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 the second time we went to Yew. The first time was for a rather uninspired but adequate, if not overpriced lunch. This time it was for breakfast. What a joke! We are a regular at a number of hotels for breakfast and brunch and, in comparison to the best in town, Yew clearly took the cake for taking minimalism to a new height. A sad piece of tomato, a few nuggets of potatoes augmented yet again by an uninspired dish of eggs benedict (yes, I do know what it's supposed to look like) was presented all for the amazing price of $16.
There is no question that the decor and overall ambiance cries out "hip" and cool, but the food borders on ludicrous in terms of poor value, lack of creativity, and just sheer stinginess. Don't get sucked in! This is unacceptable bilking.
I went there with a group of friends trying the BC Three course tasting menu. I was highly disappointed with my experience. The hostnesses were snobbish to say the least. Service was attentive because we ordered a bottle of wine but the food took forever to arrive. The salad was tasteless. The salmon smelled bad. Dessert was a poached half peach with salad yogurt sauce. Expensive evening not worth it's value. Decor with bistro meets loft meets Rainforest Cafe. Yikes!
I have been to the Yew twice for dinner and at least 5 times for breakfast and never had a bad experience with the food or service. Both the quality and service are consistent and I would say that the Yew is one of the better restaurants in Vancouver.
For breakfast, I have had the omelette, pastries, and chicken sausage (excellent) and all were outstanding. My 2 year old daughter loves the restaurant because of the crayons and twist tie type toys they give her on every visit (we only take her for breakfast not dinner:). The service is amazing and your coffee cup is never empty.
For dinner, my husband and I have tried the risotto, soup, salad, mussels, a vegetarian pasta dish and halibut and all of them were perfection. The candied almonds and homemade truffles are a nice touch at the end of the meal.
I will definitely continue to eat at the Yew and highly recommend to anyone looking for a solid dining experience.
When i came to the restaurant, it's so nice inside. It's big. Even that is high classic restaurant, i didn't feel any pressure. I will very confortable, relax.
Service and Ambiance are excellent.
Wine list is full of choice too.
About food, taste is average. I don't have "wow" surprise on that. Maybe i have high expectation.
I will come back there for sure. This is good for causal dating.
Popped in for a couple of cocktails (good). Split a bowl of Honey mussels $18 which were presented nicely but extremely bland. However, they did do a great job with the renovation, save for the green window "wallpaper".
Food-wise: Went for dineout with the $15 steak upgrade. Food was made exceptionally well. Served fast and hot. Steak was ordered rare and actually CAME rare. Props to that.
Service-wise: Our server was a really great guy. Always got us water, and checked up on us. He even game us complementary roasted almonds and chocolates when we decided to linger a little longer after the meal.
Ambiance-wise: The restaurant is designed beautifully with a very nice look. The room is actually bigger than it looks from the outside and extends quite far back from the entrance. It can be a tad noisy when its busy, but a busy restaurant is better than an empty one.
Hubby and I went to Yew for dinner. Usually I don't like retaurants that are attached to a hotel. Don't know why. But this exceeded my expectations. The food was hot when it should be hot and cold when it should be cold. The timing of the courses was a bit off, as we had to wait a bit for our entrees. No matter, we just ordered more wine. The service was standard. Nothing exactly lacking, but maybe a bit overwhelmed, so we didn't see one as often.
All in all, a very good night, and it has changed my perception of hotel restaurants.
Me and my friends recently went to Yew to celebrate a past birthday. When we arrived, we were seated promptly near the back of the restaurant. We were given the menus and were surprised to discover that they were still offering the dine out Vancouver menu.
After looking over both the regular menu and the dine out menu, we decided to try a little from both. We decided to start with the cold and hot samplers from their raw bar. The cold side had octopus with a saffron marinade, scallops ceviche with red radish, Ahi Tuna Tartar and Lobster Mango Rolls. It was all nice, but the Lobster Rolls were excellent, especially with the sweet chilli sauce.
The hot sampler included fried calamari with jalapeno and lime, maple roasted prawns with tamarind, crispy nori scallops with soy-chili dip and Dungeness Crab Fritters with spicy aioli. We enjoyed this platter a little more than the cold. The highlight was the Nori Scallops.
We then decided to order off the dine out menu. For the starter, me and one of my friends went with the Lobster chowder. The other friend went with the pork terrine. The chowder was quite nice and I enjoyed it, but felt that the green beans that were added did not do anything for it. My friend enjoyed his chowder as well and my other buddy enjoyed his terrine.
For the main course, I opted for the risotto. It was nice and creamy and it was quite nice. My friends had the Soy glazed Sablefish. We ended sampling a little of each other’s plates and felt that they should have served the Sablefish and the risotto together as they were outstanding with each other.
We also each ordered a glass of wine each and were quite surprised when the waiter decided to top off our glasses at no additional charge. That was an unexpected bonus.
For dessert, I had the chocolate mouse with what appeared to be green tea jello on the side with peach ice cream. It was okay, but we were still thinking about the main meals. The other had a parfait like dessert, which they liked.
Overall, the service was outstanding as they were checking up with us quite often without being overly intrusive. We were shown the brunch menu as we left and it looks like something we wouldn’t mind trying next time. There will be a next time.
I love the decor and love the feels I get when I walk into this place. A bit of a oddity to dine in the inside of a hotel but they do a good job of creating an open space area with different section so every customer has an option of what kind of experience they like.
great food and fresh. Had some drinks at the bar as the bar was also inviting. You kind of feel like you're in Miami.
had some tuna tataki which was excellent.
If the rating system allowed for half-points, then my actual rating for each category would be as follows:
Overall Rating - 4.5
Food Rating - 4.5
Service - 5
Ambiance - 4
My experience at Yew was very good one, but there are some faults worth noting, as follows:
1. Raw oysters with no kick – At Yew, they serve them with homemade and frankly bland sauces which I didn’t enjoy at all.
2. Deceiving Wine list – Twice they came back to tell me that the wine I wanted was not in stock.
3. Older crowd – The dining crowd consists of business executives, older couples and tourists. As a young professional, I was hoping to see a younger mix.
Now the good…
Food: Excellent. I mentioned oysters already, but we also began with clams, scallops and mussels, which were all very good. For entrée, I had the pork (tender and juicy) and the others had beef (best item on the menu – everyone’s favorite!), seafood paella (fresh and tasty) and salmon (perfectly cooked). Everything came in larger-than-expected portions and the price was fair.
Service: Close to perfection. The kitchen was fast, and the waiter was very attentive but not too intrusive. To top things off, we were given a plate of delicious chocolate free of charge when we stayed after dinner to finish our conversations.
Ambiance: Yew’s décor will impress anybody who walks into the restaurant for any occasion. No complaints here.
Highly recommended. Will definitely visit again.
This place looks amazing. We went there pretty early and there were a lot of people there. The decor is beautiful and service is excellent. I shared 3 appetizers with my friends: prawns, mussels and foie gras. The prawns were good except the sauce was too overbearing and salty, the mussels were overcooked and I've had better foie gras. For my main, I had the duck entree and it was excellent. It was probably one of the best duck meals I've had in a long time. My friend had the scallops and those were very good as well. My other friend had the venison risotto. She didn't particularly enjoy it but when I tried it, it was alright. She said it was too salty. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I think for the most part, you pay for the atmosphere and decor but it is a nice, trendy place to go.
Very nice restaurant with modern, clean decor. Host (Amy) were very accomodating with finding us a nice quiet table and I appreciated it.
The waiter(s) were very friendly had excellent knowledge of the dishes and wine ordered and were spot on with their suggestions.
My wife had the Seafood Paella with plenty of seafood on a bed of rice. It was good but not outstanding whereas I ordered the Duck with Gnocchi and Black Pepper Sauce. Great taste and filled me just right considering I was quite hungry that night. We did enjoy the entire meal, we just wish it was a little more affordable and it might become a more place for us.
Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. Décor is sleek and modern-vast improvement over the previous inhabitant of the space. Front entry staff were extremely friendly and helpful (even returning a forgotten camera before we left the building). Service was friendly, but not overly so. During the meal, service was always there but never intrusive. At the waiter's initiative, red wine for the main course was properly decanted at the beginning of the meal. The wine list is not extensive but does provide a range in both origin of the wine and the price.
The red salad, mushroom salad and sablefish appetizers were all excellent. The main course bone-in sirloin was to die for as was the lamb duo. The salmon was also excellent, The duck was disappointing as it was a bit dry and the accompaniments lacked sparkle.
The ice cream dessert for two was huge and delicious.
Menu is a bit pricey but, for dinner at least, this is off-set by the ambiance, service and generally excellent quality of the food. We will return and will also return to try the bar and bar menu.
A girlfriend of mine went to Yew for Dine Out and had a lovely time. I have to say, the decor of the restaurant is breathtaking. Sky-high ceilings, polished wood, ultra-chic details. Our server was really sweet and professional. We started with a basket of bread which I wasn't overly thrilled with (a little too tough!). Appetizers were nice - my friend had the soup and I had the beet salad. Both good dishes. We then got two orders of pasta for our main courses which, sad to say, were extremely bland and disappointing. Luckily, both our server and the Maitre-D were happy to exchange them for delicious salmon and lamb entrees. Dessert was a brownie with ice cream which was good, but again, nothing to write home about. Overall, love the atmosphere and the service - not too excited about the food.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed YEW. From the moment we walked in till we left, it was attentive service.
We started with mussels and the wasabi shrimp (which was sweet, not spicy). They were both delicious! My husband had the steak (which was cooked perfect and good portion) and I had the miso-glazed salmon (cooked and glazed perfectly).
The desserts were awesome. We shared the apple donuts and brownie. I must say it was one of the best brownies ever!!
The server was attentive but not too intrusive. The whole dining experience was truly outstanding and we look forward to going back very soon.
Came here on a Sunday and enjoyed the Start Smart menu for $35 3 courses. Calamari (big portion for 1 person), Veal Cheek pasta (lots of flavor), and Brownie w/ homemade ice cream (OMG it was huge). Talk about value for food. This is definitely the best deal for what you get in a high end restaurant. Wine list is huge and decent. Nothing under $9 a glass tho. Server recommended wine with food. The best thing was that he was not snobby about it. He asked us what we usually drink and brought over a couple of wines for us to taste before making a decision. We didn't even ask him to bring those wines over but he just knew...Wow!! Service was very good, attentive without it being too overbearing. Really nice decor. We will return.