Open since 1988, Hart House is a slice of heaven for anyone who enjoys fine food and wine. Our outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine features fresh local ingredients, including herbs from our on-site herb garden, and our award-winning cellar has a perfect pairing for every dish we serve. Our restaurant is always a popular choice for romantic dinners, lunches with friends, and Sunday brunch. We are also a favourite venue for special events, from outdoor weddings to retirement parties to business meetings and conferences of all sizes. Please visit our Groups page for detailed information about the range of services and facilities we offer.
The thirteen-acre estate on which Hart House stands was first purchased by New Westminster businessman Frederick Hart in 1906. A leading architect of the day, Frank Macey, designed the Tudor Revival building. The property’s gardens were developed by the Montague Moore family, which purchased the estate in 1916. Ethel Moore soon became renowned for her spectacular iris gardens, and the estate was visited by flower lovers from across the country who came to purchase cut flowers and bulbs.
In 1950 the Moores sold the property to Standard Oil executive Ralph Baker, who instituted a program of modernization and improvement. The process of modernization was continued by the Charles Riley family after they purchased the estate in the mid-1950s.
The Corporation of the District of Burnaby purchased the property in 1979. For eight years it was occasionally used as a film set for productions starring personalities including Bette Davis and James Brolin. At the end of this time the District considered the prospect of opening a restaurant at the estate. Paul Smolen, Hart House's current owner, was one of three original partners approached by the District. The partners recognized that the stately house and grounds presented a unique opportunity to create a premier culinary destination. They opened Hart House in 1988. In 2000 Paul Smolen bought out his partners and Carol Smolen came onboard. The combination of magnificent setting, outstanding cuisine, and warm, friendly service continues to enchant Hart House guests.