Botanist

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Contemporary Canadian
Botanist celebrates harmony with nature, in an environment that is as rich and diverse as the terroir it represents. The experience reflects a new Pacific Northwest, one that has always been here, just waiting to be discovered.

Helmed by Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna, the menu represents the abundant botany of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where ingredients sourced from their natural landscape are coupled with contemporary techniques; designed to showcase the best version of themselves, making people go to the gathering place for our culinary community.

Located in the heart of Coal Harbour inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, this casual fine dining restaurant offers four distinct areas with their own robust personalities; a bar, garden, dining room and lounge – all inspired by the principals of botany.

Private Dining

Our private dining room sets the ultimate backdrop for an intimate dinner for 18 guests.

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Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Available on Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14 from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Enjoy a glass of BC Sparkling Wine upon arrival, a welcome amuse, and your choice from one of our Late Riser selections. Includes a cocktail from our Cocktail Cart for $62 per person. Please contact 604-695-5557.

Monday, October 14, 2019

What 1055 People Are Saying
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great environment

OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has one of the best and fresh ingredient selections in vancouver! The dishes were also well done with innovation and techniques. Great cocktails selection as well!

DM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an awesome experience overall, the service and the food were amazing! I'll definitely recommend it and come back!!

Botanist
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Daniel, We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hand the lamb and halibut and it was delicious would definitely go back there again for a date night

Botanist
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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AW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I would have preferred the sheer curtains to be open.

Botanist
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Alyssa, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and feedback; we sincerely appreciate it. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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w
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

• had reservations scheduled a month ago, but still had to wait for more than 10 mins. Clock is ticking especially if you are parked in an $8/hour spot
• Some host are great, the one was not
• Good service, you don’t have to flag them for little things like refilling your water. Thanks for the initiative, this appreciate :)
• Wagyu Burger: rated 1.5/5 by my husband for the following reasons
- the pretzel bun was too hard, yes we were expecting this as it is a pretzel but it was way too hard that he had to bite harder to get a piece of it
- was told that the beef was going to be “medium rare” but it was a bit overcooked from what it should be and was not juicy at all
- caramelized onions, tiger blue cheese & mustard aioli were all just fine
- the fries were extremely salty as it was showered with a lot of salt. Note: when you order without salt
• Crab & Avocado Botanist Benedict: 3/5 for me
- the Hollandaise sauce was the highlight of this dish, lemony & umami flavour in my mouth
- Eggs perfectly cooked in my liking
- the english muffins: a bit too hard and stale, I didn’t like this
- its called “Avocado & Crab” but its barely there, had probably 5 stands of crab meat and barely half of the avocado, a bit disappointing
• Ambiance: great for small groups, birthdays & romantic occasion

P
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Had the lobster - didn’t taste like it was cooked, sorta slimy. Our reservation was at 9:30 and they wouldn’t do the chefs tasting for us. Overall just disappointing. Cocktail was boring. All hype no delivery

CG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

For how expensive the Wagyu Beef was, it was much harder to cut and chew than most of the expensive meat than I’ve had prior. But the drinks and other food we got were fantastic.

E
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Get a server who knows how to serve so they can deserve that 18% tip.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staffs go above and beyond with their services. Excellent food and drinks

Botanist
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Sebastian, We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were impressed by the level of customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings and presentation. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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AR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The food was good after you were able to decipher what you were actually eating. Description was over the top - they tried a little too hard to impress. Sat in a vine covered area of the restaurant in what felt like a kitchen table - not impressive. The food was good, but pricey.

P
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food!!! Must go while in Vancouver. Service was great and the value for the money was totally worth it.

Botanist
Responded on October 3, 2019

We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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K
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Heather was very friendly and efficient. Our wine specialist, Stephanie was FANTASTIC. Stephanie definitely enjoys her job and is very knowledgeable in the product she was serving. Very friendly and pleasant to have around. We had the "we'll take it from here". It was my 58th birthday and I thought I would step out of my comfort box and have a surprise. The dishes the chef created were unbelievable. I would never had ordered any of them if I had had to choose. Very pleasantly surprised! It was my first time at Botanist and will definitely return again for a special occasion.

Botanist
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear Kaloopi, Happy birthday! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your first dinner experience at Botanist and thrilled that you enjoyed the “We’ll take it from here” menu. It is also very rewarding to learn that you were impressed by the customer service offered by our Botanist team, and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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V
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely gorgeous space. Excellent service. Wine pairing was spot on.

Botanist
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind compliments on your recent experience at Botanist. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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TH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

All of the staff were attentive, polite, knowledgable and friendly. Max was our favourite. Definitely eat at the high top tables where you can enjoy all the delicous cocktails and full menu. I love the decor and it was possible to continue a conversation throughout our 3 hr visit without the noise level rising. Love this place. Will be back.

Botanist
Responded on October 2, 2019

Dear Theresa, We are glad to hear about your recent Botanist experience and are thrilled that you enjoyed the food offerings and cocktails. It is also very rewarding to learn that you were pleased by the customer service offered by our team, and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food tasted good but way overpriced and not enough. Actually left hungry...and so disappointed.

RN
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was incredible and the food was delicious and unique. I would definitely recommend Botanist to anyone living in or visiting Vancouver.

Botanist
Responded on October 2, 2019

Dear Royce, Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food offerings and the customer service offered by our team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a group of 7 interior designers visiting from Seattle, also having many dietary restrictions, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and meal at Botanist! Alex and staff were very accommodating and friendly. The burrata and crab avocado benedict was perfection! We will be back!

Botanist
Responded on October 2, 2019

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with the customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the Burrata and the Crab and Avocado Botanist Benedict. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Too loud and food not temperature hot. A big pet piece of mine.

YF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

GREAT food! 3 of us had the duck and it was to die for!

Botanist
Responded on September 30, 2019

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dinner experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you especially enjoyed the 20 Day Dry-Aged Duck Breast. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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DT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great service and wine pairings. We did the tasting menu. The Wagu beef was amazing. The other courses where hit and miss. I consider myself a foodie and next time I'd just order A la Carte. I didn't feel the tasting menu was worth the expense, otherwise it was a good dining experience.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall a good experience, but it did take the server 20 minutes to even come to the table - not what you would expect from this level of restaurant.

FA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Certainly not a place for any oenophiles...extremely slow, food was mostly disappointing and wouldn't recommend.
To start with, I had booked dinner with my wife and friends for my wife's birthday dinner. We showed up on time and got seated quickly by a very friendly hostess.
Things started going off the rails after we sat down. We were very superficially greeted by our server, who genuinely seemed like he loathed to be there. We asked for the sommelier as I had brought three bottles of very special wine. And that was it. No one come by to the table for 30 minutes except to drop off the water. Not the waiter nor the somm. We finally flagged down our friendly hostess and asked her to help with the wines - by this time, the chilled champagne we had brought had unfortunately warmed up. In addition, we were told that under their corkage police, each table was only allowed one bottle, and my bottle wine that I had double-decanted would not be allowed as it was "open". The somm on duty that evening did not come to our table at all for the entire evening, instead sending the hostess to talk to us. So far, a very poor showing for a restaurant that is supposedly proud of their wine program.
At this time, we were thirsty, hungry and grumpy but we finally managed to order our dinner after 30 minutes from our under-enthusiastic server. We were served a bread that was primarily made of birdseed and tasted completely bland. It was an additional 45 minutes before we were served our appetizer course and only after we managed to flag down our server and complain at the one hour mark. We didn't order anything special, off-the-menu, nor with any dietary restrictions; I simply ordered a burrata and tomato dish that was underwhelming.
The pace of the meal continued to drag on. Our main courses arrived at the 2 hour mark. The mains were merely good. All told, it was 3 hours for a 3 course meal! And they didn't remember my wife's birthday despite my noting it on the reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We were visiting Vancouver and it was my mother’s b-day

Botanist
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to rate your experience at Botanist. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. The staff is very friendly and provide a personal service. The food is excellent. I would recommend you start to the bar and try their famous cocktail inspired by nature. I highly recommend this place!

Botanist
Responded on September 23, 2019

It is very fulfilling to hear about your recent Botanist experience and learn that you enjoyed our food offerings and cocktails. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed the customer service offered by our Botanist team and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The dessert was exceptional. Good selection of cocktails

Botanist
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the dessert offerings and our cocktails. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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K
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For personal and business, we come to the Botanist every couple of months. We were delighted to see a lot of new items on the menu. Selection range seems to be widened and there is less duplication between the bar snacks, lunch and dinner menus. The food preparation was excellent, and always uniquely presented. With the new menu, the portion sizes may have also expanded--not that we are complaining.

Service was also excellent as always. There seems to be a sommelier available at lunch, which is a new add...though at times she doubled as a busboy. We went for the signature cocktails and the think about wine pairing.

We will be back soon to try the rest of the menus.

Botanist
Responded on September 24, 2019

Dear Kenny, We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your most recent experience at Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with our customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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SP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

That had to be THE WORST meal out ever in my life. When a hotel turns their breakfast/lunch dining area into a over the top pretentious (yet no table cloth) restaurant and the food is ridiculously over priced and BAD that equates to SCARY. The waiter actually took two minutes to describe my burrata/heirloom tomato which was one simple tomato and the cheese. My entree was so salty and un-edible and the entire "main course" could fit in the palm of my hand. Good thing I don't live in Vancouver otherwise I'd be telling every human I know NOT to go there!!! DISGUSTING!!!!!

OT
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food ever, delicious

Botanist
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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J
Hong Kong
45 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Good food, however the absolute WORST service I have experienced in a very long time. Such a disappointment since we had it on our list to try based on being on Canada’s top 100 list. There’s so much to choose from when visiting Vancouver that I for sure will never be back.

OO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view is perfect and the indoor vibe is amazing. Good for photos

Botanist
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your experience at Botanist. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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TT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Such a beautiful setting! We were celebrating a baby shower and wanted to bring in some balloons, but were informed when we got there that they have a no-balloon policy (just an FYI for if you’re planning on celebrating here and bringing decor in)

Botanist
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear Tisah, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the restaurant decor. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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L
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hands down the best place we have ever been to in Canada. You couldn’t ask for better service, cocktails and a better place to spend your evening.

Botanist
Responded on September 18, 2019

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience in Botanist. We are so glad that you were pleased with our customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings and cocktails. We look forward to welcoming you back to Botanist again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Decided to try this restaurant for my boyfriend's birthday - don't regret this at all! The setting of the restaurant was business casual with great botanical decor throughout. There was a live pianist that was quite enjoyable during our dinner. We went with the tasting menu and was extremely delighted with the salmon - it was cooked to perfection. Extremely moist and soft, however the dijon mustard "sauce" was a bit overpowering for the fish.
They were very accommodating in switching out the escargots for me to the scallops (The scallops are already on the menu and I can see why! It was my favourite dish from the whole evening!). Our server Chris was very informative and checked on us throughout the night to make sure everything was good. My boyfriend even received a card that was signed by everyone at the restaurant! Talk about going above and beyond!
Their cocktails were the best I've ever had. I am not a regular drinker (super light-weight in fact) and don't normally like ordering drinks at restaurants as there's usually no consistency in how much alcohol is actually in the drink, but these cocktails were amazing. Super smooth, mixed in extremely well (so well I didn't taste much alcohol - they're probably using the really good stuff) but still managed to get a good buzz. Thank you for an unforgettable evening here - we will definitely be returning customers! :)

Botanist
Responded on September 16, 2019

Dear Sarah, It was very fulfilling to hear about your recent Botanist experience and learn that you enjoyed the food offerings, restaurant decor and live music entertainment. We are thrilled that you especially enjoyed the cocktails. We will share your feedback with regards to the salmon with our Chef. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fly on salad plate, expected with al the plants, but otherwise an amazing lunch.

LN
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband surprised me with the reservation! He had booked the reservation letting them know it had been my birthday week. When seated, we had the most beautiful table, in front of a gigantic window that had the view of an enormous globe spinning in front of us and a birthday card from the employees signed! Talk about making the evening personal and memorable! The sommelier (female) introduced us to some local organic Okanagan wines, she was fantastic! To start, we had a drink at the bar, in my opinion, the best gin Martini I have tasted! Dinner was crab salad, scallops, and duck. Wonderful wine pairing. The restaurant has beautiful decor and compliments the Vancouver water front experience. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Botanist
Responded on September 23, 2019

Dear Linda, We are so glad to hear about your recent Botanist experience and are thrilled that you enjoyed the food offerings with the wine pairings! It is also very rewarding to learn that you were pleased by the customer service offered by our Botanist team, and we will certainly share your kind compliments with them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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Singapore
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We both chose the chef’s choice menu with wine pairing. Excellent food as always, but the wait staff and sommelier were outstanding in terms of knowledge, pace and advice.

Botanist
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our "We'll take it from here" menu offerings, as well as the service provided by our sommeliers. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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C
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Usually I really enjoy Botanist but this time it was quite average. Now this is my first time going there for lunch so it could be that the lunch experience is far below dinner quality food and service.

Either way I will go back. Probably for dinner.

J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time! The service was excellent, the food delicious and the ambiance was wonderful.

Botanist
Responded on September 14, 2019

Dear Jenny, Thank you for your kind compliments on your recent Botanist experience. We are so glad that you were impressed by the level of customer service offered by our team, and especially enjoyed the menu offerings and ambience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Kristin Unger Restaurant Manager, Botanist

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

My boyfriend and I were visiting Vancouver city for my birthday. we chose to dine at Botanist because we had read the reviews and it seemed like a relaxing and beautiful place. Unfortunately, the service we got was less than welcoming. our server, a medium build brunette, had seemed to be in a big hurry the entire time. we dismissed her behavior, because we were aware that it was a busy night and she must have had other clients. However, we had expected some kind of etiquette regardless of how busy the night was. She seldom smiled, and never for once asked if we needed something else. The most disappointing part was when we mentioned that it was my birthday, and we would like to get a cake to celebrate. her response and reaction is not what you would expect from a server at a high-end restaurant, after having just mentioned that it is your birthday. I of course can't expect for a total stranger to enthusiastically scream "Happy birthday" at me, but I was expecting a cheerful and pleasant attitude. We decided to rush through our supper, in order to go somewhere else for dessert.

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