Rocky Mountain is a restaurant that makes high quality organic pizzas, salads, soups and pasta.
I had high hopes for this place. It was screaming all the things I wanted to hear: "Organic ingredients!!! Natural!!! Environmentally friendly!!!" However, those promising words on that "green" menu didn't prepare me for the poor service and lack of attention to detail that we experienced.
On our Saturday late-afternoon visit, we chose the Basil Bocconcini Flatbread Pizza, the Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and the Fresh Herb salad. After a 35 minute wait, the wrong soup arrived -- broccoli soup. The flustered waiter dropped it off and left before I could catch him. The salad, with a huge fluff ball of sprouts on top, hid the fact that they left out the avocado-- the most expensive part. After catching another server to address our soup and salad fiasco, our pizza arrived. The pizza was okay. But was it worth the wait??? You be the judge...
Another 20 minutes went by and during that time, I was spying on the server that was supposedly bringing me the correct soup. She was sitting nearby the bar eating a pizza with some of the other staff when she glanced at another waitress serving up some soup to another table. I could literally see the light bulb going of as she immediately perked up and darted towards the soup station to dole out my serving of soup. Although she was apologetic when she finally delivered my soup, her remorse could not make up for what I was about to taste. Overcooked noodles, cubes of tasteless chicken and a squirt of green pesto were swimming in a watery, tasteless mess. It was so bad that I told my vegetarian husband to taste how bad it was. On that dare, he did.
We were done. So done. To add insult to injury, we saw an extra "environment" fee added to the bill-- probably to recoup the losses from all the other meals they had to comp.
A pleasant surprise has sprouted among the expanse of restaurants in the heart of Kitsalano. After dining a number of times @ RMF, I find myself thinking about what creations are coming out of their kitchen. With fresh soups, different pasta and pizza features, I have never been disapointed with the selections they offer. Somehow they made a curry pizza fantastic, two things I enjoy seperatley very much but would have never imagined putting together, and now I can't stop thinking about it. The service is not five star by any means, although I understand with the casual layed back vibe of the place, why should it be? Each of the times I have been there our server was knowledgable,and had the answers we sought when asked.Understandably on weekends service can be a little slow but hoestly, the place is packed and for good reason, the food is soooo good! Reservations are a good idea on the weekend and for those of you who would rather dine without the noise and rumblings of children make sure to avoid Sun. night (family night) As for the prices, I am more than willing to pay a little extra for organic, prices on organic products will never decrease if more places like this don't exsist and thrive, so its well woth it in my mind. As for the ambience? The dining room/lounge takes you away from the everyday, and might just be the most cozy room in town. You will feel like your some place tucked away from the hustle and stress of the big city. The open style kithen is a nice touch, and depending on where you are sitting in the restaurant you might just be able to see your selections take shape. I would recommend RMF to anyone who wants to experience a different take on the pizza/pasta thing. Easily four out of five stars from this reviewer.
Can't complain about the food as it was good to very good and the staff were "new restaurant friendly" but the price OMG. My trips to Urban Fare and Whole Foods seem like a bargain. An inexpensive bottle of wine, an appy and a pizza $78. YIKES.
Incendio up the street offers great food and way better value if you are in the mood for a good pizza.
What used to be a Bread Garden is now a nice pizza place which seems to fit in the small street of shops on 1st Avenue just west of Burrard. I called in and ordered my gourmet pizzas then went to pick them up. The beauty of it was that it was ready in 20, which is half the time it's taken at other gourmet pizza places. The crust was not burnt and was also very delcious! The topping were not too greasy and made for a pizza that wasn't too heavy. It is expesive for pizza but it is definitely worth while, possibly among the best upper crust (pardon the pun) of pizzas in Vancouver, maybe even the Lower Mainland!
Came here twice. Love the bison pizza and the dipping sauces (for extra charge). Salads and soup were just about average.
My second time here was for DOV'09. They lost my reservation (even though it was made a good 2 weeks in advance, I partly blame it on the fact that they are not on opentable.com). Regardless, the hostess wasn't very apologetic about it, which kinda sucked. My friend also found a piece of plastic in her curry lasagne (but was then compensated with a free dov meal), so she only had to pay for her drink.
All in all, this place is lovely for fresh, organic ingredients ...definitely try the pizza if you love pizza. Pastas are quite lovely as well.
Went here last night for an anniversary dinner (why? I don't know). It was family night so things got a little wild but the waitress managed to find us a table away from all the kids. Didn't mind being close to the kitchen either because we saw our pizzas get made from scratch and then towards the big oven!
Very tasty pizzas... though when it cooled down the crusts would get rock hard. I recommend the Bradner Farm pizza - lemon rosemary chicken pieces, pesto, roasted bell peppers and tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Vegan friendly for some!
A friend and I went here yesterday for lunch. Being that it was a predominantly pizza place, I have to admit I was a bit concerned. I can't have gluten or dairy, so pizza is usually out of the question.
I've tried making pizza dough before the non-gluten way and it's awful. It crumbles, or tastes really bad. This place offers a gluten free, dairy free option (it does have eggs in it though, so not vegan) which is really good.
I had the salad and pizza combo. For the salad I piced the Blackberry & Basil salad which was tasty without being very dressing driven or soggy. It was light and lovely. For the pizza I ordered the sundried tomato and goat's cheese on the "special" crust. Granted, it was $4 more for the pizza, but being able to eat it without feeling like I was going to hurl after was worth the extra price. The pizza had artichoke hearts, local brown mushrooms, tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes and goats cheese. It was simply divine.
My friend ordered their salad & pasta combo. She ordered the same salad as me and initially ordered the ravioli. The waitress came back to us to tell us that the ravioli is only available during dinner. It's unfortunate that they have it on the menu for lunch, but whatever. She ordered the fettucini (I think they hand make all of their pasta daily) and she was very happy with that.
They do offer some of their pizza's frozen to go...now if only I could order their pizza dough in bulk to keep in my freezer at home in New West. That would be awesome!
I would totally eat here again. If I'm every near 1st & Burrard, it would definitely be my first choice!
Incredibly healthy food - everything organic or made-in-store. We had the pepperoni pizza - the ingredients were so fresh and wholesome! The cream of broccoli soup and the pasta were a bit bland, but it was nice having such a healthy meal. Great place for families with young kids. I admire their comittment to the community & promoting healthy eating and lifestyles.
Loved the quick service. My drink and salad came at the same time. Service seemed to be on their game and had time for a little chat, even though the restaurant was packed.
The food was excellent. I had the Basil and Blackberry Salad and the fettucini. My partner the Bruchetta and Flatbread special. The waiter advised me to accompany it with a mission hill pinot noire, which was great. For dessert we went for the brownie and (scary face) gluten free?? apple cake. Always tried to avoid gluten free options in food, but this was a good suprise
Having two children it is hard to find a kid friendly restaurant where the adults can actually relax. RMF offers great conscious food at a reasonable price and a great room for families. I love going with other families and letting the kids play at the kitchen. The kids have a blast, the servers are unperturbed at the children playing and the adults can actually sit back and have a glass a wine. It's the only place I can go and get to the dessert course (while savoring everything) and still have happy kids when we leave. If the weather is nice the patio at the Kits location is amazing!
I will agree with the other reviews that the pizza could use salt, put I find if you ask for a little olive oil and balsamic and drizzle that over the pizza that gives it the punch the pizza is lacking. The salads are amazing and the lunch deal is a great price.
I have always found the servers attentive and happy. They seem to really enjoy working there. They are always pleasant with the kids, which speaking from a servers perspective is not always easy.
The 1% carbon offset is optional, and it's 1%, if it was five% or 10% I could understand complaining, but 1%, hardly worth raising a fuss about.
If are raising your kids on organic and locally grown foods this is a great place to go. And if you are mindful our times growing food crisis this is a great place to support. It will cost you more than fast food, but you also wont be feeding your kids food without any nutritious value.
We had a wonderful experience here for Mother's Day! As a mother of a small child with a gluten allergy it can be difficult to find a place to go out for a special family meal. We decided to try this place in spite of negative reviews.
Firstly I called forward to ask the kitchen manager about how they keep the GF pizza safe from contamination. The hostess was very accommodating and got the chef on the phone for me. The chef was also very kind and explained how he makes the GF crust and stores it. And although they can not guarantee complete safety in a kitchen full of wheat, they do do their very best and they understand the importance of safe GF eating.
So in we trudged with our grimmey little children, tuckered out from an active day, and as hungry as a pack of wolves! There was an inviting play area waiting to occupy them until their pizza was ready. Having made a reservation we were seated promptly. A waitress came and took our order right away, ensuring the children were not waiting too long to eat.
The GF pizza arrived within 15 min. I tenaciously cut into it praying it was edible. I sampled some for myself. To my great surprise it was better then what I make at home! My picky GF kid gobbled it up without hesitation!
My husband and I ordered a split flavour. Half was seafood and half was veggie. They were so tasty! And for Mother's Day I got a complementary brownie dessert!
A really nice dinner out for our family!
I've been back here a few times and it is only fair to write a new review. The pizzas are excellent. The sizes are better as are the prices. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes great pizza - by far the best in the neighbourhood. It is also very kid friendly and happily the kids are kept in one section of the restaurant so as to not disturb everyone else - they even have a playroom in the back for them to run amok.
I had their buffalo flatbread and it was amazing. My friend and I ordered a 13" with split toppings (the other half was the daily special). Anyway, the two of us devoured the pizza - even though we normally don't eat more than two slices at Pizza Hut or whatnot; but the pizza was so good, especially after we added the fresh parmesan and pepper. Always go for the fresh stuff, it makes the pizza so much tastier.
Service was okay. We had to ask for our waters to be refilled - which technically should never happen. Our server seems to be missing all the time. But really good flatbread.
Having lived in Alberta before moving to the gorgeous coast, this restaurant was a favorite for supper after a long day of skiing the Calgary side of the Rockies. Lucky for me, living in Vancouver makes it a lot easier to have this pizza whenever I want.
The smoked salmon pizza was fantastic as was the blackberry salad! Incredibly tasty pizza place and I love that they make it possible for families with small children to dine there (not that I have any). If you want to avoid the rush and the kids head out for supper a little later and you won't be disappointed.
Went with a group of 6 last Sunday night and had an enjoyable meal. The pizza is really good and you can have can have 2 totally different toppings on each half of your pizza which I liked. Its expensive but its all organic and the salad, soups and pasta all looked really good. I think I would opt for lunch next time as they seem to have some really good combos available for a reasonable price. Keep up the good work!
my boyfriend took me here for valentine's day, and it was amazing! excellent valentine's day special with large salad, incredible pizza, and a beautiful dessert platter. A great experience, I will be going back soon.
Even though the pizza is close to (if not) the best I've ever had, I won't go back. The service was so bad (and the ambience wasn't that great either) that I'd rather do somewhere else for pizza (there are enough other good pizza places in town, after all). That's why I gave Rocky Mounatin Pizza an overall rating of 2, despite a food rating of 5.
We encountered three of the staff during the time we were at Rocky Mounatin Pizza, and we didn't get good vibes from any of them. When we arrived, we cooled our heels at the "Please wait to be seated" sign while a couple of staff ignored us. Finally, the guy behind the bar came over and seated us.
Our server couldn't have been less interested in serving us. She didn't bother to tell us about the specials, and we didn't notice them listed on a chalkboard until after we'd ordered. She didn't know what beer was on tap (fortunately, it turned out to be three different Russell brews). And at the end of the meal, she showed no interest in collecting the money for our bill — I finally went to the bar to get change.
The third person we encountered was the woman making the pizza, who didn't know what to do when we told her that we'd ordered a large size (we got a regular size). I'm not sure who goofed — the woman making the pizzas or our server — but neither were apologetic, and neither made much effort to correct the mistake.
Now for the good news. The pizza is fantastic! I would love to be able to make a thin, crispy pizza crust like that. The pizza is a bit on the pricey side, but Rocky Mounatin Pizza uses good ingedients, including organic meats and flour, so in my mind the higher price is justified.
One other word of warning. Apparently Sunday and Monday nights are kid nights, so if you don't want to be surrounded by lots of kids, you might want to consider going on a Tuesday through a Saturday night.
Last night I went to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company and had the best pizza I have ever had. Vancouver, with all its restaurants, has been waiting for a decent pizza restaurant. The flavours were amazing.
My partner had the pasta - he said they should call themselves Rocky Mountain Pasta Company.
I thought the price reflected value and knowing that the food is organic and handmade on site makes me feel even better.
Wish I had kids - as there kid area looks fun - maybe I'll join them next time.
Check them out - you won't be dissappointed! TARA H
we went last night party of 5 we sat waited for service 5 minutes.....6...7...8...14. finally
bottom line was our drinks took for ever and the food and pizza was borring .did someone say card board crust? do they even try to use fresh herbs are a bit of seasoning in the crust ? nope the water said it was just flour,water, maple sryup and yeast ,dont they know you need salt in pizza dough?
The pizza at this restaurant is outstanding. Prices are on the high-side for pizza, but let me qualify that by saying that you pay for what you get... at least in this scenario. The pizza is awesome value for your money.
When the place first opened, the only negative thing I had to say about it was that the service sucked. One time, my date and I had sat down, and after about 15 minutes, we had to chase down a server to take our order... it was late afternoon, and the place was dead... not busy at all. We get our order taken, and we wait... and wait... and wait some more, until we noticed that other tables who put in their orders after us were getting their food before us. Eventually found out that they lost our order. The manager (owner?) came over and appologized, and comp'd us with a free ocean-wise pizza.
Usually, bad service is enough for me to note want to go back to a restaurant, but the pizza here was just amazing food, and so I did go back, and I'm glad I did. The service has improved big-time, and the pizza is still as good as my first time there.
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