The Dockside Restaurant offers superbly prepared classic dishes in a setting like no other. Located on the waterfront where Granville Island faces the city, guests can enjoy panoramic views across False Creek to the world-famous cityscape of Yaletown and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore.
At South Fin Grill, the ocean breeze mingles with a menu of upscale seafood and steakhouse dishes praised by New York magazine. Amid what critic Ethan Wolff describes as a "priceless" ocean view, servers roll out lobster, crab, swordfish, and salmon incarnated as pasta, soup, and sushi dishes. The "turf" portion of the menu showcases grilled new york sirloin, filet mignon, and barbecued pork, but the focus once again turns seaside at a raw bar that features clams and oysters kept fresh by pearl-shaped breath mints.
Beams of blue and yellow lighting hover above the interior dining tables, each blanketed with a white tablecloth and centered with a flickering candle. Outside, the ocean deck's sea-blue umbrellas shelter views of the boardwalk, ocean, and seagull beach volleyball tourneys. The restaurant bolsters its elegantly plated cuisine with occasional entertainment acts, which have included DJs.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar's hibachi chefs pull double duty, acting as entertainers in addition to grillmasters. They captivate large groups of diners with whirling knifework, dynamic spatula twirls, and the occasional spout of flame at tableside hibachi grills, flipping hot portions of lobster and chicken directly onto waiting plates. Behind the bamboo-finished bar, the sushi chefs move more slowly as they carefully seal colorful combinations of veggies, seafood, and vinegar-anointed rice within sheets of delicate seaweed. Like a poltergeist beauty pageant, not all of the talent is visible to the eye—the culinary team makes some of the restaurant's most exotic dishes, such as kobe beef sliders and wasabi-crusted filet mignon, behind the closed doors of the kitchen.
Located within the Knob Hill Golf Club, the Sycamore Grille's seasonally shifting menu complements the eye-catching views of the first and tenth holes afforded by the outdoor patio. Outside or in, crunch lovers can kick things off with the Crock O' Chili and Chips, smothered in beef, pork, chipotle peppers, and cheddar ($6.95), or dive into the sesame tuna salad with rice noodles and veggies in a spicy peanut dressing ($14.95). The bacon-wrapped filet mignon sidles up to a bevy of blue cheese and mushrooms ($25.95) in a bold turf 'n' turf option. Grab the carbohydrate reins on any of Sycamore Grille's bready edifices, including the Maryland crab-cake sandwich made with lump crab meat ($12.95), the black-bean garden burger covered in mozzarella, pesto, and roasted tomatoes ($9.95), or the french dip, made dunkable with the house-made au jus ($10.95). Customers with wheat allergies or members of the anti-starch society can select from the available-by-request gluten-free menu.
In a favorable review, the New York Times called Just Restaurant "a party waiting to happen," noting its playful decor and eye-catching culinary presentations. In describing the party bona fides, the article might also have mentioned the attendance of cool kids. The colorful scene has attracted a Zagat rating and a stylish clientele—including Jersey Shore alum Deena Cortese and Melissa Gorga from The Real Housewives of New Jersey—who gather in the neon-lit dining room to savor freshly marinated seafood and tender meats. Some of the finest dishes include a 28-day dry-aged in-house New York strip steak and seafood items such as a crab cake trio and volcano seared tuna. Executive Chef Jonathan Vukusich equals the glamour of the clientele by artfully layering his dishes with top quality ingredients that appeal to both the eye and the palette which are presented by a friendly and knowledgable staff. The bar, meanwhile, contributes to the celebratory scene with specialty cocktails, and the extensive, carefully selected wine list provides many choices to pair with meals.
A set of French glass doors marks the entrance to Cross Mill Diner, though, when it comes to European culinary traditions, the diner’s cooks bypass France for Italy and Greece. The diner’s extensive eight-page menu includes housemade Greek-style spinach pies and shrimp parmesan, as well as an Eastern-influenced Thai cashew wrap with grilled chicken and ginger sesame dressing. American staples round out the menu, from char-grilled burgers topped with pork rolls to from-scratch buttermilk pancakes served as part of an all-day breakfast. Feasts unfold inside the BYOB eatery’s cozy dining area, where guests are surrounded by posters of waterwheels from around the world.