Food, wine, service and a view! All are exceptional here. Try to get lucky and reserve a table on the patio for sunset. The menu focus is regional fresh local organic produce and meats and fish. In my mind it's an excellent example of Northwest regional cuisine. The wine list is outstanding and presented as a gorgeous hand bound leather volume. The sommelier is available to assist you with your selection. I suggest even the most wine savvy patron ask to sit with him for a moment. On my visit I asked to try regional wines unavailable at home and the sommelier perfectly paired a couple bottles.
Favorite Dish: I love the "spoon" appetizer options. Also enjoyed a wonderful cheese plate.
Rain City Grill was recommended to us for tasting local British Columbia produce -- all their food is sourced within 50 km of the city. We were nearby at Stanley Park one early evening and took the chance that there might be room available for dinner.
There seems to be a little snob appeal here, as the host seemed miffed that we had turned up in shorts and t-shirts, addressing our eagerness to try the food here with a grim smile and an indifferent "oh REALLY". Hey, our t-shirts had COLLARS. However, our waitress was warm, outgoing, and very pleasant and put us right at ease.
I don't know if they were doing renovations, but the room is decorated in what could be described as Deconstructed Minimalism? Ah, well, we were there for the food.
Favorite Dish: The food here is oustanding and very fresh as it is all from local sources. Thus, the menu changes as what is available changes.
For an appetizer, I highly recommend the crab "risotto" -- fresh crab meat cooked up in a risotto style.(meaning sauteed with butter and cream mmm mmm mmm). It took us maybe 2 seconds to devour every rich, creamy, morsel. The Salt Spring Island mussels garnished with crisp potato shreds didn't last long at our table either.
We chose grilled halibut and wild sockeye salmon for entrees and both were done to perfection. For dessert, the Okanagan Peach Cobbler satisfied our sweet tooths, though I did not care for the ginger wasabi ice cream that it came with. However, the peach filling was sweet and tart, and the crust tender and flaky; that was enough for me!
There is valet parking in the evenings, which is $7.50; however, if you park at Stanley Park near the tennis courts, and walk two short blocks, it'll cost you only $5.00. You can park there until 9:00 pm.
An abudance of delicious local seafood and produce, prepared in every imaginable ethnic style, served in beautiful surroundings at attractive prices. This is what makes Vancouver a pleasure for dining out!
The city excels in the casual-food department: foodparks, public markets, etc. offering up a plethora of authentic international fare; this is how we usually eat here.
Once in a while, we like to have a special, elegant meal, and did just that at Raincity Grill. Raincity Grill offers what Vancouver calls "West Coast" cuisine: fresh local ingredients in an eclectic style with influences ranging from classic European to First Nations cultures, with an emphasis on light and healthy dining.
The restaurant is situated at the far South end of Denman street in the West End, and the window tables offer a nice view of False Creek on a clear day. It is a quiet and elegant room.
My vegetarian wife had a (very nontraditional) Caesar salad followed by a roasted squash risotto made with aritichoke cream and topped with shreds of dried basil. I splurged on the "tasting menu", a five-course meal featuring a number of house regional specialties, my favorite being the "Rice Less Dungeness Crab Risotto" prepared with "savoury clam butter and cattails shoots."
The meal was magnificent, and service was attentive and friendly. We look forward to returning soon!
Favorite Dish: It's hard to pick favorites among dishes stuffed with rare, exotic local ingredients such as "fiddleheads" (similar to asparagus) and "fried spruce tips" (who knows?).
The menu offers a dizzying array of small-bite choices including small appetizers called "spoons", in addition to a 10-item full-sized appetizer menu featuring selections such as
"Smoked Skeena Salmon Roll with roasted sweet onion, ginger creme fraiche" or "Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussel with truffle aioli, shoestring potato." A selection of gourmet cheeses is also offered, and the diner may have a tough time choosing between the tradtional salad/entree route or making a meal from small plates or the Tasting Menu, which changes frequently.
An added bonus is an excellent selection of local and foreign wines avaialable by the glass; recommendations are listed for each dish and the specoial Tasting Menu can be accompanied with special wines for each dish.
Great atmosphere with great views of English Bay. The menu changes with the seasons, and they offer many healthy, balanced dishes.
Favorite Dish: Everything I've had is very good. They specialize in northwest cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood.