YEW restaurant + bar is a tribute to nature's most beautiful elements – glass, lustrous wood and natural rock abound, and the menu created by Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez uses ingredients from the entire Pacific region.
Designed to capture the essence of British Columbia's natural environment, lofty 12-metre (40-foot) ceilings reach to the sky, while wood-panelled walls and a floor-to-ceiling sandstone fireplace emanate warmth and comfort.
This is some fancy looking place situated in the Four Seasons downtown, they definitely have it done right and I get the right feeling as soon as I step in the opening. It's a very large restaurant for sure. So why did we have a go here? Actually, we just heard it was "kid-friendly".
The service is absolutely impeccable. This was definitely one of the best even amongst the finest establishments in town. Yes, that's right, even with a young child in tow, they did not skimp at all. Completely professional. It was one of those cases where they are never there until right when you need them and they're immediately at your table side. We never felt rushed, the waiter (who seemed to have a trainee tagging along) was very knowledgeable and patient. Also brought extra distractions for children. We opted to go "family style" (even though that is not the intent of the menu), but that went without a hiccup and they adjusted accordingly. Fantastic!
I saw the mains pricing for most things came under $30, so that is very reasonable for this level of quality, in my opinion. And yes, the quality is there. We were stuffed to the gills before our last round of order came out and we still found it delicious. Start to finish, absolutely satisfied. Maybe the only small complaint is their version of a caesar salad had real herring or anchovy slices (of the fresh or pickled variety) in it and some did not like the taste of that. I should note that one member commented the food was easily better than Market. We didn't manage to order everything on the menu :-), but what we did order was always slightly off the norm and executed perfectly. Still waiting for the "blow my mind", how did they come up with this plate, but those are few and far between anywhere.
For the few extra dollars over casual fine dining, I would take this any day. Highly, highly recommended. We will be returning. Especially if you have (well behaved) young children and are missing the fine dining experience, these guys are ready to serve. And if you are in that demographic, this can hardly be beat, that's why I give it the best overall comment. I can't think of any place that is this good and I can take children to. (I can also do that at Provence Marinaside, but it is not nearly at this level).
They should make up their minds what they are trying to be.
The music is much too loud and it is not the type of music I particularly enjoy when I'm out for a nice evening. Between the general buzz of conversation and the music blasting away it is not at all the way to spend a relaxing evening out.
The food was decent but the prices are set at what you would pay at a fine dining restaurant. The wine prices are obscene. The cheapest wine they had was at $45.00, after that the prices jumped to $55.00 +. We shared calamari as an appetizer. Hubby had the halibut which was outstanding. I had the petrale sole. It was good but certainly not worth the more than $30.00 that it costs. We shared a cherry cheesecake for dessert and it was very good.
It was over all a very disappointing evening. For the prices that they charge I was hoping for a fine dining experience and it did not deliver. We would not return because there are restaurants that deliver far better value for the money.
One of the better dine out experiences so far. Food was awesome! I went with a group of friends so I had the pleasure of trying a bit of everything on the dine out menu as we all ordered different dishes. Everything was done very well but my favourites are: red salad, beef (well worth the upgrade of $15 more) and pomogranate soup for dessert. Salmon was also perfectly cooked.
Service was excellent and spot on. Bathrooms were lovely since it was part of the Four Seasons. Really, I can't think of a single negative about this place.
Will definitely visit again and again!
Was there for Sunday brunch for my friends birthday. Our server was excellent, she was very friendly and very attentive. The food was quite good, eggs bennys, french toast, waffles, all nicely presented and tasty. The room is beautiful, we sat in the lounge by the bar. The server even gave my friend a special dessert for her birthday, a really nice gesture I thought. All in all quite a pleasurable dining experience. I've also been there for dinner as well and no complaints there either.
I wish Dinehere.ca had a "value for money" rating... If that's the case, YEW would rate very poorly. I came for lunch here yesterday with a client... yes, the food was amazing, yes, the service was great, yes, the Four Seasons has done a great job with the re-design, but damn it's expensive! My client and I had two soups, two salads, two cran-sodas, 1 coffee... and the bill (with tip) was over 100$. I nearly choked. If you come here, make sure you have an expense account, or a creative accountant... My coconut asparagus soup was fantastic, but at 12 bucks, pricey. I also had the salade nicoice... again, creatively put together, but the portion was tiny. I felt like I should have went over to Mickey D's to get a burger to fill me up afterwards.
Lovely room and great ambiance. Sat at the bar today after a wine event next door. 10 minute wait for a glass of wine and an expresso fro my friend. Bartender spent all his time chatting up some lovely ladies next to us. Martini's had to be looked up and no suggestiosn on a wine recommendation for my friend who wanted some lighter. Truffled pasta not worth teh money...no truffle flavour. Burger over priced at $21.
I've been to my fair share of restaurants that go above and beyond to harness the art of dining, but this one honestly blew all the rest out of the water on a number of different levels. But of course, I'm difficult; I'm not going to give away 5 stars THAT easily.
Getting a brunch reservation for this place took 2 weeks, but I wouldn't have been so upset if I had known what was to come.
Once we arrived, boyfriend and I, of course you had to first take a second to take in the beautiful way they dressed the place up. It captured, in my opinion, the delicate beauty that is British Columbia. There were elements of the earth somehow perfectly paired with the modern mood that was set for the restaurant, and I've never been so impressed in the ambiance of a dining experience before. As well, from what I could see, it was completely immaculate. You expect it, but you appreciate it more once you see it.
It was quite busy as it was Father's day, but never were we neglected by our server. She was always there to fill our glasses whenever they needed to be topped off, or whenever we were finished our plates. She was very cordial, even when my boyfriend had no idea you could get a burger patty at different degrees.
The brunch menu (at $27) included a starter dish, a main dish, and three different types of dessert. Although I was tempted by the seafood menu from the starter menu, I opted for the Dark Chocolate & Orange Flower Cream waffles. From the main menu, I decided on the Fish & Chips, and then "the lollipop", "chocolate", and "strawberries" from their dessert selections.
As we waited, we had the opportunity to try sugared mini donuts with mango puree as an hors d'œuvre. It wasn't anything particularly special, but it was more or less the Louis Vuitton of carnival food which I found amusing.
Soon enough, our starters arrived. Quartered waffles served with dollops of chocolate mousse, and with syrup on the side. The waffles themselves were nothing to scream and shout over, but the chocolate really brought things together. The syrup sunk deep into the waffles kind of waking it from it's bland coma. My boyfriend seemed only mildly pleased with his pancakes, but I mean some men rarely take time to enjoy these things so let's disregard that.
Once our plates were cleared, our main dishes arrived shortly after. Presented wonderfully, I was served my lager battered halibut and crispy fries, just the way I asked them. There were four pieces of well-sized halibut, all covered in the right amount of batter and fried to a nice crisp finish without being too hard or too soft. The batter pushed the bar a little higher than your everyday beach-side vendor, and the fish was obviously picked out with more time as it was evidently fresh enough to suck in all the flavor. The fries accompanying the halibut tasted pretty good. They had the crispiness right, but I actually still prefer Red Robins over it, but having the skin still on the fries was welcoming difference. Not to forget, their tartar sauce had something unique about it: extra yum without the refined taste of salt and preserves.
After all the past misconceptions of high-class dining being two piece of asparagus being passed off as a meal, I was starting to become pleasantly surprised that I was feeling full.
When we dusted off the last of our main dish, the dessert arrived on a platter featuring the three selections I had made. The lollipop was more or less a cake-pop. Inside was a matcha filling encased in a white chocolate shell. They were cute but not my favorite. Next to that was the chocolate bar, which was chocolate mousse layered on top of a crunchy hazelnut base. It was very rich and a little bit overpowering on the chocolate, but I still loved the taste. And last, but not least, there was the "strawberries" which was a shot-glass with a strawberry puree layer underneath white chocolate ganache with coconut meringues. I'm a sucker for these so of course I loved the velvet texture of ganache and the sweet fruity strawberry, by far my favorite out of the three and my highlight of the meal.
If by chance I lived in another dimension where I was rich and lived in excess, I would dine here more often than not. It was extremely worth my time and I think the Yew is a wonderful experience for anyone trying to have a taste of the higher end of Vancouver.
The food was very good as was the service. They also had a separate vegan menu. Even if you are or or not vegan the vegan selections had a ton of flavor and texture. I would definitely order from the vegan menu again. We had the asparagus and sunchokes and another dish that was with artichokes and tomatoes...both had amazing flavor. In fact, the asparagus was so good that we ordered another one.
The room was also very nice and the service from our waiter David was excellent.
Our only complaint (from all of us at the table) was that the seats make your legs sweat—weird, I know, but we all commented on it at the end of the meal. With that said, we will still definitely be back!!! Thanks.
This is a perfect spot to drop your corporate plastic worthy of an average of $50 per head (before wine). I have had the honours to try this place for lunch a couple of times, both times as a guest. Every time I made a mental reminder to bring my top accounts here. The place has high ceiling, and very well decorated and you know they paid attention to the details. The washroom as I know it is outside of the restaurant in the hotel so it's a little out of the way. The food is nicely served and creative but with fine dining portions are small to leave you wanting more. Desert was great and I had a well foamed cappuccino to go with it. Yes, there are other local places with better value, but what's a big account worth to you? Not very many places will give your clients that wow factor.
So the 8 of us decided to celebrate my birthday on Sunday at the Yew restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the hostess before being led to the back of the restaurant to where our table was reserved. After walking through the very current and very un-pretentious decorations. The glass wine cellar was amazing to look at.
As soon as we were seated we were quickly offered a choice of either sparkling or still water. After we decided on our water, we were given the drink and dinner menu. The cocktails were a little small but they had a long list of wines.
After looking at the menu, we discovered that Yew had a special 3 course menu for $35 only on Sunday.
We did not get that as we had our hearts set on the Paella with seafood.
We started with the broiled Oyster appetizer, which was delicious even when we were not the biggest fans of oysters. We originally ordered only one order which comes with 2 oysters but the waitress doubled our order for free. Very nice.
The entree, which was the seafood Paella was good. The seafood was cooked perfectly and was very tasty; however, we found that the rice was just a tad undercooked.
All of the people that attended enjoyed their appetizers (Risotto, Crab Spring roll, Calamari, among others; sablefish was said to be amazing) and entrees (Paella, Lamb, T-bone steak, Duck, Chicken) were delicious.
Everything was appropriately sized, except for the duck, it could have been accompanied with more sides if a bigger duck breasts was not available.
For dessert, I was surprised by a birthday cake that was bought by one of my friends at dessert shop (Cupcakes). Yew charged us a $3.50 fee per person to have the cake sliced for us and plated.
The fee was understandable since they dressed it up for us and put a few berries on the plate.
A little event happened after as we were leaving the restaurant, the waitress stopped us as we were taking pictures in the lobby wondering why there wasnt enough money. It was quickly resolved when we told her that the rest of the payment was in several bill folds on the table as we paid separately. Then the manager of the restaurant handed her the bill and told her everything was fine. It was no big deal but a bit of an awkward moment.
Overall, very good. Will definitley come back on Sundays to try the set menu.
I have just returned from a most enjoyable lunch at YEW with my mum and dad. First time I've been since they re-did the old Garden Room. I was really impressed with the decor, the use of old pieces of burl and driftwood, the dishes, lighting etc. The service was outstanding, attentive but unintrusive. My dad got there first (mum was shopping) and he was offered a newspaper to while his time away at our table. My dad and I both had the vegetable and pink apple sandwich (delightful) and my mum had the curry chicken sandwich which she also proclaimed was lovely. We'd also each a glass of Stag's Swallow Sauvignon Blanc from the South Okanagan. I'd never heard of it before and the waitress brought me the bottle so that I could have a good look at it. Crisp, cold and delicious. My only complaint is that I'd hoped they would address the acoustics problem in this restaurant when they did the reburbish. Alas, they did not and it is really quite noisy at the height of lunch hour. Too bad really about that but not enough of an issue to stop us from returning!
Went there for a breakfast and it was a disappointment.
Food-wise the $16 Eggs Bene had running white, the Hollandaise was starting to separate (i.e. you could see the butter accumulating into the drops in the sauce), the presentation was close to that of an IHOP. I mean that for 16 bucks I expect both eggs to be poached perfectly, be of the same shape and don't sit lopsided on the muffin.
We also ordered small pancakes for our kid, which came with the dough that was completely uncooked in the middle. Not kidding. We cut it in pieces and the dough actually spilled onto the plate. They remade it, but - common on - how hard is it to cook a pancake ?!
Also ordered a Belgian waffle - again, for its price one would expect to get something really nice. This waffle was just bland and it was really really dry. Not crunchy or stale, but way overcooked and completely lacked any sort of chewiness.
Service-wise - I was sitting with an empty cup for good 15 minutes, and had to ask for more coffee refill twice. Water wasn't refilled either.
The screwed up pancakes stayed on the bill. At the very least I expected them to ask if we'd like it to be on the house. Far less pretentious places routinely take screwed up plates off the bill, so I don't think I was expecting something unusual here. Again - how hard is it to cook a pancake ? That's like a pre-requirement for Cooking 101.
All in all - nice room, cutlery and china, pleasant ambient music, but the matching quality of food is completely lacking. Perhaps it's just the breakfast, but we ain't coming back. That's for sure.
PS. Oh, and the reason we went there was that the same place (under a different name I think) used to make the best Eggs Bene in Vancouver. Like head and shoulders above all other place. So I guess that added to the disappointment this time around.
Been here a couple of times and I haven't reviewed in a while but my experience there last Monday compelled to me to review. Made reservations at 11:30. Arrived at 11:24 and was told to return in 6 minutes. Are you kidding me? Return in 6 minutes? The restaurant was not busy! Not impressed with the not so deserved snooty attitude of the hostess.
Decor is nice and I liked the glass tile place mats until I looked more closely. Out of the 6 place mats, 3 had grease smears on it and 2 of them even had food particles. YUCK! (The more I thought I about it eating off the glass tile mats is much akin to eating off the bathroom floor,right?)
Partner and I ordered the seafood plate for 2 and shared a salads nicoise. Platter practically took up the whole table surface. Seafood was actually quite good but rather cumbersome and difficult to eat. Nicoise salad was ....meh!
The kicker.....under sandwiches, Lobster Roll. Friend was expecting nice lobster in , perhaps , a brioche or some other soft bread. It was presented as one of the Vietnamese Salad Roll. Why would YEW even consider having fries accompany that? Rice and fries, really?
Decided to test fate and ordered dessert. Pina Colada Rice pudding. This did not work at all. I thought maybe the melding of coconut with rice pudding would work but the flavors did not blend at all. It was like eating cold congee!
Feel sorry for the service staff. They do their best but quality and creativity of the food is on the decline.
Total cost was about $100.00 for 2. Best part of it was the coffee (they forgot to charge us)
We use to come here quite often, but with so many other excellent choices in Vancouver, it fell off our radar. Imagine our surprise when the waiter remembered us! Always have a good time here. Food is excellent, wait staff very competent and professional but not stuffy at all. We like their 3 course prix fix which changes monthly, and on Sundays, wines by the bottle are half price!
After experiencing a number of bland restaurants with bland underseasoned food as of late... I finally found one that hit the spot!!!
My drink was a Margarita.. I chose it randomly without looking at the menu, but the waiter assured me it was 'best in the city' and it was really quite strong and potent, but in a good way. A very good way. He mentioned something about how it had 2 shots of expensive liquor, for a cheap price, but I'm not really a liquor expert.
I started with two types of oysters and they were quite possibly the best I've had! They come with four unique dipping sauces with long names that I don't remember.. sour vinaigrettes and spicy cajun-ish sauces.. all very yum.
Then I had the $35 Sunday nite set menu.
I opted for the poached pear and beet salad, with beet sauce. It was very uniquely flavored, had a bit of coarse salt sprinkled on it too I think. Very savory.
The 'veal' dish I chose over the 'venison' dish because the waiter said it was more tender. This was the one dish I did not like though. It was basically a big bowl of underseasoned pasta, with tiny shredded veal bits here n there. It tasted too much like... underseasoned stew. The only good thing was some kind of small sour things in it.. capers, maybe?
After being disappointed by the veal dish, I was happy again with the dessert.. soooooooo happy!!! Passionfruit mousse (with some liquor-drenched cake hidden on the inside) with sorbet. It was VERY intensely and tartly flavoured, just the way I loveeeee dessert to be.
Had a bite of the homemade Nutella icecream and it was good too. Another friend's seared scallops with foam looked great, maybe I will try next time.
The service was very pleasant. Our waiters took all the pics we wanted for us and our main waiter was rather humorous. He even suggested we go to the private wine bar room in the centre of the restaurant so he could take our pics there! Service a bit slow, but apparently that's to be expected here?
One thing I was NOT happy with was the hostess. I asked on the phone and also asked the hostess that seated us in a very detailed manner, if she could please note that one of the last two guests who were to arrive at our table was not aware that this was a surprise dinner planned for her, and that the reservation would be under a different name for her, so as to not ruin the surprise.
The hostess nodded attentively, smiled a lot and assured us she would help us out with our plan and bring these last two guests to our table when they mentioned the alternative name. But she completely forgot to pass on the message to the other hostess (even though the restaurant wasn't that busy), who ended up bringing in our friends. So the second hostess told our friends the reservation did not exist and it was a bit awkward, as our friends wandered around looking for us.
Details like that make a lot of difference between a 4 star and a 5 star restaurant. But to be fair, that same hostess that forgot that detail also noticed my friend was holding his valet ticket as I was looking for my coatcheck tag, and offered to call them for us so his car would be waiting outside when we got out there.
Anyway, the food was overall great, we got the complimentary truffles at the end, the westcoast interior design with its emphasis on nature, wood, trees, stone, and bold structure was also great, and I already am thinking about going back sometime soon!
I recently met two freinds at Yew for a quick snack and a drink. Even though it was reasonably quiet, there were lots of service staff. That doesn't excuse the time it took to get service.
Each of us ordered a different draft beer. This helped to confirm that the glasswasher leaves that chemical smell on the glasses, because each beer had that same smell. The kind of foul smell you get from those (old fashioned tavern style) rotating chemical rinse glasswashers. It completely spoils the taste. Don't believe me? Order a pint and take a whiff - still don't believe me? Ask for an empty glass and give it a sniff and you will.
Blah. A place like this should have that kind of thing sorted out. The stupid glasswasher actually stinks up the entire room. Once you know that putrid smell, you won't forget it.
Tried YEW restaurant on a Sunday night. Apparently on Sundays and Mondays they have a 3-course set menu for $35 - a good deal! I didn't have the set menu but two of my dinner companions did. The appetizers were very generous in size and could've been a main course. Another companion had the scallop ceviche which was again a very generous portion and tasty. The entrees were fish, paella and risotta and everyone was pleased with their choices. I was surprised by how generous the portions are. And they all came out nice and hot. Dessert was good and we even got bonus frozen chocolate truffles and almonds. Service was good and the new decore is comfortable and nice. Music was a tad loud but other than that, had a lovely evening out. Would recommend, especially the set course menu.
Had purchased a travelzoo voucher for dinner at Yew. For appetizer's we had the mussels and the foie grois parfait. Both were very large portions. The bread baskety they bring out is deadly, especially the scones so use willpower to limit yourself. For entrees we had the petite steak and prawns and the sablefish. The steak and prawns were well received. The sablefish was good but a touch too salty, don't know why the chefs add more salt when fish is salty already. The vegetables did not marry the fish well, a simple grilled veggies and some root veggies would have been good. There was too much going on and competing with the sablefish. I always enjoy meal at Yew. Brunch on the weekends are also excellent.
Went on a Friday night, the place doesnt look as pretty as the pictures on the website but still the super high ceiling and glass wine cellar made the room very spacious and airy.
Service was top notch, as expected from this Four Seasons hotel.
Menu could have been more extensive..there wasnt a whole lot to choose from.
We ordered the "try them all" appetizer and crispy chicken to share. The appetizer consists scallops, red snapper i think, octopus and salmon tartare. It was quite tasty but not spectacular.
the chicken was tender and tasty.
Also ordered Rhumbard (sorry i cant spell) dessert, it was excellent. Presentation was superb and worth $10.
At the end of the meal, they gave us complimentary chocolate gelato balls and lots of almonds, that's a very nice touch. (every table got this treat)
I was excited to try this place because it is close to my work and I love seafood! Unfortunately it let me down. The food was ok but nothing to speak about, the raw bar was questionable, especially the Oysters.
Its definitely just another generic hotel restaurant that is just trying to hard to complete with its neighboring Hawksworth in attitude.