A window-wrapped dining room offers an unparalleled view of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet. The Salmon House is renowned for its award winning menu and wine list; breath-taking views, sophisticated warm atmosphere and authentic native art décor.
Went for dine out Vancouver. Food was good but the portions were very small. The restaurant side did not have a window seat but the bar side had one so we decide to sit there. View is excellent and food quality is not bad. Had the salmon which was frozen but still tasted good. The dessert was very average. Not impressed with the dessert. There was a guy singing which was not bad. I would only go for the view but not the food. There are better restaurant that one can try.
The candied salmon is delicious, amongst other appetizers. The entrees are tasty--none of it was overdone during my last visit. The view is beautiful. The service is excellent. Though it didn't turn out to be as good as I expected, I have no complaints about the appetizers, service, and atmosphere. :)
Was here for my mom's birthday with the family. Well for a (seafood) fish house I can say they don't do a good job cooking fish, overcooked, bland, just poor execution. The service was indifferent but the price your paying for your meal is unjustified. The view though is beautiful, just stunning, but still doesn't make up for the food.
I came here to celebrate an anniversary with my relatives. We all had a great time and the service was excellent throughout the evening. It was my first time there, I was impressed with both the views and the restaurant ambiance. We were seated in the corner window spot and watched the sun set while we dined.
I agree with some previous reviews about the food being a tad dry, especially with my piece of halibut. But teamed up with the moist swiss chard, it was fine. The calamari that came with my fish was also tasty. The food really wasn't bad as some say, but that's just from my experience - from the appetizers to the desserts we ordered were all good according to our party.
Value is another story. Most entrees were in the thirties price range. $33 for a small piece of sable fish on rice was a bit over the top, but for a special occasion with a beautiful view, it was acceptable.
This was my first time at the Salmon House and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. We arrived a very hungry party of four, since we hiked around Lynn Canyon for 3 hours prior to arrival. The decor was "Westcoast" cheesy - decorated in what we jokingly called "restaurant grade" totem poles, masks and carvings. (It would have been a considerate gesture to have the restaurant reference the Native culture in an authentic way)
We started with appetizers from the a la carte menu. The caesar salad was fresh and light in an olive oil and lemon dressing. The other couple's salmon taster had what looked like very generous portions. The wine list was extensive and offered high-end choices by the glass - which our wine connoisseur friends appreciated.
The rosemary infused flatbread was an interesting addition to the more traditional bread basket.
My partner raved about his shitake and crimini risotto. My aldergrilled salmon was smoked to perfection, although it was a bit over-cooked for my taste. The bed of crab and tomato risotto that supported the salmon was divine- just the right mix of creaminess and tanginess. And the two spears of baby asparagus were grilled to a crisp/tender slightly smoking perfection.
The service was attentive and warm, yet unassuming. Our server was professional and knowledgeable about both the food and wine. The other wait staff and front end people, were all youthful and friendly, although a bit unpolished. I noticed some reaching across diners' to fill water glasses and the hostess was making a personal phone call as we were leaving. To her credit she did end the call promptly and inquired about our dining experience.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the Salmon House experience despite having reservations that it was an overpriced tourist trap.
Could they possibly place the tables even closer together and squeeze more money out of their patrons? I'm sure they've thought about it. In fact, it looks as if that's all they've thought about. You can't get by on view alone, you guys. I felt like someone could reach over and try something from my plate, not that they would want to.
Now, it's been a number of years since my last visit to this restaurant but I do recall it being very posh and elegant. Looking for a restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday with his family coming into town to join us, I wanted to give them all a lovely evening. Wonderful success.
A view to die for as we had a beautiful clear night (back a couple of months ago when the weather was dodgy at best) and the in-laws were duly pleased. Service was with a warm smile for everyone and glasses were never empty which is always a plus for me. Food was piping hot and portions were plentiful enough even for the guys. You can never go wrong with the grilled salmon. So very tasty and moist and delicious. Hubby had ordered the daily special and you know, I can't remember what it was.. I was so focused on my salmon. LOL! I believe someone ordered the smoked sable fish and was very pleased with it as well. That's my next treat there!!
Desserts were decadent (I had the cheesecake and hubby had the chocolate bombe,.. as did the rest of the family.. crazy chocoholics!) and everyone left with a smile on their faces. My husband and his family were pleased with everything.
I can say we had an absolutely wonderful night of great food, a fabulous view and delightful company.
Would we go back? Absolutely!
I agree with the previous reviewer. Ambiance here is wanting. The lounge is so worn out that you pretty much have to go after dark or have an active imagination to pretend you're in a higher end establishment. Seems that they think their view is all they need to keep people coming. Strange, since the view is so far up the hill that it's often obliterated by mist and smog.
Foodwise, my experiences at the Salmon House have not been consistent. The salmon trio appetizer is quite nice, but I've had dry, overcooked fish from the entree list before, and that's kept me out of the dining room for some time.
About your ignored letters to the manager and via the website: This is very interesting. I had exactly the same experience with Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, which is part of the same family of restaurants. I got severe food poisoning from enoki mushrooms at Horizons. I contacted them, as encouraged, via their website and got zero response. That was two years ago and I haven't been back.
Make no mistake of it, this place is beautiful, dimly lit and has probably the best view in the lower mainland. When nightfall comes around, the sight of burrard inlet is breathtaking (make sure you arrive after sunset so you can see the beautiful lights).
All staff were friendly, and the place is not super loud like most restaurants. I noticed that most of the customers looked like the sem-retired rich type of people. Us being in our early thirties sort of felt out of place but that didn't matter...on with what is important, the food...
So since if was the gf's birthday, I let her decide what to order. She picked the seafood tower (for 2) which costed $75 but included a little bit of everything...After a relatively short wait time, it arrived - 3 plates stacked on top of each other - the top was the appetizer cold plate that had raw oysters, salmon, shrimp and canned salmon. The oysters tasted really fishy. Everything else was ok. not something I'd rave about.
The 2nd plate had mussels, clams, shrimp, salmon in a curry-like broth + 2 garlic sticks. It was such a small serving that you could almost consider it to be an appetizer. The curry soup base seemed very watered down.
The final plate had grilled salmon, grilled shrimp and asparagus. It was the most delicious plate but the salmon did not seem to be of high quality and was a bit dry. Also the grilled shrimp was on a kabob of 3 pieces. If this seafood tower is for 2 people to share, why would you put in only 3 shrimps on a kabob?
Overall, the food was not that fresh or tasty and the biggest thing was that we were still hungry after our 100$ bill arrived. Save your money and go to the keg or another place.
We have alway loved the view at Salmon House, but the service, and food prices do not do it justice. We don't know what the qualifications are for view seating and good service, but we have been told many times that view tables are first come first serve but we have yet to get one, even though the tables are empty!
They have never managed to get our order straight, and usually have to asked for the bill right after you order or you will never get it.
We have given it a number of tries, the THIS IS THE LAST TIME!
We arrived at the Salmon House one recent wet and snowy weekday evening not knowing quite what to expect. The place was hopping!
Without a reservation, we were greeted pleasantly and our coats taken by the hostess. A comfortable booth at the back of the lower level. Several groups already seated and clearly enjoying themselves. No music that we could hear above the hub-bub but also no ringing cell-phones or TVs and hardly any cell-phone use.
It’s a bare polished wood table and no fussy place settings. Sparkling glasses. Linen napkin. The wine list features BC wines. We had the house salad and the fresh kushi oysters, and then spring salmon ($30) and the tenderloin ($32). Absolutely no complaints. Friendly unrushed competent service.
If you like a place with some energy, and staff who are on their game … it’s a good experience … perhaps better for groups than romantic couples, but not everyone wants hush
The Salmon House is blessed with being ideally located with a panorama view of Vancouver, the Gulf and San Juan Islands as well as Mount Baker.
In it's hey day it was "the place to go".
Unfortunately over the years an awful lot of the sparkle and magic has evaporated.
That being said we still manage to make it up the hill once a year "for old times sake"
I guess we're still romantics at heart.
Visited the Salmon House last night in West Van for a small company xmas party. The restaurant was beautiful with a real native flare. Reminded me a lot of the native long house at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. I could imagine how popular this would be with the tourists and bus groups.
We felt welcome when we walked through the door and with no wait were escorted to our table. Our server was attentive and classy with just the right mix of service and quality checks yet not pushy or overbearing. The menu was fairly small but a nice range of tastes and combinations to offer something for everyone 4 adults and 2 kids with some non seafood eaters..
While it was a stormy, nasty night I could only imagine the view over the city would be breath taking. The prices were very reasonable considering we all had appys, mains, and drinks.
My Plus(s) - Due to water contamination concerns they served mineral water out of bottles and warm drinks yet at the end of the meal they took them off the bill.
My Negative(s) - Due to water contamination concerns they didn't have any ice. I like my scotch with just one ice cube but they weren't able to comply. I suggested they run across to the gas station to buy a couple bags.
Over all a really nice experience, good food, good atmosphere, good friends. We will return for that special mean some time.
Salmon House on the Hill was first tried by us when 21 years ago I was expecting son number 2. Well it was AWFUL. Dry salmon etc etc. My husband was shocked by his entree as well. I have tried again and again at 5 year intervals and can tell you confidently that things have not changed. The view is great. The food is awful.
Got suckered to go because it was a friend's birthday. This place is such a rip off, and everything took forever.
Even though we made reservations, they did not seat us for close to an hour!!!
The menu is a complete rip off as the food is nothing special at all.
They might as well just rob you when you walk in. At least that would have been quicker and less agonizing than dealing with them.
They can't even make steak correct. Ask for rare and you get well done. Brilliant.
Waitress was also useless and full of attitude.
This place is a complete tourist trap and don't get suckered to go because you have a dumb friend that believes in hype.
Remember, you can't eat the view. Maybe just go for drinks, but even their coffee tastes like crap.
For the many years I lived in West Van, I still cannot justify going back to this place. They cater more to tourists and even during a standing reservation, we asked to add another seat to our group, they refused to accommodate.
Their flagship dishes are dry and they seem to rely upon their setting/view to draw in clientele.
There are many superior seafood restaurants well worth the patronage compared to this dated venue.
As a tourist I was very nterested in trying salmon and where better to go than salmon house.
We had the fresh first run of the spring salmon, which is salmon brought in that day (at least thats what they claim). Its expensive, at 36$ but it was moist, and had that smokey wood fired flavor.
We also had the sampler which i didnt love.
the lox was ok, the candied salmon interesting.
The view was outstanding. the ambience is very very nice.
While this landmark restaurant cannot be beat for scenary, the experience is far from spectacular.
Our waitor gave us a complementary h'orderve which amounted to a miniscule shrimp with some form of vegetation. Not expecting much here but come on.
The restaurant was far too cool with the air conditioner constantly on.
My Seafood chowder tasted no better than can soup purchased from the supermarket at 5 x the price.
Our entrees (fish) were raw and too salty
It seems each and every time we have dined the the total experience keeps getting worse. Way to pricy for what you receive and the portions are also way to small.
While the location continues to amaze.........the food has gone way down. Dont think we will be back.
My friends & I arrived at about 9:15pm for a late dinner. Super slow service from the start and all throughout dinner. from the time we sat down, it took them about 20 mins to get us our drink orders and another 15 to bring us the starter bread&butter, which was stale & leathery. We had the most inconsiderate & unpleasant server. He was in the middle of taking our food order when he decided to leave us to go serve the table next to us before returning to take the rest of our orders... WHO DOES THAT?!
Mediocre food that is too overpriced ... my friend ordered a rare westcoast tenderloin. It came out well-done...our server was no where to be seen so she sent it back with another server. 10 seconds later, our original server brings the over-cooked steak back & asks my friend to cut into the centre because it will be more rare there. WHO DOES THAT?! when a customer sends something back, there is a valid reason...fix it & send out the correct order...this guy gives it back to my friend and implied that she doesn't know what a rare steak looks like. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! I was so unhappy with my overall experience that I took the time and effort to make my awful experience known to the whole lower mainland so that they NEVER GO THERE... I have also written a complaint letter to management. My last words about Salmon House on the Hill: a "high-class" restaurant with low-class service and expensive food that belongs more in a pub...
The view is spectacular, but the food is over-rated and too expensive for what you get. We had the Salmon and the beef tenderloin. The salmon was bland and very average and the tenderloin was nicely cooked but the sauce was too rich and 1 bean and one asparagus stock were simply not acceptable. For $30+ per dish you got at best 50% value. Ant low range steak house would be as good but you would get some vegies and pasta or potato. In short walk around the front to look at the view and then go to eat elsewhere.