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 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.
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9
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.
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
The food was very good (although I would have enjoyed more vegetables to accompany a delicious piece of fish). The service was also very good. However I was disappointed that the restaurant was unable to fulfill our request for a window seat. I understand that almost everyone would prefer a table with a view and perhaps our request was later than others.
1)Waiter seemed rush. Requested in writing and in person and Was told my date for birthday would receive a small candle with cookies This did not occur. Waiter was reminded of this and responded that this was not conveyed to him by co worker-- I even ordered and paid for dessert. No apologies or discounted check. 2) The Halibut was dry and overlooked. Overall the scenic view is the highlight of this place
Our server was great and the food was good but for the level of dining you'd expect there was room for more finesse. The wine list was excellent and the cocktail menu was the standard fare. There seemed to be an odd non-communicative, emotionless demeanour to most other employees apart from our server. It felt like people we just going through the motions and weren't very happy.
Cost $25 for 5 low quality falafel. You'll find better food for less from food trucks.
Would not recommend to anyone, unless you were just paying for the subpar meal to get up to grouse for free, in which case - honestly, just walk up. The experience will not be tainted by the observatory's sorry and unpalatable excuse for fine dining.
Still felt the tingling sensation of over salted food after I brushed my teeth.
1) only 1 vegetarian entree option (fava bean falafel), only 2 or 3 other things vegetarian on the whole menu.
2) the falafel was dry, crumbly, and over salted, served with kale that was also way too salty.
3) we sent back the kale (literally too salty to eat) and did not send back the falafel because the server wasn't sure if they could make anymore falafel
4) kale came back undercooked and without modicum of seasoning.
We reserved a table 2 days prior to our 8pm dinner. We were stuck at a small table in the middle of the walkway away from the window. The restaurant smelled like 2 day old fish.
Do not go here unless you enjoy comically bad experiences. The only good thing that comes from this restaurant is a good laugh now and then from remembering how sad the food was.
The service staff was great but the meal was underwhelming. Food was good but not great. The menu choices did not excite me but look online and judge for yourself. I felt they mistakenly tried (and failed) using exotic vegetables instead of fresh local vegetables. We were a party of 7 and entrees came out in 3 batches several minutes apart. The kids food was in the last batch which defies rule number one of serving a family/group.
I had the risotto with braised pork, and butter-poached BC prawns. The vegetables were perfect, risotto was delicious, pork was tender and prawns were done to perfection.
My two friends had the halibut which they thoroughly enjoyed. They also shared the pea soup which they said was lovely and the truffled gnocchi which they thought was especially wonderful.
Our waiter was professional and attentive.
The ride on the gondola is always a treat and the view is spectacular! Don’t wait until you have out-of-town visitors to go for a wonderful meal.
A great view of greater Vancouver from The Observatory. That view alone made the dining experience worth the trip! I had a good meal while my wife and our friend's meals were okay. The service was a little slow. I suppose that there was a wedding function taking place while we were there, so that could be a contribution for a little slow service? There were things to do before we sat down for our dinner: visited Bear Habitat, watched Birds in Motion Demonstration in Flight and a stroll around the area.
My wife and I started with the Bison Tartar and Pork Ravioli. The tartar was delicious. The ravioli (3) were OK but were seriously overpriced. Our consesus was that we should have ordered 2 Tartars. The mains consisted of an excellent halibut dish and a tasty dish of pork medallions. The pork medallions rested on a flavourful oatmeal rissoto. The halibut came with a variety of vegetables. Both dishes were good but we preferred the fish.
Desert was a wonderful finish. We shared the Chocolate Pretzel. Note that this is not actually a pretzel but a tart-like concoction topped with coffee flavoured ice cream. Delightful.
Overall a bit pricy but a wonderful way to spend a 5th anniversary.
Took my girlfriend here who flew all the way from Chicago and this was definitely one of the most romantic dates we have ever had. Great scenery ofcourse. Good is great and service was decent. Took a lil too long to get our bill but it was not bad. Definitely a great place for a date.
Was lied to by our waiter. I had requested better seating at 2 specific tables, when either one frees up I had wanted to be seated there. Waiter went and checked and said yes one of them is opening up and shouldn't be a problem. However, I was not given priority and table was given to someone right before me my eyes, completely unacceptable. Manager was very rude and not understanding. There were other tables free that other guests could have been seated and waited their turns for better seating just like we had. I was out celebrating something special and the staff ruined our moment. Would never dine there again, and will be sharing this negative ordeal with my colleagues and advising not to visit there.
We came to this restaurant every year for special occasions. Last year we came for my birthday and this year we came for our first anniversary. The appetizer is warm kale salad which comes with some really delicious fish underneath. The favor of the kale is so yummy and the portion is totally not small. The halibut is so fresh and juicy. When we got the bill, the waitress came with a lovely macaroon dessert with Happy Anniversary on it. It is very sweet. We will highly recommend this restaurant for people around us and we will keep going there for special occasions. We usually came in the afternoon touring around and watch some bear movies in the theatre. It is very relaxing and the view is impressive. Thank you for the service and food.
We spent the night on the mountain camping in the park and after spending $150 they made me pay to ride down the gondolla. I complained to customer service and was told too bad.
Also portion size is awful - after eating we went downstairs to cafeteria and bought 3 pieces of pizza to fill up on.
We are from the UK and had a wonderful meal with friends whilst holidaying in Vancouver. My brother who used to live in Vancouver recommended booking a table to obtain the complimentary Grouse Mountain pass. We were not disappointed and had a very enjoyable visit to the mountain.
It was a lovely evening, the food was amazing. Although we had to wait for a table the staff more than made it up to us. They were friendly, knowledgeable and made our visit memorable. The view was amazing and well worth the drive. We will definitely go back.
Very poor customer service skills displayed for my 2 visits to this restaurant - 1st time my friend food was burnt and he wasn't even offered to replace the food, 2nd time our server forgot to get a side dish which is ok but also charged us for it....food was ok, no choice for vegetarians..
Spectacular views . Food was good. Service was very good. However, they don't enforce dress code - had a couple that were sweaty, disheveled and wearing tank top , hiking boots and shorts. We had to watch them the entire time since they were given the window table that we only wish we had , right in front of us.
In honor of our 1 year wedding anniversary, we decided to celebrate at Grouse Mountain at the Observatory for a romantic evening dinner. This seemed to be fitting since... we got married and held our wedding reception in The Timber room and on the deck at Grouse Mountain! It was good to be back and the complimentary skyride ticket that came with our dinner reservation made it that much more practical and appealing for the occassion. Our server happened to be the same banquet manager who coordinated our wedding reception 1 year ago and she even remembered our names. We got a chance to give her our personal thanks for the great service her and her team did for us for our special day last year. The cuisine at The Observatory was amazing, the table they reserved for our annivesary dinner was breath-taking and the service was top-notch as expected. We plan to celebrating our wedding anniversary with Grouse Mountain again for many years to come! Thank you Grouse Mountain for making us feel special all over again!
My expectations were relatively high when I came here and they still exceeded those expectations. The food was great. I hear that the menu changes relatively frequently but if the bison tartar is available it's fantastic. Honestly though all of our meals were good and I think it's great value for the atmosphere, location, service, and ambiance. I will definitely be going back.
This is a very special place. Very unique. Outstanding food. Small portions that are satisfying and amazing flavor sensations. The prices are reasonable for the quality of food. The view is beyond compare. The service was friendly without being overbearing. This was our third visit. We will return many times.
I arrived with my party on time but was not seated. I was left waiting at an unattended front desk with no explanation. It was very frustrating when all it required was better trained staff with a better focus on customer satisfaction. We waited in the bar area for fully 30 minutes waiting for a table. It was as if we had turned up with no reservation - surprising since the restaurant had called me to confirm. Poor show. Me all was good, however, so not a total loss.
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