About The Observatory at Grouse Mountain
Housed in a mountaintop chalet with windows overlooking the city of Vancouver, the Observatory offers diner’s views that are as unique as the food prepared by our talented chefs.
Regional and seasonal West Coast dishes are freshly prepared daily in our mountain kitchen using Oceanwise and Green Table certified ingredients. The Observatory’s exquisite food, exceptional service and award-winning wine list turn every meal into a special occasion.
Feeling indulgent? Enjoy our five-course Chef’s Taster Menu which allows you to explore a range of wines carefully chosen by Sommelier Steven Conroy or choose a bottle from one of over 500 selections from the multi-award winning wine list.
Dinner is served seven nights a week from 5pm and complimentary Skyride admission is always included with every advance reservation.
Please note that for parties of 7 or more a gratuity of 18% will be added to the bill.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Take bus 236 from Lonsdale Quay. It will bring you to the base of the Skyride.
Private Party Facilities:
For more information please contact The Observatory directly.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Conroy: 6049985045x
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Observatory at Grouse Mountain Ratings and Reviews
Food was good but one or two more meal o ...
Food was good but one or two more meal options would have been nice as it is a very limited menu. I would have loved a pasta option. The biscuits were delicious but will pass next time on the Brussels sprouts, little to no flavour. I would have liked to have been told when ordering the Creme Brûlée that it wasn't made as most Restaurants make it. It was just OK. I will order the apple desert next time.
Enjoyable atmosphere. Waiter was also gr ...
Enjoyable atmosphere. Waiter was also great! Shared a bottle of wine that he recommended and it was very good. We shared an appetizer and ordered a main each. All the dishes were served at near room temperature. We sent the mains back and they ended up not charging us for them. Overall the food was pretty good, but not great. Could have had more flavour and been served warmer.
I had the worst Lemon Drop I've ever had ...
I had the worst Lemon Drop I've ever had. The food was cold and mediocre. The view was fabulous, as always. I would not return ever again, unless the management or owners changed. What a pity, to have such an unreal exceptional location, and yet serve up substandard food and cocktails.
The Gondola ride is alway a great way to ...
The Gondola ride is alway a great way to lead up to a special night, dinner was lovely and well recommended. The view was breath taking and romantic and certainly a wonderful way to make memories. Looking forward to going again!
Booked a table here to watch the Supermo ...
Booked a table here to watch the Supermoon, trip up the mountain in the gondola was lovely. Walk around looking at the scenery was great. Although did ask for one, wasnt provided a table on the side where we could see the moon. When one came open, another table scooted over immediately.
Food was good, service was excellent.
We were visitors from the UK. Loved oute ...
We were visitors from the UK. Loved outer visit to Grouse Mountain and the beautiful views from the cable car in the daylight and Vancouver lights from the restaurant. I am coeliac. The waiter was very helpful with gluten free options and the food was delicious! Would highly recommend a visit.
View was amazing and the gondola ride up ...
View was amazing and the gondola ride up was great. The service was ok. The server we had was somewhat smug and didn't seem to care too much. She seemed annoyed when we asked about certain dishes. The food was not worth what we paid. Appetizers were awful. No flavour, boring and small. Would probably just eat at the casual restaurant next door next time. We had drinks there before and the staff was really great.
This is my second time here and both tim ...
This is my second time here and both times they missed the mark. They try to be upscale but nothing other than the venue is fine dining. The service is an attempt being formal yet does not have the execution or level of detail. For instance I had to request my water be refilled, food was not paced correctly (bread arrived late and within 5 minutes our mains arrived yet we waited 45 minutes from the clearing of our entrees to have our desserts arrive). They released a new menu and the servers were all fumbling at what was in the dish and essentially explained the dish word for word from the menu.
The food itself was mediocre. The attempt was to have different textures and formal plating but nothing complimented each other and parts of the dishes were cold or ill prepared. This was not only our table but the table behind us also had to send food back.
If you are looking for fine dining this is not it HOWEVER if you make reservations it includes your gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain therefore makes this a bargain price. The view is nice depending on your seats. they do have two tables with no view and a few tables which have obstructed views only. Due to the layout, it is hard just to walk to a place which has a nice view without disturbing other diners. Therefore if you are unlucky to be at a poor table, you should take a few moments to go on the balcony for a nice view.
Beautiful views from Grouse Mountain are ...
Beautiful views from Grouse Mountain are the reason to eat here. that and the fact that your cable car experience is covered if you reserve a table here. Food is good but compared against other top restaurants in Vancouver, I'd say the quality was somewhat lacking. Service was good.
At first we thought the portions were sm ...
At first we thought the portions were small but, although we did not have any appetizers, by the time we had finished desert we were nicely full. All ingredients were cooked to perfection. The combinations for the main courses and also for the deserts were new, interesting and full of flavors.
Everything from the food, to the service ...
Everything from the food, to the service, the ambiance, the people, the view, everything was so beautiful! We were taken care of so well. It was my favourite dining experience ever. If I could give anything to be better at, it would be to serve the hot bread and butter earlier as we were seated because we had to wait after we ordered our food for them instead of having it while looking at the menu. Also add the wine menu on the table. It was truly a beautiful experience and we will be back regularly. Thank you very much.
We had a reservation, but the staff seem ...
We had a reservation, but the staff seemed to be busy with a wedding that was taking place, so we waited at the hostess station for approximately 30 minutes. We were finally seated at 8:45 for an 8:15 reservation. Our table was at a window and the view was gorgeous. Our waitress was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable about our food and explained everything we ordered. She kept returning to check in and refill our water glasses. We received our appetizer promptly, but there was a very long wait for our dinner. Our waitress checked in with us and apologized for the wait. The food was very good and the presentation was very nice. It was our anniversary, and when we received our dessert, the chef had written "Happy Anniversary" on the dish with chocolate. It was a very nice touch. Overall, we had a nice time and between the gondola ride to the top of the mountain, and the view, it was very memorable. I would recommend, but I have deducted stars for the wait that we had to be seated and to receive our meal.
We went on a cloudy day so we didn't get ...
We went on a cloudy day so we didn't get much of a view, however since it was so foggy it was like sitting on a cloud. The service was exceptional and our waiter had even surprised the birthday boy with some macarons. The food at first glance seemed like small portions but our waiter recommended a couple sides of fries to share which seemed to be just enough to fill our appetites. Overall excellent experience and will look forward returning.
Excellent service, very good food, other ...
Excellent service, very good food, other diners generally polite but there were some noisy young children and there is too much use of phones and even large tablets throughout the dining room. I don't think you would lose a lot by asking that phone use be minimized and larger tablets not used at all. It would be great, but too much to ask, for a west coast clientele to dress beyond jeans and golf shirts for a venue as special as this one.
We had a very pleasant evening
The only issue I had was requesting a wi ...
The only issue I had was requesting a window table but the window tables were all set for two and not for four people. We did have a window but it was at the side overlooking a patio where a wedding reception was going on. Later on during our meal they changed one of the window tables for two (overlooking the gondola) to a table for 4. I would really have appreciated if they had done that for us. Our reservation was for 5pm and a 40th anniversary celebration.
The view and ambiance were lovely. Unfor ...
The view and ambiance were lovely.
Unfortunately, found the menu was very limiting; a suggestion would be to include more than one vegetarian offering.
Also, a pasta or risotto choice with the option of meat or meatless.
The young man who served us was very friendly and accommodating.
However the other male server in the room spoke far too loud, drowning out our conversation while he was serving the table behind us. Found his volume inappropriate for such an intimate dining room, amidst peaceful exterior surroundings.
I took my boyfriend out for dinner for h ...
I took my boyfriend out for dinner for his birthday and we both had such an amazing time. The service was incredible, the view was romantic and the food was impeccable. He was also given a special Happy Birthday dessert compliments of the Chef, which was unexpected and very thoughtful. Our experience here made his birthday very special and we both would love to return.
We had heard wonderful things about the ...
We had heard wonderful things about the service, food, and views. Fortunately, the views delivered. You will be hard pressed to find better views over dinner than these. Incredible doesn't really do them justice. The service was nothing to write home about, but wasn't bad either. When it came time to pay the tab the server was stuck at a table that wasn't his, chatting with the table guests and another server... The ambiance was lacking at best. There was a wedding in the event center for the restaurant and the bass was quite loud in the dining room. This was disappointing for such a nice restaurant. For this reason alone I wouldn't return, but the food sealed the deal. We both ordered starters and the beef tenderloin. My salad was amazing and my wife's soup was superb, but the steaks were cold, dry, and unappetizing. neither of us finished them. We also ordered truffle gnocchi which arrived after our cold dinners and was burned. The theme of the evening was stellar views with disappointment in the forecast.
The waitress was very professional. She ...
The waitress was very professional. She knew the ingredients of all the dishes in the menu. She explained to us what we had on our plate. Very good service. The chef made the beef tenderloin perfect to what we requested. It will be great if there are more choices in the entree menu.
I knew instantly that we treated our gue ...
I knew instantly that we treated our guests (family from Italy) to the perfect restaurant, with the first bight of my Chicken. Outstanding meal. Did I mention CLEAN? Very clean establishment. The gondola ride with view, beautiful entrance followed by wonderful warm west coast decor certainly didn't hurt either. Our server was very welcoming and professional, the kind of fellow you'd like to be friends with. Ten out of ten for sure. The exact experience and memory we wanted to leave our guests with before their return home to Italy the next morning. Looking forward to our return.
Absolutely loved this place. We booked ...
Absolutely loved this place. We booked it in advance so we received complimentary ride via the cable car. The restaurant was stunning. We didnt have to wait at all when we arrived at the restaurant.
We werent given a table by the windows but it was still a fantastic restaurant to dine at.
Food was simply great. The main is advertised as entrees though but its big enough for main. Being non-americans, it was still a huge service for both of us and couldnt finish it even though it tasted amazing. Cocktails were cheap and good.
Waiter was simply superb and absolutely loved him.
I would highly recommend this place :)
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