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Metro Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Service needs to improve!
By autwrn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:44am [Dine in]

There are some reviews that reiterate the poor service of this place but I thought that since they were dated, this would not be the case. Akira is in Denman, where there are tons of other restaurants that can give them a run for their money. If they don’t want to lose clientele, they need to up their game!

Other than that, there are really no other reasons why not to come back. For one, prices are affordable. While the sushi lacked taste, the black rice didn’t disappoint! I would have given it a higher rating had it not been for the service. While the service is usually fast, the waitresses can be unfriendly, to put it nicely.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nice View, Great Patio
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 6:23am [Dine in]

I have had lunch (3x) and dinner once here. The lunches were all very good, delicious seafood appetizers had us dining on a series of just appetizers the first two times. The third time we had burgers and they were just the way I like them, juicy, fresh toppings with decent fries. Recently we dropped by for dinner and almost left after looking at the menu, we were out for a casual meal, not expensive dining ( the lounge was closed which it seems to be every time I have been there), but the menu was very expensive and none of my favourites were on it.

Turns out you can order from the lunch/lounge menu although we had to be leaving to get that offered. We ended up having burgers because none of the usual delicious appetizers remain on the menu. Once again the burgers were just right so we enjoyed them. The caeser side salad I had was drowning in dressing, tasty but it made it too soggy and all I could taste was dressing.

The lovely patio was full and had a very long wait so we were seated inside which was about 3/4 empty. Service was good. Overall, it was okay but expensive restaurants need to always be on top of the food quality including the salads.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
poor customer service delicious food
By sberry101 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Came here with my family whom I haven't seen in about 10 years.. The food was delicious , but the service was poor! The waitress walked away before we were all finished ordering, we didn't get all the food we ordered... And we were asked to leave because others needed the table... My mom complained and all they had to say was "sorry" over and over again.. needless to say... we were upset with the service and we are not coming back !

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Zeitoon1795 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
The quality is great-one of the best Persian restaurants in town
By Sam2014 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

The food quality is fantastic in this restaurant. The environment also is cozy and nice looking. the staffs are friendly and polite. I have been here several times and I want to go back again and again and again. If you like persian food, this is the place you should go.

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White Spot1476 Kingsway, Vancouver
A wrinkle in time
By jsmoore of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

For anyone that has lived in BC, White Spot is a classic. I, like most people, have fond memories of it from my childhood, as it was THE family restaurant. Which kid did not want a Pirate Pack? Anyways, back to the point, I hadn't been to a White Spot location for a while so I decided to revisit their Kingsway location.

I had the mediterranean chicken burger and it was alright, nothing WOW. Looking back, I should’ve ordered the legendary with its triple O or something! I don’t know if I was expecting too much but even their fries were a bit damp...The service was a little slow but I’ll give it to them this time because it was sort of packed when I was there. I'll have to come again to see if their food has worsened or not.

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McDonald's10240 King George Hwy, Surrey
Worst McDonalds ever
By Msburris of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:04pm [Take-out]

3rd time in a row they messed up my order, gave no salad dressing no forks, no recipes to call. The other time paid for pies never got them. Missing burgers. This place is either sketchy or the worst run I have ever seen. Seriously only satisfaction was getting my money back after driving there from home. Total joke.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Shouldn't have gone back
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I am not going to lie, I have been to Aji Taro in the past and didn't have such an unpleasant experience as the reviewers here described. So I decided to give it a second shot the other night.

I usually don’t have such high standards for food, especially AYCE, but this time around Aji Taro disappointed. I went like at 10 pm and the food was extremely bland. The gyoza was a joke, and the portions of salmon and tuna nigiri were tiny and tasted old. When I asked the waiter about the freshness of the ingredients, she simply didn’t respond (although she clearly heard me).

I think what continues to draw people to it is its late hours. If it were not for the fact that it is open until late (2 am), I don’t think many would go. Better go to somewhere else and get good quality sushi for the same price.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Go for the tea
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 8:09am [Dine in]

Good place for bubble tea, although it gets crazy packed sometimes! Especially during lunch time...I usually just go to BBT for a quick snack (I’m crazy about their spicy dumplings), but the service is always a disappointment. It is usually a struggle to get the staff to acknowledge you, and then, once they do, to get your order placed. As for the way they treat you, geez, its usually borderline rude. I keep going back though for their bubble tea. The passion fruit is delicious (and strong!), and the Taro is a classic. The teas are pretty sweet, especially the passion fruit, but one of the best in Vancouver.

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Wallflower, The2420 Main Street, Vancouver
Cool and hip
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:36am [Dine in]

The Wallflower is quite a unique restaurant because it has such an artsy, hip look. The little details make the place fun (coffee is served in random mugs). They also play very good music (it is LOUD, but to be expected from the dark look of the restaurant). As for the food, it is a delight. The pesto chicken wrap with fries was absolutely tasty and not greasy. The spinach salad was also highly enjoyable; it came with yummy goat cheese and tofu.

I am not vegan but it was a nice surprise to see so many vegan dishes on the menu, so if you are vegan, this is definitely the place to come to. One thing you should take a note of is that they only accept cash or credit, not debit. Kind of weird.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
We had a great time!
By amelia.s of WhiteRock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what's up with the reviews, but we had a great time at Kobe. There was a ton of food, it was fresh and delicious and the show was killer. Yes, it is a bit on the pricey side, but so are all the restaurants surrounding Kobe. Definitely a special occasion place, but the show makes it entirely worth while.

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Blarney Stone216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Don't go for the food
By louie of New Jersey, USA (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:07am [Dine in]

I’ve got to admit I was having my doubts about this place before coming here. When you have in mind ‘dinner’, the last place you want to go to is a pub. But because I was with my boyfriend and his friends, I had no other choice but to tag along.

The pub is truly Irish – as soon as you walk in, you’ll see Irish signs everywhere (Guinness, etc.). The number of 20-something year old's was overwhelming, and made me feel old. The food, as I was expecting it to be, was so-so. I had yam fries and blarney burger. The burger seemed sloppily put together and lacked taste. Had it not been for the shepherd's pie I would have deducted another star.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Frequent Visits
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 9:15am [Dine in]

The food is reliable which one expects with chain restaurants. The service has always been quite good at this location and I enjoy dropping in for lunch from time to time. I enjoy the dry ribs, short rib sandwich, burgers and salads. The Fawlty Tower martini is an occasional treat to enjoy.

I will suggest reviewing the bill carefully as I failed to do so last visit and ended paying what I believe was quite a bit more for what I had. I didn't really even look at it until the credit card bill arrived and wondered how The dry ribs appetizer ($10.75) with add on Caesar salad mini (not on menu but usually charged ($4.00) and one regular Fawlty Tower Martini ($9.00) plus tax and tip ended up being over $41.00. My best guess is I was charged for something I did not have or maybe charged for the full sized salad meal which I did not have. Altogether for an appetizer, mini appetizer salad and one martini that is expensive.

Overall though it is a decent place to eat, just double check your bill when it arrives. I usually do but was careless that day and paid for it.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Not so "Appy" about "Appy Hour"!!!
By Joe and Traci of Vancouver (Fairview) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Glad that we didn't stay for the dinner... We wouldn't have thought it to be so badly reviewed, but here I am reading about nearly our exact experience, written over and over again...TERRIBLE!!!

We spent the day at beautiful Rocky Point and walked around to the beach across from the Boathouse. Had a look back and decided that some poached prawns and cocktail sauce were in order. Upon our arrival, we discovered that it was still Appy Hour and we could order a few Appy's to try at a decent price. Prawns, Halibut bites, and Calamari and yam fries...Great!

Service to start was slow (servers were chatting at the end of the bar). We ordered a couple bevies and some ice water. The drinks came but no water, so I asked Crystal (our server) again.

Food came and we dug in. After one bite our she asked how everything was... we did just get it, so we said good. Flagged down someone to get Crystal back to order more prawns before 6pm. She came and said that it looked like we were looking for her (because I was!! Why not come on over to the table to be sure?! This was 5 mins to 6 and our drinks were empty, and nearly out of water. Didn't see her again for 20 minutes when she came out with our second order of prawns.

During our drink-less wait, we ate through our other appys and discovered that the bottom half of the calamari was a bunch of dark brown crumbles, which to my pallet (had more than my fair share) tasted burnt. I brought it to our servers attention when she dropped off the prawns and she told me that those are the bits and were ok. I reiterated that they were charred and inedible. I asked why it took over 20 mins for our prawns and that we would have ordered drinks 20 mins ago had she asked. She said they were busy (not really, most people came in that we saw at 10 after 6). She filled our water and slammed down my Wife's water glass and walked away shaking her head. She came back with the bill, we paid, and I asked for the manager.

Denis the manager came over and listened to what I had to say (all of the above). His first words came out with a stink like he just ate a cigarette butt. Ewww! He seemed to listen and said he'd bring this to our servers attention. I guess he's heard this often enough...because he didn't seem to care if we came back or not.

Funny thing is (Denis), tomorrow is our Anniversary (which we celebrate monthly), and this was going to be our go-to place as it has such a beautiful patio view! Oh well, 2 appy's, 2 dinners and a bottle of fine wine will be purchased elsewhere every month!! They won't see our $200 every month!

This place isn't worth a second try, especially after reading how many people get sick and have had such terrible experiences. We just moved from False Creek and frequented the Kits and Downtown locations, and will miss them dearly... We are not happy with our new, local Boathouse! Grrrr!!!

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Shiang Garden4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Not Worthy of the "High-End" Label
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I came here for a wedding banquet on the weekend and I was quite interested to see how it compared to other Chinese restaurants as I had briefly considered holding my wedding banquet here when I was looking for restaurants for my reception last year. Suffice it to say, I'm glad I stuck to my gut feeling and went elsewhere instead.

Food:
The food I would say, is average. Not spectacular but not bad.

Service:
Disappointing. Yeah, yeah, I know, you really can't expect that much from a Chinese restaurant but when the server can't be bothered to tell you what she's serving and just plops it into the middle of the lazy susan, that's pretty terrible. This is the first banquet I've ever been to where they don't show the table the dish in its entirety and then separate it into individual plates for people at the table (which is always nice, especially if you're sitting at a table full of strangers).

Value:
I always look for good value because, let's be honest, why would you pay more when you can get the same thing elsewhere at a cheaper price? I know for Chinese banquets, you order the menu by tables of 10 people each and if you have less than 10 people at a table, those people will be eating more. If you have more than 10 people at a table, then you have the option of paying extra to add more to the dishes. We had 8 people at our particular table so we should've gotten a lot of extra food but instead, we got just enough for the 8 of us. Example: when the soup course came, the server split the soup into 8 bowls and there was no extra left over. Just enough for the eight of us. Our lobster course was very skimpy looking. Definitely did not come with two whole lobsters. And the most obvious of all was when our noodle dish came. The server was holding one plate for us and one plate for the table next to us (who had a full 10 people). It definitely looked like ours had about 1/3 less than the other plate. To me, just because there is less people at the table, doesn't mean less should be served to us as the full amount was paid.

Ambiance:
Probably could've been bumped up to a four but the night was ruined by the fire alarm going off for a good 30 minutes. No announcement was made whether we should evacuate and no explanation about the fire alarm was ever given.

All in all, I think this place got it's "high-end" Chinese restaurant because of the décor (which, I guess made them feel justified in charging the outrageous prices) but they certainly need to up their game if they want to be actually worthy of that label.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
There's no other place for Ramen than Kintaro
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Kintaro Ramen gives you the perfect combination of good food at a good price. It is the place I go to devotedly if I want ramen. The shio ramen is unparalleled - it comes with green onions, bean sprouts and BBQ pork. The place is kind of crowded and many times you have to share table with others, but I don't mind. A lot of people complain that it gets too hot inside but its like they say, you get what you pay for!

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All Thai'd Up Restaurant2636 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam
Too spicy
By dianalee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

This place is not your typical fast food Asian restaurant. All the food is made right there, which is a healthy sign. I usually am a sucker for spicy food, but the food here is waaaaay too spicy! I ordered a pad thai and red curry at 'medium' thinking it was going to be spicy enough for me, but not too spicy. Boy was I wrong! It was waaay too hot! I was sweating and reaching for some water in no time, which was a little strange for me. I even asked the waiter whether my order had been mistaken or something and he said no.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Could have been better
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

While this place is highly rated as one of the best for Afghan food in Vancouver, I would have to disagree. I have been to other Afghan restaurants and they did not taste like a mediterranean/Greek spin off! This cannot be the best that there is in Vancouver.

Don't get me wrong; some of their plates, like the lamb shoulder, were good but, it just didn't taste Afghan. And for the prices being charged, I think I deserved better. I mean, some of the food seemed to be prepared haphazardly: the rice was a little hard and seemed to be undercooked.

I don't mean to be entirely negative, as there were some good things about this restaurant as well (service, environment) but for me, the food was a deal breaker.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:42am [Dine in]

This is definitely a place I can only afford to go to on special occasions. What first impacts you about this restaurant is its ambience. There is an outdoor patio that is lovely and quite romantic. Make sure you have a reservation before coming here because it does get rather busy sometimes, especially for dinner.

Onto the food now…I played it safe and ordered nothing out of the extraordinary. The food was not exceptional; I found the gnocchi to be a little lackluster in taste. The wine list is pretty extensive and if you are not a wine expert like myself, it can be a little overwhelming! The waiter helped me out though. I really liked dessert; I had the cioccolato and it was fabulous. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I am a little biased in that sense, but even my boyfriend, who isn’t, liked it.

So I'm having mixed feelings about this place. The food never makes me go "wow", especially for its price, but the ambience + dessert + drinks make up for it.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good gelato but long wait
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:36am [Dine in]

There's nothing like some good old gelato when its summer. This place has an amazing amount of gelato to chose from: over 70 flavours last time I asked! I always go for an unexpected and crazy flavor, like hedgehog or green tea. While the staff is normally friendly and courteous, the huge line and wait is always a bummer.

Besides that, I wish they would update their whole payment process. They don't take credit cards which can be a pain, as I usually don't carry cash with me. Prices are not cheap, so why make it more difficult to pay?

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Agro Cafe1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Delicious fair trade coffee
By joshr of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Although I have been to better coffee shops, I still make the effort to stop by Agro's every once in a while. They have the right work ethic at this place, which is what I like. They believe in organic food and fair trade practices, something I strongly believe in and advocate. I like knowing where the ingredients of my food is coming from so I will continue to support it with my pennies.

Enough of my rant, the coffee is actually quite good. Although I don't drink much coffee, especially in summer, I go for an iced tea and either a panini or a quinoa wrap. The prices are quite inexpensive for a place like this one. If only they would train and/or change their staff, then the place would be nearly perfect. The service is always quite slow and the orders get mixed up frequently. The attitude of the staff is also something that needs to be worked on.

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