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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
WOW-what a disappointment
By Sjordan of North vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

So disappointed in this restaurant tonight. Completely gone downhill since last time we dined here. Food was cold, low quality- kitchen was slow, though restaurant was not busy, waiter was inattentive and uninformed, food was cold, music was bad and ambience was nil. Too bad, Paul this was a complete bomb, will not be comjng back anytime soon and will let friends know. You need to pay attention. Kind of sad actually.

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Gem Sushi1926 Como Lake Road, Coquitlam
Mediocre
By Critic of Lower Mainland (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Well...what can you say. It is a small fast food place. The food is mediocre and the portions have shrunk over time. We went after lunch to ensure that it was not busy. The staff decided to have their lunch break a few tables away. They were very loud and it became an annoyance. Besides that, one word describes Gem...mediocre. Not back soon.

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Little Sheep Hot Pot5300 No. 3 Road, #405, Richmond
Separate Soup charge is dumb
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:08am [Dine in]

It was a very busy place, so looks like they are doing well. The service was good in that they checked on us often despite the busyness. But paying them took forever as they didn't split up the bills forever. And the soup base or whatever costing extra was just dumb. Include it in the price so it is not a surprise, or can someone come and order all you can eat but not order soup base? What if I bring my own from home and cook the food with it, does that mean they won't charge me that? Doubt it, so don't list it as a separate charge!

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Good Iranian Food
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Been here once or twice so far. Good ambiance and location on Lonsdale, seems like a nice place to take a group of people outside or inside. Food was tender and juicy. Reasonable prices, good to order a few dishes and share between people. Seems to be popular with both Iranians and others. Service was standard, nothing standing out there.

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Long Time Neighbourhood Favourite
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

This classic HITW is often packed with neighbourhood residents and staff from nearby St Paul's Hospital and with good reason it's the Best Deal 'n the hood by a large margin.

I used to work nearby once a week and always took my lunch here the specials offer some outstanding deals and if it's sometime a tad cramped the sunny service makes up for any shortcomings.

My latest lunch there was at least as good as any I've ever had this location has something the Kits operation-which is closer to my house-can't match.

Highly Recommended.

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Denny's2050 Marine Dr., North Vancouver
Not my fault
By meeee of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

"Not my fault" or words this effect. Lunch sucks" not my fault" burger order was wrong "not my fault" over priced spaghetti " NOT MY FAULT" most of the time that I end up here, I'm with somebody from out of the city, or the kids who like the milk shakes. I end up having to order something, yet almost every time that I do, I regret it. Sorry kids, we're not going back " not my fault."

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
yawn
By meeee of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

How hard is it to get one order correct when I was the only one ordering?
I ordered a salad beef salad( 6) and simply asked for no tomatoes. I don't like them, I never want them., she told me that they would replace them with a greater amount of other salad ingredients.. Half of the $7 dollar salad was one tomato. There was some tasty beef, but carbs cost extra. A$9 meal that when finished left me hungry. No value. They cater to the Youth Hostel young people passing through the city
The response to my inquiry... Sorry :)'

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Close, but no cigar
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 11:28am [Dine in]

First off, I must give them points for trying but my gawd what an overall bad dining experience.
Came by here a few weeks ago on a Sunday for what we thought would be a great night out. I mean come on this is The Coast and all right? Upper end, pricey, it's gotta be good right? Not even close.

My dining partner and I ordered the "hot" seafood "platter" at $36.00 per person. Let me just say, this is the type of restaurant that requires a pop by McDonalds Drive-Thru on the way home because you are so darn hungry.

The "platter" arrived with one scallop each, a prawn each, a sliver of ling cod and the smallest piece of salmon imagineable. It was accompanied by a rather tasty creamy farro, butternut squash puree. The dish was about five degrees below luke warm.

We started into it but I told my dining partner for this price I want something hot. We informed the server and to his credit he immediately took away the dish and said he would fix it for us.

As we awaited the arrival of the new dish one of the managers came by with a complimentary tid bit of something or rather. It was sort of like a breaded shrimp dumpling, tasty but it also was on the cold side. Nice try.

Our re-worked dish arrived and this time it was hot, same size though. It was truly unspectacular however I did enjoy the creamy farro thing, wish there was a lot more of it.

At the end of the meal another server brought us a complimentary small dessert. Small pop in your mouth chocolate cakes on a stick. They were tasty but just not enough.

Our server was fine although he seemed to come with a tiny bit of an attitude. Very workman like and not much personality. It was busy , so perhaps he was a little overwhelmed with the work load.

In the end, I'll give The Coast some kudos for trying to make it all good. I just can't see myself returning here anytime soon.

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Cazba1103 Davie St., Vancouver
Outstanding Value
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I have now dined at this restaurant over a half dozen times in the past year and I must say every visit in terms of food has been a winner.

You just can't beat the value of this place. For $7.50 cents a ground beef kabob , pipping hot with a mound of rice and your choice of salads. Where else can you do this at a sit down restaurant in downtown Vancouver?

In my opinion the food offered at this restaurant is of high quality. Always seems fresh and very tasty although they could do away with the complimentary store bought pita with that hunk of onion wrapped in plastic. How many onions do they toss out every day, simply not necessary in my view.
They also offer a number of selections from lamb shank to an eggplant dish which are always delicious and again a super value for what you are getting.

The downside of this restaurant is the service. It can run between totally abysmal to good and everything inbetween. They seem to go through servers quite quickly, not sure if it's because on a $11.00 tab with a 15% tip they aren't exactly racking in the money, or other issues but some just don't seem to know how to serve.

Overall, if you are on a tight budget and looking for a meal that is going to actually fill you up this is the place.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Same Old
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:08am [Dine in]

Dropped in for a visit to The Hub two Sundays ago. Was very impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant, nice large open space with plenty of room to move about.

Our waitress was solid. At our table in a reasonable amount of time with menu's , etc. Nothing outstanding about her service then again nothing really to complain about either.

The Hub falls into the same category as Earles, Cactus Club, Moxies etc. The same old menu with a couple of little changes here and there but basically you've seen it all before. One big difference with The Hub are the prices! They charge upwards of 15+ for simple things like burgers.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna burger that came with a 15 dollar price tag. The food arrived in a decent amount of time for being after 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. It was good. Was it worth 15 dollars accompanied by a tiny little salad with their own housemade dressing? In my view no.

What really ticked me off about The Hub and probably a deal breaker in terms of ever stepping foot in this place again was the beer I ordered. $6.50 for "a glass" of a local brew "Gypsy Tears". This was nowhere near a pint. I would loved to of had a measuring cup handy to measure out this ridiculous rip off.
$6.50 cents for that!? You have got to be kidding me.

I tend to avoid places where I feel I've been ripped off.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
disappointed in owner treatment of staff, left awful taste in my mouth!
By salvotorro of downtown (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:49am [Dine in]

Great restaurant, been enjoying dining there for years until recently
One of the servers made an error in my order and I mentioned it to a staff member of whom was passing by. It turned out it was the owner by the name of Benny. He handled the situation poorly as he immediately started yelling at the server in front of all the clients so loud that he was spitting out his mouth. NOT IMPRESSED with the owner, based on poor treatment of his staff I do not recommend anyone support Benny and his restaurant due to such barbaric behavior
To bad because the food was good!!!

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Nice place, nice food, they don't know how their own promotions and made us wait over 30 minutes to pick up our food.
By mikaj of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:55pm [Take-out]

So, this was a third time going to this restaurant. The first two times were dine in. It really is a nice looking restaurant, but service is usually very slow so we weren't sure if we would be returning for dine in. We signed up for their email list thing anyways.

My girlfriend received a Happy Birthday email with a $25 offer (*Come join us at Cotto and purchase an Entree at regular price and enjoy your second Entree, of equal or lesser value, with our compliments. (up to $25 value) So, I order a bunch of food and we go in to pick it up thinking that it would be fine to show it on my phone. The email didn't say anywhere that we would need to print it out.

So, we show up and the first waitress asks to see the email. She takes my phone to show the manager way over on the other side of the room then goes around asking some other staff. Then says that I have to forward the email to them so that they can print it out. So I email them... wait 10 minutes. They ask for another email... I send it again... and another after 5 minutes.

My girlfriend was getting very irritated as she was hungry and waiting for over 30 minutes just to use this coupon promotion. My girlfriend said to the waitress that we shouldn't have to wait this long just to use their promotion. The waitress just made up an excuse, stating that it wasn't her fault because she didn't make the promotion rather than just apologizing.

Our food was good, but older/colder from waiting and waiting.

SHORT STORY: It was a nice promotion, but it was so poorly handled. We had to over 30 minutes to get the staff to talk to each other and figure out how to use their own promotion and forward them their own email multiple times so that we could pay for the food with the discount. All that waiting just made our food 30+ minutes older/colder.

I would really like to love this restaurant because it's so close to where we live, it's a cool looking place to hang out, and the foods not bad either, but the service is just so disorganized that it hurts my brain.

I really don't want to go back there.

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
VERY small portions
By straw_hut of Vancouver (downtown) (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

I've passed by this restaurant many times and always wondering how nice it would be to dine in a restaurant with huge windows by the beautiful waterfront. You can see Canada place across the street, plus, the Olympic flame + convention center are just around the corner.

So I finally I came here on the weekend with the other half; and although the place was quite empty on a Saturday night, the hostess did not give us a wonderful seat by the window. No big deal though...the place had huge ceilings, the furnishings were pleasant and the lighting was spot on perfect. I was admiring what a wonderful job a designer did on this place since it was newly renovated (now called ARC) Also had relaxing jazz music so we were excited about the food after seeing the environment.

I ordered the AAA steak and the other half got the duck breast. When the plates arrived, I couldn't believe how small the portions were. Ladies and gentleman, I been doing dine out for almost a decade now and places have always been a hit and miss...but at least they got us full. This portions were probably wouldn't even get a 7 year old full..

Of course you could argue that one comes here for the view or experience but still, I could not believe how small our food portions were (see the two pictures I've uploaded). Service was decent with smiling friendly staff but we did not get a refill on the water.

Anyhow, we ate and left. Although I could have probably still gotten a bowl of pho, we decided to call it a night.

I would recommending eating here just for the sights and only IF you had a coupon. Otherwise, paying 90 upwards for two to dine here is a total ripoff.

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Red Robin3000 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Tired Of Red Robin's Menu
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Red Robin is a family restaurant that is befitting of any occasion whether it is a dinner with friends, birthday celebrations or family get togethers. However, once you've tasted their burgers after several visits it become mundane and uneventful. Sorry to say, their unlimited refills on soda pop and flavoured non-alcoholic drinks are a poor value and not worth the price. The menu needs to be resurrected big time to bring in new flavours and varieties. If you went to Red Robin and did not return for 1 year the menu would be undoubtedly the same with a few superficial changes, if any. Even their staff recommend changes but HQ does not listen. They should try to bring in new cultural flavours like Louisanna, nachoes, wings, chili, different soups and a variety of desserts than the same boring stuff. We used to go there for birthdays and special celebrations but now all of us go elsewheres. Change is good...

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OPA! Of Greece19800 Lougheed Hwy, #745, Pitt Meadows
Mediocre
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

My spouse, a resident of the Mediterranean and us were somewhat disappointed in the servings and prices of this local tiny restaurant embedded in Pitt Meadows. We've never been back but I am sure others had a different experience. It's hard to find a fairly good restaurant in the tricities that gives you good value for your money but then again, we've not hit them all. Try it, your experience might be different.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Great Tourist Place and Delicious Flavours
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

We hit this landmark in 2014 when our in-law came for a visit and spent about 1.5 hours at the ice cream gelato place tasting alot of delicious flavours. On the downside, it is expensive and overpriced like all in the business but we had fun and picture memories of our in-law's visit so its a win-win situation.

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Austin Fish & Chips22709 Lougheed Hwy, #690, Maple Ridge
First and Last Time
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant in March 2014 and were very disappointed with the oily fish batter and overcooked fries that were not pleasing to the palate. We could not even order another helping for the all-you-can eat fish and chips after paying $28.00 for two people. They need better ventilation in the diner as it seems the smell of oil was all over and I had to dab the fish on the napkin because it was too oily. It was too bad our first choice, Joe Blow's was closed because there is no comparisson.

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Stomping Grounds10931 Barnston View Road, #101, Pitt Meadows
A Local Joint With Big Prices
By Kerwin Maude of Tri Cities (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

It does not matter if you have coffee at Blenz or Starbucks or this little coffee shop nestled in South Pitt Meadows in Osprey Village, they're all overpriced for coffee and food items. This is why, sorry to say, Tim Horton's flourishes as a brand name even though there are far too many franchises in Canada as Tim Horton's prices are cheaper. I went to Stomping Grounds one time and was not impressed with their prices or coffee.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
Nice view, lots of waiters, overspiced, overpriced
By iknowwhatsgood of North bby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 10:43am [Dine in]

So we went here on a groupon for 50% off for two. At that price, it was worth it. At the normal price? forget it! go to maurya india a few blocks closer to main st for a much better quality of food.

So first off, the view is amazing. You can see across false creek to all the lit up towers and it does look magical. The waiters were very attentive and there were many of them. Some buffets cheap out on the wait staff but that was clearly not the case here. However when it came to the food, my feelings were mixed. I did not have any dish that I thoroughly enjoyed, or was made in a way that was unique. All dishes had a similar peppery spice to them. I heard other tables complaining about the spice, however I like it spicy and didnt find it too hot. My wifes opinion of buffets, if they have tonnes of jello, they are trying to save money. This buffet had three different types. This opinion held true to the main dishes. All paneer dishes were very light on paneer, same with the meet dishes being light on the meat. The goat curry was good, however was all bones!! very hard to find any meat unless you were the first one to the buffet after it was restocked. The butter chicken tasted watered down and runny, the palak paneer was way over puureed. I almost wonder if they used powdered spinach. One nice thing I thought, buffet naan!! which is sometimes hard to find. However I was then disappointed by rock hard, pita-esque not naans. Not sure what else to call them.

It seemed like the owner was trying to cut costs. Lots of jello, potatoes rice, not much meat or cheese. The butter chicken was full of meat, but the sauce made it kinda of so-so. Beer was affordable at $4 a pint for some nice ones like sapporro.

Its just your run of the mill downtown buffet place. Nothing special. It did make me personally feel full till noon the next day. Not sure if that is good or bad, as usually buffet doesnt do that. I almost felt too full and my wife felt sick for a day, but she is more sensitive than I.

Bottom line, lots of sauces, cheap on anything that costs money, but they did have pretty much all the popular dishes represented. They could do a lot more with what they have (especially at a regular price of 15+ dollars), a nice looking restaurant, nice location and nice view. If you are looking for good indian food though, pick Maurya instead for their lunch buffet @ 13.95. If I wasnt paying half price already for this new india I would have been really disappointed to pay 40 bucks for at best, mediocre food.

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Texx Big Burger14783 108 Ave, Surrey
Very good burger joint in Surrey
By Huge of Surrey (116 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:49am [Dine in]

Went here with a friend from the recommendations from other Dinehere foodies. I had the Double Bacon Cheese burger and my friend had the Tex burger. We shared a medium size fries and both had cola soda. The burger was good and the dressing you are able to order for your burger is great. I had grilled onions, japenos, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup and bar-b-q sauce. The burger itself was good , hot and fresh. It came out in a brown paper bag with the order sheet attached to it. The medium fries was huge. My friend and I ate some and I brought the rest home where I was able to feed the kids and then some. The price for my burger was $9.49 and I found the value was much better than places like Red Robin. The ambiance is nothing special but it fulfill its needs. If I ever have the craving and the appetite I might try the Burger challenge which is a 2lb burger with fries that has to be eaten within 30 mins. One day.

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