Poised at the highest point in the city, Seasons in the Park offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city skyline, the North Shore Mountains, while nestled in the lush greenery of Queen Elizabeth Park. Enjoy exceptional service, and fresh, West Coast cuisine. The newly renovated Seasons Winebar is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a glass of wine and soak in the city views. Their outdoor patio is open all year round; it is partially covered and fully equipped with overhead heaters and fireplaces. Curl up with a blanket and dine outside - al fresco style!
Came here with my work for Christmas office party. It was raining so I wore boots and changed my shoes once inside. They graciouslly store my boots and umbrella too!
We ordered both white and reg wines for the table and never ran out. Service was exceptional even though they were busy. View second to none.
We all had different items, meat, vegetarian, pasta and no one had anything but rave reviews. I have never had a bad meal this place. I got kudos for booking the venue and am in charge of next year's party. we'llbe back. Thanks Seasons.
The Italian word 'arrabbiata' literally means 'angry'. In culinary terms, it refers to a spicy tomato sauce. Pasta with arrabbiata sauce has always been a favorite, simple classic (and safe) Italian choice for me. However, this was not the case on the night of our company Christmas dinner last month.
I was looking forward to an exceptional meal, given the fine dining venue and based on prior positive experiences at this restaurant.
The evening of our dinner was a miserable night of monsoon-like heavy rain. Getting to the place wasn't fun and they don't have a covered area for the valet parking. The road and area in front of the restaurant is poorly lit at night. Once inside, with my soaked shoes, the place was unpleasantly loud from people speaking very loudly in an effort to be heard over the cacophony of combined noises. That I could understand, as it was the pre-Christmas period when many company functions are happening in the city's restaurants.
I was not happy with but understanding of the slow service and the poor location where we were seated. They were booked beyond capacity. Our round table was placed in the pathway of all the servers and was very obviously not normally in that position. They had clearly added some tables to accommodate more diners because of the pre-Christmas rush. We were between the tables along the windows and the inner row of tables. Throughout our dinner wait staff squeezed past our chairs and it was disruptive and made me want to eat and run. It was not a relaxing atmosphere and it was very hard to hear the people at my table.
The view of Vancouver at night was spectacular, despite the rain. If the place had not been so noisy, it would have made for a beautiful, relaxing backdrop. Also not fun was the presence of diners who brought small noisy children. One doesn't expect 'family restaurant' ambience in a fine dining venue...
Their menu does not have many choices for non-meat-eaters. I decided on the Penne Arrabbiata: roasted eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, crumbled goat cheese. I felt it was a 'can't go wrong' choice and I've always loved the simple tomato sauce enlivened by the addition of chili pepper flakes. As I was late joining my group, they had already been served drinks. My companions were drinking red wine and the waitress promptly tilted the bottle over my glass but I told her I prefer to drink white wine. She didn't look too happy that I 'had to be different'. She went away and I waited for my glass of wine. And waited. And waited. I waited about 20 min to finally get my glass of white wine, this, after trying to figure out who our server was and trying to flag someone down to ask them to investigate the whereabouts and ETA of my glass of wine. I figured that possibly the heavy rain had impeded the harvesting of the grapes and the pressing etc...
It was clear the waitress had forgotten about my wine and once I asked about it, she returned in minutes with a glass. The service remained uneven. Almost everyone else received their entrees while 3 of us had to wait for our food to arrive. It took quite a while to get our entrees.
I could see at a glance (being an experienced pasta cook myself) that the Penne was not properly cooked. I like my pasta al dente but these penne had barely had time to get their feet wet in the pot of water...At a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect them to make fresh pasta but they don't. This was dried pasta and I could not believe how underdone it was! It was still hard in the middle. Basically inedible. So far the evening had not been a winner, between the horrendous long commute in the pouring rain, squelching through rivulets of rain to get inside the place, the excessive noise inside it and the 20 minute wait to get a glass of wine, while all my companions sipped away at their beverages.
The waitress didn't come to check how everything was for some time. During this time I attempted to eat my barely cooked meal. I had not had lunch that day and was really famished. The rigid penne sat in a small puddle of tomato sauce, which didn't have much flavor, certainly it was missing the heat from the chili peppers that make regular tomato sauce an arrabbiata sauce. I love eggplant and the menu's promise of 'roasted eggplant' had persuaded me to order this dish, even though eggplant is not really included in a classic arrabbiata sauce (the classic eggplant/tomato sauce is 'alla Norma'). I guess they can legally claim this dish has eggplant because I did find a few fragments, which combined would aggregate to about 1 Tablespoon. Whoa...that's alotta eggplant-a! The little scraps of eggplant were not evenly cooked, some were falling apart and others were still a little hard. The 'crumbled goat cheese' was more like a very, very light dusting of white, which made me wonder how they got it dispersed so thinly, given the clumpy sticky nature of fresh goat cheese. I'd say there was perhaps a total of 3 tablespoons of sauce, eggplant fragments and ghost of goat cheese. Not what I'd call good value for a $19 pasta dish. What I'd call a total rip-off, actually.
As the penne were inedible, I scraped up the bits of sauce and hoped that would fool my stomach into thinking it had been fed a meal. While I was scraping away, the waitress finally made her rounds at our table asking how our meals were. I told her mine was undercooked. She gave me 'the eye' and said "you mean it's al dente' and I said, 'no, it hasn't gotten to the al dente stage yet, it's hard, undercooked'. She offered to take it back and I told her no thanks, I'm starving and I can't wait for a re-do, I'll just eat the sauce (what tiny amounts of it were there). I never send anything back for a re-do, having heard way too many insider horror stories of what happens when you send food back when you're not satisfied. I didn't want to be served something possibly with an extra 'mystery' ingredient, if you know what I mean.
A few of us ordered dessert and I was pleased to see they still had the Sunburnt Lemon Pie on their dessert menu - I'd tried it years ago and I remembered it was delicious. It didn't disappoint. It was delightfully tart, with the thinnest burnt sugar crust and two fruit coulis (the passion fruit was fantastic). I was still so hungry after the non-meal and could have eaten 3 of these slim wedges of lemon pie! This dessert is a winner and I can see why it's still on their menu. It's perfect and very light & refreshing. This dessert I would rate a 4 - Outstanding but as I'm really reviewing my dinner ie my entrée, I have to give that the rating it deserved 1 - Poor.
I wouldn't recommend coming to this restaurant when they are booked to capacity. Too loud and service suffers. I've had lunch and dinner there at more normal times and the service and food were more consistent.
Skip the Penne Arrabbiata. What does that say about a chef - not knowing how to cook dry penne pasta?? I know what Gordon Ramsay would say and so do you...
This was the 3rd time in 3 weeks that we ate at a Sequoia restaurant. On 2 occasions it was with company from out of town. Seasons has a stunning view of downtown Vancouver. The seats are nicely arranged so that almost all tables are able to take in the wonderful view. Unless you park at the bottom of the hill there is a fee for parking throughout the park of $3.00 per hour or $8.00 valet parking at the restaurant. The gardens are gorgeous so you may want to allow time to walk through the gardens before or after your meal.
The restaurant was very busy on Sunday night when we were there but service was good. Our waiter Laurent checked on us frequently during the meal to ensure that we were satisfied with everything. The bread that they serve with the meal is delicious. It was a nice hot crusty baguette. My husband and I shared the sweet and spicy ribs as an appetizer and they were delicious. Just like at the Sandbar restaurant it was a very generous serving. For the main course my husband and our friend both decided to have the Sunday prime rib special. It was a large serving with Yorkshire pudding. They both enjoyed the prime rib but my husband said he would not order it again as he prefers his prime rib with au jus. It was good value at $25.00 for the prime rib entrée or $32.00 for a 3 course dinner with Caesar salad and chocolate cake. Our friend went with the 3 course option and asked to substitute pecan pie (for an additional fee) for the chocolate cake. I ordered the 7 oz crab crusted filet and it was very well prepared. For dessert my husband and I shared a piece of pecan pie and it was also very good. It was not overly sweet and it was loaded with pecans. Our waiter Laurent told us it was his Grandmother’s recipe. With a glass of wine each for my husband and I and a couple of Caesar’s for our friend the bill with tip was $210.00 Prices on their menu are the same as they are at one of their other restaurants which I find surprising since Seasons is definitely more upscale than the Sandbar.
Our friend from out of town was very impressed and said that we will have to return if he comes back to Vancouver with his wife.
I brought some out of town friends here for lunch during the summer, 4 of us dined on the patio with the great view overlooking the city. They were very impressed with the place. I had the tuna carpaccio and a margherita pizza. Both were very good, the pizza is more of a cracker crust flat bread then a real pizza though, flavor is still nice..
I returned yesterday for lunch with my father, it was a cold day and we sat outside again to enjoy the great view. They had over head heaters on as well as the fireplaces. For an appetizer I had the $15 Steamed Mussels in coconut tomato sauce. It was a generous portion, had a nice little kick of heat in it, was very good! The wait between the 2 courses was too long, maybe about 20-30 minutes. Next I had the fish of the day, the $25 Arctic Char. Perfectly cooked large piece of fish, came with a small side of mashed potato and vegetables. Another great dish.
Overall the food here for me is a 4/5. The view is awesome. If I come back I am ordering those mussels for sure!
The greatest asset of this restaurant is truly its location. The view is gorgeous whether during the day or in the evening. Service is attentive, but not overly so, and very professional. The food, however, has some room for improvement. While the ginger carrot soup and clam/mussle appetizers were very nice, the black cod and rack of lamb we ordered were kind of bland. The desserts were not bad. But I think in general the presentation of the food was much better than their taste. Overall, it isn't perfect but it's a solid choice for a nice evening out.
**Dine Out Vancouver**
At this restaurant, you may be able to get one of Vancouver's best views while enjoying delicious food during brunch, lunch, or dinner. We highly recommend coming to Season's on a nice sunny day as you will get to experience Vancouver's breathtaking skyline while enjoying your meal. The view is also sublime at night, but we much prefer the daytime since you can walk around the park after. We came here for the Dine out Vancouver 2013 lunch menu, which is actually the same as their dinner menu.
Yukon Gold Potato Soup (5.75/7)
This was very creamy and thick and tasted excellent with our bread. However, the soup was served a bit cold so we have to dock off marks!
Braised Beef Short Ribs (6/7)
The dish was very well presented and the beef was tender and succulent. Again, the dish was lukewarm so we were wondering how long they let the food sit out before serving it. The mashed potatoes were very delicious at room temperature though!
Grilled Steelhead Salmon - (regularly $25) (6.75/7)
This salmon was actually one of the best chunks of salmon that we've ever had! The huge piece of fish was cooked all the way through but wasn't dry at all. The meat was moist and tender and easily flaked off into layers. This dish wasn't too filling but it was definitely worth it!
Vanilla Gelato (5.5/7)
This tasted like store bought ice cream but we can't really complain since it matched the description exactly. The espresso was a nice addition, however, it would have been better if it was drizzled throughout as opposed to having it just sit at the bottom.
Hazelnut Chocolate Torte (5.25/7)
This huge piece of torte took a while to finish but it was a bit too sweet. It kind of felt like we were eating a solidified piece of nutella.
Anyways, come to seasons for the view and order the salmon! This is a great way to enjoy Vancouver's nature and scenery while having a nice meal.
It was a warm sunny day and after walking around QE Park, we decided to drop by for some coffee & snacks. It was approx 2pm and the patio was 75% full. Their patio has the full view of the flower garden and the city. It was gorgeous. It reminds us that we live in one of the most beautiful cities.
Service was good. All staffs were friendly. Our water boy filled our cups frequently.
We ordered Crab Cakes, Cheesecake, Stuffed Mushrooms, Salmon Burger and coffee. The crab cakes tasted OK. Cheesecake was smooth and fruity. The stuffed mushrooms were rich and creamy. The Salmon burger was made perfectly.
Overall, it was a nice experience.
Food: the comp sourdough bread came out slightly warm which was nice. my friends shared the roasted chicken & curried chickpea soft taco and tandoori chicken & butter lettuce salad. the girls that had the chicken didnt finish it and altho they said it was good the fact that they left it half untouched makes me wonder. the salad however was completely devoured except for the huge slab of brie which was had to be paired w/ the comp bread. i had the roast prosciutto wrapped chicken breast which i thought was absolutely perfect! i substituted the roast potatoes for garlic mash which wasnt an issue. for dessert everyone gave thumbs up for the truffle and fudge cake, trio of sorbet, and little brownie mountain. the truffle and fudge cake come w/ 2 slices so you would def be able to share b/w 2 ppl as is w/ the little brownie mtn. the trio sorbet altho very refreshing was a bit expensive for such a small slab in my opinion.
Service: Our waiter was polite and knowledgeable. i was impressed w/ the way she handled another customer that was being rude and waving her down while she was talking to us! damn tourists!! she acknowledged him and asked him to wait while she finished w/ our orders first even though he was obviously impatient but couldnt he see she was busy w/ us?!! so rude of him! our glasses never emptied. food took a bit long but we did go at a busy hour and we were a larger group of 6ppl.
Ambiance: it is clean, classy, and the view is just amazing!! when u make reservations see if u can request a window seat or if it's nice sit outside to enjoy the fresh air!!
Overall: Def a place to take a date or to go for a classier type dinner. i can't afford to come here often but i'd def recommend it for those special occasions. now, my g/f said she got food poisoning fr the salmon she ate the next day so u might want to steer clear of that, but she did say it was good at dinner! i didnt eat the salmon so i still think the food was great! ha!
Food: The food was amazing. Everything was cooked perfectly. My bf said he had the best steak he's ever had in his life and he was a second away from sucking on his lobster's carcass. My lamb chops were so good, I was a second away from sucking on the bones but I figured I shouldn't look so uncivilized altho the man at the table next to us didn't care and cleaned those bones like no tomorrow! You must try their signature mushroom caps - its so much yummy stuffing, you can use it as a pate on your complimentary bread and it tastes fantastic. Again, tempted to lick everything off the plate. Although the food was absolutely amazing, please do leave room for dessert. I have 3 words for you - LITTLE BROWNIE MOUNTAIN. It has the best brownies I have ever tasted and I really do believe that it is the best I will ever have. It looks and tastes so good that every table around us were staring at it as we were eating.
Service: It was so fantastic that my bf actually left the largest tip he's ever left at any restaurant.
Ambiance: The view was amazing and the dim lighting has the right romantic appeal. A really great place to take a date altho you might be surrounded by a much older crowd earlier in the night (around 7:30ish) but the younger crowd kinda leaked in around 9ish.
Took my SO there for our anniversary. We absolutely love this place. Every time we go, food is some of the finest, service is awesome, & ambiance, well what can I say, you get one of the best views of Vancouver with beautiful decor and just the right lighting.
We had the ahi tuna/mango tower and crab & prawn cakes for appies. Both were wonderfully presented and so delectable. Mains included the rack of lamb and black cod. Lamb was flavourful, no gaminess at all and the black cod was melt-in-your-mouth good. Didn't have room for dessert~everything was of good portion-size. Based on previous visits tho, their desserts are usually quite good.
Service: very good. Weren't rushed at all by our server. Was attentive, but not overly so. Only thing that could've been a bit better was that the kitchen cooked our entrees too quickly. They were therefore served immediately after removal of our appy plates, but I appreciated that our server didn't allow them to just sit under the warmer instead.
Ambiance was romantic. View is fabulous. Just a little noisy, as there were a couple of larger groups sitting by us (7 or more ppl).
Overall, HIGHLY recommended.
I have been to Seasons several times and the food's always been great and so was the service. However, I went there for Mother's Day this year and had terrible service! So I wrote a comment card to their manager about the service, and he wrote back to me right away. After several email and phone exchanges to address the issue, the manager sent us a gift certificate to compensate for our sub-par experience. So this review is for our redeeming visit at the Seasons with our gift certificate.
We made a reservation and we were seated right away when we got there. We got a nice table right against the window, so the view was fantastic as usual, still breath-taking each and everytime. Our server came over with the menus right away, big smile, super friendly, good sense of humour, a great way to start off our day. We brought our daughter with us to brunch that day, and our server got her a kids' menu and crayons right away. He was very accommodating to our needs, he often came back to check on us (and on our daughter) without being annoying or obnoxious, actually we found the interactions were entertaining!
We ordered a variety of items, we each had a different soup to start (carrot ginger soup, truffle mushroom soup, and seafood chowder). The flavour of each and every one of the soup was fantastic and the consistency was perfect. My daughter ordered the chicken fingers with fries, cooked just right, not soggy and not too burnt. The last time we came (the time with the horrible service), the fries were overly salted, tasted like we were chewing on salt sticks; and the chicken fingers were fried to a crisp. World of difference this time! My brother ordered the steak and eggs. The steak was cooked to medium rare, just the way we ordered it, and the scrambled eggs were great as well. Two of us had the smoked salmon benny....sooooo good! The presentation was very pretty. The eggs were poached perfectly, and the smoked salmon underneath was not cooked from the heat of the poached eggs. Everything was great and seasoned well. The potatoes were very nicely done as well.
It was definitely one of the best dining experience I've had, certainly up to par with my expectation of Seasons in the Park, which has got to be one of my favourite restaurants. Will definitely be back!!
I wanted to update my previous glowing review to reflect recent changes I have noticed. I have been coming to Seasons for years, and at one time would have called it my favorite restaurant. Alas, no longer. Over the last year the food quality has declined to the point where I hesitate to go there, and don't want to take any more guests there, despite the breathtaking views -- best in the city -- and excellent service.
was taken here for my birthday a while back and right when i walked into the restaurant, it had a gentle and calm atmosphere, the place was decorated so beautifully and it certainly enhanced the dining experience.. also, when you look out the window, you get a spectacular view of vancouver, wow.
our server was pleasant, she explained things well that we were not quite sure of on the menu and was very attentive to our needs the entire night so we left her a generous tip.
the food itself was great, it was cooked precisely the way we asked so we could not expect anything more.. as well, the prices are not outrageous either if thats a concern for customers
this is a great place to take someone special or just to celebrate a particular occasion. either way, i doubt you will be disappointed!
A group of six of us were here on Saturday night. The view from this cozy well appointed rooms is spectacular..when it's not fogged in like it was the night we went! Oh well on to the food. A nice menu with a great balance of appys/mains. I would recommend the calamari steak as an appy.For mains they have a duck two ways that is a must for duck lovers, a breast and a confit, about 10oz of duck in my estimation! Also of note was the marscarpone crusted salmon and the Seafood fettuccine carbonara, pass on the prawn mains though, they tended to be dried out. The service was attentive and the wine list was varied and reasonable. Parking is a bitch so count on $6 valet. One last thing, This place I hope is bucking a bad long time trend in Vancouver high end restaurants in that their portion size and quality of the dishes actually justifies the price they charge. One can only hope this catches on because I believe Vancouverites are getting tired of the blurred line between appys and mains in terms of price and size! No where else in the world is it as pronounced as Vancouver people and we and our friends travel the world a lot! speak up! I have on a rare occasion when the quality/price/portion ratio is just ludicrous! actually sent it back either for another appy or just passed completely. more people should do that instead of feeling timid, remember they are their for your pleasure not vice versa.
We booked Seasons for a Friday dinner in order to entertain out of town guests. Seasons turned out to be an excellent choice - incredible views, along with the professional, unobtrusive, yet flowing service warranted my first (two!) 5 star ratings. The restaurant offers a view of the Vancouver/Queen Elizabeth Park skyline from all tables - the skylight in the centre allowed light to illuminate the interior of the restaurant. The beautiful, understated interior allows the natural surrounding to take centre-stage in order to make an indelible impression on diners.
The food was fine, the price was reasonable for the quality and quantity; however, it was not the most creatively inspired dishes. I was disappointed that the mixed seasonal greens salad came with what seemed like strawberries - still white/green with rawness - from California, when local strawberries - full of intense sweet flavor - are available. Also, the hostess makes the first impression and it seemed her salmon colored top and black pants was out-of-sorts with the rest of the front end staff who wore coordinated, polished outfits.
Would recommend Season as an all around #1 choice for those special occasions for all ages! For more cutting edge-dishes go elsewhere, but I doubt the ambiance would be as naturally beautiful or comfortable.
We had our New Years Eve dinner here, and we had some pretty good expectations, we got to the restaurant and was asked to wait in the lounge area for a couple of minutes while they set up our table, a hostess who was obviously not happy to work on New Years Eve brought us to our table. She never smiled, had problems walking in her heels, and made her way to our table wobbling and just left the menus with us. The view was great! Our waitress came over to greet us warmly and had left us a few minutes to decide on our drinks, she came by shortly to take our order.
Our appetizers came before our drinks! Our drinks came way later, and by then I had already had 5 glasses of water. Our entrees came, I had the rack of lamb, it was tender but really bland. The seafood trio that my significant other had was definitely not worth trying! There was 1 piece of scallop, 4 pieces of shrimp and 1 small lobster tail and they all had the overcooked and not fresh taste to it. They might as well called it the crap trio!
We ended up skipping dessert assuming it would be just average. Any average chain restaurant chef could of made better food! I would of had a better meal eating at Denny's, that was how bad the food was!
Highly recommended! Final restaurant on my Dine Out 2007 schedule. I had previously tried Seasons last Summer with great results. When I saw they were offering a Dine Out menu, I just had to put it on my hit list for this year.
Food - Absolutely fantastic. They had 2 dine out options, the $25 and $35 menu. I tried the tomato, lamb, and chocolate cake and my significant other sampled the salmon salad, stuffed chicken breast and lemon tart - both from the $35 menu. The lamb was incredible. Juicy, tender and cooked to perfection. My SO's salmon salad was sublime and the stuffed chicken entree was equally incredible. Both desserts were superb.
Service - Top notch. Very friendly service. I liked how they took our coats, the moment we checked in with the hostess. A couple of nit picky complaints - the waitress didn't refill my SO's drink and didn't offer or ask us if we wanted coffee with our desserts. I would have definitely said yes.
Ambiance - Best of any restaurant I have ever dined at. The views of the city are incredible. The layout of the restaurant is fabulous. Love the candles at each table, and the many fireplaces burning throughout the restaurant.
big fan of this place. Usuaully when places are designed with the location in mind first, the food and everything else falls a little short. But I think this place is great. Food has always been good, great service, always have a nice time.
This really is a beautiful restaurant with a view and an intimate ambiance. It's even got a heated "patio" that's in keeping with the cozy mood. However, it's beauty is skin-deep as I find most restaurants with a view-- lackluster in their food.
I was expecting a fairly good meal because the 2 weddings I've attended there had quite outstanding appetizers (especially the crab and risotto cake). So I thought considering it was wedding food, the regular dining experience must be even better.
Their special included a ribeye steak with something that looked like hardened bread pudding. It was average, but at $33, I expect a little more. Didn't even try the pudding because it was dense and more like toast without with the crispness.
I had the duck 2 ways and although it was "decent", I have had juicier duck leg confit at a French bistro and a stand at an open-air market than the one they served. It was $28, so again, I feel like the bill was for the view.
Plating and execution could be improved on to keep charging these prices because beauty skin-deep only satisfies so long.
This is one of those places, i'd be tempted to call it a landmark, just because of it's great view over Queen E. park and all of the north shore. The restaurant is very warm and nicely decorated, with a large tree growing in the middle of the floor.
Service is quick and attentive, i've only been for lunch, but have gone 3-4 times with friends and family. Although a tad pricey (10-15$) range per dish, the food is very good.
The kid's menu is actually very good as well, particularly their spaghetti for kids, was better than most spaghetti i've had anywhere else.
An overall memorable experience to take your significant other, family or visiting friends.