The Ocean Club is a restaurant and lounge serving dinner and late night snacks with an extensive cocktail and wine list.
I've heard good things about The Ocean Club, but never had the chance to try it until I attended a birthday party earlier this month.
The restaurant accomodated our party of more than 20 quite nicely, and although not everyone showed up for dinner, everyone had at least a couple drinks or so.
A glance at their website shows a menu that looks inspired, however after ordering, all I can say is that although the food looked pretty, it didn't do much for the tastebuds.
We started out with the chicken drummettes, which, a couple days later after watching a KFC commercial, my boyfriend remarked that KFC probably did those chicken wings better. I had to agree!
For entree, I had a seafood quinoa, after being told that the restaurant had run out of ahi tuna, sablefish, and swordfish. boo. The boy ordered mac n' cheese, which was served with braised short ribs. The entrees were just ok. The prawns and scallops were nicely done, but the salmon was dry and overdone. The quinoa was boring and just there. I do have to say that the veggies in my dish were very tasty. There was an assortment of baby heirloom beets, baby carrots, and steamed gai lan and they were done to perfection.
The mac n' cheese was extremely rich. The braised short ribs were slathered with a syrupy glaze, and while tasting good, paired with the mac and cheese was just too heavy. The boy who never wastes a morsel of food (he's been known to finish off dining companions food for them) left almost half of his pasta in its ramekin.
Service was fantastic. The waitress was friendly and informative, and the waitstaff (although improvised - was that a bouncer who brought us our meals?) were helpful. The bartenders were really good - one of them remembered our drink orders hours later, and made it a priority to serve us at the bar.
So. Food was hit and miss and service was great. There's a lot in a name, I guess. Visit The Ocean Club *after* dinner, instead of before, and you won't be disappointed.
We had our Christmas party there and they did a great job with the food. The decore lends to a very shi-shi ambience and it was a very nice atmosphere in general for a holiday function. Unfortunately, there were a couple of bartenders who were completely full of themselves and for what reason, I am at a loss. It was a cash bar and there were alot of people waiting for drinks and they just couldn't keep up with the volume. We were a 30+ crowd for the most part and no one was being belligerent... except the bartenders. They were just getting snappy and seemed more intent on flirting with their fellow staff and chatting with each other than filling drink orders. I looked at these guys and could tell that not one of them had worked hard a day in their lives and they weren't about to start any time soon.
This Xms party was last year and I have never even considered returning to this place although I'm at Park Royal all the time and go to several of the restaurants there all the time.
Nice face, shame about the legs, kiddos.
I recently had the opportunity to visit this restaurant with a few of my friends. I had only heard rumours about this place so I was curious to check it out.
The Ocean Club is somewhat hidden in West Van's South Park Royal, located under the black office tower. It was a Friday night and the place was busy.
Sleek interior very crisp and clean. Interesting black and white photgraphs on the walls, dining banquets, white couches & granite tables, bar, and patio. Once again no reservations, however we were invited to seat at the bar until a table came available. Nicely dressed crowd. A little bit of Yaletown on the North Shore. Later I found out that The Ocean Club is licensed differently than other restaurants, open to 3am and no minors. This is nice.
Before writing this review I read some of the other reviews and thankfully my wingman, Big T had ordered the Mac n Cheese. Jumping thru all the menus, items were mid priced, with an extensive wine list, and crafted cocktail menu.
We stuck with a bottle of BC Pinot Noir and decided to stay at the bar to eat. Venison Carpaccio, Mac n Cheese, and the Manilla Clams.
The service was good, sincere, and knowledgeable. The food could have been a bit quicker but it was busy, can't comlpain too much. The plates were large and the food incredible. Tiny B was reluctant to share the clams however, everything works out in the end. Mac n Cheese was savoury and rich, clams tasty & spicy, the carpaccio...could be some of the best in the city. What made the experience fantastic was the group of ladies who were seated next to us. We ended up sharing a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, an Amarone and some good conversation with them. It was a great evening and I got home way past my bedtime.
We (4 of us) "Downtowners" decided to jump in a cab and head to the Ocean Club to see what the "WestVaners" had to offer. I must admit that they have done quite a stunning job of the decor, very clean and cool looking with a great little patio out the back. We were quite excited and sat down and ordered a few cocktails - from a list which was almost overwhelming.... and at $10 a pop you had better bring you Amex. After a quick drink we sat down at our table. The seats, unfortunately were very uncomfortable with low backs which meant you could not lean back to relax. A little like the ones at NU if you have been there. We ordered a couple of starters to share, the mussels, crab cakes and the scallop and prawns. The portions were minute and were quite a problem to share, definately nothing outstanding here.... except for the price. Next we ordered some main courses, a burger, 2x beef short ribs w/ mac & cheese, and halibut cheeks. The burger was good, and so it should have been for $16 but the yam fries that came with it were soggy and just covered in cinnamon - none of us could eat them - yukky! The halibut cheeks at $18 were just OK and the beef ribs at $22 were nicely cooked and tender but I imagine if you stick a fatty bit of beef in the oven for hours it should of been. All in all quite the dissapointment. We were going to share a dessert but the only one we wanted (lemon tart) was not available so instead of ordering coffee we though ENOUGH! Lets get a taxi back to the city where we have a choice of this kind of place and try not to feel too sorry for the people that have to live in West Van and go to the Ocean Club on a regular basis - but judging by the lack of intelligent customers on a Saturday night -I think the word is out! The total bill for us including tip was $240 plus the $50 for the taxis with no coffee, no dessert and no one even half drunk they have a lot to do to persuade me to go back!!
Went here when it first opened and really enjoyed it with a group. Tonight we took someone out to dinner and met here. I was so embarrassed by the time we left!
The restuarant had 2 tables by 7pm on Tuesday night. Yet our server was terrible (even wearing sandels - is that food safe?). The wine was slow and had sediment in the bottom of our glasses. Plus he made a very uneven pour among 4 glasses and used the whole bottle.
The appies were fine, but pricey. It was the mains that were disgusting. The pasta dish was fine, but nothing outstanding. The chicken dishes were good; however, the sides were inedible: glop of what was supposedly rice, but was the consistency of cream of wheat and a ragout that was leftover veggies, reheated and doused in balsamic creme.
Coffee took 30 minutes. The bill another 30 minutes. Finally, I took the credit card to the bar to get out of there.
Weirdly, by 9pm the place was starting to fill up with loud, party groups as a bar type situation.
I wouldn't go back, not for the overpriced food or the $14 martinis. Save your money.
Went there for a stagette. The whole time we were there (7 to 11 pm), half the restaurant was empty, and yet our server or the kitchen somehow did this utterly bad job of timing the food so that one table of our party received their entrees about a whole hour before the other table. Needless to say, it was not fun getting our entrees when the other half of the group had already disappeared outside for an after dinner smoke. I had stopped being hungry by the time the food arrived.
Not only that, but they were out of a lot of things on the menu we wanted to order, such as our first and second choices of wine, and oysters. "We're taking the oysters off the menu soon" the waitress said. WHY?!?! I love oysters and they belong on a westcoast restaurant's menu. Disappointing!
So service overall was bad. I personally went up to the server when she was at her computer , and asked for the bill, and 'sure, in a minute' turned into 10-15 minutes. Probably she knew she was getting an automatic 17% gratuity from our party, so why put in extra effort?
Onto the food. The appetizers were delicious. The carpaccio was probably the most tender I ever had, great with the parmesan and mustard sauce. Second fave was the bocaccini, third fave was the fried salmon rolls. My ahi tuna was pretty good (a bit bland, but they are usually like that), and I liked the brie mac n cheese I had a bite of. Will try making it at home. Good prices too.
The place is supposed to be a nightclub too, and around 11 we saw a bouncer walking around, and a DJ started setting up, but the restaurant was still half empty, nobody in the dancefloor section of the restaurant except us and about four other dinner parties, surprising for a Saturday night.
When you first step into this place you get the feeling "great, another sports bar/lounge/theme restaurant". There's the tvs on the wall, the long bar counter, and the array of trendy minimalistic seating so synonymous with the other west coast casual franchises.
However, things start to change the minute the drinks arrive. Immediately you notice that they actually pour a decent mojito. They don't skimp on the mint or even the rum. The quality is better than other establishments of seemingly similar calibre. Same could be said for the food. The description on the menus don't do the actual dishes any justice. It would seem that they serve the cliche, seared tuna, their take on a gourmet burger and an upscale mac n cheese. But surprisingly, in a good way, this wasn't the case. The burger was juicy, the meat was well seasoned and the yam fries were all crisp. It takes skill to do the simple things correctly and they've definitely accomplished that here. Will be back for some non dine out fare later.
The Ocean Club is set up primarily as a lounge and bar. Not so much as a restaurant. It has 10 double-sided sofas in the center of one big room. And they are all white. In fact, all the bar stools and dining charis are white, too. Which makes for an interesting design concept.
It's not cheap here. Especially for drinks - martinis are $10 and a small sleeve of import draft beer is $7.50.
The menu is very limited but the appetizers are surprisingly good in terms of taste and quality. Presentation is just so-so. We shared Crab Cakes ($14) which were excellent. Yam Fries ($6) and a Spicy Tuna tartare ($8) - both of these were quite scrumptious.
It wasn't very busy when we were there and the OC seems to attract an odd mix of clientele. So the ambiance was a bit... odd. Although I will go there again to see if they were having an off night... and I would go back just for the delicious crab cakes!
The service was inconsistent by the first server and later on the service improved when a new server started in our section. Both servers were very polite and attentive when they did stop by.
Overall, this seems like it could be a great place to see and be seen. They just need to improve the menu and perhaps re-evaluate their prices.
Last night we visited the Ocean Club because they advertised a special three course meal for $29 (served between 5 and 7) and it claimed to have a beautiful interior and ambiance. While we absolutely loved the interior -- it is modern, classy and hip, we had to ask for the special menu, despite arriving at 6 and having confirmed this special by phone before we left. Instead, we were presented with a much pricier menu and a waiter, who quite frankly, acted like it was a huge inconvenience on his part to serve us. This was rather strange, given that we were the only patrons at the time, with the exception of someone sitting at the bar (although a rather strange mix of people filtered in slowly later on) We ordered our food and found it to be generally good (especially the O.C. burger), although it was far from outstanding and fairly uninspiring. We also had to wait quite a long time for food, and finally, after requesting some bread to stop our stomachs from growling, we were told that this would take awhile and that we should just wait for our food, which was almost ready. Overall, the dinner was basically worth the $29 given the other high prices that we saw on the menu. We also had a somewhat pleasant time (mainly because of the beautiful decor) and despite a complete lack of attentive service (although the waiter did seem very attentive to the female servers and bar patron). We were also pleased that we could take our unfinished bottle of wine home with us. Yet, I really doubt that we will return to the place given the great number of fabulous restaurants with outstanding food and service, especially in the downtown Vanouver area, where this seems to matter a lot more to business owners who probably cater more to tourists and professionals.
My party and I were very impressed with the Ocean Club Restaurant in West Vancouver. I can't say the service was outstanding as the waistress was very slow and the service was slow but the dinner was exquisite and definitely made up for those minor details. My husband and I are frequent diners of fine dining establishments around the world. Nine times out of ten we have not been impressed, however th Ocean Club is a real winner. Our guest was also very impressed. From the starters to the dessert there was not one complaint. We would most definitely dine there again. Our hats off to the chef. Again we were most impressed. One of the best, if not the best, in my opinion in West Vancouver
From the moment the door people let you in to the moment I left I couldn't believe how good everyone treated me here. I was even greeted by their manager, I think he said his name was Ken. Friendly service, good drinks and happy atmosphere. I'll have to come back for the food sometime soon (it was too late to eat when we got in).
My friend and I never thought we would be disappointed, picking a restaurant in West Van. We couldn't be more wrong. We got there at 5:30 pm and were the only ones there. We left an hour later and still no one else showed up.
Of all the empty tables, our waitress seated us at a dirty one, with guk on the bench. When we brought it to her attention, she belabored the point about having a big rowdy crowd in the night before. We just got up and seated ourselves at another table.
The drinks were expensive, and so was the food. If the food was any good, we would gladly pay the price, but for a piece of microwaved salmon swimming in a bowl of sauce, and overdone fish and chips with some yukky yam fries slapped onto a plate with no attempt at presentation, this restaurant is asking champagne prices for a beer menu.
1 martini, 1 glass of wine, 1 crab cake appetizer, 1 salmon entree, 1 fish and chips entree and the bill was $120!! We gagged on the food AND the bill!! We will never return!
My husband & I visited the restaurant when our son had a sleep-over at his friend's house (the restaurant does not welcome minors). We took advantage of the open-table 1,000 bonus pts offer and dined early at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant was quite empty with only 2 - 3 tables occupied. Ambiance was nice & service was great. Drink selection was good, esp. to "designated drivers" like me. Appetizers were tasty (frozen oysters & mussels), main dishes were okay (Ahi tuna & sockeye salmon), but dessert was of exceptional quality (chocolate mousse). Total bill came to C$125 + tips, though expensive but we enjoyed it very much.
My girlfriends were set on coming here last Saturday and were told that they they were no longer taking reservations. We showed up and there was a cancellation so we got a table. I sat on the booth side but my friends did complain of the uncomfortable chairs. We didn't realize it was dine out vancouver but we did take advantage of it. The food was good, but since I eat in Yaletown regularily I have had much better food for the same price or less. The drinks at $10 seemed expensive.The servers seemed a little CactusClubby with their ill fitted outfits and just got out of bed appearance. Our server kept bashing down every plate and drink onto the table, startling us every time. I was certain something was going to break. My friend had a craving for the yam fries so they were the first thing that was ordered. We assumed they weren't coming until viola! they appeared after our entrees. The server didn't even say anything. You would think she would have something about an appetizer coming after the appetizers and entrees? We just laughed it off and then after dessert and the bill was paid for we chatted for another 15 minutes. The server did everything other then kick us out of the chairs to get us to leave. I wouldn't go again unless I was stuck on the North Shore. I think it would be good as a lounge/drink place but as for a higher end restaurant, forget it! Spend the extra money on cab fare and head overtown if you want a good meal for the same price.
Go on a live jazz night.. Order some desserts (you gotta try the "dome") and a couple of drinks..
For us, the bill often comes to $35 for 2 of us. (2 desserts + 2 teas). PRICEY!
Not recommended for a large group of hungry people! Drinks ok.. but appy portion.. not big enough.. The yam fries weren't very good.. In fact, everyone (there were 8 of us) voted it the worst dish of the night.
Bottomline.. be prepared to spend $$$$ and not be full if going in groups.
I went there with a bunch of friends after coming across this place on the internet. The pictures shown on the web were nice so we decided to check it out.
As we walked in the decor was nice, modern. We were stunned that the place was fairly empty on a saturday night at around 9:30. We sat at the back of the room and the back door near our table kept opening and closing (by smokers?) as they went in and out, and it was so cold that we ended up going back to the coatcheck and getting out coats back. Our waitress said that there was nothing she could do except to give us another table near by which made no difference. Other empty tables were "reserved".
We ordered drinks, and 30 minutes later a bottle of wine came in, and the waitress had such a hard time opening it, it seemed like she had never done it before.
Food was terrible. My advice: if you don't know how to prepare a duck do not serve it. My portion of it smelled quite badly, and the skin looked like it was just poached. The texture was rubbery, and did I mention the smell..this bird was definitely not fresh, or it was simply an old aged duck.
One thing we did like was the DJ and the music was good.
We left hungry, and dissatisfied with the slow unprofessional service. Prices were ok only if items on the menu were properly prepared and served as they should be.
I doubt I will go again. There are definitely better places with the same idea in Vancouver worthy of my money!
I went to Ocean club with my girlfriend, my sister and her boyfriend. The ambiance is very nice and elegant. The drinks are pretty good but expensive. The food is very disappointing especially considering the price. My ahi tuna was absolutely disgusting, it smelled worse than my garbage bag. The lamb was mediocre, but the price wasn't. The duck was chewer than average with an unpleasant smell.
Judging by the name, you would think Ocean Club would have great Seafood. We ordered Ahi Tuna and after nearly an hour of waiting, the waiter arrived with our order. The moment he put the plate on our table, we immediately sensed the smell that can be best described as garbage left out to rot even further for a week. There was no way we could eat that food even if we wanted to. We asked one of the waiters to smell the food and tell us what he thinks. He smelled it and after a few seconds said he does not eat Tuna so he does not know what it supposed to smell like! He got a waitress to help us. We asked her to smell the Tuna. She proceeded to smell the Tuna with the worst attitude we have seen in a waiter/waitress in our whole lives and proceeded to tell us that it is fish and it is supposed to smell like that. She then took it to the kitchen and according to her the Chef said that the Tuna was actually very good and high quality. Our own waiter finally offered the menu to us to order something else and we ordered a more expensive (and absolutely horrible) entree, they charged us for the more expensive entree. One expects a much better customer service for a place this expensive. It is an absolute shame since the ambiance and the drinks are pretty good at this place. But we would not return to Ocean Club for dinner again.
I have visited Ocean Club 4 times now. The first 3 times was for dinner and the last was for an engagement party were we all had drinks and appetizers
Food: The appetizers are great. The burger bumps, calamari, spring roles are all good dishes. However, the lamb chops, cod, tuna and other fish entrée’s are disappointing. First of all, the price is outrageous for these main courses and then when the finally arrive (slow service), it’s either too salty, too cold, or just simply bland. The deseart dishes are all very good though.
Ambiance: I can’t say enough about the ambiance in this place. It is beautiful and very modern. Every detail has been attended to. The patio could be more impressive, but it’s still decent.
Service: Pretty good. Can’t complain but nothing to rave over either.
Overall: Pricy, but a great place to lounge and enjoy the evening. They have live DJ’s some nights which is fun too. I will never return for a full dinner meal though.
not terribly impressed about the ocean club. the ambience was reasonable, but food and drinks were not great (and that's giving them some benefit). first beer went back as the glass was half head. second one was ok. changed to try a different one... it went back as it was mouldy.
had clams as a starter which were quite good, then my pasta main showed up looking like it had been run in a microwave for about an hour... i munched anyway as i had already returned two drinks and didn't feel like being "the jerk customer", but i bet a cardboard box would have been as good.
service was good. a little overbearing, but that may have been due to the drink returns.
a friend tried the spot later that week and was happy. i'll probably try again, but it's a hard taste to shake right now.