Restaurant with a great view and deck located in Coal Harbour. Expansive menu selections including a raw bar with sushi.
It upsetting that such a gorgeous restaurant, with such a great setting is ruined by slow service, small serving sizes and high prices. This place could be great! It's just too bad.
After work, 5 girls heading out on a Friday.. It's sunny and gorgeous, all we want is a glass of wine. We weren't expecting to wait 45minutes after being seated to get it. Apparently our waiter walked off the job without telling anyone.. Okay, we get it.. but it's not THAT busy and there are managers standing around not really knowing how to pick up the slack. We watched other patrons sitting at tables without food or drink, it was painful to watch them light up everytime a waiter approached their table only to continue walking passed.
When you order crab nachos at $16 a plate, what do you expect? Probably not 4 pieces of deep fried tortilla and no dip... right? When you order a $60 bottle of white wine shouldn't you get nice wine glasses as well? Well, not here, only the small Ikea kind. Weird.
Thankfully there was a happy ending in this. We managed to walk the 2 minutes from LIFT to the CRIME LAB. Amazing service, fab table in the sun, better prices, good food and an accommodating waitress. Phiew!
My girlfriend and I recently went to Lift for her birthday. It was a sunday night but the restaurant was surprisingly empty. From the very first moment we pulled up in the car we felt cared for. All the staff was incredibly attentive but not in a 'we feel overwhelmed' way. They were there when we needed them and not when we didn't. The server in particular was very helpful in both our food choices and the wine pairing for my entree. We had the Port poached pear and the wild mushroom gratin for appetizers, both were fantastic. The wild sockeye salmon and venison loin with barbary duck for entrees. Stunning presentation and everything was perfectly cooked. My girlfriend was giddy from the experience. Will definitely be back soon.
For Dine out Vancouver, had an early seating... enjoyed the glimmer of the evening reflection bouncing of of Coal Harbour.
Can't beat the view! Stunning! Went as a group of 4. We all enjoyed the 5 course presentation. (& a ridiculous amount of GREAT oysters) The sea scallop was excellent in my case & I enjoyed the five-spiced Quail. But sadly the creme brulee (quite runny) was not worthy of my ultimate favorite dessert label - kinda a let down after an otherwise wonderful experience.
The service was outstanding (our server, the bus-boy, the owner or manager coming over to check in on us) However - the guy standing a little too close to our table at the bar putting back his 10th beer kinda had than "Cliff Clavin/Norm" quality about him... I guess that's why they call it lfit "BAR" grill. note to self...
I tried this restaurant with my girlfriend and when I went in I was impressed with the decor and ambiance. I choose this because the menu looks unique and it was a 5 course menu so more choices usually means good. However, the idea is good but the execution by the chef was poor. First of all, I didn't come to eat Japanese food. I never tried using my chopsticks at a fine dining restaurant and this experience was more than weird. But don't get me wrong I liked 3 dish/dessert out of 10 combinations between my girlfriend and I and the food quality and uniqueness felt like I was served by the third/fourth chef in line. Personally it was a poor $35 menu. $25 would be more of a justification.
I have tried this place for lunch and dinner. Service is nice and friendly and you can enjoy your meal while enjoying great view. West coast menu served fresh and tasty. It is well worth the price that you pay for your food and service. View alone worth a million dollars.
Our first visit to Lift - no real expectations after reading the other reviews here, but we were pleasantly surprised - top service by a waiter who clearly knew when to be at the table and when to leave us alone. The food was fabulous and not microscopic servings as in some upper-end restaurants we've been to. It's certainly pricey but no worse than others at the same level. Highly recommended.
this place has awesome views but it is such a waste if a restaurant can't do the little things right. For drinks we had a gin & tonic and a coke and they were both completely flat. Ok it is only a drink but apparently they didn't bother with the simple stuff.
Food presenatation was great but taste is only so so.
My boyfriend made a reservation for a table with a view...the waitress was a total snob and told him that EVERY table has a view. When we arrived I was seated at a table facing a fireplace and my boyfriend could see out the window to his left if he turned and didn't face me. We laughed it off and asked to be moved. We ordered appetizers and main dishes...all was ok. I wasn't impressed. It's too bad they have such a great location but with over-rated food and service. I don't think I'd go again...I'd rather spend my doe at Joe Fortes or Gotham.
Finally. After many massive dissappointments with the service to what should be a top class restaurant; they changed the management and fired all the attitudes. Its great - as it should be for the money put into its development and perfect location. No longer are you shocked to receive rude and in most cases NO service. Now, with a great new staff, attitude and management - I can re-visit a great location to what was previously banned. I just spoke to a member of a party of 10 who was received with open arms and over the top service - presenting a brought in cake for dessert with class and flare. Having made a visit this Wednesday I actually had a server visit before a half an hour wait and without the cheesy greeting. Congratulations to the management and staff to what shall be a "new" hot spot to dine and drink. Yipeee!
new joint for the hip and noticable, pricy but really good flavours, the seabass was perfect, the california rolls were interesting, my wifes steak was perfect, really good experience, will definately go back
Went for dinner on a sat. We were seated right away. Not many good tables in the place for an intimate dinner. ours was right next to the bar...server was very knowledgeable on both food and wine. We started with the Spider Roll and Endive Salad, Both were tasty, the Spider roll was well put together, the lobster was perfectly cooked, overall the flavors were mediocre. The Endive Salad waws great, nice roquefort dressing, sprinkled with candied almonds, great flavour and the endive was incredible crisp and juciy.
Mains: Lamb three ways, excellent, cooked to order, great flavour all around. Spot Prawn and Scallops, again cooked perfectly, Scallops melted in your mouth, risotto was well seasoned, love the lemon powder!
Dessert: Creme Brule was ok, nothing special.
Will go back in the summer for a table on the patio, hope to see a seasonal menu from Scott, he has the ability to amaze.
A group of us went there for dinner and the service was fantastic, the waiter made our evening. I ordered SCALLOP & BACON for an appetizer and they weren't kidding when they meant singular. It wasn't even a large scallop just a regular one you see in the grocery store the size of a loonie with 1/3rd of a piece of baccon stabbed through it for $13.00 . Eveything else was good though, especially the venison & tenderloin! Be forewarned, look for plurals...
My husband and I came here for our 4th anniversary, and had a wonderful evening! The view is unbeatable, our server was charming and very helpful, and the food was excellent.
We shared the mussels and clams to start, the sauce was amazing! My husband had the Sea bass and I had the Salmon. Both were presented beautifully, and were packed with flavor.
At the end, our server brought us a chocolate mouse, and the manager brought us two glasses of sparkling wine to congratulate us on our anniversary. It was the perfect place to spend this special night for us :)
We will be back!
I love sitting at the bar, watching everything go on in this place. The atmosphere and scenery are to die for, and if you're lucky enough to catch it when the sun sets, WOW! The rooftop patio has to be one of the best in the city, and the fire pit is perfect for cozying up next to on a cool evening.
As for the food, it's always inventive and delicious. I am in love with the chicken saltimbocca (I am sure I have misspelled that), and the spicy eggplant appy. Let's not forget about the wine list, who else offers Joie Rose by the glass?
This is the perfect place for out of town guests, if you are looking to impress.
Love the staff, the food and of course, that magnificent onyx bar!
Thanks for everything, keep up the good work.
Made reservation on Open Table. Arrived at the appointed time, checked in with the maitre d'. We had asked for a table on the patio, which we got. A waitress came and introduced herself and said she would be taking care of us all night. We ordered drinks and appetizers from her. Then, before our appetizers arrived, another waiter came by and asked to take our main course orders. Confusing, as we thought the young lady was our server. It seemed that there was something going on between them, for all evening it was duelling servers. I ordered lamb, he asked how I wanted it done. Now, lamb is not like beef, that you order with varying degrees of "doneness". It should always have just a little pink in the centre. The waiter said that would be how they did lamb "medium", so I ordered that. The lamb came and I kid you not it was practically raw - and the waiter said that was how they did medium. I sent it back to be cooked truly "medium", and of course it came back well done and tough. All the other tables around us were served baskets of bread sticks and flat bread - we were not given any. The mashed potatoes served with the lamb were glutinous. The carrots were raw. The asparagus was good - crisp but cooked not raw. My companions ordered the veal cheaks and the kung pao chicken - they reported their meals as bland. They kept trying to hurry us out, asking about desert before we finished our meal - and it was not busy. This is an expensive restaurant - for the price the food should have been much better. Go to one of Earl's or Milestones with a patio and have a much, much better meal. To top it off, the next day I got an email from Open Table that the restaurant claimed I had not honoured the reservation. This was the last straw. I will never go there ago. Truly, all the reviews that give this restaurant a mediocre rating are correct. Don't waste your money.
My friend and I went to Lift, to enjoy some food and girl talk. We ordered the chicken wings and they were raw. I completely lost my appetite and we had the waiter remove them from our table. He stated that he was sorry and that the kitchen and the manager were made aware of it and that that Manager would be coming by our table. The manager never bothered to come by. To top it off, they didn't even take it off of our bill, they took off a $6.00 dessert!!!!!!, wow, the raw chicken costed us $14.00!!!! When asked why the chicken was raw, the waiter stated that it is the kind of chicken they buy and that it happens quite often....what??? here's an idea, if it keeps coming out raw, maybe don't buy it anymore!!!!! Our waiter was sweet and his hands were tied, he can only say what he is told to say. He and the view were about the only good things about the dining experience. . The Kung pao chicken was a just a piece of deep fried chicken with some green onion thrown on top. It had no flavor whatsoever. To top things off, I checked my credit card charges and I was charged not only for my meal, but for someone else's. I have left a message with the manager and have yet to receive a call back. Not the best example of customer service!!! Needless to say I will not go back there, nor will I recommend it to any of my friends or clients!
Wow this place is overpriced for the quality, taste and portion size of the food. This place is all about the view and ambience but it tries to be a high end restaurant. The sushi is not bad but if I want Sushi I will go to a Japanese place. I made the mistake of ordering a caesar salad (how anyone can screw that up I have no idea) It was bland, soggy and basically tasteless. For my main I had the veal tenderloin. The portion was the size smaller than a tenis ball it was tender and cooked correctly but again BLAND!!! also the menu said it came with Risotto, sounded good... but when it arrived the chef had the stupid idea to wrap the risotto into a sushi roll in seaweed, probably the most disgusting thing I have ever ate.
All in all skip this place unless the view can outweigh the food.
After being told Carderos had at least an hour wait, we wandered to Lift. On the way we saw several empty tables on Cardero's patio, which raised an eyebrow. An hour at least at Lift as well (??), but the cynic in me wanted to see for myself. This didn't faze the hostess a bit and my guest and I promptly sat at an open window seat by the bar, one among at least a dozen in and around the bar. Great long term business plan. Our friendly banter with the bartender and the expensive champagne that we ordered would, one would assume, ensure lots of attention but the cougars were calling. The bar slowly filled up with older women and the three 'next Brad Pitts' (read my screenplay - please!!) behind the wood were sucked in.... The food was very average and way too pricey. Our calamari was basic of the shelf battter with cocktail sauce from the jar ($15 - I think). Didn't have it, but a $39 steak better come with a car wash and a massage. Maybe the rent is crazy high, but those prices are ridiculous. Can they take credit for the view? Well then, ok, dinner was worth it. Won't be back.
We were there for what they call brunch on a Saturday. There is not really a brunch there, since items are picked à la carte.
My bagel and salmon was a joke. I could barely see the cream cheese on it, under the translucid slice of salmon. The onion was dry and sliced with its own yellow bulb. Yummmy!
Also, it was "assumed" I wanted a side salad and not french fries... The eggs one of my friends ordered was not prepared the way she asked. And the horror goes on and on! The server? He ranks A+ in rudeness! Never again...
It was our first time to eat at this restaurant and I was pretty impressed with the food and service.
The Dine Out menu was good. The amuse bouche was very light and tasty. The appetizers were pretty good too. The endive salad was a bit bitter at first but it works really well with the goat cheese dressing. I actually enjoyed it more than the sushi roll appetizer.
The quail main course was very unique and tastes good too. The dessert was nice as well.
When we complained about the chip in the glass where they served the beer, they promptly replaced it with a new glass and opened a new bottle.
Tried the Dezire cocktail and it was delicious!
The non-dine out menu looked very good too, although it was on the pricier side. We'll probably come back sometime in the summer as it's hard to appreciate the nice view in the dark.