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
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 :)
Overall great experience, service was ve ...
Overall great experience, service was very professional, never had to wait for anything; server was very attentive and knew right when we wanted something. Food was exceptional, every ingredient was notable and they all worked very well together, cooked perfectly. Nothing else to add besides we would highly recommend this to anyone.
The food was simply, a let down. It just ...
The food was simply, a let down. It just wasn't what was expected and the choices so very limited.
The bang for your buck just wasn't there and I don't see a return visit in my future.
The staff was pleasant but it seems to be confused as to if the place is elegant or casual.
The staff while very professional, was not presented as a fine dining experience in correspondence with the prices.
The view is of course stunning
Great service, the two hostesses up fron ...
Great service, the two hostesses up front actualy asked us if we wanted to wait a little longer for the best seat in the house right in the corner at the window amazing breath taking view. Very nice treat The food was scrumptious. Prawns and bread should be a must. The tenderloin was perfect. The garlic panese were however dry and bland. but the desert was amazing the deconstructed lemon meringue was tasty an the dark chocolate tart was devilish!
The music was s little loud through the night but overall it was a great experienc. We got engaged as it was our second visit To Grouse and we has come to visit family for the month and I needed a special venue to propose. It was a magical night
Will deffinitly come back again when in town
The view is amazing. But that's about it ...
The view is amazing. But that's about it. We were SO disappointed by the food. It had no flavor and was so bland. My chicken was dry and the truffle gnocchi had no truffle flavour at all. The prawn appetizer wasn't prawns, it was shrimp. So disappointing! It was 5 tiny shrimps for $18...We will never go back. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
The service was a bit slow.....warm coff ...
The service was a bit slow.....warm coffee was served and we had to ask for hot coffee...server offered to prepare a fresh pot (a fresh pot should have been served at the start). My soup was served warm but still good...server offered to replace with hot soup but the rest of the party was already eating their appetizers...
Scenery was outstanding, service was fri ...
Scenery was outstanding, service was friendly and the food fine. However, we had expected a fine dining experience for our wedding anniversary and were a bit disappointed by the casual attire of the other patrons. Not that that should be a big deal, but why drop hundreds of dollars for two when you are surrounded by people with young children, tank tops and sandals. May as well enjoy the view at the bistro next door for a third of the cost.
We took advantage of the reservation sys ...
We took advantage of the reservation system that allowed us to ride the gondola for free in exchange for buying an entrée. The mountain scenery is spectacular both on the mountain and inside the restaurant. The food however is just okay and very overpriced. No green salad is worth $16 or lemon meringue dessert for $13.
The food was disappointing and I feel ha ...
The food was disappointing and I feel has deteriorated since the last time I was here (about 2 yrs ago). The mixed green salad was nice in composition but had almost no dressing on it (leaves were almost dry!) The lamb sirloin was ok but the demi-glace was very skimpy and not all that flavourful. My companion had a vegetarian dish (chick pea panisse) and though it sounded good, the reality was quite dry.
Dessert was excellent (1 lemon meringue tart, 1 smoked vanilla something or other). The service was fair, not excellent.
I sincerely hope they are not trading on the amazing view and allowing the quality of the restaurant to slip (back to what it was in the 80s and 90s, i.e., no good).
The gondola ride on a beautiful day give ...
The gondola ride on a beautiful day gives the viewer an idea of just how beautiful the Vancouver Lower Mainland truly is. The view from the restaurant is also spectacular. The food was good, not great. The service was excellent. We enjoyed it very much.
We had a wonderful time. The staff were ...
We had a wonderful time. The staff were very kind in finding us a window table with a view, which made the meal even better. The lamb was cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed the soup and desserts, which were delightful. From what we could see of the dinners around us, everything looked good. We will come again, and will highly recommend.
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