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Sip Resto Lounge

1117 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1
Tel: (604) 687-7474 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 687-7479
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Pub, Seafood, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout, Banquet
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Wifi, View, Television
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 5PM - 2AM
  • 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.

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Top Lounge? I think NOT!
By 604girl of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

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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More Salt?
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 1:43am [Dine in]

So my gf made reservations here because this place had a cool concept of having alcohol in every dish which sounded interesting. We got there at about 7 and it was fairly empty but a few more tables arrived a bit more later into the evening.

The service was good, our waitress was very friendly. Ambiance was soothing and looks like a great place to relax for a drink. The cocktails we had were of the norm.

Then it landslides from there .. the food and drink menu does not offer too many choices but that's not important if the selective few are good, but every dish (I am not joking) was extremely salty. I don't know if it was their intentional strategy to get patrons to drink more or their salt shaker holes are way too big but I took 2 bites of my burger and I was done. My head was spinning from all the salt, not the alcohol which btw I couldn't taste any of, except a hint in a couple of the sauces. The fries were bland except they came with 3 sauces, chipotle mayo, ketchup and this other cheesy one. The beef tenderloin was very tender but once again very, very salty. Teriyako Chicken bowl, salty, isn't teriyaki suppose to be sweet? Maybe they mixed it up with soya sauce. Calamari was soggy. Well you get the point.

I will not be returning for even a snack as I don't think my blood level can handle it but if I'm ever in the neighborhood and thirsty then I would drop by for a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Over sold, under delivered
By great_expectations of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

After checking out the restaurants and menus for this years dine out Vancouver we excited about checking out Sip Resto Lounge. The website gave the impression of a cool, hip, contemporary lounge with what looked to be a promising menu.

We arrived early for the reservation and were greeted (if you can call it that) at the door by a girl who told us to 'hang on a minute' while she greeted her friends who had walked in behind us before she took care of us. We were told to hang out in the lounge area until our table was ready. Our waitress came to seat us and asked us immediately if we were there for the dine out menu or regular. No 'hi how are you doing tonight', No 'what brings you in tonight'...nothing...no schmoozing at all. The menus came and was back before we had time to decide pushing us to place our order.

We gave her our 3 choices and decided after she left that we wanted to have a side salad each before the meal started. when we flagged her down to ask her, she told us that the appies were already ready and that she would see what she could do, but that because we were ordering off the dine out menu we were limited for time. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Since when? No one told us there was a time limit! We like to take our time...not be rushed...digest and enjoy each course. now we felt rushed.

No sooner did the appies arrive, the salads followed suit. the appies were good, not the best ever, but good. salads were nice, fresh and crisp. the entrees were delivered and were mediocre. the tenderloin was diasppointing and the salmon - although good flavour - was overcooked. the dessert was what we were hoping would save the dinner.

described on the menu as TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE House made brownie with milk, white and dark chocolate served with bailey’s crème anglaise and whipped cream. i'm sure you'd find all the dunken hines brownie mix boxes in the dumpster if you looked. they were dry and overbaked - nothing triple about them. i failed to find the creme aglaise on my plate but did find a small squirt of reddi whip...oh joy.

the S.O.S phone call when out to our friends who were originally going to join us there for drinks afterwards. Pick somehwere else - we're not staying here! Only when we were paying did the waitress somewhat warm up and starting 'chatting' to us. too little too late.

we won't bore you with the details of the sad and dated ambiance and nasty washroom. Let's just say that the only good thing thing going was the music. Koodos to the DJ.

wanted to much to rave about our night to family and friends, but unfortunately cannot find anything positive to say. I will not recommend sip to anyone, nor will we be back.

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Sip Resto Lounge
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

The dessert and appertiser was great, the main/entree was nice but I've had salmon tastier and in BC there are no excuses for less than great salmon. I would recommend going there although my only complaint was I said I didn't want a sweet wine and the wine I had was sweet. The server however did give me the chance to taste it etc but was too polite to turn it down.

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shabby service, boring food
By leftnotracks of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

Out party of ten waited over an hour before receiving entrées. My appetizer (lousy calamari with soggy batter) arrived after some entrées. They hadnt' even started cooking my entrée while others were eating. I had a bite of someone's linguini, which was actually fetuccini. It was the closest thing to flavourless I've had that didn't come from a can.

The ambience was fine, but uncharming. I'd call it generic downtown chic. Does nobody have to courage to not put up TVs at the bar?

With so many good restaurants with attentive service in this town, it would be a shame to see this one succeed without a significant shake up.

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Take a SIP, nah don't bother
By Lunicus of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

I went to SIP because I'd heard so much about it. I have to say I was pretty disappointed.

The service was the really issue.
They had us sit in the front and wait for a table even though it was obvious that there were empty tables. I thought that maybe those tables were for reservations...but when we were finally taken to our table...it was one of those empty ones.

We ordered some drinks which were good, the girls I were with really like their martinis. We ordered a couple appetizers which were quite good but nothing phenomenal. We waited so long for the server to come back to take our entree order, that when she finally came around we finished the appy and just asked for the bill and went to finish our dinner at another restaurant.

If I'm going to spend those dollars for "decent" food...the service better be up to par...it wasn't. There are too many great places to eat to bother going back.

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Try their appetizers but NOT entree..
By lil_angel of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

I went there with couple of my friends since some people were praising this place so highly. The concept of mixing liquor into their food is unique and attractive but the taste didn't really meet the expectation. With couple of my friends, we decided to give this place a try for Christmas party. The place was located very far from the central part of the downtown. Took us some time to find this place. There were 2 chefs who were making our dish who seem to chat more than cook. The appetizers came out after 40 mins and our entree came out after more than an hour. Our server apologized for the delay but then the chefs were still chatting away. It turns out they burned our entree and had to remake it. Since it took so long to came out, everyone was starving. When we got the meal not only was it small portion(it wasn't dine out) but it tasted so horrible. My friend ordered Halibut and it turned out the most blend fish we've ever had! It tasted like nothing.. i emphasize NOTHING.. it looked or tasted as if it was boiled in the water with no seasoning or sauce whatsoever. We asked our server if this is how this dish supposed to taste like and she goes like "it's supposed to be very blend fish so you can't expect something unique about it. if you want some salt and pepper you can try to season it." We were like.. we are supposed to season the fish on our own with salt and pepper? Then my chicken or my mash potato didn't taste like they were seasoned either. We are not a picky eater but it was just like worst entree meals we've ever had. 25$ for halibut was total waste of money. PERIOD!

We all had different entree but hated all of them.
Of course we are never coming back to this place again. I even think HONS can season their meal better than this place.

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Sipping your meal
By mixed90 of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I was taken to Sip for my Birthday by a good friend and we decided to have a bunch of appies instead of just 2 entres. This turned out to be a good choice. We started with 2 kabobs: Tuna Tataki and Beef Tenderloin. Both were cooked perfectly and well seasoned. The Beef was especially tender and tasty. The best appetizer by far must have been the spinach and cheese dip. It came with a large dip and the perfect amount of toasted pitas to fully enjoy the dish. We also got the Calamari and battered prawns. Neither was anything special.

If you are planning on going, order appies and kabobs and the fries and you will be happy.

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Good Place to chill
By gastrodynamic of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

Went here for a DOV 2008 dinner with a friend. We were sat at the back of the place, which seemed strange, since usually restaurants want to fill the tables a t the front first to make themselves appear busy. No matter, it was a quite table, except for being directly opposite the bathrooms, the door to the kitchen and the back door. (It was COLD that night). Twice someone opened the back door and poured out a bucket of mop water.

Our staters and mains were great, service was attentive, although I prefer to have plates cleared at the same time rather than my friends plate and then mine. I just feel rushed when that happens.

Dessert was a dissapointment. I think they forgot to add butter and sugar to the graham crumbs in the bottom of the cup of cheesecake. So I was left with dry powdery crumbs. Maybe that was the idea??? The chocolate mousse parfait was overwhipped so the cream was lumpy and not smooth. We ended up getting some cake from a bakery to take home with us.

We will go back for drinks and tappas because it's a fun room.

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A pleasant surprise
By Eat for Fun and Function of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2011 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

In a time where bitching is so easy to do, I thought I'd throw out a happy story.

I've been to SIP several times, typically I come for late night drinks before I head out dancing with my wife. On Saturday I stopped in to grab, as usually, a couple quick drinks and listen to their DJ. I had a late lunch, and thought that would be enough, but once the drinks kicked in I was craving some kind of snacks.

The bartender had a pretty good knowledge of the food, but quickly pointed out his favourite items. I like spice so I had the ginger beef and the wifey tried, (I had most of it), the spicy quesadilla. Both were great share items and hit the spot. Not sure how pumped my wife was about the breath, but either way, just wanted to say thanks.

I'll see you again, now I know I can enjoy the food as well as the drinks.

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I've been here several times
By keith69 of Port Moody BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

This is likely the busiest place on Granville Is. all day. They never have a second to even breathe but still the manager is one of the best. Always nice and always happy to see you. Yes the waitresses take a bit of time bringing the food or drinks but its not like there are only 5 people there.. its always FULL... and as I usually visit with my loving and patient girlfriend I don't mind. Anyway, I love this place and their food and service.

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Top Lounge, I THINK SO!
By jamaldenberg of Yaletown (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

My experience at this wonderful resto-lounge was outstanding! First of all, the staff there is very hospitable,kind, and entertaining. If you all think that Granville has lost it's mojo, head into Sip and you'll find how Granville got its groove back. Apparently they have a Dj every night of the week and it was mentioned that they are some the top Dj's from around Vancouver. My friends and I had so much fun. The vibe in there, along with some seriously sexy people made the already wicked ambiance that much better. Not just that, the food was fantastic! The mussels, goat cheese stuffed chicken, and the prawns were sooo delicious, my taste buds were having a fiesta in my mouth! Koodo's to you, Sip Resto-Lounge. You have just become my go-to spot! See you tonight!!

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D-lish!
By Onusko of Granville (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

A girlfriend and I tried Sip for the first time on Wednesday for dine out. I must say I loved it. This is a really cool room where we felt very comfortable, no egos, but still a bit above the curve.

When we got there we where sat by our host (we liked that for once a male was greeting us as opposed to the usual females we see always). It was close to the door and we where a bit cold so we asked if we could be moved to another table. After looking at the reservation computer for a minute he took us to a high top table kind of in the middle of the restaurant. It actually was much more comfortable than it looked, and we felt so front and centre!

We were told that their are other reservations coming up after us (which I really didn't like hearing but I think that this is kind of a standard around this dining event) so we needed to place our order in all at once. She was nice enough to let us wait till after dinner to pick desert. I didn't think we would have enough time to finish dinner in the time allotted but everything came up so quickly it was like we just keep eating.

As for the food itself, I loved the chicken/beef appie and even though not on the menu they where able to get a vegetarian dish for Nina. We went for the suggested wines and found it to really work with the foods we had. I'm no connoisseur but it did taste good. We had the pesto pasta and salmon, both of which were killer. I loved the hennasy sauce on the salmon. The accompanying rice was also great but made me really full and would have preferred more of the broccoli instead. For desert we split one of each options, and than ordered one more of the moose, I'm such a sucker for good chocolate.

The whole time the vibe was great, the room was full but not chaotic and the music was perfect. We have two staggetts coming up this spring and we will be coming back again for sure. The menu was $40 including the wine ($25 and $15 if I recall) and I would defiantly recommend it!

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great food
By food444 of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

I visited Sip for their dine out menu. My friend and I shared the beef/chicken duo and blue crab cake/prawn duo appetizer. For our main course we each had the filet. It was made perfectly on the inside but we both found it little dry on the outside. We were extremely full after the appetizer and main course but we made room for the delicious chocolate mousse dessert. You will not leave this restaurant hungry and I highly recommend it. Be careful ordering a martini which is not on the menu though… they will charge you 6.25 for every shot they put in it. I ordered a lychee martini and was charged $12.50 for it! (that’s ½ the price of my entire meal.) The service was great. Even though they were extremely busy, our waitress was always available if we needed anything and the food was delivered a timely fashion.

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Excellent place to go downtown
By linee of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I have come here a few times, and each time I am happy. The first time I came was for drinks and we had one appetizer, the ahi tuna one, It was very very good. I also came for dine out vancouver, and was pleasantly surprised at how great the food was, and how largely portioned it was. Another time here, we came to have a feast. Between the two of us, we ordered fries, tenderloin, perogies, ahi tuna, a cheese and tomato salad (not sure what the name was), and coconut prawns. Everything was very good. My favourite item was probably the ahi tuna. I had the perogies during dine out, and found them better then. Its one of my favourite places to go on granville street to just hang out and be laid back.

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Good dine out experience.
By foodiemonster of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Dine out value is great. For 25 bucks I got ahi tuna appetizer, steak, and mango cheesecake. You can't really taste the alcohol in the food for those that dont like the taste of alcohol. The mango cheesecake and the ahi tuna were great but the steak was a little undercooked even for my taste. I alwasy order rare steak but this was like trying to chew the meat off the cow. Other than that the food was good and the service was friendly, a great place to get together with friends.

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Excellent Dine Out Vancouver Experience
By Ah_bee of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

We decided to try Sip as part of Dine Out Vancouver based on their menu selection and were quite pleased by our experience. The ambiance has a trendy upscale lounge feeling without being pretentious, which was evident in the mix of patrons, both dressy club hoppers and those in casual jeans. The music really added to the atmosphere but wasn't so loud that you couldn't hear the person sitting across from you.

We arrived for our reservations at 7 but the previous diners were still on dessert so we were offered a seat at the bar. Even though it was obviously busy the bartender brought us menus and water as we sat down but before we even had time to look it over our server had a table cleared and ready for us.

The food was incredible and we didn't find it overly salty (perhaps they've remedied that issue). We had the seared ahi tuna and baked perogies for starters, the filet, and the mango cheesecake, and the creme brule. I really like the tuna, the filet, and the cheesecake but the creme brule was too sweet for me. My friend really like them and ate both dessert dishes.

All of our dishes came fairly quickly and the servers were quite attentive. The manager or possibly one of the owners also stopped to chitchat, and we noticed he did the same for everyone around us as well. I'd definitely recommend SIP even though their regular menu does look a little limited (maybe they'll add seasonal dishes).

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Before you go to Ginger...
By alouisa of Downtown, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Sip is a good place to go with friends for drinks and a bite to eat before you head to the bar. The beer fries are FAB. The food, otherwise, is pretty good, but could be better. it is the ambience that I really enjoy. Usually a sophisticated, young crowd. A bit of yaletown on the granville strip ;)

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