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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Mediocre food, abysmal service
By VJB of abbotsford (168 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2015 - 11:33am [Dine in]

This was a very disappointing evening.
There is seating downstairs and upstairs as well as patios on both levels. We were seated on the upstairs level. The upstairs is the more formal of the two with white linen tablecloths and a more formal atmosphere. They have a couple of tables on the outside patio upstairs and they looked very nice. It is a beautiful room and the menu prices are not unreasonable if the food is good (it was not) and the service is good (absolutely one of the worst experiences I’ve had service wise in a restaurant.)
Water was brought to our table reasonably quickly but after that it was a good 20 minutes before anyone asked if we would like a drink. Dinner took over 2 hours and we had l glass of wine each, 1 entrée each and a shared dessert. A table of 2 ladies beside us had appetizer, entrees and dessert and were finished their dinner and we still had not received our entrée. They sat down 20 minutes after we did. I guess if you’re 2 attractive ladies you can expect better service. For entrees my husband had the lamb shank that he said was very good. I had a ½ Cornish game hen that was overcooked and came with very bitter kale and potato rosti. We waited well over ½ an hour from the time we ordered dessert until it was brought to the table. We shared a pecan tart. I’ve had better pecan tart from Safeway. I told my husband that I should give them my recipe for pie crust as their crust was lacking any flavor and slightly on the tough side.
It is really unfortunate because it is a beautiful room and the prices are reasonable for the Yaletown area but the food was not good and the service is a joke. My husband is generally a very generous tipper but I told him that the service was so bad that he needed to adjust his tipping accordingly.
We would not return. There are too many really good restaurants to give this one another try.

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Nordel Sushi12080 Nordel Way, #125, Surrey
All you can eat!
By justj44 of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

I go often and some of my favorites are Oyster Motoyaki, green salad, gomae, Prawn Tempura, Salmon Sashimi, avacado rolls and cones. I'd also recomend the crunchy dynamite roll. I do agree with one of the other posters that the mayo does overpower in flavour and it wouldn't hurt to request a bit less.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Fusion delight
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

East is East is one of those places you either love or hate. I personally liked the ambiance of the place, the softness that is contrasted by the wood tables and all, but maybe because I had not heard much about it. My colleagues were a little disappointed because they felt the place had been hyped, and weren't too fond of the lack of lighting.

That aside though, the food was incredible. A bit of a fusion between Indian food and Afghan food made for a great selection. I personally am a fan of Asian and ethnic so I didn't mind. There was a wide variety of veg & non-vegetarian dishes: I opted for the Bombay Masala and Mughal(?) to try a bit of both. Extremely tasty - the coconut curry was delicious and the chicken did not disappoint. Not too spicy, and definitely worth it.

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Slice of Chicago5812 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Worth the wait
By rivers of Montreal / Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:30pm [Delivery]

Initially when we first called them up to try their famous deep dish they told us there would be a wait…of at least 45 minutes. Apparently that is how long the special deep dish takes to make? Since there was still time for the game to begin we said okay and what was like 50 minutes later (or so it seemed) we found ourselves with a medium sized Chicago special staring back at us. The pizza definitely is nothing like what I’ve ever had, and cannot be eaten with your hands. The sauce was amazingly tangy and tasted unique, and with the thickness of the cheese we had to use a fork to hold it all. Lasted throughout the game so that was good.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
very good roast lamb
By debbyinbby of Burnaby Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday evening for dinner.. had the $15.95 roast lamb dinner special. You get a huge piece of lamb on your plate so make sure you are hungry! The salad and pita bread was really fresh too. Get there early or make a reservation as when we left there was a pretty big lineup.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
One shot failed
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Let me just start off by saying that I've been to the Red Onion before but stopped going because I felt that their service was going downhill. Decided to try it out again but was disappointed.

Didn't think a burger place could go so bad. I should’ve figured it out from the lack of people in this place. I ordered a red onion burger and some fries; the meat was a bit hard and burnt and the fries were a bit cold and greasy. Was a bit disappointed as it was not cheap. I think I would give them less stars but the waitresses were okay. They were helpful and did not treat me bad. Other than that, give this place a miss.

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Glowbal Grill590 W Georgia, Vancouver
Good service but terrible food
By cyberspace of vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch today with some of friends. Service was good but the food was very average. There are much better restaurants in Vancouver that one can dine at. For what you pay this was not good. Will not go back as Vancouver has many options

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Our choice for Indian food
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2015 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

A couple of friends and I decided to meet up for lunch to discuss some issues regarding our music and business ventures. We decided to try India Bistro because the buffet is an easy pick and tastes good. We came too late and by the time we got a seat it was over. Since one of our pals was craving Indian from the city, we decided to stick around and just order from the menu.

We ordered some drinks to begin with and the appys gave it a nice touch. Pakoras were very good, tasted even better than the samosas which is weird. As far as the menu is concerned, it is pretty standard in terms of selections - you can get what you normally do at Indian restaurants. We got the butter chicken which was a no brainer but the other dishes (lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken) did not fall behind. The spiciness is not too much but the taste still manages to be there. The bill did not come out too expensive if you don't count the drinks.

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Cabin, The12302 Beecher Street, Surrey
Cozy restaurant in Crescent Beach
By VJB of abbotsford (168 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 9:11am [Dine in]

This is a very appropriately named restaurant in Crescent Beach. The outside looks like an old cabin that you would find in the forest somewhere. The inside was nice and cozy and it felt like we were enjoying dinner at someone’s home. I heard someone at another table mention that it used to be the Beecher Street Café.
We had an entertainment coupon providing us with a 25% discount but even without the coupon we found the prices to be very reasonable for the quality of the food. The most expensive entrée was the special of the day – a Cajun halibut for $29.00. Desserts were $8.00. I forget the price of the appetizers but they were also very reasonably priced. The service provided by our waitress Courtney was very good. The restaurant was packed but she still topped up our wine once and checked to be sure everything was okay. For an appetizer we shared an order of calamari with tzatziki sauce. The serving was very generous and the calamari was tender and nicely seasoned. For entrees my husband had the pork tenderloin. It was moist and very flavourful. I had the beef short ribs. They were so tender and the sauce that accompanied it was terrific. Both entrees came with garlic mashed potatoes, zucchini and carrots. The vegetables were very well cooked and complimented the meat very well. We shared a chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert and it was delicious. My husband just loved it. With the entertainment coupon providing a 25% discount on food our dinner with shared appetizer and dessert, 2 entrees, a bottle of wine and tip was $96.00. Without the entertainment coupon our dinner would have cost us $96.00 + tip. It was good value for the money and we enjoyed the evening tremendously.
I highly recommend The Cabin for a nice casual meal in a cozy environment with good food and service.

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Pizza Garden800 Carnarvon St, #255, New Westminster
Extremely bad customer service
By csyang of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 11, 2015 - 6:47pm [Take-out]

I ordered a X-large veggie pizza to go and asked the person on the phone to leave a quarter of the pizza without cheese cause my kids are allergic to dairy. The staff(Sam) told me it's not gonna be exactly a quarter because cheese melt. I totally understand because I worked at a pizza joint myself before. I said as long as there are some slices that's without cheese then I'm totally fine, it doesn't have to be exactly a quarter of the pizza.

When my hubby picked up the pizza and brought it home, the whole pizza has cheese on top! I called them immediately. The staff (Sam) told me they didn't make any mistake. He told the person who made the pizza to leave a quarter without cheese and he did. I asked him then how come my whole pizza has cheese!? He said as he mentioned on the phone, he can't promised it's a quarter without cheese?! Are you kidding me? I told him, if today I received a pizza with 20%, 15% or even 10% without cheese then I wouldn't make this phone call. But I called because a received a pizza with 100% cheese on the whole pizza! how can you said you didn't make any mistake!!!? He then said then probably I don' know what cheese looks like on the pizza!? Ridiculous! I request to speak to a manager to have this issue resolved immediately. He said there's nothing he can do and he's the person in charge for the time I called. Then he disconnected the phone!

Unbelievable!!!!! I would never ordered a pizza from them again. They ruined my dinner and my kids was left without dinner to eat!

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New Peace Chinese Restaurant630 Davie Street, Vancouver
Wont fess up to their mistakes
By tummytwins of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 6:19pm [Delivery]

This WAS one of my favourite places for asain food. I ordered as usual the sweet soy glazed chicken and beef rolls. When they came i opened so excited and they messed up my order. They gave me cold cheap tasting sweet and sour chicken. Completely different to what I ordered. I called them to explain and the lady on the phone just kept denying that they messed up. I explained that I am a frequent diner with them and i know full well what the soy glazed chicken was. And she started yelling at me!!! Even though i was very calm. This is ruined this place for me which is quite sad.

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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Poor Value for your Money
By synchro of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I've been to this address many times in the past when Kaplan's was here. The food was always very good, service and value for your money too.
The restaurant part has changed. The Ambiance is okay except for the overly bright lights hanging overhead. They could reduce the wattage and safe some money on the hydro bill. I ordered my standard sandwich and a drink taking note of a price hike for the sandwich. To 'supersize' it would have cost $14.95. What I failed to note is that their smoked meat isn't Montreal Style Smoked Meat. So I was a little disappointed in that. The meal came fairly quickly, delivered to my table (you now take a number on a stand to place on your table). I didn't find anything special about their smoked meat - just ordinary I'd say. But the sandwich was small, no slaw but they did throw in a pickle. It was on bread the size a ciabatta. I read the rest of their menu board and nearly choked on $12 for a hamburger and $16 for a double-burger. Maybe it came with lots of fries - who knows. So sorry, I won't go back. No Montreal Smoked meat. Small portion. Just not value for your money.

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X-site Grill & Bistro2270 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
X-Site X 2 visits with overall pretty good service/food
By shutupandeat of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

We've been out to the Vancouver X-Site restaurant twice on a Friday night.
Both times, the service was quite good. Casual and friendly servers with regular check-up on meals/drinks to top-up. They have food and liquor specials each night and the prices are reasonable. X-Site could be called a Sports Pub with live music and/or local watering hole.
Mexican specialties were quite tasty and good value.
Chorizo nachos were quite big plate and tasty.

On Friday nights, they have an open mic for locals that play/sing. Entertaining and laid back.

Very good location for a nice night out without blowing the budget. Highly recommend for anyone in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Cheap food, cheapest service
By crislo of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I visited on Friday 4 Dec, 2015, (Davie) for dinner. I ordered Roast Lamb, that came to dry and cold. My server (Sandra # 6) was not attentive with her service nor when I informed about the food. Later, I requested a to go box because I had more than half my meal. The box came back with Rice ONLY. I asked about it and I was informed that she thought that I was done. How I told her, if I was done why do you think that I ask you to pack my food and what made you decide that I did want the rice but not the lamb, potatoes, etc? I even complain to the manager who apologized but no compensation was offered. So I paid for a full meal but I really ended up with a small part of it.

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Tibisti Foods & Grill6990 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Stay away if you don't want to be humiliated!
By drmomen of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2015 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Stay away!!
They serve old horrible food in their buffet that seem kept refrigerated for days and from left overs of the previous day's buffet! They pour grease and oil/fat on all the food with lots of salt thinking they can fool people around to mask the rotten taste of old food. There's basically no service; rude and mean servers and chief. This is NOT a Lebanese restaurant; may be one day it was long ago when a Lebanese chief was in charge and the food was good back then; not anymore with the new immature Libyan caterers of poor attitude, food and service. Myself, my wife, and our infant went there for their "buffet" and the 'server' let us in without telling us that restaurant will close in half an hour. He removed all the food from the buffet while we were still eating and fully charged us! His excuse was "Working hours are written on the door and we are not staying a minute longer"!! He literally kicked us out! Not just that, while he was arguing with me at his desk another customer just came in and he served him although he was basically "closed"! That was unethica, unprofessional and the most horrible experience we've ever had in a 'restaurant'. So if you don't want to be humiliated and you want to keep your dignity stay away!

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Great downtown Dim Sum
By markattisha of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Since the Imperial Dim Sum closed down in the Marine Building and Victoria Chinese closed down for renovations for what seems like an eternity, there was a collective wail for dim sum in Downtown Vancouver.

Thank goodness that the Victoria Chinese has opened up again and seems rejuvenated. The dishes are standard dim sum fare and very reliable. Several of the old timers from Imperial have taken up residence at Victoria, and you can tell from the attentive waiters and the efficient service.

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Bay Sushi6371 Bruce Street, West Vancouver
Cool place in Horseshoe Bay
By bernie8555 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 9:00am [Take-out]

I've ate here since it opened years ago. It's a small hidden gem on Bruce Street. The owners are professional and the quality of food/fish is consistently fresh. I like all the veggie options (kappa rolls, oshinko, veggie rolls, etc) because they are healthy and good value. Their sock eye salmon is super, as is the tuna. The chef seems really keen on maintaining freshness. Can't ask for much more.

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Rio Brazilian Steakhouse689 Denman St, Vancouver
Amazing!!!
By Ana44 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 27, 2015 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Rio is my favorite restaurant in downtown Vancouver. It has a amazing concept, live atmosphere, good service. We can have, beef, lamb, chicken, pork with different type of cuts served to our table in a big skewer, seafood in the hot buffet. also lots of salad. They have Brazilian dancers in the weekend and Caipirinha (Brazilian cocktail) is so good!

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Pho Hoa1011 West 49th Ave, Vancouver
Waited 40 minutes for my take-out.
By masony of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:43pm [Take-out]

My girlfriend and I waited 40 minutes for our take-out order, 25minutes spent drinking hot tea out of a plastic cup... a group of 4 comes in and gets their food before ours, so I of course asked the server why is it taking so long and reasoned it with because this establishment had only 1 cook working. That's fine, but then when the server comes out with our food I get up ready to take our food and leave asap, I grab the handle of the plastic bag and she snatches it back, asking me are you sure this order is ours. Even though we were only ones in that restaurant waiting for food. Like seriously, this server had an intelligence of a hotdog.

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Waba Korean Restaurant228 Schoolhouse St, #8, Coquitlam
Hot and spicy soups
By Gibbler of Coquitlam, BC (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Had dinner on a Thursday night. Not busy, there were 3 other tables of couples. We don't normally eat Korean food but we were craving a hot soup dish and wanted something different from salty, conveyor belt Pho.
We had seafood ramen (spicy) and veg soft tofu soup. (Medium). The soft tofu soup comes in a stone bowl that keeps it hot. I hate it when soup gets cold before you finish eating it! We love ramen at Japanese restaurants and this "Korean style" ramen was really good too. The broths were different but both very flavourful. I think this will be our new place to have soupy, noodles!

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