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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Dine Out Vancouver Let Down
By mitchipoo of Westend (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I go to Carderos six or eight times a year, their patio and sangria in the summer are fantastic. A friend and I went for Dine Out this past week (we went last year and it was wonderful). Right from the start something was off, the blonde hostess who seated us was very short and a bit rude. We knew we were coming for the Dine Out menu, we let the server know that's what we'd be doing. We did order a bottle of wine (Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc - a very nice white) with our meal, the bred basket came with a bare scraping of butter, hardly enough for two slices let alone a basket full. The wok fried squid was prepared differently this year, it was a good portion but the garnish had nowhere near the flavour of last year and the chili sauce offered on the side was straight up thai sweet chili sauce with a blob of tartar sauce, heavy, greasy and didn't go particularly well with the squid. The mains were okay, not the outstanding plates that I would expect from Carderos. The fried onions garnishing the beef medallions were a big soggy mess, disgusting. The chicken forno was nice but not up to par. We were very rushed throughout the meal, the desserts were brought out and not even offered coffee. As soon as the last bite was taken they whisked the plates away and delivered the bill. We still had wine left in the bottle. I know they expect to sit a few seatings in a night but this was ridiculous, we were rushed in and out in less than an hour and a half. Three courses and wine in less than 90 minutes was not particularly pleasant. Quite honestly, I'll think twice about going back any time.

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Super Great Pizza3388 Vanness Drive, Vancouver
bad pizza
By MICHAELFRYE1 of Abbotsford B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:08am [Take-out]

This pizza is the most disgusting pizza that I have ever had. flavorless and bland. My wife and i bought a large and had 1 slice each and threw the rest away. What a waste of $20.00. They should re-name this place to SUPER GROSS PIZZA. If anyone wants super great pizza, check out Steveston Pizza in Steveston Village. That is the absolute best pizza you will ever eat. I will never go back to Super Great Pizza ever. I will say that they had great customer service and they were super friendly, their food just sucks really bad.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Our experience the second time around here
By gabaqueen of ottawa (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

We were here for dinner first in May and felt that I didn't get the proper attention despite having made a reservation. I was a bit disappointed; the food took 30 mins to arrive, but in their defence the restaurant was full. The second time around though was last week, and oh what a difference it was. The restaurant was like half full and the owner greeted us and sat us down.

Once they took our order, the food still took a while to arrive, but our waiter kept checking in on us for snacks (calamari) and drinks. The lamb tikka and chicken curry was what we had this time around. Both were good, especially the chicken curry. It was very creamy and rich in taste, and made a perfect pair with the rice and naan. We took some naans come and ordered some more to go because they were so delicious.

I guess I would not mind coming back here again. The service was very good thanks to our waiter and the food was as well. Price-wise speaking, it was normal for Vancouver's standards. The portion sizes added up to what you were paying for. Second time's the charm?

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Only good thing about this place is the ambience
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Food: Served soup that was luke warm in some parts and cold in other parts. Obviously came out of the microwave without stirring afterwords.

Service: Served soup with a regular spoon as opposed to a soup spoon. Took over 10 minutes to get the waiters attention, at which time he told me that they didn't have any clean soup spoons at that time. Complained about the soup... took another 15 minutes before he came back with a new bowl. Attitude of the waiter was horrible... rolling the eyes up kind of attitude.

Value: Like most restaurants that are part of a hotel, the prices are much higher than other restaurants. The service and food quality at this restaurant was horendous. Very poor value and they don't seem to care.

Ambience: It's the only thing I can say that's positive about this restaurant. It's right on the water with a nice view, and the inside ambience is elegant.

In summary... save your money and choose a different restaurant. You'll get better value for your money, and a way more pleasant dinning experience.

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Crepe Des Amis810 Quayside Drive, #105, New Westminster
Friendly service and good food
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place many times and have gotten to know the husband and wife who own it. Very friendly people. Never been disappointed with the food. It's one of those places you go to for a quick-fix. Late last year the husband passed away, and his wife continued running the business afterwords as it was her husbands passion. God bless her for this. I continue to go to this place, and I'd have no problems recommending others to go enjoy friendly service and decent food.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Best chinese food in New Westminster
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2015 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Used to live in Vancouver and moved to New Westminster about 5 years ago. It's been a struggle finding a chinese restaurant in New West that's worth telling friends postive things about, but I'd found such a restaurant now.

Compared to places like Hons Wonton House, this place was great... both in service, food quality, and cleanliness. Service was friendly and attentive, the food was good quality and decent servings... with good value. The restaurant ambience was that of an average diner, but it was clean and comfortable.

It's the best chinese food I've found in New West, and it's my go-to restuarant when the craving for chinese food hits me. I've had their food on a regular bases, and have never been disappointed. Oh, and I might add that there is no MSG in their food.

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Chad's West Coast Bar & Grill2325 Ottawa Street, Port Coquitlam
Tragic really
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (116 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Went in on a Sunday night - 3 tables occupied. That should have been our first clue. Had not heard good things about the place but decided to give it a chance- our bad. Waitress was nice but new and let us know that continually. Did not know then menu and was obviously very poorly trained. Could not answer questions and had to be prompted to go get us answers. At the end she just brought the bill without asking and was unaware of a huge billboard outside that said 20% off for poco residents. We had to tell her and have the bill adjusted.

The food- chicken sandwich - waitres had no idea what type of chicken it was and just guessed that it would deli chicken. Like chicken roll? She did not know. Nor did she check. It came with cold fries. Yum!

The poutine was supposed to have bacon in it as a major ingredient. It had 2 small pieces . Boo.

The worst thing was the thai prawns. So funny I read on another site that they were the only good things. Only if you've never had thai food. It was close to$16 and I got 4 prawns! The sauce was just way too spicy( I love hot food) with no flavour. It should be served with a mound of warm jasmine rice- I got a pile of cold crunchy rice with bits of ??? In it. I have read this in other reviews so it's not a one off. Shameful. It said it came with "Asian slaw". Yum - too bad I got a small pile of dry cabbage with raw onion- no dressing.. Very poor. Ordered a Spanish coffee because it said it came with a maraschino cherry( rare these days). I never got it and the waitress just said they did not look very good. No apology or offer of anything. The dessert were $7 so not super high. But if you cant be bothered to make your own dessert really don't put them on the menu. I can get this crap from the original fakery anywhere . Gross. And the chocolate crunch cake had no crunch whatsoever and was just a thick glop of chocolate flavour.

Sadly the reality turned out as I expected. This place seems to be replacing the Denny's next door. Too bad the owner can't pull off a " west coast grill" it wouldn't take much except time and pride. Won't be back - rock on bartender doing shots behind the bar when we left- mind numbing.

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Re-Up BBQ810 Quayside Drive, #114, New Westminster
Barbecue breakfast sandwiches
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (59 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

We were out poking around the River Market this morning, looking for a bite to eat, and decided to try a couple of their breakfast sandwiches. Expensive at $5.25 each but delicious and well worth the investment for our tummies. A lovely buttermilk (?) biscuit stuffed with perfectly fried egg and lots of their home-smoked bacon. Yum. We'll have to come back and try some of their barbecue.

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Zeitoon1615 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
iI don't know what I ate but I liked it
By illeatthhat of West Vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Tried this place out with a beautiful Persia... This is a Persian lady right?
She ordered for the two of us as I no lingo the ablaa. The onion to wrap in some bread....nope. But the kabba and the rice with some salad..mostly iceberg lettuce...this was just the wrong kind of lettace for a Healrh salad. But the meat with the rice was great. The. Best thing was the crunchy thing with some sort of topping. The sound with this new flavour was fun to eat qnd to listen to wnothher person eating. The value was great for two people..$40 for a Saturday night was good value.lots of left over. Now I cannot remember what the names of most of the items we ate, except for what I've already mentioned. But I will go back.even if I just eat the crunchy thing. But hold the raw onion please. The service was nice, and they didn't kick us out as they were closing up. So it gave UA an extra half hour to chat. The place seems like the real deal. I wish they had some cooked veggies, but I'm not not going back because my mother told me to ear more greens.

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Neighbourhood Noodle House1352 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
I have to stop drinking
By illeatthhat of West Vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

I don't see my post from two years ago, but nothing has changed.
This place is on the way from where I was to home. And I'd I went drunk, and if this were not on the way, I'd never eat here again.
Poor service is the best that this place has to offer. The food is tasteless at best whilst there is always the same reaction to my system.. So I spend the next day in a stopper whilst fighting g my hangover on the way to the bathroom several times the next day. At least this meal Didnt have some other persons seconds of noodles like the last time. And the witch who too my order food me that they were all out of noodles so is rice alright? As seconds later she walks past me with a large bowl of noodles for the guy who came in after I did. The lying witch. The call it a noodle house my ass.
If your stupid you will eat here. If your drunk . you'll eat here, if you not drunk and not stupid, you must be punishing yourself for some reason. Please let this place die already, and be replaced with something better. Even a McDonalds would be better.

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Taza Falafel House344 Sixth Street, Canada, New Westminster
The real deal.
By ratatatnat of New Westminster, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

The falafel wraps and baklava are outstanding and very reasonably priced. Everything at the restaurant is made lovingly and fresh by the friendly and effervescent owner. The restaurant may look ordinary and sterile, but this is more than made up for by the warmth of the employees. I was so impressed that after gorging myself on a filling falafel, I got four spinach pies to go. My boyfriend and I aren't even huge fans of baklava, but we found hers delicious, addictive, and in a class of its own. If you're looking for an authentic falafel experience (which is painfully rare in these parts), go to Taza! This is the real thing.

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Nest Bar and Grill, The88 W Pender Street, #2015, Vancouver
scam artist
By girllovesfood of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 1:19am [Dine in]

Please please please do not go here!
The management and service is the worst I've EVER experienced. Food took 1.5 hours to get to our table. Took our order 3 times! Manager had 2 servers managing over 50 guests. They were completely overworked. The one server was so fed up she quit on the spot and left.
BEWARE: there is a $20 charge minimum per person whether you eat or not. Nobody, NOBODY tells you about this charge. The manager argues it is written on the menu. Ya- AT THE END IN THE SMALLEST PRINT. Anyways, my $5 appy ended up costing me $22. Ridiculous.
Food is disgusting. Bread was cold. Kabobs were dry. Never got a refill for any drinks at the table.
Pretty much an epic FAIL.
Do not waste your time and money.

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Cinch Grill1517 Robson St, Vancouver
Our 13th Anniversary
By Nairobikenya of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I had asked my wife were would you like to go for our 13th Anniversary. A colleague at work told her about Cinch Grill. So Jan 14/15 we went to have dinner at this restaurant. My wife is a chef and is very fussy about what she eats. Very hard to take her out anywhere, so she will enjoy the food. When we arrived at 5pm the Hostess a very lovely young lady greeted us with her smile. I appreciated her Professionalism in the way she made us feel comfortable as soon as we walked through the door.
The food was very tasty and was presented well by the Chef. We both went away feeling full and satisfied. The Hostess made our evening relaxed and very glad we came. We will go back at some future date. As we both were very happy with our experience at this restaurant.
Thank you very much
Douglas

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Noor's Cuisine22356 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
Family Favorite
By jhpph85 of Maple Ridge B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:39pm [Take-out]

The owners are wonderful people who make a point to remember their clientele. Our family really enjoys the food and we even enjoy going in to say hello to the owners and chat. Our favorite of course is the butter chicken and samosa, but we have had a taste of everything and it is all fresh and home made and very delicious!

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Paliotti's Ristorante Italiano12018 Edge St, Maple Ridge
Never EVER again ...
By jhpph85 of Maple Ridge B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:32pm [Delivery]

Prior to my most recent experience, years ago I visited this restaurant and ordered a pasta dish. After a few bites in I discovered a strange long wire/metal piece of garbage. It took me years to even eat the pasta dish I had ordered I was so disgusted.

Not long ago I ordered some delivery, to give this place a second chance. I wish I hadn't. I ordered an Alfredo dish and some zucchini stick as well as a Caesar salad. One hour and fifteen minutes later the food still had not arrived. When I called I was assured it was just being made fresh and would be out the door very soon. Another 20 minutes passed and I called again to see if it had left. The employee said it was just leaving.
When my food finally arrived I opened it up to see the zucchini sticks were not cooked, they were stone cold. The Caesar romaine lettuce was clearly from days ago.
I dug right into the pasta dish and it was covered in pepper and tasted like dirty dish water.

I called Paliotti's and the gentlemen was quite rude and suggested I did not know how traditional Alfredo tasted, I told him it clearly was not what was delivered.
I told the gentlemen on the phone to have the food picked up and he hung up on me.

So the delivery driver eventually came back, gave me my money back but kept the tip I gave him.

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Pho Don2838 East Hastings Street, Unit 109, Vancouver
The best Vietnamese restaurant I have been to
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (117 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

I was passing by and was attracted by the nice decor of the restaurant seen from the street through it's large glass windows. In terms of decor, this place has to be the nicest among Vietnamese restaurants I have been to, with stones on the walls, slate-looking floor tiles, and a warm ambiance, tastefully lit by modern lighting, and enhanced by real plants and real-looking fake plants. The interior design reminds me of 4- or 5-star restaurants one would find at a ski resort. The food was outstanding - best pho I have tasted, with a very fresh looking and tasting soup base, noodles perfectly cooked to al dente, and the beef tender and tasty even though it had become well done by being soaked in the steaming hot soup for so long because I was taking my time eating the appetizer spring rolls. And those spring rolls were fresh off the deep fryer, the hotest I had ever encountered, crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Service was attentive and courteous. Overall, the best Vietnamese cuisine experience in my life.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cheese heaven
By joshr of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

In honour of national cheese day, I came down to La Grotta for some delicious sandwiches. But not just today. Today was just an excuse to come. La Grotta del Formaggio is one of my regular stops whenever I'm driving by Commercial Drive to get a sandwich.

But it's not just any regular sandwich. There are a numerous number of toppings to choose from, and quite the variety of cheese that would drive any cheese lover insane. Whatever it is you choose, you can't go bad, because the quality of the ingredients, from meat, breads, oils and other interesting toppings is top notch.

Just the thought of a focaccia from here makes my mouth water.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
I had a great experience
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (117 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2015 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

It was years ago when I last dined here. Not that I did not have a good experience that previous time, but just that this is not a neighbourhood I pass by much in my running of errands around town. This time, I went for lunch there with two others. Their prix fixe lunch menu contained quite a number of good choices, so I went for that (2 courses for $23). The appetizer seafood salad was of a very decent portion, and everything was fresh and tasty. The seared steelhead as main course was excellently done, with the skin crispy yet the meat medium well (which is the way I like it). The other guests had just one a la carte dish each, both seafood, and both were very well prepared and presented. Service was very good, and the place was bright with nice decor. I will return.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Rude, inexcusable, and inconsiderate.
By ace k of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2015 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I booked a party of 10 here for a Friday night. About 3-4 hours before the reservation the restaurant called me and told me that there would be a birthday party there that night and that it would be loud. I thought "OK, birthday parties and a loud setting are not unusual for a restaurant - its not like that never happens in other restaurants."

At first things were going fine - service was tolerably punctual and food was alright (nothing to write home about). About an hour into our night they turned up the volume ***LOUD** - and I mean painfully loud so that our ears hurt, louder than any other places, including ones like the Lamplighter or the Blarney Stone or any club I've ever been to. It was loud to the point where even shouting as loud as possible at a friend right next to me we could not hear each other. At first we though they just really love the song that was playing and we suffered through it. When it continued for the third song we finally asked them to turn it down a little. After 10 minutes the volume does go down a bit and we think that its finally over....

Next thing I know, a very rude bartender/server named Stephanie flops down next to me without saying excuse me for interrupting the conversation I was trying to have with my friend. First thing she blurts at me is "I called you." She then proceeds to lecture me that she called and warned me that it would be loud. She repeats this over and over again that she called me 3 times that day (as if the number of times matters - and I have voicemail anyway). At some point I did mention that it doesn't matter how many times she called me especially since she was calling during regular business hours and I was still at work. At this point she makes an obscene gesture and says "Well im SORRY i don't memorize your work schedule!"- I was shocked to be treated this way.

I tried reasoning with her that I'm not asking for the sound to be completely off just to turn it down a little so it doesn't hurt (we were seated right under the speaker too). She tells me that there's a favorite customer having their birthday party and that there's "50 people at the bar" (there were actually more like 20 people at the bar). I tell her they shouldn't be favoring only one customer that they have customers both at the front and the back of the restaurant. She then has the audacity to tell me "Well they're making us a lot more money than you are."
Again, I was shocked to be spoken to that way - our party of 10 ordered full meals and drinks. I finally told her to stop giving me attitude and get her manager. She simply stormed off like a petulant child.

Her manager comes out a minute later. He apologizes for the server but continues to be completely unreasonable telling me that this insanely uncomfortable volume is just what they do at central bistro - that its a "party" kind of place. I point out there there is no dance floor, there are table and chairs and we are trying to sit and socialize. He starts lecturing again that they called and "warned" that it would be loud. I answer again that "loud" is one thing, that birthday parties and loud restaurants are not unique - its not like other restaurants are quiet like libraries, and that the level of loud we're talking here is well beyond that. I mentioned to him that they also put us right under the speaker and he didn't care at all. I also said that since we were treated so poorly and so rudely by the restaurant and by Stephanie especially we should not be forced to pay the 18% automatic gratuity - he tells me that that's a "totally different thing." --- I dont see how: If the 18% GRATUITY it meant for appreciation of good service then they sure as hell did not deserve it since we got bad service topped with rudeness.

He kept repeating that they called and I said that the next time they "warn" someone they should explain that it will be ear piercingly and uncomfortably loud beyond any reasonable point, not just "loud". He just said "well I'm sorry our message did not convey that."

The manager, although unlike Stephanie he kept his tongue in check, was not helpful, inconsiderate, and he just didn't give a damn about our party of 10.

As someone who has worked as a server in restaurants for 5 years I am appalled that this kind of treatment of customers in considered ok.

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Moa Box Restaurant2973 Glen Dr, #105, Coquitlam
Good take out Sushi
By Tombank of Coquitlam Centre (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:04pm [Take-out]

i don't usually review the restaurant...but not this time...

It's a very small restaurant and I think can only seat 8 people. So when i first stepped in, there were a few other people following behind us. This place functions by ordering first and then seating yourself .Since it was my first time, I wasn't sure what to get, so I asked the cashier .he was saying try bibimbap..and dynamite combo......... so..I decided to go for a rice bowl(bibimbap) and sushi combo...it was good choice..
this is small restaurant but food is big and taste so good....and price is very reasonable.
this will be my favorite take out spot..

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