In Vancouver two places I really wanted to love are Joe Fortes and Brix. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable, the buzz is strong, the people are fit and tanned, but the food and the service sucks! Do you Chowhounds agree? What places do you just want to be good, but.......... Elixer in the Opus also comes to mind.
Maybe there are places you just want to hate but can't because the food is great.