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Coquitlam Restaurant Reviews
Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Overpriced experience
By dobermann of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

I was looking forward to good home made gelato and Italian coffee, but was very disappointed.

Despite clean appearance the place is very unwelcoming and staff is unfriendly.
Tables and chairs are very uncomfortable for sitting especially for children. No wonder the place is almost always dead empty.

Below the average gelato, uninspiring coffee, rude customer service.
And on top of that there's one gelato sample per customer. Very strange, especially if you consider that they only have a dozen flavors or so.

Bottom line: very disappointing experience.

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Sun Star Chinese Restaurant581 Clarke Road, #2, Coquitlam
Cheap eats, especially for lunch!
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Sun Star is quite new, and opened just at the beginning of this year. They took over the old Shobu restaurant (decor and all). Speaking with the waitress, they are the same owners as Sun Gong, which has closed due to expected skytrain construction.

We decided to give them a try one weekend afternoon and found Sun Star to be quite a deal with their lunch specials.

The lunch menu has everything from Beef with Rice Noodles, to Congee, to Sweet and Sour Pork with rice. Most items are $5.99 and the portions are huge. Even the largest of appetites would have a hard time finishing one dish on their own.

Service wise, it's just one waitress. She's friendly, and her English is passable.

The food once ordered comes out quickly, and piping hot. Overall the food quality is reasonable, but not spectacular. I found their food to be a bit better than Sun Gong, and the waitress did mention they now have 3 different cooks preparing food. They have quite a lot of take out and delivery orders as well.

The decor is not much to look at, but suffices. They have a large LCD TV on the wall, playing Chinese soap operas all the time.

One warning though, we've come back a couple times since, and they are not very punctual with their opening times. Even though it says 11am, often they aren't open until 12pm, or even later. Best to call first to be safe.

Overall if you want really cheap Chinese food, this is a pretty safe bet. No bells and whistles, just decent food at low prices.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
Better than DeDutch and any other breakfast place... and I use to love DeDutch
By Neith of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

My fiance and I get the same days off and we love going out for breakfast, we normaly alternated from DeDutch or Ihop (which was his fav) but we decided to try Cora as we had heard about it from friends who lived in Calgary.. I have to say when you walk in your greeted at the door first by the wonderful arrangment of fruit decore wither in flower shapes or fishes made out of melons and even birds, then by the hostesses or by the kitchen staff who seemed to be enjoying their job a little to much by smiling and laughing. My fiance and I were seated at a both and only took about a minute for a very cheerful server to greet us and tell us the daily special and take our drink order. My fiance had one of the fruit smoothes and then another as they seem to use only real fruit in their smoothies and not some powder stuff. I had coffee that tasted better then starbucks. the server only took about 5 minutes to return with the berverages and then we ordered from a wide range of meals. My fiance had the sunshine panini ham that came with half a plate of fruit and I had the buckwheat blessing which also came with half a plate of fruit as well as a apple spear that looked like it took forever to make. My blessing were fantastic and have been my favorite for the last few times I have been back. My fiance chowed down on his panini and ate all his fruit ( which is funny as he is not a fruit eater at home) when I menitoned he must have liked his meal he said the fruit was so fresh that it seemed fresher there from when you buy it at the store. we sat a bit to digest and enjoy our surroundings the decor on the walls of the selected items you can buy all over the wall made you feel cozy and at home. the servers all seemed so friendly with all th guests as well as each other and you could hear some great singing from the kitchen staff and you can tell they truly love their job. Towards the mid of our morning one of the owners named Blake came to our table to check in on us and tell us a bit more about Cora.. and I can tell you after what Ive learned and the wonderful experiance I had we have been going back every week ever since...

Thanks so much to the Cora staff

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2745 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Food was alright, but the service was fantastic!!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

Came here with my kids and my friend. Service was friendly, prompt and attentive.

My kids ordered the chicken fingers kids meals, which came rather quickly. The chicken fingers looked quite appetitizing, nice and crispy, yet not too dry on the inside. The kids loved the curly fries, which were also cooked very nicely.

We ordered the crispy shrimps to start. My friend ordered a caesar salad with grilled chicken and I ordered a pesto chicken spaghettini. After waiting for about 25 minutes for our appy, our server came over to apologize for the lengthy wait and told us that it'll be another 3-5 minutes. Shortly thereafter, the manager came over to our table to apologize, and explained that our wait was due to the server's mistake of bringing our appy to another table. She said that she would take care of the appy on our bill and also offered to buy us dessert as well. We didn't think the wait was too long, but was quite pleasantly surprised by the level of service at this Milestone.

In terms of the food, the shrimp appy was alright. Nice and crispy. The salad was nothing out of the ordinary. My pasta was a little overcooked, I would much prefer my pasta to be al dente. But overall, it was a good experience, definitely much better than expected. Will be coming back with my friends.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch3025 Lougheed Highway, #390, Coquitlam
A down-market alternative to DeDutch?
By fortfraser of Tri-Cities (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 4:33am [Dine in]

My SO and I visited this spot on Good Friday for an early-afternoon brunch.

We dreaded a line-up but were thankfully welcomed right in. The place was full (as expected) with families, young groups, older (after church?) couples. A cavernous space; plenty of booths & tables jammed in. Lighting was annoyingly bright (spotlights catch you when you're seated), but the space was nice & clean.

Excellent coffee.

Server was 'past her prime'. Dismal. Memorized the greeting and also the requirement to upsell for juices, sides or meat after taking our order. I hate that. Offered a coffee refill but then wandered off... fortunately her teammates brought our meals and she eventually came around with more coffee.

The meals: This place is all about crepes - and I like crepes. These were tasteless and tough / chewy.
- My SO had some raspberry monstrocity. She liked the large quantity of berries (fresh!), but the proportions were off and she felt the recipe was simply incorrect. No sides or garnish.
- I had the omelette wrapped in a crepe. Maybe that was my mistake, but hey - I like omelettes and also crepes! The recipe was a mistake. Bland & chewy. Not good. Received some perfunctory toast and also a ramiken of fruit.

The bill was $35 with tip.

We agreed that we will not return. DeDutch will see us when we are in the mood for this type of a breakfast - they do it so much better!

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Big River Restaurant228 Schoolhouse Street, #15, Coquitlam
Great service, extremely clean and good portions
By foodl0ver of coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 25, 2011 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Went here twice with the Groupon certificate in the last few months. Wasn't expecting much due to the reviews on dinehere, but was pleasantly surprised! Server was extremely attentive - not pushy and very friendly.
Washrooms are impeccably clean, and chairs comfy. Ample TV's everywhere broadcasting Canucks games - probably one of the rare places in the lower mainland that doesn't have line-ups out the door during game time. The food was better than average pub food - I had the salmon and crab cakes with jasmine rice and sauteed vegetables dribbled with cilantro and cucumber salad, which was filling and tasted great. Partner had grilled chicken burger with a large heaping of seafood chowder - he was pretty happy with it. Without Groupon, meal came to 26 including tax. Extremely reasonable, if you ask me. With the Groupon, we paid only $11 - what a steal!

Overall, the food is decent for pub-type restaurants, and service was positive. Only caveat: Ambience was lacking due to lack of customers seated at tables (they deliver food to the bowling alley in the complex) so it can be a bit awkward. Usually, a half empty restaurant = bad food but this is not the case with Big River. Will go back again.

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Coquitlam Grill, The2635 Barnet Hwy., #108, Coquitlam
Come for the service, not for the food
By Rikko of Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

The Coquitlam Grill came highly recommended as a great restaurant in North Coquitlam. The restaurant is in a well-traveled location (Barnet Highway near Coquitlam Centre) and always has people going in and out. It seemed a good choice.

The first thing you'll notice is that the menu is way too big and varied. Ever see a 'food reality show' where a celebrity chef goes into a failing restaurant and yells about the size of the menu? I can see why now.

First off, the service is great. All of the serving staff projected a small town diner type of welcome and were very proactive about looking after their tables. We never once felt like we were being ignored, nor were we being pestered.

The decor inside leaves something to be desired. It's very dark and the various treasures hung on the wall are unremarkable and don't give a sense that they belong to any sort of theme.

The food was awful. Priced extremely well, but extremely bland. Quantity trumps quality.

We tried the calamari as an appetizer. It was so salty we could barely eat it. Texture and doneness were about right, but it was hard to get past the salty batter.

For entrées, I had a buffalo chicken burger with fries. The fries were awful - powdery and soggy at the same time. The burger itself was loaded with so much sauce and mayonnaise that the bun disintegrated after a couple of bites.

My wife ordered the lasagna. The serving was enormous (about the size of a pie tray), but the filling was mediocre. The tomato sauce tasted like it came out of a jar and there were so many noodles it was almost funny.

The restaurant has a lot of potential, but seems to be stagnant with a bad menu, bad ingredients, and cut throat prices that don't leave them with a lot of food for quality improvements. It's basically a local eatery for seniors who get the same thing every day. I'm not being ageist - we were in fact surrounded by seniors, many of whom didn't even need to tell their servers what to bring.

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Sultan's Delicious Donair, The1196 Lansdowne Drive, #108, Coquitlam
Are falafels green?
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 5:09pm [Take-out]

I have never had a green falafel until today. Somewhat weird. The inside was seriously neon glowing green. And there was an unplesantly odd spice in it. The falafel was crunchy so that was good, but I asked for everything on it and all I could taste was ice berg lettuce. No tomato or onion taste - they put on slices so thin you can read the paper through it on there. Plus there was supposed to be tzatziki or garlic sauce or something on it but it had no flavor. Basically it was edible. Thats it.

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Everything was unhurried
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 18, 2011 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I'd been meaning to go to Kefi for a long time, so when a friend mentioned he wanted to go out for Greek, we decided to go here. I'd called ahead of time to see if reservations were needed and the girl on the other end said it was recommended, so I made them.

When we got to the restaurant, I almost laughed as we were the only ones in there and it stayed that way for over an hour. But it was nice, as we were able to talk and relax without too much interruption.

The server didn't come over until we'd been seated for a good 20 min, which I thought was a little odd since we were the only patrons there. We placed out orders, and waited. It's a good thing we had a lot to talk about since we hadn't seen each other in a while, but we waited for a very long time for our appies, much less the main course. we decided to skip dessert as we didn't want to have to have another long wait. I understand that everything is made from scratch in-house, but I think it would have been faster for me to make it myself.

Over-all, the food was solid. Nothing extra special about it, but it was well done and we enjoyed it. We had ordered dolmades and spanakopita for appies, I had the Roast Lamb and my friend had Rack of Lamb Paidakia for entrees. Basically it took almost 3 hours from the time we got there until the time we left to place orders, eat, and leave.

The only thing that kinda ruined it was the service and the slow speed. It would have been nice to have the server more interactive with us since we were the only patrons for a while, refilling drinks or giving us an update on our order since it was taking a fair amount of time. I understand it's not a fast food joint, but when you only have two patrons, the service should be better than what it was as there was nothing else competing for their time.

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Cactus Club Cafe101 Schoolhouse Street, #110, Coquitlam
First time in almost eight years and still solid!
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 18, 2011 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Went to Catus Club with some friends. It was the first time for them to go to Catus and my first time back to this particular one in eight years.

We had a large group of nine and it was a busy Saturday afternoon, but were seated fairly quickly. Our server was friendly and was attentive as the drinks were refilled in a timely order without us constantly asking, our food came in a good time and was really good. We shared tuna tataki (first time eating that for some of the people at the table) and we all ordered something Mexican, but with various changes, but the server was good and remembered who ordered what, which was quite a feat.

Even though it was busy and a bit noisy as there were at least two birthday parties going on, the ambience was on the loud side, but it was still not deafening. We had an over-all good time and now that I live in the area, I'll be back. :)

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Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
Great Surprise
By Leslie McLeod of White rock, B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I knew immediately when I walked in the door that this would be an agreeable dining experience. The restaurant which has recently been renovated was tastefully done and impeccable. Not your standard Greek Restaurant. The staff were friendly and efficient and most importantly the meal we ordered was mouth watering. It was worth the long drive from White Rock and I would do it again. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a great Greek meal in comfortable, friendly surroundings. Congratulations to the Management for there successful result.

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Mount Athos Pizza500E Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
Best pizza around
By brendwal of West End, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 5:13pm [Delivery]

Best delivery in the area - fresh toppings, great crust. REAL cheese. Always have luck with ordering pizza from GREEK places. And this is no exception. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed. Panago and the likes pale in comparison to this. Service is ok, always decent delivery time. Highly recommended.

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Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
Pleasantly Suprised!!!
By EatThis of [email protected] (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant location before and had noticed that the name had changed from my previous visit (was previously Spiros). When I walked in, to my suprise everything had been tastefully renovated and I was impressed with the new look. The restaurant was about 80% full. We were seated promptly and recieved excellent service. The menu was also brand new. My wife and I ordered the calamari for an appetizer. It was fresh and delicious. I still think about the calamari to this day.....it's a must have! We had also ordered chicken slouvaki with the rice and potatoe. That was also delicious. Saved room for desert and was very happy with that. For some reason I can't remember the name of the desert. I will defintely return to this place for when I want a Greek fix. I have recommended this restaurant to family and friends....those who have tried it have been impressed as well.
In conversation with our server we found out that the restaurant is under new owners. Compliments to them as they have done an outstanding job with this restaurant overhaul!

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Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
A Greek Night Out in a Sultry not Typically Tacky Greek Restaurant
By Tonny of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

As we sit in the restaurant with the statue of Athena - the goddess of wisdom - looking over us we know we made a "wise" choice. The romantic vibe is set with linen table clothes decorated with roses and candles. My first decision is made around the dessert as they are magnificent slices of heaven. Once that is settled we have our starter, usually the lightly battered, non greasy, calamari or their heavenly prawn and scallops in a creamy pernod sauce. Knowing I have to leave room for dessert I go with the mixed souvlaki (half beef and half chicken) a skewer of each to get the best of both worlds. Their Greek rice and potatoes are the BEST! I like that the greek salad and pita come before the entree. Their wine and cocktail list is fun! We always ask for our same waitress as she remembers us and the stories we tell her. She asks about our family and how our jobs are and it makes us feel memorable. We tried the restaurant when it first opened and it was a well oiled machine from day one. It is clean in the restaurant which is important to us and they play good Greek music not the cheesy kind. The location is great and easy to find for people that we get to meet us here. They never have a problem accommodating our reservations when we have dinner parties of 8 - 10 people or if we drop in just me and my husband. It is our Greek getaway.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Not as good as it used to be...
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 11:59am [Dine in]

Went there after work one night. It's been a while since I've been here, and I had a good experience last time I was here, so I figured I would come eat here again.
Service was prompt and friendly, and I was seated right away, but I would expect nothing less from any restaurant I go to.
I ordered ahi tuna sandwich, it came in under 10 mins, at which I was quite impressed. The flavour of the sandwich was good, but the red pepper relish was a little sweet for my taste though, and instead of the ahi tuna being seared to rear, it was completely cooked through. The fries were a little tough. Wasn't too impressed by the food.
Came dessert time, the reason why I chose to go there was for a taste of their banana cake. It sounded awfully good on the menu. To my disappointment, they just took it off the menu a week ago! So I went for the apple tart instead. I've had it once before and quite liked it. Can't really go wrong with apple tart with almond slices, puff pastry and a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream...boy, was I wrong! The apple and almonds were alright, but the puff pastry was definitely undercooked, doughy and wasn't really edible. Another major disappointment of the night.
They did take the dessert off my bill, but the food just didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. It'll be some time before I go back there, that's for sure.

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Osamu2764 Barnet Hwy, #201, Coquitlam
This will be the only place I'd go to for Sushi
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 11, 2011 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I moved to Coquitlam not long ago and I'm always craving for sushi. The problem is, there are sooo many sushi places to choose from. I hate eating bad sushi so I always end up going to the ones inside the mall. One day, I decided to be a lil adventurous and starting searching for some good ones on dinehere. I narrowed it down to this one, Osamu. It was a lil tricky to find but it was worth it. This restaurant had a bar atmosphere to it because of the tv, stools and booths. I didn't mind; I thought it was unique.
When I looked at the menu, boy, it was super expensive! But the taste and freshness made up for it. Their nigiri's are $2.50+. I don't normally pay more than $1.50-1.75 at other places. Their specialty rolls are to die for.
I tried the trio taster (the one w/ volcano roll, etc) which was a real treat. Super yummy!

This is the place to be if you want great and fresh sushi. There is no where else.

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Roo's Pub2962 Christmas Way, Coquitlam
Definitely a younger crowd here
By WestCoastMunchers of Coquitlam (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went here the first time on a Saturday night, also Canucks hockey game night. I called the pub up about an hour before and I was told reservations were made a week ahead in light of the last regular Canucks game night.

Several tables were still empty when we arrived at 6.45pm though all reserved. We found space at one of the bar sections and were warmly greeted. Right next to us was a bunch of drunk teens playing pool rather recklessly. The ball flew off the table a few times as they were smashing the pool balls so hard. No one did anything about this.

Our appies and main course came all at once as the quality of the food was not too bad at all. Regular pub fair for sure. I liked how our server was watching our drinks and would have them refilled near our last glasses being empty.

We certainly felt a little older in this pub as the crowd was mostly in the late teens/early twenties. Overall my wife and I would prefer sticking with Samz down the road. Worthwhile trying this place if you have not been here though.

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John B. Neighbourhood Pub, The1000 Austin Ave., Coquitlam
Surprising!
By Michelle12 of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Never been here before and WOW the food is great!!!!!!! Big portions and great value for money. I had one of the noodle dishes and it was delicious. My friend had a sandwich and she said it was good also.
Sure the setting is a little bit run down, but I would come here for the food any day!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2745 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Can always count on Milestones
By Michelle12 of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Came here with my husband last week. Everytime we venture to Coquitlam, we go to Milestones. Sure the atmosphere isn't amazing, but the food is always delicious and reasonably priced. Love their chicken and mushroom, and their prime rib.
Their service is consistently good and they look professional. Is it just me, or aren't you sick of people having to dress so inappropriately to try and get your tips? I am a lady and it surely doesn't sway me.
Good job Milestones crew, see you next time!

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
Great service, fresh food, excellent value!
By foodl0ver of coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

I don't understand all the reviews about bad service, since I've been there almost ten times and the service has been excellent most of the time! I remember slow, inefficient service when they first opened two years ago, but that's normal with new restaurants who are trying to get settled in. Since that experience, service has been very good - as we are usually served by the Korean owner, a very polite lady who thanks us each time we leave. The last few times we ate hot pot with my spouse or my family, the soup was refilled promptly and the food orders came quickly and accurately. The only thing they tend to forget is refills of water - but are quick to respond once asked.
The food is very fresh - sliced and cut very well - which makes the hot pot experience a pleasure. Some hot pot places in richmond dump the food in messy baskets on your plate, with vegetables hanging and falling all over the place. Here, everything is neat and organized. The tables and floors are also spotless, and the setting is modern and neat. I love their comfortable, super cushiony chairs! Overall, I find their value very reasonable considering it is in Coquitlam and it has a monopoly on hot pot/sukiyaki. Definitely will go back again and again!

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