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Salmon House

2229 Folkestone Way
West Vancouver, BC V7S2Y6
Tel: (604) 926-3212 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 926-8539

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Better Than Expected
By parisboy of Point Grey Adjacent (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not Worth the Money!
By lfranko of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

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!

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stay away
By digitalcouch of West Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

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.

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If you go, go for the view
By EstherBrown of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

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.

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Their specialty is not fish
By honjai of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

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.

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Long House with a view!
By hotdogboy of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

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.

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yum! yum!
By timothyjryan of Fraserview, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

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!

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Salmon House - pretentious & over-rated
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

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 !

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great place to take out-of-town guests
By lil_amsterdam of North Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not that Special
By firsttimefoodie of Cambie (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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Best Brunch in Town
By kimco of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 17, 2010 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Uphill scenary - down hill food
By Vancouver eater of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

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.

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Salmon House over the Hill
By montealto of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

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.

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In a word, Awful
By amyk32004 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

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!!!!

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Was our favorite restaurant
By coho of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 8, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good food
By g_and_a of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 10:09am [Dine in]

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!

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Very disappointing
By foodconnoisseur of all (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2006 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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