Five Sails Restaurant

4.7
1898 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Continental
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Proprietors, Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers invite you to experience their unforgettable combination of breathtaking views of Vancouver, fresh and fabulous 4 Diamond award winning cuisine and gracious hospitality in their beautiful, private restaurant located inside the Pan Pacific Vancouver.




The Five Sails features world class dining in an unmatched setting with stunning views of the water, mountains, and Stanley Park. There is an intimate private dining room for up to 20 guests, a chic bar/lounge area with modern fireplace and the addition of cozy, elevated booths for more relaxed dining.



Proprietors, Chef Ernst Dorfler and his wife Gerry Sayers offer their hands on attention to detail with beautifully presented cuisine featuring modern classics with European influences on their seasonal a la carte menu, vegetarian menu & Chef's Tasting menu with wine pairings selected by Sommelier, Ramon Fresneda.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, French, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Last seating for dinner is @ 9:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 844-2855
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Ernst Dorfler
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Howe Street
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Parking Details
Public parking is available at Canada Place and valet services are offered based on availability at the Pan Pacific Hotel entrance. Flat fees for parking apply after 6:00pm.
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Public Transit
The closest bus stop is located at the Sea Bus Terminal at the North end of Granville Street and Cordova Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

From 10 - 140 guests, the Five Sails offers AAA Four Diamond award cuisine and service for the ultimate private event experience, all with a spectacular natural backdrop and views of Vancouver's inner harbour & coastal mountains. The Five Sails private dining room accommodates from 10-20 guests

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Special Offers

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Chef Ernst Dorfler's annual 5 Course Holiday menu this Christmas Eve with live guitar music featuring John Gilliat. Two seatings of 2.5 hours for parties of 2 - 4 and 3 hours for parties of 5-7 guests. Starting from 5pm and last seating from 7:30pm. 115.00 pp + 18% service gratuity.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Chef Ernst Dorfler's annual 5 Course Holiday Menu this Christmas with live guitar music featuring Rossi Tzonkov. Two seatings of 2.5 hours for parties of 2-4 guests and 3 hours for 5-7 guests. 1st seating from 4:30pm / last seating from 7:00pm. 130.00 pp + 18% service gratuity.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a luxe NYE Celebration with Chef Ernst Dorfler's 4 Course Holiday Menu and live guitar music featuring John Gilliat. Two seatings of 2.5 hours for parties of 2 - 4 guests and 3 hours for 5-7 guests. 1st seating from 6:00pm / last seating from 8:15pm. 115.00 pp + 18% service gratuity.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1898 People Are Saying
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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A first class place to dine

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PR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The duck dish was exquisite! My husband loved the lamb. Perfect for a winter night with a sparkling view. The staff all wished my husband happy birthday, so thoughtful. We liked it so much we bought gift certificates for family.

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JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening. Excellent meal with perfect service. Especially the bartender (Irish).

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SM
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant is in a hotel, and has to be taken in that context. It's a quiet, serene, and controlled environment. If you have a (rare) window table, it can also be a wonderful view, depending on the time of year.

The service is very good, total 5-star level, without being either doting or obsequious. They really hit the right note.

One always should be restrained in reviewing food on a one-visit basis, but our meal was very good. It wasn't Michelin three-star, but it was very good. I had venison (a favorite of mine, hard to find), and it was rare and lovely. The set-up was minimalist, which was fine. My partner's scallops was a busier plate, but attractively presented.

It's not a criticism to say that this is not cutting-edge -- it's a high-profile, hotel-located, premium venue. I think for the location, they do a very good job.

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r
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our evening was awesome. My wife’s 50 birthday dinner. Appetizers were superb. Wine excellent and main course of lobster and Wagyu New York excellent. Flambay for desert over the top. Fine dine at its best!!!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Over all we had a great evening; the food was excellent. but a bit short of volume for a person with a healthy appetite, particularly because of the very high cost. We had a great table by the window, and really enjoyed the panoramic view. The service was excellent. We would not go back for a "regular" dinner, but would certainly consider it for a special anniversary or birthday.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food quality and presentation was excellent. Very tasty and prepared to our exact request. Hostess and server attention was outstanding. Ambience was excellent with view of harbour - the best in the City.

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DC
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Five Sails is a very special restaurant.

The warmth of the owner and her staff makes Red Sails even more so.

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The setting is impressive and the food service was good. Beyond that, there was nothing special or exciting about the experience. The food was average for a high end restaurant in both tast and presentation. Portions are on the small side. For example, the $24 scalop appetizer came plated with 2 scallops.
While I had booked the restaurant for my wife’s birthday, other than the host at the door, not one other of the many servers we had acknowledged the occasion and nothing special was offered.
Our bio with tip was $225 for 2 persons.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Located inside a hotel but has its own character, built on the waterfront views of macnificent Vancouver. Service is excellent, food arrangement very good and an atmosphere of high quality.

The food is good but lacks the extra touch of an ambitious chef. The salad opener dish was arranged well but contains some black leaves that should have met the garbage bin. The taste was not good.

The beef main course was made well and was worth its price but no spark of genius was there.

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, definitely an upscale setting. Amazing staff, and fast service. Slightly on the expensive side of the spectrum; worth it if its a special occasion.

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Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional meal in an incredible space. The sweet breads are perfection. The foie gras appetizer was delicious. The smoothest mouse I've ever had. The duck was great and the veal tenderloin with the lobster ravioli was out of this world. The service was impeccable.

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very impressed with everything. It made for an incredibly romantic dinner.

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CW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Were there for our anniversary. Had a fabulous meal..great service and view of the harbour. The wine menu is overpriced compared to other fine restaurants ...there were at least 3 wines I'd seen substantially cheaper elsewhere.

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S
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb ambience , the location is the best in Vancouver, on the water and and great views of the harbor, the decor inside is also very elegant . Food was top notch , we were a group of 9 celebrating a special occasion and it was truly a memorable experience

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal with great service! I will definitely go again.

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The first thing you notice is the view. Great view of the water. The wait staff were terrific and very professional. The head waiter was helpful without being chatty, was attentive, and was knowledgeable about the food preparation. The other staff including the hostess were also well trained. All of the food items we had--the scallops, lamb, and sea bass--were excellent. The head waiter was helpful with wine selections and the local B.C. shiraz I had was wonderful. Overall, this was a terrific dining experience. Comparable to a Michelin star restaurant.

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You get a waterfront view of North Vancouver from the restaurant and get to watch seaplanes come and go during day light hours. The food is great and the tasting menu is pretty creative in my opinion. The service is outstanding as the wait staff is attentive and make sure you are taken care of. Even the owner will come by to check in on you. I wish there is a better cocktail selection (more options) but that's not really the main point of this restaurant. I don't drink wine but from my friend's comment, they seem to be nicely stocked and of good quality.

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MG
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The view at Five Sails is magnificent. That is the primary reason to go. Vancouver sets a high bar on food variety and preparation. The menu and food deliviered at Five Sails is adequate to good on the Vancouver scale. But the service that we had was perfunctory and rather inattentive. The restaurant was only half full, but our server still could not provide service that was anywhere near what one expects of a “top tier” restaurant in Vancouver. The glass of wine I ordered was proferred at the end of our meal. Rather a disppointment, overall. Spend your high end food dollars where you will be excited, like at Blue Water.

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Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This experience was phenomenal. They proprietor is very attentive. The serving staff is excellent. The food... OMG... Beyond words... Excellent wine list. Great view. Very romantic. Highly recommended!

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m
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food excellent views of water, Lions Gate bridge and mountain. Service was excellent. We did enjoyed our time and comfort food.

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We were treated in such a welcoming manner. Everyone was very professional and well informed. The only disappointment was that the dress code was too casual. In fact there was a table next to us where the clients were wearing a hoody. It is such an eloquent surroundings that one would hope for a code that at least required a shirt.

Best Regards
Linda

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LK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fresh and tasty food with character. Excellent service.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, nice view.

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MC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Was disappointed that pretty much every desert had some sort of dairy component. Yes, could order one and eliminated the cream or ice cream, but not very good value.
Non dairy coffee creamer was not available either.
I asked for non dairy creamer and server didn't know if they had any. I responded if it was available I'd have coffee with my group, if not, I wouldn't. Three coffees were brought for my companions, and not even a word to me... I was ignored. Finally I called to a server to ask if there was mint tea - but the staff didn't suggest anything while bringing the coffees.
A large portion of the entrees also were heavy with dairy. When I asked the server for help to chose the non dairy options, her respond was pretty lukewarm.

Quality of meal was excellent, but interaction with staff was pretty average. We all came away with the same feeling that it was a one off visit and would not recommend this place to our friends.

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CL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been dining at Five Sails for close to 15 years, and it is always outstanding. Food, service, and the view are all top-notch.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely meal here with some colleagues. One guest was celebrating his birthday, and the staff did a very nice job of recognizing that occasion. The chef also accommodated this guest's specific allergies, which was greatly appreciated. Overall, it was a wonderful evening, and I would recommend Five Sails, especially for a special occasion.

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d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent meal-the tasting menu- with wonderful service; a truly Michelin experience!
Do try it, you won’t be disappointed.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable dinner. Sea bass and tenderloin of veal were excellent. Both house specialties. Apple strudel was authentic and delicious, perhaps because the chef is Austrian this dessert tastes
Like it’s really Vienna. Overall great meal with a wonderful view of the harbor.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service

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CC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasting menu is delicious, excellent service and environment. Good for friends' gathering and anniversary.

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g
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As close to old school European service and gastronomic food you can get in Vancouver. MICHELIN worthy with amazing view to match.

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MW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for a special birthday and were not disappointed. The service and food was excellent. They gave us a few special items for the occasion. We talked with one of the co-owners who was out working among the tables. She was very personable and pleasant. Thank you for a fantastic meal.

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Overrated. Service was poor. Disappointing We enjoyed the view.

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M
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant all around! The food and drinks were heavenly and it was mesmerizing to watch the planes land and take off in the sunset.

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LT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Top-notch food and excellent service. Want to impress your colleague/date? Take them here.

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were running behind and a quick call pushed back our reservation without trouble. Once everyone had arrived, we were very promptly served and had a lovely pre-appetizer complements of the chef. Both presentation and flavour were top notch.
Wait staff were attentive, polite and patient.
We had a wonderful evening.

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to celebrate my husband birthday last night and had the best time, very romantic and food is amazing

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Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Nice place to visit when in Vancouver but nothing “special” as one would expect in comparison to the charges. Food was well prepared. For the most part the staff was gracious and engaging but the staff member serving our table was simply poor in both attitude and attention.

There are so many choices in this very cosmopolitan when it comes to dining so my advice to fellow travelers is to bypass this establishment.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there celebrating my wife's birthday. The staff was very accomadating, suggested we change tables as better quiet table was available. They ensured when a had a great experience. The service and food was top notch to go with a magnificent view of Vancouver. Will definetly
return.

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