Raincity Grill is located in the heart of the West End next to English Bay and is dedicated to using local ingredients and produce to define its Pacific Northwest menu. They also have a takeout gourmet fish & chips window.
We have eaten at the Raincity several times over the last ten years, and have noticed a progressive deterioration over that period. Last night the deterioration crossed the tipping point - like the Canucks, its time for the Raincity Grill to be reworked from the top down.
The menu could only be described as pedestrian - yes, you are trying for a < 100 mile menu, but this does not excuse such a limited and poverty-stricken set of choices. Appetizers - my wife had the Kushi oysters - they were presented with no imagination and they just weren't that good. I ordered the terrine and was informed that they had none, also the original squash soup was out. The waiter recommended a Caeser salad - really? I had the replacement soup, the mint pea soup, it was OK.
We looked at the 4-5 choices for mains, decided that none of them held any interest for us (steak, halibut, pink salmon, yawn...) so we drank up and left.
The ambiance in the place was, to be frank, depressing. The staff were simply going throught the motions, competently, but with no heart at all. The room simply felt dead. It felt like going to see a team, formerly with great ambition and promise, that had simply allowed themselves to descend into irrelevance.
Somebody save this place - it used to be a place worth taking an out of town visitor. Until it saves itself, stay away.
Went for brunch on a saturday. It's located on Denman overlooking English Bay.
The room is quite small and sort of old-fashioned. I think it may need some renovations soon.
Food is on the light taste side, with minimal use of oil, salt and sugar, the complimentary croissant and scones are great.
Service was good, professional and courteous.
It was my birthday on the weekend, and my friends treated me to a dinner at the Raincity Grill. After reading strong reviews for this restaurant and having recently completed reading "The 100 mile diet", Raincity's fresh local ingredients were a real draw.
When we first arrived, we were very impressed by the room and the kitchen. While waiting for our table to be made up, we got a chance to glare into the kitchen which seemed very clean, calm, and professional. A very good sign. The service from the front of house was also exemplary and unpretencious.
The menu was pretty exciting with local ingredients. After reading the 100 mile diet, I had to have the 100 mile tasting menu and I wasn't let down. The flavours were excellent and tasted very fresh. I believe there were 6 courses in all, with the exception of the appetizer and dessert, I couldn't have ordered better dishes off the regular menu. The chicken and duck were cooked perfectly, and the sides were also delicious.
The appetizer and the dessert were okay, but in the spirit of 100 miles, admirable. The only thing I noticed was that there was obviously a limited amount of ingredients (i had marscope mash potatoes on three occasions during the meal).
The rest of the party was also very impressed with the meal. Due to the passion that was evident in the food, the great location and service, we'll be back and will recommend it to all of our friends.
As part of a weekend-long birthday celebration, we had dinner here on a Friday evening. We weren't dressed up to the nines like some of the other customers, but nevertheless, the staff was friendly and hospitable.
The wine list was extensive and had a great selection from local areas. The appetizers were large in proportion -- one single ravioli pasta blanketed all the different kinds of mushrooms, and the cream sauce was perfect (not super heavy or oily). I also enjoyed the main course, which was the wild salmon. I'm usually pretty picky with how fish is cooked, but I had no complaints here. The herbs and light sauce made it even more flavourful.
After that, we ended the dinner with two wonderful desserts -- a chocolate cake with a wine-doused pear slice, and a sweet honey custard.
Although it was a little dark inside, Raincity Grill is a place I would definitely recommend, especially if to celebrate a special occasion.
We arrived and tucked in for what looked to be a great place. Warm reception and friendly service to start. However, once we got our appetizers, our waiter chose to ignore us and attend to a table of persistent wine drinkers. The waiter stood and talked to this table for at least 10 minutes at a time - not once, but several times throughout the evening. The food was quite good, but there were long periods of time when no one attended to us or took our plates away.
Another table complained to the guy who appeared to be the Manager - he told them he would take care of it. Not sure what he meant, but the reality was that we waited far longer than they did for service.
If you have several hours to spend for dinner and don't mind waiting for service, try this place.
This was my first visit to Raincity Grill, but because Vancouver is a very competitive restaurant market, I'll be going somewhere with more attentive service next time.
Go when you're passing by and you spot an empty table on the patio, or when you've reserved an outside table. This place has a stunning view of English Bay, so it's just the place to dine when you want to watch the fireworks or the sunset.
The food is very good. The food doesn't quite justify the price, though - if I wanted just a fancy meal, I would go elsewhere for the best value. If I'm going to spend that much money I might as well go to one of the places where the food is outstanding.
So yes. Good food, a bit overpriced, nice view. Heated patio.
We decided to make a reservation for the late sitting for New Years. At $80 for a prix fixe meal, I`m not sure whether we should have expected more but we didn`t expect bland. I`ve been delighted at other places many times but last night the highlight of my meal was a very small portion of pork belly.
At the bar, we asked about wine suggestions and the bartender pointed out a $200 bottle which we declined so he lost interest in us. Our server helped us pick an $82 bottle which I think is plenty. Service was the highlight of the evening.
The oyster, spoon (chose tuna tartare), appetizer (scallops with fennel – not much taste), and main (3 pork combo – small pork belly was great; rest was dry). A cheese plate on the menu turned out to be $8.50 a cheese. Prix fixe? The molten chocolate cake (tiny) and squash mousse (tasteless with coffee grounds).
I was a little shocked to see the staff pouring champagne and then drinking it themselves. Either supply a glass for the guests or wait until the restaurant cleared and then have a staff drink.
Nothing really wrong but nothing to make it stand out as a good value or excellent food.
Hands down my favorite place for dinner in this wonderful wet city. The ONLY place to go in Vancouver if you're in the mood for lamb. Excellent and knowledgable staff. Valet parking in the evenings. A perfect patio for sunny days over-looking English Bay. The best wine cellar in the city. The "Spoons" menu is brilliant. And now an "early-bird special": 3 courses for $22! (From 5-6pm, reservations required). If a man could shag a restaurant, I'd be taking this one home.
We expected a great dinner to showcase their food for Dine Out Vancouver. The food was extremely disappointing considering the cost was $357 for 4 people. We were rushed by the waiter even tho the restaurant was not full, the chicken confit was an extremely small leg and thigh that was very bland, vegetables oily and stringy, the salmon sat on a sauce of some kind that tasted like plain cream and no spices whatsoever. There was no pepper offered or on the table, I mentioned that the sauce was very bland and the waiter perfunctorily picked up the salt bowl and handed it to me! Won't be going back. Value not there.
We went there for a nice brunch after I heard good reviews. We had some breakfast style appies which we outstanding, and then had our main courses, which were crab benny and bacon benny. Both courses were well worth the money and i would definalty go there again and again. Our server was excellent, very polite and knowledgeable about what he was serving us!! The portion sizes were great for the prices and well worth it!
It was a friend's job treat and we found this place on the internet. The menu looked attractive and a bit unconventional. This is what attracted us to this place. On approaching the place and entering it the first thing that was disappointing was bad ambiance. It was very low light and congested sitting, not quite what one would expect for so pricey a place! To add to the misery, the place we were assigned for sitting had mild stink from the washroom, which itself was very unimpressive!
But we hoped that the food would be great going by the large number of people that had gathered there. The food indeed was excellent in taste and aroma. We had ordered salmon, halibut, pork and beef tenderloin which were all quite good. However the quantities were pathetic and can hardly be filling, esp. for younger people, given that the prices of the entrees ranged between $28 - $36!! We had to ask about 3 times before they even brought us the first serving of bread, which is supposed to be complimentary. VERY VERY BAD VALUE FOR MONEY!
Additionally we had ordered as starters what they call "SPOONS" which for us was Halibut in beer batter. The taste was good, but we could hardly see the pieces, they were miniscule at $4.5 per piece. When we had asked before ordering about the sizes, we were misled!! In short NEVER ORDER THESE SPOONS, if you are not trying to blow up your hard earned money!
To top it all the waiter who was serving us was very snooty! When I asked what the green serving with the beef tenderloin was (just curious), he told me first that it was beef tenderloin (of course I knew what the main part of the dish was since I had ordered it) and then just recounted all the stuff on the plate! The way he said it was pretty annoying and such unkempt, smart Alecs are hardly expected in a place where I pay so much for the food.
In short if I ever go back there I would use the patio which is more airy and hopefully devoid of the stink, and would probably order fish which is slightly better in quantity.
A mystifying marriage of meager quantities and mind blowing quality.
One of our friends has got an excellent job and was feeling generous. We end up here after some search in the Internet. Four of us ordered pork, halibut, beef and salmon. Things were pricey. I ordered the pork. It was only 6 oz and it was finished even before I started. The quantity was really pathetic and was more suitable for a hobbit. However all the sauces and vegetables and how they have complimented each other with the pork was really great. Quantity in beef was also similarly depressing. Fish,especially the halibut, was excellent and the quantity was more reasonable.
The Rain City Grill is small and cozy almost cramped but fantastic in every other way. The service is top notch and very professional. The location is perfect for the west end with a great view to the beach. The wine selection great and the staff knows their stuff in this department. Food is some of the very best you will have anyplace in Vancouver!
I have done Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at this place and it's all fantastic. The prices are very fair and not sky high like they could be. It's nice to find something of this quality without the silly prices that scare away all but the rich. I think this is an often overlooked gem in Vancouver that may become your favorite if you give it a try.
Next time your going out give this place a call you won't be disappointed.
A friend treated the four of us, and it was a beautiful view, great service.
The food was fine, my bison was almost rare, well-prepared. Ceasar salad had a delicious dressing, and our scallop appetizer was good. I think everyone else enjoyed their food, but it wasn't spectacular. Someone said you come more for the experience, the great view of the sunset, rather than the food. I agree. Everything about our food was fine, but I was not overly impressed with the meal.
Went for Dine Out Vancouver with a few friends. It was everyone's first time at Raincity Grill. Of course a good location, right by the water. Cozy restaurant. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive, but reserved. When bringing each course they would describe what was in each dish and they kept came by multiple times to fill up wine and water glasses (just not particularly outgoing/friendly). We did appreciate that they allowed us over 2 hours for Dine Out.
To start I had the Butternut Squash Veloute (a creamy soup) that was nice with the thyme accents, just quite rich. Friends enjoyed the Stuffed Leg of Chicken and the Salmon Mosaic.
For the entree I had the Braised Beef and was expecting something very savoury and melt-in-your-mouth, however, the beef was bland and a little chewy. I felt it was more like a little pile of pulled boiled beef, wrapped in a cabbage leaf. The potato pave was pretty yummy, but they're potatoes, which I nearly always like. It's the meat that really makes the entree, and mine didn't. Sampled my friends' Pork (on risotto, very flavourful) and Salmon (with gnocchi and butternut squash, pretty good, lighter flavours).
Lastly I had the Hazelnut and Chocolate Delice with smoked milk ice cream. The chocolate delice was nice. The ice cream was interesting! It tasted of hickory and was odd on its own, but better when eaten with the the crushed hazelnuts and chocolate. The Anjou Pear dessert was quite nice as well.
We felt the serving sizes were very good for Dine Out-we were all pretty full at the end.
I expected to be more amazed by the food, and while the appy and dessert were pretty good (though nothing spectacular), I was quite disappointed with my main. So my experience of the food was just "decent," though most of my friends would rate it higher. (Take home message - skip the braised beef!)
I haven't been to the RCG in a very long time and when a friend popped into town, we decided to walk down from her hotel to the restaurant. We had a very nice table in the corner with a nice view of the water (at least she had a nice view of the water).
Although the dinner was good, it was less interesting than I expected. The flavours were average for something at that price point. I think it will be another few years before I go back since there are so many other more intriguing places to try in Vancouver.
Everything is local, fresh, and responsibly sourced. This little restaurant is cozy and inviting with knowledgeable staff and friendly service without being pretentious. The chacutterie plate is to die for as an appetizer, and our mains were very good (venison with lentils and tuna with cauliflower). The local wine list is extensive and provided some rare BC wines, and even the coffee was some of the best I've had. We received complimentary dessert wine since we were celebrating our anniversary and were treated very well from start to finish. Highly recommended!!!
Cant go wrong with a view of English bay and nice sunset....... thats for sure.
we tried the A la Carte menu, which was a lovely 8 course meal. appetizers, soups, pre dinner taste bud teasers, and dessert. the bottom line is that each dish is relatively small (given it is 8 courses), but the freshness of the seafood and the unique combination of different tastes was truly exciting and a lot of fun. I love my fresh fish and culinary creativity and I will honestly say that these folks have something quite unique and in my opinion, a worthwhile addition to Vancouver's dine out culture. go to the menu to see for yourself. Yes, it is a tad expensive, and yes there are "other" seafood restaurants, but none are really as cool with their ingredient combinations as this place. And remember, it really doesn't get any better for location, which means they're spending 2 arms and three legs to be here, so we can enjoy being here, which is part of the whole dining experience anyways .....And, I almost forgot that the serving staff was par excellence.....got a warm and fuzzy from them... and I like that.
Went here just before the Olympics for a Valentine's dinner. They had a prix-fixe menu of approx $45-55 for 3 courses. One of the best meals we've ever had. This is a foodie's restaurant and I really love what they are doing with the 100-mile menu. Excellent salad and soup starters, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin, sweet desserts. Service very attentive, my only peeve was where we were seated, they served drinks over the railing rather than at the table, but is but a minor peeve.
Simple, delicious, local, fresh, with accommodating service and for a little more money then 2 pizza's and a bottle of wine, this was well worth it. Not sure why it took us to long to try this restaurant. It's already been recommended to friends. The food can be described with the 4 words above but 300 characters are needed.
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