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  • Food3.5
  • Service2.5
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews8

Raglan's Bistro

15 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7M2E4
Tel: (604) 988-8203
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio, Television
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 12AM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 1AM, Sun: 11AM - 12AM
  • This place is hopping seven nights a week. Sample a wide range of creative and inexpensive tapas, burgers, thin crust pizzas, and drinks in the most colourful little restaurant on lower lonsdale.

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Not outstanding, not horrible.
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

Decided to drop for dinner here last week....wasn't planning on going here (didn't want to wait for Burgoo).

The ambience is alright. It looked tropical and beachy which I really like, but their tables were way too small. But another plus is that they have extra tissues and cutlery on the table, so it was very convenient. By the way, there is a live DJ.....well there wasn;t one during my stay, but I looked up and the second floor had a mini DJ room. Pretty neat!! I gave it a 4 because of the clever set-up of the restaurant and the beachy decor.

They seem to specialize in drinks, since most of their chalkboard menus display all kinds of funky cocktails and such. They have HUGE glasses for drinks, and it looks so colorful and delish! I really wanted to try one out, but wasn't in the mood that time.

Yam fries were different from others I've tried out in Vancouver! These were cut elliptically so it looks more oblong rather than the normal skinny/thick fries you get. They were crispy and soft at the same time and the mayo dip complimented well.
I had the Cajun Chicken burrito, and it's HUGE! I couldn't finish it. But the burrito had wayyy too many beans. There were good portions of chicken, but it was very messy to eat because of the beans. The salad that came with it seemed pretty fresh, but just consists of lettuce and dressing.

I'd come here with a group of friends and order a bunch of drinks, order some tapas and meals and chill. It's not really a place you would take for a date.

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Fantastic food, lousy atmosphere
By rmctavish of Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2012 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

The food here is really, really good. All the burgers I've ever had here are excellent, and everyone I've ever brought here has loved the food.

I'd be more specific, but why bother? Order something - anything - you'll like it.

The beer selection is decent and varied - whatever you like, you're sure to find something that will please you.

However, the service is a little indifferent, and I suspect that is largely because they cannot hear their customers ordering or asking for anything. I've never been a place so damned loud. Ever. Even The District is a quieter restaurant than this place.

I often feel torn about coming here - the food is great, but your server will be either actually or willfully deaf, and the music is so loud they should be giving out Aspirin rather than Bazooka Joe gum and comics with the bill.

Dear owners/operators of Raglan's,

You aren't running a cavernous club - your restaurant is tiny - turn the music down so I can talk to my friends without resorting to playing charades or writing stuff on your napkins. If you did, I'd come back again. Right now, the music is the only reason I don't. I'm willing to put up with your indifferent/bored/possibly high as balls staff if it means I can talk with my friends over dinner.

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Bad Service
By Samantharose of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:28am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I have been to Raglans quite a few times and are always impressed with the food and he loves how they usually play surf videos. Tonight we had a horrible experience. We went on a very busy night and were ultimately ignored while all of our server's attention seemed to be on larger parties. We each would have liked to have had more than one drink, or at least a refill of water but that never happened. After waiting 25 minutes for my food to come out, I slowly ate it waiting for my boyfriend's meal to come out. That never happened either. Another 25 minutes went by waiting for her to come and check on us but she never seemed to be around. It would have been great to have eaten our meals together which is why we went out in the first place. I got up and asked about his food myself. It was never made and she dealt with the situation poorly. Instead of coming over to talk or properly apologize she quickly asked him if he still wanted it. The few times she DID come to the table (to take our drink order, drop them off, and take our food order) lasted no longer than 30 seconds in which she quickly darted off before we could finish our sentence. Not wanting to wait another 50+ minutes to eat he said "no". She then came back and asked him if he wanted a "beef burger on the house" which was almost ready and asked if he wanted anything on it. Willing to eat anything at this point, he said "yes" and obviously after ordering a deluxe burger, one could assume he wanted something on it but she didn't give him the opportunity to say what. She then quickly ran away again, dropped off the beef burger - with fries when he initially ordered salad with his meal. As soon as he was finished, she couldn't get us out faster. She came by to drop off the bill, half-heartedly said she was sorry and ran away before the bill hit the table. If it weren't for past experiences and great food, neither of us would go back or recommend it to anyone. That being said, it probably won't be for a while and definitely not while she's working.

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HappyHappyHappyHappyHappy
By FeliciaKeyes of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Went to Raglan's last week with 3 friends to celebrate a happy occasion. I'd wanted to go here for a long time but never had the opportunity--until last week. My initial thought was that we would settle in for a celebratory drink or two before moving elsewhere to dine. After scanning the menu, however, my friends convinced me to stay. That and the architectural wonder that is the '900 Burger' being served to an adjacent table.

The service was great. Our server was friendly and there when we wanted her. The tropical drinks, available in 3 sizes (and price points) were outstanding both in taste and presentation. Star fruit as a garnish!

Although one of us was tempted by the pulled pork poutine, each of us settled in to enjoy some variation of burger, beef or chicken. With bacon. Yum. Each burger comes with regular fries or you can substitute, at cost, yam fries or salad. For may part, the chicken burger with avocado and bacon was really, really good. As were the fries--which would have provided an excellent base for any poutine!

Just to recap: service = friendly and intelligent and food = pretty darn good.

On to the decor--which was the reason I wanted to come. If you're interested in surfer / tiki surroundings where some of the tables are surf boards, this is the place for you. A little bit of the exotic in North Van. Lovely! We will be back. :-)

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Decent, but WAY too expensive
By sweetswede of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

I brought my girlfriend to Raglans after having many great times there before, and although I hadn't been there in a year, I didn't expect things to change this much!

Service was pretty good, definitely solid. Nothing special, but we were always looked after. It wasn't terribly busy, but I think that one waitress might not be enough for the most part.

Food was decent. We both got pizza's that were very small for the price they were charging. Tasted like something we could have made at home, but since it's more of a drinking hole, I can't imagine that most people paid attention to the food.

Ambiance was very unique. There aren't many "surfer" bars in the lower mainland that are as charming. The decor itself cheered me up from the mediocre food.

Value is definitely the lacking area here. The drinks are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive! The portions of food are EXTREMELY small! The only thing that was a decent size was the nachos. The final bill was over $50 for nachos, two pizzas, and two drinks. While it may be rare to find a bar with the charm and ambiance of this place, I would not recommend it won't go back again until they fix their prices.

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I'm cooler just for eating there
By jamesdo of downtown, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I, on recommendation, tried Raglan's.The atmosphere was tropical, surfer cool. The waitress was pleasant and the Aussie or Kiwi (sorry) chef had a cool layed back approach. Yes, i'm using 'cool' a lot. We ordered burgers and fries. My burger, The Republican (sp?), was huge!!!, and very delicious. Yam fries, best I've ever had. My girlfriend loved her Louisiana burger. We were not in the mood for drinks that night but we will be taking the Seabus over to try out the stacked menu this coming week. The prices are inexpensive considering the quality and amount of food you get. I can't wait for summer so we can sit out on their patio, sip tropical drinks and try to get our mouths around their heeping burgers.

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My favourite weekend spot
By Elim Kwok of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I hit up Raglan's almost every weekend... either for brunch, lunch or dinner & drinks. We've introduced our friends to this place and they love it!

Au contraire to a previous post, we find the portions HEAPINGLY HUGE! The burger and fries, poutine and pizzas each(I just had a pizza 2 days ago) are large and can feed 2 people. You are not going to Domino's or Pizza Hut, so don't expect the pizza to have thick crusts and huge american-type fatty pizzas. They are thin-crust, like original Italian, cheesy and delectable!
There is a wide variety of foods on the menu to choose from and they are ALL delicious. My fave is the "hippie hash" for brunch- spinach, peppers, hash brown squares and eggs benny to top it off!

For a night out, Raglan's is perfect. It's intimate, and the drinks are humongous!! Seriously... you can get a drink the size of a large vase or fish bowl. The prices are not extravagant at all. My boyfriend had his birthday here this year and it was great fun. Slower service with a large group, but that is expected.

Please try it out! Raglan's is more than a cool, surfer, carribean spot (which it is).... the atmosphere is RAD and the food is just as good!

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Laid back surfer style
By northvangirl1 of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:51am [Dine in]

My husband and I went on the recommendation of a friend as I wanted a place with good drinks. Loved my strawberry mojito and strawberry marg. We started with mexi dip and homemade tortilla chips. Chips reminded my husband of the chips back in Mexico where he is from. He had a mexican chicken club and I had a californian chicken club with yam fries. Very good and tasty on ciabatta buns. Service was very fast as we went early, would have preferred it to be a little slower so we could hang out longer. The staff were great. Will go back again and try some other drinks as they seem to specialize in the big tropical drinks.

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