Located on the Corner of Howe and Nelson, Relish features a modest menu that includes North American, Mediterranean and West Coast cuisines with a full wine list.
This place is close to the Paramount on Burrard so a good choice for a pre/post meal. Tried the oysters on the half shell, only one type and it came with 3 sauces/condiments. Could have given more than 1 slice of lemon for 12 oysters. Overall, average. Tried the soup which was just OK but the salads looked very good. The pork chops and steaks were very good. Dessert had a couple of options and chose the peanut butter brule. Very good. Great service and nice decor. Would go back.
I've been to relish many times, and have two favourites that I will order. If you need to take the edge off, The Seafood Wonton Stack, is a great start or light meal. I love this dish soooo much, I'm often asked if I plan to order my regular request.
I like the roast chicken with veggies, done beautifully, moist & tender, its never been a disappointing meal. Depending on the season, they'll put fresh fruit, blueberries or pineapple for added touch.
Relish on the weekend has a great brunch, the food & service is great and popular on the weekend. If you want to try this spot, its never been disappointing & its a spot you will keep returning. I can't wait for my next Seafood Wonton stack, can we say yummm!!
Relish means "to enjoy, take pleasure in". That cetainly describes my experience at this eatery.
The menus is ambitious, with 4 different cuisines represented, but it all fits together nicely. I decided to have an eclectic dinner on my visit, so I started with the crab and scallop cakes which were melt in your mouth good, and were accompanied by a little salad. I followed with a savoury lamburger and a bowl of a terrific butternut squash soup. Soup is usually an afterthought at most restaurants, but this one was truly outstanding. My dining companion had a duck and goat cheese risotto which was out of this world. I washed down my feast with an excellent bellini, that had chunks of peach instead of the usual puree.
The ambience is a kind of funky chic, and there is a nice sports bar to linger in while your table is prepared. The servers are dressed in the de rigeur black attire, and they are efficient if a little too busy. I also note that the w/c is immaculate, but the little TV's pumping out commercials can distract one from the performance of personal duties...
My only regret was that I didn't have room to try more of the menu!
There's something for everyone with the variety of cuisine offered on the menu. Surprisingly decent portions for the price in the downtown area. One can be adequately fed with a $10 Lamb Burger with a side bowl of salad or soup. The soups are tasty; the salads a fresh. Don't feel like a burger? Go for the steaks or fish or pizza or chicken or pork. A nice variety of drinks offered as well.
Very casual and recommended for large party gatherings where you're unsure of the others' protein preference and budget.
My family and I weren't able to book another restaurant so decided to come here instead. First impression was that they're a bit disorganized, without an actual maitre'd station, but one of the servers found and seated us promptly.
We tried the duck, steak and salmon. All were done well. Particularly enjoyed the mash potatoes and all of the desserts were excellent! Food probably deserves 3.5 stars.
Ambiance was ok, but I got kind of a bar feel to it from the washrooms.
Perhaps a better place to bring your friends or group for a girls night out, rather than family dining, although there were people of all ages in the room.
Value: Three course menu for 25 bucks - for a downtown location, the quality of food presented, I'd say this is the best value there is.
I've walked by Relish a few times since it was the Urban Well, and have always wondered how much it has improved since then. I finally got to try it last night with a few co-worker friends. I checked out their menu online first before going and it looked great. Nice variety. But after seeing the menus side-by-side in the restuarant, I was no longer impressed. I can't tell what kind of cuisine they specialize in. Their 4-paneled menu consisted of American, Asian, Mediterranean, and West Coast sections.
The food was good, nothing outstanding though. But I found some dishes to be really small (Ahi tuna and seafood stackers). Their martinis were really puny also.
The service wasn't bad, and I appreciated not being rushed through our meal, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.
The ambiance is very nice. From the cozy lighting, to the nice fish tank, to the fresh orchids at the table and other modern decor touches.
I would come here again for a casual meal.
Visited Relish for the first time for a pre-meeting lunch the other day (after reading the positive reviews here). Location is tucked away in a corner of an office complex plaza across from the back of Robson Square.
Both my dining partner and I had smoked salmon fettuccine - a decent sized portion with a generous amount of smoked bacon and salmon. For dessert I had a chocolate mousse served in a caramel basket that tasted excellent, though my partner thought the presentation was "pretentious".
My one visit to Relish to me is what a casual dining experience should be - lots of choices, modest prices, casual ambience, good service and, above all very good quality food!
Ate here I. The summer not long after it first opened. My friend and I had veggie burgers with fries and yam fries. The fries were fine. The burgers crumbled as we ate; they were unique for sure, made of what we thought was quinoa, but the things just fell apart and tasted b-l-a-n-d. And the price for two meals was absolutely ridiculous. We waited 10 minutes for them to put this slop together. Every time we pass Relish now we laugh about their horrible, overpriced veggie burgers.
Went here the other night for a friend's birthday. There were virtually no servers to be seen and when u finally got the attention of one they sorta had a "not my table, not my problem attitude". Food was decent, I liked the variety, although nothing really shone. Mostly just average at best stuff. The ambiance is pretty good... but the lack of service just killed it for me. If you haven't been before.. it might be worth checking out, I may have went on an off night... but it's really nothing special.
Took my bf for dinner at this restaurant and it failed to meet our expectations. Our food was not good at all. My bf's duck risotto was too salty, my ravioli was bland, our appetizers beef carpaccio and satays were mediocre. I think it was an off night as the reviews for this place seem pretty good. Service was slow but good and ambiance is nice. Overall it's not somewhere I will go again for food, but maybe for drinks in the lounge area.
We went here for a business lunch, and they were quite busy, but being across from the courthouse, I guess that makes sense. The down side, they were busy, and clearly not enough staff. I'm pretty sure our waiter was serving half the restaurant on her own-service was poor and unattentive, but you can't really blame her, because she was clearly serving way too many people.
The food is pretty much Milestone's in quality, nothing special or spectacular, but not bad either. I had the lamb burger, which was ok, not too gamey, but really quite boring.
It took almost half an hour from when we ordered our food to getting it. Which left us less than 10 minutes to enjoy our meals before we had to get back to work.
So, hopefully they were understaffed that day, perhaps some people called in sick, or they did not expect to be that busy. I may give it another try, its conveniently located to the office, but again, there are so many restaurants in that area, its easy to just go somewhere else.
I came here for a friend's birthday party and there were at least 4 or 5 other get-togethers at the same time as us...service didn't suffer at all! That was nice :)
Food: the pastas are very very good. I had the mussel appetizers as a main and it was very filling. The butter they give you with the bread is terrific! Didn't get to try desserts or drinks, unfortunately...next time!
Service: as previously mentioned, our server was very nice and courteous, food was brought out soon, and they didn't bother us about lingering for a while (we were a large group).
Ambiance: I think it's great for birthday dinners or dates, but even with so many large groups it wasn't too noisy. Bathrooms very clean :) Comfy seats.
I'll recommend this restaurant if any of my friends want a place to get-togther
Every time I go — either with just my husband or with a group — the food has been great, everyone has found something on the menu they like, the service has been great, and it's been a good experience overall.
"Relish Experience" is what they call their three-course menu. The price is different every night. Because we went on a Thursday night, it was $25.
The food was a joke. Between the walnut crusted salmon and mocha sirloin, our server Ryan recommended the sirloin. So that's what I ordered. It was big FAIL! I should've just ordered the salmon.
I guess the ambiance was okay for a restaurant slash lounge.
On the other hand, the service was excellent. Ryan was very accomodating and knows the drinks and food menus very well. It's because of Ryan that's why I'm giving this restaurant a 5-star rating for service.
If I ever go downtown to go to a restraurant/lounge, Relish would not be my first choice, or second, or third...
This is a nice restaurant with good decor and a solid menu. The menu is creative and delicious. I have been in a large group and small group and everyone always finds something they like. The service is a bit slow but the peanut butter creme brulee makes up for it. They have some great deals for dessert and coffee and the lounge in the back is a nice place for a drink if it isnt game night.
Had lunch recently at Relish. This is a strange space that seems to operate as a club at night. The room is very big. At lunch they get a steady stream of regulars but not nearly enough people to fill this big room. Also, because the room is so big the servers have to cover a lot of territory, from the kitchen to the farthest tables. This makes the service slower than it could be. The cheddar/bacon burger was tasty and a good portion. The washrooms are a mess and need a refit. There was also an awful smell at the entrance from too much cleaning product.
Went here last night, a triple game night in Vancouver. Ambiance was very nice to chat with my date (dim lighting, not noisy), and the food was really good. The California Roll Tower, to share, was alot more food than I expected and delicious, and the main course was tasty. This was far better than Earl's, where we had planned to go but eschewed because they refused to take reservations and told me to call ahead to get on the waitlist (no way I make my date wait in line). Service at Relish was attentive, and the waitress answered questions and made suggestions from all parts of the menu. To top off the great ambiance, food and service, the price was very agreeable. I was impressed and I'll definitely go back.
Heard such great things about this place, I finally decided to try it out with some girlfriends. Every dish we ordered was superb. I had the Duck and Goat cheese risotto and it was perfect, I'm looking forward to going back and having it again. My friends had the lobster ravioli and ahi tuna salad which were also great. Service was friendly and swift, a little over the top, but hey, doesn't make the food any less enjoyable.
I was into Relish last year for a company Christmas party and was really impressed with how the restaurant handled a group of our size (125 people!). I thought I'd bring my girlfriend in after that to see if they worked as well on small groups. We didn't get back the first time until a few months ago but was blown away with the service and especially the food (I love the ribs!!) and have added it to my list of favourite places to go in the city (along with Hapa Izakaya and Wild Rice!). Great place to go with buddies to watch the Canucks as well in the lounge! Overall very happy with Relish and for the first time I'd consider myself a 'regular'!
The Caesar Salad with Chicken was not reminiscent of any Caesar Salad I've ever tasted. It might be more appropriately called "Pepper Salad". I simply didn't care for it. No tangy garlic flavour, just peppery. Also, it was small considering the price was $13.00 ($14.56 with tax). I presume the high menu prices in general are in order to accommodate the closure for renovations and an increase in rent. For regular working people, the prices on their lunch menu are not going to bring in alot of business. No complaints about the service. However, should servers in a restaurant environment be permitted to wear overpowering perfume? The perfume could be smelled through the entire restaurant. With a significant number of people nowadays affected by scents, not to mention people making conscientious choices to not wear toxic scents because of the petroleum ingredients and hazards to their health, I feel it is an inappropriate personal application in a public environment. Especially if the scent is taking away from the taste of your food. Overall, I don't think I'll be visiting Relish again even though it is very close to where I work. It used to be a weekly spot for me. I preferred the older menu which had more variety and more reasonable prices. Both times I've visited over the noon hour, the place has been virtually empty.