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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Venice Pizzeria Steak & Spaghetti House10322 East Whalley Ring Road, Surrey
Great food but very poor customer service
By Tash2 of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 6:59pm [Delivery]

The pizza is fantastic but be prepared for the worst customer service you will ever receive. We were told it would be 30 mins for our delivery, an hour & 15 mins later still no pizza so we called back. We were told that we were only the 2nd people to order & they wait for 5 orders before they start cooking the pizza. WTF! We asked for a discount & were told no way. Delivery guy showed up 5 mins later with the order. Told them I would tell everyone about their poor service & they didn't care about that either...

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American Grille Restaurant7571 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Disappointing food and service speed
By rnathan of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:44am [Dine in]

We chose this restaurant for an anniversary dinner. We anticipated excellent food and service, given the price of main courses that are $20 and up. The service was friendly and the waiter was informative. However, we had what seemed like a very long wait for the soup and main course to arrive. Both were lukewarm at best. Perhaps this was because there were four chefs bout only two servers helped by a manager. Nobody asked whether the food was to our liking. It was certainly tasty, but not sufficiently warm to be enjoyable.

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Sushi King House5333 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Our Go-To Fave!
By Kymess of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:01am [Dine in]

We might have champagne tastes, but when beer budgets rule, this mini franchise (they're connected to the one in Marpole, and have a spot in Surrey, too) is where we head.
We often did dine-in, but mostly we were take-away regulars on a weekly basis. My daughter often went independently several times a week, with the kids she nannied.
We moved away from Kerrisdale 7 years ago, but we still go to this Sushi King because we find its hard to beat the value they offer. The fish is fresh, humongous as has been stated many times, decently prepared. Plus, they still remember us!! We're always greeted by a very friendly team (and sometimes they would bring us little 'extras' while we'd wait for our to-go order, like mini seafood salad, lychees, kumquats!)
These guys are our all-time favourite non-Japanese-run Go-To sushi place!

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Okay - Not great
By VJB of abbotsford (156 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:08am [Dine in]

We had dinner here last night.
It is a nice cozy restaurant as others have mentioned. Tables are nicely spaced so you are not too close to other diners. A couple of tables had problems with the sun being right in their eyes while they were dining and the restaurant did not seem able to anything to rectify the situation. I found the menu very limited and for that reason alone I would not go back. The menu is almost all fish dishes with just a couple of other items on the menu. The server brought an order of bread to the table to share with just 2 small pieces of bread. We decided to start with an order of mussels in a tomato sauce. The first one I had was absolutely disgusting. It had gone bad. I said to my husband that he was on his own as I could absolutely not eat this dish. The first mussel that my husband had was pretty good but the second one he had was the same as mine. Definitely past it’s best before date. We called our server over and returned the dish. He offered to give us another but we declined. If 2 out of 3 mussels are bad what are the odds that the mussels in the kitchen are any better? We decided to share the curried squid instead. It was a generous serving and decent but I found the breading a little too heavy for my liking. My husband had the special of the day – halibut with a mango beurre blanc and vegetables. I had fish and chips. My husband really enjoyed his halibut. It was beautifully cooked and the sauce complimented it nicely. My fish and chips were a very generous serving but it came on such a small plate that it was impossible to cut the fish without getting food all over the table. Come on. Use a decent size plate. The fish inside was nice and moist but the batter had areas that were raw and not cooked. The chips are large and not the small fries that I like. They were not crispy on the outside and the inside was very mealy. We were 2 hours over dinner as the food was coming out of the kitchen very slowly.
We would not go back because I find the menu very limited and the food was just average.

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Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl third stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:32am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli and Campagnolo). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
Nice room in east van...very handy. Great selection of craft brews and friendly staff AND th best prices of the three by far! The Margherita was cooking in a gas fired domed oven.....so not really pizza napolitana here. That being said...it was delicious albeit smothered in waaaay too much cheese! te purist n me scowled but everyone else loved it. The second pizza bear mention, it was a "in bianco" (no sauce) creation of pancetta and Brussels sprout leaves and it was the best pizza of the night! 100% will be back. IMHO this place is one of the better values around however for REAL pizza none of these three (except maybe Nicli) can match Tevere or even Bibos.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...second stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:24am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl f three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli Antics and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
To be fair, this isn't strictly a pizza place, there pastas looked amazing! good thing to....I don't know how this was voted one of "the best" as the oven is a conventional one you'd find at any pizza joint!
The Margherita wasn't up to par...they uses tomato sauce instead of fresh...the cheese was almost nonexistent and almost no basil! The second was a fennel sausage and arugula. Better but really, the sausage was almost non existant. I steer clear of this place for pizza but I il be back to try their pasta!

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...first stop
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:15am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Campagnolo and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
The margherita was SPOT ON!! WOW! perfect crust from a wood oven, the right mozzarella fresh tomatoes and basil. The other was a pesto bacon affair memorable only because of the house smoked bacon but great anyhow. This was the most expensive of the three places for beer/wine and pizza. beautiful room in a funky hood. Service was adequate. IMHO it rates as tied for first on this trip with Barbarella. I still prefer Tevere pizza overall, too bad we were too full to visit that night!

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Browns Social House2950 Glen Drive coquitlam, Coquitlam
Dont have the 'Bad thai"
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (138 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:49am [Dine in]

I have come to Browns a fair bit and it's usually a decent go to for an average meal. This Brown's franchise is worse than any other I've visited and it shows when the're always seats available on Friday and Saturday nights at any time.

The other night we went because we were starving and near there. I get tired of all the same drinks at all the same places, this one included. Their social drinks are cheap and not bad but I'd like something nice like a good cider on tap how about? I don't always want wine, and sometimes something refreshing would be good. I'm not a fan of glow in the dark cocktails and "martinis". No luck here. Had a Strongbow for $8 - yuk.

Partner ordered a pizza which was ok. I made the foolish mistake of ordering the "pad thai". It's in quotes because it is no more like pad thai than choloclate pudding is like crackers. This stuff comes in a bowl heaped with beans sprouts. Ok good start. Where's the cilantro? Oh - there's none. WHat is this mess under the beansprouts? It was a liquidy sauce that tasted like fish juice(fish sauce) and soy sauce. Not, tamarind like it is supposed to. The oil and sauce are suppoesd to stick to the noodles, not allow them to swim in it with the miniscule wet peanut bits. Then there was the noodles. They must have thought I was out for the night from a nursing home. They were all chopped up in to 1 inch pieces! What the heck is that? It was positively VILE. And as mush as I like veggies, they do not belong in pad thai. Whatever "chef" came up with that recipe has no idea about thai food in the least. When the waitress came and asked how it was I said "actually it was gross" "oh okay" she giggled" and asked if we wanted out bill. We sure did , to get out and not come back.

Plus, these Browns have not changed up their menus in years and it's getting REALLY tiresome. Time to find a new hangout.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Slow and spicy
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Someone recommended me this place for good Indian food, so I expected it to be top-notch, at the least. First of all, I had to wait an excruciating amount of time to get a table. And to make matters worse, we were only two people waiting for a table.
When we finally got a table, we ordered out appetizers and drinks. Then, it was another wait…for our actual food. When I told the waiter he made a face like if he had forgotten or something. The meal starts to get expensive when you start to order sides and drinks. The lamb vindaloo was too spicy for me. I had ordered medium, so I don’t know why it was so hot. The prawns were okay in terms of taste and size. The matter paneer was too much sauce for me and so I had to give it to my friend to finish. In their defense, their breads were really good (naans).

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe2902 Main Street, Vancouver
And I don’t even like coffee
By wuan59 of Calgary AB. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

I do not consider myself much of a coffee person but I loved the coffee and service offered here in 49th. Their Venezuelan coffee was fresh and didn’t taste anything fabricated, like in many other coffee shops popping up here and there. The baristas know their stuff, which made me fall over for a cup. Their lattes also looked pretty good. I also indulged in some donuts (peanut butter and jelly in case you were wondering), on insistence of a friend, and found them delicious. Making the line was worth it! Before leaving I even bought an extra pair Lucky donuts to take home. Caution though, they were a bit expensive! But worth trying.

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Junsei River Japanese Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Do not eat here ever!
By JODEEN of Squamish B.c. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:12am [Dine in]

The worst sushi and customer service! My 1st time eating here....order the veggie combo. When it came to my table it looked like it had been sitting on the plate for days. The veggies were dark. Ate 3 rolls and sent it back. Could not believe they even served it. They should be ashamed serving sushi like that! Told them I was not going to eat it and did not want anything else. Felt sick. The waitress came back and told me the manager said I still had to pay for my meal. Was shocked. I never complain at restaurant so for this to happen was terrible. Everyone beware of this place. They treat their customer like shit. The worst experience I have had at a restaurant and I travel all over the world.

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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Opening night...anyone else want to chime in?
By ravingfoodie of downtown, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

It's been a while since I've done a review but needed to get this out there for my fellow Gyoza and Ramen aficionados.

Went to opening night and was prepared to deal with the hiccups but was also expecting to be blown away because of the hype of great Gyoza and Ramen! DISAPPOINTED!

I understand the chef and owners are so proud of their hand crafted noodles but I really don't think the noodles match the broth, especially with the heavier Tonkotsu base. Traditionally, it should be served with a thinner noodle to offset the thicker soup. The noodles is probably more suited for "Yakisoba" I also sampled their signature Kaisen Tomato Ramen. Sorry GB+R, this was only "meh". Again, noodles were a bit on the thick side it can be more simply described as a bouillabaisse with noodles. $17.00!

Teppan Gyoza was basically flavorless and definitely lacking some seasoning I brought this to the attention of one of the hosts. They, too, admitted the filling needed some work and GB+R would be looking at adding more pork fat and other seasoning to perfect to their mixture.

I am all into being creative but their dipping sauces , I believe, need some work. Perhaps , including a dipping sauce with rice vinegar?

Hopefully, it was just a case of "opening" night jitters.

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RO Sushi678 West Broadway, Vancouver
oh so ....ordinary
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (94 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:25am [Dine in]

I've gotten take-out from here many times because it's convenient. But nothing special to report here. It's the same as the hundreds of other so-called sushi places in Vancouver. If you're a sushi expert, you should try Ajisai, Kilala, Kibune, or the other authentic ones. If you're not too concerned about quality and want quantity at good price, than the Sushi Special might be for you - $6 for 18 pieces.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good spot for a bite when you are in the area
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Good spot for burgers, sandwiches and beers. Portions are good. The food is fresh and doesnt come with any pretenses. The hot and cold sandwich options are where I always end up at but the menu is pretty extensive and they do a pretty good brunch menu that goes along great with a caesar.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Good authentic Mexican food!
By Yukon Cornelius of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

This place is in my neighbourhood and it has never failed to impress. A first visit might make you think that the wait time is a bit long but I have learned time and time again that the reason for the wait? They make FRESH food everytime. For instance... most Mexican restaurants scoop tortilla chips out of a bag. At this place the make them fresh! What a great idea! The tortilla soup is a great dish. chicken stock and fresh tortillas all seasoned perfectly. They use the real Mexican style cheese not shredded mozza out of a bag. The nachos are priced for 1 person but enough for 2 people. Its not a big place and sometimes the TV is playing Mexican soap operas a little too loud... but wow do they ever do wonders in that kitchen. Muy bien!

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Old Ginger514 W Broadway, Vancouver
Over priced for mostly greasy noodles.
By dogsbreakfast of Vancouver (Dunbar) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

They don't care! The location is the only thing that keeps this place in operation. If it weren't for the fact that it's near a Sky train station, theere would be another coffee shop there. I wanted veggies.lots of veggies.if I wanted noodles and meat with too much oil, I would have made a point of ordering oily meat and noodles. I made a point of LOTS OF VEGGIES! And for the price of a meal for two, that feed only me, I got ripped off.
They had to bring me some veggies as a side dish to make up for the lack of them in my meal. And what they brought was just oily baby boo choy.
With the ten other places near by that had far more customers inside, I messed up.
Screw the Old Ginger.

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Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Dinner and beers with the boys
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:06am [Dine in]

Three of us hit Sailor Hagar's brew pub on a Saturday evening for dinner and beers. Haven't been there for years. It was sunny but a bit chilly for the patio but we had our choice of window tables inside. Great view of Vancouver and the harbour.

We tried most of their craft brews over a calamari starter, the Bitter and Nut Brown ale were our favorites. Calamari was good, crisp in a tempura batter with some veggies thrown in. I had the rustic chorizo and asiago pizza which was good but could have used a minute more in the oven to get a crisper bottom crust. Three fish tacos with crispy fish and slaw was another good choice. The beef dip was huge, with a bowl of excellent crispy fries. Overall the food and service was excellent and we had a great boys dinner. And it was a short walk downhill to the quay to catch a cab home.

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NSCS Discovery1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Breakfast at the Jericho hostel
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:53am [Dine in]

We popped into the Discovery Café downstairs at the Jericho Youth Hostel for breakfast while scootering around the area on a sunny Saturday morning. Ordered the corn beef hash for me and the others got Chuckwagon breakfasts. Coffees was rich and we enjoyed a couple cups while we waited about 40 minutes for meals. There were only a couple other tables occupied so I don't know why it took so long but we weren't in any rush.

The corned beef hash was excellent...real corned beef (texture like pulled pork) with roast potatoes, onions and red peppers seared up with two soft poached eggs and hollandaise on top. The Chuckwagons were scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, hash brown potatoes and a dish of baked beans. Each breakfast came with an enormous wedge biscuit with butter and jam. Lots of delicious food. Bill for three people was $42 including a tip. We'd definitely come back for breakfast and now we're wondering what lunch/dinner would be like.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Going down hill
By wicket777 of Delta, B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

It was a nice sunny day in Steveston, and we decided to drop by Kisamos for lunch to see if we could get a table because the last few times we tried to go there during dinner they were packed. They weren't busy at all, with only 4 or so other tables. We were greeted nicely and got a table right away. We didn't take too long to order, I went with the calamari plate and my wife went with lamp chops.
Then we started to wait while our two kids got fussy.... Luckily the server brought some small pieces of pita which were warm and tasted good.
Eventually, about 25 minutes later, I noticed that the lamp chops were at the window, but they sat there, waiting for the calamari so they could be brought together.. Food all arrived finally after about 30 mins. Quite a long wait given that they weren't busy, but I figured they had to cook the lamp chops... So we started to eat.
Greek salad - Cucumbers were definitely not fresh, a bit mushy. Not enough feta, and the tomatoes weren't too fresh either.
Rice - Was just ok.
Potatoes - Were somewhat overcooked, but not horrible.
Lamp chops - These were actually not bad. Not overcooked, and seasoned nicely.
Calamari - Biggest disappointment. They were a bit mushy, and almost tasteless. They should have been the star of the dish. Some of them even seemed a bit underdone. I would have complained, but we had waited so long for our food and we had to leave so I just left the food and paid the bill.

We have been to Kisamos many times in the past and have always enjoyed the food. This trip, however, left me feeling sick to my stomach due to the mushy calamari, so we won't be returning. The best thing we ate was the pita bread.

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Seahorse Grill12147 Sullivan Street, Surrey
Little Gem in Crescent Beach
By Allegra_50 of surrey bc (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

In the past this restaurant was a very special night out for us along with many visitors we've brought, offering culinary delights until last Sunday night. I ordered their weekly special, roast beef, assuming since that this is the weekly special this choice would be a perfected dish.Our server was very pleasant, friendly and upbeat so we where prepared for a wonderful food experience.
Sad to say when my roast beef arrived I noticed my Yorkshire pudding was burnt and after a taste confirmed it was uneatable. Next was the roast beef, it was very tough and the flavour did not make up for any toughness.
I can understand that perhaps this was an off night for the chef but the server, however friendly she was, never did ask us how our meal was. Even when she could see the uneaten Yorkshire pudding never inquired for the left food on the plate.
Our hope is that this past gem can somehow gain our confidence back.

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