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Seasons in the Park

West 33rd & Cambie
Vancouver, BC V5Y2M5
Tel: (604) 874-8008 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 874-7101
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest, Seafood, Steaks, Wine bar
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Patio, View, Television, Romantic, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30AM - 10PM, Sun: 10:30AM - 10PM
  • 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!

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Great views, great service
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Had a wonderful dinner at Seasons; the flora surrounding the restaurant and the views are spectacular. Friendly, attentive service. I found some of the food to be fantastic, and other things were just average. The crab cake and stuffed mushroom appetizers are very good. I ordered the chicken pizza thinking it might be some of the best pie I've eaten, but it was a letdown. Next time I won't cheap out and I'll try something different! It is fairly expensive, but it's a solid value.

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View was the only plus
By fingirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch with a friend. The view is great and the service was quite good/attentive. Bread was brought out and was tasty and warm. However, the wraps we had were a soggy disgusting mess. The coffee was mediocre at best. For dessert, we had creme brulee, which was ok. My friend has a nut allergy and there was no mention on the menu that the creme brulee comes with walnut cookies on top. Pretty big oversight consdiering the number of nut allergies...So, despite the great view, I will not be going back.

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Great Experience
By leemon of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

This place has such a fantastic view and the chandelier was gorgeous. This would be a great place to go for anniversary celebrations. Came here for dineout and was very impressed with the size of the portion for the price. Food was great, wasn't too memorable but definitely had great flavours. The service was very nice. At first i had thought they were serving everything exceptionally fast, like in a pushy way but then i realized that part of our party had important business to attend to not too long from our reservations. The lobster bisque was uniquelly flavoured, i'm not sure i enjoyed it too much but that is personal preference. I had the Duck confit for main and it was delish, had the perfectly crisp skin with very tender meat. Dessert was the lemon tart with two fruit coulis and it was very creamy and nicely sweet.
I would definitely come back here again and again. Very impressed and a definite recommendation.

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An elegant evening
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

A view to die for,.. especially when the landscape is all dusted in snow and the skyline is twinkling with the lights of the city. A table at the window is a must if you can get one. Service was spot on. Water glasses were never empty, fresh, warm and crusty bread on the table to enjoy (which we did!!) and always a smile with each dishes arrival. The only thing that prevented a 5 for food was the immediate and strong fish smell and taste of the appetizer soup. Mind you, after the first taste or two, it did seem to tone down. Just too sharp of a start for me. Wild mushroom risotto for my main and it was chock a block full of mushrooms. Very very tasty. The highlight was the dessert dish of the sunburnt lemon pie. A nice zest of lemon in the pie countered by the yummy very light layer of camelized sugar topping the treat. The hubby had the bococcini and heirloom tomato for his starter, the lamb sirloin (which he loved!) and a chocolate cake for his dessert. While yummy,... I enjoyed my sunburnt lemon pie more! A very beautiful setting for a romantic evening. If this is the quality of service and food for Dine Out, then I'm very much looking forward to a romantic evening out on a regular night very soon with the hubby.

PS: Valet parking for $6 well worth it. Especially when the weather is not so happy and it's vile out. Tip the attendant well if you can though fellow diners. He's working his butt off and was warm and smiling, even in the slushy weather.

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Beautiful Spot
By KeyWester of West End, Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Brunch here is extremely pleasant. Wonderful view, excellent service and reasonably priced menu with good variety. Highly recommended, especially for out of town guests. Make sure to get table by the window.

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Very Good Food, Very Good Service, Excellent Views
By ericandkristine of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

My fiance and I went here for our anniversary last month and had an incredible evening.
Being so close to Christmas we knew an early reservation (5:30pm) ensured that we get a table by the window.

Food: We ordered the dungeness crab cake - delicious, moist & fluffy (not overcooked) on the inside with a nice crispy (thin) layer of panko breadcrumb on the outside

- mixed greens w/ almond, goat cheese and maple vinaigrette - fresh, well dressed, yet lacking in that extra 'oomph'

- duck two ways - duck confit: crispy skin that was fried to perfection - literally melted like butter in your mouth, meat was fall off the bone and moist; duck breast: nicely seasoned w/ hoisin sauce, cooked to a perfect medium rare, and so juicy; the accompanying sides- sauteed veggies:okay, could have been more exciting (a fresh slaw would have been better to counter the richness of the dish), and there were a few bitter pieces of veg, and the potato rosti: while tasty, crisp & fluffy, was a tad on the peppery side for me. Overall this dish was great, although rather rich.

- Braised lamb shank w/ garlic mashed potatoes and beet slaw (a special that evening)- lamb was nicely seasoned w/ rosemary and literally falling off the bone- the meat's flavour was brought out by the seasoning rather than masked, the richness of the meat with the mash potatoes and parsnip puree was nicely cut by the acidity of the slaw. Overall a very balanced dish.

- White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake (a special that evening): creamy and smooth, rich, not overly sweet, and had the right amount of tartness - goes great with tea

- Little Brownie Mountain: rich brownie with fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, delicious (though the brownie got a little hard because of the ice cream. It would've been better if the brownie was warmer/hotter...so not sure if the brownie was freshly made)

Service: friendly, professional- made very good recommendations on the food and knew exactly what to do, and when to come over. She was personable - made good conversation/jokes that didn't feel too artificial. We stayed for 3 hours and had a 3 course meal and everything came out of the kitchen in good time. The busboys/water fillers were courteous as well, though quiet, they were polite. (*note: the waitstaff all appeared to be professionals. No fresh-out-of-high school kids serving you here)

They also put "Happy Anniversary" on marzipan on each of our desserts which was lovely- and they also took it off our bill - an unexpected and gracious move on their part.

Value: portions are great for the price. They use high quality cuts/meat here, and the chefs obviously know what they are doing.

Ambiance: beautiful, literally every seat in the entire dining room could see the view of the city. The room is large with big picture windows, the tables are a good size and comfortably spaced. The music was nice, mostly instrumental and not intrusive at all.

Overall an amazing and romantic evening out. Will definitely be going back.

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Some Improvements Needed.
By Chicklet of West Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

We had a late lunch and asked to be seated outside. We were offered a high stool table by a very cranky hostess which we turned down and requested a table by the outside wall. She tried to put us beside a fire pit which would have obscured our view. ( The place was almost empty.) We pointed to the table we wanted and she was not happy. Why we wondered. It was in the same area of the patio. Hot bread was put on the table. Delicious. Although we were one of a few people our german waiter appeared hurried and harassed. We waited ages for him to take our order . That was fine by us because it was a hot Vancouver day and we were loving the breezes and the view. Our entrees were about $26.00 each which is about right and fair. The food was just good. Nothing to complain about but ,,,you get the picture. The presentation was lovely.
We left our usual 20 percent tip because quite frankly these guys work hard for their money and don't get paid that much.
I would take an out of town guest there for avery late lunch to be assured of good seating. ( If you can by Miss Cheerful)

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Beautiful View
By 604girl of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

I went with a party of 18. As someone else, they are definitely very capable of handling large parties. The server was very knowledgeable and friendly. All our food came together and it was still pretty warm, not hot but reasonable.

I would admit that the price of the menu is a little high but you really pay for the food and wonderful view that you also devour. I would definitely go back because I wanted to try their prime rib special. Which is a great 3 course deal for only $30 ( I think?)

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Good Experience, Good View, Good Service
By feel100 of richmond (29 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

Service is excellent. My booking is on 7:30 but i am late. They still hold the table for us. Also, waiter is so friendly. Simile all the time.
Even we went there for dine out, it will not change how they treat customer.

Ambiance is awesome. The one of best view in vancouver. So romantic.

Food is average. Not extremely good but is ok.
Something need to improve, such as soup is not enough hot and dessert taste normal.

Overall, if you have never been there, you should go there. This is good place for candle dinner.

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Beauty Only Skin-deep
By poulet of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Location, Location, Location
By foodforall of West End (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Well, the title says it all. The food won't knock your socks off but the view will. Beautifully decorated. I particularly enjoyed the waiting area in front of the fireplace. The food was o.k. The so called famous stuffed mushroom caps were a let down. Service was attentive, although our server didn't seem that confident in his job. I would probably go again for a special occasion.

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A must-experience restaurant
By luyendao of East Van, Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 10:04am [Dine in]

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.

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Enjoy the view
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:51am [Dine in]

This is definitely a good spot to celebrate a special ocasion. On a clear day, you have the best view in the city. The patio is really nice and if you're by a fireplace you won't be cold even if it's chilly outside.

This is one of the more expensive restaurants in the city but some of the dishes don't disappoint. The duck two ways is the best entree I've had, and the stuffed mushrooms are a great appetizer.

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Excellent food ~ view is outstanding (a given...)
By homerboi of westend (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

The two of us lunched at Season's today.
Service from start - greetings at the entrance - to the end of the meal was top notch!

A bottle of wine with our lunch which included the 2 of us sharing the crab cakes and risotto, and the seafood carbonara. Both were delicious.
Service was great as my other half enjoyed bottomless cups of coffee too!

Price point, yes the prices are above avg., but I dont think you'll find a nicer view with great service.

If price is your main criteria, then this is not your hangout.

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Perfect, - more than I expected
By Lobo47 of Burnaby (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Maybe we were fortunate, (I read some of the other reviews). A Saturday night during the Olympics, we had a memorable evening. Without question the restaurant the views are first rate. The best, untouchable. The city, Grouse, even Cypress, the north shore lights, like glowing crystals scattered accross the horizon.

The food. I had blackened cod, amazing dish. Texture, flavour. Vegetables just right. My partner had salmon, also nice but I thought too dry. For an appetizer we had the mushrooms. Unoriginal, not interesting, but they were delicious. A great dish.

Service, excellent. I find service is something you engineer for yourself. With age, you don't take yourself so serious anymore. If you can make it a human experience for the waiters, they try a lot harder.

Great, great evening. I've got to do it again.

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Grandest view, fine food and service
By uncle_junior of Cambie, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

When my wife & I tried them out about 4 years ago the food was lousy. A couple of years ago they changed their chef and their menu and the food has improved a lot. I particularly like their curried mussels and their Sunday night prime rib dinner offers very good value. Prices on the whole are reasonable.

The view from the place, especially if you get a window table, is like no other.

We've been there for brunch, late lunch, early and late dinner and the views, while different at each time, are magnificent all the same. My wife and I have agreed that whenever we have visitors from out of town, this is where we shall bring them to first.

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Why do you have to be like that?
By chefmom of richmond (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 8:20am [Dine in]

The food is great, the setting fabulous, so why was our service so unpleasant? From the minute we arrived at Seasons everything seemed like it was too much trouble for our waiter. His goal seemed to be to get us out as fast as possible and to make sure we never came back. We had reservations for 12 to celebrate the retirement of 3 of our special colleagues. I was 1pm on a Friday, the restaurant was quiet. I know a big table of women can be a problem, but we were the only customers in the place. He was impatient taking our orders, and blatantly rude when we tried to pay our bills individually. Every question asked of him was answered sharply and often incorrectly. We were pleasant to him and tolerant of his bad mood.We acted in a professional manner he did not. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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A great place for all occasions
By chris84bloom of Vancouver, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:50am [Dine in]

I've been there three times and I haven't been disappointed yet.

I always have a rack of lamb there because it's simply the BEST lamb I've tasted. When I ordered it for the first time, I was a bit disappointed with how small it is because I was starving that day. But it turned out to be quite a full meal. The presentation of the dish is wonderful and the quality is superb. My mom once ordered spicy pasta (with sea food, I think) and it was great too. The size was pretty big and the family shared it - which went nicely with other menues. But when I had a piece of pork from what my friend ordered, I didn't like it much. It was plain tasteless. Thank goodness I didn't order it... Others ordered the cod, the chicken and other dishes and they didn't complain about a thing so I guess they found it okay. But I doubt if their cocktails are as great as the food is. I ordered a cosmopolitan once and it was just drink-able. I didn't even finish it in the end.

The service was attentive but I think this solely depends on whom you're getting for waiters as I've had different experiences. But when my friend found her steak undercooked, they apologized and cooked it again, deliciously, and well-presented again.

And I suppose it's meaningless to describe how wonderful the restaurant and the view are because everyone already knows. Even the bathroom is designed beautifully, too! The only complain I have is that it's really loud in the peak hour. I had to yell almost in order to talk to the person right in front of me. - Not really the restaurant's fault, of course.

All and all, Seasons is a top notch. Highly recommended indeed.

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Call me 'Arrabbiata' after a not so merry dinner!
By bgirl of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 3:07am [Dine in]

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...

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All sizzle, no steak
By Valdemar of Burnaby, BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Food: The Caesar salad was the worst such salad I've ever had! It was dry, bland, and put together in a very strange manner. I guess they were trying to be cute, but I expect the most expensive Caesar I've ever had not to suck. On the plus side, the black cod I had was good.

Service: They handled our large group (12-14 people) beautifully. We never had to wait long for anything, and the staff were friendly and courteous.

Value: Again, the most expensive Caesar salad I've ever had was atrocious, and most items on the menu are extremely expensive. The food was average for a West Coast cuisine, but the prices were very high.

Ambiance: The view is obviously a key selling point, and the inside of the restaurant is also quite lovely. We had lots of space, and the place seemed to have a positive buzz.

Overall: If the prices were so outrageous, I'd probably go again for a romantic night out. Oh, and don't order the Caesar!

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