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.
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.
I pretty much agreed with the review below there. My partner and I pretty much enjoyed both of our appies and desserts but not the main course. I had the salmon it was just okay and he had pork and it was way too salty and rich for both of us. He had to drink quite a lot of water. We loved our appetizers: soup and the salmon mosaic. They were really good and interesting. For the desserts, since there were only two kinds so each of us ordered one of each. I loved my ice-cream on my WINE POACHED ANJOU PEAR and he loved his ice-cream and the caramel sauce on his chocolate delice. One more thing that I agree with "YummydansleTummy " is the service part. We thought the service was pretty good from the beginning but later on the night, it was more like they were doing their service job, not outgoing/friendly. Anyhow we both really enjoyed the meal. So far the best appy and dessert compare to other DOV 09 we had. And will go back for special occasions and will recommend to friends.
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.
I went to the Raincity Grill for an impromptu Sunday brunch when our regular weekend breakfast place was full. When we arrived, we were greeted kindly, and the host hung up our coats and we were seated quickly.
Our server was quite good; brought us beverages immediately, and was very friendly. The atmosphere was fairly nice; the restaurant wasn't too busy, but if it was, the tables did seem a little close together - but, that's often what you get in the neighbourhood, anyway.
I had the Smoked Salmon on Brioche, which was tasty, but very, very, VERY rich. In fact, so rich I was ill afterwards. My husband ordered the Scallop with Greens to start, followed by the Dungeness Crab Benedict - he was ALSO sick all day as a result of the richness. I don't think it was food poisoning - I really do think it was because it was so rich and fatty. Some may enjoy this, but we found it just too much to handle.
Although our server was awesome, I think some of the bussers or coffee-pourers were quite inexperienced. Our forks were moved by their prongs, our coffee cups were handled by their rims, and our coffees were automatically topped up without asking. The bussers kept wandering around slowly not quite knowing what to do.
To top it off, there was a baby crying behind us, and a man blowing his nose into his cloth napkin beside us - so not the ideal atmosphere!
All in all, I think we'd probably try it again for dinner based on the good reviews - and try ordering something a little fresher, but we won't be returning for brunch/lunch!
Creative, flavorful, memorable and special are adjectives that come to mind in describing the various dishes that can be found on the Raincity menu. This is fine dining at its best. But I wouldn’t recommend it to those unwilling to part from the elegant delights featured as the usual culinary fare of most restaurants in this class. For example, the “Northwest” shellfish bouillabaisse we ordered was spiced, not with saffron and related herbs, but with fennel as its major spice instead. It was great, with an abundance of fish, although I would have liked a bit more of the broth that went so well with it.. Other items we tried were a delicate and tasty truffle risotto, finishing with a sumptious, killer bittersweet chocolate torte with pear topping for dessert. The Raincity also has one of the best selections of BC wines we’ve ever seen. There are many to choose from and, based on the “by the glass” wines we selected, only true winners make the list. The only shortcoming: Not much in the way of greens to accompany the mains and some of the salads are a bit pricey for what you get. Bargain hunters alert! Raincity has an early diner special: 3 courses for $25 before 6 p.m. That alone will get us back sooner than later.
I really liked the ambiance. I wouldn't say the food was outstanding per se but definitely better than a 3.
Service, on the other hand.. was pretty bad. We were having a good time chatting but it would've been nice for our server to come around once in a while to check up on us, which did not happen. I would certainly go back to the restaurant if it weren't for the service.
We went to Raincity at the end of the summer for a nice dinner out. We both did the tasting menu paired with the wines. Our server was great, very informative and attentive, and we were seated on the patio which was amazing. Seeing the sun go down while having dinner was a great experience.
The tasting menu portions I found very small, even for a tasting menu. It was 5 courses, all of which were good, but none really blew me away. I would say the dessert was the best of the 5, a nice ricotta cheesecake. As I said, the food was good, nothing wrong at all, just not outstanding or overly impressive. 4 out of the 5 wine pairings were perfect, there was only 1 that I did not agree with.
All in all the experience was nice, we had a great evening, but based on the food alone I would try a lot of other places before returning to this vancouver classic.
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.
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.
A bunch of friends and myself went to Raincity Grill for brunch today after the Sun Run. We were probably a younger clientale then what the people there usually expect, but the staff there treated us with the same amount of respect as others. I really applaud them on that, as I've have been to places where the service towards younger people is so condescending and they look at you like you can't pay for the food you're ordering. Bravo!
As we were there for brunch, but really we ordered off the main lunch menu. I had the chicken breast and it was moist and not dry and everything on the dish seemed to fit in. The only complaint I had with my dish were the leeks, which were a bit stringy. We had basically ordered all the entrees off the lunch section of the menu and I thought that the each one was done fairly well. I was the only one that ordered dessert-everyone else was full-it was a cheesecake with a pear sorbet and a cherry caramel sauce with some additional granola pieces to go along with it. The texture of the cheesecake was very soft and smooth, probably not Philadephia Cream Cheese, it was a pleasant change from the super sweet cheesecakes. The sorbet was refreshing and had a distinct taste of pear in it. Some very minor problems, but overall good food.
Service was impeccable. Our server, I believe his name was Douglas, had such a friendly attitude and joked around with us quite a bit. He definately knew the food they were serving, as we had an abundance of questions about what certain things were on the menu. Water was refilled often and and removal of plates was done carefully. The atmosphere was really relaxed and we all had a great time enjoying a nice meal and talking and laughing. Only thing might have been the door right beside us, which when opened let in a draft of cool air to where we were sitting.
Definitely going to come back for another round of food sometime.
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