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.
After hearing friends talk about restaurant, I was encouraged to try it out and my man took me last night!
The items on the menu are quite different than other seafood restaurants. No breaded fish, chips, prawn, or lobster here. Salmon House is apparently an authentic Sea Food Restaurant...with a pure sea menu.
After our food arrived, a female worker (non-waitstaff), greeted the table, asked how we heard about the restaurant, & explained a bit about the food we ordered. I thought that this was nice since this kind of greeting is unheard of while dining out - at least through my experience!
Although I missed the red meat, I was delightfully surprised by the fresh, relatively healthier, & unique array in front of me. Aside from some sinful desserts on the menu, I don't think I saw any other non-healthy items. Don't want to get fat!
According to the female worker - who said that she wasn't the manager - the restaurant is known for its salmon and halibut. This was probably accurate!
I ended my meal with a cute, freshly brewed stainless steel glass of coffee. It was a nice surprise as some restos' coffee just CANNOT be trusted! This coffee tasted similar to ones found at Yaletown restaurants.
The Salmon House has gone seriously down hill in recent years. At this rate, it will be located on tidewater before the Olympics. The menu is very limited and grossly over priced. So is the wine for that matter. The seafood is dry and overcooked and I've tasted better chowder out of a can. The only thing it has going for it is the view. But you can see that for free from the parking lot.
The Salmon House, with its sweeping views of Vancouver, native art, and local cuisine, is a special place to take out of town guests. The alderwood smoked salmon is outstanding. On our most recent visit, everyone got the 3-course menu, and we were treated to exceptional desserts, so the pastry chef is excellent too. Our waiter was a bit grumpy and couldn't understand when I pronounced "pot de creme," a French dessert, in French and said I had asked for pudding. Perhaps a brush up for the wait staff on what is on the men is in order. Service was generally OK but not up to the quality of the food. Still, I'll be back and lok forward to it.
I have been to the Salmon House several times before, but approached the evening with a more critical eye knowing I was going to write a review. We arrived very early and had no difficulty securing a window table. We started with cocktails, which were quite good. One of my dinner companions maintains that they make one of the best Caesar's in town. I had a sole appetizer that was "interesting" but good. My dinner companions both had soup which they enjoyed. I ordered the halibut, which was well cooked, and which had tasteful accompaniments. My companions both had salmon dishes which they enjoyed. All was washed down with an excellent bottle of BC wine. Desserts were tasty. No fault with the service. Not haute cuisine by any means, but a solid, enjoyable evening.
We live just up the hill from the restaurant and go by it every day. We try it once a year or so and just returned from our yearly sampling. I am sorry to report that it was just awful, worse than ever.I had the boullabaise which was some mushy seafood in what tasted like a can of cold tomato paste. My wife had the salmon which is almost impossible to wreck. But they did. The service was impersonal and rushed. This does not compare in the least to West, Blue Water, or C. I think this restaurant is just milking the tourist trade. I won't go back.
I was so disappointed. The view is nice, if you get a window seat, but otherwise, the price, the taste, the service. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It is well marketed but I feel the kitchen the dining room staff need more training! So many tourists are coming here to try their salmon. Hopefully they will go to the Boathouse also - get a taste of great food and service.
New to Vancouver, I was referred to Salmon House as a nice place for dinner. Upon arrival, we found the ambiance to be ok (very open, mildly lit, and not particularily warm. The view, as many have commented on however, was very nice.
However, as one review put it, it was not enough. We made one order from the set menu and other items from the main menu. The appetizers were done fairly well, especially the Salmon Sampler - there were some items there that were quite unique and tasted very well. The dessert was alright. The entree's, however, left much to desire.
For a restaurant that prides itself on fish, I figured that's what I should have - I'm typically very wary of ordering fish at restaurants as I find they are typically overdone. I quipped to the waiter, "how famous IS your 'famous salmon'?" "It's world renown! If you go travelling, you'll hear about our salmon!" While the presentation was ok, and the fish was cooked fairly well, there was little taste and it left much to desire. The order of sockeye that my guest had tasted better than mine, however, it was quite overdone and dry. Furthermore, the presentation was horrible - it appeared to be a handful of greens with a piece of salmon sitting on top. We've had a much better experience with fish at restaurants at a lower price point.
Our favorite spot to dine out, with out of town visitors or just for our own special events (eg anniversaries). Service is always quiet, unassuming, but "right there" when needed; food is well above average in both quality and presentation. We regularly recommend this place to friends and family. And the view is a spectacular bonus on clear days, evenings or nights!
This continues to be a let-down. The place is living off its location overlooking the Burrard Inlet. We'd been 2-3 years ago, but things haven't improved. It's simply pretentious. There are better value-for-money restaurants around.
The food is extremely expensive for what you get. Portions are small, but well presented.
We went for a birthday celebration & to take an out-of-towner for the prestigous setting. We had the set meal with accompanying wines, which worked well with the exception of the port with the sweet. The (chinook) salmon dishes were excellent. But $75 is excessive for what you get. There are better restaurants.
Service was slow which means the dishes can be tepid when they arrive at the table.
Fancy looking posh-nosh for all those nobs on the hill that can't be bothered to venture into town !
My husband & I entertained a coworker/friend at the Salmon House recently. The view was beautiful. (It would have been nicer if the patio was open. There wasn't a cloud in the sky - what's with that?) The food was excellent, & the server went out of her way to explain the menu choices & offer attentive but not pushy service. It was an excellent choice for dinner with an out-of-town guest - I would definitely go back.
My spouse took me here for a Milestone Birthday which happened to be at Valentine's Day as well. The view was fabulous, the food was good, and our server was friendly and personable. The hostess at the front was something to be desired though. Not warm or welcoming. Cordial and very uptight. I understand it was probably one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants; however a sincere smile and friendly thank you or how was your evening would have went long way. Our reservation was early and when we left around 7:15 pm the restaurant was not completely full, and the front staff (4) was standing around chatting; this leaves me to conclude they weren't busy or stressed. Not a good representation of the restaurant especially when they are the first person of contact and departure. Luckily I was in good company so I put it aside.
I found out afterwards my husband had made a note at the time of his reservations to advise the restaurant it was my birthday. I believe it is the job of the hostess or reservation manager to advise the server of this. It was completely not acknowledged. A simple Happy Birthday from our server would have made the evening more pleasant and a little special. Nothing else would have been expected. The special dining experience at the Salmon House definitely falls short. What sets apart an extraordinary restaurant from an average restaurant is the finer details and service from beginning to end.
We had gone to Le Crocodile for lunch and everything was amazing. All staff was warm, pleasant, helpful and attentive. The Classic French meal was extraordinary and done to perfection. We both had seafood. We reluctantly skipped dessert, but we were given cantaloupe sorbet to cleanse our palette and two chocolate crocodiles. The restaurant did not know it was my birthday, but we felt like it was a privileged to dine here and they manage to make us feel very special. A stark contrast to the Salmon House. Unfortunately my memory of this special evening at the Salmon House won't be for the food, view, decor, and ambiance but the unfriendly and non-welcoming hostess at the front, and the restaurants ability to make us feel like were just another mouth to feed. With so many other establishments in Vancouver with just as amazing views, it won't be difficult not to make a recommendation or desire to dine here for any special occasion, let alone a regular dining experience any time soon.
Whoever felt you didn't get value for money has not been at the Salmon House for Sunday Brunch. Several of us went last weekend and all thought it was the best buy in town. The view is awesome ... but everything else was wonderful. And I'd just come off a 2-week Caribbean Princess cruise with exquisite dining - and not a bill to pay until the last day. The Salmon House Sunday Brunch was absolutely the perfect place to start off the Christmas season.
Recently two of us ate here and were profoundly disappointed. Though salmon is still a good value, other fish dishes are not. I had a sole entree that had been frozen since the early 20th Century and was bone-dry with no sauce to hide the aridity factor. It was barely edible. Fortunately they served with it a couple of asparagus stalks and twelve grains of rice, for variety...
For dessert we decided to share an exotic sounding multi-textured chocolate cake,ice-cream and fruit sauce priced at $12. The three components came on a stylish plate with artistic swirls of red sauce, but the other parts...cake and ice-cream had been measured out with a coffee spoon and had to be seen with high-powered magnifying lenses...not supplied. Good-bye Salmon House over the Hill.
My husband and I took his parents and aunt for dinner after a valued recommendation. Made reservations and requested a window table. Told view tables are first come first served only, so we made 5:30 reservations and got there at 5:15. Again requested a view table... did not get one, even though there were plenty available. Waitress was less than the best. 4 out of 5 of us ordered Salmon (we were at the Salmon house after all), we ordered each of the 3 salmon dishes on the menu- all were over cooked, and dry. The veggies were bland and tasteless.
We will NEVER go back here again nor will we recommend it to anyone.
Do yourself a favor and stay away!!!!
I have been going to the Salmonhouse restaurant for over 10 years and have always thought the food/service was excellent value for your money. My one complaint was perhaps the ambiance could be improved with music while dining. My last visit in June of 2006 will be my last. While introducing a couple to the Salmonhouse for a birthday celebration, we were very dissapointed with the food. The food was tasteless, served cold and actually found bones in my halibut. I thought after our meal I would take advantage and use the Salmonhouse website and submit a comment which accordingly to the website was encouraged. No response was ever received so we decided to write a letter directly to the Salmonhouse Manager, again no response or even enquiry to our comment. Needless to say, service is probably the most important thing besides the food and when the manager no longer cares what the customers are commenting on, no more needs to be said. We will never go back.
Went to the salmon house for our anniversary. It was fun!
The food was delicious. We got the aldergrilled sockeye salmon and the 8oz New York steak. Both were delicious! The slamon wasn't dry at all or anything. And the steak was cooked to perfection.
The portions were quite small, but we had an appy before our meal. So I still left the restaurant feeling stuffed!
The service was mediocre. Our waitress didn't come by too often. But it was fitting for an anniversary, as we kind of just wanted to be left alone.
All in all it was a great experience!
I might have expected much from this place having other excellent dining experiences. The food was excellent in taste but portions were very small - I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that my boyfriend and I went there on a dine out special. The server was great but the food came 30 mins from each course. However, the view and ambiance were excellent. My boyfriend and I ended up at another restaurant though after having 4 course meal in this one -- we were hungry and the portions were really small. I had the seafood chowder which was excellent in taste. Second course was clam and mussels potlach three pieces of each - tiny pieces then seafood trio, again, delicious but very small portion and brownie with ice cream -- very rich brownie but hungry after 15 mins.