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Reviewed March 3, 2024

Finding a welcoming and comfortable place to eat as a solo woman traveller can sometimes be a challenge. The Arc was a splendid experience, food and wine was lovely but the whole experience was topped by an excellent and charming waiter. Thank you!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 24, 2024

My brother and I had just finished setting up our table in Artists Alley for the Vancouver Fan Expo and it was a little later and we needed to have some dinner. I decided we should walk over to ARC, the restaurant in the lobby...of the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. We were greeted by the hostess and seated quickly. We had a nice table by the window with a floor to ceiling glass view outside. The cocktail list was extensive and creative. I had a cucumber gin and tonic and it was terrific. We both ate the Falafel Burger and it, too, was really great. Our server was amazing (I wish I remembered her name but she was exceptional) and coming to this restaurant was the best decision we could have made. They even had live music and the musician was really good, and the volume loud enough to hear clearly and quiet enough to allow us to talk without shouting.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 22, 2024 via mobile

Excellent food here for dine out Vancouver. Great value with Quails gate wine pairing The service was outstanding Thank you to Baba, Roberto and manager Pradeep . Great way to celebrate 35 years for Dan

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 12, 2023 via mobile

We ended a walking tour nearby and found this place to try. What a treat! On weekends, they serve a brunch menu only. A la carte options as well a fixed price menu that emulates buffet style (you ask, they bring) are available. I bought...the fixed price menu option while my wife ordered from the regular brunch menu. My portions were small, perfect for trying multiple things and really enjoying different options. Salmon Benedict, short rib poutine, buttermilk biscuits, French toast with apple compote, fruit smoothies … all delicious and all served promptly by wonderful staff. Our server, Millan, was especially notable … friendly, funny and always around just when needed. Her supporting staff were always there with more water if needed, or bringing out whatever was next on my ‘brunch tour’. The restaurant played fun music, was very well-lit and very clean with great views of the waterfront from most tables int the place.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 27, 2023

First off, ARC is gorgeous and the view of the street and people and waterfront are great. ARC has fun height windows and we thought it might be cold but that was no issue at all and we were right at the window. The menu,...while short had enough options for three very different palates including a "meat focussed" and a "veggie focussed" person. Service was quick, knowledgable and attentive, but left us privacy to enjoy ourselves. Went there twice on a four day trip to Vancouver. Very good!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed August 7, 2023

The cost of breakfast is fairly priced, providing good value for the quality and variety offered. Although the eggs were disappointingly soggy, and the sausage lacked the desired flavor (tasteless), both of which impacted the breakfast experience. I have nothing but praise for the server...assigned to my table. Their attentiveness and helpfulness were truly remarkable. Notably, she went the extra mile by promptly bringing in the items when I couldn't find them myself, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable dining experience. While I chose the buffet option and returned for seconds, I found upon my return to the table that the glasses were unclean. Additionally, I had placed my spoon and fork in a crossed position, a common signal of ongoing dining, I was taken aback to discover that a staff (not the server) had set dirty glasses on my table, which was a disappointing oversight in terms of cleanliness and lack of training. Although the staff apologized, it highlighted a potential need for more comprehensive training to ensure a seamless and attentive dining experience. I kindly request that the Tour Directors consider encouraging members of the tour group to maintain a more subdued noise level. The exuberance exhibited by the group near the restaurant area could potentially be toned down, keeping in mind the refined atmosphere this hotel aims to uphold, which is notably distinct from that of budget accommodations.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 12, 2023

After a couple years I went back to Arc for a business lunch. The "Caprese" interpretation was somewhat "interesting." Burrata with heirloom tomatoes (Italy) on top of avocado (Mexico), blended with Leche de Tigre (Peru) and topped with toasted rice (Asia) is a mixture that...while it might sounds good just does not work. The delicate flavor of the burrata is lost. The avocado makes it a weird texture and the rice is too much crunch for a delicate dish. The only reason I am giving 3/5 is the very attentive, friendly, and fast service. I guess whoever runs the kitchen left and the new flavors are a bit of a mixed bag...More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 10, 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is an 11 out of a ten! The food and service from our server Jennifer was more than outstanding! We enjoyed delicious sour dough bread awesome Caviar, dungeness crab over avocado, lobster tail, and the most delectable Halibut we have ever tasted! Enjoy...a phenomenal dinner!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 20, 2023 via mobile

We went there for breakfast buffet. Excellent service. Thanks BABA!! The quality of food was excellent (freshness and taste). We also like the restaurant with high ceiling which provides better air circulation. Today is our second time eating at this restaurant. We were there a...few years back while we were staying at Fairmont Waterfront.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 13, 2023 via mobile

We use to love the ARC but things have changed. The omlet was horrible for both of us. Maybe powered eggs or diluted to much. The next morning eggs Benedict like warm and you get 1 egg not 2 as usual. Dinner fish and crab...small expensive and not very good. I just got back from the Fairmont Cairo Egypt where everything was amazing. Time to upgrade the experience in VancouverMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 26, 2023

Had another amazing dining experience at Arc last weekend. The food and the service was fantastic, as always. Thank you very much to Emilee and Team. Arc remains our favourite restaurant in Vancouver.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 17, 2023

The food at ARC was very good and affordable however the receptionist was rude and had poor service. We were the first to check in and 4 ohters without reservations went before us, when asked why she said she just over looked us and then...stated we should come back in 3 hours for a table, when asked to speak with the manager a table opened up right away, but was rude to us when seated.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 20, 2023 via mobile

Karla has been AMAZING! We got here Saturday morning and she served us the most amazing beverages and food which was the perfect start to our trip in Vancouver. This is our first time staying at the Fairmont Waterfront and the service from ARC has...been 5*. Thank you Karla for recommending awesome adventures, creating delicious cocktails and being a friendly face! You have made our Vancouver trip memorable :)More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 20, 2023

I was in Vancouver attending the Vancouver Fan Expo (Comic convention) and stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. After a long day, my brother and I did not want to hunt for a restaurant so we went to the restaurant in the Lobby of the...hotel. Boy are we glad we did. We were greeted at the front by our the man who also be our server, Adrian. We wanted a table, not sit at the bar, and he seated us at a nice table by the window. The menu was not too complex but the selections were varied. We ended up having their version of a Gin and Tonic to drink (delicious, simple, understated, perfect!) and our meal was shared main's of Smoked Red Lentils and Mushroom Rigatoni. we had 2 desserts (mango rice pudding and carrot/cheese cake) and they were both small enough to be perfectly satisfying. And while we were eating a musician started to play. Not only was he talented but the volume was perfect...loud enough to hear all the musical elements, quiet enough to allow us to continue our conversation without raising our voices. And Adrian was fabulous. Originally from Peru, he was a delightful addition to our meal experience. I really enjoyed my time here.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2023

My husband enjoyed the meal on our last day in Vancouver. The hostess was very pleasant. I found the chicken wing a bit too spicy for me and she was gracious enough to take out of the bills. Food was plentiful and tasty. Good moktails...! Overall good experience.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Not that I know of...and I have not heard of a restaurant in Vancouver that does have a dress code....we are pretty chill here and just like to eat good food
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Dear Anastasiia K, Thanks for your question! We are pleased to offer a variety of menu options, including many items that are either already vegan or can be made vegan. We would also be happy to personalize a menu for you... More
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ARC Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5