Sip Resto Lounge, since 2004, has been providing its guest's with a memorable dining experience, going above and beyond to make everyones dining experience one to remember. From our passion of cocktails and spirits, made from our in-house seasonal preserves, to our alcohol infused menu, Sip Resto lounge is like no other. There will be no need to leave, with our talented local DJ's keeping the party going all night long. Be sure to check out our website to stay up to date with our monthly events.
After an early dinner, we had to loaf around before the night was done, and Sip came calling. I actually hadn't been here in ages so when I threw it out as an option, everyone obliged.
It was busy so we ended up occupying the wait area at the front for the night. Not exactly the best locale for sipping and nibbling but the couches did it's best. We loitered until closing time and our waitress kept us buzzed the rest of the night. Constant checkups, friendly yet not overbearing we didn't need to call her over once the entire night - absolutely on the button without missing a beat.
The menu relies on using an alcohol garnish in every dish. We stuck with a couple of appetizers, the 7 cheese dip and their fantastic beer fries, which we ordered nearly half a dozen times during the night. The portions were a tad small, while the cheese dip was an expensive $15 lesson that came with roughly 1 pita for dipping. Much of the menu was far more reasonably priced, however.
Great ambience, despite our seating location. The kitchen is open but not intrusive, while the music was loud, but didn't hinder conversation. Tame clientele, but that had a lot to do with the bouncer filtering out the rowdy crowd outside. The washrooms were tiny, 2 person max for the males and the lone stall for the females.
Another memorable Saturday night. Check out the beer fries, they are good.
Some girlfriends and I came here for some sips and snacks one Tuesday night after spending some time at the Persian Tea House. We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails as well as the Belgium Beer Battered Fries and the Seven Cheesy Dip!
The fries came with 3 dipping sauces: chipotle aioli, tarragon aioli and reg. ketchup. Holy moly! That tarragon aioli is to die for - strangely addictive!!
As for the cocktails, my favs were the Niki Nova and Golddigger martinis. Could have done without the Mandingo martini though (have had better).
Overall, it was a fun night, and our server was the best! She was super friendly and interactive. Totally made the night that much more enjoyable!
Pretty place with pretty people, a standard for Vancouver of course =) Went here for Dine out and it turned out so-so. Not much to complain about (service was good, the food was good) but nothing really special to rave about either.
It was my first time here and I was surprised that I didn't really taste the alcohol in the food other than the cheesecake (had the crab cakes, beef/chicken duo, salmon main)
Would I go here on a non-dine out night? Maybe, just for the novelty of that fact that there's alcohol in all of the food... that's about it.
I've been to Sip a number of times and I'm sad to say this visit, unlike others before, was a major disappointment. My friend and I went for the Dine Out menu last night, as we remembered last year's Dine Out experience here to be quite a memorable one.
The best part about the entire experience was the service. Our server was very attentive and friendly - and service with a smile every time she came by. That being said, the food was the low point. My friend and I actually had the same dishes - prawn & crab cake to start, then Tenderloin for the entrée and followed by the Bailey's chocolate mousse for dessert. Sounds good, right? I thought so too... until the food arrived.
The prawn & crab cakes had good flavour, although they were a bit mushy. It would have been nice if they had pan-seared a bit longer to get a little more of a "crisp" exterior. There was a small mound of salad greens served with them, just put on the plate dry. How odd. For the 5 extra seconds it would have taken to toss them in a dressing of some kind, I was surprised they would omit this - especially considering how they pride themselves on coming up with flavourful sauces from alcohol. The sauce that went with the prawn & crab cakes was a grey goose l'orange sauce - they could have incorportated the orange flavour into a nice simple citrus vinaigrette. It would have 'completed' the dish.
The tenderloin, however, was the main disappointment of the evening. I'm shocked this was rated AAA on their menu, as it certainly didn't taste that way. The meat was tough, bland and just all-around blah. I thought at first it was over-cooked (I asked for med rare) but upon closer inspection, it was cooked just fine - it was just a mediocre piece of meat. The vegetables were cooked nicely and the sherry jus was tasty, but as the supposed star of the meal was equivalent to shoe leather, I guess the rest just wasn't enough to save this dish.
The Bailey's chocolate mousse was nice, very light and fluffy with oreo cookie crumbs and whipped cream. The cream was over-whipped so it lost that creamy texture it should've had, and was kind of lumpy and looked as though it was a few days old. That's usually a result of someone shaking the whip cream maker every time they use it. But the flavour of the mousse was good, so once I got past the cream, I could enjoy the rest of the dessert.
Despite this less-than-favourable review, I will go back to Sip because every other experience I've had there has been quite good.
Considering it was a slow night, you'd figure service would be more prompt and attentive. We walked in and our party had already arrived. We sat down, the waitress did not offer water or drinks menu. I looked over and she actually just walked away, didn't even bother to come over. We had to ask for our own sets of utensils. We had one menu to share between 4 people since the others had ordered already, did she think we would just eat their food? We were the only big party table in the lounge, there was a couple of people grabbing drinks by the bar and one small table of 3 beside us but she seemed like she didn't care, the waitress barely provided any service to our party. The food is just average, there is nothing special to the butter chicken drumstick, there is only a drizzle of sauce on the plate. The steak was overcooked, but overall decent. We asked for a piece of mango cheesecake to be brought out after dinner and had to ask 3 times! For a slow night, they really don't know what they're doing here!
Food: Tuna was not bad, calamari was average, peirogies were ok but crab cake was excellent. Overall, the food is good tasting but nothing to warrant the prices since the portions are quite small. Drinks were interesting, great mixes.
Service: Server kept disappearing - don't know where to since this places is quite small. Food was arriving inconsistently - some dishes 30-45 minutes earlier than others when we ordered at the same time. No water refills and when we wanted additional drinks, server was no where to be seen. Many times we had to ask other servers for our orders or to locate our server. It is no wonder turnover is quite low.
Ambiance: The lounge is really quite nice despite being really small (I thought it would've been much bigger or else I would've gone elsewhere since I had a large party). We ended up being squished in the corner by the ATM. There is only one washroom and it's unisex and it was flooding all night! Quite disgusting...
Will probably not return - the food is good but not good enough for me to pay those prices or drive around a while to look for parking and then possibly have to wander around granville st for a bathroom when it floods (and it will - heard from many sources it happens all of the time). However, if you don't mind taking the chance, this place isn't bad to sit around and chat with friends while having a few drinks and nibbling on a few tasty treats if you're willing to pay the price.
Dine Out Experience
Food: The 5 spice spring rolls was pretty good. It was diff't and had a bite of a kick to it. My b/f thought the toast that came w/ the ahi tuna dominated the taste a bit too much...but that might have been b/c the tuna was pretty small. I had the pasta which i thought tasted fairly good and my b/f enjoyed his fillet which was cooked perfectly. The creme brulee was very light and we didnt find it too sweet unlike some of the previous reviewers. The cheesecake was good...the texture was very diff't...very light and creamy in my mouth...almost as if it wasnt even cheesecake!
Service: Our server seemed very indifferent. You would think that since this is Dine Out and it's their chance to gain new customers that would try harder but apparently not. However, i did notice that the other 2 servers did appear to be more "friendly".
Ambiance: Diffinately a lounge feel to it. At times it seemed as if the music was a bit too loud. Had to strain to hear and raise my voice to to be heard. It was very busy and I could see that some had to eat at the bar...which i think is strange..."fine dining" on bar stools...
Overall: The main intrigue about this restaurant is that every dish has alcohol in it, but to be honest, you cant really taste it at all. The food overall was pretty good, but i dont think the complete dining experience really made a strong impression or convinced me to return. I believe there are many better options for food and service in Vancouver.
Out on a Saturday night with a group of friends and the vibe was lively and loud.
Food: Ordered all appies as they seem more interesting than the mains. We had beer battered fries, beef kabobs and crab cakes. The fries and kabobs were well executed and tasted great. The crab cakes were a tad mushy but tasted fine.
Service: We were part of first seating so we were seated promptly and our orders were filled within 20 minutes or so. The server was friendly and joked with us..even comped my friend's meal as it was her birthday. He came by several times to refill drinks, check up on us, etc. Bills were split up so that made it tenfold easier to pay within a large group. After 2.5 hours, we left so they could turn the table over. It was only fair, but it would've been nice to lounge there for the rest of the evening.
Value: Mains were priced on the higher side and drinks were definitely pricey...like downtown strip club pricey. For an occasional night out with friends, it's not too, too bad but I don't see myself frequenting this place often. $75 for two: 3 applies, 5 drinks, tax & tip.
Ambiance: great atmosphere with comfortable seating. The crowd was diverse tonight with a few large 8+ groups in their mid 20's to mid 30's. Open kitchen concept added warmth and buzz around the bar area. All in all, a good place to chill with friends. Too loud for an intimate gathering but much more preferable to the club scene.
I've been here a few times, mostly just for drinks. Most of the wine here and alchohal is resonably priced. And its pretty neat place to be in, grab some drinks with friends before a night on the town, or just to wind down.
The one time I ate here we ate a bunch of items, but it was quite a while ago so I don't remember what I ate. I do remember how everything was...all the food was 'interesting'...conceptually it was pretty nifty...but realistically, most of the flavors did not complement or contrast well...and nothing was of great quality nor cooked exceptionally.
Service is ok...not much to mention about
Dropped in on a Saturday night to share some plates . Place is long and narrow however you do feel comfortable once seated . Food was great especially the sauces that accompanied the dish . Had the Calamari la Playa as well as the Rock Prawns and Blue Crab Cakes plus the beef robata which were all terrific . Only problem with the evening was an overly aggressive hostess who continued to walk by and grab plates that we had not finished . the sauces were so good we wanted to soak them up with the bread but when we turned around she kept trying to take the plates away. It took 3 attempts and please leave our plates until we say okay that she finally got the message .
girls' night out and we were looking for a place to hang out and enjoy some drinks...we definitely picked the right place! the rest of granville was pretty quiet [a weeknight] but this resto-lounge was filled up by 10 pm.
we enjoyed our martinis [if you like fruity martinis, this is the place :) ] and the mango liqueur cheesecake is AMAZING.
didn't try the savory dishes but they looked great! will return.
This is the worst dining experience I have ever had to date. The 2.99 breakfast off 4th ave in kitsilano is 10 times the culinary experience. I visited with a group of friends for Dine Out Vancouver. Wow, what a mistake.
The salad was decent but overdressed, the "Guinness stew" was more akin to Cambell's beef broth than a stew(and more than likely came out of a can). 3 out of 3 steaks at the table were substantially overcooked to in-edibility and bland to the taste. The sable fish was greasy enough to have been pan fried in pork lard and contained enough bones to make me spit it out and give up on any attempts to separate the bones out of the flesh. The desert was doughnuts and brownies. The doughnuts were plain deep-fried dough balls with no sugar or dressing other than a dash of simple syrup to dress the plate. The brownies were disgusting. I can only guess they were formed from cake mix batter, over baked and then let sit for a week to further dry out. They were served with warm whip-cream replacement, piped from a stale bag. Any attempts to cut into the brownie squares resulted in a pile of dried out crumbs with the consistency and flavour of burnt sawdust. The staff was pleasant enough but barely concerned about the slop served. The decor was decent but worn out, somewhat aged and very unremarkable amongst the plethora of similar neomodern restaurants in Vancouver.
My brother and his girlfriend made reservations to celebrate their birthday at sip lounge. There was six of us. Once we got to our "table," we were already unimpressed. It was their tiny booth beside the bathroom, without a real table for our food our drinks. After asking the waitress if we could move to one of the high tables so we could eat properly, she refused and said those were already reserved. I rebutted saying, "We're a reservation too, and those parties haven't arrived yet so can we sit there and eat our food until they come?" She reluctantly agreed. The brunette waitress had some major attitude problems. Our drinks were okay but ridiculously overpriced as well as the food. I ordered the perogies which the waitress suggested were "amazing" and then realized they were less than mediocre. I could have made better perogies at home. My boyfriend ordered the poutine which as much as I disliked everything else, it was quite tasty. After finishing our food, the waitress asked us to move because the party had arrived. So she brought us our bills to settle. This was totally fine.. UNTIL we realized we had been charged an automatic gratuity of 18% without our knowledge. When I called over the waitress, she said she had told us about the autograt when she gave us our bill. No one heard her. She clearly never said anything. Finally, I told her off. I told her I work in the customer service industry in one of the busiest restaurants in Vancouver. As soon as a large party reserves a table, you let them know about the autograt a situation like THIS doesn't happen. It's unprofessional to autograt a party after they've already sat down, ordered, and eaten their food. If we had known about the autograt, we wouldn't have been as pissed off. You can't expect it to be okay to autograt a table when you give them their bill, what the hell is that. She tried to argue but I told her I wasn't paying to the autograt because I wasn't aware of it and she ended up taking the autograt off. The waitress was the epitome of a bitch and I don't ever plan on going back. Terrible food, terrible service.
I had the pleasure of attending the Toast to the coast at the Vancouver Aquarium last Friday night. It was a fundraising event for the Ocean Wise sustainability program that featured 10 BC wineries and 5 Ocean Wise Restaurants. All the restaurants featured one or two types of seafood, sustainable of course, and in particular one stood out. As I walked through the event I keep hearing people talking about amazing crab cakes by the shark tank, so over to the shark tank it was! This was the only station with a long line up (I wasn’t the only person to get the 411). When I got to the front I was greeted by a man in a black chef coat with no name on it. He introduced himself as Michael, the New Chef of SIP Resto Lounge. He had only started a few day prior and had a good sense of humor about being “thrown into the water”, being at the Aquarium and all. Busy as it was, he still took the time to explain the food there, the restaurant and concept, with a great sense of passion. About a minute later the owner shows up and also takes the time to check on how peoples “meals” were. It might not have been much but showed a lot of class taking the time to treat each person grabbing a sample of food as a real customer.
To wrap up, crab cakes were awesome, I am guilty of taking a few more than my share, ahi Tuna Tartar was delectable and we will be heading there this weekend for dinner. If the new chef can cook as well as he can schmooze we should be in for a treat!
Nice looking lounge, the staff is fairly friendly ... unfortunately their chefs suck. Every course I had was pretty dissapointing, with the entree being terrible (both times ... that's right I sent it back). I had shrimp to start ... which was overcooked, but most places do that. I ordered the beef filet aka "the hockey puck" for an entree, which arrived literally BURNED and so tough I could barely saw through it (i ordered it medium-well not incinerated). I sent the beef back ... and when i got my new one 30 minutes later it was still well past well done, and burned, so i just gave up ... oh and the vegetable it came with was cooked and yet cold ... :(. My two friends who ordered the beef as well all had burned and chewy, terrible pieces. Desert was okay, but not great (the cheesecake in case you want to avoid it). All in all, I wouldn't go there for dinner ever again ... especially since the food is a little pricey. Apparently they have good fries, and you can't really eff up pouring a glass of wine.
.... trying to imitate a hip, urban, classy restaurant more likely to be found in Toronto, NY, San Fran. Certainly not Vancouver. Poor service right from the start.... and that's after booking a reservation 10 days in advance. Upon arrival our table is not ready... after waiting 10 minutes, hostess wants to seat us next (wife and I) to the entrance. She wasn't even receptive to my request for another table. I take a look further back and there's plenty of ope tables and this is on a rainy Wednesday night @ 9:30PM... not a busy time.
You know, the place itself might be agreeable, but get some new staff, the reception makes all the difference.
Will never return and recommend to no one else.
This place has a concept to put alcohol in every meal they prepare, this kinda intrigued me so I thought I would give them a try and check out their Dineout menu. We booked for 6pm and we're seated right away, the place was pretty busy but not packed. I had the ahi tuna for appies, sable fish for main, and creme brulee for dessert. My gf had the chinese spring rolls, steak, and mango cheesecake. I enjoyed the ahi tuna very much, and she liked here spring rolls too, im not sure though if we enjoyed it because it tasted good or we're just starving, I guess waiting more than 30 min for the appies did'nt help. The sable fish was a disappointment, it was cold and bland and even the sauce didnt help. The steak too was not warm, like it was cooked in the morning and was reheated an hour before it was served. Although, i liked the creme brulee very much, my partner liked the mango cheesecake but i kinda found it too sweet. Nevertheless, i dont think were coming back to this place, theres really not much variety to their menu, the food was just average, for me, the addition of alcohol didnt really enhance the flavour of the food, plus the fact that they served it cold, the place was tiny, and It was just weird seeing all the three owners there, neither one of them smiled or acknowledge our presence.
I don't know where to start honestly. I made a reservation for our party for 8pm, and we were not seated until 8:50pm. The manager (or owner, I'm not sure) seemed very worried, but didn't offer us anything to rectify the situation. Some complimentary drinks while we were waiting would have been nice, but that didn't happen.
At first, I was upset at the diners who were at our table - the manager explained to us that they had been there for over 2 hours; however, after we started eating, I understood. Each dish took FOREVER to arrive. We ate at a pretty fast pace (since it was already an hour later into the night than we wanted it to be) and we still took an hour and forty minutes to finish our meal.
For the appetizer, they were sold out of the Ahi Tuna selection, something that would not have been the case had we been seated on time. We had all ordered our steaks medium-rare - two of them came barely rare, and the other two came blue-rare. Sigh. They had to be sent back, and took forever to return. The entree was supposed to come with zucchini, but I guess they were out of that as well, with no mention to us. The creme brulee dessert was supposed to be a trio, but turned out to be a duo instead. They didn't say a word about it until my friend asked why there were only two. The waitress simply said they ran out of the third flavour - no apology. We had to ask for water refills several times.
The food itself wasn't bad, a little better than average I would say. However, it was very difficult to enjoy since the service was SO TERRIBLE. I will probably never return.
SIP is a great spot for a nice intimate dinner or to begin your weekend night out.
It offers a warm and relaxed ambience filled with smooth, rythmic and dancy beats, without the raucousness of many of the other Granville night spots.
The squid was a little oily and the battered fries a little questionnable (sugar on the fries), but all around a very good place to eat.
I just heard of the radio that Sip Resto Lounge was voted for the top lounge or what not for the 4th year in a row. Who the heck voted for that or them? I had the worst experience there!
Went there for a friend's birthday party. They refused to take our order unless ALL of our guest had arrived! What's up with that? People were running late, why can't we just order first? Anyway, when all the guests finally arrived, we ordered but the food took forever! It must have been 45 to 60 minutes! If they just took half of our order first, then we won't have this problem of rushing a large order in, now would we? Worst of all, when the food came, it was luke-warm! Gross!
The servers were "UNattentive"! We pretty much felt ignored all night! Had to flag them down for water and extra menus. I did not feel there was any attempt for service here. Maybe because there was a mandatory tip already due to our large group so they didn't feel they need to try any harder to get tips?
The portion size was really small too! I didn't feel that the quality of the food was equivalent to the price they charged. The food wasn't bad, it was just mediocre.
The ambiance is nice. But it's a lounge Downtown, it's expected to have a certain standard to survive anyway.
I don't recommend this place. I will never go back.
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