Alberni Street is becoming one of the city’s hot new restaurant rows, and most of the restaurants along here seem to be members of the Glowbal Group, a local chainlet of swish, sophisticated eateries with stylish decor, great food, and an action-packed social scene. (In 2013, owner Emad Yacoub was named Canada’s restaurateur of the year in the prestigious Pinnacle Awards.) Coast, the seafood-focused member of the group, is no different. The raw bar-cum-real bar sits in the middle of the lower floor, a brightly lit cylinder of shellfish and vodka bottles surrounded by happy people drinking and nibbling on sushi. Seafood ranges from casual fish and chips to sushi rolls, bowls of steamers, and fancy fare like lobster stuffed with Dungeness crab. The best bet is the chilled seafood platter or tower that lets you taste all sorts of fishies, including nigiri, prawns, ceviche, and more. A good wine list rounds out the experience. Note, though, that there’s not much available for those who don’t like seafood.
1054 Alberni St
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Yaletown Hours Mon–Thurs 11:30am–1am; Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 3pm–2am; Sun 3pm–1am Phone 604/685-5010 Prices Main courses C$18–C$60 Cuisine Type Seafood/International Web site Coast Other Reservations recommended