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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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Just beautiful. : )
By hishou of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

The view is the price what you are paying for when/if you visit this restaurant, located on the hill in the center of Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Park) that allows you to look down the downtown. The city night lights are particularly beautiful to enjoy. Sophisticated interior design and atmosphere, top class trained waiters, and foods are just wonderful. You gotta try their crab cake ! No question that you will successfully deliver a memorable evening if you want to impress someone special.

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Brunch, brunch, brunch
By Jtoc of Vancity (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Brunch here is amazingly pleasant. Wonderful view, excellent service beyond excellent actually and reasonably priced menu with a very good variety. I would highly recommended, especially for out of town guests that you want to impress. Get there early because it does get very very, very busy

Make sure to get table by the window for the best view.

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Great experience
By Brizz of Langley (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

My wife and I came here for our anniversary and we were very impressed! We had a great server with good wine/food knowledge and a sense of humor to boot! The views in this place are fantastic and the setting of the restaurant is pretty cool.

We started with the stuffed mushroom appy to share and it was amazing. I don't like to compare but I know a lot of people love the keg stuffed mushrooms (not sure why, they are prepackaged, frozen, and re-heated) and these made them look like a joke. I'd go with a 8.5/10

I had the peppercorn crusted rack of lamb and it was exceptional. Nothing to write a short story about, but solid. 8/10

My wife had the Crab & Mascarpone Crusted Wild BC Sockeye Salmon and it was exceptional. 9/10.

Was the little brownie mountain for dessert and it was good. 8/10

I highly recomend this place for special occasions, it's not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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Perfect in Every Way
By ChatterBox of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 2:18am [Dine in]

My boyfriend brought me here one year for my birthday and the experience was wonderful! Our high elevation gave us a grand view of the horizon below, featuring beautiful Van City under light drizzles of rain. The servers were very polite and friendly, which was comforting. I had the steak and till this day, I can honestly say it was the best I've had! It was soo delicious! The only down side to the night was the inconvenient parking situation. We didn't want to pay for valet, thus we opt for street parking. It wasn't comfortable walking uphill in the rain in stilletto shoes.

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Nicely surprised
By Odile of Yaletown (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Very good food and friendly professional service. Starting to get worried that good food and friendly service was no longer available in these price range. Very pleased with the experience and we certainly will return. The service was great, we had a nice witty fellow serving us, he was able to deal with my father in laws silly comments and food requirements. THUMBS UP just for that.

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Ultimate Special Occasion Restaurant
By Florentine of Yaletown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

We actually preferred our dinner at Seasons to our recent dinner at Parkside. Seasons is more intimate and more relaxed, which is probably why we enjoyed it.

Had the baby arugula and watercress salad with the most succulent poached figs (divine!), the filet of black cod with blood orange carrot reduction and roast endive (rich and luscious!), and a slice of mango cheesecake with a cappuccino for dessert.

Service was top notch. It was raining and our cab was running a bit late driving to the restaurant, but we called ahead and said we'd be a few minutes late - no problem!

We started with cocktails and were told not to rush. The Seasons Martini was spectacular!

We ordered a bottle of red, and munched on a fresh loaf of crusty French bread as we waited for our starters to arrive.

The only mistake that happened was no big dea. A different waiter from the one normally serving us walked by and decided to fill up our water glasses with ice water instead of the rest of the sparkling bottled water on our our table. We only had a bit of sparkling water left, so perhaps it looked like the bottle was empty. When we told him we were drinking sparkling water, not ice water, he took away the ice water and brought us back fresh glasses, and brought a new bottle of sparking water on the house. (Yikes! Makes us sound like water snobs - we're not!) It was really appreciated.

The view was spectacular - overlooking Queen E Park and the city skyline in the distance. Even on a rainy night, the view is spectacular because the city skyline is well below the clouds.

Funniest moment - the gaggle of teenaged girls yapping about hairdos with their Gucci and Prada purses in the corner window table. Didn't think of Seasons as a restaurant one goes to before a night on the town, but who'd have thunk it?

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lunch for 2
By homercdn of vancouver east (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I took my better half for lunch to celebrate.
We had made a reservation for this. Upon arrival, we were seated inside the restaurant at a window table with an excellent view of the park below and the city.

She ordered a nice mixed salad and the grilled calamari appetizer. I ordered the crab cakes to start and the srip loin and prawns. Fabulous lunch meal!

Our server was a shoe-in for his profession. The busboy was excellent in his assistance. We've dined here before with family on many occasions and it's always relaxing place to eat and to be served. Very friendly and very on the ball.

Prices reflect the value of the food that is served here.
A great place to take anyone - friend, family, your better half.

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Very disappointing!
By hungry_guy of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:19am [Dine in]

I had made reservations 3 days in advance to ensure a good table/view as it was my gf's BD (our first together). I wanted it to be a special night and since the reviews were so great I definitely had to take her to Season's.

I called the day of the reservation to confirm seating and to my surprise, I was not on the books. The hostess who answered the phone booked me again and also confirmed that upon ordering dessert, they would present it with a candle and "Happy Birthday Plaque." I was excited.

It was a beautiful sunny day so the view was simply amazing. It seemed pretty busy and upon being seated, we waited about 10 minutes to receive any water or service. (That's OK, did I mention the view was amazing??)

We ordered appetizers of Clams/Mussels (fresh n' tasty) & their "Famous" mushroom caps (also very good). For our mains we ordered Black Cod Fillet and Cornish Game Hen w/ Porcini Risotto. My black cod was simple, but nicely plated. The Hen was moist but the risotto was very over salted and even though there was "braised beef ribs" advertised on the menu with it, we could hardly find a scrap of beef.

For dessert we ordered the Sunburned Lemon Pie to share. The pie was AWESOME, probably the best dish of the night. What really had me upset was the fact that they unceremoniously brought the pie to the table and put it down and that's it. No candle, no plaque, no NOTHING! I was pretty upset as I had to convince my gf to get a dessert even though she was quite full.

In any event, the waitress apologized, comp.'d the dessert and brought us 2 glasses of champagne with a strawberry in each. Nice of her, but I was already pretty upset by that time. It was a very anti-climactic way to end the night.

Upon leaving, I had to stand 5 minutes at the unmanned coatcheck to wait for my coat. That pretty much summed up the night!

Ambiance was excellent, food was average at best and the service from the hostesses was HORRIBLE!

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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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Best night out of the year
By Little Line Cook of Port Coquilam (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

This was my first visit to Seasons in the Park. My boyfriend and I went there for our second anniversary and we were not disappointed. Upon first arriving, we had parked on the wrong side of the mountain. It was poorly sign posted, but we eventually made it there! The host staffs were friendly and welcoming, and offered to take our coats while we waited for our reservation.
I immediately noticed the stunning view of the city and mountains. I could have gazed in awe at the view all night, it was simply breathtaking. The restaurant its self was tastefully decorated for Christmas, nothing over the top or in your face. Christmas music was softly playing in the background, and the temperature inside was toasty warm. Our waiter arrived quickly, and was friendly and attentive. I was impressed that they offered a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, which came promptly with the warm fresh house baked bread. Both of which were delicious. For our appetizer we shared the Tuscan Flatbread. The bread drizzled with balsamic vinegar, left my taste buds tingling in anticipation for the next course. It was quite a generous portion size we were able to take some home.
We both ordered CAB Sirlion Steak for our mains. The plate arrived and was a work of art. The steak was cooked to perfection, and came with creamy mashed potatoes, tomato, broccoli, and spaghetti squash (seasoned with salt and pepper). Once again our waiter was attentive throughout our meal, and was competently knowledgeable about the menu.
A pleasant surprise came when we ordered desert to discover it was on the house. It came complete with a "happy anniversary" written on the rich chocolate cake.
Overall, we enjoyed my visit immensely, and hope to be back again in the new year! The view is to die for, service was excellent, without feeling like the waiter was joining us for dinner, and I can still taste the succulent steak a day later. Definitely a place to celebrate that special occasion.

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Great Food, Rude Server
By Trin_NZ of Kitsilano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

A group of workmates and I went to Seasons for Dine Out Vancouver. We had been before a few years ago and ended up with the same great table in the corner with a beautiful view of the city. Our server was polite and took our drink orders quickly. Food was very good, but not outstanding. The Dine Out $28 price made it an excellent deal. I had the salmon and it was very tasty, as was the chowder and brownie dessert.

The only issue I had was at the end when the server brought us our bill. It was not separated and we did not get a chance to ask him to separate it before he brought it out. As I was paying with debit I went up and asked if I could pay for my part of the bill, to which I was greeted with a sigh and "I wish you had told me at the start it would be separate bills". I was shocked! I didn't see that is was a big deal, i didn't even want the bill separated, I just wanted to pay my share. In the end i paid my bill and he told me he would bring out the separated bills to our table. Well he took his sweet time and then left them on the window sill near our table and went and did something else. He finally got around to giving the rest of the table their bills a good 10 minutes later! I do not expect such bad attitude from a server at a fine dining restaurant. It was definitely a bad ending to an otherwise great night.

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Unfortunate Potato's.
By Benji of Marpole, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went for dinner there tonight.
The views are great.
It was raining tonight, but the fire place really kept us warm, as we sat on the patio.

We had an appies, mains and dessert.

My girlfriend have the porkchop which was really nicely done and bueautifly done garnish.
I had the 10oz steak with Garlic mash potato's and some garnish.

The mash potatos were supposed to come as garlic instead it came with mold.
They tried to tell me that it was blue cheese, but, I'm a bit of a chef and I know what blue cheese tastes like.
I almost lost my dinner all over my table.
I excused my self to the bathroom.

My girlfriend had the waiter take my plate away and apologized.
The manager came over and apologized as well.

Make sure when you go there you check your food before you eat.

I really like the service and the location, it's just too bad I was served a rather unfortunate mashed potato's.

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Great Experience
By coastalpatty of Ventura California (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 9:35am [Dine in]

We had a wonderful table on the upper level and the service was delightful, entertaining and professional.
The food was perfect (Seafood pasta and the Pork Chop).
Both were excellent and plentiful, flavorful with excellent presentation.
The restaurant was very well attended (it was a Sunday evening) and the view was wonderful.
Our waiter was very helpful in aiding us in our decisions for our entrees.
We highly recommend this restaurant and will certainly return.

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A Great Place for a Celebration
By Max of West Vancouver, (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

After consulting the online reviews and asking friends for recommendations I decided to try Seasons in the Park for a special birthday celebration.
From making the reservation to the final good night I was not disappointed. I found their staff to be professional, genuinely friendly and attentive to all the details without being intrusive. They treated our birthday celebration as if it was a special evening for them as well and to top it off they managed to keep our glasses full and have all of our meals served at the same time!
Everyone in our group found the food really good with especially rave reviews on the Stuffed Mushrooms, Scallops, and Duck. The salads were fresh and tasty along with being a generous size. The wine list had a good selection of well priced B.C. wines. We brought our own birthday cake to the restaurant and our waitress delivered it to our table with the candles burning, a knife, forks and plates. They did not charge extra for this service. The average price per person was $60 including taxes and tip. Adding in the beautiful park setting, nicely decorated rooms, big windows, and stunning city views it was certainly worth every cent for such a memorable evening.
I am looking forward to returning for a meal on their beautiful patio. Truly a great place to show off our city!

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Save a busboy, use a waiter!
By narnian of Kitsilano, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

Food:
We started with Seasons Famous Stuffed Mushrooms which tasted very rich and creamy. The Seafood Fettucine Carbonara was delicious and is recommended. The NY Steak however, was not the best. It was cooked perfectly, but a tad chewy. The veges were cooked just OK. We finished with a creme brulee that was good as expected.

Service:
The hostess and waiter were very friendly and helpful. The only reason preventing a 5 star rating from us is because of the inexperienced busboys. They were rude, silent, and did not smile. They seemed rushed and very jittery.

Value:
Prices are expected for these kinds of restaurant.

Ambiance:
We were seated outside on the patio with a beautiful view of the city. The inside was also very clean with lots of windows. The only complaint was the flies outside.

Overall:
Beautiful view, with good food and service. Will return.

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a place totake out of town friends
By thewisebartender of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 12:04am [Dine in]

this is the class place to take your out of town friends. Great food, solid wine list and excellent service staff. The view of Vancouver is just an added bonus. A little secret...next time the fireworks competition is in town on a good night you could see the occasional burst over the city from the high view point. Just an extra bonus. Hard to believe the old Quarryhouse would evolve into such a hit

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Wedding
By supergirl of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I recently attended a wedding here and the meal I had was amazing. I would have been more than satisified had I come on my own and paid for the food I had. Most everything I had was on their regular menu and was so delicious. Hors d'oeuvres was so good especially their mini stuffed potatoes. These were to die for. The waitress said the topping was the same as their stuffed mushrooms. The meal we had consisted of orgranic greens, the prawn cake, ahi tuna, rack of lamb or 12 oz steak and a dessert buffet with their lemon tart, chocolate fudge cake and pecan squares. I had the lamb and it was done perfectly. It was so tender and juicy, I could cut it with my butter knife. The chocolate cake just melts in your mouth. I am looking foward to coming back.

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