Milestones serves a seasonally rotating menu of Internationally inspired cuisine in stylish, relaxed atmosphere.
I was invited to Milestone's for dinner by the boyfriend's family and was surprised at how much the menu has changed for the chain.
First of all, the menu choices are limited and more expensive. Entrees start at about $15. Back then, Milestone's was a place to go for good comfort food. Affordable menu with good-sized portions. Nowadays, it's become this place that seems like it cares more about being posh and sexy, then about their food.
Most the dishes are pretty good, but the Shanghai Noodle Stirfry I ordered failed tremendously. Chicken was just smothered in 5-spice powder and grilled, placed on top of noodles drowning in salty sauce. Obviously my fault for ordering an Asian dish at a restaurant like this, but it's no where near what a noodle stirfry should be.
I have to give them props for prime location though. It's wonderful dining against a sunset backdrop with a view of the water. Maybe it's just in the summertime, but while the servers dress in professional black inside, the ones serving on the patio have a beach-type uniform, which was neat.
Unfortunately, my bad noodle experience may deter me away from Milestone's until I'm properly healed. :(
This is such a great location and the recent makeover has really helped. Very stylish and comfortable, the interior is a delight to dine in...and the summer will mean the patio will be in full use. The menu is huge...took 5 minutes just to read it. I had the Prime Rib hash ($12.95), slow roasted thinly sliced prime rib tossed with crispy potatoes, bell peppers, sweet onion and roasted corn topped with two poached eggs, hollandaise, fresh fruit and grilled herb toast. It needed a little more spice (a few drops of tabasco did the trick) but was a tasty dish. Most Milestones food is reliable and my friends all had burgers and sandwiches they enjoyed. I liked the way they had pepper mills on every table. The service a bit on the slow side and our waiter could have been less flamboyant...however, can't complain, an enjoyable meal.
I had lunch there on a rainy day. Well, the food is your normal American/Canadian fare. We had a soup and a sandwich each. All decent to good.
The decor is a little dated, but the view and service was outstanding though.
Return? Only if I have out-of-town guests and the sun is out.
Nothing even close to being compared with Cactus and Earls. The food is previously frozen, packaged or processed. I order a garden salad with salmon and it looked like the bagged lettuce from safeway, the leaved were brown, salmon was greasy, no presentation, no fresh veggies.
Will never go back to Milestones. Earles and Cactus are way better!
My bf and I love to eat brunch so one day we decided why not brunch by the sea? Milestones was a great choice in a prime location. Food was outstanding. My bf ordered prime rib hash with poached eggs and I had the eggs benedict (my personal fav) Both were made with care and presented well. Service was good no complaints. Would like to go back to try their other menu items!
The vegetarian mushroom burger came with a piece of chicken.
The veggie burger came with steak sauce.
They were nice enough about it and took the items off of the bill and gave us 25% off the remainder.
This was enough to ensure that we will not be going back and it is just a warning to veggies to be careful.
I’d normally avoid reviewing chain restaurants. Their conformity makes singling out one particular outlet really rather pointless. But the Milestone’s on Denman is different enough from the rest that I thought I’d make an exception.
What sets this Milestone’s apart, and the one major plus in its favour, is its location. Set just off the corner of Denman and Davie, this restaurant has one of the best patios going. That was the main reason the girlfriend and I decided to eat there – to watch the spectacular sunset over English Bay. We definitely weren’t disappointed. The view, plus the lively crowd, both inside and outside the restaurant, really made for a memorable dinner.
Unfortunately, where it counted the most – the food – was a disappointment. I ordered the Italian sausage ravioli, which I remembered as being pretty good, having had it a few years before at the Robson Street location. When it arrived, I was surprised to find the sausage filling pureed. It’s one thing to expect a regular meat filling, and if it’d been advertised as such I would’ve been okay, but I was expecting a sausage filling with sausage consistency. Meh. Another problem was the sauce – not the flavor (which was fine), but the amount. The drizzle of red and white sauce down the middle of the plate was pretty, but it wasn’t nearly enough. And finally, to top things off, the dish wasn’t served hot. The ravioli had cooled to the point of being lukewarm and gummy. Overall, a letdown. The girlfriend, who ordered seafood fettucini, didn’t fare much better. She said her food tasted alright, but complained there was a general lack of seafood on the plate. A little surprising, considering how it’s described in the menu.
All this left me with split feelings about this particular restaurant. If you’re looking for a great summertime patio – someplace to kick back with some friends, enjoy a cocktail, maybe share an appy or two, and watch the action on the beach – it’s an easy recommend. But if you’re picky about your food and are looking for a great meal, you can do better someplace else.
I took a client out for lunch today and sat in the patio. It was nice that the patio was shaded and the view of English Bay was just fabulous. I ordered my usual fresh OJ, but the glass was not as icy chilled as I like. The service is always good at any Milestones. The waitresses are friendly and cheerful. I ordered the sea bass and it came with rice and vegetables. The sea bass was a little overcooked, but was not too dry. What I didn't like was the oil used for panfrying the fish was soaking into the rice and vegetables. My client ordered the chicken Ceasar salad and it looked dry, but he said he still liked it.
I find other than sidewiches and salads, other items are not that great of a value. I can get much better food for steaks, chicken, and fish and pay less.
The ambiance is the best feature at this restaurant. The view of the water is very nice, especially sitting in the outside patio. I will only go there if the weather is nice and sacrifice a little for the food taste.
They updated their interiors and menu design. It looks and feels a lot more comfortable. All my past qualms about Milestone's being old fogey is vanquished! That says a lot since it's at the bottom of my chain restaurant preference.
We went during Alcan Dragon Boat Festival weekend, and enjoyed a nice view of English Bay. Our server was nice, in that overly-friendly server type of way. I ordered half a California greens salad with strawberries, caramelized pecans, and added a spicy corn bread muffin. Very nice and light... and cheap! With tip, my bill came to $11!
PS Another time I went, my friend and I ordered the garlic spread - tres delicieux!
FOOD: Tomato basil capellini, "crisp" calamari, and classic burger did the jobs of filling empty dinner-time stomachs but nothing more... "Decent," however - Milestone's usually being consistent in this regard.
SERVICE: Really a little bit too pushy. Obvious sells are so painful to see! Some need to learn to better introduce dishes and pairings. I would've liked so much to give points even for simple courtesy but that was barely displayed, unfortunately. Perhaps an off day of the server?
AMBIANCE: The restaurant itself may be due for a reno soon but is still looking quite maintained. The view overlooking English Bay, of course, is beautiful.
I've been here only once. The food is mediocre nothing special. It is not really on par with cactus club and earls but might be better than Whitespot. And I think compared to other Milestones (I've been to Yaletown) it is not as clean and fancy. The main advantage of this restaurant is it's water view. The patio have heaters so you can enjoy the view from outside as well.
Was there on Valentine's day with a friend of mine, the waiting area was full of people waiting for a table, but the restaurant had more then enough empty tables to accommodate everyone waiting. Explanation was that everything was reserved for the special day....apparently there were a lot of no-shows, the restaurant never filled up during the time we were there. Oops!
Doorman dressed in black opened the door for us, and we were promptly greeted. Decor was nice, they're going for the upscale thing with fewer and darker colours, with wood and slate. It felt dark and totally not casual (at least in the evening). The restaurant felt much louder because they opened everything up.
Service was really pretentious, our server assumed since it's Valentine's day, every couple that came in (regardless of age gap and gender - not there's anything wrong with that) must be lovers and we were greeted accordingly and offered a Valentine's day 3-course meal....the server also said something that was way too presumptuous....must be his off night, note I still rated Service as 'Solid'.
This restaurant chain like to upsale food items, our server offered drinks, appetizers, extra dips for my dish, and desserts...Milestone should be proud of our server....he did everything by the book. (to restaurants: it's annoying and very car-salesman like, and it doesn't work on everyone....might even backfire.)
For the price you pay, the food was fully within expectations and good, they were presented nicely and my meal was hot, no complaints. A chicken pasta dish will set you back $18, a chicken salad was around $14, burger and fries were in the $13 range. Popular appetizers were easily over $11.
I'm sure it'll continue to be a very popular place, especially given the location, but you won't see me there during dinner hours anytime soon.
BTW, don't EVER get the booth that's right in front unless you want to freeze to death in the winter (pretty unhappy people in that booth tonight).
Went for an early brunch at Milestones, and it was a bad experience from the start. It wasnt busy, yet we had to wait several minutes while our host found a table for us, there was only 2 of us.
When we were seated, our cutlery was dirty, both of ours! Apparently it was an imposition to ask for clean cutlery.
My benny came out hard when asked for runny. We were almost finished before we even saw our server again, no quality check or anything.
When we pointed out that the bennies were overcooked, not even an apology, just "oh". I dont expect them to do anything about it, but at least apologize!
I don't know what motivated us to try here for brunch, but definitely was a mistake. Whenever I go out for brunch, its to have fun. This was way too frustrating to be considered fun.
I don't understand how people can honestly not even give the ambiance a 5. The restaurant it self absolutely beautiful. Like all restaurants nothing is ever perfect all the time, but any small slips come with apologies by servers or even managers, and sometimes even discounts. The food is consistently beautiful and creative. Their girls night is a fantastic deal, as is their date night. Drinks are fairly expensive, but what restaurant like earls or cactus' aren't. I've never eaten at this location and been let down. Their brunches are the best, their steak is the best I've had in awhile, raspberry mojito's were so good, appetizers are fantastic, i could go on and on. The servers are attentive, the food is perfect, and the ambiance is unbeatable.
We went to this restaurant because of the great location (across from the English Bay) and because we had heard that this was a solid restaurant. Well, although the waiter went out of his way to accommodate us, the host was very rude, the cook needs to go back to culinary school and the ambience for which we had gone was actually an irritation, as the sun as directly in our eyes. When we asked to move, they refused!! Why did we stay? To give them a chance to redeem themselves, as we thought that at least the food would be better in a place like this. Humph! I ordered the Wild Pacific Coho Salmon which was supposed to come with vegetables, and rice infused with basil and cilantro. The salmon was dry and the rice tasted as if it had been micro-waved a few ties as it didn't taste like Jasmine rice ( I am a rice connoisseur) , but like rice cakes - dry rice cakes! The vegetables were a few green limpid beans. My sister ordered the Miso glazed fish which didn't taste anything like the description on the menu - and oh yeah! there was ONE edamame bean! What a complete waste of time this was as we had to wait for over 40 min for our meal! I would never go there again, even for the view! As well, they double charged us for drinks! Which we unfortunately did not correct, as we just wanted to get out of there! Never again, is all I can say!!
Just had the most mediocre meal I have ever had. The restaurant must have one of the best locations in Victoria, right on the harbour, but what you experience as a diner lets it down unfortunately. Firstly, why do restaurants believe that children want to eat bland over-cooked food, and why would you want to sit next to washrooms when the restaurant is practically empty - and why would you serve a marguerita the color of washing up liquid (luminous green!) and tasting of a mix of salt and lime cordial - yuk! The food was bland in taste and presentation, and so overpriced. Had to try it, but never again. Oh, maybe hiring servers who can use more than one adjective might help - my meal was not 'awesome'!
The view is the best in Vancouver, the service is always friendly and very professional, the food is good and well priced, the waiting times are 10-20min tops on average. I always have a good time and so do my friends. Try the chipotle cornbread, its fabulous. The waiters are especially personable and attentive. This is the kinf of place I rather not rave about so I can keep it to myself and continue going without the waiting times being to crazy.
I went to milestone's restaurant on wednesday for first date. the ambiance was fantastic, we got to watch the sunset on english bay, the food was incredible, best steak i have had in a long time, but the price was what blew me away. my date and i got to eat a appetizer, an entree and dessert all for 50$! crazy that was such a great deal. iwill make sure to return to milestone's soon
As a business associate and I sat down to discuss purchasing a hotel, we ordered yam fries and thai chicken drumettes. The view of English Bay was incredible and the appetizers were delicious, we didn't have time for a full meal but we did order chocolate cake with whipped cream and ice cream for desert. Sensational.
Go in and try it. It could be because I'm originally from Toronto but I was personally happy to have had partaken in the Milestones experience on Denman. Cheers.
My family and I dined here for Mother's Day. The service was excellent. The food was okay, the salads were poor - we were insulted with iceberg lettuce and a shortage of quality add-ins.
Staff obviously try their best to provide good service but I pity them for having to make their way with trays of food and drink through the very small, crowded, waiting area through the only door to the outside eating area.
The dark decor is completely inappropriate for a casual restaurant located in this dark, dank, dismal, rainy, climate that is Vancouver.
The West End Milestones owners need to go back to the drawing board complete with a new designer who knows what he/she is doing, as well as a new chef.
Because of its location, Milestones will no doubt continue to be patronized with unsuspecting tourists, and those from the burbs, except for those of us who with discriminating tastes who have lived in the West End for many years.