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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Excellent food in a beautiful setting
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (119 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

My previous visit to this restaurant, before my most recent visit a few days ago, was many years ago. At that time, the food was OK but not great, which was the reason I had not gone back for quite a while. However, recently, I heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant from foodie friends of mine, so I decided to give it another try, especially with the very enticing $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu.

I and my wife went for the DOV menu, but each picked different appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and portions were normal (unlike with some other restaurants where the portions were noticeably smaller with the DOV menu). I could tell that the cooking was quite different from that of my previous visit many years ago, so probably the kitchen staff had changed in the interim. The decor of the place also seemed different, and I later learned from the waiter that they had indeed changed the tables and chairs just within the last year or so. I think, other than that, the place may well have been renovated since my previous visit. Service was excellent, and we got seated at a table by the window, with a fabulous harbor view. The way the restaurant is set up, most tables can enjoy very good views.

DOV is over now, so the menu is no longer available, but I am curious to try the many appetizing dishes on their regular menu.

Free parking is an added bonus. I will definitely return.

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Szechuan Chongqing1260 Robson Street, Vancouver
Clean and quick if you dine-in
By jonesh19 of East Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Discovered this little gem while strolling around Robson one day. Although it seems very hole-in-the-wall kind of place, it is incredibly clean and organized inside. It's friendly service and great value has made it one of my favourite Chinese places in town. My favourite dishes have to be the orange peel chicken and lemon chicken. Service is very different when you order from when you eat in. Ordering is more of a hit and miss, and can be slow, so I tend to come in here. Food comes incredibly fast otherwise.

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Pearl Bistro & Oyster Bar14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
First and Last time .
By mcjardine of whiterock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere , and from there down hill.
Very difficult menu to read in dim light. ONLINE MENU is different than actual menu.Server was bored , unfriendly and forgetful when it came to serving us.Food is way over priced and mediocre in taste. Portions very small so plan ahead for hitting up another eatery on the way home.

We would classify this place as a major disappointment and recommend a pass.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
How do you leave hungry from an all-you-can-eat?
By michwilliams of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

If it weren't for the fact that its so close to UBC I doubt I would even be stepping foot in here. Sure, its all you can eat, but if you are leaving still feeling hungry, the name kind of defeats the purpose, amirite?

The occasion for coming here was after school lunch. I don't remember the quality of the food being so bad. The sushi is very low quality and I don't even have very high standards when it comes to an AYCE place. My salmon roll was badly done and had way too much rice for my liking, just to fill you up I suspect. The nigiri was an even bigger disappointment.

Service: non-existent.

Not so sure I should continue compromising quality over quantity, just for the sake of my wallet. Health comes first?

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Dine-in vs take-out experience
By michwilliams of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:28pm [Take-out]

I never really ordered takeout from here until today. My roomie and I were hungry but had the usual dilemma of "too lazy to cook and too lazy to go eat out, just wanna chill".

So after what must have been 40 minutes of discussing how much we hated chem and needed some food to feed our brains, we called up Akbars for some delivery. It was my roomie's choice and was not going to argue there. She is Indian and has grown up with that food so I took her better judgement.

We ordered just a couple of things, aloo gobi and chicken tikka. I have eaten here once or twice before and found these two dishes to be safe bets. Everything good until then but the delivery took so long to arrive. Maybe it was because we ordered so late, Friday around 5 pm. The food was sloppily arranged and a little cold but still managed to taste good after heating, esp chicken tikka. Delicious. Thank God we were at our apartment because they forgot to include eating utensils! 3 stars because I thought they could've done better.

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Indian Wok5212 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good choice
By doobie of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:35am [Dine in]

We, wife and son, stopped in on a recent Friday night. I have driven by many times and thought the concept of Asian/Indian fusion to be worth a try. There was one other pair when we arrived. The place is clean, setting nothing special, its the food you go to the small mom and pop places for not the lighting or finishings.
We ordered a mixed pakora plate while we looked over the menu. The dished arrived about 10 min. later, it was a combination chicken, white fish and vegetable pakoras, quite good, though the veggie was a little heavy on the breading, maybe needed to hold the spinach and onion together?
We were all hungry and planned on left over so we ordered the Black Bean Chicken, Curried Beef, Beef and Broccoli, Bombay Prawns and a Chicken Fried Rice. It was a a lot of food for three, but hey I don't have to cook tonight!
The Bombay Prawns were a hit, breaded with a light curry flavour and a sticky, slightly sweet sauce, tamarind possibly?
Black Bean Chicken had had the right amount of tang. The Chicken Fried Rice was flavourful, though a touch dry. Beef and Broccoli was very good. Personally I wasn't a big fan of the Curried Beef, more Chinese than Indian on this one, this could be a fun dish if they used a vindaloo or masala instead.
Over all a good experience, I'd give it a 7 out of 10 and we do plan to go back, would make a good compromise when you can't decide between Indian or Chinese.
Oh yah, bill came to around $75, but that was a lot of food, essentially 6 plates and a meal for home.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Looks are not everything: beautiful ambience but lacking in taste
By bevrh of richmond (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Tried it out first in dine out two years ago and loved it. This is one of Vancouver's high-end Italian restaurants. The ambience is to die for, great architecture and very Italian. I must admit it makes for a great romantic dinner setting, or some other type of celebration.

We made a reservation here last week. It was a bit packed when we arrived so we waited at the bar. In what seemed like 20 minutes, we were directed to a room with our table. This is one of those places in where you want to have a good meal but don't. We had the caesar and calamari, followed by the spaghettini and scaloppini. I found the food to be a little lacking, and felt like I didn't get my money's worth. And the fact that the wine list is nothing cheap didn't help.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Second time's the charm?
By bevrh of richmond (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

We came here on a Wednesday for dinner and boy did we regret it. I should have listened to my inner self and not come (we had a previous negative experience eating here). But I thought things would have changed from the last time I was here over a year ago. Also, the fact that my party and I were not coming for the all-you-can-eat, made me cave in and pay the price. Sadly. Sigh...

The service was terrible. First of all, we were not acknowledged for over 10 minutes at the door. And when we were seated, another 15 to 20. Add to that the time it took to bring out the actual food and do the math. Do these people seriously not want business? Cause that's what they're doing. I used to remember the meat being good, but this time was not the case. Dry cold and hard - nothing like when you think of Korean bbq. The portions are small and totally not worth the $$ (not cheap, btw).

I seriously don't know why I returned.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Not just quantity served here, but quality
By gabaqueen of ottawa (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Saddened to see such negative reviews for Anton. I really like it for the quantity AND the quality. And it seems to me that many others in this city do so as well, as there always is a line. I had lunch here recently and had to queue outside the restaurant for a seat. And as for the quantity, take me seriously when I say that the portion sizes are extra large. If you eat here, most of the times you will end up with a take-out portion that can easily last you two or three days.

The pasta is delicious and so despite it being expensive you don't mind spending a bit extra for it. I have not been able to try everything on their menu because it is so extensive but one dish I really enjoy is the linguine alla siciliana, which is linguine with red peppers, and anchovies. They also add olives in a very spicy tomato sauce, which is mouth-watering good. The ambience is very nice and relaxed, which is partly set by the waiters themselves, always cheery and happy-go-lucky.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
This is an example of how music sets the mood
By gabaqueen of ottawa (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Bin is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Ever since I discovered this little restaurant tucked away in downtown I haven't stopped coming - it's going to be three years now. Whenever I come to this city, I like to stop at least once, even if it means having to go by myself. The food is exquisite (love the braised short ribs and pomme frites) and contrary to popular belief, their tapas are quite large, almost entree or main course size.

This time around though, I didn't really enjoy myself as much. I went with a party of three on a Wednesday nearing 7 pm and so seating was not a problem. The prices of the food and drinks had increased as expected, but the noise was unbearable. The music was extremely loud and very clubby, which did not make me and my friends happy. We could barely hear each other and felt like we were at some club and not here for dinner.

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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 (9 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 (62 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 (3 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 (3 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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