Recognized as the ‘jewel in Vancouver's culinary crown’, West's outstanding contemporary regional cuisine and seamless service has earned much critical acclaim. Pristine seasonal ingredients are sourced to deliver superbly conceived dishes offering modern interpretations of classics.
Finally, we had our first dinner at the West Restaurant last night and I must say that we weren't all that awed overall. We find it too expensive for the value that you're getting. The food was not that all outstanding - same presentation, taste as the other fine dining places in Vancouver (but a bit cheaper). Ambiance - well, I guess it's ok if you want a quiet and probably romantic evening. Service was really great though but it would be nice if they add that personal touch where your server would introduce himself to the guest - I don't think they do that these days anymore.
Would I return to the West in the future? Hmmm...probably not. I wasn't really impressed overall.
Beppi from Globe and Mail writes: "Mr. Geraghty succeeded David Hawksworth, the maestro who built West's reputation as one of the country's top restaurants and who is planning his own establishment in the redeveloped Hotel Georgia."
Recently West was honored as the best eatery in Vancouver. Well it should be said that it was BEFORE Geraghty...
Whatever the credentials Mr Geraghty holds, West customers will find out, like I did, that we have lost. Obviously Mr Hawksworth wanted more than a job but West owners thought one can replace him easily and held tight. What a mistake! From the amuse bouche, Geraghty style is heavy and unfocused. The appetizer was average and the meat for the main course was barely tender! The pastry chef saved the day!
In a high cuisine restaurant, a change of executive chef can be accompanied with a change of menu but should not be accompanied with such a slump of quality in the food and in its taste: this is simply unprofessional for the kind of money West charges, especially when before, it was worth every penny!
When visiting Vancouver, we'll wait until Hotel Georgia opens and by the way enjoy a better experience at Bacchus, Crocodile but West, no more!
This place is legendary, but we all knew that
as someone in the industry, all everyone ever talks about is Hopkins, Hawksworth and all those major league players who play for the West team.
Even the bartender is a world champion mixologist!
This place has extremely high standards and it shows in all the details and subtleties.
Everything in this restaurant is a super tight ship and the food is brilliant
Bring your credit card and make sure the balance is cleared
I have been to this restaurant about five or six times in the last few years. Overall a very good experience each time. The decor is great, service usually good as is the food. Small portions, but fine with me so I don't overeat!
Not sure if they still have it, but if you go before 6p.m., they have a three course menu for $45. A good deal for this restaurant that isn't cheap.
The service, ambiance and wine selection were outstanding but the food nothing to write home about. This was my second time at West and with all the accolades it has received I was disappointed with the food even more then before. I've dined at dozen’s of Vancouver restaurant that are much more deserving of being crowned Vancouver's best restaurant.
P.S. The freshly brewed ice tea and cloth hand towels in the washroom were a very nice tough!
An evening out for four can be pricey at Oust. I can choose from many others such as Hy's, Morton of Chicago or Gotham, etc. I must praise it's job well done judging from the ambient setting plus the promo that the place was quite taken when we went there a few weeks back. It's an experience while nothing special. As said, there are quite a few to be chosen from in town.
(fyi for those just browsing 3 means solid and 2 is decent) I recently dined at West first week of December. I was disappointed and it wasn't at the calibar of the price that they charge. My bf and I both just dined from the regular menu because we weren't sure if we were going to like the fixed menus. The complimentary bread that arrived first was really hard. I had to chew for a while, but the olive oil was of the highest quality and nicely softened the bread. I had the quail which i didn't know was served cold, but it was interesting the quail egg was good. My bf had the lobster gnocchi which was very good. I had the veal for the main dish which was cooked in a regular fashion with nothing above average about the taste. My bf had the duck which again was the same taste you can find from anywhere, but the spring rolls were good. We ordered the cheese dish which we enjoyed for pure curiosity, the fruit pairing was good. 1 out of 3 of the desserts provided in the chocolate tasting was good the other 2 were meh, and the banana cherry dessert was okay. The whole exprience was okay just not worth the $350.00; for me, definitely not.
I have been lucky enough to go to West on 3 or 4 different occasions. Everytime I have been there the food is absolutely amazing and out of this world! Service is fantastic.. the manager is so pleasant and friendly and sometimes even walks you to the door after your meal. Everyone is friendly and makes you feel welcome. It doesn't have that "hoity toity" feeling. The ambience is second to none. My favorite dish is the duck! It is always perfect!!
I would recommend this place to anyone!
After seeing the eye-popping prices (my appetizer was $19 and entree $38) I was hoping I would not be disappointed. I wasn't. The side-striped prawn stuffed morels were the perfect appetizer, and a generous sized one at that. It could have been my meal. I opted for the roasted chicken for an entree, as I do not eat meat and the wonderful-sounding halibut dish had fois gras in it (non meat-eater's beware!).
My dining companion had the cod, and it was absolutely superb. We finished things off with the chocolate desert (done three ways), which was also wonderful. We didn't drink, as we saved our money for the food instead. Their wine list looked amazing, though very pricey.
Service was top notch - very friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Truly a five star experience all around.
Went to West for Dine Out earlier this year and had a great experience. I don’t go to the high end restaurants very often but it was well worth it and I have gone another time since. After I read in the Sun that Feenie dropped out because Dine Out customers weren’t repeats and not worth it, kind of sealed the coffin for me on his restaurants. At West, not only did the food taste good, but the nuances in flavours and innovation in textures in our meals were crazy especially their desserts. Now I know why some people will pay as much as they do for a meal like this.
The girls decided to go out for a glass of wine and some food before the stanley, and ended up spending almost a thousand dollars? I'm not sure how that happened, and the food was very good, but our waitress seemed clueless and distant like something was happening behind the scenes we didn't know about, and with drinks flowing, and the restaurant fairly busy, you would think that they would keep the bathroom more tidy.
VERY nice food, poor service, dirty bathroom.
After seeing a TV show rating West one of the top 10 restaurant in the world, I had high expectations when I went there for my birthday. I had the 7 course tasting menu, and the food was okay at best. The food was so refined that all texture and taste was lost. I prefer more naturally tasting food than the ones I had. Perhaps some people like it this way. I guess the prices were justified by the labour intensive dishes.
The ambiance was business-like. Not really what I would call romantic, cosy or even comfortable. The best part of the experience was the service. Our waitress did not raise an eyebrow when one of my friends decided not to go with the 7 course tasting menu, and she timed the dishes well so that my friend did not feel left out when everyone else was eating.
Overall, I was very disappointed and would not go back. What's a restaurant with mediocre food.
When choosing from the amazing list of places to dine in Vancouver budget should be taken into account. If you are a diner that can afford to drop a few on phenomenal dinner and not worry if you are getting the most bang for your buck this is your restaraunt. This is one of the only truley five star restaraunts in the city. The food is like no other, chef David Hawksworth is magical in the kitchen creating the most wonderful flavors that come from the freshest of ingridients. The service is the best in the city. I have dined at other restaraunts that are categorized in the $50 and over list and none other has service like this. Servers are friendly not at all prentious and cater to your every dining need. I have recently seen this restaraunt compared to the restaraunt scene in New York, London and Paris. It has been quoted as having the same quality in all areas for not nearly the price. I think that we should be lucky to have such amazing restaruants to choose from and if one day you really want have an experience like no other choose West.
I was very excited to see West on the list for Dine Out Vancouver, and was one of the lucky ones to get a reservaton at this much coveted restaurant before it sold out.
It was all that I expected - delicious food, good service, chic decor and an extensive wine (and water) list.
I would like to visit West on a regular night, but fear I would need to take out a bank loan first.
West's prices are quite high, befitting it's status as a premier restaurant in Vancouver. But our Dine-Out visit was disappointing as we didn't see the brilliance they are known for.
The sablefish ravioli sounded great but was a little bland. The mains were not memorable other than a veal upgrade that did show their ability to make great food; our beef was slightly overcooked but with great sauce and the salmon that was well overdone (they reduced the Dine-out price for that but it should never have made it out of the kitchen).
The desserts were interesting with a lot of separate components but that meant the really good parts were very small and not suited to sharing.
Service was impeccable, friendly and knowledgeable. The wine was excellent but overall I would not recommend West for a Dine-out experience.
Our first visit to West, and we were impressed. Well, with the food and wine at least. I don't mean to say that the service was all bad, but it just takes one small incident to sour things, like a server (who is not assigned to your table) blatantly ignoring your request for water while looking right at you! I really despise that kind of attitude in waiting staff. I mean really, if your only devoted to the table providing you with tips then at least have the courtesy of saying: I'll get your waiter for you! I felt like I had called someone off the street to serve me.
The food on the other hand was something special, albeit in small portions. The thing is, had the portions been any bigger I probably would not have been able to eat everything. The food in general is quite rich and not the type of fare you would want to eat daily. Okay, just a bit bigger would have been appreciated at such high prices. The dessert was really the only dissapointment. It was tiny and lacking in pizzaz.
Atmosphere? Nothing special, other than the wine rack with the library style ladder the place seemed very dated. Particularily the ceiling! Not impressed... Oh the wine was fantastic, and OUR waiter, very knowledgeable.
I realize that dine out is not the best time to judge a restaurant. But aside from the obvious organic and earthy approach to food, I did not find any other distinguishing element in the food. The salmon was dry with no innate nor added flavor, the pork was not bad, but dry by the 5th bite. The dessert was the best, but still nothing special. I really would like to know what the critics love about this place? Again, I don't eat service.
So my partner and I went to West for a private function put on by the BCWAS.
The kitchen prepared a 5 course tasting menu accompanied with wine from Black Hills.
Ambiance: Fresh and modern. This was my first time here.
Food: Every dish was well thought out in terms of pairing with the wine. In many cases it made the wine exceptional! Presentation was interesting, but I am not a fan of over the top presentation and I think David is pushing it a bit. From what I have herd he has only recently taken over as Executive Chef and I think it may take time for him to hit his stride.
Service: Exceptional for the most part. Water was filled often, bread was filled often, butter was perfect temp. Only gripe is that I was early and really would have liked a pre-dinner drink.....
here is what we had
CELERY ″CANNELLONI″ SALTSPRINGISLANDGOAT CHEESE, ORANGE AND CELERY FOAM - BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY ″ALIBI″ 2008
HALIBUT WRAPPED IN SCALLOP AND SPOT PRAWN MOUSSE APPLE INFUSED HEIRLOOM CARROTS, VANILLA AND FENNEL EMULSION - BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY ″CHARDONNAY″ 2008
CEDAR SMOKED THIESSEN FARM SQUAB PEMBERTON BEETROOT, WHITEPORT AND VERJUS REDUCTION - BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY ″CARMENERE″ 2007 & 2008
HAY BAKED SPRING LAMB PARSNIP, CERIGNOLA OLIVES, ESPRESSO INFUSED JUS - BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY ″NOTA BENE″ 2006, 2007 & 2008
ROASTED RHUBARB WITH OAT AND CARAMELIZED APPLE CARAMEL ICE MILK, CINNAMON DOUGHNUT - BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY ″SEQUENTIA″
Overall: We will come back for sure. I really want to try their cocktails as other reviewers have indicated they are exceptional!
Well we have been to West three times so far. Once with some professional friends, and we had quite a nice time that night. The second was also with some professional friends who were quite well versed in wines. This night the server decided to have an argument with my friend over the proper way to serve wine. It was a very heated argument and very embarrassing for me to witness it. The last time I went there was with my sister from Saskatoon. I guess that she did not fit the mould for West and my perceived take on the situation is that because of her we did not qualify for the service that West is known for. At one point over 20 minutes waiting for a drink!
The food is GREAT and the service can be also... but at this price point I don't care if I pull up in my sisters beater wearing a t shirt and jeans, (Which I never would...) the service should be up to par and geared to make all guests feel comfortable. The food is outstanding but the service can leave an bitter taste.
First time at West - all four of us having the Dine Out Menu with wine pairings.
Bread was in abundance and replaced with frequency. Appetizers, meals and dessert were all explained when brought to the table as was the wine. I personally felt that the risotto was one of the best I had ever eaten - fantastic! Food was brought out in a timely manner, not too slow nor too fast.
Everyone really enjoyed their dinner and can't wait to go back.
The overall experience was wonderful and look forward to returning again.