever that was. It tasted like mud. Literally, MUD from outside. So I just ate the ice cream that came with it. Some other people got the coconut jello thing, it was actually really refreshing but presentation wise looked like a crappy version of Eggs Benedict. Last dish I want to talk about was the salmon dish, came with "fried rice" as the server said it was. It was hard, stale, and not edible AT ALL. She politely asked the server if this is how it’s supposed to taste like, and all the server did was "UMMM I DONT KNOW. They fry the rice, that's how it’s supposed to be." Look LADY. Not to be racist or anything, BUT we were a party of all Asian and her telling us how fried rice is made is not answering the question my friend was asking. We all know how fried rice is supposed to taste. AT LEAST EDIBLE. Anyways, she didn't want to do anything about it except for offer mashed potatoes for an extra cost. *WTF?*
I'd like to mention that there was no good service throughout our time here. The server was rude, did not say a word to us, did not apologize for hitting the wine glass on my plate that it could've knocked my plate onto my lap. Not even "HOW ARE THINGS TASTING?" or "IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN GET FOR YOU" or "ENJOY YOUR DINNER." Nothing. Absolutely nothing. She did not want to give us any customer service whatsoever because my party was more than 10 people so she automatically gets 18% gratuity. We even had to speak to the manager about how rude and not knowledgeable our server was. The thing that stumped me was the MANAGER with the tattoo all over his arm, did not apologize ONCE for anything that his employee did. He said he would talk to his staff, what the HELL is that supposed to do? Oh did I mention they wanted to charge 3.50 PER PERSON to cut my cake? I had 16 people come that night. My cake costs 14.99. So 3.50 x 16 people = 56.00 without tax and gratuity ON TOP. I'm sorry but this restaurant sucks big time. They have no customer service, I rather eat at the Keg and get better food and excellent customer service than come back to this sh*thole.
In conclusion, I would not recommend this restaurant for any parties because the lack of customer service and mediocre food and it is overpriced. I hope this restaurant gets a whole new staff and a new menu. Maybe I’ll come back. Most likely won’t. Oh, and worst birthday dinner ever.
I went to this restaurant for the first time for lunch. Great little place, nicely decorated and right on the water in coal harbour. The waitress was lovely and attentive but we were disappointed with our meal. We ordered the halibut salad; they were out of some ingredients for the full salad so we ended up with a few greens with flowers in it. The halibut was small, but tasty, but we were still hungry when we left. Expensive wine list and expensive lunch.
This was our first visit to Lift, and had a very pleasant surprise. We had been a little reticent, due to some less-than-stellar reviews online. We came early for our brunch reservation, and they were able to accommodate us, even though the restaurant was quite busy. The restaurant is especially wonderful in its ambience; waterfront dining, right on coal harbour. We even saw some little boats sporting about in the waves. The food was good; standard west-coast fare, prepared well, and presented beautifully. The pricing was also quite good; especially the brunch, which was ~19 dollars for a wide selection of very fresh, tasty good. Our server was busy, but reasonably attentive; he was aware it was busy, and apologized for any inconvenience. The manager and host were excellent, and capably handled our bags and seating.
Very nice meal, very good prices, very good service. I might suggest that some of the reviews complaining about the service might be have had a much better time if they had more time and maybe visited off-peak hours.
Waited 45 mins for appies to arrive, and 1 hr 45 minutes for entrees to arrive. The first bottle of wine we tried, the 2008 quail’s gate old vine foch, was terrible and had to be sent back. We tried again with the 2006 twenty bench, which they were out of. Were finally able to get a decent bottle on our third try. At $70+ /bottle, I expect every bottle to be good. Meal arrived lukewarm and had to be sent back. Had the veal cheeks which were overcooked, oversalted and arrived on a bed of “shrimp ravioli” which consisted of two thin slices of dough with a single cocktail shrimp in the middle. One of our party ordered spaghetti and meatballs, and one of the meatballs was burnt. Who screws up spaghetti and meatballs? Upon expressing our dissatisfaction to the rather prickly manager about the length of time to get our meals, were advised this was our fault due to ordering appies and entrees separately (!). “When you order your entrees separate from your appetizers, you go to the back of the line, and we are very busy” he told us. Unbelievable. Harbour front location was nice.
- when the food is completely undercooked/raw ( Lamb) and the servers are rude and not attentive for the prices they charge, what more can one say? My crab cakes also had no flavour. The view is nice but i actually go to a restaurant for the food and wine. Won't ever go back. really not acceptable.
I have been meaning to try this place out for a while. I was a little hesitant after reading a multitude of mixed reviews on this and other websites, but thought I would take the plunge.
I made my reservation a few days in advance and did ask for the patio. Upon arrival, I was greeted with a smile. I was informed that there was not a patio table available the time, but was offered a great table along the open windows (I was also given the option of having a cocktail on the outside bar area while waiting for a patio seat to open up). The restaurant was very busy with a wide variety of people. The ambiance lively and upbeat, not quiet and romantic.
We were greeted promptly by the server and offered beverages. The wine list is extensive and has a lot of interesting items. I liked the descriptors provided in each category. We decided on two glasses of the feature wine to start. The restaurant is definitely designed to be open and lively. A big bar sits in the centre of the room, but it is still relaxing throughout the activity.
The menu is quite eclectic and interesting. I ordered the castrati salad appetizer and my companion ordered the shoujin tempura. Both excellent choices in flavour and presentation. I decided on the tenderloin as my entree which cooked to perfection and simple though delicious in presentation and my companion had the halibut with israeli couscous. Again flavourful and well prepared. We also decided to share a dessert of warmed chocolate torte. A perfect size and rich tasting.
This service was professional and non intrusive. A capper was that we casually mentioned in conversation with the server we were celebrating our anniversary and they brought us 2 glasses of dessert wine to have with our dessert. It was a nice touch, and totally unexpected.
The restaurant is definitely expensive but no more than a multitude of others within Vancouver and we left satisfied and satiated. I do not recommend if you are looking for a quiet location, but if you want to feel part of a bussling city, then it is the place.
You cannot beat the view or location and I will definitely be back.
My wife and I just bought in Coal Harbour. We feel we got a deal and recognize we are in a more expensive area.
We decided to try some of the other restaurants in the area we tried carderos the admiral the.
All pretty good and the price was not too outrageous.
The other night we decided to go out for a more expensive dinner date night . We chose the lift. Big Mistake!
We got in and we had asked for a romantic private table they sat us in a small table for two in a high traffic area ,any time any of the 3 servers ignoring us in our section came past they would almost bump right into us.
We never got water or bread while we saw all the other tables getting the service we came for......
3 separate servers came past and offered to return finally I had to whine to the manager I was hungry and thirsty....15-20 min duration
That is why people go out to eat is it not because they are hungry and thirsty??
the manager unwillingly brought us bread and water. We ordered 2 Ceasars to drink Ceviche and the California roll. How can you screw that one up ? We felt we were playing safe. The ceasars were $21 for two the roll was tiny and disgusting it tasted like yesterdays tuna sandwich and it was $15.
I am a good eater and I came hungry I did not finish these tiny loonie sized roll pieces, horrible taste, mayo inside and large lines of Mayo on top... WOW !
How do blow california roll that bad and still charge 15?
My wife had Civeche the menu said fresh lime and it is suposed to be the freshest of the fresh seafood dishes .
I tasted like it . It too was prepared a few days a go It came out in cloudy sauce nothing fresh and again TINY portion . It was gross!!! we never finished it . It too had a tuna salad taste. Like they were subing in canned tuna thinking no one would notice!!! The ceasars we had could have been outdone by an Aircanada flight or westjet in size and taste... it would have been cheaper on the plane-LOL.. We managed to get the Ceasars down cause they said there was booze in there... We left after that .
We had plans to order a $50 Bottle of wine and a couple more courses and hang out for a romantic evening no matter what the cost. but instead we had to wait to tell the manager about our problems .
He did not seem like he cared , I did manage to get our unfinished food off the Bill . I simply said there is now way I am paying for any of this.!!!
We Both own businesses in the area and see alot of people we will be going out of our way to spread the word that YOU SHOULD NOT GO THERE!!! It is a real shame. we wish the food and service were even half as nice as the location we would still go there but it is not even close. Save your self the hassle do not visit this place not even on a curiosity stop. It is one of the worst places to eat in Vancouver ,I know I eat out 3-4- times a week at spots in Vancouver. Usually I would not bother with a bad review but I feel like you need to know
On a recent business trip, a group of us decided to have lunch at Lift. Apart from the beautiful setting and magnificent scenery, Lift truly delivered a first-class meal! The calamari was cooked to perfection and the crab cakes were divine.
I enjoyed my experience so much that I brought my husband there for dinner last weekend. He too was amazed by the food (ahi tuna) and the warm & inviting atmosphere. The flourless chocolate cake is a MUST!!
Looking forward to my next trip to Vancouver as I will surely go back to Lift!
We were a party of 3 on a business expense dinner and chose The Lift as it is close to the Westin Bayshore where one of us was staying. We were seated at a window table and ordered drinks. For appies, we decided to split the dumplings and the asian sticks. Both were awesome -- very tasty and a good sized portion. For dinner, two of us had the ahi tuna sushimi which was pleasantly displayed and was incredibly good. As we were ordering the ahi tuna, I asked the waiter to explain the dish. He asked me what I wanted to know. I replied 'everything' and he did explain it in great detail and it wasn't at all what I expected from the description, but sounded good. I then asked him to explain the halibut dish. He once again asked what I wanted to know, saying that it was described right there on the menu. Well, let me tell you that once he described the dish, I hadn't a clue how he could think that it was reasonably explained on the menu. He spoke about the mild curry, which I didn't even see mentioned. Our friend had it and liked it.
When I was eating the ahi tuna sashimi which was drizzled on the side with a wasabi mayonnaise, I asked the waiter for additional wasabi mayo. He pointed at my plate and showed me that the plate still had some wasabi mayo on it which he suggested to me was more than enough to continue eating the dish. Not in so many words, but in a rude, condescending manner. One of my dinner partners then spoke up and asked would it be O.K. to get more. Can you imagine my dismay to be treated this way. Has anyone ever been questioned when requesting something regarding their meal?!! I could not believe the nerve of the man.
I then spoke to the Manager who was rightly apologetic and said he'd make a report on it. Well, I sure hope so, because I have never, ever been treated so rudely with a 'mightier than thou' attitude. Needless to say, the remainder of the meal was spoiled for everyone. And, did I mentioned that this was a business expense. Cost was not a factor, but we sure didn't feel like leaving any tip at all.
Needless to say, I will never visit The Lift Restaurant again, nor will I ever recommend it to anyone. We go on many, many business expense paid dinners, and there are many fine restaurants in Vancouver to dine in. This will surely be off our list.
My boyfriend and I were hoping to find a romantic restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The view and ambience was stunning however, the place was very much lacking in service and food quality. Firstly the waiter had very little knowledge of the menu details as well as wine selection. He made multiple mistakes on the dish descriptions and the types of wines I requested were completely opposite to his explanations. (which would have been fine as long as he was honest and perhaps found someone who knew.) The food proceeded to be bland and dry. I ordered the Halibut which seemed like it was cooked to the point that it transformed into a powdery dry state and the Lamb my partner ordered was chewy and dry. This food would have been unacceptable even at a casual dining restaurant but I suppose they are expecting their patrons to pay $30 a main for the ambience alone. The octopus salad needed a lot more seasoning and acidity for balance. They managed to also over-charge us on our bill which I pointed out to the waiter and he apologized for some random computer error. If someone is paying $150 for dinner, it better be damn good. This is not the place for food, but an all right place for expensive drinks. It's a big waste for a such a lovely view of the harbour.
We were in a fight for a few days and found ourselves wandering about reviving the relationship and decreasing the tension. Hoping to avoid the rabble and fray of some of the more angry momentscame down to the waterfront and stumbled went up to the Lift.
I didn't have high hopes for a trendy looking place on the waterfront and spending time with the old ball and chains. I assumed it would be overpriced and pretentious and I would be wasting $$$. The atmosphere was upscale and comfortable and the staff were good looking and professional even though we weren't ordering a full suite of courses. We had an assortment of appetizers which were all fresh, tasty, and creative. Yes, it was a ~20% more than I might pay in other places, but we both felt that the price was on par with the quality, presentation, and service regardless of the waterfront location. The waitresses were especially hot and I was immediately in a good mood. Bonus points for the kind waitress who chased us down the pier after I left my blackberry on the table. I'll definitely be back and probably not with my wife.