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.
Excellent restaurant but for almost $600 for 2 expected a lot more.
The service was very good and attentive.
The food was also very good but nothing special and very small.
West is a restaurant for special occasion but nothing else.
First of all, I agree with the ambiance and decor. It's very nicely decorated. We decided on their tasting menu. The food was good but nothing to rave about. Personally the food is overpriced for what you get.
The service, well, I guess it depends on who you ask. The server ignored me the whole time, however, he did give my friend the VIP treatment with his flirtations. I just found it very inappropriate for him to ask me (when she went to the washroom) if she's available and what her ethnic background was.
We went to West last night for dinner and was expecting a lot because of their many "Best of ..." wins. We were not disappointed.
The service was top-notch. The maitre'd was attentive as was our server. There was a few minutes of waiting to see how long it would take to get our water glasses re-filled, but it didn't take long. They were on top of it all.
The food all looked so good. We ended up having 4 appies and 3 entries between the two of us (yes, we amazed the maitre'd and server). We were told that we had "healthy" appetites.
- trio of scallops
- quail ravioli (the best)
- raw oysters (1/2 dozen)
- lobster salad
- prime rib tenderloin (amazing! It was as smooth as butter)
- ling cod
My favorite was the quail ravioli and the prime rib tenderloin.
Sorry to hear the last two reviewers had a bad experience at West. My first visit there was through the stratosphere.
Maybe it helped that I called ahead and told the staff that I was going to propose to my fiance later that night at a different location - who knows (lol!).
We went for the early prix fixe menu (because if I just took her to West and got the full menus, she'd know something was up - I was trying to look classy but cheap). We got what is probably the best table in the place, by the window in the corner, very secluded and romantic.
Table service was absolutely impeccable. The server, a very nice French worman, seemed to read our minds. She recommended great wines to go with our meal (outside the menu's recommended pairings), and was just perfect.
The prix fixe menu was five courses with a good selection for the middle three (the amuse bouche and petit fours are not choosable). I ended up having the duck confit and halibut, which were just... perfectly done and portioned. The dessert - mine was a tad bland - just a tad, but my (future) fiance's dessert sent her to heaven.
It was an awesome start to what ended up being a perfect evening for me (she said yes!). I highly recommend the place, and if you want to try it on the cheap, try their prix fixe before 6pm menu.
As I mentioned before in a previous review, I have been going to West for many years now and upon the recent switch of head chef Warren G, I was disappointed with the food.
With a recent lunch at West, I am extremely happy to say it has returned to it's excellent form again. I think Chef David just needed a little time to settle in... and now I can say with full confidence that West is every bit as good as it was before.
I had the scallops to start. Extremely unique with pickled strawberries, rhubarb and an amazing tomato gazpacho. I then followed with the Pea Agnolotti which is in all honestly the BEST pasta dish I have EVER eaten in my life.
Fresh soft pasta filled with spinach and ricotto covered in parmesan shavings, fresh peas, a delightful pea sauce and parmesan foam. I added bacon which I highly recommend... it's amazing. If you have a chance to go there this summer, I highly recommend this dish.
Service was impeccable as always... long-time restaurant manager Brian runs the place like clockwork and the servers are always friendly, courteous and professional with excellent knowledge of the food.
Drinks are always amazing as per the David and David bartending team. You must visit if only for the drinks, but yes, the food is spectacular too.
In all fairness to West, we went for the Dine Out menu and I always suspect that restaurants do a half-hearted sampling of food for this. While the service was impeccable, and the cocktails were amazing, I've had the same food a thousand times before in a thousand different restaurants; it was fine but nothing special. Certainly not what I expected given the reputation of the restaurant. Perhaps I just ordered the wrong things (which should not be a factor in a restaurant with this reputation)? Perhaps food writers in Vancouver don't really know what great food is (try Esca in New York)? Perhaps the restaurant was holding back their skills and creativity for the regularly priced menu items? Funny thing: I can afford to dine at West at the regular prices but won't likely go back because the Dine Out food disappointed me. If they were holding back, they're turning away future customers.
We went with a group of 4, and by far it was the best service we have ever received at a Vancouver restaurant. I highly recommend the West Tasting Menu - it's a wonderful medley of some of the best dishes they have to offer. We asked for a substitution with our main dish, which they happily obliged, and it was the best Beef Tenderloin I have ever had. I know it can be costly, but I also recommend being adventurous with the selection of wines available. A few of us also indulged in the Scotches they had available, great variety as well.
I would definitely return, it was well worth it! I know why people consider it the best restaurant in Vancouver.
Went here for a birthday dinner and the service was great. The ONLY thing was that out of the 8 of us only 1 of us were asked to do a coat check when we arrived. The rest of us had to sit with bulky coats lying around but that's about it as far as the 'bad'. Food was really good and server was very helpful with drinks selection. Would definitely go back again! If you haven't tried it you should go....but food IS on the expensive side so just be prepared for that.
I went to West last night for a romantic evening with my boyfriend and can only say that West presented one of the worst, overpriced meals of my life. From the inedible starter of scallop and caviar to the main of sablefish in a pungent broth - none of the flavors complemented eachother to the point of being nearly impossible to finish. Vancouver is home to some exquisite dining establishments with inspiring West Coast ambience and service. How West was rated the best the city has to offer is an injustice to all of our city's talented chefs.
Had dinner at the bar last night and from start to finish it was a wonderful experience. The bar staff were extraordinarily knowledgeable and friendly, the cocktail menu containing both historic and modern drinks was brilliant and the cocktails themselves may literally have been the best I've ever had. The food as usual was superb with very nice wait staff and the front desk was terrific as well and were very accommodating - no mean feat on a Saturday night during the Olympics. Overall one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time and I definitely plan to go back, particularly to eat early in the evening at the bar.
There's a reason for all the hype, acclaim & grandeur. This place is polished, from food, to service. I can say unequivocally that it's the best of the best - I really think it's world class.
My wife had the vegetarian tasting menu, I had the seasonal chef's menu - we both had bites of each others & unanimously loved everything. Food was epic - try it.
Our server was great. I was really impressed with the way she helped me with the wine list: we were overwhelmed by the novella of a list (I *hate* that - really...50 pages?!) I clapped the book shut & asked for anything she thought would compliment our meals for under $100. She took about 10 minutes, but when she came back to the table she presented a wine that was incredibly thoughtful. It came from a vineyard that we had mentioned to her that we had visited, it was owned by a man who owned a restaurant we mentioned liking & it was only $75! I had totally anticipated being presented with a bottle that was $100, or juuust over. Classy!
So, I would definitely recommend West (especially over Lumiere, or any other "fine dining" restaurant in this city - pshaw!). Obviously not a place to become a regular, unless you're loaded. But like the title of my post...definitely go for a special occasion!
After making a reservation for a special event evening (front row at the Sarah Brightman concert) and looking forward to it all week, I was disappointed and a little worried to read the negative reviews for West (especially the two most recent) on this website.
To add to the stress level, we realized that with a 5:30 (opening time) reservation and the show starting at 7:30 that it was going to take some luck and cooperation from everyone to get dinner done with at least some enjoyment.
Arriving fifteen minutes before opening, they warmly welcomed us in from the freezing rain and sat us at the bar to wait. While prepping for the evening, the bartender gave us samples of a cider drink that he'd been working on and a mint-infused bourbon mint julep - both delicious.
After seating us promptly at 5:30, the server (no, she didn't tell us her name, but is that really necessary?) listened to our concerns about lack of time to linger over dinner and got straight into taking our order after giving us adequate time to peruse the menu.
From then on, until we finished our meal, the service was prompt and attentive, not rushed, but everything was handled at exactly the right time. Even, the bill was brought around by the manager as he (and everyone else dealing with us) had been informed about our tight timeline.
We ordered off the prix fixe menu (three courses for a special price before 6pm) and were delighted with the meal. Yes, the portions are not huge, but we would prefer to pay for quality over quantity in a room like West. The portions were more than adequate and we didn't leave feeling the least bit hungry. Mention should also be made of the extensive wine list and the specialty cocktail list created by their award-winning bartender. Very good selections.
Absolutely no complaints in any way about our dinner, and we're looking to coming back to enjoy and savour the tasting menu when we've got time to really enjoy it.
We went here in the summer for an early dinner. (If you get there before 6.00, you can get the prix fixe set menu, which is a great deal -- 3 courses for about $50). The service was very good, but could have been more attentive considering the place was fairly empty when we arrived -- it took about 20 minutes for my beer to show up. That was the only flaw in the service, though.
The food and drink were great. My friends ordered some non-alcoholic drinks and they were beautifully prepared and delicious, invented on the spot by the excellent bartender (who, I understand, has won some awards). And even with the limited selection from the prix fixe menu, each of the dishes sounded great, so it was hard to choose. When the food came it was indeed superb -- some of the best I have ever had.
The ambiance is incredible -- excellent lighting and design.
Highly recommended, even for those on a budget -- go for the prix fixe!
The restaurant looks tiny from out side, it's almost hidden like a little secret location. The interior design is attractive, the red in the room stands out yet the dim candle's set a gloomy romantic setting. The service is top notch. We were a group of four and i believe we had two to three waiters serving us. For my first course i had the Lobster (SALAD OF CHILLED NOVA SCOTIA LOBSTER, ARTICHOKES, ASPARAGUS AND BABY ARUGULA, TRUFFLE DRESSING) it tasted very fresh like the lobster was caught this morning and the truffle dressing..so delicious. For my main course i had the Halibut (FILLET OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE HALIBUT MOUGINOISE WITH DUNGENESS CRAB AND TRUFFLE) the halibut was cooked perfect! and for dessert i had the Raspberries (RASPBERRIES AND CREAM CHEESE MEYER LEMON ICE CREAM LAYERED WITH LEMON TUILES AND NOBO FRUIT TEA SYRUP) now this is heaven! i was so tempted to lick the syrup off my plate! it was That good! Overall i would definitly recommend someone to dine here on a special occasion, between the four of us including drinks the bill came about $400 >.< But it was worth it!
Always a good meal. Lately i tend to go in for the early price fixe, though used to dine off the regular menu. I sit at the bar, the young lady is a treat loves to talk food and drink with passion. The early price fixe is a by far the best deal in town - ok it is $45 but you get 5 sublime courses. The broths are the best I have had anywhere, Pine mushroom and the prawn are 2 that stand out. Gnochhi is like fluffy little pillows, risottos are cooked properly, a rarity in this town, and taste like a good risotto, a the cheesy goodness. The pork belly was another great dish, and it was not fatty. I will agree with the reviewer below, do not order oil poached fish and sous vide's are hit and miss and this is anywhere. The service is great and has been the same since I don't drink as much, most places givw worse service since I cut down on the alcohol. The lady behind the bar even made a special virgin cocktail for me on one visit, I didn't even have to ask it was just done, thank you!!!!!!!!!!
David Hawksworth deserves all of the awards he and his restaurant earn. West is a class all it's own and it's nice to see hinm in the kitchen every night working hard to create the delicious meals we can all enjoy. My husband is a Chef and this is one of our favourite restaurants to dine at (although not that often as it's a bit tough on the wallet). The Prix Fixe menu is well worth it - a 5-course meal for only $45!!
A definite Vancouver favourite.
I went to this place as a part of Dine Out Vancouver and was throughly impressed with their food and the quality of service.
First course - crispy duck salad with watercress and radishes bit of Asian influenced dish with crunch duck and bean sprouts mixed with sweet and sour sauce (little bit sweeter side for my taste but worked well with duck.) 4/5
Two different kind of fresh baked bread were served with butter and olive oil before the main dish. My friend and I loved them! 4.5/5
Main Dish - I had a Smoked Sablefish with crispy brandade. Wow I don't think I ever had a better tasting sablefish. Perfectly cooked with hint of smokiness and puree sauce enhancing the flavour. How can you ask for more? Pure heaven. 5/5
I tried my friend's rosted rack of pork and didn't like it as much. By nature of pork meat, the flavour of sauce had to be strong and again it was too sweet for my taste. 3/5
Dessert - Chocolate semolina cake with cinnamon chocolate mousse and banana ice cream. I was pretty full when this dessert came out but had no problem finishing it. 4/5
Service - We were sitting at the bar and their manager David? did very good job serving us. He also shared secrets of how to make special drinks. :) Very professional and friendly while never intrupting our conversation. 5/5
Overall I feel hard earned money well spent. 5/5
West has enjoyed accolades for some time, consistently ranked amongst the top restaurants in Vancouver. I have been one of those who have joined the gourmand crowd in singing its praises and have often made it the first port of call for guests when they are in town. But of late, there have been rumblings that it has fallen from its secure five-star perch. A recent visit confirmed – at least in my mind - just why.
Overpriced and pretentious first course selections, nestled in over-sized plates, lacked substance, quantity and distinctive creativity. A fish tartar comprised of negligible amounts of fish failed to impress. A miniscule bowl of cold zucchini soup was bland and uninspiring. A main course of Tuna, was comprised of three tiny pieces of tuna, one overcooked, on a bed of Asian greens with a piece of turnip: this, all for the unbelievable price of $39. A special-of-the-day bouillabaisse was lauded by the waiter as being out of this world, and overflowing with luscious seafood. In the end, a few pieces of seafood, punctuated with a disconnected bouillabaisse-style sauce was tasty but far from out of this world. For dessert, a custard crepe which sounded like an impressive creation, ended up being a gummy pancake with mango strips that are typically used to adorn mango cakes.
To say that our experience was a disappointment would be an understatement. Service was, arguably, solid but everything else points to a restaurant that is riding on its reputation, quietly bilking its patrons, and destined for a crash unless someone steps in to reclaim it previous grandeur. As my guests and I left, we were not just unhappy, but angry for having paid for overpriced and insignificant food that left us still hungry.
On my first trip to West for DOV 2009, I went with Rumps, Clyde Frog and Clyde Frog’s gf. Us girls all had the Amaretto Kiss and it was delish. We all started with the sablefish ravioli and we were all reminded of perogies…which isn’t completely a bad thing as I heart perogies…but it’s not what I expected (and not in a good way). Clyde and I had the braised beef and the other two had the salmon. The beef was tasty (but expected) and the pomme purée was amazing. The salmon received rave reviews. A side of pomme frites with spicy mayo was ordered and that was done well. I ordered the lemon meringue dessert, which was good, and the others ordered the chocolate tower. The chocolate tower was good but the popcorn ice cream was great!
On the second trip (a few days later), I went with Rumps and Rumps’ parents (Rumps’ little bro couldn’t go and I was a last minute replacement). I went with the sablefish ravioli again as I wanted to give it another chance (better this time because of more liberal seasoning)). The chicken was slightly bland and the flavour was expected. I was able to sample a bit of the soup and it was delish! Very rich and creamy. We all decided to get the salmon and it was really good – the smoked salmon gnocchi was really tasty and I wished there were more of them on the plate! Three of us had the banana cake…and it was a bad choice. We didn’t expect it to be cold…and “meh”. This was not the type of dessert expected from a restaurant like West.
We went to their DOV offering two years ago and were blown away...this year, not so much.
The best food I have ever tasted, anywhere. Spectacular flavour and presentation, excellent service, pretty much exactly what fine dining should be. I highly recommend this restaurant. Our table was not ready when we arrived so the manager bought us a bottle of champagne, which more than made up for the wait. The best way to blow $500.00 in Vancouver.