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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Lonsdale Kabab106 West 13th Street, North Vancouver
Chicken. Eat that chicken!
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

This is another one of those "Persian" restaurants which serves pretty much the usual list of kebabs and that's about it. It's a tiny place, but quite clean. Appears to be run by a middle age couple who are quite friendly.

We got the usual things, koobideh, joojeh, barg. A lentil soup, eggplant dip and doogh. Soup was pretty good. My, the eggplant? Eye opener. We were expecting the usual, but the first taste quickly dispelled that prejudice. The taste was not like anything else before. Reasonable portion size too. Thumbs up on that. Even the doogh, that was not the usual doogh that I've ever tasted. The koobideh and barg were also quite good, definitely competent, no complaints about that. The joojeh? Ooh yeah, that really did it. So amazingly tender and juicy. Oh. My. Gosh. This is close to setting a new standard.
All the plates came with a side of salad, which was not mind blowing, but very fresh nevertheless. Oh, but the rice, now that was another surprise! While it looked the same as all other places, the texture and the taste definitely put it a cut above.

We will keep searching around for "the best", but right now, this one is still recommended. I would definitely not mind a return trip and, well, it's not that far to hoof it over and give it a try yourself.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Abysmal
By ads of north vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

For better or worse, Andrea's has become something of a staple on the North Shore. Virtually everyone who lives here has visited or ordered from there at least once, and the consensus is generally that the pizza is pretty good. For the unfamiliar, their specialty is ultra-soggy, undercooked, gluttonous pizza with mounds of cheese and pools of grease. The twin consensus among North Vancouverites is that the service and staff are positively abominable. I can only confirm that with a few anecdotes. Every time I have visited, the service was slow, unprofessional, rude, and, if truth be told, handled by extremely sketchy personnel. It was very common to wait over half an hour to place orders, and wait another 45 minutes to be served the wrong food. The management is unbelievably disrespectful and careless. My last experience with them was being cajoled by friends to place a delivery order for their pizza, as we wouldn't have to deal with the atrocious service and vile decor. Surprise, surprise - the order showed up very late, and very wrong. The complaint I made to their management fell on deaf ears, to say the least. And yet their management spends endless dollars flooding every mailbox in North Van with their crappy and garish mail-out ads. The previous reviewer had it right - Andrea's is a zit on the face of the North Shore.

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Crispy Poulet950 Marine Dr, North Vancouver
Definitely Crispy
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:52pm [Take-out]

It's a Saturday night and all the family are out with friends so I'm on my lonesome for dinner. Had a hankering for some fried chicken but we've been disappointed by the local Colonels and Churchs lately so my options in North Van seemed limited. I remember seeing Crispy Poulet when I was down on Marine Drive so I jumped in the truck and popped down to check them out. One side of the restaurant is a takeout counter with kitchen in the back and the other side is a fairly large 8 table dining area. It's a Persian establishment with some of the appropriate decor and seems to be a family run business with my order taken by a 12 year old girl. Cool.

The menu is pizza, chicken and donairs (beef or chicken) with few vegetables other than pizza toppings, wedgies, onion rings and a couple token salads in sight. No "three piece dinners" but they do have family size combos of pizza, chicken, pop and sides. Not knowing what I'm doing and too hungry to take the time to figure it out, I ordered a deep fried feast of a 2 piece chicken ($3.50) and onion rings ($3.50). They asked if I was in a hurry and I wisely said I wasn't, so everything was fried fresh and took about 15 minutes (not sure what I'd get if I was in a hurry).

Both the chicken and the onion rings were still nicely crispy even by the time I got home. The rings were thin and crispy and quite good, but the serving was more of a family size so I made a gallant effort but only managed to eat half (came with ketchup and hot sauce). The chicken was a drumstick and a back, not the best parts of the chicken but still enjoyable for the price. The coating was mildly seasoned but very crunchy and the chicken was moist and delicious.

Overall, the chicken is quite good and I think we'll try it as a substitute for our occasional takeout from the Colonels (15 pieces is $22.95). Think we'll add a salad from the grocery store to round it out though.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Rip-off: bad food, bad service, overpriced.
By pabloman of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:05pm [Take-out]

1) The lattes were the most expensive in Vancouver ($3.75), and only one shot: it was 12oz of steamed milk with a glimpse of coffee). When I asked about it they added a second shots for even $2 more!

2) They gave me the wrong muffins. When I complained the "manager" told me that since I touched the merchandize I'll have to buy again the muffins I wanted. She went on, referring to my country of origin in a clearly racist way. Even after I had left a juicy tip she wouldn't even consider my rights as a customer and give me the muffins I wanted!

3) Avoid this place altogether if you wish to have a nice time in Deep Cove.

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Lobby, The138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Pretty Interesting
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

I quite enjoy this restaurant. I have been here for lunch. I had the fish and chips. It was pretty good, I was impressed with their bread/cracker bit before the food came.

Went again for dinner. VERY impressed. Bought a coupon for 2 appies, 2 entrees and 1 dessert to share with coffee/tea. The crabcakes were outstanding, which is quite popular.. I had the tenderloin with dungeness crab, mmmmm........ The dessert - napoleon, just wonderful. The tea I chose was mountain berry, which I smelled it on the way to my table.

Definately go back!

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Loved the Look, not the Price
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:49am [Dine in]

You can't deny that the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and cozy, and the food isn't bad by any means. Very simply, it's decent quality comfort food, but nothing to be overly impressed with. Beware of the appy bruschetta, you only get two small slices of bread; the humus is also very small for the price. Decent food, nice atmosphere, marginal value.

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Laleh Bakery130 W. 15th St., North Vancouver
My go-to bakery for sweets
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 1:51pm [Take-out]

This is my second rave review of this place!

They have exotic versions of western cookies such a jam sandwiches, bird's nests, and chewy and light macaroons. Their ingredients include coconut, rosewater, pistachio, honey, walnut, almond, etc. They have Iranian cookies such as clover-shaped ones made with chickpea flour, sweet flaky cookies (some made with coconut or honey) that are great dipped in coffee. Nothing is too sweet. They also have some sweets similar to Indian and Greek desserts. They're fried/baked & come with a sticky sauce.

I'm really surprised with how their cream lasts. I had their profiteroles and they still taste soft days after. I don't order a lot of their cakes because I don't like desserts that have a lot of cream. But the cream is really soft & light. Only thing I didn't like the other day were these wafers that look like Manner wafers from Austria. These, compared to the well-known brand, were stale. They're new items. But everything else is great. Not too sweet, soft & crumbly, crunchy, buttery, flaky, and creamy. I've tried a lot & I keep coming back.

Sometimes I have to wait as long as 10 mins because the lady owner is the only one working there. But at other times, you don't have to wait at all.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Very Nice Japanese Food!
By blueblue of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Overall, a very nice restaurant and good food.

I was shopping in the Lynn Valley mall and noticed Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant. I asked the staff and they said a new Japanese owner just took over. I love Japanese food so I sat myself down and looked over the menu. I was impressed!

I ordered an appetizer sunomono salad and a sushi combo plus a couple extra pieces of sushi. The food was delicious. The sushi combo had an assortment of sushi, rolls, and some tempura. It was great. My extra sushi of tako, tuna, and clam were super fresh and delicious.

The staff were very friendly and things were running very well (ie, I didn’t have to wait too long for my food). The servers were doing a great job. I used to work in a restaurant and understand how hard they work so I left a nice tip. The sushi chef was busy making sushi and it was fun to look thru the window to watch him make his sushi.

I would recommend Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant for some authentic, nicely priced, and tasty Japanese food.

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Kenaize Cafe223 Mountain Highway, #109, North Vancouver
Great sandwiches
By moyes of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:58am [Dine in]

The minute you walk in the door, you get a warm welcome. The menu is a good selection of sandwiches and a few selections of homemade soup. sandwiches ar thick. You have a good choice of cakes and muffins, breakfast is served all day, Too bad they were not open on weekends. Highly recommend this place for a quick lunch

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Incredible Food
By hotsocks22 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

If you are ever in North Vancouver looking for a nice restaurant definitely try Mumbai Masala. They have amazing Indian food, and the atmosphere is very romantic and comfortable. We went on a Wednesday night and the place was completely empty, which was a bit odd but also nice. Other then that It was great, fast service, the waiter wasn't exactly super friendly or anything but it was still very nice.

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Used to be a Lynn Valley classic, not so anymore.
By snowboardingham22 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I thought I would head out here to have a couple pitchers and watch the Canuck's game for my friends Birthday, growing up in Lynn Valley I used to love this place. At first everything was fine, we found a seat, our Waitress appeared to be nice at first, asking us what we would like to drink etc. My friend got the Tortellini with chicken, but after seeing, and smelling what I saw, I quickly decided I would just drink. It was mostly cold by the time it got there, and it literally smelled like my feet after a Soccer game. When the game ended, we decided to order one more pitcher, and then hit the road, lets say that wasnt going to happen. We got a stone cold face from our waitress, No you guys have had 3 Pitchers now and you have 9 people at your table, ( she counted the table of acquaintances next to us as part of our table ) so you guys are cut off... what? My friends who had only ordered one pitcher ordered another, but as soon as she returned with it, made off with me and my friends glasses, not allowing us to even try and have some of the Beer. My friend took a sip of the recent Pitcher, and it was like a Cat on a mouse, the waitress power tripped across the crowded bar, told us all shes charging us 15 percent saying "Way to go guys !!!, you just screwed yourselfs over!" This women just was unhappy, and did not wanna be doing what she was doing. I felt like i was in High school, since when is a man NOT allowed to drink Beer freely when he is paying for it? When she returned with the bill, we saw she had tipped herself 16 percent!!!!

I will never, ever be coming back to the Black Bear, nor will any of my friends. I suggest Browns right across the parking lot, friendly, young Waitresses who want to be there, and a great menu.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
I will only return if the service improve...
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Food is fresh, and a lot of variety to choose from. Portion and price is acceptable (me and my girlfriend spent $28 before tax and tips for lunch). The presentations for some of the food look very attractive as well.

Service…. well except for one Japanese waitress who always slight bow her body or say thank after talking to us… all the rest of the waitresses are rubbish. First of all, they only refill our tea once, and when the waitress bought us our food, she just quickly mentioned the name of our food and left (usually a professional waitress will say something like “please enjoy”). When she took our plates, she didn’t even say anything and took them away (it’s not even busy hour, we went there around 1:45pm). One of the waitresses even plays with her cell phone. In the end, when the waitress bought us our bill, she didn’t even say anything, she just hand me the Credit Card machine! Also no goodbye or thank you when we left.

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Great Greek
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

It's the Saturday night before Thanksgiving and the wife, #2 son and I are thinking a restaurant break before the big turkey cookoff. We haven't had Greek food for a while and it's been a decade since we visited Pasparos so off we go. It's about 5:30pm and there were only a couple of occupied tables so no reservations were needed.

Greek atmosphere abounds in Pasparos...the traditional blue and white paint, tiles and plants, and Greek music in the background. Get's you in the mood to break plates or shake your belly.

We ordered 3 Russell Cream Ales, a rich malty beer with a slightly sweet hop finish. Wife and I ordered roast lamb, son ordered lamb souvlaki. We started with a fried calamari appetizer. The calamari was very good, a thin light battered version with a rich tzatziki sauce and diced red onions. They make the tzatziki with a high fat Greek yogurt which makes it delicious but very rich and filling. The roast lamb was fork tender and delicious while the souvlaki was nicely charred. Each came with Greek salad, lemon rice, roast potatoes, and tzatziki. All was very good but noticeably light on traditional Greek seasonings (lemon, oregano) which was slightly disappointing. The platters were too much for us to finish so there was no room for a sweet finish to the dinner.

Overall the food was good, the service was excellent (prompt and not intrusive) and the decor easily conjures up a nice little Greek dinner fantasy. Cost was $99 plus tip for three.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Kitsch goldmine aint got the chops
By hardcore harvey of East Vancouver, BC (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2011 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Place like the iconic Tomahawk Resteraunt have become a rare bird in Greater Vancouver. Very few of the dozens of charming, offbeat independent resteraunts remain in a city that continues to morph at an alarming rate. For every joint like this one there's 30 ABC or Pantry franchises cranking out uninspired food in a charmless setting. So I really wanted to love this place, having a soft spot for the "good ol' days". This weekday morning the cafe was about half full. Its a cozy/cramped sort of room with all kinds of bric-a-brac hanging from the rafters and 50's/60's era Native "art" on the walls. Fun is a term that springs to mind. My 4 year old son seemed to enjoy the setting and the crayons and paper place mats to color as well. Problem one: Our server was overworked and couldnt give us more than cursory attention. Not bad service per se but as the saying goes: Personality goes a long way. Note to management. Problem two: Breakfast for two ( my son ate of my plate) came to $40. A couple plates of bacon/egg/pancake combos, 2 coffee and 1 apple juice is what we had. Not tons of food. Problem three: the food itself wasnt very good. Factor in the price and its a rip off, plain and simple. For heaven's sake, dont serve frozen, pebble-like hashbrowns to people when its so easy to produce fresh. Nothing here looked like it was cooked with love. Very, very average breakfast all things considered. Problem five: Our meals took near 30 minutes to get to our table. I can only assume the kitchen is understaffed as is the front of the house. Note to management: Clean up the grungey make-a-wish pond adjacent to the cash guy. There's a HUGE drowned wolf spider sprawled at the bottom of the pool. Middle Aged Ponytail Guy who works the cash register at the door seemed about as engaged in guest's experience as the wood totem poles out front. We had fun but agreed it was hardly worth a return trip and will not recommend this relic to my hungry friends. Sad really.

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V-Nam175 East 3rd St., North Vancouver
Decent decent food but service and value have gone downhill.
By 778guy of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I have mixed feelings about submitting this review but I feel its time to be honest about this place I once loved. V-Nam opened a few years back, filling a much needed gap in restaurant choices on the North Shore. Vietnamese cuisine was poorly and under represented on the Shore and I was excited to have a new Pho spot to check out. My early visits were impressive, the food was very good, the service was efficient, friendly and the price and value was great. The actual restaurant itself has never been anything too exciting, it's small and other than a couple of interesting fish tanks and Viet nick-knacks on the wall it doesn't have much in the visual department (unless you count those bizarre giant fake lobsters on the wall!).
Since my initial positive visits I have come to notice some not so attractive and downright intolerable things about V-Nam. First off the once good value for dollar prices have disappeared. Vietnamese food has always had a solid reputation in Vancouver for being affordable (with the exception of a couple of higher end places) and V-Nam initially was no exception. I understand that prices will need to increase from time to time but the price jump at V-Nam has risen by at least a dollar on every item which I now feel has put it out of the once affordable spot it held.
One positive thing I can say V-Nam has done in its price change is not doing the typical cross out or white out the price on the printed menu and add the new price with a pen garbage that is, unfortunately, all too common. If you have read some of my previous reviews for places I have probably mentioned this before as it is a real pet peeve of mine; it's tacky, stands out like a sore thumb and is just unprofessional.
The worst thing and reason I will no longer return to V-Nam is the service (or complete lack thereof) in the early days the owner did much of the serving himself, he was friendly, polite and really made you feel comfortable and welcome. Nowadays I rarely see the owner and the serving staff are completely inattentive, there is a brief moment at the beginning and end where some obviously "Pho" (oh yes I did ;) friendly behavior is displayed but its painfully apparent that it is put on. They do take your order quickly and food doesn't take too long to arrive but that's where the service ends, there is no check-back to see if everything is ok and tea/water refills must be flagged down to be received. I understand things getting busy and the resulting delays being unavoidable at times but for a server to knowingly walk past an empty glass or mug is downright lazy (this is your job and a main aspect of what you are being tipped for).
In the end I still do enjoy the food but the poor service and higher prices now have me looking for a new Pho house on the Shore. I'm disappointed to see a place I really enjoyed go down this road and I do hope the owner makes the necessary changes to correct the things tarnishing his restaurant's reputation.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
good pizza and donair
By minoo of north vancouver b c (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

i love there pizza and donair. nice peope, nice customer service. :)
there are moving to new location and we will go there, we never let u guys be alone, a store like u guys must be always open and treat well,.,, aria pizza is the BEST

the guy in there told us there moving by end of oct,.,

who ever didnt try there food must try its awsome.

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Hanugin Mongolian BBQ1604B Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Nice quiet place
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I was craving Mongolian BBQ and didn't feel like going downtown. It was very quiet when we arrived. There was only 1 couple seated. We were quickly greeted and seated and asked by the girl if we have been here before and explained how it worked. Selection of veggies were allright except I am used to seeing Spinach which there was none of. They have Shiitake mushroom instead of the usual white mushrooms which is nice to some people (except I don't like Shiitake) too bad for me.

The services was friendly and warm. The nice thing is that it's clean (unlike most). We had the all you can eat which was $15.99. The only thing I suggest is because the bowls in which you get your raw food in is so small, cut down the sauce amounts to half or you'll end up with very saucy stuff.

Overall experience was nice. I will return.

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Waves Coffee House3050 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver
Trying to hard to be everything
By Coffee-Hound of North Van, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

Well, kudos, at least for trying so hard. But, here's the thing - all I want is a good coffee - Waves just wants to do everything - and it fails. Crap coffee, average food - give it a miss. And why is it do dark and dingy, not just this location, but a few others I have visited. Too much corporate feel, not enough soul.

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Pemberton Station135 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
Five visits, all good
By li @ mike of Kitsilano (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

Been here after hiking on five occasions( 3 entertainment coupons) and the results are consistant.

Very good service, with no gripes using a coupon with or without a drink order. Lots of natural light,
friendly patrons, and very clean. The salads unlike some pubs are very fresh and green.

The pub food is consistantly good., Its a go.

Mike

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Will not eat there again
By moyes of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Went with my sister and her husband on their last day before returning to England, ordered Nachos, a large of which I think is a small, along with extras, beef, guacamole, of which we were charged an extra 3.50 for the beef, of I am sure was no more than a tablespoon and totally overcooked. We mentioned this to our server and her reply was I'll take it back then" not to offer to improve it. She was totally rude. Very poor service. The chicken wings were scrawny, our mains were cold. The prices are inflated and they have made the portions much smaller.

We will never eat there again. They have become complacent over the years, so our new pub of choice is Seymours, which has good service and great food.

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