The District is a New York-style eatery with beautiful brown banquettes and an open kitchen lined with a bar. They feature a cheese and meat plate to share and enjoy with wine, and also specials that are featured on the chalkboard at the entrance of the restaurant.
I've walked pass this place many times and decided I wanted to try this place and their burgers. This place wasn't busy on a Friday lunch time and understood why the burger took awhile to get to me.
I've never seen a burger bigger than my hands, stood tall and came with its on Knife. The actual burger was large topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion rings with a nice fresh bun and side of fries. I decided to tackle this burger, but my mouth wasn't big enough and found it hard to get a good grasp without getting sauce on you, so dig in and use lots of napkins.
What took me so long to try this place, is beyond me, the meal was enourmous and had lots of flavour. When I want a burger I'm going there to have it, perfection to art and I'm still full after 5 hours.
I didn't have any room to eat dessert, being that full and content over a burger was super delicious.
Go there with an empty stomach. Hugh portions. I'll be back soon.
This is definitely not the place to go if you want to have a conversation with your table companion. As others have mentioned they have a long bench seat and our table was only 6" from the table beside us along the bench. They seemed like nice guys but I really didn't want to listen to their conversation all evening. You really have not choice here. Even if they whispered (and who wants to do that) they could be heard by the occupants at the 2 tables on either side.
We decided to go with the table d'hote. There was a choice from 3 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and a glass of wine or lager for $45.00. This wouldn't have been bad value if the food was really good but it wasn't. We both had the French onion soup and it was good. The entree - beef short ribs with fettucine was deplorable - overcooked fettucine and small pieces of short ribs that had little flavour. It was actually like a bolognese sauce but not as good. We both had creme brulee for dessert and it was decent - not the best I've had but not as disappointing as the short ribs. It was really overpriced considering the ambiance and quality of the food. For the amount of money spent I could have gone to a really nice restaurant and had a table where I could concentrate of the converstion of my companion and enjoyed really good food in a relaxing atmosphere.
It was mostly a very young crowd when we were there. I think most of the customers had come from work on Friday and just wanted to have a good time.
If you need to use the washroom there is only 1 toilet (ridiculous). It's a unisex washroom and just not enough to handle the crowd. I didn't have to wait but if you have a weak bladder and there is a line up heaven help you.
Would not return. There are better places to spend my money.
I visited The District a couple weeks ago when it had just opened. We happened to be in the area on a weekend and were hankering for some grub - good thing we found the District!
As the name and business cards suggest, The District is a social restaurant, and from the looks of it, everyone got to know their neighbours. At the same time, the noise level was not overbearing. We enjoyed a delicious panini and a breakfast bowl. Since it was still earlier in the day, we did not have cocktails, but they sure looked tempting!
Hosted by the owner, Paul, the district features a great wine list and also has a "tasting menu" of 3 cheeses and meats. From the looks of it, a great place to stop by before going out for the evening.
Will review again once I visit for dinner.
We read all the great reviews about this place and got just a little excited about checking it out for ourselves being always ready to add another choice to our stable of decent eateries in NV. Our typical modus operandi is to go in for a drink & appies and if we like that then we stay for the whole meal. When we did this at Fiction 5 up the road when they first opened we left after appies and gave them less than a year to close the joint up. The District is not as black and white a call. We went early and there were 4 other tables there when we arrived. We were told to sit anywhere but the tables were so very small and tightly packed together that none of the available seats looked very inviting. We sat down at a seriously wobbly table and tried to look at the menus in the dim light with very tiny fonts. The specialty beer offerings are impressive for beer lovers but at $10 for a small bottle it is steep and we would expect to pay that price at a high end hotel downtown but not in lower Lonsdale. We ordered mussels "District" style and was given a choice of frites or bread. We chose frites but the frites were forgotten when the mussels came. Our server was pleasant at first but when the place started to fill up she forgot to quality check and we had to wave down another server to get the frites. The mussels were served in a tiny tight bowl that wobbled around on an underplate that didn't fit it. Very annoying, but they need small dishes to fit on the tiny tables. Mussels should be served in a wide brim bowl so you can dunk in the sauce... a simple detail that any chef would insist on. The mussels were fairly plump but not nearly as good as Stella's on the drive or even the ones at the Arm's Reach in Deep Cove. When we got our frites they were excellent. We paid our bill and went to Burgoo for dinner which we frequent often for their appetizer plates, salads and good mojitos. We decided we probably won't go back to the District for dinner because of the cramped seating conditions but we may go check out the brunch when the daylight will hold our claustrophobia at bay.
This place is great!!! The food is always awesome...and I have something new every time I go. The ambiance is wonderful. Yes it is noisy and tables are really close together, but my husband and I like that we meet new people every time we go. Also, now that is has expanded there is much more room. The Charcuterie and mussles are fabulous.
This new restaurant is a great beacon of light in North Vancouver! Located just a block from Lonsdale Quay, The District features unique European inspired dishes and a beer list to die for. I've been several times since my first visit and always enjoy the food and service; though I will say the portions have tended to vary depending on the kitchen staff.
If you're looking for an intimate spot to take a date, or have some down time with friends, The District is the place to be. While the music can, at times, be a little too load, the ambiance is relaxing and beautifully understated.
As for the food, try the fries with the mayo-tarragon dip as a starter. The warm beet salad and chicken or beef stays are great too! The prices are reasonable for the location and are sure not to bleed the wallet dry.
I 've been here several times for brunch and late night and keep coming back.Food is very good.Service is up and down I believe it's depend who is serving. I hope they will work on service and appreciate customers more.Otherwise it's a cool place to hang out.
We have been here a few times now and have always had good food and service. Yes, it can get a bit loud on Friday and Saturday nights but then go a different night if you want a quieter atmosphere. My husband loves the charcuterie with a variety of cheeses and condiments. We often let the server decide on the combination and surprise us. The little loaf of bread that it comes with is warm and soft. We have also tried the soup of the day (always good, especially the broccoli cheese soup when they have it), as well as several salads. The only thing I've not enjoyed is the pea sprout side salad (tastes like grass). The best thing on the menu is the amazing Thomas Haas chocolate lava cake. Amazing!! Best. Dessert. Ever.
This restaurant is very cute and is easy to miss because it is so small. They have a large selection of Belgian beers which I enjoy. I always order the mussels because they are consistently excellent. They also have a good selection of cheese. I don't have bad to say except that it should be bigger! The portobello mushroom tart is really good too.
After movie on a Friday night, we stopped by this place to have a few munches. Since the restaurant is closeby, we gave it a try.
We had a few small plates to munch on: french fries, spring rolls and ani tuna. They were good, but quite ordinary.
The restaurant is small and the room was packed. Music was loud, so as the conversation. The tables were very close together. If I were fat, I don't think I can get through the tables.
I guess I'll consider coming back for a proper meal.
I love this place. Always have the steak and for someone that never orders fries I must say I absolutely LOVE the fries that are served with the steak. The crabcakes are the best I've ever had. They are very knowledgeable with their wines and the ambiance is great. I like that they close late since it's the only time I can usually dine. North Van needs more places that stay open late during the week for the rest of us that work in restaurants too hehehehe :). I'll be back - very soon!
Started with the inept, clueless manager. Worst attitude from a server I have ever experienced and the service was appalling.
I was celebrating a major event (success) with my business partners when the young, teenaged waitress decided to make the focus of the evening all about her. The only problem I could understand that we were a gregarious group with a couple of 'large' personalities, we weren't that loud or anything and even apologized to the table beside who assured us we were not disturbing them, etc. The other table beside us, joined us and we were all having a nice time before the waitress lost control of herself. Maybe it was her first day?
I was so infuriated that when I complained to the manager I blurted out that the waitress was an idiot.
Overhearing this, the waitress leaned towards me while I was speaking to the manager and said to me
"how old are you" in a sarcastic, teen-ager-like quip.
The manager did nothing, couldn't control her staff and asked us to leave the restaurant after paying the bill. I can respect a manager that backs up her staff members... But to have handled the situation with aggression and attitude lacked tact and of course humiliated and embarrassed our entire party. I was in disbelief when the waitress continually attacked us (after the situation got a bit heated) Again, how old are you comment didn't resonate well with me being in my mid 40's.
I will never again be a patron at The District, Little District or El Matador which is ironic considering the literally thousands of dollar$ I have spent at these establishments over the last year or so.
Disappointed. Disgusted and Deplorable or the words I would use to describe the behaviour of the staff.
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.
My friends and I really enjoyed our last visit to The District. I'm glad we made a reservation as the place was packed when we arrived.
Our server was great and provided some yummy recommendations, most of which we tried.
We each picked an appetizer to share, I really enjoyed the cheese and meat selection and the warm beet salad. For my entree I took a chance and got the Bacon and Blue Cheese Mussels and I was very impressed. We almost skipped dessert but were told we have to try the Thomas Haas Chocolate Souffle, oh my goodness it was a little piece of heaven on a plate.
Our overall experience was a treat. Our server did a really good job, the food was great, the wine was yummy and we will definitely be back.
This is the first review I've ever written. I usually read restaurant reviews on Dine here before I try out a new place but I've never had such good or bad service where I felt inclined to submit a review...until now. I can easily say the worst service I've ever received was at District. It's bad enough you pay an arm and a leg for peanuts but the pretentious service comes along with the pretentious prices. I wouldn't complain about price if the food validated it's cost but in this case I would of preferred to dine at Dairy Queen.
The bartender/server (skinny guy with glasses) couldn't of seemed less than interested to serve us, but when a couple of his male companions joined him at his bar he seemed to forget completely about his customers and focused all his attention on his familiar company, proving that we were nothing more than an inconvenience to his evening.
Management of District, I hope you take your reviews seriously and have some sort of ambition to make your restaurant a more desirable place to dine because for now..word on the street it that you are an over priced mediocre dining establishment to say the least.
Decided to try this place out after hearing what a negative experience a friend had. And I almost wish I didn't!! Went on a friday night, so naturally it would be a bit busy. Luckily we got there before dinner rush I guess.
Ambiance looked confusing. It look as if you combined a lounge and burger shack together. Worse, they only had one rest room. Which looked poorly maintained. You would think that a restaurant this "busy" would have more than one?
The service was soo slow, even just waiting for our water took forever. Waiting for a refill took even longer!! You would think that the servers would know the #1 rule in serving is never let the glass be empty. It's as if the owners just hired young servers still in high school to fit their restaurants "young" and "trendy" appearance.
Luckily the food wasn't that bad. The fries were cold, but they weren't great anyways so didn't miss out on much there. Also, condiments such as ketchup are an extra 25c. Seriously? Had I known I would've brought ketchup packets from McD,
Would I go back here? Definitely not. For the price we paid we could get something ALOT better at Rockford which isn't too far from there.
Not to hate on the shore, but it's always been a haven for chains and average family restaurants. Not that going to douche-tastic downtown hipster joints crawling with aspiring brokers/lawyers/eye candy is my preference, but just that a genuine, laid back joint that also has awesome food is a rarity out here.
I love being able to just have a great belgian beer, some frites and cheeses and a bit of good conversation, and this is the spot. Maybe some people need servers all dressed in black outfits serving belini's, thats cool, but I prefer personality and food that doesn't pander to a college student with an expense account.
Hope this inspires more like it down there, I think these guys are getting tired of seeing my ugly mug.
This is one of my favourite places in a city that has no shortage of killer rooms.
Stylish, minimal decor that's still somehow inviting and easy to relax in.
Friendly, hip staff that don't put on any airs. The last time I was there one of the chefs shouted out from the kitchen (open concept) to ask how I was enjoying my mussels. Great ambience.
There is a very subtle Belgian twist to this place, namely in the beer selection and tried, tested, and true menu items that include delicious charcuterie (pick & choose), stellar mussels (and I mean really, really good), loads of share plates, and truly epic fries (I could that accompanying mayo by the tub).
Anyway, on a block of town that boasts 5 restaurants in a row (the others shall remain nameless to protect the mediocre) this place is a shining star. I'll be back again this weekend, probably be my 25th time or so.
If you haven't been, go.
I have been coming to the District for the past 3 months and I love that North Vancouver has a bar like this, its so refreshing. The ambiance is excellent whether you are sat inside on a rainy night or outside on the patio on a warm Autumn evening, its great! I am still amazed at how four guys can fit inside that kitchen and produce so much great food. The staff have introduced me to the warm beet salad which has completely changed my opinions about beetroot its sooo good, you have to try it! I think I have almost tried all the Belgium beers now however I still go back to my favorites which are the Triple Karmeliet and the Gulden Draak. If you want a great night out in North Vancouver you have to check this place out.
Being a special night and all, we decided to go to this place because we had both never been here before. Arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. The tables are a little close together and I had to climb over some other chick's jacket to get to the shared bench seat against the wall. The restaurant lighting is low and the candles added a very intimate touch. I like that the meat, cheese, and wine by the glass menus were on chalkboards on the wall. There was a good mix of people inside--- young, old, families, couples, girls' night...
We ordered the Charcuterie Plate. It was good but expensive, "Is this it?" My face fell when I saw the tiny pieces of cheese that accompanied my thin slices of meat. I thoroughly enjoyed the balsamic reduction and the onions that came with the plate. It helped to cover up the cheese I had ordered by mistake, a very costly mistake I might add. This is not the place to TRY new cheeses. Size-wise sure, cost-wise no.
The beef croquettes were good and the grainy mustard it came with was perfect. The fries were okay, but the tarragon mayo made them fantastic. The carbonade (is that a fancy word for stew?) was nothing special, but was well worth it given the amount of meat they were able to jam into the bowl. The bread that came with the charcuterie plate and the carbonade was light and just right for shoveling meat and/or cheese into my mouth.
Our server was very attentive for a packed restaurant. We were able to order our drinks and starter right away. She came back and checked on us constantly. Our empty plates were cleared quite fast and refills were offered without having to ask. I felt at ease and in no way pressured to leave after we finished eating.