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Marina Grill1653 Columbia St., North Vancouver
Nice Changes
By Val Summers of north vancouver b c (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 10:04am [Dine in]

Hadn't been to the Marina Grill in years. To my surprise it has improved tremendously. They finally painted the inside and removed the ugly carpet for something a lot nicer.

They are kid friendly now and when I asked the waitress she told me they are under new ownership.

Boy oh boy did the new owners ever do a nice job of the place. We use to come for the patio, now we are coming all the time because it is a nice place to eat.

Food was good, portions were plentiful and staff very friendly. Lots of high chairs and booster seats. Plus to my surprise they had crayons and colouring paper for my kids.

Hats off to the new owners. The change is great!

Val

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Raglan's Bistro15 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Fantastic food, lousy atmosphere
By rmctavish of Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2012 - 4:55pm [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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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Bring your appetite and an Advil!
By rmctavish of Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2012 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

The food here is good - try the burgers, they're really good. Everything I've tried here has been really good so far.

Our server this time was very knowledgeable about the beers they had on offer and helped me and a friend pick a good one. He also brought us all a new drink they were experimenting with for summer. It was really tasty (and I love it when places do that, it probably costs them very little, but it scores big brownie points).

The service last time I was here was extremely rude (our server became visibly upset and snotty when my husband ordered fruit juice rather than beer - there was practically a thought bubble over her head that said, "There goes my tip, you cheap jackhole." - and she was right, her snotty attitude got her a low tip).

Anyway, service is hit and miss, this time it was awesome. Time before that, not so much.

Be prepared to shout at each other over your food. It's loud in there - the music is generally pretty decent, but it's far too loud - and the tables are not that wide, so there should never be a need to shout at anyone you're sitting with.

It didn't help that we were seated at the communal bench table in the back under a non-existent light - fully half our party was seated in the dark. Not cool.

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Haru Sushi2041 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Great Lunch
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I decided to try haru on Lonsdale, wasn't too busy after 2pm and service was quick & personable. I ordered their Salmon nigiri, futomaki roll and dynamite roll. The Salmon Nigiri, was amazing, melted in my mouth and had to order more of the salmon. I thought the futomaki and dynamite both had great taste, flavour and they didn't fall apart. I was amazed how good the food was, and I won't wait another year to return.
The price wasn't all that bad either, and like how the service was friendly and quick.

Will be back.

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Zeitoon1615 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Authentic persian food
By blackrain of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I went to Zeitoon with a few friends and ended up ordering the Grilled Chicken Skewer and Beef Kabob. I customized my rice order from plain rice to Zeresh Polow (Basmati rice with Saffron and Barberries). I also ordered the persian yogurt drink with mint (Doogh). It was a bit of a wait to get the orders prepared as it is made to order, but it was well worth it.

The food was absolutely delicious. The chicken and beef kabob had very good flavour and seasoning, all the ingredients tasted fresh. The meat was tender and juicy, and was grilled perfectly. The bread was fresh from the oven and the Saffron rice with barberries was excellent.

Overall, this is a nice spot to dine-in. It is a little on the pricier side but you do get nice portions that hit the spot. It was busy when I went, so sometimes it was hard to get the hostess attention. Will definitely visit again.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Tourist Trap open in time for the summer.
By sushi459 of N Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

Pier7, a gorgeous little restaurant right on the water. Same owners as the Lobby at the Pinnacle Hotel.

In terms of ambiance, the restaurant is extremely beautiful, massive 2nd floor patio, uniforms are great, staff is welcoming and friendly. But unfortunately, no pun intended, it's not a hotel lobby, it's a restaurant.

I was there last week for a business lunch. I ordered the Tuna Club, colleague ordered the burger. 18$ is quite a bit for a sandwich and fries especially when they forget the bacon and the fries are undercooked.

In terms of drinks, you're looking at $8 for an import bottle and the cocktail list runs from 8-14 for a drink. I'm sorry a single drink even if its 1.5 or a double should not cost what a bottle of wine costs at home, unless you're into top shelf premium spirits or aged single malt scotch.

To be fair the place is just getting started and it shows. There were a lot of staff including the Chef cruising around while there were some shabby plates leaving the kitchen (not just my own). The menu isn't completely copycat Vancouver chain food, its got some interest, but its not groundbreaking.

If you have lots of cash, and want to have a quick drink, and maybe a snack on a nice sunny day this is the place...otherwise the quality and value will leave you a bit high and dry.

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
The view just isn't worth $10 drinks, $16 appies, $39 entrees and $25 desserts.
By jna of Richmond , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Trying my best not to be biased from the excessively steep price, I'd have to say this was a somewhat unpleasant experience in terms of atmosphere and food. The view is spectacular. I was fortunate enough to arrive just after the clouds cleared up to get a panoramic view of the city. Absolutely mesmerizing to be dining with a mountain top view. However the food was bland. I actually enjoyed the complimentary bread and butter more than any of the appies or entrees. Food-wise, not worth the money or even half of it in my opinion. The atmosphere inside the restaurant itself is what mainly contributed to my unpleasant experience. There are only about roughly 8 tables (give or take a couple) in the restaurant that I can call to mind in a very dim and quiet atmosphere. The tables are not spaced very far from each other and I felt that I had to whisper as every word I said can be heard from the next. The server tends to stand around as if he's on call and ready to take your order. Again, this is a very small restaurant so it almost feels like he's eavesdropping. I understand that this is not his intention but a little space please.

The view doesn't get much better than this but that's about it.
6/10

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
So great but
By LynnGordon of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

Food to die for, no doubt. Service great. But overshadowed by sound---too loud too noisy. Can't hear the person next to you, and not comfortable. Needs sound dampening big time. So sorry, neighborhood restaurant, husband will not return. Want to go again, please help us out. All food items for the 4 of us so good. No advertising yet and place packed.

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Very nice food we stop by on the way to the canyon
By man of business of V3 (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 4:29am [Dine in]

This is a really good Japanese restaurant. Very inviting interior, great oriental knickknacks, and the freshest sushi I have been able to find. Amazing fresh. Quizzed the waitress and she agreed that everything is straight from airport from Japan. It is a tad expensive, but the quality is there. Try the house Roll, it's amazing. We drive out from Vancouver and glad we were to eat sushi here. Definatley worth the drive or if you are driving through. Service is typical Asian of course. This isn't like Keg but the roll is yummy.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great first experience
By westcoastann of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Delightful dinner in a cozy atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgable service - smart wine list with a generous glass at a decent price. Food was marvellous - tandoori Alaska Black cod (sable fish) absolutely delicious ... who knew! Excellent lamb curry and generous servings of really good Indian food. We will be back to check out the rest of the menu.

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Basil's Subs125 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Not very organized.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I've gone here twice and found this location doesn't seem to be very prepared or organized in what they offer. If I see their menu, and they listed their meats or chicken, they should either have it or do what other location, list the food choices for the day. Each time I've tried to order their mediterranean chicken and their streak, and they didn't make it, due to not having the spices or ingredients...What's with that???

I have tried their roast beef sub, and you can add any topping you would like to have, for me it was lettuce, onions and mushrooms. They do offer spinach with avacado, but it wasn't either made or available..so again they need to decide what they should offer for the day..and provide the choices that are available...I went with Dijon mustard with my cabratta bun and was made. The location doesn't have alot of seating, so be prepared to take your sub or wrap to go.

The actual sub was good, the meat on both times, had lots of flavour and everything complimented one another. The sub came on cutting board, as I think they're trying to resemble some other new sandwiches place. I was definately full on both visit, but unless they offer what's on the menu, and the owner can train her staff better, this place could be a hit.

I only wish they would have what they say and not here what's not available..they need to work on that.

I will try them one more time in the coming months, and I hope they improve soon.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
Dry Chicken, OK lamb
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:45am [Take-out]

Tried this restaurant twice for lunch and had some mixed results. It's on a side street, about 1/2 block in from Lonsdale. More of a delivery and take out place rather a sit down place but they do have some small tables. First tried their lamb platter. Basically minced lamb over rice with some hummus, salad and pita. Pretty tasty lamb and well seasoned rice. Hummus was average. 2nd time tried the same platter but with chicken and the chicken seem to be shredded and very dry. Not like the chicken they carve from a roasting pole at other donair places but it was already in a tray. Would avoid the chicken. Cost is average at under $8. Service was quick and cheerful. Would only go back for the lamb. They have pizza and other items as well.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
New Favourite Spot
By NorthShoreGirl89 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Gorgeous views, excellent food, spot on service. We had a wonderful night here, I had the gnocchi and my partner had the sable fish. Both amazing dishes paired with delicious wine. We were lucky to get a bit of sun by sitting out on the patio and to enjoy the view. Definitely a must try! I know we will be back for more!

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great for take out
By BobbieHere of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 5:08pm [Take-out]

Lonsdale has a huge selection of sushi restuarants but I usually go to this one because the food is great and the prices are good. I usually get take out because the dine-in experience is less than favourable. The restuarant seems dirty, the tables are often sticky and the place is loud and has a frantic feel. I'm usually not there on the weekend around peak dining hours but since this place has such good deals, it's often busy up until about 8pm. As well, the service is poor and the servers are rude so it's another reason to avoid dining in!

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
What a View!!!
By billybumble of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 11:33am [Dine in]

We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty full but managed to get a wonderful table on the patio without reservations! The sun was just starting to go down but managed to glare down on us pretty strong. (although most tables weren't effected by the glare, and I was able to move my chair over from our table to help the problem, more shade umbrellas would have be nice / or bring sunglasses if you want to sit outside)

Service was fast and friendly, and the food was very fresh and not disappointing.
We ordered four appetizers (seared Tuna, asparagus, caesar salad and fries). The Tuna was melt in your mouth yummy and uniquely paired with grapefruit (maybe a bit thicker slices would have made me given it a 4 instead of 3). The fries 'looked' ordinary but were not greasy or overcooked like many restaurants, very tasty and nicely seasoned. The romaine was young and crisp with just the right amount of dressing and shaved parmesan (I hate soggy caesars). The asparagus was also fresh not overcooked and tasty too...although I felt it was lacking something to make me want to try it again.

Looking forward to going back.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Don't waste your money.
By TheCrnl. of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

We stayed in the Lonsdale area for a business trip and went to Pier 7 restaurant for dinner with our group. The atmosphere and views were great but the food was a big let down.

We started Our dinner with the seafood nachos which were nothing more then bagged taco chips with cheddar cheese, thawed shrimp, and pieces some sort of unidentified fish. These came with salsa and what seemed to be a side of ranch dip. The cheese was not fully melted and overall they lacked flavor, and seemed to be slapped together. Very disappointing for $20.

We also asked for an order of the steamed mussels and were told that they had run out of mussels and only had clams, which we settled for. They were just o.k. and came in a flavorless chili and lime seasoning.

Our next dish was the seafood chowder in a red base. The soup was flavorless and watery, with small bits of seafood. This seemed like something that had been reheated from Costco and for almost $ 10 per bowl I expected better quality.

Lastly we had the lobster macaroni and cheese. This dish was about as good as the nachos. It consisted of undercooked pasta and watery cheese sauce, with small chunks of mystery fish.

Save your money on this place and stay away. It looks cool inside but the food was a total let down. We had much better food at the lounge in the Pinnacle hotel, and for a quarter of the price during happy hour.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Don't assume you'll find great donuts
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I've only tried the plain donuts here once but I left very disappointed. I have a sweet tooth and so it's not often that someone screws up a dessert for me. After brunch at the Arms Reach Bistro this spring, I decided to stop at this place for a treat, as I had read that this is one of the top attractions of Deep Cove.

I find it hard to describe the donuts because they lacked any flavor. I find donuts from major grocery stores to be mediocre (dry and too sweet), but these might rank even lower. I can only hope that I had a bad batch, because I don't understand the hype about this place.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
the Food speaks for itself
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I initially came for the weekend brunch based on positive reviews I had read online and wasn't disappointed. The eggs benny with smoked salmon is the best I've ever had. I recently went for lunch here over the May long weekend and despite crowds of tourists we managed to get a table right away and had a very pleasant lunch experience. I had the stinky burger with fries which was delicious. During both my visits, I got the impression that the chefs really pay attention to the food they make and that the ingredients they use, unlike the run-of-the-mill franchises.

Combined with a stroll around beautiful Deep Cove before and after the meal, it's totally worth driving to this place.

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Worth the Drive! =)
By kbs745 of Kitislano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I had to make an account to just rave about this place. It recently opened up in Park and Tilford mall and I have to say I am delighted. I heard about this place from friends and I just wish I found out about this place before...I've been missing out on delicious Indian food! The restaurant looks very nice inside and very "indianish" with all of the Indian inspired designs and pictures. I went with a group, and I had Beef curry, eggplant bartha, and daal with some naan and rice on the rice. I can honestly say that it was the best Indian food I've had in a while! I definitively recommend this place with great pride.

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Laleh Bakery130 W. 15th St., North Vancouver
My favorite bakery
By Christianne of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:11pm [Take-out]

I live in Victoria, but whenever I am able to come to North Vancouver, I buy a box of cream cakes from Laleh Bakery. I love this place. The cakes are so light and soft, with just the right amount of sweetness and balance of flavors. I wish there was a bakery like this in Victoria.

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