Restaurant with a great view and deck located in Coal Harbour. Expansive menu selections including a raw bar with sushi.
Went to Lift with fairly high hopes. Unfortunately, my three dinner companions and I left very disappointed.
One word to describe the food…meh. Yup, that’s right…meh. We were full but far from satisfied.
The meal started off well as the amuse bouche was wonderful. The salmon and tuna roll was less enjoyable than the rolls at almost any of the fast food-type sushi places in downtown Vancouver. The gnocchi was heavier in texture than expected. The baja scallop was slightly rubbery and tasted seafood-y. I know that sounds crazy but seafood should never taste seafood-y! (The scallop was not even close to what we had at Five Sails last Friday!).
Three of us unfortunately ordered the tiny portion of seared ahi tuna sashimi that didn’t even taste like ahi! It was bland other than the slightly unpleasant, overly hot spice blend on the edge. The texture on the tempura futomaki was crisp and light but it still ended up being a very disappointing entrée. The quail entrée was better – a nice blend of textures on the plate (except for the rock-hard polenta). The crème brulée with the lovely hint of cinnamon was a nice surprise but the custard was too runny for my taste. The chocolate terrine was very “meh”. It was chocolate so it couldn’t be that bad but there was nothing memorable about it.
On the way out, we noticed that six diners were crammed at a table meant for four. This made no sense as there several empty tables that could’ve been pushed together to accommodate them.
Overall, not worth the $35 paid…I guess I paid at least $10 for the view.
I was taken here on a work thing.
The service was sketchy, as we had to flag our waitress down twice for water and to order dessert. She was busy flirting with the cool guys at the bar.
The food was pretty decent, but nothing notable above what a lot of less expensive restaurants are doing these days.
The wine list has horrific, outrageous mark ups up to three times the retail value of many easy to find labels.
I was with an associate on an expense account, and we couldn't bring ourselves to pay these prices... ordered beer instead.
This place is not for dining, it's for looking.. at the view, the tarted-up clientele and the staff.
Went for dinner few times as we really enjoyed the ambiance at this place. I prefer seating at upstairs as they have a fireplace. Despite the beautiful view, food is rather average and does not comply the price. Well, I guess you pay for the location. Worth trying if you are looking for good ambiance.
The Paella didn't meet my expectations, very little seafood, nor chicken..., also it was not very tasty. But my husband's salmon entree dish was excellent...I also highly recommend the calamari to start off with...I was duped with the dessert - it had an biscotti, one chocolate cookie, and a two chocolate & gelee candies...I was not expecting this at all! Overall, great ambience & service...I'd definitely go again & will know what to order the next round.
I ordered a seafood paella that cost me $29, was the size of a large rice cake, included ONE prawn, and was so smothered in oil in made me feel ill. Having decided I couldn't eat it, I ordered a (delicious) lemon drop and enjoyed the truly spectacular view.
Eat before you go, get blown away by where we live and have a drink instead of dinner....
Finally, a hip, hot spot right on the water! Every seat in the house is desirable. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff was warm friendly and inviting. Having heard some negative reviews... we were pleasantly surprised to find that this restaurant is smoothing out the wrinkles that every new place faces. The service is now living to match the amazing beautie of the decor.
Foodwise, the sushi crab roll with Halibut tempura topping was delicious. The free range chicken breast, from the main plates, was also a delight with it's warm honey potato salad to complete the dish. We found it easy to choose a wine to match our meal as the list is full of jems in all price ranges.
We will definately go back. Lift has become the top of our list when considering where to take out of town guests.
Myself and 2 friends went to Lift on a foggy night as a part of Dine Out Vancouver. The restaurant was basically empty...only a few other tables had patrons. The service started out okay, but quickly went downhill. One of my friends is a vegetarian, and ordered the mushroom casserole as one of her courses. The description did not list any meat in the dish, and all the other choices for this course had meat in them. After a few bites, she pulled out something and asked me to taste it....yup, it was a piece of pancetta. There were several other pieces in her dish, as well as in the dish of my other friend's (who is not vegetarian so was not freaked out). When we alerted the waiter he immediately came over, but soon started denying that there was any meat in the dish. He continued to argue that it was impossible!! When we showed him the pancetta, he had nothing to say, except that we should have TOLD HIM that she was vegetarian. They took NO responsibility and offered no apology.
GROSS. No wonder the place is dead empty.
This restaurant is the farthest thing from fine dining. While the view is nice, you can get it without having to pay an arm and a leg for a wobbly deck table and dirty table mats, 3 salmon entrees that were served raw (no exaggeration), and the slow "tourist treating" wait staff forgetting that locals go to Vancouver restaurants too. The prices are way too expensive for the poor quality and chef who can't grill a piece of salmon properly. There was little apology for our raw food (which was dumped back on the grill). To finish the evening off, the valet parking sign said $5 whenh we entered, and the valet boy decided to change the price to $7 when we were leaving the restaurant. Terrible experience and i would never go back.