Seasons in the Park Restaurant
By Michelle Hopkins

An Iconic Dining Room in an Inspired Locale

Seasons in the Park sits high atop Queen Elizabeth Park, overlooking the downtown Vancouver skyline, the North Shore Mountains and the glittering ocean far below. The scenic locale has helped the restaurant earn the distinction of being one of Vancouver’s most romantic spots for casual fine dining.

As one of the restaurants in The Sequoia Company of Restaurants, Seasons in the Park not only delivers stunning vistas, it also serves up fabulous Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared with locally sourced Ocean Wise seafood and the freshest produce available. Add to that superb service and a great ambience, and its no wonder this iconic dining room draws thousands of locals and visitors each year.

I never overdress, over complicate or jazz up a nice piece of meat or fish. - Peter Isacu, executive chef
Seasons in the Park offers spectacular views with its great West coast inspired cuisine.
Seasons in the Park delivers spectacular views paired with refined-yet-accessible West Coast cuisine. Photo courtesy of Seasons in the Park

Fine-Dining Fare from the Pacific Northwest

Seasons in the Park executive chef Peter Isacu is probably best known for serving at the helm of the famed Il Giardino, one of Vancouver’s landmark Tuscan-inspired restaurants. (until its closure in 2013). The Romanian-born chef has also worked at the renowned Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley Park and Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge at the Wedgewood Hotel.

At Seasons in the Park, Peter delivers a strong repertoire of seafood dishes while leaning on his Italian influences – born out of 16 years at Il Giardino. “One of our top sellers is our seafood linguini carbonara," Peter explains, "which is a medley of prawns, snapper and scallops in a rich cream sauce.” His cooking philosophy is straightforward: “I never overdress, over complicate or jazz up a nice piece of meat or fish,” he adds simply.

The award-winning culinary team at Seasons in the Park specializes in innovative cuisine that blends a fine-dining approach with casual crowd-pleasing fare. The extensive menu has a strong seafood focus, with dishes such as miso marinated sablefish, apple wood grilled steelhead salmon, and succulent meaty mussels. Carnivorously-inclined diners can enjoy meaty menu options like melt-in-your-mouth braised lamb shank, filet mignon with peppercorn sauce, and grilled veal paillard. For vegetarians, there's gluten-free wild mushroom ravioli, penne arrabbiata, and numerous salad options.

“I also have customers who come every Sunday and order nothing else but the three-course prime rib dinner,” Peter says. "And our pizzas are especially delicious as they are baked in our apple wood burning grill...it burns cleaner, which produces more flavourful dishes.”

Seasons in the Park executive chef Peter Isacu. Photo courtesy of Seasons in the Park
The sprawling restaurant features a main dining area, private rooms and a open-air patio, accommodating nearly 300 guests in total.
The sprawling restaurant features a main dining area, private rooms and a open-air patio, accommodating nearly 300 guests in total. Photo courtesy of Seasons in the Park

Dinner with a View and a Side of Ambiance

Opened in 1989, Seasons in the Park was formerly The Quarry House, which was so named because it was perched beside the quarry garden where the city mined for rock used to build Vancouver's first roadways. When the original owners decided to retire, The Sequoia Company of Restaurants took it over. The restaurant closed down for a year of renovations and the glass Gazebo-style dining room, now known as the Skyline Room, was added. “The Skyline Room is used a lot for hosting private parties and intimate weddings because you have these gorgeous views of the gardens and Vancouver,” explains floor manager Jason Kelly. “Then there is the downstairs Garden Vista room, which can accommodate 40 people for smaller private functions.”

Between the private rooms, the dining room and the outdoor patio, Seasons in the Park can seat nearly 300 guests. Year-round, the patio, with its unmatched views, is the hot spot to be. The restaurant also boasts an extensive, well curated wine list with several of the province’s finest, in addition to an impressive selection from across the globe.

With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, this is upscale casual dining at its best. Seasons in the Park offers an easily accessible Pacific Northwest menu coupled with great service and an incredible view, which all adds up to one truly memorable dining experience.

The year-round patio offers sweeping views and cozy fireplaces.
The year-round patio offers sweeping views and cozy fireplaces. Photo courtesy of Seasons in the Park
Sitting atop the highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park is fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Sitting atop the highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Photo courtesy of Seasons in the Park
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