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Mosaic Bar and Grill

655 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC V6C2R7
Tel: (604) 639-4770 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Had a great dinner here.
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

We had dinner here on a saturday night and arrived at 7:30, it was pretty empty inside so there was lots of seating. For an appetizer I had the ROASTED CHESTNUT BISQUE ~ apple lane farm apples, spiced brandy cream - $9. It was really flavorful and I enjoyed it very much. Next was the SOUS VIDE PEACE COUNTRY LAMB ~ broccoli rabe, butternut squash, spiced walnuts - $24. This dish was a great portion size that wasn't too heavy and the lamb melted in the mouth, was cooked perfectly, solid 4/5 dish for me. For dessert I had the CREME BRULEE - $8 and it was great, lots of flavor, not too sweet, just right textures. With a $8 Kits Cooler to drink (very tasty) my portion of the bill comes to $49 + tax & tip.

I consumed an appy, entree, dessert and beverage, all were great 4/5's for me and for that price I was happy. Our service was also great, professional but also with personality, not stuck up or robotic like some of the other nice places I've been to. Yes I will be back. My only complaint could be that the place was kind of empty/dead inside but that's fine with me, less wait time for my meal.

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Slow lunch
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch on a weekday. The food was pretty good and might actually deserve 3.5 stars. Dishes were well done; not the best but value was fair for the quality vs. the price.

The room was comfortable, nice and the bonus is sitting by the window over looking the streets below.

Service was slowwwwww. Do not dine here if you have to be somewhere immediately after. While our server was very nice, experienced and courteous, it seemed they were understaffed. The restaurant was pretty much full but I only counted 3 servers total. We weren't neglected persae, but it was hard to flag someone down for the bill.

Not the first on my list to recommend, but would come back.

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Great First Experience
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Food: we were given complimentary "amuse bouche" which was a potato mushroom soup in a shooter glass. very tasty. i started w/ the mosaic salad ($10) which was a nice mix of greens, bacon, apple, walnuts on this creamy "cheesy" sauce. i highly recommend this one. my b/f had the the onion soup ($8) which he enjoyed since it was not too heavy. i then had the 1/2 chicken ($26) which was very flavorful and tender. my b/f the blk cod which he too enjoyed...but he did mention it was a little small for the price $34 i think. we then shared the bread pudding ($7) which was very nice. i saw the choco choco cake and it is huge! if i could eat more i wouldve opted for that!

Service: as a previous review said..."polished". our waiter was very polite and knowledgeable. he knew the menu and made recommendations which we took and enjoyed. waters were refilled, came by in a timely manner...we never felt "pressured" or rushed. Excellent.

Ambiance: great atmosphere for romantic or group dinners, drinks, or dessert. we had a seat by the window overlooking burrard st and it felt very nice and cozy.

Overall: great fine dining experience. def recommend this place based on my dining experience.

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Great all around
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I dine here regularly but usually for lunch. We went in for dinner the other night, and I was really impressed. The food was amazing, (braised short rib and osso buco) and the dessert was, to say the least overwhelming. Every chocolate lover should try Mosaic's giant choc cake. They serve you the entire cake, i kid you not. Easily enough for 8 people with a price of $7. Around a great dining experience.

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Blech. Not good for vegetarians.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 5:07am [Dine in]

I went to Mosaic for my friend's birthday dinner. And being a vegetarian, the menu is very limited. I picked from their set course, which was $30. The tomato bisque was okay, it was a bit sour. Oh god, I ordered the risotto.. because there was nothing else that was vegetarian on that particular menu (their regular menu had a potato enoch or something). It was terrible, tasted like a bad version of Kraft Dinner, but harder. Seriously, it was disgusting. The dessert was probably the better part of my meal, I had an apple strudel.

Service was very nice, my waiter was very attentitive. And the ambiance was nice, but the music was a little odd. Didn't really suit. I heard the place is good for people who actually eat meat, such as their crab cakes or pork chop. But if you're a veggie, don't go, not worth your money.

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Decent food, great service!
By hungry_hippo of Richmond, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Our server was awesome, he talked to us a lot but wasn't invasive or trying too hard. He made it a very memorable experience for us and ended the night with a complimentary giant chocolate cake (by giant I mean it was enough for 20 people when there was only 2 of us!) and even took a polaroid picture for us and gave it to us to keep!

I've never tipped anyone as much as I have tipped him (the servers name was Oscar! :)

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Awful buffets
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

I had the Christmas buffet at Hyatt years ago and it was okay. Their beef is not the best quality, so very tough. But they were serving a roast beef, not prime rib. And the chocolate fountain made up for it.

This year I had to come here cuz the other restaurant buffets were booked earlier than before and since it was an okay experience, I thought I'd come here again. I shouldn't have. The hostesses are really friendly, even showed us the buffet. But the waitress was a bit too intrusive. I'd describe her as talkative and pleasant. I prefer her to give us our space. Nonetheless, she served us our drinks right away.

The view was okay but all you see are parts of other buildings in downtown and mostly reflections from the glass. The booth seating makes it hard to get out, but when you have a buffet, you always need to get out.
But the most important thign is the food. Firstly, no chocolate fountain. But we knew that. Still, the desserts leave you wanting more. THere were a couple lazy dishes. There were 2 types of tiramisu, just made not very differently. The cheesecake was too creamy, with not enough cheese. The cold seafood station was pretty good. The mussels had no sand and weren't fishy. The shrimp cocktail was good too. They failed in the hot food section, as in that none of the food was hot, just warm. This year I think they had a prime rib, or atleast a better cut of beef than the last time I went. But still, it and the turkey were dry and cold (beef was tough too). Some of the dishes were interesting and made well, but ruined by the lack of heat. The best things were the mussels & the shrimp. For a hotel, the quality of the food should be much better.

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$28 dine out is a bargain!
By matsu of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 7:47am [Dine in]

Mosaic is really good, the restaurant is nice, very airy and spacious, i especially like the high ceiling and wood trims. i also like the big windows looking out the street and buildings. Food was good, i'd give food 8/10, i had the crab cakes with avocado ragu (it has a very unique taste), seafood pot (the shellfish were really good, fish kinda overcooked), and mini chocolate square (very rich and yummy)

service was attentive, I'd definitely go back to Mosaic in the future, $28 dine out is a bargain.

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nice place for birthday celebration
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

Having a birthday club we celebrate every 3 mths, with the birthday person choosing the venue. We usually try to go to restaurants we would not frequent on a normal basis and look for SET menu's or special deals.

Our friend found a good one at Mosaic. There were 6 of us, and 5 had the set menu (I think it was $45 pp) and this was for 4 courses. I highly recommend the crab cakes, I picked off a friend's plate since I had the tuna carpacio

Our server was very efficient, knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings.

The dessert was to die for and since it was a birthday they gave a very big chocolate cake to share which we thought was the dessert but we also got a dessert sampler and then found out we also got a choice of dessert which we opted to take home.

A great choice for a special occasion

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Delightful dining
By uberjeanie of Coal Harbour, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 12:57am [Dine in]

My husband and I stopped into Mosaic before listening to a jazz performance in the downstairs lounge. Dinner was amazing. Having been to Griffins, Kobe and the Keg in the past month, the steak at Mosaic put them all to shame. Not only was it cooked to perfection, but the au gratin melted in our mouths. I had the pumpkin ravioli - a divine delight - and savoured every bite.

A particularly nice touch was having the staff call us by our last names. It was nice to be addressed as Mrs. so and so, would you like more pepper. I felt well taken care of.

We ordered dessert, the chocolate chocolate (that's what it is called), in the lounge downstairs. It is a good thing we had three other people to help us with it. We didn't even make it through half of the cake. I would surmise that it is bigger than a toddler's head... If you love chocolate cake, this will blow your mind.

A wonderful evening, all in all, and we look forward to going back for a quiet, quality and sublime evening.

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quiet cozy place
By kuma of Coquitlam (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

A group of 5 went for DOV09! Their appetizer salad was somewhat weird, some of us thot it tasted like plastic! But their crab cakes were pretty good, not dry as the ones I've tried before. Their NY steak was not bad but salty in my personal opinion and usually I like rich flavor but it was too much for me. The Seafood Bouillabaisse was a bit bland and soup was tasteless but the scallop, salmon and halibut were not bad. The black cod was good tho I didn't get to try it. My frd seemed to love it however. The no-choice dessert chocolate cake was very good for the first few bites. I thought it was too rich and sweet when I was near finishing the whole thing. Good presentation tho. Come back? Maybe for the ambiance and service (the server was very professional and friendly, he recommended us to come back on birthdays because they have a special 5x5 chocolate cake as complimentary.

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Best Eggs Benny So Far!
By Rapunzel of Gabriola Island (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

So I was on a quest for eggs benny but was kind of getting tired of them, till I saw that the Mosaic had crab cakes and spinach benny. I've had crab cakes with my bennies at Griffin's at the Empress and at Basque in Nanaimo, and thought I'd compare.

The others were good, but Mosaic's was even better. I ate there for breakfast yesterday and today, ordering the same thing. There was a larger portion of crabcake than I remember at the other two places. Not a lot of taste to the hollandaise, but I enjoyed it, anyway.

Service was very good. My water was topped up more than once (I drink A LOT of water)

Both times I was given a "shooter" size glass of banana/strawberry smoothie, which they appeared to give to everyone. It was very good.

The price was more than at Basque in Nanaimo and less than Griffin's at the Empress. This was by far the best deal, though.

I had a window seat both times and, having lived in a rural area for the past five years, I was mesmerized watching the "ballet" of cars, trucks, buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians in rush hour traffic down on the street below. This is something I never noticed until I moved to a rural area.

I am probably going to have breakfast there tomorrow morning as well, possibly the same meal even, before I return home.

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Absolutely BLOWN AWAY!! <3
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

WOW, this was the best dining experience I have ever had in memory. I decided to come here to celebrate my birthday cuz I heard that they give out a free chocolate birthday cake. I absolutely loved the moist black cod, and I was SO glad I requested the sides to be changed to risotto because it tasted so good!
My server Oscar was amazing. He was extremely attentive and gave me the most EPIC, BIGGEST birthday cake EVER. It's literally 8 times the size of a normal cake! This Belgium chocolate CASTLE was TO DIE FOR.
It was actually affordable because the cake was free and I used entertainment coupon. And of course I left a big tip!
Mosaic is SO much better than all the other overrated/hyped places for tourists! You should come try :)

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Christmas Dinner Buffet was a deal
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

At $65/ person this buffet was a very good deal. The variety of food from smoked salmon, prime rib to cocktail shrimp and a plethora of salad was very surprising. To be honest, I was expecting the usual Christmas fare turkey, ham and some mash, this far exceeds my expectation.

The service was attentive and friendly and the setting was festive.

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Christmas Dinner Buffet was a deal
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

At $65/ person this buffet was a very good deal. The variety of food from smoked salmon, prime rib to cocktail shrimp and a plethora of salad was very surprising. To be honest, I was expecting the usual Christmas fare turkey, ham and some mash, this far exceeds my expectation.

The service was attentive and friendly and the setting was festive.

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Classy restaurant with wonderful food
By foodiebabe of Victoria (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 11:59am [Dine in]

This was another business lunch venture, in an excellent restaurant. The service was friendly, polished and efficient, and the food was really quite wonderful. Although we opted out of appys and dessert as we were short on time, my duck breast entree was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. The mashed potato came wrapped in some kind of a thin ribbon, made of pastry? Egg pasta? I couldn't work out what it was, but it was soft and fluffy and delicious. The portions were good too - by which I mean not over-large. I managed to finish everything on my plate and was satisfied. I will certainly go back, and plan to try a proper 3 courses next time. Reservations are probably a good idea. I also liked how the booths and tables were not too close together. Definitely recommended.

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Tourist Dining Standards
By Usuallyeatingout of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

Being a Vancouver resident, it was a interesting place. Mosaic was a great central location in downtown. It was close to the city centre, water front, main roads and a view of the spectacular mountains. Server from the sevice staff was prompt and friendly. The decor inside was new, simple with some modern accents and lots of empty seating during 6pm. I ordered salad and medium rare steak. The food quality is a take it or leave it motto. You get limp greens in salad and a steak which butter doesn't even melt. The server was quick to address the unmelted butter. It was brought back into the kitchen and 5 minutes later. The butter was oozing all over the luke warm firm steak. I managed to chew on a few bites on the steak, returned the steak back to the kitchen and ask for the bill. Quality standard for a tourist, where they usually don't return for a second visit.

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worst food i had in a while
By vandinerx of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 23, 2012 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

me and my wife was looking online to figure out where to eat in dine out 2012, we tried in 2010 it was pretty good, but i kinda made a bad decision by going to mosaic bar and grille this year, our server ((Carry)) was pretty good, always help us with drinks and got us some pretty good wine, i was happy about that, my wife order a 28$ course and i got the 38$. she ordered a charcuterie for appy, and crispy eggplant stack for entree and milk shake dessert. she was surprised that her plate is much bigger portion then what i order which is a bison carpaccio which only 4thin slice of beef and little cavier and watercress((thats is it!!!)) i was not impress. the carpaccio is good but i can finished it in 1 bite... but her charcuterie, the muskox pate, seem kinda off i tried is taste like is not made in house and a bit off and she hate figs.((which she was not told there figs in it or written on the menu))... she feels sorry for my appy, she let me ate most of it..(she doesnt like the taste). Entree she like the egg plant but is still too greasy and not enough seasoning and i got a tuna loin. which is ok and still small portion like 4oz size.
as for dessert i shared my goatcheese with her which is ok and had the most sugars milk shake we ever had(caramel icecream and mushmallow??seriously).. the bill came to 75$ for the food and 60$ for the wine and drinks. i left about 15$tips the drink tips. 0$ for food... the server ask us how was the food, we laughed and walk away. not coming back ever again.

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Disappointing Experience - Certainly Not Fine Dining
By JK604 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

We decided to check out Mosiac because it was in our 2011 entertainment book. We wont be back again. There is no way their entrees warrant a fine dining price tag. My girlfriends ling cod special was dry and very over salted, she couldn't really eat it. My roasted chicken breast was very dry - not even up to par with a casual dining dish that would cost half the price. Our waiter, though he was kind and meant well, was notably rushed and probably had a few too many tables to tend to. The manager came by our table and was very apologetic, and took care of our meals, but we still wont be back.

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First truly disappointing dining experience in Vancouver
By glitch23 of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2008 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

My partner and I are usually not the complaining types, but I felt like I had to mention my experience at Mosaic, as I picked it based on the ample positive reviews on this forum. Unfortunately, I have to say that this was my first rather disappointing dining moment in the city of Vancouver, which is normally so well known for its delicious cuisine.

Upon being seated, it took about 10 minutes for our waitress to appear. Our host had informed us of our waters being on their way, but we had to request beverages from the waitress, as she had brought nothing. We were hungry, so we went ahead and ordered the steak and the duck along with a couple of drinks, making an attempt to imply that we were in a rush.

The food took nearly an hour to arrive. The waitress stopped by once when our drinks were halfway done and was nowhere to be found when my partner ran out of his beverage. When the food finally arrived, the waitress warned us about the hot plates, but the plates were barely warm.

The steak could be described as bland at best. The texture was ok and it was cooked just right, but the real problem was that there seemed to be some cross-contamination, as there was simply no other flavor to the steak than a strange mixture of sausage (?) and ash. The potato gratin that came with it was excessively salty, leaving me completely parched after just a couple of bites. There was also a noticeable edge of fat attached to the steak, which simply doesn't seem right when you're paying 34 dollars for a steak.

My partner's duck, however, had some sausage bits that came with it, which basically tasted like nothing. The ravioli-like pasta in the dish was equally tasteless and the brown presentation resembled a bachelor's rice-and-potatoes type dish. The entire meal was lukewarm and most of it stayed on the plate.

As mentioned before, we're not the complaining types, so we didn't send the food back right away - even though that would have been the right thing to do. Also, we were so hungry that we went ahead anyway and consumed about half of the meal, so we didn't feel comfortable asking for any kind of compensation. Needless to say, we looked so unsatisfied that the waitress noticed and offered to fix the problem. The restaurant dropped the price of our meal and sent us off with plenty of apologies and a complimentary chocolate cake, which we politely accepted simply for the sake of accepting their apologies.

It's possible that our visit occurred during a simply unfortunate time, as it seemed like the hotel was hosting several conventions/business events that had the kitchen busy. Also, we noticed the other waiters being way more attentive to us than our own waitress, so it's possible that she had something going on that distracted her. Nevertheless, the dinner left us rather uncomfortable, which shouldn't be an option at that price range.

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