Notch8

4.3
394 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Brunch
Notch8 features West Coast cuisine, with many dishes designed around items featured on archived menus from the hotel’s early days. Our culinary team has kept the fundamentals of those classic dishes, while modernizing them to suit today’s discerning palates. Our bartending team has created a wine list with offerings from around the world and recommendations for best pairings.
Behind the bar, vibrant cocktails made popular during pre and post prohibition times are being shaken up with bitters created exclusively for Notch8.
Be part of the journey of Notch8 – catch up with friends at breakfast, close that deal during a business lunch, unwind at happy hour, and reconnect with loved ones over an intimate dinner.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast Buffet (Mon to Fri): 06:30 to 10:30
Breakfast Buffet (Sat & Sun): 07:00 to 10:30
Breakfast A La Carte (Daily): Opening to 6:30
Brunch Buffet (Sun): 11:30 - 14:30

Lunch A La Carte (Mon - Fri): 11:30 to 17:30
Lunch A La Carte (Sun): 14:30 to 17:30

Dinner A La Carte (Daily): 17:30 to 22:00

Bar Bites (Daily): 11:30 to 23:00
Bar Beverage Service (Sun to Thu): 11:30 to 24:00
Bar Beverage Service (Fri & Sat): 11:30 to 01:00

Happy Hour Daily: 15:00 - 18:00
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Phone number
(604) 662-1900
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Will Lew
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Alberni or Hornby
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Parking Details
Parking is available for all guests both in house and local. The valet will inform you of your charge upon arrival. Pay parking is also available in the onsite parking lot or on the street.
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment:
Wednesday - 17:00 to 21:00
Thursday: 18:00 to 22:00
Friday: 19:00 to 23:00
Saturday: 19:00 to 23:00
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

If you are seeking an exclusive, discreet and memorable private dining experience then we have just the place for you. Our private dining room is an elegant space reminiscent of a historic luxury rail car and is the perfect private dining venue for your next event.

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What 394 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great time, server was always near by, only issue was how loud the area was due to our group being seated near the live music or the noisey tables near us.

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NR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband took out family there for my 31st birthday and it was magical!

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p
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal. Server Jackie is a gem. Had the steak salad. Perfect

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RP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I did not give a five star rating because $69 pp for brunch was a bit too high for many. The food was just average. I did not like the desserts and cocktails.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great choice during BC travel! Trendy and classic

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BS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Not use to paying $20 for a martini that is a half glass pour at best. Took over 10 minutes to get my payment processed after I gave server my credit card

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DH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Given this hotel’s iconic stature the restaurant Notch 8 was a major disappointment. Upon entering the hotel the ambience captivates but quickly dissipates in the restaurant. We have been long time Hotel Vancovuer patrons, celebrating many fantastic stays over Christmas and New Years as well as other staycations. There is some discord with the restaurant staff; not a happy unit and unfortunately it’s apparent to patrons. Hopefully, Notch 8 will improve to complement the hotel’s great history. Thank you!

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Sadly, I cannot recommend this restaurant for any reason. In fact, I would discourage anyone from ever going there if they had "fine dining" in mind. To begin with, we would have expected to have at least table cloths covering the plastic top tables. Also, we would have expected to have someone present us with a wine menu within the first 10-15 minutes. (We waited 20 minutes before anyone came by.) Then another 10 minutes before the wine arrived. So by now we have been seated in a rather dreary setting--overlooking a shopping parkade of the hotel--before we were to begin our dining out experience. Then what a sad choice of meals it turned out to be. My wife who is a vegetarian ordered the only plate possible (salad) and made a point of emphasizing that the dressing should be "light" and preferably on the side. She was told that it came "light"; in reality, she was not able to continue beyond half the plate because of an excess amount of dressing. My order of "wild boar" was also a disappointment for too many reasons to list here. Allow me to say that the price far outdid the product! Then, to cap it off, the bill overcharged on the wine, and when I brought it to the waiter's attention, I was told it was simply an in-house "coding error". If so, I would have expected an attentive waiter to catch that error rather than putting me into the embarrassing position of "having to complain" about the bill being too high/wrong. All in all, I can assure you that we will never set foot in that restaurant again and we will make sure it gets known as a place to avoid by our friends who also dine out weekly.

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JH
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We experienced Notch8 both as a restaurant and as a bar - and the two were rather different experiences. We had previously enjoyed the bar, but this time, our servers mostly ignored us, delivered incredibly weak cocktails, and gave me the wrong wine. By sharp contrast, our server at dinner was attentive, gave excellent reccomendations, and never left us wanting. We would come back based upon our seated dinner.

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PS
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was healthy and delicious , beautiful decor, nice atmosphere for friends, business associates, client lunch

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RE
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious treat. I’d recommend for special occasions.

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Very attentative and accomodating. Food was fresh and delicious. Comfortable seating

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OT
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Loved the food. The outdoorsy theme was pretty cool. Very fresh tasting dishes. Most flavor is in the starters for sure though. Booze is super expensive though!

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v
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is fantastic. However, there is a sports bar feel in the back of the restaurant that doesn't mix with the fine dining. However, the food! Service was attentive and professionalism was high.

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. We always go here for special occasions with family. Staffs are always friendly and very accommodating. Thank you everyone for making our day extra special!!

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D
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I absolutely love this for Sunday brunch. Have been three times in the last three months. My only concern would be consistency in the food. I have ordered the same breakfast all three times but the third time out it was quite different than the first two times. I did mention it to the waiter but was told that it depended on the chef.

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OG
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday branch buffet is amazing. Great selection, beautiful presentation

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AB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent in all aspects, but for one at-the-end bad note. Despite being one of Vancouver's prime places to dine, the hotel seems to be locked in the past concerning paying bills. No machine drought to the table. The server took my card off somewhere to process my payment. No server should, in 2018, take a client`s card away from the table. This should never happen, for the obvious reason of preventing card skimming. The next time I go there, I`m going to feel obliged to carry a wad of bills. Wake up. Hotel Vancouver, this is a new century! Every coffee shop knows better.

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DK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A love.y place to dine while visiting Vancouver. Servers were very accommodating and efficient. Food was delicious and presented nicely.

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AR
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The grilled cheese and the clubhouse are impressive

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N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

No service whatsoever. Had to keep trying to get ahold of a server (we were a table of 5 ladies for a business lunch). However, 3 tables of business lunch for men had server having their meals out to them before we even ordered. Salmon was forgotten on a salad - we never saw it - nor the server no matter how we tried. Food was good, ambience was great but service was terribly lacking. Took me a few tries to get someone over to the table to pay the bill.

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CR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The elk dwas very tasty and the service was great. Highly recommend!

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M
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Too noisy.The restaurant has hired a disc jockey and the noise level was unsatisfactory.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

nobody told us breakfast was closed at 10:30 am and it's not written anywhere either... so we had to rush to get enough food while they were cleaning out right under our plates, not cool
average food, good fruit juices/teas

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Good food, nice place! Service was okay. The server seemed to be in a bad mood. Get the honey bread, it’s really good!

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T
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional service! Attentive, not too pretentious but just right! Food presentation is a wow! And tastes good too. Would definitely visit again

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EJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, unique dish names. A bit pricey compared to other restaurants around.

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NP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time there. First time for lunch. Cauliflower soup was yummy. Garden salad was really delicious, fresh and hardy. Husband had delicious prime rib sandwich from carvery with onion rings. Wish they had discount for valet parking when dining in.

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T
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner at Notch 8. Our server was very nice and the food was great. Only hiccup that evening was a very minor mistake with my brother’s order. He ordered a French Onion soup for starters but got a Seasar Salad instead. We didn’t bother to complain because it was minor plus our server was nice. We really enjoyed the elk and the bison. They were perfectly cooked and so tender. It’s a nice place to have a nice quiet dinner. No complaints.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

overall is good

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KP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Memorable n probably the best meal I’ve ever had. Had the honey wheat bread , n grilled bison. Was beyond great! Nice Ambiance too!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

We stayed 25 mins waiting for somebody attend us. there was not anybody to receivebthe

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best prime rib ever! Excellent service. A bit pricey, but very nice for a special occasion.

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P
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it, I will try again for sure in summer. Next time, I would definitely love to try the Great British Tea Party there.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was good, environment is top notch. The biggest drawback is the service. The server had no welcoming attitude. No smile, and no attentive service. I almost need to call the hotel front desk to get a server. My wife used to be a Fairmont platinum member. We really upset to see the service level going down quite a bit.

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RS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. Sarah, the waitress, was patient with me, as I arrived from a cross continent business trip. I worked and ate a storm while waiting for other colleagues joined. Service was outstanding and the food was great. I had a pasta dish with wild boar and sausage. Odd but wonderful tasting combo. I highly recommend this restuarant.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful meal at Notch8. The staff were wonderful and very friendly. The food was a bit slow to come out, but the staff were quick to offer us complimentary desserts for the inconvenience. The prime rib was one of the best meals I have ever tasted. Thank you for the great experience.

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Poor, slow service from a rather unfriendly server. Didn't enjoy the meal at all. Very strange fish dish floating in broth.

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KS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice restaurant but food is not as good for its price. One is too salty and one is too plain.

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BD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

We were surprised and disappointed to find that this restaurant is in the middle of the lobby of a busy hotel. It's open plan and feels like a place where a continental breakfast might be served. With entree prices hovering around $50 we expected something a lot more upscale. On the plus side, the food was very good (prime rib & wild boar) and the portions generous. Our waiter was fantastic and added a touch of class to an otherwise pedestrian room. The decor doesn't recommend it as a fine dinning experience but the prices are a little too steep for a casual dinner. Especially since the location is in the heart of a city rich in restaurant choices. You are literally a few steps away from other places offering magnificent high end pampering or delicious cheap & cheerful fare. Not sure what "notch" Notch8 is trying to fill.

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