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/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Observatory at Grouse Mountain Ratings and Reviews
It was my wife's birthday and we really ...
It was my wife's birthday and we really enjoyed the evening. Unfortunately the cloud cover was very low which took away some of the ambiance we were hoping for, although it did lift for a short time while we were still eating which was a nice surprise. If I could suggest anything it might be to have a few more BC wines on the list but the evening was a success and we were able to walk around a bit before our dinner which was nice too!
Having Dinner is the Observatory was abs ...
Having Dinner is the Observatory was absolutely satisfactory! We loved the food, the view, the location & the wine list. We had the 5 course Tasting Menu, which was beautiful. On the other side looking at the value for the experience we missed a little bit of excellence when looking at the presentation of the cocktails, the interior of the restaurant and the uniforms of all wait staff.. Also important matters if you would ask me. This was a little point for improvement that has a negative impact on the ambiance and the value when rating the restaurant. Also the wait staff could interact a little more with the guests by sharing knowledge or experience for example or having a little chit chat. Overall we had a great time and we would mark our experience a good 8.5. We will definitely recommend the restaurant to others & are very thankful to the whole experience!
The view is spectacular, but the food is ...
The view is spectacular, but the food is barely average. The prawn appetizer is embarrassing, and the prices are over the top for the lack of quality. Limited choice menu. It rides the coattails of the location, but that's not enough to pay such high prices. Has the ear markings of a tourist trap.
It was the perfect place to bring out of ...
It was the perfect place to bring out of town guests as we had an amazing view from a window table. Both the food and the service were excellent. We came for dinner, and we all enjoyed the meal which was exquisitely presented. I would certainly recommend this restaurant, and my husband and I plan to return soon.
The food was well presented and tasty. T ...
The food was well presented and tasty. The staff was attentive and polite. It was a very pleasant dining experience except for the guests sitting beside us. They were conversing in a loud foreign language and were laughing out loud quite frequently. They were only quiet when the food was being devoured and as soon as that was done, they were talking in a loud volume quite unacceptable in an intimate environment.
Food, server and ambience were excellent ...
Food, server and ambience were excellent - took friends from the UK for both the food, mountain activities but mainly view. Unfortunately clouds never cleared all day or evening so no view was seen so this was a great disappointment. If it had cleared would give it a 10/10
My best experience during my vacation in ...
My best experience during my vacation in Vancouver. I got the table I asked for, our server and the manager were very very polite, the food was definitely outstanding. This place exceeded my expectations and made my purpose of proposing to my girlfriend an unforgetable moment in our lives. I cannot be happier with my choice of a "special and romantic" place to pop the question.
Breathtaking view, excellent food, great ...
Breathtaking view, excellent food, great service. Only drawback was that we arrived a few minutes earlier than our reservation time, but they made us wait to be seated, even though there were empty tables. Still give it a 10/10.
The service was outstanding. The wait st ...
The service was outstanding. The wait staff are all very professional. We was there for our anniversary (our 1st time here was 5 years ago after we got married). The chef wrote Happy Anniversary on our dessert plate. Very thoughtful. The food is wonderful.
We were seated with a corner view over V ...
We were seated with a corner view over Vancouver; we both ordered the chicken which was tender and succulent. The vegetables were good but not presented in such a way that one would remember them over any other good restaurant. Service was excellent. The ambiance was excellent. Romantic. Expensive, but included gondola ticket so worthwhile for a special occasion.
As visitors to Canada the fact that we c ...
As visitors to Canada the fact that we could enjoy many of the activities available on Grouse Mountain as complimentary with our dinner reservation made this special meal with outstanding views very affordable. In addition the service was superb, we were even offered the chance to move to one of the restaurant's premium tables when it became available. We were very happy to take advantage of this offer!
We were originally very hesitant to dine ...
We were originally very hesitant to dine here due to bad reviews on food and service, but we were pleasantly surprised with great service and food. We had a great dinner with a fantastic view. We would definitely come back to dine.
This establishment must rate an 11-out-o ...
This establishment must rate an 11-out-of-10 in my opinion. I booked some time ago in their restaurant for a special occasion for our 36th Anniversary. They contacted me to apologise that they had booked the venue for a wedding reception, but they would book me a table in a prime position in their Bistro next door. They also said they would put complimentary tickets at the base station for the gondola ride to the venue. I was mightily disappointed at first. HOWEVER, they not only put our table in a prime position overlooking Vancouver, but picked up the tab as hospitality to apologise! ALL RESTAURANTS TAKE NOTE: THIS is what is called "Exceeding the Customers expectations". The food was great, the ambience superb, the scenes outstanding and the Service, second-to-none. You simply MUST go there. I would have been very happy to have paid for this, but the Management's decision to make the visit complimentary, is what will make me implore anyone and everyone, to use this superb venue.
We had Side Stripe Prawns for starter. I ...
We had Side Stripe Prawns for starter. It came with a butter oyster aioli sauce which was good for dipping with the complimentary warm bread they serve. The prawns were nice and tender and sweet. Please note it is a small appy.
For entrees we had the Fraser Valley Chicken Breast and Yakima Valley Lamb Sirloin with Twice cooked hand cut fries and Truffled gnocchi for sides. The chicken and lamb was very good. The lamb came with blutnudeln (a thin flat noodle made with rye flour, wheat flour, eggs and pig's blood) which I wasn't a fan of. You can't taste the blood but I didn't like the texture. The cut fries were alright. We had expected something more based on the name. The gnocchi was soft and very buttery. They were shaped larger than you usually see them, think 1" square cushions.
The entrees aren't big but the complimentary bread helped fill us up. The sides are fair sides though. We didn't finish the sides to make room for the Lemon Meringue which was surprisingly good. It is not your usually Lemon Meringue. It was semifreddo (i.e. ice cream like) with lemon curd and pieces of crispy meringue over the top. I am usually not a fan of lemon meringue but I would order this again.
It was a fun experience overall with the view.
Everything about this visit was very goo ...
Everything about this visit was very good except some aspects of the food preparation. I had lamb and the pieces of lamb were a little overcooked, very well done instead of medium-well. The pulled-lamb nest that went with the three pieces was very tough. And my wife's halibut meal featured kale which was too chewy to eat. Her halibut was excellent. Otherwise the food was very good with the desserts and coffee being superb. A little pricey for not superbly cooked and minimal portions.
Reserved a table to celebrate my anniver ...
Reserved a table to celebrate my anniversary. Was expecting a more upscale dining experience. Unfortunately, the service we received during this particular experience was very poor. When we advised our server about food allergies, she recommended substituting it with other allergies we just notified her about. It took 25 minutes for them to bring out the bread and our server followed it up with our entrées not less than two minutes later. The theme of the night was constant waits and it wasn't even busy. It felt like we were a burden to our server. In regards to the food, we ordered the sturgeon and halibut and both come bland and lacking any real flavour. The manager, Laura, was able to make things right at the end of the night, however.
One of the best tip offs we have been given!
A local suggested that we book an evening meal here in order to catch the sunset. Not only were the views stunning, the food was also fantastic. We really enjoyed the twice fried potato chips with truffle mayonnaise to share. This was such a memorable meal for all the right reasons.
Fantastic food as always
I had the sturgeon and it was sheer bliss. The fish was cooked to perfection and so was the roasted fennel, not mushy and still had a crunch to it. The olive and squid ink puree sauce was just amazing. Such a perfect combination with the light farro and a hint of acidic sundried tomato. Great with a lovely gass of riesling.
Came to the restaurant specifically for ...
Came to the restaurant specifically for the food - wine pairing and it wasn't available because the menu had just changed (and i was 5-10 mins past 9 because the gondola took its time getting us to the top).
Wasn't very impressed with the menu items outside of the pairing menu. Portions were small and filling, but nothing spectacular.
The dessert was especially terrible - particularly the rhubarb dish. The cheese plate we got was very expensive for such small portions.
Despite all of this at least the service was great and the view was nice. It's a shame the food was so disappointing because the last time I was there in the winter it was excellent. Hopefully it was just a fluke.
Great view, ok food and service
We went to the observatory as it was recommended to us for the view of the city and a great spot if you had limited time in Vancouver.
While we enjoyed ourselves, we found that our server had limited menu knowledge and had to leave the table multiple times to get the information about the menu. I also had concerns about the octopus component of my dish as it was very dry and pasty. Our server tried to argue that this is how octopus is and the texture is quite different from other seafood. I had to correct her and insist that this was overdone as I have had octopus multiple times and quite enjoy it when done right. I was sent a new portion but it was the same so I didn't bother to say anything.
Overall we had a great time but it was mostly due to the great company and spectacular views. Food was ok and so was the service but I dont feel like the price tag off $300 was worth it.
The evening ended on a sour note when we asked for a cab to be called before we headed down the hill and no cab ever came. 30 minutes later we were lucky to have a staff member who was finishing his shift call us another one.
Great to come enjoy dinner and grouse mountain at the same time. Dinner reservations include the round trip lift tickets to the mountain which makes it worth it. The food was delicious and service was great. It is on the pricey side for the portions you get but at least it's tasty. You're paying for the entire experience of enjoying activities up at the mountain before dinner, so it's worth it.
Steak dinner was horrible, all fat and g ...
Steak dinner was horrible, all fat and gristle. Lamb was overdone and tough. Side dishes were not any better, truffle gnochi were over loaded in truffle oil, with no actual truffles, blood pasta was inedible.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone...you can go to Grouse for the amazing view without wasting your money on the food in the Observatory. $170.00 for dinner for 2 people, and none of it was even edible.
We visited the restaurant with friends v ...
We visited the restaurant with friends visiting us from New Zealand. We were all in agreement that while the views were stunning, the ambiance great, the food was bizarre in respect of it's presentation, quantity and taste. The dessert was literally beyond description, as the carrot cake consisted of 3-blobs of orange substance, interspersed with creamo, for which you were charged $13. We would never visit this restaurant again.
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